Mt. Vernon

Agora plans to expand two more buildings along Charles Street

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A rendering of Agora’s plans for 1125 N. Charles St.

Agora is growing again.

Two months after it started to renovate the former Hynson, Westcott and Dunning building at 1030 N. Charles St., to provide office space for its staff, the company is planning to expand two more buildings one block away.

The Baltimore Concert Opera Presents THE CONSUL by Gian Carlo Menotti – 11/22 and 11/24

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Baltimore Concert Opera continues its season of tragic heroines with The Consul. An unfortunately timeless piece, The Consul touches on issues of fascism, political resistance, and immigration bureaucracy that are every bit as relevant today as when the Pulitzer Prize winning work premiered in 1950. Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn makes her company debut as Magda Sorel, joined by Ron Loyd as John Sorel. Performances are at the historic Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion on November 22nd and 24th. Tickets: $29.50 – 73.50 and can be purchased here.

Promoting Growth at Wilkes School Preschool Program

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The philosophy at Wilkes School Preschool Program is to promote the social emotional growth of the children, preparing them for future educational endeavors, while still tuning in to their individual strengths and needs. The curriculum is based on the developmental milestones for 2-, 3-, and 4- year olds and aligns with the Maryland state standards. The school is able to adjust the program to fit the needs of each child while still maintaining the integrity of the program.

A typical day for the preschool is a balance of teacher-led and independent activities. Educators teach Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, as well as, all of the specialty areas. Children experience hands-on activities, with an emphasis of literature and language. The activities are based on the developmental needs of the children and can and do fluctuate between groups of children to ensure everyone is finding success.

Eddie’s grocery store moving to the Belvedere to make way for 10-story apartment building

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

Eddie’s of Mount Vernon, the grocery store threatened with displacement by a 10-story apartment building, has found a new home one block away.

Developer Dennis Richter and Eddie’s owner Dennis Zorn announced yesterday that the grocery store will move next year from 7 W. Eager St., its home since 1988, to the lower level of the Belvedere condominiums at N. Charles and E. Chase streets.

Mount Vernon Marketplace is getting a rolled ice cream stall

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Photo courtesy of Roll Ice Cream and Coffee

After a successful run so far in Highlandtown, Jason Werner and Jessica Reyes are expanding their eye-catching ice cream operation to downtown.

Grand Central and Agora redevelopment projects in Mount Vernon move ahead

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The planned design for City House Charles at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street. Design by SM+P Architects, via CHAP.

Two Mount Vernon redevelopment projects are moving ahead after Baltimore’s preservation commission this week approved designs that will significantly alter a prominent block of N. Charles Street.

Landmark Partners won approval for its plan to build an eight-story office building called City House Charles in place of the Grand Central nightclub at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street. Developers say they have already identified tenants for 100 percent of the office portion.

And Agora Inc. was permitted to transform the former Hynson, Westcott and Dunning building at 1030 N. Charles St., to a new hub for its growing workforce. It will be the 13th building renovated by Agora along the Charles Street corridor, which has become a virtual campus for its employees.

Agora adds another Charles Street landmark to its portfolio

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Photo by Ed Gunts

Bill Bonner is saving another one.

After restoring a dozen historic buildings on and around Mount Vernon Place, Bonner’s firm, Agora Inc., plans to renovate a prominent building in Midtown to house part of its growing staff.

The Elephant’s owners want you to know they are, in fact, open

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Photo via The Elephant/Facebook

Steven Rivelis found himself in an odd position the other day. He was sitting outside The Elephant, the restaurant he co-owns at 924 N. Charles St., having a drink when a woman approached him to offer her condolences for their closure.

When he informed her The Elephant is actually still very much open, pointing to an “OPEN” sign on the door nearby and diners inside, she said he was wrong. She had read the coverage of the Mount Vernon eatery’s impending demise and was certain they had shut down, despite what he was telling her. (“There are people eating dinner in the window, you can see that,” he says he protested.)

Mount Vernon home decorating store Nouveau to close this summer

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Photo via Nouveau Home and Interior Design/Facebook

After four years at 10 W. Eager St. in Mount Vernon, and more than three decades combined in Baltimore City, the owners of Nouveau Home and Interior Design are closing up shop on their retail operation.

The Elephant’s operators avoid auction and closure with bankruptcy plan

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Photo via The Elephant/Facebook

With the auction of its historic home base now called off, the operators of Mount Vernon’s The Elephant restaurant say their business is safe and can remain open after all.

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