November 6 // Maryland casinos set new record in October

Maryland's six casinos set a new record in October, led by a 41 percent year-over-year increase at MGM National Harbor. In total, the casinos generated nearly $158 million, up 18.6 percent from October 2017. The haul beats the previous single-month record of $156.6 million set in May. MGM National Harbor continued to lead the way, bringing in $73.4 million. Live! Casino & Hotel, the largest gaming venue in the state, generated revenue of $47 million, up 2.6 percent from the same month a year before. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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All the spin that's fit to print: Maryland election is a boon for these small businesses

Political candidates routinely pledge to fight for more jobs even though they often have no direct authority to boost employment. But the mere act of campaigning does spur hiring in election years: Just ask the 600 printing companies in Maryland that employ 16,000 people with an average pay rate of $28 per hour, said Jay Goldscher, president and CEO of Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic. With Tuesday’s election approaching, the work of the industry’s political printers can be seen everywhere Maryland residents look these days: in mailboxes, door slots, medians and front yards. (Balt. Sun)

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Report: Women question Under Armour culture that until recently allowed employees to expense strip club visits

Under Armour fostered a culture that many women found demeaning, including allowing employees to expense visits to strip clubs, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reported that the Baltimore-based retailer sent an email earlier this year alerting employees that they were no longer permitted to use their corporate cards to pay for strip club, gambling and other adult entertainment. Strip club visits — including some attended by CEO Kevin Plank — with athletes and co-workers “were symptomatic of practices women at Under Armour found demeaning,” according to the Journal, which cited interviews with more than a dozen mostly anonymous current and former employees and executives. (Balt. Sun)

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Reopening date of the Amazon sorting center on Holabird Avenue uncertain

Engineers and developers from Duke Realty continue to assess the damage to an Amazon.com Inc. warehouse in Southeast Baltimore in the wake of a tornado Friday night that caused a portion of the structure to collapse killing two workers. The warehouse, used for its Prime Now service, remained closed Monday. A spokeswoman for Duke, the Indianapolis-based owner of the facility located off of Holabird Avenue, said it was unclear when it would reopen. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Owners of Baltimore's iconic Ottobar searching for a buyer to 'carry on the tradition'

Baltimore’s Ottobar is up for sale, raising questions about the future of the local music scene mainstay. Officials with the Charles Village concert venue and bar announced in a social media post Friday that owners planned to hand the reins over to a new group in 2019. An online real estate listing for the property billed it as a “rare opportunity to acquire a nationally recognized music venue.” The $1.25 million asking price includes the real estate, the liquor license, a seven-day live entertainment permit for all levels, furniture and sound equipment. (Balt. Sun)

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IHOP will open in Baltimore's Inner Harbor next week

Break out the syrup, IHOP is now hiring and preparing to open Nov. 13, a spokesperson for the breakfast chain confirmed Monday. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is still hiring for all positions, including cooks, servers, managers, hosts/hostesses and more. When it opens, IHOP will operate 24-hours Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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November 5 // Columbia's next 30 years: What Howard Hughes’ $5B redevelopment will bring in 2019, and beyond

You can see it from any exit off of Route 29 heading toward the heart of Columbia. The massive steel frame of a building reaching up into the sky and towering over the trees that surround the new section of development north of Broken Land Parkway. The 12-story building will be the future home of Maryland's latest IPO darling, cybersecurity firm Tenable. And it's the first visible indicator that the next step in the 30-year journey that is the redevelopment of downtown Columbia has begun. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Guinness Brewery in Baltimore County crosses 100,000 visitor threshold

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Baltimore County has a new milestone to toast. The brewery, which opened in August, passed the 100,000-visitor mark on Oct. 28. Guinness marked the occasion on Facebook with a picture of the 100,000th guest holding some brewery swag. "It's only been 3 months, but this already feels like home," the post read. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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