Wednesday, December 12, 2012


It's that time of year again! Federal Hill's Moonlight Madness is this Friday, December 14 starting at 8:00 pm. Shops will be staying open late for holiday shoppers, offering progressive discounts and specials.  Be sure to get your Passport and enter to win prizes.  

And, new this year, we've added a Tree Lighting to the festivities, with a little help from our friends at Federal Hill Neighborhood Association and SoBo Kids.  A tree (donated by Pork 'n Pine Tree Service,, will be illuminated at the Rec Center (corner of Cross and Light) at 7:00 pm before shopping begins. There will be hot cocoa, cookies, and a special visit from Santa Claus.  Children are invited to make a decoration to hang on the tree.  

Also, during Moonlight Madness, you'll have the chance to vote on your favorite drink entry for the Signature Fest-of-All drink contest.  Voting will take place from 8:00 pm to midnight at Federal Hill Main Street.  The winning drink will be served during our Annual Fest-of-All gala in February 2013. 

Hope to see you on Friday!
Happy Holidays,

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Work from Federal Hill Gallery Owner Mark Cottman

For some time now, Mark Cottman of Mark Cottman Gallery (1014 S. Charles St.) has wanted to create a piece that pays homage to the contributions African Americans have made to the sciences.  The talented local artist has captured this spirit in his newest painting,  "African American Inventions".

The piece features inventions ranging from the mailbox to traffic lights and refrigerators.  In classic Mark Cottman style, the painting is captivating, colorful, and expressive.  Just in time for the holidays, the piece is now available for reproduction and print

This unique piece is getting attention. Mark was featured on WEAA 88.9 FM with Baltimore Jazz Alliance on Monday, December 3rd for a meet and greet.  The event took place in his gallery.  

Stop by Mark Cottman gallery at 1014 S. Charles to see the original painting, or visit his Web site at 

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, December 7, 2012

B'More Betty Opens in Federal Hill!

B’more Betty owner, Camille Edwards, is proud to announce she has opened shop and is ready for business! B’more Betty (1316 Light Street) buys and sells designer and vintage clothing and accessories for women.  It should be noted, however, that this is in no way a consignment shop.

Rather, Betty (which stands for Bringing Exclusive Trends To You) should be seen as a place where women can share, buy, and exchange their favorite clothing and accessories.   All types of styles are represented; sure to please any shopper. Ladies can find anything from J. Crew and Banana Republic to Louis Vuitton, Escada & Gucci at amazingly discounted prices.

A Federal Hill resident for a little over a year, Camille chose this location because she “loves the community and the people.”  I know I’m glad Betty opened up in time for the holidays!

A great chance to check out B'More Betty is during Moonlight Madness on Friday, December 14th.  This is one of more than 20 great Federal Hill shops and galleries participating by staying open until midnight and offering specials and light refreshments.  Free gift wrapping at Federal Hill Main Street, too!

Make sure to follow B’More Betty on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for her latest additions to the shop; great pieces will sell fast!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jenny Leigh Band to play at the 8x10

Exciting news for all Jenny Leigh Band fans: the Jenny Leigh Band will be headlining at the 8x10, Federal Hill's great live music venue, on Saturday, Dec. 15! Doors open at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are on pre-sale now at a discounted price, you can buy one here: 

Also, with proof of ticket, fans can stop by nearby Ryleigh's Oyster and The Rowhouse from 6-8 pm for pre-show drink specials!

During the show, there will be plenty of giveaway and opportunities to get involved with the filming of their next music video.  Come out and see a great show and support local artist Jenny Leigh Band, always a favorite at Federal Hill Main Street street festivals!

Visit the Facebook event page here: Jenny Leigh LIVE at the 8x10

Or, check out the 8x10 website

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, November 30, 2012

Announcing: Fest-of-All Drink Competition!

We have some exciting Fest-of-All news! This year, we're spicing things up by hosting the very first Fest-of-All signature drink contest!  Bartenders from Federal Hill establishments are encouraged to create a unique signature cocktail that will be served during our popular annual Fest-of-All Fashion Show and Gala (Saturday, Feb.23, as Baltimore Museum of Industry).

Contestants will bring his or her concoction to Federal Hill Main Street the night of Moonlight Madness (Friday, December 14) for sampling and voting.  We'll be open from 8 pm to midnight, as will local shops and galleries, so come by our office at 42 E. Cross Street for free gift wrapping and voting after you shop!

