Get it Downtown - Frederick

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This Weekend in Downtown | August 18th

We hope you had a high time last weekend for the annual High Wheel Bicycle Race!  It started out as a beautiful day for this historic activity, yet as the afternoon went on downtown had quite the rain storm.  Our famous Market street experienced minor flooding, but it didn't last for long, and soon the streets were once again open to foot traffic.  As the evening progressed, there was a beautiful golden sun hue reflecting on puddles and windows, along with a vibrant rainbow lighting the sky.  What a beautiful evening it was! There's always something unique occurring in downtown, and we're back this week to clue you in on the 4-1-1.

Has the summer gotten away from you? Take a moment to pause and center yourself with Yoga on the Creek Thursday and Friday morning at 7am.  Sol Yoga kicks off Thursday while Ananda Shala welcomes you back Friday morning.
Thursday evening ushers in everyone's favorite outdoor happy hour, with Alive @ Five kicking off at, you guessed it, 5pm! This week hosts 9 Mile Roots which is a Suburban Roots Reggae band built behind a solid group of musicians pulling from diverse backgrounds.  The music delivers creative tunes that have a strong reggae vibe with a bouncy hip-hop flow and a bit of a rock edge. See you on the Creek!

Alive @ Five 2017 is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership, presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. These events are made possible by a wonderful team of sponsors. All proceeds from Alive @ Five are reinvested into the downtown community. Stay up to date on weather alerts regarding any event by liking Downtown Frederick Partnership on Facebook or visiting our website.

The 3rd Friday of the months means it's time to grab your chair or blanket and head back to the creek, because movie night is about to take place!  This week Shrek will be showing at 9pm with gates opening by 8pm.  Eat like an ogre by creating your own hodge podge movie meal by stopping through some of the many snack and dinner options downtown that you're welcome to bring into the event, or let us host you with traditional movie night snacks, beverages, and alcoholic drinks available for purchase.  This free event welcomes all ages and provides closed captioning.  We'll see you there! 

Movie Night on the Creek is a free community event, thanks to the support of Wantz Distributors, The Delaplaine Foundation, Wegmans, Frederick County Bank, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, and Rick Jones Electric.

Looking for another family friendly event? The MET will be showcasing Young Camelot all this weekend with showings at 7pm.  Saturday the 19th will also host an ASL interpreted performance.  "Before Arthur and Guinevere sat on the throne, before Merlin wielded his staff and before anyone ever gathered around a round table, they were all students at the world renowned school for sorcery, knighthood, and ladyship…Avalon Academy. For generations the sorcery students and the knights in training enjoyed a passionate rivalry while the ladies kept to sidelines. All of that, however, is about to change."  

Grab a glass or meal before or after any event this weekend, as VINI Culture and JoJo's Restaurant & Tap House will have live music performances both Friday and Saturday evening.

In need of a way to keep your hand and mind occupied? The Delaplaine consistently hosts many fascinating workshops where you can create your own masterpiece, and this weekend is no different! Come along on Saturday or Sunday from 11:30-4pm as you learn the basics to weaving on a simple loom frame with Joh Ricci.  

You won't see this everyday, so Join Ananda Shala to "Find your purr-fect yoga buddy at this special workshop! The Shala is teaming up with Frederick County Animal Control to bring adoptable cats to mingle on the mats. Cats currently available for adoption will be free-roaming the classroom during a Basic Yoga Class taught by Irene Glasse. Interact with new furry friends outside the shelter and get a feel for the purr-sonality of these wonderful creatures. Proceeds benefit FCAC."

Simiarliy to the Delaplaine, The Muse hosts creative workshops throughout the summer.  This week join them on Sunday from 3-5pm as you create two unique pieces of jewelry.  "With every random act of kindness, teacher Lynne Suprock is inspired by the heart-ful-ness we share with one another. Lynne shows you how to create two necklaces (one for you & one for a friend) Learn to use alcohol inks and the butane torch on brass to create beautiful bursts of color. Tools and supplies included to create two take home necklaces or bracelets if you prefer!"

