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July 20, 2010

Milk & Honey Market

milk & honeyHere's a little more information about plans for Milk & Honey Market, which I mentioned in a blog post earlier today.

The store, at Cathedral and Read streets, will carry local produce and meats, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, gourmet groceries, fresh baked breads and fresh pastas. An in-store cafe will serve coffee drinks, smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices. There won't be a full-service kitchen, but the cafe will offer croissants, bagels and freshly made panini.

Groceries will take up about 60 percent of the store, with the rest of the 1,700-square-foot space devoted to the cafe.

The plan is for a mid- to late-September opening, said Dana Valery, one of the co-owners.

"Think of us as a corner store, but a quality corner store -- a boutique kind of Whole Foods, in a way much more local -- a locavore, boutique Whole Foods."

She described Milk & Honey as "a place to go when you miss the farmers' market."  

The store is a joint effort between two couples, Valery, until recently a stay-at-home mom and part-time yoga teacher; her husband, Ernst, who has a private equity firm focused on urban development; and Jim Campbell and Nancy Hooff, whom Valery described as "developer do-gooders" focused on urban infill, historic preservation and low-income projects.

A friend of theirs, who has a market by the same name in Philadelphia, will also have a small interest in the store. The Baltimore and Philly operations will be "sister stores," but not formally a chain, Valery said.

The Mount Vernon store will be open seven days a week. The hours have not been firmed up yet, but the idea is to be open for breakfast every day and to stay open late enough -- perhaps 8 p.m. -- to serve people on their way home from work during the week. It will probably close earlier, maybe 6 p.m., on weekends.

Local milk will be among the items for sale at Milk & Honey Market in Mount Vernon. Sun photo by Amy Davis

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:12 AM | | Comments (7)


She described Milk & Honey as "a place to go when you miss the farmers' market."

I must be their target audience. Do they have my day planner or something?

Laura: Your earlier post said it's at Cathedral and Read. The only thing I can think of right on that corner is the Middle Eastern/pizza place formerly known as Al Pacino's. Is that gone?

I seem to recall Kyro being open a few days ago as I walked past. If they're closing down, they're doing a good sign of disguising it.

There are other storefronts in the Cathedral Court building along Cathedral -- Howards' Delly (sic), for instance. It's just as likely to move into one of those, I suspect?

It's on the southwest corner of Cathedral and Read, south of Al Pacino/Kyro.

The Professional Arts Building (formerly the Medical Arts Building) is at the southwest corner of Cathedral and Read Streets. The developer's description of the rehab project indicates that Milk & Honey will open in the fall. (Its space was likely once used by the long gone Medical Arts Pharmacy.)

I only wish it were opening sooner!!

Medical Arts Pharmacy had one of the better shakes in town in the 60's, wonder if they'll reprise it...

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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