The winner of the drink competition will have their cocktail named the Fest-of-All signature drink and will get bragging rights for the entire year.  So far, we have seven competitors: Banditos, Brewer's Cask, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Nobles, Porters, Ropewalk, and Stalking Horse.  

A little competition never hurt anyone, right?  We hope more of our local bartenders will join in the fun.

If you have any questions, call Federal Hill Main Street at 410-727-4500

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coming Soon: A Tasty Tour of Federal Hill

Ah, ‘tis the season!
This year’s 17th Annual Festive Flavors is on Tuesday, December 4th beginning at 6:00 pm, sharp, at Shofer's Furniture.  This popular and fun tour is the perfect way to get everyone in the holiday spirit!
With 30 restaurants & taverns and 15 shops & galleries in Federal Hill participating, this is a great event for new community members as well as long-time residents.  We have 12 groups that will rotate to seven different Federal Hill hot spots for food, drink, and fun. 
As always, the tour starts at a gallery or shop. Next, groups move on to restaurants for food and bars for drinks.  The last stop will be for dessert, of course!
There is still plenty of space in some groups, so if you’d like to join, give us a call! 
For more information on joining a group or purchasing a ticket, call 410-727-4500 or visit
Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, November 26, 2012

Family-Friendly Federal Hill

Thirteen years ago, Federal Hill may not have been considered as family friendly as it is today.   There were limited family activities and barely any communication between parents.  Nowadays, we have a warm community feel and fun events that everyone can enjoy.  These awesome improvements are thanks in large part to the FedHillKids Listserv.

The Listserv has been a channel for parents and families all over Fed Hill to consign, swap, communicate, and plan.   Currently, there are over 1300 members and it’s still growing.  Whether you currently have kids or are expecting one soon, this is a great place to network with other South Baltimore parents.   

Moms and Dads can exchange everything, from strollers and toys to advice and news.  And the listserv isn’t limited to child-related matters. While political posting is not allowed, parents are encouraged to talk about local Baltimore issues that may affect families. 

Interested in joining the FedHillKids Listserv?  Visit or contact the moderator at

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, November 19, 2012

Small Business Saturday: Support Local Shops!

Who: You!
What: Small Business Saturday
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, after Thanksgiving
Where: Federal Hill (and Main Streets everywhere)
Why: To support our community and encourage shopping locally!

Sometimes, Black Friday can be a little too hectic, even for the seasoned shopper.  So this year shop on Small Business Saturday instead! For those who don’t know, Small Business Saturday is a movement started by American Express that encourages shoppers to support small businesses and buy locally.

Federal Hill is full of great shops and boutiques.  Businesses like these depend on their communities to thrive. And shopping locally has so many advantages, like it’s uniqueness! You’ll be buying something one-of-a-kind and full of Baltimore charm, and no one else will have it.

It’s fun! Make a day out of it, shop, stop for lunch at any of the great restaurants, and shop some more.  There’s no better way to support you community than to partake in Small Business Saturday the 24th, after Thanksgiving. And why stop there?  Continue to shop locally all through out the year! 

“I live here, you live here, and this is our Main Street”
Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fed Hill Restaurants Featured in Baltimore's Best

The Baltimore Sun has released its 100 best restaurants in Baltimore, and four Federal Hill hotspots have made the list! The list features "new endeavors, old favorites, and everything in between."

Congratulations to our local restaurants:

SOBO Café 6 W. Cross Street
It's no wonder SOBO café made the list this year with the amount of work new owner Anna Leventis poured into it.  Their "fresh bread, homemade desserts & spreads, and neighborhood cheer" helped to secure them a spot.

The Abbey Burger Bistro 
1041 Marshall Street
This popular hideaway on Marshall Street is without a doubt a Baltimore favorite.  Their exotic burger selection has gained them lots of notoriety, from Ravens players to The Sun!

Thai Arroy 1019 Light Street
Thai Arroy has prevailed as one of the best Thai restaurants in Baltimore.  Their "reliable execution on every level" has made them a memorable eatery as well as their "crisply cheerful storefront."

Regi's American Bistro 1002 Light Street
Regi's is praised by the Baltimore Sun for their valor and determination after their April fire.  They've remained one of the "few bistros that know what a bistro experience should be."

