Liam's Ale House, Ale Mary's and Max's are among Baltimore's Franken-bars
When Liam Flynn started building his new bar in Station North, he didn't go to the nearest hardware store.
He didn't scour Home Depot looking for the cheapest piece of pinewood, or the shiniest door knobs.
He went vintage shopping for bar parts as he would for second-hand football jerseys.
Flynn's idea of a Goodwill are architectural salvage stores like the Loading Dock and Second Chance, where he can find everything from stained glass to decades-old flooring.
He is among a growing number of bar owners that are using architectural salvage to enhance their established properties, or build new ones on the cheap.
While the practice has been common with bar owners seeking a vintage look, it's taken on a new currency with the shaky economy and a national movement toward building green.