The Armory Marketplace, located directly behind the Armory on Main Street, is a bank of garages which the Town of Bel Air has rehabilitated into business incubator suites. The suites are available for new and emerging businesses that have the end goal of moving to a Bel Air storefront in mind. Business incubators offer an advantage to entrepreneurs as they provide a storefront opportunity with reduced rate leases while the business owners build their business models and strengthen their financial standing.
The Town of Bel Air is proud to receive the following awards in recognition of Armory Marketplace:
- 2019 Sustainable Communities Award Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission
- 2019 Preservation Award Maryland Historical Trust
- 2018 Impact Award Community Development Network
- 2017 Historic Preservation Award Harford County Historic Preservation Commission
The current tenants include:
Ferrari Frame & Design, owned by Trish Orndorff, offers artistic solutions for retail customers and local businesses. Services include framed artwork for sale, custom framing services, and corporate interior design and curating. Trish’s retail location at Armory Marketplace includes a variety of custom frame and mat choices and an individualized service experience. For more information about the services provided by Ferrari Frame & Design, visit their website www.ferrariframeanddesign.com.
Caprichos Books, owned by Liz and Jeff Decker, is a used bookstore that provides a friendly, inspiring atmosphere with exceptional personalized service. They offer used books, a membership program, and a trade or buyback program for their patrons. The Decker’s mission is to re-home books and inspire readers while building community and supporting the arts. Watch for a book club as well as other community events being sponsored by Caprichos Books on the website at www.caprichosbooks.com.
Love Evolution Studio is a boutique yoga studio that welcomes everyone regardless of their fitness level or yoga experience. Owner Meghan Biemiller envisioned a peaceful, approachable space that invites people from all ability levels to practice comfortably. The studio offers a variety of classes from sunrise to evening including fundamentals and meditation to an intense power flow. More information about their offerings, as well as special promotions for those new to Love Evolution Studio, can be found on their website at www.loveevolutionstudio.com.
Harford Artists Gallery serves as a permanent tenant anchoring the north end of the Arts and Entertainment District. The gallery hosts bi-monthly exhibits which feature a wide selection of original artwork in a variety of mediums. In addition, the gallery also offers workshops for association members as well as the community. Find additional information on their website at www.artinharford.org.
REB Records, owned by Mark Santoro and Sean Lanahan, is a record shop where people of all ages can share their appreciation for music and discover old favorites or newly available vinyl. In addition, the store will offer cassettes, DVDs and equipment. REB Records will cater to analog enthusiasts who have been collecting vinyl for years and also to customers who are discovering vinyl and analog for the first time. Both casual listeners and serious collectors will be at home at REB Records. As the only independent record store in Harford County, watch for REB Records to host open mic nights and to have music events at the store in the future. For more information about REB Records, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rebrecordsmd/
The Town of Bel Air welcomes inquiries from business owners interested in getting their start in Armory Marketplace. Interested applicants may call the Town of Bel Air Department of Economic Development at 410-838-0584 for more information about the applicant process.
Funding for the project was provided in part by:
- The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Community Legacy Program,
- Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, Community Development Block Grants
- The Greater Bel Air Community Foundation