Also to be mentioned are the three restaurants on the list that are just outside the Fed Hill Business district:  Hersh's Pizza & Drinks, Bluegrass, and Mr. Rain's Fun House.

Be sure to support these and all the great restaurants in Federal Hill!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chillin' with Chilean Wines in Federal Hill

Federal Hill's Mark Cottman Gallery is celebrating its re-opening and updated gallery with the help of neighbor restaurant SoBo Café, Saturday, November 17th.   These two Federal Hill favorites are joining together to offer a Chilean-inspired wine tasting and happy hour at the gallery (1014 S. Charles St.).   
Stop by to taste five different types of Chilean wines and enjoy the tasty appetizers, all provided by SoBo Café.  This event will be even cooler in the refreshing Mark Cottman Gallery space, filled with colorful original paintings by the gallery owner.
Cost is $25, and the event runs from 4 pm – 7 pm.  
More info on SoBo Café and Mark Cottman:
 We hope to see you there!
 Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Program Planned for South Baltimore Rec Center

The Digital Harbor Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship through education, has now added Rec2Tech to their list of programs.  This new program will benefit students of Federal Hill, as well as those who live and work in the community.  

Rech2Tech is an after-school program focused on teaching creative uses of technology to students.  Participating kids from kindergarten through grade 12 will learn how to use their developing tech skills for dance, music, videography, web design, and app development

Currently, the program is operating at Federal Hill Prep and Digital Harbor High School. Eventually, Rec2Tech will move into the South Baltimore Recreation Center space, which will also continue to house current after-school program students. The Digital Harbor Foundation will operate the program there as a nonprofit organization. After they get settled in there, they will be offering evening technology classes for community residents. 

“We want to focus on hands-on activities, to create a ‘maker space’, where kids can follow their passions while leaning about technology,” says Rose Burt, tech director.  This program will prepare students for employment and will make them more marketable in the job market. For example, the director will bring in mentors from local technology businesses, such as Betamore at 1111 Light Street.

For more info, visit:

Interested in helping?  Rec2Tech is currently looking for time, energy, and equipment.  Contact Rose Burt at

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Calling all Kids: New Federal Hill Shop!

Join us in welcoming the new Cottage Kidz (1129 Light Street) to our Federal Hill community!  The store specializes in fashionable children’s apparel and carries a wide selection of clothing, shoes and accessories, in sizes infant through ‘tweens (size 16) and even a few toys. 

“We are very excited to come to Federal Hill; even before we opened, friendly neighbors were coming by to offer support and welcome us”, says owner Kimberly Pitts.  Kimberly owned the store previously in Mount Vernon for two years before moving it to Fed Hill.  With 1,300+ families in the area, Cottage Kidz is a welcome addition to our business district!

Cottage Kidz will be participating in our Moonlight Madness/Tree Lighting holiday events on December 14.  Their website is still in the works, but in the meantime you can reach Cottage Kidz by calling 410-962-5556 or emailing 

Also, check them out on Facebook and search for them on Instagram!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sobo Café Introduces Live Music

It may be getting colder outside, but Sobo Café (6 W. Cross Street) is certainly heating up! This fall, they’re introducing live entertainment.  The kick-off event celebrates Election Day on November 6. Starting at 6 pm, Russ Causey (of Hanover Blue) will take the stage. There will be wine, beer bites, and plenty of music.  
SoBo Cafe's next event (on November 13) will benefit the Maryland Food Bank.  Admission will be a $10 donation or 10 canned or nonperishable food items.  This is a great chance to give thanks and be in good company.  There will be live jazz music as well as great food/drink specials.  This event begins at 5 pm.
Mark your calendars and make your way to Sobo Café after the ballots this Tuesday!
Check out Sobo’s seasonal menu at
Like Sobo Café on facebook and twitter

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, November 2, 2012

17th Annual Festive Flavors!

