Johns Hopkins Shines a Light on Businesses in the Charles Village Retail District

The Office of Economic Development and the Office of Government and Community Affairs Partner to Recharge the Charles Village Retail Area

(BALTIMORE – October 11, 2021) – On Friday, October 15 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and Saturday, October 16 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Johns Hopkins in collaboration with business and community partners present, Recharge Charles Village, a business crawl and showcase designed to amplify local retailers along the Charles Village Retail District. The two-day activation promotes and celebrates the businesses in Charles Village by creating a fun, safe and interactive experience to increase business among the retailers in the area.

The free, pop-up activation encourages guests to visit, shop and dine in the area, all while enjoying live music, specials, and prizes along the way. “We created a bingo style game to get the community involved and ready to recharge Charles Village by supporting participating businesses,” said Alicia Wilson, vice president for economic development at the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System. “Our goal is to ignite the local economy, making the purchasing experience rewarding for residents and guests.” Recharge Charles Village is part of the HopkinsLocal initiative, a commitment by Johns Hopkins University and Health System to leverage their position as the largest private anchor institution in Baltimore to create lasting economic opportunities in the city.

Participating businesses and restaurants include Charles Village Pub, St. Paul Cleaners, Streets MarketHomeSlyceCVSSakoon IndianGertrude’s Chesapeake KitchenBarns and Noble Johns Hopkins, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, to name a few, all providing in-house specials and discounts for guests to enjoy. “We are excited about supporting our Charles Village businesses with this event, in fact, the Charles Village Streetscape as a backdrop, we are positioned to spotlight the transformation of the area, and investment in the community,” stated Jennifer J. Mielke, director, Local Government and Community Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Health System.

To learn more about Recharge Charles Village and how to support the businesses along the retail district, visit, and follow #RechargeCharlesVillage on Instagram to take part in the experience virtually.