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Playa Bowls is opening a superfruit bowl shop in Harbor East this fall

Playa Bowls is opening a superfruit bowl shop in Harbor East this fall
Playa Bowls is opening a superfruit bowl shop in Harbor East this fall

The range of healthy dishes is being expanded further in Harbor East: Playa Bowls announces that it will open its fourth Maryland location there this fall.

Playa Bowls, a superfruit bowl shop offering bowls, juices, smoothies and cold brews, will open a 1,300-square-foot store in the 600 block of South Exeter Street between Fleet and Aliceanna Streets. This will be the first store in Baltimore City owned and operated by franchisee and husband-and-wife team Tony and Cassie Martina. This will be their fourth store in Maryland, with the other three being in Easton, Salisbury and Ocean Pines/Berlin.

“After years of struggling with food allergies, I had to be extra careful about the foods I ate. That’s when I discovered Playa Bowls, looking for alternative and natural foods that would not only give me energy, but also fuel me throughout the day,” said Tony Martina. “As a Maryland native, my wife and I are passionate about providing healthy and refreshing products to the people of Maryland. We couldn’t be more excited to open our fourth Baltimore location in Harbor East!”

Playa Bowls’ bowls are made with predominantly plant-based ingredients, including acai, pitaya, mango, greens, coconut and banana blends. Customers choose from a menu of more than 30 bowl combinations – many of them seasonal – with nutritious toppings like fresh fruit, blueberry and flax granola, hemp and chia seeds, almond and peanut butter.

The company also shows its commitment to sustainability by using recyclable ECO bowls, spoons, lids and straws, and uses 100% LED lighting technology.

Playa Bowls was founded in 2014 by Jersey Shore natives Robert Giuliani and Abby Taylor. They are longtime surfers and were inspired by the acai and pitaya bowls they enjoyed in surf towns during their visits to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii.

They adapted their favorite dishes, added their own Jersey Shore twist, and started selling them from an impromptu pop-up stand outside a local pizza parlor. Their success eventually led to retail stores in New Jersey and now more than 200 Playa Bowl stores in 23 states, with plans to open 150 more this year, including the Harbor East store.

“Playa Bowl’s growth and popularity is spectacular and impressive,” said Tim O’Donald, president of Harbor East Management Group. “It’s only natural that they chose Harbor East – a neighborhood with the same characteristics – for their first Baltimore City location. Playa Bowl’s offerings will be a fantastic complement to Harbor East’s strolling and dining experience.”

“At Playa Bowls, we live our brand through the relationships we create in our communities and by offering high-quality, innovative products to support a healthier lifestyle and inspire a world of fun, excitement and togetherness,” said Taylor. “We can’t wait to bring these values ​​and our delicious products to Harbor East.”