What do you love most about your community/neighborhood?
JZ: The Hampden/Woodberry/Medfield area is such a great community of residents and merchants working together to make the city more liveable, more vibrant and more diverse. It has all the charm of a classic Baltimore neighborhood, with the historic mills, the Jones Falls, the row homes, HonFest and Hampdenfest. There are so many fantastic retailers, services and restaurants. Not to mention, breweries and bars that support local. All of this adds up to a community that is a must-see for any visitor to the city.
What does Baltimore have that other cities don’t?
JZ: Besides Union Craft Brewing? We have a spirit and a resilience here that is hard to find in other cities. A real sense of place, of connection and a unique, quirky culture. There's a freedom here to be a little off-beat, to create something new and to be yourself.
Where do you go to get inspired in Baltimore?
JZ: We love to go downtown for inspiration. Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods and they each have something inspiring to offer. From the old mansions that line Druid Hill Park, to the architecture in Mount Vernon, the Walters Art Museum, the Peabody Library, to the cobblestone of Fell’s Point's Thames Street where the aroma of fresh baked bread mingles with the fishy funk of the harbor. We find inspiration in all the cracks and crevices of the city.
This interview has been condensed; portions of it have been edited for clarity.