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Welcome to Main Street, Hon

You know you’re in Hampden when strangers call you ‘Hon’.

West 36th Street, the Hampden Village Main Street, also known as The Avenue, is home to friendly faces and a welcoming atmosphere.

Hampden used to be just an old mill town, until the bright atmosphere and friendly faces made it the place it is today.

In an article written in the Baltimore Sun, it described Hampden as "a buffet of retail conveniences into a less than half-mile strip, ranging from vintage shops and art galleries to ethnic eateries."

Visitors and old favorites can eat, shop and take care of business just by walking down the street.

It is hard not to get into the mood where the locals are loved and the newcomers are quickly involved.

Pink flamingos are everywhere, including on the building of Café Hon, paying homage to the legendary filmmaker, John Waters (Pink Flamingos) and everyone speaks 'Bawlmerese', Hon.

At Café Hon, locals are greeted with the warmth of family and visitors are quickly enveloped into the friendliness of the staff.

The storefronts are more than welcoming, with decorated windows begging you to come in. Whether you are looking for clothes, shoes, baby gifts, or arts and crafts, Hampden Village Main Street has a store for you, such as Hometown Girl & Co.

The Avenue is a shop-a-holic's heaven. If satisfying the hunger and shopping 'till you drop isn’t enough for you, West 36th Street also gives you many other services such as banks –for when your shopping gets a little of out control.

"Keep Hampden Clean" signs prove that these residents are proud to live in Hampden. The Avenue has gained regional recognition as well as earning spotlight articles in Southern Living magazine and other prestigious publications. The Avenue also has become an inspiration to Waters, a local Baltimorian who filmed his movie, Pecker , in Hampden.

The annual events that take place in Hampden have become more than a tradition, it is a way of life. Every year, Hampden is host to Baltimore’s Honfest, a celebration of big hair and being 'bawlmerese'. It is also full of live music, food and drink and festivities.

This year’s Honfest is June 14, 2003. And also beginning in June, welcome back First Friday’s where the merchants stay open late and music fills the streets.

There is also Hampden fall fest, another day of live music, children’s rides and a traffic-free Avenue. Or you can take part in Hollywood in Hampden, and watch a movie under the stars in Roosevelt Park.

There is also the nationally famous "Miracle on 34th Street," festival of lights.

People from all over flock to see this block decorated from head to toe. Also in the winter is the Mayor’s Christmas Parade, which drew the attention of 25,000 people last year.

And while visiting Hampden Village Main Street, don’t forget about the surrounding streets, like Chestnut Avenue, Roland Avenue, Falls Road, Clipper Mill Road, Hickory Avenue, Elm Avenue and 34th Street. There is more shopping to be done and more food to eat on these adjoining streets.

Watch some pictures of Hampden Village Main Street! and read the Washington Post on their article about Hampden.

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A Little Food for Thought, Hon: You can’t miss Café Hon, with the larger-than-life pink flamingo hanging on the outside of the building.

Other Services Down on Main Street: Hampden Village Main Street has many other services to offer you.

Shopping on the Strip: Just let your checkbook do the talking. Hampden is an area made for shopping.