Wintry mix possible for Baltimore area — WBAL-TV
Below the surface, a vexing problem for Towson Row — Baltimore Sun
Whole Foods fires 9 store managers over bonus manipulation — CBS Baltimore
The poorly-kept secret is finally out. The Harbor East Whole Foods is moving to a new store on Central Ave. The move is only a few blocks, but will basically double the grocery store’s current size.
Grocers are among the many businesspeople who see opportunity in the new development sprouting up around downtown Baltimore. But even as deals in a pair of separate spaces on Fleet St. and N. Charles St. supposedly develop, officials haven’t been willing to put names to these potential grocery suitors.
It’s not too often that an event comes across our desk that truly defies categorization. And so we tend to file events like this under Never-Mind-The-Details-Just-Make-Sure-You-Go. We all know that a fantastic summer is full of outdoor festivals, grilled amazingness, and casual warm-weather shopping. Father’s Day weekend means time with kids and family, and that perfectly warm weather that drives you outside for juicy burgers and brightly colored popsicles. Well, the Village of Cross Keys Summer Sun & Fun event (which starts on Thursday and runs through Father’s Day) has all of that (really, all of that) and more. Much, much more. A strolling balloonist. A barbershop quartet. Tarot card readings. Free yoga. Flag Day’s history told by storytellers in period dress. An ice cream social. Grilling tips from the experts at Whole Foods. Cupcake decorating for kids. Do we really need to go on? Probably not, but we will. Because seriously, Cross Keys was already far and away one of our top shopping hot spots; but this time, they’ve really outdone themselves.
When I heard Harris Teeter might be coming to my neck of the woods, I whined in protest: No, say it isn’t so.
I have nothing against Harris Teeter. In fact, I’ve enjoyed the few visits I’ve made to the specialty grocery store in other locations. The prepared foods selection is appealing, the aisles are wide and brightly lit, the employees friendly. But in no way do I want it coming anywhere near my house, as is rumored to be the case. It just might send me over the edge.
While I feel for those folks who live in “food deserts,” where few if any grocery stores exist and residents are reduced to buying junk food at corner stores, I suffer from the opposite problem.
There are so many grocery stores within a three-mile radius of my house, each with its own niche in the food industry, that I could spend hours each week just driving around to each one, picking up a little of this and a little of that and still not coming home with everything I need. I’m trying to rein in the habit by sticking to one or two stores to stock up on groceries for my family, whose appetites are growing alongside the food store options in Towson.
Erich March and his wife, Michele Speaks-March, were sick and tired of watching neighbors in their East Baltimore community die of preventable conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Why were these illnesses so incredibly rampant in their area? Erich and Michele, who co-own the March Funeral Homes, blamed the dearth of food-shopping options nearby. They put their heads together to brainstorm a solution to food-desert problem plaguing the Oliver, South Clifton, and Darley Park neighborhoods in the greater North Avenue neighborhood. Their light bulb of a simple, practical idea is inspiring, because they’re putting it into daily practice.