Featured, Food & Drink, Hampden

Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites to Open in Hampden Friday

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 9:45am

Le Garage Beer Bar & FritesHampden is ready to welcome a new bar and restaurant to take over the old Dogwood location. Le Garage, which as you probably got from the name is a casual French place, opens this Friday on the Avenue.

The executive chef is Sarah Acconcia, formerly of the 13.5% Wine Bar, who has been tasked with crafting “working class” versions of fancy French staples and putting new twists on “peasant dishes.” >Entrees will be priced between $15 and $19 “for the most part” (though City Paper has it between $16 and $23 for single-person entrees). Read More →

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World Book Night Pre-Party at Atomic Books

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 1:58pm


catch of the day fish (2)World Book Night Pre-Party at Atomic Books

Those book worms over at Atomic Books in Hampden really know how to party. As participants in World Book Night 2014, they’re hosting a pre-World Book Night  party this evening, to celebrate this latest tradition that helps to spread the joy of reading. World Book Night gets some of the best new books off of the shelves and into the hands of people who usually have little access to books because of means or geography. And with great folks like those at Atomic Books getting on board and hosting the festivities, reading couldn’t look more appealing. Read More →

Featured, Hampden, Lifeline

UPDATE: The Dog Poisoner Strikes Again! If You Own a Dog in Hampden, Watch Out

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 04, 2014 9:00am


Terri Galvan says when she went to check on her pit bull Maddie outside of her Hampden home Saturday, she saw a middle-age man walking slowly away and discovered bits of sausages stuffed with Tylenol — poisonous to cats and dogs — strewn about her yard. She doesn’t think Maddie ingested any before she gathered them up.

According to the Baltimore Sun, no other reports of dog-poisoning in the area can be confirmed. Read More →

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Bazaar’s First Ever Hair Art Workshop

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 14, 2014 1:13pm

Hair Art

 catch of the day fish (2)Who doesn’t love the idea of elegant, meticulously artful hairstyles? The term “hair art” or “hair jewelry” conjures images of Victorian princesses, or the elfin and hobbity maidens of Middle Earth with flowing locks entwined with ribbons, flowers, shells, gold threads, all of it. So naturally, when we heard that Bazaar (indisputably one of the city’s most unique shops) was offering a workshop focusing on hair art, we thought it sounded like an excellent opportunity to practice some medieval braiding techniques, or to spend an afternoon weaving daisy chain crowns. Not so. We should have known better—knowing Bazaar’s flair for, well, the bizarre. Sure, the workshop does teach some authentic techniques for creating authentic Victorian Hair Art—but it’s maybe not exactly what you’d expect.

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Clipper Mill, Hampden, Health and Fitness, Roland Park, Sponsored Post

Rotunda Massage Presents Restore Your Radiance – A Health Coaching Series for Women

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 10:00am

Edited from press release:


Rotunda Massage and Cortney Chaite Coaching presents Restore Your Radiance, a health coaching series for women beginning April 1, 2014 for ten weeks. The sessions will take place at the Rotunda Conference Center in Roland Park.

Local health, nutrition and lifestyle coaches, Jane Marinelli and Cortney Chaite have designed a program to help women create lasting dietary and life changes, increase energy, reduce stress and eliminate food cravings. “We are limiting group size to ensure that each participant receives personal guidance, knowledge and coaching,” explains Jane Marinelli. “Group interaction and support is an integral part of of the program, along with personal attention to the individual needs of each.

Cortney Chaite is a weight loss and passion-finding coach for women who wish to reach their goals for health, weight loss, and self-actualization. As a Certified Health Coach graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Cortney regularly presents workshops and lectures on living a healthy, passionate and balanced life.

Jane Marinelli, MS, LMT is a a Maryland State Licensed, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and group facilitator of wellness programs. Additionally, Jane is a Certified Health Coach graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

For information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/1kvyPsZ or contact Jane Marinelli at jane@rotundamassage.com or Cortney Chaite at cortney@cortneychaitecoaching.com. The Rotunda Conference Center is located at 711 W. 40th Street – Baltimore, MD 21211. For information by phone call 443.386.2054 or visit http://www.rotundamassage.com and http://www.cortneychaitecoaching.com.


