Today is the final day of National Small Business Week, and last but not least, we’re highlighting Harbor East’s Italian restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original. I had the pleasure of speaking with owner Alessandro Vitale while dining at Chazz last week.
Vitale partnered with Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri to open the restaurant three years ago. Choosing Baltimore’s Harbor East location was a clear choice for Vitale since he was born and raised in Baltimore and has watched the area grow over the years with new businesses and residents. Chazz is only a few short blocks from the Vitale family restaurant, Aldo’s of Little Italy.
A large part of what sets Chazz apart from the slew of other Harbor East restaurants is its coal-fired pizza oven. This type of oven is commonly found in Italy and New York, but is difficult to come by in Baltimore.
Vitale’s commitment to Baltimore doesn’t end with his restaurants. He banks locally with 1st Mariner because he believes that people at a local community bank “know the roots and community.”
“It’s all about the people and the relationships,” he says. “[1st Mariner employees] are my customers too. They know my product, they know me and they know my needs.”
So the next time you’re in the Harbor East area, stop by Chazz and see for yourself what all the hype is about. I’m speaking from experience when I say their coal-fired oven makes their pizza stand out from the crowd. And don’t even get me started on the veal meatball! Just order it. You can thank me later.
This week is National Small Business Week and we wanted to share our support for our local entrepreneurs by showcasing one of our small business customers, Shred-it Baltimore.
Information fraud has been the fastest growing crime in the country over the past five years, according to Pru and Lee Miller, owners of Shred-it Baltimore. Shred-it specializes in secure information destruction services including paper shredding and hard drive and media destruction.
Shred-it Baltimore's strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction has allowed them to stand out as one of the leaders in the document and data destruction industry. Not-so-coincidentally, 1st Mariner’s same commitment to customer service is what compels Shred-it to bank with 1st Mariner.
In an effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of consumer fraud and identity theft, Shred-it organizes Community Shred-it™ events. These events give individuals the opportunity to have their confidential documents destroyed on site, for a minimal fee or donation to a local charity.
Shred-it is hosting three community events this Saturday, May 17th in Baltimore, Bel Air and Annapolis. You can find more information on their website.
"It's rewarding to know that we run a business that provides a unique and necessary service to the businesses and residences in the Greater Baltimore metro area,” says Pru.
Shred-it Baltimore also creates employment opportunities for 50 residents.
According to the Millers, individuals and businesses must protect information in every imaginable way these days. The Shred-it website contains many free resources to improve information security and reduce the risk of fraud.
Have you found yourself dreaming about the smell of Esskay hot dogs, the crunch of empty peanut shells beneath your feet, the perfect balance of a cold beer on a hot day, the eruption of cheers surrounding you? If you have experienced these symptoms, then you, my friend, have a bad case of Orioles Fever. Yes, it is contagious, and it has been spreading like wildfire over these past couple weeks.
Before you find yourself getting into trouble at work trying to start the wave in Conference Room B, we have just the place for you to channel your O's energy!
Join us TOMORROW in celebrating the start to the O’s season with WBAL Radio. They’ll be bringing their “Orange You Glad It’s Friday” caravan to our Canton Tower location (3301 Boston St, Baltimore, MD) on Friday, March 28th from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
What can you expect at the Orange You Glad It's Friday party?
- Get your car decked out with the Orioles/WBAL car stencil
- Pick up a pair of orange and black sunglasses
- Get in on the chance to win Orioles game tickets
We're on the edge of our seats with excitement for Opening Day - the official start to summer in Baltimore (says me, that's who). We look forward to seeing YOU tomorrow! Go O's!