The Newly Trademarked ‘Hon’ Sparks Protest

A "Hon" Christmas ornament from HonTown

From the WJZ Channel 13 news report:

In her defense, Café Hon owner Denise Whiting said: “I do not own the word ‘Hon.’”

The usually perky Whiting–obviously affected by the protesters—said they’re misinformed about the basics of business branding.

“I’m a very hard working entrepreneur,” Whiting said. “I love Hampden, and I love Baltimore, and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy doing whatever I can positive for this city.”

The manager of the Hontown Gift Shop also creates Hon Christmas ornaments.

“Quite frankly, I think it’s sad,” said Debbie Howard, manager of Hontown. “I think she’s done everything to support the word Hon, the culture of Hon. She supports local artists. She’s a wonderful person, and we love her.”

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