Mt. Vernon

A Lemon Stick? Yes, please! Flower Mart returned, and Baltimore is in bloom


One of Baltimore’s most colorful festivals returned last week, reemerging from a pandemic hiatus. Flower Mart was back in bloom in Mount Vernon providing gardening ideas, performances by local musicians, workshops, food and drinks, on of course Lemon Sticks! Take a look:

Basement bar at The Brewer’s Art reopens after closure of nearly two years

Photo via The Brewer’s Art.

After being closed for 697 days, the cavernous basement bar at The Brewer’s Art in Mount Vernon has finally reopened, the brewpub announced Thursday on Instagram.

Flower Mart will return to Mount Vernon Place in person this spring

Photo by Mark Jonas/Flickr

Flower Mart, Baltimore’s oldest free public festival, will return to Mount Vernon Place in 2022. 

Baltimore’s newest LGBTQ+ nightclub has opened in Mount Vernon, with a familiar name

A new LGBTQ+-affirming nightclub called Central Bar Mount Vernon has opened several blocks away from the former Grand Central nightclub. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Fifteen months after Grand Central nightclub closed permanently at Charles and Eager streets in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, a new LGBTQ-friendly nightclub called Central Bar Mount Vernon has opened several blocks away.

Mount Vernon residents told they won’t be allowed to testify at Planning Commission hearing tomorrow

New Jersey developer and contract purchaser Joseph Novoseller is looking to subdivide the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church and the Asbury House, a church office building next to it, so he could sell the house separately.

Mount Vernon residents who challenged a developer’s plan to subdivide a landmark church property in their neighborhood have been told they won’t be allowed to testify when Baltimore’s Planning Commission holds a public hearing on the matter on Thursday.

A rite of spring goes virtual: Flower Mart is online; buy your kits for Lemon Sticks

Lemon Sticks have been sold for more than a century at Baltimore’s Flower Mart.

Flower Mart, Baltimore’s annual rite of spring, has been reimagined amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, which runs the spring festival featuring crafts, food, plants and events, has announced that all Flower Mart events will be virtual in 2021. But they are designed to engage as many patrons as possible – including by selling kits to make your own lemon sticks.

The Conservancy launched a new website to host a vendor marketplace and virtual events. The vendor marketplace is currently open and the virtual events will be held from April 30 to May 2.

Mount Vernon church auction gets bidders but no buyer

The New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral photographed from above. Credit: A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers

Mount Vernon’s New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral is still on the market after Friday’s long awaited auction drew bidders but didn’t end in a sale.

Two parties submitted bids during the online auction for the historic church at 1110 St. Paul St., but neither was high enough to meet the reserve set by the sellers, according to auctioneer Charles Billig of A.J. Billig and Co. Auctioneers.

Landmark Mount Vernon church going up for auction

The New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral photographed from above. Credit: A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers

New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral at 1110 St. Paul St., in the Mount Vernon historic district, is hitting the auction block next month.

A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers has set July 6 as the date for online bidding to begin on the church, and it held an open house today for prospective bidders to tour the property.

Hotel Revival announces Justin Vaiciunas as new executive chef

Hotel Revival’s new executive chef Justin Vaiciunas. Credit: Grace Clark.

Chef Justin Vaiciunas, a Detroit native and previous contestant on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” has been named the executive chef at Mount Vernon’s Hotel Revival, the hotel announced today.

The previous executive chef, Scott Hines, returned to the kitchen at B&O American Brasserie late last year.

City Cafe has closed permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Image via Google Street View.

After 25 years as a fixture in Mount Vernon, City Cafe has closed permanently.

Owners Gino Cardinale and Bruce Bodie posted on social media today saying the business, currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, isn’t coming back.

“This isn’t the ending we hoped for,” they wrote.

Mount Vernon apartment building that would have exceeded height limit will now be shorter

A rendering of the 10-story apartment building proposed for the site of Eddie’s of Mount Vernon. Credit: Ziger/Snead.

Nearly two years after developer Dennis Richter received preliminary approval to construct an apartment building that would exceed the city’s height limit for the property, city officials say he may not need the waiver after all.

Eric Holcomb, director of Baltimore’s preservation commission, told members this month that Richter is now planning to reduce the height of the 10-story apartment building he proposed to construct in place of the Eddie’s of Mount Vernon grocery store and two other structures.

Grand Central nightclub, in danger of displacement, finds a new home

Photo by Ed Gunts.

After nearly three decades on N. Charles Street, Grand Central, one of Baltimore’s largest gay nightclubs, will move to a different spot within the Mount Vernon neighborhood so developers can construct an eight-story office building on the property it currently occupies.

Grand Central’s last day in its current location will be Sunday, April 5, and construction of the replacement building is expected to start later in the month, according to information posted on the bar’s Facebook page.

CHAP gives preliminary approval to plan for apartments over carriage houses

A rendering of the apartments proposed for Mount Vernon. Credit: SM+P Architects.

The third time was the charm for developer Howard Chambers, who finally received preliminary approval today to build apartments above four historic carriage houses he owns at 1012-1020 Morton St., in Mount Vernon.

Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation voted 8 to 1 today, with one abstention, to approve a $10 million plan to build 51 apartments on three levels above the carriage houses.

Apartments once again proposed to rise above Mount Vernon carriage houses

A rendering of the apartments proposed for Mount Vernon. Credit: SM+P Architects.

One year after Baltimore’s preservation commission rejected a proposal by developer Howard Chambers to build 65 apartments above a row of Mount Vernon carriage houses, the developer has come back to the panel seeking approval of a scaled-down version of his project.

Collectors Corner closing Mount Vernon location

Photo by Ed Gunts.

After four years on N. Charles Street, comic book shop Collectors Corner plans to close the doors of its Mount Vernon store permanently at the end of February, one year after owners mulled shutting down the location but ultimately decided to keep it open.

The company says its two other locations, in Parkville and Bel Air, will remain open.