The lines of customers who form along 28th Street and Guilford Avenue at the door of the Motzi Bread bakery tell a story: that Baltimore’s neighborhoods and corner stores are fostering a small revolution in rowhouse enterprise this spring.
A year ago, as the pandemic shut so much down, the owners of this now-popular bakery were struggling to get open and fire their ovens. They opened in June to a weekly subscription list. In September, they opened their doors to walk-in trade.
Motzi Bread filled a corner location that had been a liquor store for the past 50 years. But the old Guilford Pharmacy occupied this spot from 1914 to about 1970. In the same space where you now get a loaf you once ordered a chocolate soda.