About Spotlight | About the Author

April 2, 2018

How does a new Baltimorean learn about all-things-Baltimore? What is so charming about Charm City? Where does the nickname ‘Smalltimore’ come from, for someone who doesn’t know anybody in town? When I moved to Baltimore in January 2017, these questions swirled around in my head. I was a novice Baltimorean but a native Marylander. Here are four things I knew about the culture of Baltimore:

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  1. TV shows like The Wire and Homicide were filmed in Baltimore.

  2. Crabs and Old Bay make your clothes smell.

  3. Orioles fans yell ‘O!” during the national anthem.

  4. Natty Boh is a cheap, delicious beer (even for non-beer drinkers, like myself).


Before Baltimore, I lived in Memphis, Tennessee; my inspiration for Charm City Spotlight was born from falling in love with the city of Memphis. After just two short years, with momentum from reputable organizations and popular blogs highlighting city-life in Memphis, I was able to find my footing there and truly enjoy my time in the city. With this collection, I hope to provide the resources and information to do the same for new Baltimoreans.

To hear from the locals about all-things-Bmore, I created Charm City Spotlight to showcase the fascinating people that make up the heartbeat of Baltimore.


I have four goals for this project:

  1. Showcase the fascinating people that make up the heartbeat of Baltimore

  2. Make specific-Baltimore experiences (volunteer opportunities, brunch spots, trivia nights, small businesses, fitness clubs, events, etc.) more easily accessible

  3. Build a more transparent network of resources, activities, and connections for new Baltimoreans

  4. Bring awareness, exposure, and support for local people doing cool things by showcasing stories about others’ involvement and leveraging our connections

If you know of a cool person doing a cool thing in Baltimore, especially somebody who is willing to put themselves out there and get connected or be a resource for new people in the city, I would love to meet them. Recommend someone you know or someone who may be a point of contact about a specific-Baltimore experience to be profiled on Charm City Spotlight, and if you nominate somebody, please give them a heads up that I might be in touch!

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Contact me at charmcityspotlight@gmail.com or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Thanks for your interest in the people of Charm City.

About the Author | Taylor Binnix

I created Charm City Spotlight to showcase the fascinating people that make up the heartbeat of Baltimore. A new Baltimorean in January 2017, but a native Marylander, Iwas an Elon University grad living in Memphis, TN post-college, and thriving on the GRIT AND GRIND of the Bluff City. After transitioning back home to the Old Line State, I sought to learn what was so charming about Charm City.


Each profile on Charm City Spotlight features a fascinating person with a unique way of getting involved in Baltimore. These are people willing to put themselves out there and get connected or be a resource for new people in the city. Charm City Spotlight features recommendations from local Baltimoreans on sports, games, cultural events, museums, restaurants, trivia nights, small businesses, festivals, and so on. Whether you’re new in town, or a veteran Baltimorean looking to try something new, Baltimoreans featured on Spotlight will suggest a way to get connected.


Here are five other spots where we might cross paths in real life:

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1. With the fam. I grew up in Anne Arundel County, and I'm the oldest of six kids. There was never a dull moment in our house! I am close with each of my sibs, my parents, and my extended family. If you enjoy loud game nights, inappropriate jokes, and lots of hugs, then we look forward to having you over!


2. On the frisbee field. I started playing ultimate frisbee in college. A self-officiated sport with a unique spirit-of-the-game, an inclusive community, and fun shenanigans, I quickly realized that playing ultimate was a more sustainable hobby in adulthood than finding private classes to further my childhood dance career.


3. In Patterson Park. They say that Patterson Park is Baltimore’s backyard. I love my neighborhood for the skyline (great for viewing the sunset over Baltimore), the trails (great for running or training at any mileage), and the people (great for playing with children or playing with dogs or playing sports).


4. Planes, Trains, or Automobiles. I travel frequently for work and for pleasure. I have visited 4 continents, 14 countries, and 27 states, and counting. My longest travel experience was spending a gap year in Argentina when I was 18. My scariest travel experience was fearing kidnapping by a cab driver in Morocco. My weirdest travel experience was eating an alligator po’boy in New Orleans. If we sit next to each other on a plane, sleep by each other on a train, or wait together at a highway rest stop, I will be the person who tries to have a conversation even while you’re wearing headphones.


5. At a conference. I study suicide and mental health, I worked with academically brilliant children, and I manage the Principal Investigators for large multi-center clinical trials. I enjoy learning, and sharing knowledge. At conferences, I network with other researchers and professionals who are like-minded thinkers and care about the same things that I care about. 

Get it touch. 

I can be reached via email at taylormb@binnix.net

I would love to meet you and hear your story.