Today on Midday, a snapshot of the climate for small business in Baltimore from three married couples who run established and successful businesses.
Tom is joined in the first segment by Tim Hicks and Mariah Acap. The couple runs a family automotive repair business that Tim’s father, Dan, launched in 1982. It’s the Baltimore Body Shop, located at the corner of Sisson Street and 29th street in Remington. Their YouTube channel and website about building custom cars is called Street Bandito.
In the next segment, Tom's guests are Lane Harlan and Matthew Pierce, the owners of three restaurants here in Baltimore: a speakeasy called W.C Harlan, a mezcaleria called Clavel -- both in the Remington neighborhood -- and their newest venture, a wine & sake bar and bottle shop named Fadensonnen, located nearby in Baltimore’s Old Goucher neighborhood.
For the last segment, Tom is joined in the studio by Jamyla and Pierre Bennu. They're the creative team behind Oyin Handmade, a line of hair- and skin-care products that are made in Baltimore and sold online, at the Oyin Handmade salon, speciality shops and in major stores like Target, CVS and Rite Aid. Jamyla began the company in 2001. Her husband, Pierre Bennu, started working with her at the company two years later. Pierre is also a filmmaker and illustrator. In addition to Oyin Handmade, they also run an art and film production space called Exit the Apple at the corner of Guilford Avenue and 24th Street in Charles Village.
We live-streamed all three conversations on WYPR's Facebook page. You can see that video here.