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Business Unusual in Fells Point

The following “Business Unusual” account is part of our new initiative, Collecting in Quarantine. With current mandates for all non-essential businesses to close, business is anything but usual in Maryland. In the Business Unusual series, MdHS is asking business employees, owners, customers, passers-by and neighborhood residents to visually share their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis.

Michael Lisicky is a musician, retail historian, and author. Don’t miss out on his free virtual program with us on April 29: “One More Return to Hutzler’s and Howard Street,” exploring stories of Hutzler’s, Hochschild’s, Hecht’s, Stewart’s and the other establishments that comprised Baltimore’s former bustling commercial district. In the meantime, check out these images Michael shared of himself, his pup, and the scene in another Baltimore neighborhood during the current shutdown. While Historic Fells Point is usually distinctive for its small businesses and buzzing nightlife, these days the neighborhood looks much different.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 – On this day, Michael Lisicky shared the photos below:

Man laying in street with dog
Photo courtesy of Michael Lisicky
Dog on sidewalk next to empty street
Photo courtesy of Michael Lisicky
empty tables outside bar
Photo courtesy of Michael Lisicky
man sitting in coffee shop
Photo courtesy of Michael Lisicky

Please note: The views, information, and opinions expressed and shared on the underbelly through the Collecting in Quarantine project do not necessarily represent those of the Maryland Historical Society. Our staff does not verify for accuracy the information contained within these submissions. We also do not edit the content beyond minor modifications for formatting or to remove personally identifying information, if applicable. The primary purpose of this series, with the permission of contributors, is to share and collect the experiences of Marylanders living through quarantine at this moment in time.

To learn more about the Collecting in Quarantine project and how to share a story and/or photos of your own, click here.