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Phillips Seafood in Baltimore got $5M in COVID relief. Faidley Seafood got $0. Restaurants criticize SBA decision-making.

It’s a tale of two crab houses. Phillips Seafood in Baltimore received $5 million through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, while its branch in Ocean City got an additional $3,155,920.97. Faidley Seafood in Lexington Market, a woman- and veteran-owned business dating back to 1886, got nothing.

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Developers hope new district will spur Baltimore tourism, boost casino

For more than a year, Marylanders stayed home, attending everything from weddings and corporate conferences to concerts, trivia nights and comedy shows all from their couches and kitchens. Now, with the worst of the coronavirus pandemic seemingly receding because of widespread vaccination, developers, city officials and business owners in South Baltimore hope to absorb some of the pent-up demand for outings, leisure and travel with a new entertainment district between M&T Bank Stadium and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

Unemployment claims jumped to 419,000 last week, a sudden increase reflecting an unsettled labor market

Unemployment claims jumped last week, as the delta variant of the cor onavirus sparked rising caseloads around the country and renewed fears about the potential for more restrictions and business closures. The number of new claims grew to 419,000 from 368,000, the third time in six weeks that they had ticked up, according to data from the Labor Department.

Keeping business afloat: Anne Arundel County to continue allowing to-go alcohol for restaurants

Offering to-go cocktails and beer to customers helped Lures Bar and Grille in Crownsville stay in business during the most difficult months of the COVID pandemic, when restaurants were forced to shut down through an executive order. “Immediately they were a key in keeping the business afloat and keeping everyone afloat,” Tristan Soja, the restaurant’s manager, said. “(Customers) were tipping giant tips at first and we still get good tips to this day. For the first months of to-go, I’d say they were just handing us money in tips and it was helping out a lot,”

Accomack rezones 28 acres for potential Rocket Lab manufacturing site

The site of a former chicken farm could become a rocket ranch. On Wednesday, the Accomack County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to rezone 28 acres of land west of the Wallops Gate from agricultural to industrial. The rezoning will allow Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport to build a 150,000-square-foot building that would manufacture Rocket Lab’s Neutron rocket.

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A medispa, veterinary practice and interior design firm among tenants moving to The Village of Cross Keys

New tenants moving to The Village of Cross Keys in North Baltimore include a medi-spa, a veterinary practice and an interior design firm, the developer said Thursday. Caves Valley Partners said it signed 20 leases and extensions, eight of them new, at the long-struggling retail, residential and office complex it acquired for $27 million a year ago from Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corp.

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Construction starts in Perryville on Great Wolf’s largest resort — a $250 million indoor water park and hotel

Great Wolf Resorts Inc. has begun building a $250 million indoor water park and hotel in Perryville that will be the brand’s largest resort and employ more than 850 people. A 700-suite hotel and 126,000-square-foot water park, the 20th for the company, are expected to open in middle-to-late 2023 at Chesapeake Overlook, next to Hollywood Casino Perryville and just off Interstate 95.

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Under Armour fights back in latest response to UCLA lawsuit

Under Armour Inc. has fired back in its legal battle with UCLA, calling the university’s most recent version of a lawsuit over the breakup of the two sides “a sham.” UCLA sued Under Armour last year after the Baltimore-based sportswear maker abruptly terminated a record-breaking 15-year, $280 million sponsorship deal entered into in 2016. Under Armour blamed the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the shutdown of college sports “upended” the deal. UCLA claims Under Armour used the pandemic as cover to pull out of a deal that it viewed as too costly amid financial struggles.

Bethesda-based company brings airport assistants to BWI 

Ten years ago, when Julie Melnick was traveling out of a California airport with her two-year-old, juggling a diaper bag, a massive car seat, luggage and a stroller, all she needed to make her trip exponentially easier was an extra set of hands. “I said to the gate agent, ‘would you mind giving me a hand?’” she recalled. “He said, ‘sorry ma’am, those are your belongings, that’s your responsibility.’” 

Annapolis task force recommends restaurants in some maritime districts in first tweaks in decades

For decades Bert Jabin Yacht Yard, positioned on the eastern rim of Back Creek, has been a mainstay in the Annapolis maritime industry. Home to specialized boat repairs, storage, slips and other services, the 18-acre marina is zoned for waterfront maritime industrial use, one of the city’s four maritime zoning districts. It’s where heavy maritime activity is concentrated and almost zero non-maritime uses are permitted.

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