Baltimore In A Box: Oddities Of Charm City Turns Into A Small Business

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Talk to people who call Baltimore home and most seem to take pride in our city’s quirks and oddities.

Mike Schuh reports pride in one’s hometown and the products we can find here has turned into a business for one man.

From Edgar Allan Poe to John Waters, Baltimore is a city of iconic people.

From Natty Boh to Berger cookies, Baltimore is a city of iconic brands.

But what happens when you leave our fair city?

“I definitely miss home,” said Mollie Heintzelman.

Heintzelman, a law student, is stuck in Boston.

But her mom just sent her a box.

“I received Baltimore in a box,” she said.

That’s right. She was sent Baltimore in a box.

It is an idea whose time has come.

Ross Nochumowitz keeps all his goods in his basement.

Real estate agent by day, provider of dreams by night, Nochumowitz is bringing Baltimore to the world–one Utz bag, one Big Boyz pen, one Berger cookie at a time.

So popular are his boxes, Nochumowitz he had to temporarily stop taking orders. But he’s back up and running again.

“We have Herr’s chips, Utz crab chips, Fischer’s popcorn, “he said.

The list goes on.

People order on line and get up to five items shipped and out the door for $35. The website says the price also includes one or two additional surprise items per box.

“I think this works because Baltimore is Charm City. People have a lot of passionate about all the things that are charming about this city. There are things iconic to this city that you can’t get anywhere else,” Nochumowitz said.

In business just one month, he’s shipped $9000 worth of Baltimore in a box.

It’s well worth it to those lucky homesick Baltimoreans on the other end.

“It put me in a great mood,” Heintzelman. “I got to have Utz crab chips, Otterbein cookies, Zeke’s coffee—the things I’ve been eating since my childhood.”

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