Kick off the holiday season Federal Hill style with the 17th Annual Festive Flavors of Federal Hill. This year's Tasty Tour of local businesses is Tuesday, December 4, 6-10 pm
One of our most popular events, Festive Flavors usually sells out, so get tickets soon. Don't miss out on the great food, drink, and fun!
Federal Hill Main Street is putting together 12 groups for this annual neighborhood adventure. Each group goes to 7 local businesses, starting with a shop or gallery and then heading to 6 different establishments for food and drink, changing every 30 minutes and ending with a dessert stop. 
It’s a great way to celebrate with neighbors and friends, new and old! Come with a group or join one of ours. Tickets are $55 each, and include all food and drink.
Info: or 410-727-4500.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Roll into Fall" with a Family Bike Party

This 10th of November, join Light Street Cycles (1124 Light Street) for the Fall Family Bike Party.  All families are welcome to bring their children of all ages.  While there have been other Family Bike Parties in the past, this one will begin in nearby Riverside Park (Riverside Avenue and Randall Street).

Stroll the neighborhood streets from 9:30 to 11:30 am with other families and enjoy this beautiful community ride.  “Baltimore-area families with toddlers in trailers, kids on trail-a-bikes, young children on two wheels, and more are all welcome on this fun community ride!”

To learn more about this event, please visit

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Zip to the Polls with Zipcar's Election Day Deals!

This election year, don’t let a lack of transportation prevent you from voting!  Zipcar, with locations throughout Baltimore, including two around Federal Hill, is encouraging all citizens to vote by providing half-priced reservation prices for those who use Zipcar to drive to the polls. 

On November 6th, members can receive this great markdown to take themselves, family, or friends to vote.  “We know a lot of our members are actively engaged in civic affairs…. We want to make it as easy as possible for our members to cast a ballot in this year’s election” says Scott Griffith, Zipcar chairman and CEO.

Even better for Baltimore residents, using you Zipcar card will give you special deals at the National Aquarium, Merritt Athletic Club, the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Bicycle Works, Caribou Coffee, Kooper’s Tavern and many more.

For Federal Hill residents, there are two zip car locations near by:
1000 S. Hanover St (Sharp-Leadenhall)
The Light Street branch Library (On Street)

To learn more about Zipcar’s “Zip to the Polls”, visit their website at

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, October 12, 2012

Bringing a Little of Philly to Federal Hill

Larry Davidov, owner of Fat Larry’s Philly Cheesesteaks & Hoagies (1026 S. Charles St) had plenty of good things to say about Federal Hill; and we have plenty of good things to say about his restaurant!

Fat Larry’s is “the real deal” when it comes to cheesesteaks and hoagies, serving a huge array of authentic, mouthwatering sandwiches, sure to please everyone’s tastes.  They use freshly baked bread out of Philly and you can order your sandwich “wit or wit out” fried onions.  For the vegetarians in the area, Fat Larry's now offers a veggie burger sub.

Larry was drawn to Federal Hill because of the great people and eateries here. “I have eaten at a lot of places and I have a favorite item at almost every one of them," he said.  He noticed that Federal Hill had a good amount of bars, but few sandwich shops.  He capitalized on that and opened his own shop in the heart of 21230.  So far it’s been a great success.

Fat Larry’s is now offering delivery service.  If you’re within five miles of their storefront, they’ll deliver your meal directly to you until 11 pm (10 pm on Sundays).

Be sure to check out hours and menu on their web site, or by calling 443-759-7302
Follow Fat Larry’s on twitter and facebook for upcoming specials and deals!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Your Chance to See "Inside Federal Hill"

Ever wonder what’s behind the bricks and formstone of the row houses in Federal Hill?  Federal Hill Main Street invites you to find out for yourself in our first FEDERAL HILL HOUSE TOUR.

The tour features 11 beautiful homes in the Federal Hill, Federal Hill South, Riverside, and South Baltimore areas.  All genres of home décor will be displayed including modern, classical, eclectic, professionally decorated, and do-it-yourselfers.  This is a great opportunity to get ideas for your own home!  

The self-guided walking tour starts at Federal Hill Main Street (42 E. Cross) and runs from noon–4:00 pm. After visiting the homes, ticket-holders are invited to come back to the office for a wine and light snack get-together from 3:00–5:30 pm. 

Tickets are $25 for one, two for $40, and $10 for seniors. You can purchase your tickets in advance at or by calling 410 727 4500.  We hope to see you there!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Milestones on Federal Hill Main Street

Everyone knows that Federal Hill has a wide variety of unique shops and restaurants.  But what you may not know is that one of our local shops is embarking on a very exciting milestone: 10 Years of Business in Federal Hill!  Pandora’s Box Boutique, 50 E. Cross Street, is celebrating “10 years of Trendy” on Saturday, October 6, 2012, and you are invited!