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Monday, August 14, 2017

What it's Like to Work in Downtown Frederick: Clark Briggs

Ever wondered what's happening behind the scenes for Downtown Frederick's most recognizable faces? Take a peek behind the curtain with the Partnership's "tell-all" blog series.

If you've spent more than five minutes in Downtown Frederick, you've likely seen (or met) Clark Briggs, Relationship Manager for Frederick County Bank. One of five local branches, FCB's downtown offices are located at 2 N Market St.

We took five minutes to ask five questions, and have published his answers as they were originally provided. Take it away, Clark!

NAME: Clark Briggs

BORN: Corpus Christi, TX

RESIDENT OF: Frederick, MD (18 years)

FAMILY: My wife of 34 years (Lynette), my daughter (Lana), and my granddaughter (Georgia) make my soul smile...

WORK: Frederick County Bank (6 years)

TITLE: Relationship Manager

FAVORITE PART OF JOB: Making connections, Building trust, Providing solutions, Serving our community

LOVE MOST ABOUT DOWNTOWN FREDERICK: Seeing and interacting with friends and clients, the architecture, restaurants and food, and the overall sense of community


What three things do you love most about working downtown?
The thriving community and the fact that there is a very good mix of businesses.

What do you do on your day off?
I spend time with family and friends... dining out, enjoying community theater, music venues, volunteering with community events and First Saturdays... just to name a few.

What is your favorite 'insider's tip' to share with folks visiting Downtown Frederick for the first time?
I love sharing Frederick's rich history, along with our exceptional offerings of eateries, shopping and arts!

What one thing would you miss most if you didn't work in Downtown Frederick?
That's simple... the folks that I have grown to know that live or work downtown!

Finish this sentence in five words or less: You should work in Downtown Frederick because... has easy access to local/county government and is filled with creative businesses that can be of resource. (Okay, so we let him cheat on the "five words or less" thing...)

Now typically, our interview would end here. But for Clark? No way! When offered the chance to join him for one of his infamous 'downtown walkabouts' we could hardly refuse.

Like any good walkabout, we had to fuel up with a coffee run to Starbucks (104 N Market St). After popping his head in to the back room to say 'hi' he ordered his usual and we were on our way!

First stop: Dancing Bear Toys (15 E Patrick St), where we checked in on "Babies at the Bear" (the world's cutest activity time) and stopped for a chat with owners Tom and Marlene England.

Second stop: Serendipity Market & More (14 E Patrick St) to see how their community art gallery has grown and hear about the 'Clark Sandwich' that co-owner Diane Branson assures us will make its grand debut on the menu for their soon-to-open kitchen.

Third stop: Jean Peterson Design (6 N East St), where staff members Shelby Burns, Cecile Madonna, Dan Jae Smith and Kelsey McManimon gave Clark a run for his money on who could come up with the wittiest comeback.

Fourth stop: The Frederick Basket Company (12 N East St) to give a personal 'thank you' to co-owner Kayley Pries for the personalized gift baskets she had created for Clark's out-of-state buddies, featuring local craft beers and goodies.

And just like that, Clark is off to make his next great connection. If you ever see him strutting around town, be sure you take the chance to say 'hi' ...we promise it will be nothing short of entertaining!


2 N Market St, Frederick MD

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Essentials in Downtown Frederick

It's challenging during the summer moths to hone in on all downtown has to offer. With great food, engaging activities, and unique fashion, all of your essentials are within arms reach. While summer for some is driven by their fear of missing out, others for their desire to escape into a positive activity, or the next beach boardwalk instagram worthy outfit, there's always something in downtown. We've compiled a list from some of our favorite summer essentials, and we can't wait to share with you.

Essentially Hungry

Have you been searching for unique ways to quench the heat induced thirst and appetite?

Hop on over to McClintock Distilling and wet your whistle with their Forager Gin.

Lazy Fish has created a refreshing Lemongrass Mojito for your summer enjoyment.

VINI Culture Wine Bar is embracing the heat and offering cold, crispy, fizzy, Prosecco on tap.

