One business opens at HonFest, while another says it's leaving Hampden

HonFest 2012 was the first for a new restaurant that found instant success on The Avenue last weekend.

But the festival was the last for an upscale boutique store that is relocating from Hampden to Baltimore County after five years.

At The Food Market, chef and co-owner Chad Gauss wore a beret and a black apron while cooking behind the brunch buffet in his gleaming new eatery, where a sign outside asked, "HONgry?".

"It's busy," the former City Café chef said a little breathlessly.

"We did 200 tables last night," said Gauss' business partner, Elan Kotz.

But at Angela Lynn, a boutique that sells jewelry, clothing and accessories, the talk was of moving.

The store's owner said she is moving in August to The Shops at Quarry Lake, in Greenspring.

She said her boutique is a destination store and most of her customers live in the Pikesville area. She said she doesn't get much walk-in traffic in Hampden.

"You gotta go where the money is. As much as they try to gentrify it, Hampden is still Hampden."

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