| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:58 PM
'Tis holiday season in Baltimore's most holiday-happy neighborhood! Walking the Avenue (West 36th Street) at this time of year is especially magical.
Sidewalks are filled with shoppers who appreciate and value small, locally-owned businesses. Light...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:52 AM
The Hampden Village Merchants Association has filmed and posted a promotional video that I guarantee will show you a side of Hampden you haven't already seen.
The video can be viewed on the front of the HVMA website at http://hampdenmerchants.com and...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:13 AM
Let's take a minute to discuss groundbreaking, because there seems to be an awful lot of it going on around Hampden.
I'm not referring to recent groundbreakings for Rotunda redevelopment or Skatepark of Baltimore's planned skateboarding park within...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Skateboarding enthusiast Stephanie Murdock was 21 when she placed an ad in the Baltimore City Paper in 2004, looking for help in bringing a skate park to Hampden.
"This is going to be easy," she thought.
Nine years of hard work later, Murdock, now...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came to The Charmery on Wednesday to promote Hampden's new ice cream parlor as a success story of the city's fledgling micro-loan program for small businesses — and to try the new "S.R.B." flavor , a swirl of...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 10:42 AM
The Arthouse, which had been a contemporary art gallery on the Avenue in Hampden, is set to re-open on Wednesday, as The Arthouse Pizza Bar and Gallery.
The transformation from gallery to gallery/eatery was years in the making.
"My intention was to...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 2:09 PM
As a Messenger columnist, this time of year can be rough to write about. The post-New Years lull, as many of us are recovering from our Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities, can, traditionally, leave a gap in the calendar.
But instead of taking some...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 4:56 PM
The makeover of the mills along the Jones Falls into a hub of trendy restaurants and residences has succeeded so well that parts of the area no longer qualify for the federal tax credit that helped finance some of the work.
A $19 million proposal by...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 5:50 PM
For a region accustomed to fizzled snow forecasts in recent years, a storm dumping as much as 8 inches of snow across northern Maryland surprised many on Sunday, stalling vehicles, canceling the city's annual holiday parade and blanketing the field at M&T...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:54 AM
It was bitter cold inside a 240-seat theater in St. Mary's Episcopal Outreach Center, where members of the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory rehearsed "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" on Sunday, Dec. 1.
As it turned out, the boiler was on the blink....
| Dec 1, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Northern District police said that the 3600 block of Falls Road has reopened to traffic after hazmat crews closed the thoroughfare because of an ammonia leak.
The Fire Department arrived at the location, in the heart of the Hampden business district,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Opposed to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Betty Allen of West Friendship waited until midnight to head to Walmart in Ellicott City for $2 DVDs and then shopped through the night without crowds to buy boots and clothing for her four children with stops at...