The Armory Marketplace, located directly behind the Armory on Main Street, is an L-shaped 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 an entrepreneur starting out as they allow a storefront opportunity with a reduced rate lease while the business owner gains an understanding of their demand level and strengthens their financial standing.
Initial planning for the project began in 2012 and the project has been underway since that time including developing the concept, receiving approval from Maryland Historical Trust and several phases of interior and exterior construction work. With the help of grant funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Community Legacy Program, build-out of three of the five available suites has been completed and three of the suites are currently occupied.
Harford Artists’ Association, a non-profit co-op with all artwork created by local Harford County residents, supports Harford Artists Gallery which is located in the largest of the suites and 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 ranging from oils, watercolor, photography, pottery, glasswork, gourds, jewelry, tiles and scarves to name just a few. In addition, the gallery at Armory Marketplace also offers workshops for association members as well as the community. Additional information can be found on their website at www.artinharford.org.
Suite103 is occupied by Love Evolution Studio, a boutique yoga studio that welcomes everyone regardless of their fitness level or yoga experience. The owner envisioned a peaceful, approachable space that invites people from all ability levels to practice comfortably. The studio offers a variety of classes from fundamentals and meditation to an intense power flow. They offer sunrise classes as well as late morning and evening. There truly is something for everyone in this space. 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.
In Suite 105 you’ll find Kore Bootcamps. Run by owner Kelly Backert, Kore Bootcamps is a unique fitness studio that offers a variety of exercise and spin classes to meet your busy schedule and your budget. Known for being the perfect place to get an incredible workout and meet great people, the studio’s philosophy is built on providing a fun, high-quality experience and is dedicated to helping people improve their lives through fitness. For more information about Kore Bootcamps, visit their website at www.korebootcamps.com.
The Town of Bel Air is currently accepting applications 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.