Baltimore County is 'wide open' territory for food trucks and entrepreneurs

Keva Andrews doesn't cook dinner for her family on Wednesdays anymore. For the last month, Andrews, a 45-year-old hospital billing specialist, has been buying dinner from one of the food trucks stationed around the perimeter of an Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. Andrews was among the customers at a recent "Food Truck Wednesdays," a weekly event organized by Crofton-based H2 Markets, during a time of growing visibility and popularity for food trucks. (Arbutus)

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The Charmery bringing Ice Cream Factory to new Union Craft project

Hampden's popular ice cream shop the Charmery is expanding with a new retail and production space as part of Union Craft Brewing's nearby upcoming commercial and makerspace development. The Charmery will utilize 5,500 square feet and move production from its shop at the corner of West 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue. The space, called the Ice Cream Factory, will also serve as a second retail operation, as well as offer event space. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Boston's sports bar opens in former Velleggia's in Little Italy

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar, a Canada-based chain, has opened its first Baltimore City location in the former Velleggia's Restaurant in Little Italy. The restaurant opened June 12, nearly 10 months after the company announced it was moving into the 7,700-square-foot space at 819 E. Pratt St. The restaurant has 207 seats, including an outdoor patio. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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The Ugly Pie is moving downtown, looking at a September opening

Something sweet is headed to downtown Salisbury. The Ugly Pie announced June 14 through a Facebook post it signed a lease at the Chesapeake East building. The storefront will allow the company to expand, offering more than made-to-order pies, said co-owner Heather Hall. Under current plans, the opening could come as early as September. (Daily Times)

 

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June 20 // Maryland firms showcase products at Paris Air Show, including new fighter jet, drone

Lockheed Martin demonstrated its F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet, Textron Systems introduced a next generation warfighting drone and Gov. Larry Hogan led a trade mission of eight smaller Maryland firms to the Paris Air Show, which started Monday. The week-long air show, which dates to 1909, is considered one of the world's premier events for aerospace companies to show off their latest products. Headquartered in Bethesda, Lockheed Martin is one of the top defense contractors in the world and showed off a range of products in its own pavilion at the air show, held every other year at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. (Balt. Sun)

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Mall in Columbia changes include new retailers, restaurants

Amid ongoing cosmetic and walkway improvements at the Mall in Columbia, mall owner General Growth Properties will open several new retailers and restaurants within 100,000 square feet of leased space over the next year and a half. There are currently about 200 retailers and restaurants across the 1.4-million-square-foot shopping center, with 13 opening in the last year. "The thing about the Mall in Columbia is that our sales remain strong and there's a great deal of retailer interest in the center," said Barb Nicklas, senior general manager of the mall. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Baltimore ranks among 20 hottest cities for tech growth — and here's why

Technology talent often found in California's tech mecca Silicon Valley is starting to spread to other parts of the U.S., thanks to the rising cost of living in the Bay Area and government tax breaks for companies that move to another state. And because of that, Baltimore is starting to see growth in the industry. Baltimore ranks No. 10 out of 20 for fastest-growing tech markets, according to Time magazine, which gathered data from job search site ZipRecruiter. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Peter Franchot is about to have a beer named after him

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was an advocate for better brewery laws throughout this year's General Assembly. Even after, Franchot continued to work on ways to promote breweries as part of the state's economy through promotions and a task force. Now, those efforts have earned Franchot his own personal beer courtesy of Monocacy Brewing Co. in Frederick. Monocacy announced it will release Saison du Franchot on June 28 with a ceremonial tapping at Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery in Frederick. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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