Explore Baltimore


Explore Baltimore! Sodam Bistro

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Korean Restaurant

Where: 200 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210

When: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm

Reviewed By: Ronnie Gruseck

Opened last December 2021, Sodam Bistro shares authentic Korean cuisine along with various gelato and espresso and non-espresso drink options. Adjacent to the pharmacy, Newman Towers, and Royal Farms, this restaurant is perfect for those sunny days when you want to take a stroll around the trail next to Newman and around Roland. There are various vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for all dishes. And with outdoor seating and generous portion sizes, Sodam is a great way to choose from a selection of delicious cuisine and spend quality time with others. It’s a growing spot for Loyola students to hang out and relax.

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Explore Baltimore! The Book Thing

Saturday, March 12th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Free books 

Where: 3001 Vineyard Lane, Baltimore, Maryland, 21218 

When: 9 am- 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

Reviewed By: Amelia Dunat

The Book Thing warehouse is a book lover’s dream. All of the books in this vibrant volunteer-run used book “store” are free! Yes, you heard correctly; almost any type of book you could possibly want is available here for free. Although open just once a month, this place is wonderful and an asset to the Baltimore community. If you have the time to spare to sift through hundreds of books (paperbacks and hardcovers), you are certain to come across many hidden treasures. There are even textbooks and magazines! Although not necessary, it’s encouraged for visitors to bring some of their own books to donate; even if it’s just one or two.  

My favorite about this place is that you will never know what you will find. New selections are added each week. The titles are organized by genre, and most of the books are in good condition. You can also contact them via their website if you’re interested in being a volunteer. Be sure to check out Book Thing as you surely won’t be leaving empty-handed, and keep in mind that parking can be a challenge as it tends to be filled quickly, so try to time your visit well! 

WLOY has been a supporter of The Book Thing for a long time. After their terrible fire in 2016, we helped organize and run a fundraising concert, donations and raffles ultimately bringing in over $10,000 to support their rebuilding.



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Explore Baltimore! Namaste

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Indian Restaurant 

Where: 413 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210 

When: Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 am- 11 pm, Friday and Saturday – 11:30 am to 12 am 

Reviewed By: Amelia Dunat

Binod and Shrijana, the owners of the local restaurant Namaste, vow to provide all their customers with the best Indian food experience in Baltimore. Their meticulously crafted menu will draw you in immediately, and you will find something you’re eager to try. They even have a full-service bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Happy Hour is 3:30pm to 5:30 pm. Their menu offers dozens of authentic Indian/Nepali dishes, and there is something for everyone (even many vegetarian options like lentils and paneer!) Appetizers include soups, salads, and an assortment of veggies, and the main courses are centered around lamb, chicken, and seafood. All the dishes are grilled in their traditional Indian clay “tandoor” oven and then doused in flavorful curries prepared with only the freshest ingredients and traditional Indian herbs and spices. 

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Explore Baltimore! El Suprimo Records

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Record Shop 

Where: 1709 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231 

When: Monday-Friday, 1pm-7pm 

Reviewed by: Amelia Dunat

Come visit El Suprimo Records today! Although on the smaller side, this old school style record shop is crammed with used records among other things: LP’s, 45’s & 78’s, cassettes, 8-tracks, DVD, VHS, CD’s, books, vintage stereo equipment, all kinds of turntables, instruments, memorabilia, and pop-culture Kitsch. I noticed there was a lot of jazz, funk, soul, and 60s/70s rock compared to other genres. However, whatever you’re looking for you will probably find. Most of the records are used but they’re still in good condition and I have even found original pressings here. In addition, the prices of the records are generously marked down if they have any imperfections, so you are getting your money’s worth. (more…)



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Explore Baltimore! Black History Month Film Series at the B&O Railroad Museum

Friday, February 18th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Historic Attraction, Black History Month Film Series

When: Sunday, February 20, 2022, 3:00 PM

Where: B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt Street

Reviewed By: Elizabeth “Liz” Kosik

Honor Black History Month with the B&O Railroad Museum as they celebrate the Museum’s designation as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. Join as they host a series of the three films, Amistad, Harriet, and Selma, highlighting the realities of slavery and racial discrimination. While some seating will be available, guests are also welcome to come in “picnic” style with blankets and snacks, and admission is free. Register for free below on Eventbrite!



