A new ice cream shop, The Charmery, has opened in Downtown Columbia. After securing financing through Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Catalyst Loan Fund (which was established with funding from the state of Maryland’s Video Lottery Terminal Fund), the business received a loan to assist with the opening of its fifth location.

Owned and operated by David and (Columbia native) Laura Alima, The Charmery was founded in 2013 in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. With a background in restaurant management and ice cream making, the couple jump started their ice cream shop plans.

The Charmery also operates locations in Union Collective, Towson and Federal Hill, all in the Baltimore area. All of their ice cream is manufactured and distributed from its Hampden location.