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