North Baltimore’s favorite sweet spot is opening a location just north of the city.
The Charmery will add a third outpost at 6807 York Road next year to go with its second future location at Union Collective in Medfield, co-owner and master creamer David Alima confirmed on a quick phone call this morning.
The new spot will be in a small commercial strip in the Rodgers Forge area and is scheduled to open in late spring, co-owner Laura Alima said in an interview. It’ll be around 1,000 square feet, with room to serve ice cream, soda floats and to-go pints.
“It’s kind of been fun to reimagine what have here at The Charmery, what we love most about it, and then think about new things that we can bring to the table in a new location,” she said.
Alima and her husband, David, made a big move already this year when they announced they’d be opening a second location dubbed “The Ice Cream Factory” in the much-awaited Union Collective space in Medfield. Union Craft Brewing is currently building out a local business hub there inside an old warehouse adjacent their new brewery. So far they’ve signed on The Charmery, rock-climbing gym Earth Treks, the Baltimore Whiskey Company and Huckle’s hot sauces as tenants.
The Charmery’s Medfield location will be about 5,500 square feet, giving the Alimas room to expand production. It’ll also house an event space and additional storage room.
David said the York Road outpost gives them a new opportunity to consider “what the community needs.” That could include more collaborations like the Hampden store’s ongoing one with neighbor Center Cut Doughnuts, he said.
The Alimas opened their flagship location at the corner of W. 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue in 2013. They just celebrated their ice cream shop’s fourth birthday.
If for some reason you haven’t been, it’s worth a visit. The ice cream is incredibly rich, the flavors one-of-a-kind (daily signatures include Old Bay Caramel and Malty Vanilla Chip), and they usually keep a couple delicious vegan varieties available for non-dairy consumers. Just be prepared for the line, especially if you go on a weekend or any day with mildly nice weather, really.
“We’re just barely able to keep up [with demand] with what we have,” David told Baltimore Fishbowl in June. “I can’t wait to see what our team can do with some freedom.”
While they’re in expansion mode now, the Alimas say they’re not eyeing any additional store openings in the near future. That way they can focus on giving these three “the love they need,” Davis said.
“We’ve been really on the back end of it making sure that our systems are all in place, all the seemingly nitpicky, boring things are in place,” Laura said, “so we can give the same great experience that we give here at The Charmery in Hampden to all of our other locations.”
This story has been updated with comment from David and Laura Alima.
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