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Explore Baltimore! Celebrated Summer

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Celebrated Summer, 

Where: 3616 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

When: 12-6pm everyday 

Reviewed by: Amelia Dunat

This is by far my favorite record store in Baltimore. The staff is so kind and knowledgeable and more than willing to help you find what you’re looking for– and the selection and prices are great. Brand new records range from $20-$30, but they have many used options and even a large box filled to the brim with records for only $1 on the back wall of the store. (more…)



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Explore Baltimore! The Lost History of Frederick Douglas

Monday, January 31st, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Historic Attraction, Frederick Douglas’ Life Tour
When: Saturday, February 5th, 2022 from 9:00 AM- 10:45 AM and Saturday, February 18th, 2022 from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM.
Where: The tour will meet at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park on Thames Street and conclude at Greedy Reads on Aliceanna Street in Fell’s Point.
Reviewed By: Elizabeth “Liz” Kosik

Calling all students, locals, and history enthusiasts to join Baltimore City in the debut walking tour of the lost history of Frederick Douglas! Historian John Muller will lead the tour, enlightening attendees on the life of Douglas and his impact on the Baltimore community. Ticket sales begin at $16.50 for seniors, $17.50 for adults, and students are free. Connect with history below!
Explore the Lost History of Frederick Douglas



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Explore Baltimore! The Sound Garden

Monday, January 24th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: The Sound Garden, Music store                          

Where: 616 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231            

When: Friday-Sunday 10 am-9pm, Monday-Wednesday, 12-8 pm

Reviewed by: Amelia Dunat 

Located in the heart of Fells Point, Sound Garden is a cool little music store with a variety of funky items for sale and an ample collection of used and new music. It is a wonderful place to pick up an awesome gift for someone’s birthday, or just spend some free time browsing all the store has to offer. Since 1993 they have been growing their inventory and now have over 10,000 new and used CDs and DVDs in stock. Not only do they sell newly released music, but they also carry various amounts of imported music- regardless of how rare or obscure what you are looking for may be. Soundgarden is bound to have it! (more…)



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Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade 2019

Friday, November 29th, 2019 by The Professor

Its that time of year again! And WLOY is ready to go. We’ve pulled the old float down from its hibernation and are cleaning it up for another parade. We’ve got candy canes, we’ve got a float, and we’ve got costumes! We’re prepping Snoopy’s playlist and getting ready to march down Falls Road to 36th Street and all the way to Chestnut.

Along the route we’ll pass some judges who won’t give us a trophy again (but we’re not bitter, really) and we’ll make a lot of kids happy with Snoopy and candy canes. Don’t worry, we’re not in it for the glory, we love it! Go HERE for all the details – see you Sunday December 8!



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5 Best Study Spots in Baltimore

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Are you a college student in Baltimore?  Do you ever wish you had that perfect off-campus spot to do your work but you just don’t know where to go?  I feel you.  And this one’s for you.

photo by Reinhart Julian on Unsplash / girl sitting at a table by the window studying / WLOY

1.  Sophomore Coffee

Sophomore Coffee, to me, is one of the best study spots in Baltimore.  It’s located right around the Barclay neighborhood, just a seven minute walk away from Baltimore’s famous Graffiti Alley.  Sophomore Coffee is essentially hidden, situated just underground, and it definitely has that quaint, hole-in-the-wall kind of feel.  It’s super small and quiet–perfect for focusing on homework–and definitely very aesthetically pleasing.

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