|Midtown West Baltimore (aka Downtown) is in the middle of a serious makeover. The Baltimore Development Corporation is working hard to forge a 21st-century version of the bustling commercial hub that once thrived in the downtown Baltimore - Midtown area decades ago. In 2019, the local development firm Poverni Sheikh Group launched a storefront competition with the promise of a year of free rent. The competition was the framework for how the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore developed its Downtown BOOST program, or Black-Owned and Occupied Storefront Tenancy program and Cuples Tea House was one of two winners of this contest, clinching the space at 409 N. Howard Street.
We are extremely excited to see other Black-owned businesses coming to Downtown Baltimore. Different Regard, Mess in a Bottle and Sporty Dog Creations along with Cajou Creamery, Vegan Juiceology and My Uni Beauty also reside on N. Howard Street. When the redesigned Lexington Market opens to the public next year, its developers say it will include more Black-owned businesses than ever before. We're excited to be a part of this urban revitalization of Baltimore and excited for the possibilities that are to come.