A special eight-page prototype print edition of the Peninsula Post began free distribution on March 12. The issue, which contains stories that are only available in this newsprint edition, is available free at these businesses scattered across the peninsula:
Afters Café (1001 S. Charles)
Barracuda’s (1230 E. Fort)
Book Escape (925 S. Charles)
Ceremony Coffee (Cross Street Market)
Cheese Galore and More (1125 S. Charles)
Clean Juice (1706 Whetstone Way)
Erie Insurance Agency (900 S. Charles)
Federal Hill Ace Hardware (1214 Light)
Groom Haven (41 E. Fort)
Harborview Liquors (549 E. Fort)
Herbal Nails (300 E. Fort)
Hull Street Blues (1222 Hull)
Ice Queens Snoball Shop (1648 E. Fort)
Jay’s Hair Styles for Men (500 E. Fort)
Koba Café (644 E. Fort)
Little Havana (1325 Key Hwy)
Lucky’s Deli & Market (445 E. Fort)
Machados Mini Mart (201 E. Heath)
Morning Mugs Coffee (15 W. Hughes)
Pandora’s Box (50 E. Cross)
Park Bench Pub (1749 Belt)
Pfefferkorn’s Coffee (1200 E. Fort)
Plantacea (828 S. Charles)
Protean Books & Records (836 Leadenhall)
Pure Raw Juice (1401 Riverside)
Riverside Cleaners (1468 Riverside)
Rooster + Hen Store (Cross Street Market)
Southeastern Roastery (1433 E. Fort)
Southside Diner (893 E. Fort)
SoBotanical (48 E. Cross)
Studio 921 Salon & Spa (921 E. Fort)
UPS Store (841 E. Fort)
This prototype issue will become later this year a regularly published community newspaper for everyone who lives and works in South Baltimore, from Sharp-Leadenhall to Locust Point.
This is an amazingly vibrant and diverse part of the city, a collection of neighborhoods each with their own personality and history. The goal of the South Baltimore Peninsula Post is to forge connections between people across the peninsula and build a supportive community into the future.
I started the Peninsula Post online last spring, one week after the Covid public health crisis upended life in Baltimore, to foster communication during the enforced isolation of the pandemic. We also sponsored a series of community events tailored to social distancing: a sidewalk chalk art weekend, a peninsula parks run, a scavenger hunt, a holiday lights walking tour.
The response to the Peninsula Post has been overwhelmingly positive. Readership of the blog has grown as have its Facebook and Instagram followers. But it’s clear that to bring together a broad and varied community like ours, you need to use more than just online platforms. And so: this newspaper.
In my view, a high-impact print publication is uniquely suited to breaking down communications silos and bringing communities together. It’s a medium that can be shared with literally anyone, a medium that can grab someone’s attention for more than a few seconds. And it’s recyclable, biodegradable, reusable, and made from a renewable resource.
This prototype issue, like the Peninsula Post’s online platforms, has been an entirely self-funded enterprise by a decade-long resident of South Baltimore who is passionate about this city and wants to see it thrive. I’ve poured a career-worth of publishing and communications experience into this start-up full-time, courtesy of my retirement from NASA’s Office of Communications in Washington last year.
The next step for the Peninsula Post is to launch a regular schedule of free print issues to complement our online presence. We are targeting this fall to return with our next newspaper issue after we organize as a nonprofit and secure funding to cover printing costs.
I hope you enjoy this first issue and that you’ll send us some feedback (firstname.lastname@example.org).
And many thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue and have supported the Peninsula Post over the past year. – Steve Cole, Staff