Baltimore County Now
Division Chief, Neighborhood Response Team
Baltimore County Department of Planning
Thriving small businesses strengthen our traditional commercial areas and bring new shopping, restaurants and services near neighborhoods. Baltimore County’s Neighborhood Response Teams focus on connecting small businesses with the resources they need to create large community impact. Here a few recent successes from the past three months.
The Pikes Theatre had not shown a movie since 1983. Today, the Pikes is once again a destination for movie goers, thanks, in part, to Baltimore County’s Commercial Revitalization Program. A building improvement loan from the County helped Ira Miller, an experienced local movie theatre operator, to reclaim the art deco building as a community movie theatre. With an upgraded menu at the attached Pikes Diner, Pikesville’s traditional commercial corridor is brimming with new activity.
The Green Turtle, a well established locally owned restaurant in Towson, now features the Turtle Shell, a rooftop bar and grill with expansive views of downtown Towson. Thanks to public and private financing from the restaurant owners, a local bank, Baltimore County, and the Maryland Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, the Green Turtle can be more competitive with national restaurants coming to Towson Square, a new entertainment venue just a short walk from the Greene Turtle. Towson Square will feature a 15-screen Cinemark movie theatre, eight new restaurants, and a parking garage.
Colin’s Seafood and Grill, a locally owned upscale, sit down restaurant was a just what the Liberty Road community wanted. The County’s Neighborhood Response Team connected the owners to the State’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program, which provided funding to build-out the 146 seat restaurant in the Randallstown Shopping Center. Colin’s opened this fall and is now a Randallstown favorite.
Towson, Pikesville and the Liberty Road Corridor are three of the County’s 16 designated Commercial Revitalization Districts, areas that are often the front doors to many well established neighborhoods in Baltimore County. Neighborhood Response Teams in the County’s Department of Planning work closely with business and community organizations to identify opportunities for small businesses to grow and sustain these traditional commercial areas.
Is your business in a Commercial Revitalization District? For maps and more information visit our website Baltimore County’s Neighborhood Response Teams and Commercial Revitalization Program.
Baltimore County Department of Planning
While big-box stores and malls are getting ready for Black Friday, some of Baltimore County’s traditional Main Streets are getting ready for something a little smaller—something with a little more charm. On Saturday, November 30, Dundalk and Reisterstown join other traditional commercial districts in the fourth annual Small Business Saturday.
By shopping in locally owned businesses on Small Business Saturday, you discover unique gifts you’ll never find at the big stores, experience the charm and genuine customer service that you only get from small business owners, and enjoy the sights, the sounds and the beautiful chill in the air that can only be found on Main Street.
In Reisterstown, on historic Main Street, “Holiday Cheer Starts Here!” To kick off the holiday season, businesses are offering a donation discount, which allows consumers to not only shop locally but also give locally. On Small Business Saturday, participating merchants are offering a 10% discount to customers who bring in a canned good donation for the Reisterstown United Methodist Church Food Pantry. When you shop at these small businesses, the money you spend here stays here, and the donations you give stay here, too.
Main Street Dundalk, one of 26 designated Main Street Maryland communities across the state, offers a variety of shopping, eating and entertainment during the holiday season. Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and Little Crystal Bijoux are hosting a Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop at 79 Shipping Place through December 23. The pop-up shop offers original holiday gifts by local artists and craftsman.
Starting Small Business Saturday, Main Street Maryland is offering a coupon for deals at Dundalk’s Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop. For every $50 spent from November 30 - December 23, you will receive a $10 gift card for your next purchase. You can download the coupon right now.
Baltimore County also offers a great holiday deal: you won’t have to feed the meters anywhere in Baltimore County from Thanksgiving Day through December 1. Just look for the red “Seasons Greetings” bags and enjoy the free parking while you support local shops in your neighborhood.
From Catonsville to Pikesville, Essex to Randallstown, get out this Saturday and support your favorite small business. It’s a great way to find unique gifts for the folks on your holiday list while you support your local neighborhood business owners. Such a deal!