Shop owner Monesha Phillips is “thrilled to have been a part of this vibrant community for so long,” and she’s hosting this exciting celebration as a “Thank You” to all of her shoppers who come from near and far.  The celebration will include food, beverages, and a raffle for all shoppers – you won’t want to miss it!
For those who haven’t had the chance to visit 

Pandora’s Box, October 6th is the perfect opportunity to discover the boutique.  Filled with a variety of unique pieces of jewelry, items for the home, gifts, and seasonal items, Pandora’s Box has something for everyone.  Please mark your calendars for this exciting event. The festivities begin at 4pm, and extend until 8pm.  We hope to see you on Main Street on Saturday, October 6th!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Federal Hill Street Beat: Kids' Kross!

The Federal Hill Street Beat Festival tomorrow will truly be an event for everyone! This year's family area, Kid's Kross Street, on the south side of Cross Street Market, will be one of our best yet - entertaining for pre-teens to pre-schoolers. Check it out 11 am to 5 pm (then enjoy the rest of the festival, which goes on until 7 pm).

Some exciting features this year, all coordinated by parent volunteers, include Bubble the Clown with Balloon Art (11 am-2 pm) and Urban Pirate Storytime! (1-2 pm ).  We'll even have two MOON BOUNCES set up all day.  And it doesn't end there.  You'll find face painting and temporary tattoos, outdoor toys, games, toddler play area, water fun, and more.  When the kids need a break from running around, there will be craft tables to visit.

   And, it's all FREE! 

Be sure to come out to the Street Beat Festival (Charles and Cross Streets) TOMORROW, check out the music, food, arts & crafts, and beach tennis, and, of course, Kid's Kross Street!

See you tomorrow!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, September 28, 2012

Federal Hill Street Beat: The Vendors

Can you believe we have 80+ vendors participating in this year's Federal Hill Street Beat Festival on Sunday?  There will certainly be something for everyone! Come on down, 11 am to 7 pm. FREE admission!

Food & drink vendors will offer everything from standard festival fare like pit beef, turkey, burgers, dogs, and funnel cakes to more exotic offerings like flatbread pizza, falafel wraps, chicken satay, and jambalaya.  And, of course, no Maryland festival is complete without crab cakes! There will also be plenty of drinks to choose from like lemonade, smoothies, beer, and bottled beverages.  

Our Arts & Crafts offerings will be equally as diverse with all types of hand-crafted jewelry, imported accessories, home décor, apparel, candles, quilts, original photographs, and of course, Orioles, Ravens and Natty Boh Gear.  With baseball season winding down (or heating up, go O's!) and football season picking up, what better time to buy sports gear than the present?

Look forward to all of this and more, including 17 bands on 3 music stages, Kid's Kross Street, and beach tennis courtesy of Aruba at the Street Beat Festival THIS Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 am to 7 pm

info and band schedule:

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Federal Hill Street Beat Fest: The Music!

Everyone knows that the Federal Hill STREET BEAT FESTIVAL (sponsored this year by Aruba) offers incredible live music.  Don't miss the great, FREE event this Sunday, September 30, 11 am to 7 pm   

   We have a whopping 17 bands playing on three stages for maximum music entertainment: Cross Street at Light, West Street at Charles, and Hamburg Street at Charles. Bands play for roughly one hour, and times are staggered so you won’t miss a single beat.  Bands come from all over, mixing sounds and genres for everyone enjoy.  We even have some local bands, like Bravenoise and Jenny Freeman Band, who are from Federal Hill. Festival favorites Grilled Lincolns, All Mighty Senators, and Old Man Brown are sure to please as well.

    Check out the schedule:


                                                       12:30-1:30         Unmentionables
                                                       1:45-2:45 Olyver James
                                                       3:00-4:00 Freedom Enterprise
                                                       4:20-5:10 Jenny Leigh Band
                                                       5:30-7:00 Old Man Brown  


                                                          11:15-12:15 Radiation Puppy
                                                          12:30-1:30         Shook
                                                          1:45-2:30     Getamungstit
                                                          2:45-4:00    Uncle Jack Band
                                                          4:15-5:10     Pigeons Playing Ping Pong  
                                                          5:30-7:00           Psycho Killers


                                                          11:30-12:15      Hippy Sheiks
                                                          12:30-1:15 Bravenoise
                                                          1:30-2:15 Shinola
                                                          3:00-4:00         Soul Island Rebels
                                                          4:15-5:15     Grilled Lincolns  
                                                          5:45-7:00          All Mighty Senators 
Don’t forget about the 80+ vendors bringing arts & crafts and food & drink for you!  This is an event you certainly don’t want to miss!
See you Sunday!
Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, September 24, 2012

Beach Tennis, Anyone? Aruba Sponsors Federal Hill Street Beat Festival!

