Pigtown

Indie Rep Pop Up Gallery & Boutique Opening Party – 11/1

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For the month of November, Indie Rep will have a physical retail location in Pigtown inside of the new independent bookstore, Charm City Books! Come celebrate at their OPENING PARTY on Friday, November 1. Enjoy an entire floor featuring IndieRep artists and artisans and shop original art prints and paintings, natural bath and body care, handcrafted jewelry and more. Hop on the beloved GOGOs vintage fashion bus with Stacey Chambers (starting at 7pm). Jam to two live performances by Acacia Sears and Sondra Boyle of Hex Girlfriends & Sugar Glass. Sparkle with a little help from Hailey Graef of Zerra&Co. with a zero waste makeover. And finish the night with tarot readings by local astrologer and jeweler Michelle Nyguen of Ode To Venus.

The party starts at 7pm and will run until 10pm. Refreshments and cheerful celebration will be served! Support your local artisan community and enjoy a Friday night out.

Independent bookstore Charm City Books coming to Pigtown’s main strip

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Daven Ralston in front of the future home of Charm City Books in Pigtown. Photo courtesy of Charm City Books.

After years spent as actors, musicians and educators around the Baltimore and D.C. metro areas, Daven Ralston and her husband, Joseph Carlson, have cast themselves for a new role as small business owners.

The couple plans to open a bookstore on the main strip of Southwest Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood after recently relocating to Woodberry from Alexandria, Virginia, where Ralston has worked part-time for newcomer Old Town Books since the spring.

Historic Pigtown bathhouse and fire station transformed into apartments, ground-floor café

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

Kim Lane likens Pigtown’s three blocks along Washington Boulevard to a barbell.

The weights down in the 700 block, closer to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, are the local shops that have served as the commercial core of the just-barely Southwest Baltimore neighborhood. Up in the 900 block, past a stretch of mostly row homes with addresses in the 800s, are more weights—newer ones—comprising newer businesses and organizations, including the Mobtown Ballroom, the year-old Suspended Brewing Company, the Hopkins-operated SPARC women’s health center and, soon, a three-story culinary workforce training outpost for the nonprofit Paul’s Place.

“Our work now is how to connect the two [sides], how to get people walking down here, flowing back and forth,” says Lane, executive director of Pigtown Main Street.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Historic Charm, Bustling Businesses and More Near UMB

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Hollins Market

From the historic charm and elegant homes of Union Square to Pigtown’s happening Main Street, the neighborhoods around the University of Maryland, Baltimore offer lots to do and a little something for everyone.

“The people are first,” said Tony Scott, who has lived in Union Square for three years, when asked about what he loves about his neighborhood. “It’s one of those unique pockets of Baltimore, where there is ethnic and economic diversity and people from all walks of life.”

Learn More About Second Chance’s 2018 Wreckers Ball Fundraiser

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second chance wreckers ball

Second Chance is hosting the Wreckers Ball to support their workforce development program. The ball will be held on October 13, 2018 at their retail facility at 1700 Ridgely Street in downtown Baltimore.

At the Wreckers Ball, guests will have an opportunity to hear directly from the people whose lives have been changed through training and employment at Second Chance. “We want to thank our wonderful supporters and raise awareness in the community for the great work we are doing,” said Second Chance President and Founder Mark Foster.

Event Pick: Drink up and play some board games at Pigtown’s new corner bar, Old Major

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Image via Old Major/Eventbrite

While there’s no shortage of people in town willing to huddle around the bar to play some video games, plenty of folks equally enjoy a rousing game of Monopoly, Apples to Apples or some other physical game.

Something Different: A Thanksgiving Burrito Challenge to Benefit Paul’s Place in Pigtown

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Image via Blue Agave/Facebook

Teams of two will come ready to battle tonight at Blue Agave in Federal Hill, stuffing their faces in the name of helping a Southwest Baltimore charity.

Featured Listing and Open House: Little, Yet Fierce in the Heart of Pigtown

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Open House

Saturday, July 15th 12 – 2 pm

Sunday, July 16th 1 – 3 PM

Little yet fierce! This adorable house in the heart of up-and-coming Pigtown is carefully designed to maximize every square inch of space.

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