View from Federal Hill Park

View from Federal Hill Park
The fantastic skyline as seen from just down the street.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...

What a gorgeous day here in federal Hill, even if the wind tries to send you sailing down the street at times.

We just had a pair of wonderful guests from Holland stay with us. They were a referral from the visitor's center. They were so charming and fun to visit with.

Speaking of the visitor's center, Jane Seebold, the new Executive Director of Federal Hill Main Street, and I walked to the visitor's center at the Inner Harbor to show her how welcoming they are and how willing to help the tourists realize they should climb the hill and explore our neighborhood. She was truly inspired with new ideas and ways to help all of us business owners get more tourists through our doors and discover what many of us already know, that Federal Hill is one of the best hidden gems in the whole city. It is funny to say hidden, considering that we are right in the back yard, so to speak, of the Inner Harbor itself.

While I am on the topic of boutiques and Federal Hill businesses, let me digress a moment to remind everyone that tomorrow night is SPRING FEVER! This is when many of the stores stay open later than normal, from 8 PM to midnight, and offer progressive discounts all night long. With summer weddings going on, birthdays happening summer parties/barbecues requiring hostess gifts and Father's Day coming up, what better time to stock up on all your summer needs while there is a sale-a-bration going on right down the street?

I am almost set for the business book club i am trying to get off the ground. Andrew, the very nice owner of the Book Escape on Light Street, is offering us a discount on the books we will be using for our get-togethers. I believe we will be meeting in the offices of Federal Hill Main Street and we have over a dozen business owners who are going to gather together to discuss, learn, share and help create and build an amazing future for both their own businesses and also for Federal Hill as a whole!

This is such an exciting time here in our little community...we have had so many new places open in just the past year...Whimsy/Reason, The Funky Beehive, Babe, Doggie Style, Juniors Wine Bar, Flipside, Sign-a-rama, and there are quite a few more slated to either get construction started or be opening within the next year. There will soon be no reason to visit anywhere else to dine, shop, or relax.

I have a favor to ask of the locals...a personal goal of mine is to start collecting any ghost or haunting stories from here in the neighborhood. I am not talking about silly things, but serious tales of personal experiences dealing with the unexplained. The folks that have created the walking ghost tours in both Fells Point and in Mount Vernon would love to do so in our neighborhood too. Wouldn't that be a hoot! So if there is anyone willing to help me out on this one, please let me know.

Have a great day and a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!

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