When Will Glass decided to open Taps Fill Station nearly three years ago, he chose Baltimore for its welcoming people and love of markets.

As he prepares to open a second location, Glass said he landed on his next destination — Philadelphia — for a lot of the same reasons.

“Philadelphia is a similar city to Baltimore in many ways,” he said. “Specifically, there is a culture of markets there just like there are in Baltimore.”

Taps Fill Station is one of several Mount Vernon Marketplace businesses that will soon launch stalls in Philadelphia’s Bourse Marketplace, a $22.5 million project slated to open in September across from Independence Hall. Other Baltimore vendors venturing north include Pinch Dumplings, Mi & Yu Noodle Bar and Prescription Chicken.

Part of the reason they’re flocking to the new food hall has to do with logistics. Baltimore-based Cana Development, which handles leasing for Mount Vernon Marketplace, is also taking charge of assembling a mix of about 30 vendors at the Bourse.

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