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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Bmore Licks

“Working with my wife and building something together is huge. I think that trickles out to our neighbors, customers, and community. We like to make sure we’re giving customers what they like and enjoy, and also want them to feel good about purchasing and experiencing our products.” Bmore Licks Owner: Kimberly Proctor “My wife Barbara …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Be More Thai

“The happiest moment for me was when I saw a first review of the restaurant from a customer on Yelp. It was very nice of a customer to take the time to write and post a few pictures about the experience he had with our food. It was very genuine and I appreciated it so …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Upper Chesapeake Insurance Agency

David: “But after being in the neighborhood, you can’t help but get connected while living and working in Federal Hill. Everyone has opportunities to meet one another while we’re out and about. There are ample opportunities to connect from a business standpoint due to the flow of business that naturally takes place within the community.” …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Federal Hill Fitness

“When we originally moved here, we loved that we could walk to the harbor, work, the liquor store, the convenience store, the bars and restaurants; we could walk everywhere. The one place we couldn’t walk was to our gym. We used to have to get in the car and drive to a gym in Timonium …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Banditos Bar and Kitchen

“That’s a big reason why our company motto is, ‘Employees, guests, then investors.’ If employees are happy and they’re getting everything they need to be successful, then they’re going to make sure that the guests are cared for and happy so they will come back. If the employees and guests are aligned, then investors get …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Pandora’s Box Boutique

“I loved the feeling of being in neighborhood stores with my mother as a kid. The shopkeepers were so personable and everyone knew each other. I’ve always been a people person so I guess I felt that community connection from early on.”… Pandora’s Box Boutique Owner: Monesha Philips “I loved the feeling of being in …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Urban Deli

“I feel good when customers tell me it’s the best sandwich in town. I was walking down the street one time and a man yelled across the street, ‘Hey SoBo lady.’ That’s his favorite sandwich. It’s called the ‘Smokin’ SoBo’ and it’s one of our biggest selling sandwiches. I had to laugh.”… Urban Deli Owner: …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | The Therapy Stop

“I tell people that if you find therapy helpful, tell your friends. The only way we’re going to change the negative stereotype is for people to talk about it. A problem with mental health is that it’s not always something we see. You have it inside and you think you’re the only person with those …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Federal Hill Eye Care

“What’s really neat about Federal Hill is that I don’t walk down the street and see a Costco, or Walmart. Those stores have a place in society, but when you take an area like this that’s historic and community-based, small businesses play a big part in the community feel.”… Federal Hill Eye Care Owner: Dr. …

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Spotlight on Federal Hill Businesses | Matsuri Restaurant

“There is a Chinese saying that my father taught me from a very young age, ‘A neighbor living nearby is better than a relative far away.’ Even though we have family to help, our neighbors have played a big role in our 25 years in business. The support of the neighborhood has been tremendous.”… Matsuri …

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