Hippy Chick Hummus understands that some days just need a boost of health without compromising the delicious taste of a frozen treat, so indulge in their Frozen Acai Smoothie Bowl.

The Kitchenette is ready and on deck to help you master your greatest outdoor BBQ or culinary cookout dreams, by offering an assortment of water bottles, cooking tools, and grill accessories.

Frederick Coffee Co offers a refreshing and energizing frozen Ooh La La Lavender Latte.

JoJo’s restaurant & Tap House is ready for you to join them for their signature twist on a classic summer treat, Frose and Frosecco!

Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream is covered with a smile and scooping up Cappuccino Crunch Ice Cream in a homemade waffle cone.

GOOD juju is blending up fantastic refreshing drinks, and their Mango Tango Smoothie is sure to cool you down while exciting your taste buds.

Shab Row Tea Emporium understands that an Iced Tea addiction only heightens during the summer months, so their selection of 300+ tea flavors are ready for your next craving.

Tenth Ward Distillery has created a summer beverage that will quench your thirst and ignite your taste buds, so be sure to stop by and sip on a glass of Honeyjack!

Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium loves making a refreshing summer drink using their White Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar and Seltzer Water. You can even add some vodka or sparkling wine to make the perfect summer cocktail. Come sample a White Raspberry Balsamic Fizz at the shop!

Still thirsty? North Market Pop Shop's Sparkling Lemonade is the refreshing sip that pairs with any meal, or makes a great afternoon treat on those particularly sweltering days.

Essentially Active 
Wondering how to excite your summer beyond iPad screens or movie nights?

Roads and Rails Museum is a wonderful commodity to explore with your kids as they grow in appreciation for the wondrous world of railroads!

I Made This! Pottery Shop helps you establish or find your creative energies by painting a Sunflower Dish or Sunflower SpoonRest. The studio also has a Flip-Flop Chip- n-Dip Platter ready to be enhanced with all of your favorite summer colors.

Curious Iguana has all the necessities to excite your thought process or imagination, so come pick up your next favorite summer read.  With options for all ages, it's the perfect pit stop before a road-trip, beach adventure, or relaxing hammock in the back yard!

Weinberg Center for the Arts is rolling out events all summer, and now is the perfect time to say yes to a Weinberg Center Membership.  Be the first to hear about their fall and winter line up along with early access to tickets.

Surelocked In Escape Games knows how no summer is complete without fun and games! Escape from the summer stress with 60 minutes of cell-phone-free time solving riddles and puzzles with your loved ones. Don't watch the adventures pass you buy, live the Adventure at Surelocked In, Frederick's First Escape Room!

The Muse has a wonderful kid friendly handmade crayon wallet! It's the perfect travel item to keep kids busy during car rides or for at days at the beach. This creative wallet is washable and comes with crayons along with paper!

Essentially Fashionable 
Struggling on how to stay cool while still embracing your own personal style?

Colonial Jewelers knows how the sunshine has ushered in sweltering Maryland heat and humidity. For those who love the summer, this change in temperature has us thinking about all things beachy and for a jewelry store, this means finding the perfect beach jewelry to start your summer off right! We realize that summer is a time for extra expenses as you splurge on good times, so all of these piece have been chosen for their quality and affordability. Take a minute to look through and see which one might fit your style. Don’t forget to come in soon because these pieces are only going to be around through the summer!

Trail House is stocked with Hydroflasks!  Visit their store and pick out your favorite design or color. Then you're on your way to enjoying ice cold beverages for up to 24 hours courtesy of the hydroflask water bottle.

Frederick Visitor Center offers unique ways to keep your feet cool! Maryland Flip-Flops are a practical way to show off your Maryland pride, without compromising your favorite summer shoe choice!

Quality Shoe Service (301.694.9255) has the perfect fashionable yet functional bag, with their crossbody purse in an assortment of colors.

Velvet Lounge has gathered their best California vibes in order to provide customers with Rainbow brand Flip Flops!  Experience the comfort and fashion of these practical sandals.

