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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sharpening Your Competitive Edge in 2017

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, it can be hard to find the tools you need to improve your business. With the support of PNC Bank, Downtown Frederick Partnership is pleased to host the 2017 Competitive Edge Series – featuring four months of free workshops that will help Frederick County business owners sharpen their competitive edge.

Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month, February through May from 8:30 to 9:30AM. Workshops meet at The Delaplaine Center, located at 40 S Carroll St in Downtown Frederick. To register, visit

The series begins on February 21 with a presentation from the National Retail Federation’s Manager of Communications, Tony Fontana. He will be discussing useful tools to help monitor a business’ social media presence and create great content while providing real life examples from other small businesses during his presentation, “Social Smarts: What You Need to Know About What’s New in Social Media.” Fontana will return for Part II of his session on March 21 – appropriately titled, “Social Media Savvy: For the More Experienced User.”

On April 18, the Partnership will welcome Tom Shay from Profits Plus Solutions for their keynote event, “Owning the Business: Ten Factors that Impact Your Bottom Line.” This presentation will cover the very real topics that small business owners deal with each day – from implementing standardized business hours and maintaining employee relations, to stocking inventory and making budgetary decisions. Tom Shay's experiences as a fourth-generation small business owner provide him with the knowledge and background to present tried and proven ideas that will assist owners, managers, and staff with the day to day operation of their business.

Merchants located in Downtown Frederick have the opportunity to receive one-on-one sessions with Tom Shay following his presentation. To apply for one of these sessions, complete an interest form by Friday, March 3 or contact Leeann Dickerson at

The final workshop of the 2017 Competitive Edge Series will be on May 16. Presented by a panel of Downtown Frederick merchants, “Putting Your Best Face Forward: Make Your Storefront and Window Displays Work For You” will be a deep-dive exploration of how to get customers off the sidewalk and into your business.

For more details on the 2017 Competitive Edge Series, visit See you there!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fire in Ice 2017

Downtown Frederick is gearing up for its largest First Saturday of the year with the Partnership’s Fire in Ice event on Saturday, February 4! Featuring performances and activities geared toward all ages, Fire in Ice is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Beginning at 3pm, local businesses will be displaying over 70 dazzling ice sculptures throughout Downtown Frederick! Visitors can take photos of their favorites using the #DowntownFrederick tag for a chance to be featured on Instagram.

While you're wandering around, be sure to check out the live carving demonstration at Brewer’s Alley (124 N Market St).

Still not enough to interest you? How do performances by fire dancers and live entertainers sound? There will also be an ice playground for children (located at Everedy Square) and late night shopping hours at participating businesses!

Fire pits will be scattered throughout downtown for roasting s’mores and - for those who want to do something more regal - you can sit atop an ice throne next door to La Paz at 51 S Market St! Perfect for selfies and group photos.

For anyone 21 or older, the Ice Bar on the Creek is a must. Big Cork Vineyards will be hosting a tasting alongside local breweries and distilleries at Carroll Creek Amphitheater. As a twist on the old formula, tastings will be poured through decadent ice sculptures!

On the warmer side of things, find a hot air balloon demonstration along Carroll Creek Promenade from 3-9pm, with Tailwinds Over Frederick leading the event. Later in the evening, from 7:30-8:30pm, Pyrophoric will be putting on fire performances with accompanying music by Dapper DJs. What better way to round out a winter day than with a jaw-dropping display of talent and grit?

Please note that S Market St will be closed on Saturday, February 4 from All Saints St to Carroll Creek Way. Carroll Creek Garage is still open and can be entered from Patrick St, with an exit onto Carroll Creek Way. As always, take advantage of the free First Saturday Trolley, which circulates downtown making six stops along the way.

Additionally, all downtown parking garages will be offering a $5 flat rate beginning at 12pm (noon) on Saturday, February 4. Pre-pay with cash at the time of entry or pay with credit on your way out.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors - Elliott Marketing Solutions, Elliott CPA, LLC & Big Cork Vineyards for making this First Saturday possible!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's a New Year in Downtown Frederick

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays have worn off, it's time to reflect on life's simple wonders. Whether you're looking forward to the quiet beauty of that first snowfall, stealing a few moments for a brisk evening stroll, or settling in with your beverage of choice in hand - everyone could use a little break.

