One of my favorite things about living in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore is without a doubt, Bmore Licks. Whether you’re driving by on the street or taking a walk through Patterson Park, the bright mural will catch your eye. I, myself, found any occasion a good reason to stop in. Monday blues? Bmore Licks. Completed a spin class without dying? Bmore licks. Season seven of Game of Thrones is about to premiere? Bmore Licks.
Because I am lucky enough to live just a few blocks from the shop, I have been able to enjoy their coffee in the mornings and their ice cream throughout the afternoons and evenings. Speaking with co-owner, Kimberly Proctor, I got the scoop on everything from how the mural design was conceptualized, to what the response has been since opening, as well as future goals.
Due to being located in a residential area, the owners were restricted from being able to go with their first idea, which was an outdoor neon sign. So they began to brainstorm, and a -now Instagram famous- wall was born.
“We had seen an old-fashioned ice cream mural in Taneytown, Maryland and absolutely loved it,” Proctor said. “We wanted to combine something old with something fun and vibrant so we started doing research. We found two great art students from MICA to help us paint the outside and that’s how we got the final result.”
Proctor said the response from the community has been, “amazing”, and that the business has continued to grow since opening. She also said the shop is starting to see people from other areas come in.
“We seriously can’t rave enough about how great the city has been in welcoming us to the community and we were not expecting to be so busy because normally it takes a few years for a business to grow.”
Lastly, going beyond just selling ice cream and now Zeke’s coffee, every Friday morning the store hosts community event called Free Music Friday, which is a Spanish singing and playtime class for infants and toddlers.
“We have a young son and see lots of families in our store, so we wanted to provide a fun activity for our neighbors,” Proctor said. “The response has been phenomenal and we have so much fun watching the kids sing and play every week. Plus, now that we sell coffee, it is a great excuse for us to go downstairs and have some extra caffeine early in the morning. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be visiting on December 9th at 1 p.m. so families can get free photos for Christmas.”
In closing I have to say how exciting it is to see such a great family-owned business in the Baltimore area. And for anyone out of town reading this, you definitely need to add it to your list of stops when you come to the city. It’s now open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday for coffee and/or ice cream and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, with new flavors like Pumpkin Oreo this fall, and Gingerbread this winter.
Don’t let the 100+ flavors of hard and soft serves intimidate you! My personal favorite is Cookie Monster in a waffle cone, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles :). Go check it out!