Spotlight on Charles Village retail Oct. 15 and 16

This Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16, Johns Hopkins is collaborating with business and community partners to present Recharge Charles Village, a business crawl and showcase celebrating the retail district near the Homewood campus.

From 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m to 7 p.m. on Saturday, be on the lookout for fun, interactive experiences designed to encourage 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 HopkinsLocal, a commitment by the 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 Market, HomeSlyce, CVS, Sakoon Indian, Gertrude's Chesapeake Kitchen, Barnes 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," said Jennifer J. Mielke, director of 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, visit this Facebook event page for more information, and follow #RechargeCharlesVillage on Instagram to take part in the experience virtually.