Welcome to Hampden



Hello and Welcome!

The Hampden Merchants Association thanks you for visiting us. Our association supports more than 140 small businesses in our region in Baltimore City, and it wouldn’t be possible for us to do this without YOU.

There are many reasons to “Shop Small” but we can tell you that when you do, you help us pay our staff fair wages, buy supplies, pay our rent and mortgages, donate goods to local schools and provide community assistance through programs at the Hampden Family Center. Each dollar you spend at a local store goes right back into the community. That’s powerful.

In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their unique businesses and distinctive character help to sustain vibrant, walkable town centers, reduce crime and promote well being within the community. They create more jobs, offering workers not only better wages but greater job satisfaction than corporate chains. We bring employees and guests a more personalized experience, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships to make our neighborhood a better place. That is the power of small business.

Your continued support of our business members and your confidence in Hampden will see us through this COVID crisis. We are still here, working hard to safely adapt to circumstances as they change, and on the other side of this, we will come back stronger and better than ever.

 “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy: they create two-thirds of net new jobs and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. A new report shows that they account for 44 percent of U.S. economic activity.” -SBA


In a city known for unique neighborhoods, Hampden is one of Baltimore’s most distinctive.

The area hosts many events throughout the year, including First Fridays, HampdenFest, Halloween in Hampden, HonFest, Miracle on 34th Street, the Mayor’s Christmas Parade, and more!

Only 10 minutes by car, bus or Light Rail from downtown Baltimore, Hampden is also convenient to suburban neighborhoods via I-83 and major arteries such as Northern Parkway, Cold Spring Lane, Charles Street and Falls Road.

The neighborhood is bordered by beautiful green spaces – Roosevelt Park, Wyman Park, and the Jones Falls.

Many other attractions are just around the corner — the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Zoo, as well as colleges and universities, including College of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Baltimore.

The Hampden Village Merchants Association works to keep the Greater Hampden area’s (including businesses in Medfield, Woodberry, Remington, and Roland Park) community of mostly independent and locally-owned shops, restaurants and businesses safe, unique and beautiful. To make Hampden shopping as convenient and accessible as possible, Baltimore City’s first Shuttlebug bus regularly services the area.

Whether you join us to shop or eat, use our professional services, or enjoy one of our many events, we hope to see you soon!