October 2017 Around Town

North Carolina Based Rise 
Biscuit Donuts plans location in 

he popular Rise Biscuit Donuts of Durham, North Carolina, plans to open its first Maryland location at the former location of the Watson’s Garden Center on York Road. Recently featured on the Food Network, the Southern-inspired restaurant serves a varied menu of Southern comfort foods layered atop biscuits, potato rolls and doughnuts. While of Southern origin, the new franchise will be run and managed by a group of native Marylanders. According to new owner Chris Kirley, he and his father, Fran Kirley, will operate the new Lutherville location along with family friend David Brindza, all of whom are natives of the greater Baltimore area. In addition to the initial franchise on York Road, Kirley and his partners plan to open four additional locations in suburban Maryland over the next three years. The first location is expected to open in November.

Downtown Towson Office 
Building Receives Makeover

A modest office building located at 210 Allegheny Ave. became the most recent example of Towson’s redevelopment as it received a $1 million renovation in order to attract new tenants. The building, which has been vacant since the Venable LLP law firm left the office space in 2008, was jointly purchased by Chesapeake Real Estate Group LLC and Cicero Capital Partners in an effort to take advantage of the ongoing development in downtown Towson.

Christopher Murray, vice president of Chesapeake Real Estate Group, sees the renovation as a wise investment in the fast-growing downtown Towson business district.

“We’re optimistic, with all the development that’s going on in Towson, that we should be able to lease this up pretty quickly,” Murray says.

David Marks, a Republican representative of Towson agreed, calling the renovation one of many “signs of rebirth and development” in Towson.

Hampton Hammerheads 
Finnish Season as Champions at Freestate Swim Meet

In a fitting end to the summer swim season, the Hampton Community Pool’s swim team, the Hampton Hammerheads, took home gold at the Freestate Swim League Championship. The Hammerheads won the meet with 1,168.5 points, beating out second place York Manor with 1,126, third place Campus Cabana with 1,052.5, and Stoneleigh with 914.5. Among Hampton’s double winners were Rain Shinnick, Sydney Turk, Ryan Snyder, Ryan Clancy and Izzy Demetz. This year’s Freestate Swim League Championship was held at Towson University and featured teams from many of the Towson area’s local community swimming clubs including Pine Ridge, Woodcroft, Wiltondale, Valley and Eagles Nest.

Baltimore County Libraries Add In-demand Video Streaming to 
their Offerings

Baltimore County library patrons now have a new way to access their favorite stories. The Baltimore County Public Library system has added video streaming to its digital catalog, giving Baltimore County library patrons the opportunity to stream video straight to their digital device. The service, called Kanopy, features more than 26,000 titles and is, as of launch, available to all library cardholders. Users can stream up to 15 films each month from any digital device including iOS, Android and Roku for television.

Library spokesperson Erica Palmisano says the new service offers an affordable alternative to some mainstream streaming services.

“Not everyone can afford monthly subscription fees for big-name streaming services, so we’re excited to be able to provide our cardholders free access to high-quality movies right from home,” she says.

Towson Office Building Purchased by Merritt Properties

Merritt Properties recently announced that it concluded the purchase of a five-story Towson office building for $24.55 million. Located at 100 West Road, the 121,414-square-foot building is currently fully occupied by tenants, some of which include Robert W. Baird & Co., Regus and Liberty Mutual.

According to Merritt CEO Scott Dorsey, the acquisition is a welcome addition to the company’s local holdings.

“Towson is a major employment center and a hub of a variety of businesses and corporate headquarters,” he says. “In addition to representing a stable market, the area is growing rapidly as evidenced by many recent developments.”

The Towson property adds to Merritt Properties’ parent Merritt Companies nearly 16 million square feet of commercial and industrial space in the Baltimore/Washington region.

Country Club of 
Maryland Crowns Youngest-ever 
Club Champion

In a sport whose victories are normally reserved for seasoned pros, The Country Club of Maryland recently crowned its youngest-ever men’s golf club champion—16-year-old Trent Geritz, who made a 12-foot putt on the 34th hole of the Match Play Finals to win the match “4 & 2” over runner-up Alan Collick.

Geritz, who was a semifinalist in the 2016 Club Championship Tournament, credits Baltimore’s thriving junior golf community and programs for his success. Geritz is in his junior year at Loyola-Blakefield, where he is a member of the school’s golf team. He hopes to play golf in college but concedes that academics are his priority.