This Saturday, Downtown Frederick Partnership invites you to channel some of that restorative energy into their January First Saturday. Enjoy wine tastings at participating Downtown businesses, take advantage of late night shopping hours until 9PM and hitch a free ride on the First Saturday trolley. Make sure you stick around after dark to "light up the night," with luminaries lining Market, Patrick, Church and 2nd Streets, as well as Everedy Square and Shab Row.

Click here to find out which businesses will be staying open late and download the FIRST SATURDAY BROCHURE to see a trolley map, stores participating in the wine tastings and other Downtown events.

WINE TASTINGS begin at 5PM and are available while supplies last.

Participating business include:
Alicia L | 149 N Market St
Bailey’s Treasures | 419 N Market St
Chic to Chic | 30 E Patrick St
Curious Iguana | 12 E Patrick St
Dream House | 102 E Patrick St
Erica Burns Designs | 511 N Market St
Fabulous Finds | 24 E Patrick St
Gallery 322 | 322 N Market St
Lazy Fish | 10 E Patrick St (Sake Flight — $)
The Muse | 19 N Market St
NOMA Gallery | 437 N Market St
Pearl Clothing | 230 E Patrick St
Primitive Homespuns | 120 N East St
Quality Shoe Service | 319 N Market St


While you're visiting for First Saturday, be sure to take advantage of these other great events around Downtown Frederick!

1:00 - 6:00          Pearl Clothing | 230 E Patrick St
Trunk Show — Locally crafted crocheted and knitted items by artist Susan Greene.

2:00 - 4:00          VINI CULTURE | 20 N Market St
Wine Dispenser Tastings — Pouring a few of our favorite wines featured in our wine dispensing machines. Join us!

3:00 - 6:00          Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts | 15 E Patrick St
Make Your Own Snowflake — Cut and design paper snowflakes! Ages 3 & up.

3:00 - 9:00          Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium | 214 N Market St
New Recipe Event — Make eating at home easy and nutritious! Come get our delicious and easy recipe using our Rosemary EVOO, today only!

5:00 - 9:00          Gallery 322 | 322 N Market St
Artists’ Reception — Re-opening of “Mixed Bag.” Many new works have been added to our winter group show!

5:00 - 9:00          The Muse | 19 N Market St
Exhibit Opening — Join us for Meghan Riordan’s opening exhibit, featuring art inspired by nature & Zen spirituality.

5:00 - 9:00          NOMA Gallery | 437 N Market St
“Out of the Blue” Artist Reception — NOMA gallery artists consider the brightest color in the darkest month.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Last-Minute Downtown Dash

Finish your holiday shopping in Downtown Frederick during this Saturday’s Last-Minute Downtown Dash! Enjoy festive decorations and holiday cheer as you visit one of the 75+ businesses that plan to be open on Christmas Eve, December 24. With 45 businesses open from at least 10am until 3pm, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Downtown Frederick Gift Cards also make the perfect gift, redeemable at over 150 Downtown businesses. Gift Cards can be purchased at the Frederick Visitor Center (151 S East St), which will be open from 9am until 5:30pm on Saturday, December 24.

Keep in mind that parking is free this holiday season. Available every weekend from 8am Saturday until 6am Monday, now until New Year’s Day, as well as on Friday, December 23.

Individual store hours may vary. Please contact your favorite store(s) if you have questions about their hours.

Visit or call 301.698.8118 for more information.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Eat, Shop and Be Merry in Downtown Frederick this Holiday Season

Head Downtown this weekend to participate in the family-friendly Reindeer Run Holiday Scavenger Hunt, happening throughout Downtown Frederick! The evening is part of the Partnership’s Eat, Shop & Be Merry First Saturday events, featuring extended shopping hours until 9pm, live music and entertainment throughout Downtown, make your own s’mores stations, and holiday decorations for everyone to enjoy.

The Reindeer Run is a self-guided, self-paced scavenger hunt that will take you on different stops throughout Downtown. You can start as early as 3PM and finish as late as 9PM. Once you've completed all of your clues, drop off your completed sheet at the Downtown Frederick Partnership kiosk, located at the intersection of Church and Market Streets.

Scavenger hunt clues will be available by December 17. Download a clue sheet from or pick one up from the Partnership kiosk any time after 3PM on December 17.

