Baltimore is a thriving metropolis that churns out art, culture, celebrities, and academic milestones. However, Baltimore doesn’t get the recognition received by other major American cities such as Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles. This is especially difficult on local entrepreneurs who are developing brands which they hope to release to the world some day. But fortune favors the persistent, and you can’t keep a good brand down. Here are five local brands which are quickly on their way to the top.
I Got Game
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Brainchild of University of Baltimore graduate Xavier Jackson, I Got Game brand wear started as locally made socks Jackson was selling out of the trunk of his car. When the socks became a hit, he trademarked the phrase “I Got Game,” and began the marketing campaign for his sportswear that hit it big. After his goods were seen sported by several Baltimore athletes, Jackson launched his sales website for his product which has quickly expanded to other sportswear while still producing some high quality athletic socks.
Be part of a true Baltimore success story, and pick up your pair of I Got Game socks today.
12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, MD 21082
Like the wine that they make, Boordy’s brand has taken time and age to perfect and broaden its brand. Although the vineyard and winery have been in Maryland for 70 years, the Boordy brand is something which has only gradually been recognized for the quality. Boordy is now arguably the most recognizable wine in Baltimore if not in Maryland. Pick up your Boordy wine online, at retailers, or visit their vineyard directly for tours, tastings, history, and an outdoor flavor experience like no other.
Heavy Seas Beer
4615 Hollins Ferry Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227
Brewed by Clipper City Brewing Company, Heavy Seas is not only one of the most celebrated up-and-coming local brews, but it is also a brand of beer that invests itself heavily into the community. Stop by their brewery and be treated to a free tour, or check their webpage for any of their locally hosted parties and events, including releases of new flavors and brews. If you want to boast on a Baltimore brew, you won’t find better than Heavy Seas Beer.
410 Skateboard Co.
Baltimore, MD 21224
The foremost name in competitive skateboarding has been Tony Hawk. Hawk’s skate-brand, Huck Jam 401, is one of the more recognizable names on the market. Maryland residents are aware that the area code for Maryland has been 410 for years. Playing off the famous area code and the famous line of designer skateboards, the local Baltimore designer skateboard pros have appropriately named themselves the 410 Skateboard Co. In a town full of skate parks, 410 is making an impact. Not only do they offer quality boards with designer graphics, they have discovered that a great deal of the skater world is fashion-oriented. Visit their website to see what the Baltimore skaters are riding and wearing. 410 has designed their graphics to match the Baltimore feel, including their popular “claws” graphic, which takes the Maryland Crab and uses it as a mascot for the dedicated skater.
Deli Brands Of America
4600 Pulaski Highway
Baltimore, MD 21224
Deli Brands of America began as its own family owned and operated USDA deli and meat processing plant in 1932. It’s reputation in the Maryland area for quality deli meat has become practically legendary, and this is evidenced by the fact that Deli Brands has lately become a provider of delicatessen, steak, veal, pork, lamb and other specialty meat items to distributors, chain restaurants, retail foodservice and industrial accounts across the nation. A great deal of the success enjoyed by Deli Brands is due to the history behind it. Being ine operation for 80 years, they are in possession of some enviable old-world recipes that are hard to come by anywhere else. Deli Brands will also make meats-to-order so that people or groups receiving products from them may customize the product and the brand to their specifications.
Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.