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Breathe Bookstore and Cafe closing in Hampden

Breathe Bookstore and Cafe in Hampden is closing. The cafe and bookstore will remain open until late September or early October, its owner says, until she can find someone to take over her lease.

 Owner Susan Weis-Bohlen announced the closing in an email newsletter.

"[Breathe] bookstore cafe is for sale," the message said. "My lease can be taken over at any time. If you have a dream to run a vegetarian cafe or want to create your own concept, let me know. We have a brand new kitchen with the top equipment, a fabulous historic house (two floors and a carriage house) and great karma! Everything is negotiable. And my staff would LOVE to continue working here!"

Weis-Bohlen confirmed the closing with us. 

"I need to get back to my roots," said Weis-Bohlen, who acknowledged that running a full-time cafe had become a distraction from her teaching and bookselling. A cooking teacher and expert in Ayurvedic cooking, Weis-Bohlen said she intended to operate cooking classes out of her new Reisterstown home and was actively looking for a storefront near her Reisterstown home for her book business.  

Weis-Bohlen operated Breathe as a bookstore and meeting center for about nine years before adding a vegetarian cafe operation last June.• The Creative Alliance has announced the schedule for the 10th anniversary season of its popular Art to Dine For series.

This year's schedule begins on Sept. 4 with a small-plates dinner by Heavy Seas Alehouse chef Scott Hines in the home of Creative Alliance trustees Janet Smith and John Wright.

There are some two dozen more dinners scheduled through Nov. 16, most of them held in artists' studios or in the private homes of art collectors, but some in unusual public spaces like the The Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park and even Greenmount Cemetery.

The cost for each dinner ranges from $25 to $100 and the capacity is as few as 12 and as many as 100. The menu for each event varies, too. Some events are catered, while others feature menus prepared by notable Baltimore chefs.

Proceeds from Art to Dine For benefit the Creative Alliance's free youth and community arts programs. 

The full list of dinners and more information about Art to Dine For is on the Creative Alliance website.

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