Smooch! Studio understands the importance of hydration and protection, and their Sheer Velvet SPF 20 tinted moisturizer is just the product your face needs to withstand the summer elements.

Pearl Clothing has everything you need to stock your closet with Cool Linen Clothing from FLAX to combat the hazy humid days.

Terressentials recognizes how hard it can be to find a natural deodorant that works well amidst the humidity filled Frederick days.  Because of this, they have created an effective natural deodorant so your body is able to be toxic free as well odor free!

Paws in the City reminds you to not forget about your favorite fluffy friend, and that's why they provide a Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear Swamp Cooler cooling jacket in their store!  Let your 4 legged friend embrace the breeze and cool off with this special jacket.

If you're back from vacation but not ready to kiss summer goodbye, you can count on downtown to offer an assortment of essentials and activities tailor made for a relaxing stay-cation weekend. Enjoy, and be sure to participate in our hashtag #getitdowntown while you're out! Visit for more information.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

This Weekend in Downtown | First Saturday

It's the first of August and that means Downtown Frederick is awake and ready for a fabulous First Saturday.  While we're sure your summer has been filled with explorations and vacations, take a breath from all the travel and unwind with a day trip through downtown.  There is no better place to be than within the heart of downtown shopping local, eating fresh, and exploring on foot or on the free trolley.  August First Saturday is made possible by The Daley.

August is all about ART in Downtown Frederick! Visit our many galleries and entertainment venues and find art-themed events in businesses throughout downtown. NOMA Gallery on behalf of Downtown Frederick Partnership is unveiling "A Year of First Saturdays - Plein Air in Downtown Frederick," a showcase of the Plein Air art created during each First Saturday from June 2016 to July 2017.  These art pieces are beautiful representations of the vibrancy downtown holds, so start your evening off at the NOMA gallery, and purchase art that will go directly into the artists hands and our glorious downtown.

Inspired to create your own art after seeing what artists have created with downtown as their canvas? Allow your creativity to soar and look out for our blue chairs throughout town.  Take a seat, enjoy your surroundings, and then capture the moment through your innovative eye by snapping a picture that features our blue chairs.  Upload your art to social media and use the hashtag #IARTdowntownfrederick which will allow you to add to our online "gallery".  Your art could be shared on the @dwntwnfrederick instagram page!

If you'd rather create art through the power of words, grab a chalk pen and write a note on our chalk pallet located on the corner of church and market.  Allow others to be inspired by your insight and positivity.

Ready to soak up the town before deciding on your destination? Hop on the free trolley that circles throughout downtown every 15 minutes from 3-9pm.  Stop or pick up locations can be found at Pistarro's, Little Pottery Shop, Spin the Bottle, Brewer's Alley, and Bravura Arts and Framing.

Enjoy live music as you shop through the streets, because Dan McGuire will be at Time Bomb, The Morris Dancers will perform at 30 N Market St, Doug Wilcox will serenade visitors in front of The Pasta Pallete, DJ Babylon will be at the Velvet Lounge, Ed Barney will play at the NOMA Gallery, Hard Swimmin' Fish will jam at Ec'clectibles, while Cecilia Grace headlines outside of Firestone's Market.  Music starts at noon and continues until 8pm.  

Numerous merchants provide you with the opportunity to purchase or create art in honor of Art Attack, so be sure to stop by GWC Artwork where you can purchase work from over 10 different local artists.  I Made This! Pottery Studio is available all day and into the evening for your painting enjoyment, and this month you can create your own sunflower or flip flop chip n dip platter.

Many downtown merchants are also hosting artist meet and greets, such as the Delaplaine, Bravura Arts & Framing, Gallery 322 and The Muse.  Speak with artists that have created works inspired by humming birds, water, Costa Rica, Maette Design jewelry and more!

