Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Has 5 Year Plan In Place To Fix Financial Problems

After a summer of uncertainty, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced a new, five-year plan to fix its long-standing financial problems. Up until late September, the 2019-2020 concert season was up in the air. Luckily, the musicians and the symphony reached a last-minute, one-year deal. “It’s super encouraging,” Brian Prechtl said. “I mean, considering the rough time we had last summer.” (WJZ-TV)

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Retailers Support Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Maryland could join eight other states in banning the sale of plastic bags — and state retailers support the measure. The Plastics and Packaging Reduction Act prohibits a store from providing any plastic bags and requires a store to charge a minimum of 10 cents for paper bags. The head of the Maryland Retailers Association said stores would prefer statewide legislation to a piecemeal approach. (Md Matters)

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Howl at the Moon piano bar closing at Power Plant Live

Howl at the Moon is closing its Baltimore location after nearly two decades at Power Plant Live. The national piano bar chain, which opened in the downtown entertainment district in 2001, will close the location on Feb. 29, according to a post on its Facebook page. However, a new Howl at the Moon location is set to open in Washington, D.C., sometime this spring. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Under Armour puts N.Y.C. flagship store on ice, restructures

Under Armour's shares plummeted Tuesday after the company said it anticipates a big financial hit from the viral outbreak in China. It also said it may need to book hundreds of millions of dollars in charges as it restructures its business. The athletic gear maker expects the outbreak in China to drag its first-quarter sales down by US$50 million to $60 million. It's also looking at pre-tax charges this year of between $325 million to $425 million related to restructuring. (CTV)

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New grocery store chain enters Greater Baltimore

A former Shoppers in North Baltimore will soon become the metro area's first store for Compare Foods. The New York-based grocery chain will open a total of five stores in Maryland in former Shoppers locations. The first will be at Alameda Marketplace, a 124,157-square-foot shopping center near Belvedere Square where Compare took over the 24,650-square-foot Shoppers lease, company officials said Monday. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Leadership Maryland announces Class of 2020

Leadership Maryland officially announces the Class of 2020, consisting of 52 business and community leaders from across the state chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland. The Class of 2020, Leadership Maryland’s 28th class, reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. These 52 individuals will complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues. (Daily Record)

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Plans for more than 300 new apartments, townhomes near Fells Point move forward

A city panel gave the thumbs up Tuesday for the second phase of a sprawling waterfront residential development at the edge of Fells Point and Canton. Baltimore’s Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation gave final approval for Mclean, Virginia-based Elm Street Development to add 23 four-story townhomes on what’s currently a surface parking lot between Aliceanna Street and the waterfront promenade. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Potomac Pizza Grill Opening New Location In Baltimore County

Pizza lovers in Baltimore County will have a new place to grab a slice come this spring. Maryland-based Potomac Pizza is opening a new location, its first in Baltimore County, at 750 Concourse Circle. It’s known for its New York-style pizza as well as subs, calzones, buffalo wings and cheese fries. (WJZ-TV)

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