Hampden, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Where The Money Is: A Two-Story Victorian In Hampden

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 2:11pm


Hot House: 3701 Roland Avenue, Baltimore 21211



Brick Victorian era detached house, circa 1880, with wrap-around porch. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,560 sq. ft, with inlaid wood floors, updated eat-in kitchen, first floor family room, sunroom, unfinished basement.  Fully fenced yard, detached garage/shed: $285,000


What:  A nice, solid and well-maintained house in a good Hampden location. Home values in Hampden will increase by 5.1% this year, according to real estate website Zillow, compared to 4.2% for Baltimore as a whole and 3% for the national average. Although this house is priced well above the average $190,000 home price for Hampden  (Zillow again), it has a lot going for it.  It’s four rooms deep, which gives it more space than usual, and the yard is attractively fenced, which together with the awnings, makes it both distinctive and upscale. Windows have been replaced and there’s a newish roof. The porch faces south and west, so it will get some nice sun — an awesome spot for socializing. The living room has french doors out to the sunroom. The dining room takes you through to the good-sized kitchen with breakfast bar/island. Upstairs the master bedroom is large and bright, and a small bedroom has been turned into a big walk-in closet. The bathroom is not ensuite, and you’ll have to access it from the hall. There’s a second bedroom up here too. Back on the first floor, there is a guest suite with full bath and separate entrance, which could possibly work as a rental.



Where: Roland Avenue at 37th Street, on the corner of a very nice block of row houses. Across the street on Roland is St. Thomas Aquinas elementary school. Across 37th Street is a pretty stone church. Although Roland Avenue can get busy here, traffic isn’t fast moving, and long parts of the day are pretty quiet. It’s an easy walk to all the action on the Avenue, and you can have fun furnishing the house with great finds at the Turnover Shop on Roland, the Antique Exchange on Chestnut, and some cool mid-century places on the Avenue. Good access to the city and points south via the Jones Falls and I83. The new Rotunda redevelopment will be a plus, too. Nearest big green space is Wyman Park, about .4 miles away, and from there, over to Johns Hopkins University.

Would Suit:  Sociable porch sitters.

Why: Hampden is clearly on the rise, and this is a cute but sensible house on a block with lots of curb appeal, near the Avenue.

Why Not: No central air.

NB: There is really no back yard, but there is a one car garage.


Catch of the Day, Hampden, Links

Specialty Hot Chocolate at The Charmery

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 24, 2014 1:51pm

The Charmery

catch of the day fish (2)It seems like only yesterday that The Charmery opened its doors on the corner of the Avenue and Chestnut in Hampden. Back then, it was late summer, and everyone within a mile radius was practically banging down the doors, wondering when the mom and pop ice cream store would finally open and give us some sweet respite from the summer heat. This winter has sure been no picnic anywhere in the country– but here as we’re maybe seeing a few glimpses of spring, we figure let’s keep the hot beverages flowing for those last sweet moments. Read More →


Culture, Featured, Hampden

Creepy or Beautiful? Alternative Taxidermy Reigns in Hampden

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 10:35am

So what’s your personal taxidermy style? What’s that,  you say don’t have one? Well you better get with it, and like now, because it’s happening.

And I mean big time.

There’s a feature in b on the “rogue” taxidermy available at Bazaar in Hampden. Its opening just last year coincided with a resurgence in the popularity of animal preservation among non-hunters nationally. The magazine notes that there are no less than three television shows centered around the craft. Read More →


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Writers Under the Influence at Atomic Books

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 10, 2014 2:08pm

Caleb Stine catch of the day fish (2)Poetry always seems to enjoy a little surge in popularity around Valentines Day. And why not? A few well done verses can be all you need to create a total swoon-fest. The poet Pablo Neruda would famously step off of airplanes to throngs of women throwing themselves at him—solely because of his poetry. This week, some of Baltimore’s own will share their lyrics and influences at a special “Love Gone Wrong” installment of Atomic Books’ poetry series. Not your usual Valentines Day fare, for sure—but perhaps just what the heart doctor ordered. Read More →

Catch of the Day, Featured, Hampden

First Fridays and Valentine’s Day Deals in Hampden

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 1:40pm

Modest Florist

catch of the day fish (2)It seems like just yesterday that we were strolling (or maybe more like pacing) up and down the Avenue hunting for holiday gifts for our loved ones. Now, Just a scant several weeks later, Valentines Day is upon us. But in our book, that’s just another excuse to come out for Hampden’s First Fridays, which are reliably brimming with great deals, delicious treats, and some of the most fun window shopping in the city. One great reason to step out for this First Friday: the Valentines Day sale at the Modest Florist.

We love the Modest Florist for a few reasons—but mostly it’s their “locavore” style. The Modest Florist knows that flowers aren’t just here to beautify a table or an event—they are key to keeping honey bee populations alive, which basically keeps our food supply stable. By focusing on and promoting local flowers, the Modest Florist is helping to do just that. Plus, local flowers are beautiful and can be great reminders of how lucky we are to live here (particularly when winter starts to make us question that). If you come in and place your order this Friday evening, you’ll receive 10% off the price, but will still score about 8 million points with the recipient.

First Friday in Hampden takes place this Friday, February 7 after 5pm. For moreinformation on the Modest Florist, visit www.themodestflorist.com.

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