Pain relief product maker TheraPearl acquired by Ohio firm; HQ to stay in Columbia

TheraPearl LLC has been acquired by Akron, Ohio-based Performance Health Inc. for an undisclosed amount of money. Columbia-based TheraPearl creates and distributes hot and cold packs for injuries such as sore backs, carpal tunnel syndrome and the occasional migraine. Performance Health designs, manufacturers and markets rehabilitation and wellness products primarily for dental and specialty healthcare applications. TheraPearl will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Columbia and its 16 employees will remain with the company, said Daniel Baumwald, president of TheraPearl. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Silver Spring mecca of music to close on June 30

There comes a time when the music must turn off. For Dale Music, store in Silver Spring, the farewell will be June 30. Owner Carol Warden is selling everything: sheet music for Mozart, Broadway selections, wedding collections, top 40 artists and anything else on display — even the empty file cabinets. The store is best known for its collection of sheet music, but also sells or rent musical instruments. “One of the things that makes us so unusual in this store is the vast quantity of sheet music that we’ve carried. ... The other thing is the museum collection of musical instruments that is in the store,” Warden said. (Gazette)

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Baltimore millennials creatively forge their own career path

Last winter, Rachel Millman began searching for a home in Baltimore. She combed through listings online, but the work of narrowing down her search based on static images became tedious. What if, instead, she could take a video tour through each house, and use a slightly more dynamic medium to decide whether to schedule an in-person tour? (Balt. Sun)

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Rival Baltimore County developers settle their differences over Owings Mills projects

Greenberg Gibbons Commercial Corp. and David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. have agreed to put aside recent squabbles as the two companies pursue massive development projects in Owings Mills. The companies' top executives, Greenberg Gibbons CEO Brian J. Gibbons and David S. Brown Chairman Howard S. Brown, recently met for what Gibbons called a "meeting of the minds." Gibbons is developing the $140 million Wegmans-anchored Foundry Row at Reisterstown and Painters Mill roads, and Brown is developing the $500 million transit-oriented Metro Centre. The projects are within walking distance of each other. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Johns Hopkins isn't alone in urging young, healthy adults to skip doctor visits

Last week, Johns Hopkins doctor Steven Kravet told me about a radical idea: Not everyone needs an annual physical. Kravet, a primary care physician and president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, says if you’re young and healthy, an annual check-up may not be necessary. Most of what a doctor does during a routine visit — asking about exercise and diet, checking weight and blood pressure — could be accomplished other ways. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Under Armour to open store in Chicago

Under Armour said Tuesday it will open a new store in Chicago next year as the Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker expands its physical footprint. The Chicago location, expected to open in March, 2015, is planned for 600 North Michicagn Avenue, within the city's Magnificent Mile district. The company, which has partnerships with Notre Dame, Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs, said the store will "fortify the brand's deep connection to Chicago and the surrounding areas." (Balt. Sun)

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Consultant recommends eight projects to revive downtown Hagerstown

A Philadelphia-based consultant hired to help the city draft a long-range redevelopment plan for downtown Hagerstown issued its final recommendations Tuesday afternoon, concluding that officials could successfully implement all eight projects the firm has been studying. The projects include construction of three office buildings on the city's Central Lot parking lot, improvements to The Maryland Theatre, new housing for University of Maryland System at Hagerstown students, a new hotel and conference center and a multiuse trail connecting Public Square with City Park. (Herald-Mail)

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June 17 // Zipcar opens Harbor East office as company's local footprint grows

Car-sharing company Zipcar has expanded quickly in its four years in Baltimore, scaling up from an initial fleet of 27 cars to more than 200 vehicles today.The Boston-based company announced Monday the opening of a new office in Harbor East, next to a new on-street city bike corral. The company has doubled its workforce to seven employees, said spokeswoman Lindsay Wester, and expanded throughout the city from its beginnings around the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. (Balt. Sun)

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