On the other side of the road is Foundry Row, a newly built shopping plaza that’s got a Mission BBQ, Zoe’s Kitchen, Bagby Pizza, Chipotle, and a Wegman’s. There’s a DSW planned as well, which Fits right in with Owings Mills’ affluent nature, though I must confess that slick facade does not appeal to me.
What did, however, was a fragment of my childhood that lay in stasis. Near the Pizza Hut across from the Taco Bell I ate at is the remains of an old embroidering manufacturer, known as Lion Brothers. In its heyday, it was the world’s largest manufacturer of embroidered emblems.
In my middle school days, I had gone on a field trip there. It’s kind of surreal seeing some place that you’ve been to suddenly all closed up and abandoned. Funny enough, the Lion Brothers building in Baltimore city is considered something of a historical landmark. But the factory in Owings Mills has been all but forgotten.
Or perhaps more appropriately, it has moved. I didn’t manage to find the address, but I got a birds-eye-view of the map. It isn’t far from its previous location, but still the sight of the old factory is something to behold.
There’s something about visiting a place and then knowing it’s gone that makes you feel a bit like a ghost. It’s not the only place, nor it is what I’m most familiar with. I think to myself though, what if I knew? How would I have behaved if I knew?
But I did not know. I barely have any recollection walking through the factory floor, though I do remember the embroidery. So many emblems, many organizations, who could name them all?
But now I was looking at a remnant. A small reminder of Painters Mill. Hmm, what exactly did that mean? Maybe if I ventured up Rosewood Lane, I’d find the answer…
UPDATE: The article previously mentioned that Painter’s Mill was in Pikesville. It is located in Owings Mills, this error has been corrected.