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 [...]
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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 [...]
A winning recipe: One beautiful sunny day. 7 food trucks. A beer garden. 20 other vendors. Signal 13 Band. Games including basketball, corn hole, a moon bounce, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Enthusiastic small businesses. 25+ dedicated volunteers. A focused event organizer. Center Place in the Historic Dundalk Town Center was bustling with activity on Saturday June 1st for what Dundalk Renaissance expects will be an annual event to kick off the Summer season. Over 1500 people spent a part of their afternoon sampling delicious food from BricknFire Pizza company, B’more Greek Grill, Flew the Coop, 2 Bold [...]
Charm City Builders has been one of our Market Boost renovation partners since 2014. They recently completed another renovation, 109 Ventnor Terrace, that quickly went under contract. The 3 Bedroom, 2 bath home is located on a great block in the St. Helena neighborhood, one of our Focus Neighborhoods for investment. It is just steps from shops in the Historic Dundalk Town Center, a major bus line, and just a few blocks from the brand-new Dundalk Elementary (opening this Fall) and a dog park located in St. Helena Park. Is it any wonder that a renovated home in this location [...]
The people-- and the facade-- at Dundalk Cosmetic and Family Dental Center at 5 Shipping Place are all smiles. Our local dental office, long a fixture in the Historic Dundalk Town Center, is one of 10 Commercial Improvement Grant projects completed by Dundalk Renaissance in our Historic Dundalk Town Center since 2017. The grants are funded by the State of Maryland Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative. Yes, the new bright awning, door decal and lighter window tinting are all part of this façade upgrade, but there was so much reward beyond the front door – meeting and working with (the wonderful) [...]
Meet Blue Breeze Bath Boutique - Dundalk’s newest stop for all-natural bath & body products, located in The Forge, our business incubation space at 11 Center Place. Check out their Facebook page for updated information on bath bomb classes and new products. The owner, Tami Roloff has been creating the products for the past three years. She originally started with bath bombs and has since expanded to additional products such as body butter, face scrub, lip scrubs, beard oil, roller oil and more. Every item is handmade with mostly organic or natural ingredients and there are absolutely no chemicals. “Anything [...]