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Pretzel and Pizza Creations (210 N Market St), a 23-year-old Downtown Frederick staple, puts true meaning to the term “family business.” Catie and Carlo Serio are the husband-wife team behind Pretzel and Pizza Creations and together, they work to support the local economy through small business ownership.
Catie’s parents opened Pretzel and Pizza Creations in 1991. “My parents saw a great opportunity in Downtown Frederick,” says Catie, who took on the business with Carlo after moving back to Frederick from New York. Catie and Carlo met at Syracuse University and moved to Manhattan shortly thereafter. Carlo notes, “it’s nice to be in an urban environment within a small town. We get to keep a little bit of the Manhattan vibe we left behind.”
For Catie, the creations don’t stop with pretzel and pizza- “I frequently bring my work home with me and I'll make these big, elaborate meals for my family and friends—themed of course!” Catie’s experimentations have led to the addition of several regular menu items, including Matzoh Ball Soup and Hummus Salad.
Both Catie and Carlo have interests in photography; Carlo considers nature and wildlife photography a passion, while Catie admits “I take an embarrassing amount of pictures of my cats.”
When asked what is most inspiring or enjoyable about running Pretzel and Pizza, Carlo says, “I love that our customers talk with us and tell us about their day or their kids or what’s going on in their neighborhoods.” He adds, “I’m inspired by the feedback I get […] people are always taking selfies with our pizza!”
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