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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Marriott Waterfront employee union efforts spur City Council look at tax subsidies to hotel projects

Subsidies offered to hotels and other hospitality industry projects in Baltimore are in the spotlight as workers from the city's largest hotel chain say they their wages have not been enough to support themselves and their families. The Baltimore City Council's taxation, finance and economic development committee held an informational hearing on the subsidies Thursday. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said she was inspired to delve into the topic after hearing the stories of Marriott Waterfront Hotel employees, who are exploring unionization. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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$800M Center/West getting ready to lease apartments in West Baltimore

Center/West is preparing to lease its first 262 apartment units this month. The massive West Baltimore development in Poppleton near the University of Maryland BioPark has been in the works for about 14 years. Mayor Catherine Pugh and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young on Friday joined developer La Cite Development LLC to cut a ribbon. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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