Best Brewery: Key Brewing Co.

With all the industry gone from the Dundalk/Edgemere peninsula, two local brewers decided to open a microbrewery to bring a little pride to the area and introduce the locals to something more flavorful than Bud Light. Since opening the East Baltimore County brewery in 2015, Mike McDonald and Spike Owen have had their products land all over the city and beyond, with their crisp Helles Lager selected as one of the two beers on tap at The Source by Wolfgang Puck in Washington D.C. (City Paper)

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Ocean City: Can the tourism bustle grow?

The rumble and exhaust from the motorcycles have ceased.  It's the yearly reminder for residents of what season it is in Ocean City. The umbrellas that dot the beach are sparse. The nightly wait for a table at a restaurant isn't as daunting, nor are the lines at the resort's many amusement parks, mini-golf courses and night clubs. The locals' summer is here, and the sun is still shining. The shoulder tourist season is the time of the year that Philip Zelson enjoys most at his Montego Bay home in north Ocean City. It's April and May and September and October that make it home for him. (Daily Times)

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New boutique hotel coming to Mount Vernon

The former Peabody Court hotel in Mount Vernon is being remade as a boutique hotel that aims to be not just a place visitors rest their heads, but part of their city experience. The 107-room Revival at Mount Vernon Place will open early next year at 101 W. Monument St. The Maryland Historical Society is helping curate the rooms so guests can “experience Baltimore in a cultural realm, instead of just staying at another hotel,” said Beth Brainard, the new hotel’s general manager. (Balt. Sun)

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New $10 million grief support center eyed for North Avenue

A local nonprofit bereavement center is looking to construct a new $10 million facility for its services on a block of vacant rowhomes on North Avenue across from Green Mount Cemetery. The organization, Roberta's House, and its design team presented initial plans for the building to the city's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel Thursday. The panel rejected the schematics citing a lack of urban design and too many historic design motifs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Manor Hill Brewing's farm brewery offers beer-focused escape from city

Ask Jason Gotcher, Manor Hill Brewing’s director of operations, the best part about where he works, and a smile appears, as though he wants to answer with another question: “Really?” His actual reply should not surprise any visitors to the Ellicott City property. “The obvious is, it’s beautiful and we love it out here,” Gotcher said. While most area breweries and distilleries are housed in cavernous warehouses, Manor Hill Brewing is located at the end of an unassuming road that reveals an idyllic 54-acre farm. (Balt. Sun)

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Starbucks consolidating downtown Annapolis sites

Starbucks is consolidating its two historic Annapolis sites into one new location at 122 Main St. The Seattle-based coffee giant will take space in the newly constructed building next to Kilwins. The new Starbucks location is undergoing interior construction, said Dock Street Starbucks Shift Supervisor Summer Batten. The site has been vacant since a 2005 fire. The city set up a pocket park during the interim. Construction on the new building started in 2016. (Capital)

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Cleaning Authority parent buys home care franchise company

Authority Brands LLC, the Columbia-based parent company of The Cleaning Authority, has acquired Homewatch International, expanding from franchising house-cleaning services into home-based care. The acquisition is the first step of a plan to develop Authority Brands as a multi-brand franchise organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We will focus on home service franchises, but not specifically ones related to house cleaning,” said Rob Weddle, president and CEO of The Cleaning Authority and Authority Brands, in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Celebrity baggers again help raise funds at Klein's ShopRite in Bel Air to feed the hungry

Klein’s ShopRite sponsored its annual celebrity Bagging for Hunger event at its Main Street Bel Air store on Wednesday to raise funds for area food pantries and charities which serve people in need. The event is part of ShopRite Partners In Caring Day at ShopRite stores across six states. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a proclamation recognizing ShopRite’s efforts to fight hunger in our communities. Since its inception in 1999, the ShopRite Partners In Caring program has donated more than $43 million to local food banks across the Northeast United States, according to the Wakefern Corp. which operates the ShopRite cooperative of regional supermarket chains. (Aegis)

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