A city-wide competition providing a launchpad for the area’s most creative and entrepreneurial retail ideas.


The ChallengE

The Greater Remington Improvement Association and its partners, Johns Hopkins University, and Seawall are excited to announce the Remington Storefront Challenge. 

Up for grabs are two pop-up retail stores right next to R. House, in the heart of the inspiring Remington neighborhood. Challengers will be evaluated and narrowed down by a panel of judges made up of Remington residents, anchor institutions, and local business owners. 

The two winners will be awarded their new prime retail location for a 12 to 24-month pop-up period, RENT FREE. They will also receive a TENANT IMPROVEMENT ALLOWANCE and technical assistance to help achieve their vision. 


APPLication period is closed

Thank you all who have submitted applications! With so many incredible applications, choosing our finalists is taking a bit longer than we anticipated. To ensure that we have thoroughly reviewed and discussed every application, we will be announcing finalist Friday, 3/15/19.


october 9th, 2018

Challenge Went Live

Challenge is live, applications available for download/submission

February 1st, 2019

APPlications Due

Applications due & have been submitted to info@RSCBaltimore.com

March 15th, 2019*

Finalists Announced

Responses will be sent to all participants to announce finalists. Finalists will have 2 weeks to prepare in person presentation.

( * finalists announcement date recently updated. )

April 4th, 9th, & 11th, 2019

Finalist Presentations

3-5 minute private presentations to Panel, 5-10 minute Q&A. Panelists will score.

April 16th, 2019

Winners Announced

Two winners will be announced via email and public announcement.

Late, 2019

Grand openings

Stores complete. Opening Celebrations.




300 W. 29th St.

300 W. 29th St is located on the corner of W. 29th St and Remington Ave and was originally built as a gas station. This is the larger of the two available spaces at 1,240 square feet. The current structure will be renovated with a brand-new interior and façade, creating an incredible working space with curb appeal. 


2700 Remington Ave. Suite 1100

2700 Remington Avenue Suite 1100 is a corner bay in Remington Row, a mixed-use building housing retail and wellness businesses as well as 108 residential apartments. It is a fully finished 901 square foot space with floor to ceiling windows.

Our Why

The community of Remington is committed to incubating transformative new business ventures that move Baltimore forward. We want to be a launchpad for unique ideas that serve to unite our city and empower its residents to take ownership of their collective futures.

The Remington Storefront Challenge was born out of this mission. Practically (and to keep in mind when you apply), we aim to increase foot traffic in the neighborhood and provide the goods and services Remingtonians want and need, while bringing committed, passionate new partners into our fold. In the end, the neighborhood of Remington, with all its diversity and perspectives, will choose which concepts best fit this mission.

Thank you for going on this journey with us. We can’t wait to hear your ideas.








Baltimore Magazine – October 15, 2018

Remington Kicks Off Shark Tank-Style Challenge for Small Businesses

Think you have a great retail idea for a hip, up-and-coming ‘hood, but you’re a little short of cash? How does free rent sound? Or what if we throw in a fully finished space? Okay, the rent’s only free for a while, but that’s the come-on that civic leaders in Remington are using to attract proposals from entrepreneurs to keep the neighborhood on track to a revitalization that’s been gaining speed in the past few years.


Technical.ly – October 11, 2018

From Pizza Boli’s to Pop-up Shop: Remington is Holding a Business Plan Competition for New Retail

Remington is putting out the call to entrepreneurs for big pop-up ideas that can fit in one of the neighborhood’s storefront. This week, applications opened for The Remington Storefront Challenge. Backed by the Greater Remington Improvement Association Johns Hopkins University and Seawall Development, the business plan competition is seeking new retail concepts for two spaces near R. House. 


Johns Hopkins Hub – October 10, 2018

Remington Neighborhood Launches Shark Tank-Style Contest to Attract New Retailers

The Remington community near Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus is launching a Shark Tank-style search for innovative new retail businesses to open in two neighborhood storefronts, rent-free for up to two years. 


Baltimore Sun – October 10, 2018

Baltimore’s Remington Community Launches Shark Tank-Style Storefront Contest to Lure Retailers

Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood is hoping to lure retailers through a “Shark Tank”-style contest that promises free rent for up to two years.