Annapolis City Council may delay Market House decision

A decision on who will be granted a new lease of the city's Market House is expected at the end of the month, but at a work session Monday officials discussed the possibility of postponing their vote. Mayor Mike Pantelides said several options were discussed at the work session, held at City Hall, including delaying the vote until Sept. 1 or possibly for a year. (Capital)

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CVS opens first Maryland hearing center

CVS Pharmacy opened its first Maryland hearing center in an Ellicott City store, as part of the drug store chain’s move to capture more health related business in its retail outlets. The store, which sells and services hearing aids, is staffed by audiologists and can provide hearing screenings and fittings. Insurance is accepted for some services. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's largest brewery, university on a quest for quality local hops

Maryland has almost 100 local breweries, producing hundreds of local and regional beers. Some of those brews’ ingredients, though, aren’t so local. The state's largest brewery is teaming up with Maryland’s flagship institution to try and change that. Flying Dog Brewery wants to figure out if the state's farms can support hops and, if possible, how they can become a quality supplier for local breweries. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Annapolis medical device firm raises $1.5 million seed round

An Annapolis firm focused on building medical devices to monitor heart disease has raised $1.5 million to help bring its first product to market. Vixiar Medical Inc., a spinout of Johns Hopkins, is developing non-invasive devices and systems for monitoring cardiopulmonary diseases. Its seed round included investors from the U.S. Asia and Europe. Local investors include the Abell Foundation and Maryland Technology Development Corp. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Ray Lewis drops price of 28-acre Reisterstown estate by 15%

Ray Lewis has cut the price of his 28-acre Reisterstown estate by 15 percent. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker is now asking $2.5 million for the 6,600-square-foot home, down from $2.95 million when it was listed in late April. The home has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a theater, sauna, gym, hot tub, elevator, pool and pool house. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Towson-based chemical distributor acquires competitors in Massachusetts, Texas

Dunleary Inc., a Towson-based regional specialty chemical distributor, plans to acquire two other regional chemical distributors, Westborough, Mass.-based D. N. Lukens and Dallas-based D & F Distributing, the company announced Monday. Collectively, the three companies sell coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, plastics, construction, food, personal care, cosmetics, graphic arts, oil and gas, rubber, textiles, and other products. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of August, is subject to customary due diligence, Dunleary said. The terms were not disclosed. (Balt. Sun)

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Annabel Lee Tavern to reopen Aug. 11

After closing in late May due to declining sales, Annabel Lee Tavern will reopen Aug. 11 with the help of new investors. Owner Kurt Bragunier said he’s adding nightly specials, expanding the weekend hours and working with OrderUp and Groupon in the hope of driving more sales at the Canton tavern. When he closed the restaurant this spring, he said increased competition from nearby restaurants caused him to lose $200,000 in the last two years. (Balt. Sun)

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Kooper's expanding its Baltimore County restaurants

Two Kooper's Tavern locations in Baltimore County are expanding and adding between 50 and 60 seats each. Kooper's Jacksonville in eastern Baltimore County is building a new outdoor patio that will include a bar and traditional seating. Jake Snyder, the restaurant's manager, said the bar will sit between 10 and 15 people, and additional high-top tables will be able to hold between 30 and 35 people. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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