In the midst of all the art, don't forget about the Frederick Wine Festival along Carroll Creek at the Market & East Street Entrances.  It's a celebration of the most innovative wineries from across the state of Maryland and is poised to showcase an industry that is quickly growing to include many diverse and critically acclaimed wines.  This event runs from 1-7pm and includes all types of wine, music artists, local culinary eats, and more!
Need a more low key and quicker option to satisfy your wine taste buds? Crisafulli's Cheese shop will be hosting a wine and cheese tasting from 11-4pm.

As with every month, enjoy your evening eating, shopping, and playing your way through downtown. Capitalize on all Art Attack has to offer by spending time shopping throughout stores as they invite you in until 9pm.  Sip a glass and fill your belly with all of the culinary creations restaurants offer their guests, and enjoy many opportunities to dine al fresco or indoors throughout Downtown, Carroll Creek, and Shab Row.  

Keep your social media live and provide updates for friends and family with the hashtag #IARTDowntownFrederick as you adventure through town.  Come early and stay late because Downtown Frederick is the perfect getaway.  

For any additional information on events happening August 5th, visit our website or explore through our Facebook.  See you soon! 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How I Became an Executive Director of a Nonprofit: Elin Ross

Ever wondered what's happening behind the scenes for Downtown Frederick's most recognizable faces? Take a peek behind the curtain with the Partnership's "tell-all" blog series.

This week we're sitting down with Elin Ross, Executive Director of Federated Charities, an organization that provides a range of strategic support services to nonprofits. Their offices are located at 22 S Market St in Downtown Frederick.

We took five minutes to ask five questions, and have published her answers as they were originally provided. Take it away, Elin!

NAME: Elin Ross

BORN: Indianapolis, IN

RESIDENT OF: Downtown Frederick (17 years)

FAMILY: Husband and a needy dog named Dutch

WORK: Federated Charities (1 1/2 years)

TITLE: Executive Director

FAVORITE PART OF JOB: Working in this beautiful building.

LOVE MOST ABOUT DOWNTOWN FREDERICK: Downtown Frederick is filled with interesting characters, beautiful architecture, and a community that really gives back.


When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 10 I wanted to be a probation officer or a prison guard. I thought that was going to be a really interesting job. I think I watched a 60 Minutes piece on the prison system and I thought, “Oh! I could make that better.”
What would you say now to your 10-year-old self?
That it was going to be a really hard job, but I still work in a business that believes that the world can change.

What path did you take to land in your current position?
Well, oddly enough my undergraduate degree was in Biblical Archeology and my masters was in Applied Anthropology. I started working for an international nonprofit that also had a US-based organization that dealt with child welfare issues. So that’s how I got to be in this particular field of human services, then I eventually used that experience to gain knowledge on the different roles individuals play in a nonprofit.
So I really do credit that organization, and no one would have thought it at the time, but it helped me understand how to become a leader of an organization. I worked there over 25 years ago and I continued to take positions with increasing management and leadership roles in the nonprofit industry in order to know how to make programs run effectively and efficiently.

What advice would you give to a job-seeker interested in your field?
This is the most rewarding job you’ll ever have and it is the most difficult job you’ll ever have. It’s rewarding because you get to give back to a community of people who are sometimes under-served where we live, but the hardest thing is as an Executive Director a lot of the weight of the decision making of an organization falls on your shoulders and it can feel very overwhelming sometimes.
So you have to be an expert in finance, an expert in facilities management, you have to know how to run programs, how to manage relationships with your board of directors and the public, you have to be comfortable asking for money.
There are a lot of responsibilities and I think that people in the for-profit sector don’t always understand how diverse our backgrounds are when we enter the nonprofit sector. They think, “Oh well you just care a lot about other people,” and it’s like yeah, we do, but we also have to learn skills in a wide variety of areas because we have to run businesses as well. In many cases, all aspects of our business.
Also realize in your first Executive Director job, you weren’t actually ready to be an Executive Director... but go get another one.

Name one thing your current job has taught you that you couldn't have learned anywhere else.
That is a hard one. The thing this job has taught me.... well, the one thing this job has taught me is to always look in every closet because you never know what you’re going to find.


