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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.

Rituals, new bar and venue, to take over old home of The Windup Space

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

The former home of The Windup Space will continue on as place for the arts.

Rituals, a new bar and venue operated by bartender Émile Joseph Weeks, is due to open in the North Avenue space later this summer.

Rocket to Venus owners fundraising to film their search for a long-lost spaceship

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Rocket to Venus co-owners Geoff Danek and Brian Carey meet with Lance Barley, Robert Condit’s great-nephew and pour through documents about the mysterious rocket. Photo courtesy of Urban Goat Films.

Legend has it that in the late 1920s, brothers Harry and Sterling Uhler and fellow amateur scientist (and recent Poly grad) Robert Condit built an actual rocket in a western Hampden garage. The primitive spacecraft included a 50-gallon gas tank and steel pipes for rocket tubes, and a sidewalk serving as a launchpad to send them off on their journey—anywhere from 24 to 162 million miles away–from Earth to Venus.

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.

Hot Plate: The Feast of St. Anthony, Forest Hill’s Strawberry Festival, al fresco dining in Fells Point and more

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The four-day St. Nicholas Greek Festival, always a foodie destination, kicks off on Thursday.

With summer (unofficially) underway, we’re looking at a great week filled with festivals, strawberries and soft shell crabs, among other things. Here’s what’s coming up:

Support One Love at the Valley Inn’s Charity Bartender Event

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Join supporters of the One Love Foundation next Wednesday, June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the Valley Inn‘s Charity Bartending Competition. The night will feature custom cocktails, great food, live music, guest bartenders and WBAL’s Keith Mills. Guests bartenders include Sharon Love, Alicia Matthai, Courtney Mullin, Erin Rothwell, Steele Stanwick, and Bill Sinclair.

Village Square Cafe Celebrates 10 years of Casual Dining and Comfort Food

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Most restaurant owners wouldn’t consider opening during a recession, but that’s exactly what Robert and Roseann Glick did when they debuted their 130-seat neighborhood café in the Village of Cross Keys December 2008.

Robert’s mother, Ruth Shaw  — of the upscale women’s boutique of the same name that was in Cross Keys for decades — had lamented the lack of a casual café at the suburban shopping center and suggested that someone should open an eatery there, Roseann said.

“It couldn’t have been a worse time to launch a new business, but fortunately for us, we succeeded,” she said. The business caught on quickly and, luckily, the husband-and-wife duo picked the right concept for those lean times: a casual restaurant that serves comfort food. “I think it was to our advantage that we weren’t fine dining,” Roseann said.

Bluebird Pub in Hampden has reopened after flooding

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

You may have already noticed if you were wandering Hampden over Memorial Day weekend, but just to keep everyone in the loop: Bluebird Pub is back open.

Hot Plate: Party at Sandlot, Market at Montebello debuts, Raw & Refined opens and more

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This week offers opportunities to eat and drink outdoors, including at a party at the Sandlot on Sunday.

The unofficial start of summer is upon us and the Baltimore restaurant scene is in celebration mode this week, with tons of al fresco dining options, a handful of fun new openings and several strong incentives to raise a glass. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Fat Tiger, El Tigre and Old Boy open in Broadway Market, Preakness specials, Mac and Cheese Festival and more

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Topside celebrates Preakness Friday and Saturday with a “raising the steaks” special.

This week is full of great restaurant news, including multiple openings and new offerings, Preakness-related specials and an opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest women in the Baltimore restaurant scene.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening and what’s on tap:

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