When the Café at bluehouse shut the doors of its Harbor East location in February 2009, its owners, management, and staff could have gone their separate ways. Instead, eight of us purchased the used café equipment, put our heads together, and began strategizing a future where we were equal partners in a new venture.
One year later, our vision is closer to reality. After viewing numerous potential locations, we have signed a lease for a space on the first floor of Miller’s Court, a renovated building on North Howard Street at 26th Street, for our new venture: Charmington’s, a name that stems from the neighboring Charles Village and Remington neighborhoods.
Charmington’s conceptually is very similar to the Café at bluehouse: our goal is to serve organic coffee and locally produced food in a comfortable setting. And we want to go one step further than that. Just as Charmington’s has brought us together again, we want the venue to be a place for people from the neighborhood, people from Miller’s Court, students from Johns Hopkins, and our old customers from bluehouse to come together.
Charmington’s is expected to open in the spring of 2010 at 2601 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD.