You found your lender, your realtor, and your home. You made it through home inspections and closing. Now you’re officially a homeowner! When the excitement of purchasing your first home wears off you might start to notice some things. A need for furniture in this room, a repair in that room, a fresh coat of paint in the bathroom. The bills start to add up. Budgeting for expenses after you’ve moved into your home is not just a great idea, it’s necessary. Home repairs can really add up and take a chunk out of your savings or worse plummet your credit [...]
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The first thing you’ll notice about Tiffany Lockemy’s shop, Zallies Boutique, is that it’s the kind of store you want to be in for a while. This time of year it’s warm and holiday scents fill the air. Her shop is named for her two daughters, Allie and Zoey. She jokes that her store is like therapy and bows all in one. A one stop shop for the busy mom on the go. Her regular customers text her ahead of time letting Tiffany know they’re heading over. They often come in without their children and chat about their day, kids or [...]
Tis the season for Christmas wreaths, lights, and gift giving. The Historic Dundalk Town Center is teeming with unique gifts for almost everyone on your shopping list. Best of all purchasing a unique gift from one of the shops in the Historic Dundalk Town Center means you’re supporting a neighbor’s small business. All the shop owners choose to live and work in Dundalk! Shop Laurie’s Candles and Crafts for handmade home décor. Laurie has everything from homemade candles to wreaths and Christmas decorations. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4:30 pm. Holiday hours include December [...]
Buying a home can be tricky. There’s so much information out there, where do you even start? Dundalk Renaissance always recommends you start with a housing counseling agency to help make sure you can afford to purchase a home and be financially solvent. Our sponsors at Residential Mortgage Solutions put together a quick check list to tick off before you go to your next open house: 1. Do you have a steady income? To qualify for a mortgage, lenders will be looking for regular sources of income over a series of months. 2. Do you pay your bills on time? If [...]
Since 2014 Dundalk Renaissance has helped 178 current homeowners renovate their properties; planted 600 trees; removed 48,000 pounds of trash from streets; hosted 47 main street events; and helped 6 pop up shops transform into 4 permanent stores. In 2019 we awarded $50,000 for improvements to Historic Dundalk Town Center Businesses like Then and Again and Plush Hair Salon (coming soon); we helped 15 senior families age in place through our senior home repair program; increased the average appraisal value of 10 grantee renovations by about $82,000; and 830 people received home buyer and financial education through our classes. We do [...]
Born and raised in Dundalk, Laurie Williams has always had a soft spot for the area. “It’s a unique little town. Everybody knows everybody.” It’s that small-town charm that’s brought Laurie’s Candles and Crafts to Dundalk. It didn’t take long for Laurie to become known as the candle lady. What started as a hobby turned into gifts for her friends and then custom orders, before she knew it, she was putting ads in the Baltimore Sun for her home business—a space she was quickly outgrowing. In 2017 Laurie decided to take the plunge and do a pop-up shop under Dundalk Renaissance’s [...]
Little Crystal Bijoux is an unexpected shop in Dundalk for some, but for owner Laura Quintana it was a no brainer. The store sells handmade jewelry, art, soaps, and body lotions. Ms. Quintana has been a professional artist since she was 17 years old. She sells prints of her color pencils, pen, and paint artwork in her shop, but has learned to enjoy the creative process of jewelry making. “People like their accessories to be artsy. This is where I come in as an artist.” Ms. Quintana finds making a living as an artist without having work commissioned tricky. “Finding a [...]
Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association has opened a branch on 1301 Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk. Their new location offers 24-hour deposit taking ATMs (drive-thru and walk up), a drive-thru teller during business hours, safe deposit boxes, notary services, and 4 residential loan officers. One loan officer, JoAnn Britt, is permanently assigned to the Dundalk Branch. Ms. Britt brings her 20 years of lending experience to the Dundalk community. She knows that the mortgage process can be overwhelming for home buyers and works with them to provide the best guidance and solutions for her clients. “As a long-time resident of the [...]
What started as a kitchen table business grew into a brick and mortar store in historic Dundalk’s Town Center for Anthony Makres. After two years selling taffy, fudge, and jerky at local craft fairs and events, the demand was growing. Makres didn’t have the space to fill orders from his home. “I couldn’t do it from home anymore. I decided I needed a small store,” Makres said. “I am excited to have my own business.” A week before Christmas Makres was able to open his own store: Dude's Snack Attack And More. At first there were only three shelves, [...]
Business Development Manager Chris Pineda Departs Dundalk Renaissance Dundalk Renaissance Corporation announces the departure of Business Development Manager Chris Pineda, whose last day will be July 12th. Pineda, who first joined DRC as the Community Engagement Coordinator in August, 2017, has worked with business and community stakeholders to manage a rebranding of the Dundalk Main Street as the Historic Dundalk Town Center, assisted businesses with storefront improvements, established a Food Truck Festival, and managed our recently-launched business incubator, The Forge. “Chris expects more from everyone he encounters, and he has pushed current and would-be business owners, property owners, community leaders [...]