Highlandtown Main Street

Highlandtown’s Main Street, which runs along Eastern Avenue from Ellwood Avenue to Haven Street, is a thriving 10 block stretch of shops, restaurants, grocers and art spaces with merchants and clientele from all over the globe. HMS follows the model from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and helps merchants create business plans, find available properties and understand market demographic information. We also manage a facade grant program to help businesses make improvements that attract more customers to their shops. We partner with local businesses, residents and organizations to host some of the most popular events in Baltimore.


Highlandtown is vibrant, creative, international and eclectic. We are home to the Creative Alliance, Great Halloween Lantern Parade, First Friday Art Walks, Highlandtown Gallery, Y:ART Gallery and others. We showcase our local talents with Mariachi bands, painted screens and public art. We provide services to existing, active and interested businesses in the Highlandtown Main Street district.

We’re home to Baltimore’s best park: Patterson Park. Voted one of the top ten urban parks by Forbes Magazine, the park serves over 50,000 people a year who walk, jog, bike, play on sports leagues and attend fitness classes.

We’re a neighborhood of makers. Designers, jewelry makers and puppeteers work alongside coffee roasters, piñata makers and chefs. We’re home to a muralist who opened an international residency program, a tech company inventing new phone apps and vintage shops restoring furniture!

Highlandtown is the place to come for authentic food options like Chicken Rico, Matthew’s Pizza, and Snake Hill Tavern. Be sure to visit Hoehn’s Bakery, G & A Restaurant and Di Pasquale’s Italian Marketplace—they’ve been calling Highlandtown home for over 100 years!

We’ve always been a neighborhood of immigrants. Originally settled by immigrants from Germany, Poland and Italy, Main Street retailers now come from five continents, including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. We’re a walkable neighborhood, too—with a Walk Score of 90—and our sidewalks are filled with runners, dog walkers and families out for a stroll.

Highlandtown is a place where you want to hang out, bring your friends, and be yourself. We’re a neighborhood filled with diverse people sharing their experiences. We invite you to be a part of our community—whether for a visit or as a place to call home.

Highlandtown is a nationally designated Main Street District and state designated Arts & Entertainment District and is supported by the dedicated volunteers of the Highlandtown Community Association, Highlandtown Business Association and many partnering organizations and groups throughout the area.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Forming a Business


  • Advertising/Brochure Design

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Office, Incubator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location

Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization
  • Tax Credits

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
Contact Information
Amanda Smit-Peters
3323 Eastern Avenue
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 342-3234 Ext: 26