Tuesday, June 28, 2011

U2: More Than Just a Concert for Federal Hill

Last week’s U2 concert was a great economic boost for Federal Hill, says Light Street Cycles (1124 Light Street) owner Penny Troutner. Not only did it attract 80,000 festive fans to the area, it also brought hundreds in to work for several days on production, stage assembly, etc., before and after the huge event. And where did these workers go when they were done? To Federal Hill, of course!

Penny befriended a group of truckers who worked on the stage. They came into her store, bought bikes, had bike repairs done, and were incredibly friendly. So friendly that they gave her back stage passes to the concert! (See photo.)

And, Light Street Cycles was not the only local business to benefit. Production crew members were spotted at many establishments, including Afters CafĂ© (1001 S. Charles), Mother’s (1113 S. Charles), The Abbey Burger Bistro (1041 Marshall), and Pub Dog (20 E. Cross)! Thousands of U2 fans flocked to all the local restaurants and pubs before and after the show, too. “We were slammed and it was great fun,” said Tony of The Hill (1015 S. Charles).

Thank you, Bono and all the men of U2, for a great show and a boost to our local economy!

--Joanna Lusk, intern

Friday, June 24, 2011

Come One, Come All to Federal Hill’s First Thursdays

First Thursday is a great way to get out and explore your local business district. Don’t miss the next one: July 7, 6-8 pm. You’ll find bargains, refreshments, and a friendly and festive atmosphere at 17 participating establishments. Here is just a small sampling of what’s in store this month.

“First Thursday on July 7th is all about finding bargains,” said Amy Mutch of Amy’s Boutique, 1133 S. Charles (pictured here). “What woman doesn't SMILE at finding a great item on SALE!”

Carla Wing of Phina’s for the Home, 919 S. Charles, looks forward to First Thursdays and shakes things up every time with special deals that are available only to patrons shopping that evening.

Alexa Webb of Alexandra Webb Artisan Jewelry, 1028 S. Charles, loves the friendly interactions. And, don't forget about the deals: 20% discount on everything and a 50% off clearance table.

Don’t miss Crystal Moll Gallery, 1030 S. Charles, and the opening of “On Locations” featuring new plein air art, jazz, and a watercolor artist painting right out front. Head a few doors north and visit Mark Cottman Gallery, 1014 S. Charles.

Follow the colorful balloons to participating businesses (courtesy of Marcus-Boyd Realty, 926 Light).
After you've enjoyed the fun here, take a walk over to AVAM for the first Flicks on the Hill of the season: “Airplane,” 9 pm, FREE.

For a full list of First Thursday participants and their Web sites, go to www.historicfederalhill.org

--Joanna Lusk

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tasty New Treat Comes to Federal Hill

Afters cafe, offering pastries, coffee, and frozen yogurt with toppings galore, has just opened its doors at 1001 S. Charles. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7 am to 10 pm; Friday, 7 am to midnight; Saturday, 11 am to midnight; and Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm.

Four alternating flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt are available, along with a fruit topping bar and, for those with a sweet tooth, candy such as gummy bears and m&ms. Or, stop in for a tasty and quick breakfast on the way to work: coffee and delicious croissants and muffins.

With two full couches and plenty of tables and chairs, Afters is the perfect place to sit back and cool off during these hot summer days. Come by and check out Federal Hill’s newest cafe! Ask about the frequent buyers’ card!

--Joanna Lusk, Intern

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Illusions’ Act Heads for the High Seas

Federal Hill’s own Spencer Horsman (pictured here), star of Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge, 1029 S. Charles, is working his second cruise this month, leaving out of Vancouver and cruising around Alaska for the next two weeks.

But, don't worry, Illusions lovers, Spencer’s friend Jerry Rowan, a comedic juggler, is filling in. He will be performing shows at 9 pm on Saturday June 18 and 25, so come out and have some fun! Let's hope Spencer has a great time on the road, and check out his act at Illusions when he returns next month.

--Joanna Lusk, intern

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Federal Hill Microloans in the News

Read all about it… Federal Hill Main Street’s new microloan program is featured in today’s Baltimore Sun, on the front page of the business section. Christine Cochrum of Federal Hill's own Apothecary Wellness Spa was also interviewed and photographed.

The program is designed to help local businesses grow through small loans of up to $3,000.

Want to know more? Call 410-727-4500 or email admin@historicfederalhill.org

--Joanna Lusk, Intern

Federal Hill Non Profit to offer microloans to local businesses.