It’s official!  Aruba is bringing Beach Tennis to the Federal Hill Street Beat Festival this Sunday, September 30th! Street Beat is Federal Hill's biggest festival of the year, and with a real sand court added to the mix of live music, food&drink, arts&crafts, Kids' Kross Street, and more, this event is sure to be the best yet. And, all this with FREE admission!
Beach Tennis is the national sport of Aruba, and is gaining momentum throughout the world.  A mix between tennis and beach volleyball, this game promises to be fun and exhilarating.  Along with the 80+ vendors offering food, drink, crafts, and an incredible 17 bands, this addition will certainly make for an unforgettable Street Beat Festival.
Aruba is home to more than 50 annual events of its own – including the world-famous Carnival, Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba In-Style Fashion Week and International Beach Tennis Championships.     
Aruba is thrilled to bring sand, sun, and fun to one of Baltimore’s greatest outdoor events.  Definitely be sure to check out the courts and maybe even try it for yourself!

For more information on beach tennis, visit
Visit the Aruba Tourism page here: 
   Street Beat Festival information is at 
Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Microloans: Helping Businesses One at a Time

While many talk about small business being the "backbone of our economy," access to capital for these businesses remains difficult.  Federal Hill Main Street is here to help our local merchants with Federal Hill Microloans, a program we launched to offer small amounts at a low interest rate.  The project is funded primarily from our annual Fest-of-All event at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (so you can not only have a great night at our popular gala in February, you can also contribute to a good cause!). 
Often times, the microloan is just enough to make a business stronger.  Vanessa White of Vanessa’s Vintage Treasures (1132 S. Charles) used one to help broaden her inventory of unique jewelry, linens, pottery, and collectibles.  “I think this is an excellent program.  I’ve already sold some of the items I bought, so it all comes around in one big circle”, Vanessa said. 
Bobabooi's Treasure Chest (1028 S. Charles) used a microloan to finance development of an interactive website with e-commerce options and integrated social media.  Bobabooi's sells Ravens, Orioles, and Natty Boh-themed clothing and related accessories, and the loan helped broaden their customer base.  
"It's fantastic that local businesses have this option, right here in our neighborhood", said Bobabooi's owner Angela Lauta.  And Vanessa White mentioned that "the process was easy and convenient."
For more information, call 410-757-4500 or
Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, September 14, 2012

Love to Read? Share Your Thoughts on New Book Blog

The Book Escape Blog is now live! Local book enthusiast, Cathy Strodel, is managing the interactive site for the Federal Hill shop at 805 Light Street which carries new and used books. Cathy shares her opinions and will also incorporate those of readers who comment on the online column, entitled "Book Talk with Cathy Strodel." All are welcome to visit the blog and contribute.

Anyone who loves to read will love this blog! Cathy is a voracious reader with sharp insights. Her writing style is personal and easy to follow. She makes good recommendations (and explains why) and has the perfect blogging voice, "talking" to readers with the familiarity of a neighbor.

Consider following Book Talk if you want to be part of a book club but can’t make the meetings. I’ve already taken note of a couple books I’m interested in reading, and this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see her future posts!

Check it out for yourself:

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Birthday, Midnite Confection's Cupcakery!

Just in time for autumn, Federal Hill's Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery (1051 S. Charles) is celebrating its 2nd anniversary by releasing a brand new confection: the Salted Caramel cupcake. The cupcake will perfectly compliment the crisp fall air and your warm apple cider. The flavor itself is quite unique, playing on the classic sweet and salty combination, but without overdoing it.

