In the early 1990s, there was a time when Baltimore had its own bathhouse industry.
The city’s first bathhouse was the B&M bathhouse at the corner of Wacker Drive and St. Clair Avenue.
B&M is now a Baltimore-area chain of bathhouses.
“B&Ms is where we started to establish ourselves,” says Jaye Smith, who opened the B & M at the end of the 20th century.
After the Great Depression, the city was home to more than 400 bathhouses, including the venerable B& M, where she worked as a secretary.
But by the 1960s, many of those Bathhouses were closing.
In Baltimore, many bathhouses that were once a hub for commerce are now boarded up and empty.
For decades, the area had a strong bath culture, but in recent years the city has been hit hard by poverty, crime, and other problems, said Jennifer Rolfe, a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Many of the bathhouses are boarded up or vacant.
The Baltimore Public Library has a collection of over 100,000 artifacts dating from the 1800s and 1900s.
Baltimore residents were drawn to the city’s water- and salt-filled tubs in the early 20th Century, but the bath houses were shuttered by the 1950s.
Some were reopened in the 1970s, but by then many of the owners were gone.
Then, in 2005, an outbreak of bubonic plague swept through the city, which brought many of its bathhouses to a halt.
So, Baltimore decided to rebuild the Bathhouse at B&Ms, which is now known as Yubaba.
Now, the old B&m building is the center of the B.C. Bathhouse, a boutique boutique that opened in 2013.
And the Yubabanas are coming back to life.
A bath house in Baltimore was once the hub of commerce, but it is now boarded-up and empty, says Jennifer Ralfe.
(Courtesy of the Baltimore Public Libraries)B&N Bathhouse: B&NM Bathhouse and Yubabas in Baltimore, Maryland.
(B&nb Bathhouse)Yubaba: Yubabahs in Baltimore are the oldest bathhouses in the city.
They opened in 1888, in an old bathhouse that was boarded up.
When the bathhouse opened, it was home only to the owner, who had a small family.
Yubabaners were known for their lavish parties.
Today, the Yumabas are thriving.
There are over 200 Yumabanas in the Baltimore area.
You can see the Yummyas in Yubbaas.
(Courtesy of Baltimore Public Librarians)What’s your favorite Baltimore bathhouse?
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