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Blacksauce Kitchen in October

Blacksauce Kitchen-Roadside Smoke

Blacksauce Kitchen – Roadside Smoke: An Outdoor Food Series will be serving up delicious food on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at The Filling Station.

Join us for these dates in October: Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Special Events at The Filling Station

We are a local Northern Baltimore county business in Sparks, MD specializing in coffee beverages. Our menu includes authentic Mexican tamales along with breakfast and lunch burritos. Recently, we’ve been hosting special events such as: “Wood Fired Fridays” for the month of September, “Blacksauce Kitchen Roadside Smoke” in October, and bi-monthly art exhibitions that include artist receptions. Our regular coffee shop hours are Monday through Thursday 6:30am-3pm, Fridays 6:30am-4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 7am-4pm. Stop by & visit us soon!

Expanded Hours at The Filling Station

We are happy to announce that we will be expanding our morning and evening hours at The Filling Station Coffee Shop on York Road in Sparks Maryland. We will be open Monday through Friday 6:30am-5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-5:00p.m.  We are still serving our delicious coffee and drink menu along with soups, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, & tamales. So grab a quick dinner on your drive home through Baltimore County, Maryland!

Location

Time to Fill up!

Our transition into the Sparks store has been going great.  Many of our Falls Road customers are coming over on a daily basis.  They are discovering that it is only 5-10 minutes out of their way and definitely well worth it. Saturday and Sundays have become our Falls Road support group days..Come out and see old friends and meet new ones.  Sunday Brunch is coming soon!  A new second location is the works, so stay tuned for details.

Need an Afternoon Pick-Me-Up?

ella picture

Over the years we have been lucky to befriend many wonderful customers AND THEIR DOGS! Meet Ella, (one of our favorites), or better yet, take your pup on an afternoon car ride before the weather turns cold. The Filling Station is dog friendly and ideal for outdoor lounging. Grab a table under the portico and relax with a great cup of coffee. Go all out, even dogs love a little afternoon pick-me-up!

Hungry for Soup in Hunt Valley?

Hot Healthy Soup in Hunt Valley

Savory soup is on at both Filling Station locations near Hunt Valley, Maryland. Starting October 2nd, 2010 we will be offering two selections of soup each day. Soups are made from fresh ingredients, have no preservatives and are never frozen. Selections include Hungarian Mushroom, Chicken and Corn Chowder, Cream of Broccoli, Butternut Squash and Apple, New England Clam Chowder, Chicken and Dumpling, Chicken Tortilla Soup and more…

Sparks, Maryland Coffee Shop

This is a picture of the Sparks Filling Station at 14910 York Rd Sparks MD, 21152
Sparks Coffee Shop
Whether you are hiking or biking along the Gunpowder river, commuting down York road, or just need a break from the office, stop in and see all the unique menu items. Try out Rosa’s breakfast burrito, fresh baked pastries, or organic free trade coffee served by our friendly baristas.

Health Benefits of Coffee

There is nothing better than starting your day with a cup of coffee.  Whether you are a regular coffee drinker or specialty coffee drinker, we all have a great appreciation of that first sip touching our lips in the morning.  There are two things in life that  I will not give up, and one of them is coffee.  For years I struggled with this decision because “they” told us coffee was bad for your health.  Today, I think there is enough evidence out there to prove the benefits outweigh the harmful effects.  It is important to know the source of your beans.  Are they coming from an organic, shade-grown & bird friendly environment?  This will definitely increase the “healthy” factor of the bean.  Clearly there is much more to coffee than caffeine, that is why at The Filling Station we take great pride in providing the highest quality organic coffee bean. It all starts with the bean. Coffee contains numerous phytochemicals, minerals and powerful anti oxidants that actually may be enhanced by the roasting process.  With few exceptions, the health effects persist whether or not caffeine is present.  Many studies have shown that coffee has significant health benefits, particularly in the prevention of diabetes.  Coffee has also been show to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, cirrhosis and gallstones.  That is enough evidence for me, so I will keep drinking my beloved cup of heaven. Remember, too much of anything is a bad thing.  

Seattle’s Best

On a recent trip to Seattle, I made a surprising observation.  In Seattle, people drink espresso throughout the day. It may be to overcome the grey sky, the rainy days or perhaps it has just become a way of life. Let’s be honest, it is the birthplace of Starbucks and Tully’s coffee. In fact, there is still a coffee shop on every block here, not to mention the kiosks in every parking lot serving drive thru espresso drinks. 

To the contrary, in Maryland, I’ve noticed that the Filling Station coffee shop is busy in the morning and on sunny days. We don’t seem to have the same motivation to drink espresso all day long.  You would think that on a grey, rainy day inMaryland, people would seek a little more caffeine.  So what is the difference between east and west coast espresso drinkers?  You tell me. Is my theory correct? Is it the grayness of Seattle that drives people to self medicate with espresso? 

CZMP Decision 2008

Every four years per the Baltimore County code, the County Council reviews and revises the Counts zoning maps via the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP).

At the Sparks Station Coffee Shop we have been working for over a year on changing the zoning at the Sparks Station Coffee Shop. It seems that our location pre-dated current zoning regulations and it was important to us as a small business that we establish a current zoning designation.

The process began in August 2007. We originally request a Business Local zoning with the Commercial Rural overlay (BL-CR). We worked closely with the local community to make certain we listened to their concerns. As long-time residents of Sparks ourselves, we too want to preserve rural lands, protect natural resources, and prevent over-development.  What we heard is that  it was important to the community future businesses operating at our site fit in with our rural environment.  We believe we have accomplished that goal. 

The CZMP final decisions were made on August 26, 2008. The Councilman has re-zoned our property to Community Business zoning with a Commercial Rural overlay (CB-CR).  This was the same recommendation given by the Sparks-Glencoe Community Planning Council (SGCPC)  and the Planning Board.  In general, CB-CR zoning means that retail stores, service establishments, and restaurants (except fast food and taverns) are now permitted to operate in this location.

We personally would like to thank the members of the (SGCPC) for their support and guidance on a solution.  More importantly, we would like to thank the residents, our customers for supporting us everyday.  Here is a link to all the Baltimore County decisions and a comprehensive explanation of zoning terms: .

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/countycouncil/czmp2008.html