Some of the shop's other new flavors include French Toast, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Cookies & Cream, so be sure to keep them in mind next time you entertain or need to temporarily tame your sweet tooth. (After all, beach season’s over!) Midnite also has signature flavors of the day, which change every day or week. You can see the calendar as well as the pricing at their web site,

Midnite’s creativity and attention to flavor have lead to numerous raves in Baltimore GO, Baltimore’s Best magazines, and many more. They would like to thank all of their customers and the Federal Hill Area for their success!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, September 7, 2012

How About a Spirited Ghost Tour of Historic Federal Hill?

With Halloween just around the corner, there are new “spooky” attractions popping up all over town.  This year, we recommend checking out the new Historic Federal Hill Ghost Tour, guaranteed to give you an unforgettable experience of this historic community. 
Barry Werner, co-owner of Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast (801 S. Charles St.), has teamed up with Inspired Ghost Tracking, a paranormal investigation group based in Jessup, MD, to provide the most diverse haunted tour in the area. “Science, technology, spirituality, and legend” are combined together to give participants a unique perspective as they walk through the streets of Federal Hill.
Rob Gutro, a medium, along with Inspired Ghost Tracking, conducted research throughout the neighborhood before the tour was developed. For example, they verified a spirit residing in The Book Escape (805 Light Street). So who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next to discover a spirit. Actually, encountering a spirit could be easier than you think! As Barry says, “This community is infused with as much history as it is with spirits of the dead.”
The tour lasts about an hour and is offered on Saturdays at 6 pm and 8:30 pm.  There is a 15-person limit per tour, so buy your tickets today!
For more information on Inspired Ghost Tracking, visit

   By Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Federal Hill Fitness' Boot Camp: Best of Baltimore!

 Word is getting about about the popular "Boot Camp" classes at Federal Hill Fitness (39 E. Cross St.), recently    named “Best Fitness Class” by Baltimore magazine. Boot Camp meets 3 times a week for 4 weeks and focuses on  “military-style” drills such as jumping and lunging, using an individual's body weight as core resistance. Participants train outdoors most of the season, making the challenges more varied and interesting. Intrigued? You can sign up for the next 4-week session that starts on September 17.

It's never too late to get in shape! Check out the many fitness options at Federal Hill Fitness. There are fun and productive classes happening right now for people of all skill levels. Co-owner Andrea Selby, says “Group training is fun, cost efficient and accessible to everyone! It takes away from the scariness that people find in working out.”

Offerings at Federal Hill Fitness range from beginner courses like FitClub and Solid Start, which focus on basics such as using the gym, fitness, and nutrition, to more advanced options like Boot Camp. Whatever skill level you may be, there is definitely an option for a fun and enjoyable workout for you at Federal Hill Fitness!


Margeaux Appel, intern

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Cafe Opens on Light Street

The Light Street Café (1121 Light Street) is now open! This new café has an American focus and serves breakfast all day, but you'll also find made-to-order sandwiches and many other popular favorites on the menu.

From pancakes to salads to espressos, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The cafe is open from 6 am to 10 pm and has wi-fi access for your convenience.

The owner, Chris Tipton, is "very excited" about the café opening, and wants to create a nice, friendly place for people to relax while enjoying good food.

Stop in and check out this attractive new addition to our business district.
For more information, visit their website at

Margeaux Appel, intern

Friday, August 10, 2012

Support Main Street While Enjoying Bluegrass Food!

Bluegrass Tavern has named Federal Hill Main Street as a beneficiary for its Sunday community contributions program. The restaurant (1500 S. Hanover St.) will donate 10% of the profits made this Sunday, August 11, to Federal Hill Main Street.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful meal while benefiting our nonprofit organization that is focused on strengthening the Federal Hill business district. Hours are as follows: Brunch: 10-2, Lunch: 2-5, and Dinner: 5-9.

We hope you can make it to Bluegrass this Sunday! Tasty food, enjoyable atmosphere and a great cause. Thanks to the folks at Bluegrass for their generosity.

Margeaux Appel, Intern

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Congratulations to The Guide's Federal Hill Award Winners!

Several Federal Hill establishments were named by readers of Baltimore Guide in the newspaper's 2012 Readers' Choice Win-Place-Show Awards, including:

Abbey Burger Bistro: Burger (place)
Ace Hardware: Hardware/Home Supply Store (place)
Doggie Style: Pet Store (win)
MaGerk's Pub & Grill: Cheesesteak Sub (show)
Mother's Federal Hill Grille: Federal Hill Bar (win)
Nevin's Cross Street Station: Karaoke (place)
Ron Zimmerman: Real Estate Agent (show)
Ropewalk: Federal Hill Bar (show)
Ryleigh's Oyster: Federal Hill Bar (place)
Thai Arroy: Asian-style Restaurant (show)

Please patronize these and all our great local businesses!

