Black-Owned Business Bring New Life To Downtown Baltimore

Published May 6, 2024 at 10:27 AM EDT


Stem & Vine owner Quincy Goldsmith tends to a customer. Credit: Myles Michelin

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore reports that the one-mile radius around downtown encompasses nearly 134,000 jobs and is home to more than 40,000 residents. How are Black entrepreneurs creating a thriving downtown for visitors and residents?

We speak with Baltimore Beat multimedia journalist Sanya Kamidi and Lynnette Dodson, who co-owns Cuples Tea House on N. Howard St.

Read: Black-owned businesses are leading downtown Baltimore’s revitalization

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.

Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for “Out of the Blocks.” Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, ‘Wait, what?’

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