22 S Market St, Frederick MD

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This Weekend in Downtown: July 20th

What a thrilling week in downtown it's been!  This summer has been bursting with activities throughout merchant stores and restaurants.  The midsummer heat has awakened a smorgasbord of outdoor concerts, work outs, markets and more!  It can be easy to lose track of all that's offered or available, so read below, choose your favorite event(s) and we'll see you there.

If you're going to spend your summer days sweating, it might as well be in honor of a rewarding workout! Thursday morning will be back to hosting Yoga on the Creek by the Carroll Creek Amphitheater.  From 7-8am Sol Yoga will guide your through a traditional morning and refreshment and health.  Grab your mat, pick up a friend, and start your day with this free event for all ages.  

After yoga kick started your work day, treat yourself to your favorite drink from Spin the Bottle or Brewer's Alley as you munch on fixings from Crissafulli's Cheese Shop.  You know what that power combination sets the stage for, Alive @ Five! This week we have Tin Can Fish Band providing folk rock for our crowds.  Starting at 5pm for 21+ patrons and continuing on until 8pm.  

We can't wait to see you on the Creek! Alive @ Five 2017 is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership, presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. These events are made possible by a wonderful team of sponsors. All proceeds from Alive @ Five are reinvested into the downtown community. Stay up to date on weather alerts regarding any event by liking Downtown Frederick Partnership on Facebook or visiting our website.

Ready to cultivate your inner peace once again? Friday morning provides another opportunity for Yoga on the Creek, this time with Ananda Shala! Also at 7am at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, come enjoy this free event that welcomes all ages.

Can't make Yoga? Make the most of your lunch hour each third Friday before Movie Night on the Creek! Kick start your weekend with free Boot Camp on the Creek led by Caryn Dayoff and Lauren Scholen.  Meet in the Amphitheater and get ready for a workout! No registration required.

Looking for a place to stretch your wings and share your musical talent? Come to Sky Stage for Open Mic Night hosted by FAME (Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise). Whether you are a pro or a novice, this is a welcoming environment for you collaborate, build your skills, and get to know other local artists. 

Get your best accent ready for Friday evening so you can gather your crew and hoist the sails, because our second Movie Night is here! Join us for a FREE showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Gates open at 8pm and the show starts at 9 in Carroll Creek Amphitheater.

Come thirsty and bring your ID! Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome and closed captioning is provided. Tally ho!

Movie Nights on the Creek are a FREE community event, thanks to a team of wonderful sponsors. Thank you to the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Wantz Distributors, Frederick County Bank, Wegmans, Rotary Club Of Carroll Creek, Rick Jones Electric and Hood College

Saturday morning the MET offers showings of Junie B Jones at 10:30am and 2:30pm. "Laugh yourself silly with this musical version of the bestselling books by Barbara Park. Meet Junie B., the world’s funniest first grader, and her classmates who help her get into all kinds of trouble. Family-friendly show. Tickets: Adult $12 • Children $10"

After Junie B Jones, treat the family to italian ice from Frederick Fudge and Ice Cream as they once again host Trellis Takeout!  

In need of an evening out?  Live music and an assortment of different foods all come alive Saturday evening. 

McClintock Distilling will be hosting Jason & Michelle of One Blue Night from 4-6pm for a live musical performance.  

If you haven't tried them yet, then now is the time to head to Attaboy Beer! They'll be hosting a taco truck from 1-9pm at 400 Sagner Ave.  

Vini Culture provides live music that begins at 8pm and continues until 11pm.

If your refrigerator is starting to look empty, join locals for the Frederick City Market where you can purchase local flowers, meat, vegetables, breads, and much more. Starting at 9am and continuing on until 1pm, there's even options for a delicious, locally produced lunch!  

We trust you will have an enriching weekend here in Downtown Frederick.  As July comes to a close take a breath to enjoy summer by partaking in all downtown merchants have to offer.  While participating downtown, keep your friends and family updated on social media by using the hashtag #getitdowntown throughout the weekend. If you need anymore information on what’s happening, visit our website and traverse from there!