Margeaux Appel, Intern

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Light Street Cycles Supports Digital Harbor Student's Vision

Later this month, students will be returning to Digital Harbor High School.  Before their
summer break, some students took to heart their teacher's end-of-year
assignment to find a way to tackle the problem of poverty in Baltimore City.

One student wrote an essay on how bike lanes would help poor people by
allowing them safe, inexpensive, reliable transportation.  Her idea grew into a video
and a petition.  Light Street Cycles loaned the students the bikes and helmets,
and they put this video together.

"Please watch the video and sign their petition," said Penny Troutner. "Things may be in a
mess, but the next generation is going to try to straighten it out." 

Margeaux Appel, intern

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Want To Get in Shape? Knockout Fitness Can Help!

Welcome Knockout Fitness to Federal Hill! Located at 1108 Light Street, this new business is a unique, full-service facility with options for everyone. With a focus on boxing and circuit training, they cater to men, women, and children on every budget and skill level. They want to help clients get fit and be healthy in a fun and exciting atmosphere, explained co-owner Chris Nissely.

In addition to boxing classes, Knockout Fitness will be providing personal training, yoga, and Pilates. They are focused on the individual and work to tailor training to meet health and fitness goals, explained Chris. “What doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change you" is the slogan used by Chris and his co-owner Pat Cramen.

With Federal Hill Fitness on E. Cross Street, residents now have two excellent options in the neighborhood. Look for Knockout Fitness' grand opening at the end of this month.

For more information, check them out on Facebook: or follow them on Twitter: @knockoutbmore

Margeaux Appel, intern

Friday, August 3, 2012

Calling All Art Lovers: This Saturday!

Mark Cottman Gallery, 1014 S. Charles, is having a Blue Dot Sale reception this Saturday, August 4, 5pm - 9pm. If you haven't yet visited this wonderful gem in Federal Hill, Saturday would be a good time to check out the original art, the engaging owner, and the attractive space.

"Join us for colorful art, great conversation, laughs, wine, and light fare," said gallery owner and artist Mark Cottman. Selected works with blue dots will be on sale for 20% off.

This will be the gallery's last reception before minor renovations begin. The gallery is closed August 7-28 and will reopen August 29 with fresh paint and sparkling wood floors.

Hope to see you Saturday at the reception!

Margeaux Appel, Intern

Thursday, August 2, 2012

M&T Bank: New Location and Tons of Enthusiasm! 

The Federal Hill M&T Bank branch has moved to the new mixed use development at 1111 Light Street. You'll find very enthusiastic and welcoming staff in the attractive space. Two tellers are available during working hours to assist you with every need and answer any question that you may have. From a large conference room to a safe box service, this branch has many qualities special to a bank in an urban area.

The staff is thrilled about the move from Cross Street four weeks ago, and they appreciate the sense of community that makes Federal Hill special. "We are committed to serving our customers and being involved in the community,” said Senior Branch Manager Anthony Nicotra.

Everyone knows that M&T Bank is a major sponsor of the Ravens, but did you also know they are a sponsor of the Federal Hill Street Beat Festival to be held on Sunday, September 30th! Bank personnel are enthusiastic about all the upcoming community events and are eager to be involved, said Anthony. Stop in and welcome them to their new space.

Margeaux Appel, intern.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Street Beat Festival: Free Music for All!

We have some great bands lined up for the Federal Hill Street Beat Festival on Sunday, September 30, 11 am to 7 pm. This is our largest festival of the year with bands playing on three stages all day.

The event is FREE and will be lots of fun for everyone! Come Party in the Streets to the sounds of Old Man Brown, All Mighty Senators (a festival favorite), Speakers of the House, Soul Island Rebels, Shinola, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Unmentionables, and more.

Along with all the music, you'll find a huge assortment of arts & crafts, lots of food and drink options, and a whole block of activities and games for kids. The Ravens play on Thursday that week, so no conflict for football fans!

   Mark your calendar for September 30th so you don't miss out!

Margeaux Appel, Intern