While you’re here, remember to help children write a Letter to Santa and drop it off at one of the designated mailboxes throughout Downtown (drop-off locations include Century 21 Redwood, Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop, Dancing Bear Toys, Ec’clectibles, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium and Quality Shoe Service). Be sure to drop your letters off by December 17 (with your name and address included) to receive a response from Santa himself!

Have you voted in the Holiday Decorating Contest yet? Enjoy the festive lights and décor throughout Downtown, then head to the Partnership’s “Holiday Decorating Contest” Facebook album and give your favorite decorations a “Like.” The photo with the most Likes by December 21 will win our coveted People’s Choice award.

Keep in mind that parking is free this holiday season. Available every weekend from 8am Saturday until 6am Monday, now until New Year’s Day, as well as on Friday, December 23.

Eat, Shop & Be Merry in Downtown Frederick is continuing for the rest of the month! There is still a Last-Minute Downtown Dash on Saturday, December 24 for any last minute gifts you might need. More than seventy Downtown businesses will be open on December 24, with many open from at least 10AM until 3PM. Individual store hours may vary. Please contact your favorite store(s) if you have questions about their hours.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Things to do This Weekend 11/18 and Kick off the Holiday Season!

The holidays are right around the corner with Thanksgiving less than a week away, Downtown Frederick is the place to get everything you need right in one place!

Start off your weekend by heading to the Weinberg Center for the Arts to hear your favorite top forty hits through the electrifying string trio, Simply Three. From the classics to today’s hits, be sure to head over at 8 pm for a night of fun and entertainment.

Saturday afternoon head to VINI CULTURE Wine Bar and Café for “Getting to Know You Again.” For $5 Kelly Carbary will be pouring wines that you have always loved but might have forgotten about from 2 pm to 4 pm.

On Sunday, get some local groceries to make your Thanksgiving a little bit fresher at the Frederick City Farmer’s Market! This is the last Sunday of the year to find some local food and artisan goods right in Downtown Frederick. It is open from 9 am to 1 pm.

Get ready to be in the holiday spirit by checking out the Weinberg Center for the Arts to see “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” at 2 pm! Head back in time to 1959 where four church basement ladies are called to save the Sunday school Christmas pageant from disaster.

Don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner? Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery will serve you a three-course dinner and buffet for $29 a person from 11 am to 4 pm.

Ready to shop until you drop? First, be sure to get some breakfast at Brewer’s Alley for their Frosty Friday kick-off meal from 8 am to 10:30 am.

Once your belly is full, it’s time to shop at the annual Frost Friday event! All throughout downtown you will find early late shopping hours, horse-drawn carriage rides, free hot cocoa and s’mores, live music and carolers, and so much more! Check out the business open from 9 am to 9 pm on our website!

Share your start to the holidays with us on Instagram using #DowntownFrederick! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Things to do This Weekend 11/11

Already bored of the weekend? Check out these events throughout Downtown Frederick to find some fun plans for your weekend! 

In honor of Veteran’s Day, join the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 7:30 PM for the United States Air Force Concert Band! The free performance features their premier symphonic wind ensemble by 53 active duty Airmen musicians. The music will range from light classics to popular favorites and instrumental features.

Continue a music filled evening at VINI CULUTRE Wine Bar & Café for the Trent Renshaw Trio. This jazz group will perform classics and originals. Be sure to stop by from 8 PM – 11 PM to enjoy some jazz music! 

On Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to learn the secret history of Frederick’s Civil War. Local historian Matt Borders will discuss the history in the talk: Spies in Frederick County

For some mostly instrumental music head to Café Nola at 8 PM to hear Time Columns. The band features an unpredictable medley of music ranging from postrock to jazz to create hard hitting and honest music. 

Looking for some comedy this weekend? The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will be stopping by the Weinberg on Saturday at 8 PM. The improv troupe founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh has seen some of the biggest comedy stars. Be sure to see them before their famous for some on-the-spot humor guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. 

Finish off your weekend with some arts and crafts! Join The Muse at 3 PM for a craft party to make vintage boho macrame wall hangings. Learn how to use simple macrame techniques with Rebekah Miller using a tree branch, cotton cord and beads to make the stylish wall hangings!

From 3:30 PM – 5 PM check out the MET for mimosas, tea, and nibbles while seeing “A Cabaret Today!” These fun performances support The Frank Greene Fund for MET’s original works. 

Don’t forget to share your weekend plans with us by using #DowntownFrederick on Instagram!