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New Businesses in Annapolis and SMBE events

Annapolis invites residents to learn more about recently opened businesses and to learn more about our small, minority and women owned businesses in the City

So far in August, seven new businesses have opened and a few have chosen to have official ribbon cutting ceremonies. While a celebration and ribbon cutting is not for everyone, Mayor Mike Pantelides and our Small and Minority Business Enterprise (SMBE) Coordinator Consuella Caudill want to remind new business owners to contact the City and utilize our resources to help promote their business as part of the economic engine that helps drive Annapolis.
Just last week, Oh My Darling Consignment Boutique and Cha Cha Chicken were welcomed by the Mayor during official ribbon cutting ceremonies.

Oh My Darling, located at 47 Maryland Avenue, is a high-end consignment boutique offering women's designer clothing for cost-conscious shoppers in Annapolis.  Amy Darling, owner and manager of Oh My Darling, offers customers the look and feel of a high-end retail boutique and an opportunity to attend trunk shows and styling days, along with tailoring and personal shopping services.

The boutique is open Monday from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. For more information, call 410-263-1555 or go to

Meanwhile, Cha Cha Chicken, located at 1411-B Forest Drive in Annapolis, is home to the authentic Peruvian charcoal broiled rotisserie chicken, featuring all natural chicken that is marinated and charcoal broiled every 45 minutes.
Owners Stefanie & Gennaro DiBenedetto offer a combination of Peruvian and American specialties, affordable prices, and a casual atmosphere for lunch and dinner. They also offer jumbo wings, salads, entrees, grilled meat, sandwiches, and tacos.  Cha Cha Chicken is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 443-837-6127 or go to .

And while Excel Pilates Annapolis, a classical Pilates studio, has been serving the Annapolis area community since 2002 they recently relocated to The Village of West Annapolis and will celebrate their new studio location at 11 Annapolis Street, Suite A in Annapolis, on Friday, September 5.

The real twist to this upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony is that owner Kerry De Vivo will have Mayor Pantelides show his interest in promoting fitness by participating in a Pilates demonstration.  It is important to note that all the teachers are fully certified and have completed a minimum of 700 hours of active training in all apparatus and mat work. The teaching staff is dedicated to addressing the individual needs and goals of each student.

Excel Pilates Annapolis offers one-on-one, duet and trio sessions by appointment. The studio is fully equipped with all of the traditional, classical Pilates apparatus. Excel Pilates Annapolis offers a comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program.  For more information on Excel Pilates Annapolis, call 410-897-0550 or go to .

Meanwhile, SMBE Coordinator Consuella Caudill wants to invite everyone to a brown-bag Lunch and Learn meeting, scheduled for September 10 at noon. The lunch meeting will take place in the City Council Chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester, and the topic will be on the importance of having Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned businesses in Annapolis. It’s not always easy for these businesses to compete with bigger companies, but it benefits everyone when these businesses get a chance to participate in vending and procurement opportunities.

Come learn about these benefits and how we can better encourage Small, Woman, and Minority businesses participation. Lunch and Learn meetings are sponsored by the Department of Planning and Zoning and are free and open to the public.

Just a heads up, in October, in conjunction with the Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee, the SMBE and the City’s Central Purchasing offices are co-sponsoring the Sixth Annual Meet the Primes networking event in Timonium, Maryland.

The event, taking place on October 15, allows minority business enterprises/woman business enterprises (MBE/WBE) and small businesses to meet face-to-face with prime consultants, contractors, purchasing professionals and business advocacy agencies.

Businesses attending can meet one-on-one with prime contractors in the areas of Professional Services, Construction Trades, Architecture, Engineering and other services. Sponsors include Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, the Community College of Baltimore County, and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. To register, and to get more information on the event, visit .