May 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST | by Steve Charing
Mount Vernon businesses work to recover from riots
Baltimore riots, gay news, Washington Blade

A scene from last week’s peaceful protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray. (Photo by Veggies; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

While the violence in connection with the Freddie Gray protests on April 27 was concentrated in neighborhoods in West Baltimore and East Baltimore, other areas experienced damage as well, including Mount Vernon, an area with many LGBT residents.

A number of businesses were hit, not just by vandalism but some were also looted. Those affected were along Centre Street from St. Paul to Howard as well as businesses on Charles Street.

The Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association lists the following businesses impacted: Café Poupon, Coffeeland, 7-Eleven (on Saratoga & Charles), CapEx Management, Lumbini, Brown’s Arcade, Annapurna Grocery & Gifts, Mick O’Shea’s, 7-Eleven (on Centre & Charles), Ted’s Musicians Shop, Midtown BBQ & Brew, Gallery Grill, For Rent Shoes, Cozy Corner and Trinacria Café. The Rite-Aid across from the former community center on Chase Street was also hit.

“We’re a strong vigilant community. Support your local businesses,” said Jason Curtis, president of the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association. “They need us now more than ever!” The MVBA has been trying to raise money to help these businesses in need of repairs.  To contribute, visit

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