Dundalk Renaissance Blog

Here’s What it Takes to be a Home Owner

2019-11-14T16:08:00-04:00

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 [...]

Here’s What it Takes to be a Home Owner2019-11-14T16:08:00-04:00

Today is Giving Tuesday and We Need Your Help!

2019-12-03T11:02:20-04:00

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 [...]

Today is Giving Tuesday and We Need Your Help!2019-12-03T11:02:20-04:00

Made in Dundalk: Laurie’s Candles and Crafts

2019-11-21T10:50:27-04:00

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 [...]

Made in Dundalk: Laurie’s Candles and Crafts2019-11-21T10:50:27-04:00

Little Crystal Bijoux: Creative. By Design.

2019-09-23T15:38:54-04:00

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 [...]

Little Crystal Bijoux: Creative. By Design.2019-09-23T15:38:54-04:00

Hey Dundalk, We’ve Got a New Neighbor!

2019-11-14T16:08:39-04:00

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 [...]

Hey Dundalk, We’ve Got a New Neighbor!2019-11-14T16:08:39-04:00

Historic Dundalk Town Center Has a Sweet Side

2019-09-23T15:45:48-04:00

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, [...]

Historic Dundalk Town Center Has a Sweet Side2019-09-23T15:45:48-04:00

A Face Lift for Dental Office Thanks to a State Grant

2019-06-04T14:15:20-04:00

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) [...]

A Face Lift for Dental Office Thanks to a State Grant2019-06-04T14:15:20-04:00

Blue Breeze Bath Boutique Offers Natural Products at The Forge

2019-06-01T16:23:46-04:00

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 [...]

Blue Breeze Bath Boutique Offers Natural Products at The Forge2019-06-01T16:23:46-04:00

Spring is a Neighborhood Thing

2019-03-30T10:18:49-04:00

Our Focus Neighborhoods (Old Dundalk, Dun-Logan, St. Helena, Turner Station and Graceland Park) each boast an active neighborhood association and a core group of residents who turn out regularly for events and community projects. Spring cleanup season has arrived! St. Helena has their annual Project Clean Stream Clean-Up on Sat., April 6, from 8 am - noon. Start with a light breakfast, end with a nice lunch, and supplies are provided. Meet at the Community Center, 6509 Colgate Ave., 21222 and join in with this great group of volunteers. If you're a gardener, opt for weeding their garden and prepping it [...]

Spring is a Neighborhood Thing2019-03-30T10:18:49-04:00