Maryland craft festival business files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy amid Covid-19 pandemic

Germantown-based Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc., better known as Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which halted large gatherings and choked off the 45-year-old company's main source of revenue. Founded in 1975, Sugarloaf Mountain Works hosted festivals for artists to display their creations to the local community. There has not been a festival since early March and exhibitors aren't committing to future events given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. (Wash Journal)

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Md. nonprofits, local businesses organize COVID-19 airlift to hard-hit Ecuador

As the Baltimore-Washington region makes progress in the battle against COVID-19, two local nonprofits are leading an effort to airlift up to 20 tons of medical supplies, personal protection equipment and food to Ecuador, one of the Latin American nations hardest hit by the global pandemic.  Dubbed Operation Mary-Dor, the relief effort is being led by two Maryland-based charities with decades of experience organizing medical missions to Latin America and other regions, The Healing Hands Foundation and the Ecuadent Foundation. (Daily Record)

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Giant Food, Volta to provide free electric vehicle charging stations

Landover-based regional grocery chain Giant Food has begun to install electric vehicle charging stations that are free to use for EV drivers at select locations across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Working with San Francisco-based Volta, a provider of electric vehicle charging networks, installation of 60 EV charging stations will be completed by the end of 2020 and 200 are expected to be installed by mid 2021 as part of Giant’s sustainability initiative. (Daily Record)

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White Marlin Open seeks support from Ocean City amid changing COVID guidelines

Planning an event that draws in large crowds has been difficult for the last few months because of the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. That's why organizers of the White Marlin Open have asked Ocean City for its help. Organizers went before the Ocean City Town Council on Tuesday to ask the town to issue a letter supporting the event as event staff continue to work with local and state officials to get the necessary approvals for the August fishing tournament. (Delmarva)

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MGM National Harbor resumes gambling Monday, last of Maryland casinos to announce reopening

Gamblers and hotel guests can once again visit MGM National Harbor starting Monday, as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s phase two of recovery, the company announced Tuesday. There won’t be any poker and the number of gamblers allowed in will be limited, but the casino will be the last of Maryland’s six casinos to reopen as the state eases back on restrictions put in place after coronavirus first hit in March. (Balt Sun)

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Atlas Restaurant Group Apologizes To African American Boy, Mother Denied Service Over Alleged Dress Code Violation

The Atlas Restaurant Group on Monday apologized to an African American boy and his mother who were denied service at Ouzo Bay over the weekend due to an alleged dress code violation despite a similarly-dressed white boy being allowed to dine at the restaurant. A video of the encounter posted on Instagram shows a restaurant employee telling the woman her son’s outfit violates the restaurant’s policy banning athletic shorts. The woman points out the white child’s similar clothing and repeatedly asks the employee why her son can’t dine at the restaurant when the other child could. (WJZ)

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Maryland cannabis firm invests $6M to expand outdoor growing facility

A licensed cannabis business is expanding an outdoor growing operation across three acres of land on the Eastern Shore. Culta, a firm that holds growing, processing and dispensing licenses in Maryland, has invested about $6 million to triple its outdoor growing capacity. The expansion will build on the success of the smaller outdoor growing operation Culta piloted last year on about an acre of land near its $10 million indoor growing facility in Cambridge. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Emergent BioSolutions to once again expand footprint, manufacturing work

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. plans to invest $75 million to expand its contract development and manufacturing organization's work and physical footprint in a moment of tremendous growth for the Maryland company. The Gaithersburg biotech has acquired property next to its Canton, Massachusetts, manufacturing site to grow the campus where it will make drug material for its smallpox vaccine and other programs. Emergent (NYSE: EBS) expects to have drug substance development and manufacturing services running at this property in 2023. (Wash Bus Journal)

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