The Bun Shop to Open a Third Location in Towson

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The Bun Shop in Mount Vernon. Image via Google Street View.

The Bun Shop is expanding to the county.

The coffee and pastry shop will open a third outpost at 40 W. Chesapeake Avenue in downtown Towson across from the planned $350 million Towson Row development, according to a release from commercial real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield.

Owner Minh Vo opened his original location in 2012 at 239 W. Read Street in Mount Vernon, and added a second one at 22 Light Street in the Inner Harbor last April. His stores serve up an eclectic mix of delicious pastries, from desserts to pork buns and empanadas, and offer late hours designed for the remote-working coffee drinker. (The one in Mount Vernon stays open until 3 a.m. seven days a week.)

In a statement, Vo touted the new 3,600-square-foot space’s proximity to Towson University and Goucher College.

“Our typical clientele consists of college students looking for a comfortable place to plug-in and work, while also enjoying quality snacks of an international variety and great coffee drinks,” he said. He called its presence near the downtown business district “an added perk.”

Right across the road, Caves Valley Partners and Greenberg Gibbons are redeveloping a five-acre site that, when finished, will contain more than 100,000 square feet of space for retail, another 150,000 square feet of office space, 250 luxury residential units, 300 student housing units and a hotel.

The Towson Row project stalled this past winter when crews discovered solid rock where Caves Valley Partners had planned to carve out a parking garage. The developer added Greenberg Gibbons as a partner on the project, and the companies redesigned the plan to include a larger hotel and no underground garage, among other revisions, per a report from the Towson Times. Construction can proceed once county officials approve the redesign as part of the overall project plan.

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