Shop & Eat

Downtown restaurant Maisy’s announces it’s closing for good

Image via Google Street View.

Maisy’s, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown known for brick oven pizzas and creative takes on classic American fare, will not reopen after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, owner Matt Helme posted on Facebook.

Hogan extends moratorium on utility shutoffs, late fees through July 1

Photo by Ricky Romero, via Flickr

Gov. Larry Hogan today extended his order prohibiting utility companies from shutting off services for residents or charging them late fees through July 1.

The order stops electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV and internet service providers from shutting off services at residences or charging households a late fee for lack of payment.

Baltimore restaurants allowed to have outdoor dining on Friday

Photo via the Governor’s Office/Flickr

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced that restaurants with outdoor dining permits will be allowed to begin serving customers outside starting at 5 p.m. on Friday in accordance with new guidance from Gov. Larry Hogan.

Restaurants that do not have an outdoor dining permit can apply for a temporary permit online starting at 9 a.m. on Monday.

After 25 years, Hampden Junque closes its storefront and becomes a virtual shop

Owner Michal Makarovich outside Hampden Junque. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Michal Makarovich was one of the last merchants in Baltimore who regularly put elaborate displays in the front window of his store, but now he says those days are over.

Makarovich and associate Adrian Monaco created the final window display this week to signal that their business, Hampden Junque, is closing its physical storefront permanently and becoming an online shop.

The window contains a figure of Pee-wee Herman, the fictional character, all by himself, with none of the quirky merchandise from the store that usually surrounds him.

Chef Bledsoe is leaving Miss Shirley’s Cafe to helm Towson restaurant group

Courtesy: Fallston Group

Chef Brigitte O. Bledsoe, a mainstay in the kitchen of Miss Shirley’s Cafe for years, has left to lead Towson Tavern and sister operations The Rec Room and Torrent Lounge.

Gypsy Queen adding location at Whole Foods Market in Harbor East, will begin delivery tomorrow

Gypsy Queen on Thursday will begin delivery from their new Harbor East cafe location. Photo via Facebook.

The Gypsy Queen Cafe Food Truck, which also has a “truckstaurant” in Hampden, is adding a third member to its family of eateries: a cafe in Harbor East.

The Gypsy Queen Cafe has set up shop inside the new, soon-to-open Whole Foods supermarket in Harbor East.

Located at 711 S. Central Ave., the eatery will offer delivery through GrubHub from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Thursday.

Milk & Ice Vintage and Sturgis Antiques to close shared space on The Avenue for good

Image via Google Street View.

Milk & Ice Vintage and Sturgis Antiques, two specialty stores that shared a space on The Avenue in Hampden, announced they will be closing their physical storefront and shift to online business and by-appointment studio visits.

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.

Pay It Forward – How Very Well Acupuncture is Coping during Coronavirus


Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Dr. David Buscher, D.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.,
Doctor of Acupuncture at Very Well Acupuncture, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
In the face of the unknown risks, we decided to close the clinic completely on March 18th. During that time, we changed our clinic management software to a service that allows us to conduct telemedicine appointments. “Telemedicine acupuncture” may sound strange, but it’s actually really lovely and empowering. On a secure video call, we talk about the client’s pain or concerns and then guide them through a series of acupressure, self-massage, and breathing exercises.

Now, having received best practices for disinfection from our national organizations, we have reopened the clinic for limited office visits, as well.