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Monday, December 11, 2017

Kids in the City: Susan and Jeremy Kelley

Jeremy and Susan enjoying an afternoon on the front stoop with their family.

Like a lot of new parents, the birth of their first child meant it was time for Susan and Jeremy Kelley to trade their small starter home in on a bigger house. But the couple, who’d spent the past decade living in a turn of the century row house across Patrick Street from the fairgrounds and a few doors down from the house Patsy Cline once called home, didn’t head to the suburbs. Instead, they bought a three-story detached townhouse on E. Second Street. “We’d always wanted to be closer into downtown,” says Susan. And the fact that they had a toddler didn’t discourage them. “So many people feel like they need to disengage when they have kids and I felt like we need to engage more,” says Jeremy.

Once a boarding house, the home is currently divided into three units. The largest apartment, which meanders over all three levels, is home to the couple and their two children – Jack and his little sister Jane, who was born after the move. “What I like about this house is that it’s a house we can grow into,” says Jeremy.

But in the meantime, the home’s other two units house rental tenants and provide a welcome income stream to the homeowners. “The apartments pay the mortgage and Susan’s able to stay at home because of that,” say Jeremy, a chemical engineer who works for a local air conditioning manufacturer.

Not that she and the kids stay home all that much. “Being able to just step out the door and see things is great,” says Susan, a clinical dietician; “the library’s huge, Dancing Bear has activities for little kids.” And there’s never a shortage of playmates, either: “a lot of people who don’t live downtown want to come down for play dates,” says Susan.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Your Holiday Shopping Guide for Downtown Frederick

Downtown Frederick has the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Have fun exploring all of the shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment options in downtown and check out our handy shopping guide below. No matter who you're shopping for, you'll find something perfect in Downtown Frederick!

For the romantic

Baltimore Gold of Frederick
Colonial Jewelers
Erica Burns Designs
En Masse
One of a Kind
Yaneth Reyes

For the adventurer

Clue I.Q.: An Escape Room Experience
Edgeworks Knife Supply
Hunting Creek Outfitters
Surelocked In Escape Games
The Trail House
Wheel Base Inc.

For the beauty queen

Anam Cara
JKW Beauty
Maven Beauty Bar
Savage Soaps
The Skin Care Shop
Smooch! Studio

For the fashion-forward

A Perfect Fit Bra Boutique
Alicia L Boutique
Chic to Chic
Fred & Co. 1745
La Niche Boutique
Marie’s Nu 2 U
Molly’s Meanderings
Peak Sneaks
Pearl Clothing
Select Seconds Thrift Shop
Shabby Chic
Sky’s The Limit
Treaty General Store
Velvet Lounge
Venus on the Half Shell

For the craft beverage guru

Attaboy Brewery
The Hop & Vine
McClintock Distilling
Rockwell Brewery
Spin the Bottle Wine Company
Tenth Ward Distilling Company
VINI Culture Wine Bar & Café

For the person who has everything

Crème de la Crème
The Frederick Basket Company
The Muse
Pretty Chic Consignment
Simply Beautiful Boutique
The Squirrels Nest
Tiara Day Boutique
Urban Cottage

For the designer-at-heart

Bailey’s Treasures Furniture Gallery
Dream House
Fabulous Finds
Heritage Interiors
Industrial Home
Little’s & Company
Patrick Street Interiors
Pure Home
Relish Décor
Repurposed & Refined
Revival Consignment Exchange
Tuscany Designs
Vintage MC

For the little ones

Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts

For the pet obsessed

Paws in the City & The Temple of Groom

For the collector

Brass & Copper Shop
Cannon Hill Place Antiques
Earthly Elements
Emporium Antiques
Frederick Coin Exchange
Great Stuff By Paul
Map Man

For the coffee or tea lover

Beans & Bagels
Café Nola
Frederick Coffee Co.
Glory Doughnuts
Gravel & Grind
The Perfect Blend Café
Shab Row Tea Emporium
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Frederick
Voila! In Frederick ~ Special Teas and Other Goodness

For the fitness guru

Ananda Shala Yoga Studio
Barre East
Sol Yoga

For their sweet tooth

Cakes To Die For
The Candy Kitchen
Frederick Fudge and Ice Cream
The Perfect Truffle
Zoe’s Chocolate Co.

For the foodie

Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop
Firestone’s Market
GOOD juju
Hippy Chick Hummus
Juliet’s Italian Market
Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium
McCutcheon’s Factory Store
North Market Pop Shop
Pretzel and Pizza Creations
Serendipity Market & More
That Hummus Place
The Kitchenette
The Pasta Palette

For the bookworm

Brainstorm Comics
Curious Iguana
Marshall Etchison Bookstore

For the creative

Charlotte’s Cottage Quilt Shop
Frederick Clay Studio
I Made This! Pottery Studio
Potters’ Guild of Frederick
The Delaplaine Arts Center
The Knot House
The Little Pottery Shop
Tomandy Gallery Shop

For the music fanatic

The Record Exchange
Rock & Roll Graveyard
Vinyl Acres

Still don’t know what they’d like? Give them the gift of local with a Downtown Frederick Gift Card, accepted at over 150 shops, restaurants, galleries, services and more!

Find them at the
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S East St.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Downtown's Professional Life: Shabri Moore

Shabri Moore, President of Moore Wealth in Downtown Frederick.

For Shabri Moore, having her office downtown just makes sense. “Being downtown makes it easy to collaborate with people and easy to build relationships; everyone’s very open to saying we’re part of this community, let’s work together,” she says. The President of Moore Wealth, a concierge wealth management firm, Shabri has had her office in the South Market Center, overlooking Carroll Creek, for the past eight years, “Being right on the creek is great,” she says, “it’s easy to pop out and have lunch or grab a cup of coffee. There’s a really wonderful energy being downtown.”

And that vibrancy explains why Shabri is one of a growing number of professionals choosing to both work and live downtown. “I found that I was getting really annoyed that I had to drive home at the end of the day,” says Shabri, who sold her house in Spring Ridge two years ago and moved into a new townhouse in Maxwell Square on E. 5th Street. “I was spending all my time downtown anyway, between work and going out and meeting with friends after work and the thought of walking to work was really appealing,” she says, adding that her morning commute is “eight minutes door to door.”

But while her eight-minute commute was definitely a big part of the appeal, that isn’t what sold Shabri on downtown. “In terms of a place to live, it’s wonderful, there’s always something to do,” she says. And it’s all just a few steps from her front door. “I like being able to walk everywhere – there’s restaurants and shops, Baker park is so close – I get to be completely immersed in everything that’s going on,” she says.


Author: Matt Edens

Monday, October 16, 2017

Downtown's Millennial Migration: Erik Moore

Erik and his fiance Charlotte enjoying a post-work happy hour at the Brewer's Alley rooftop bar.

After attending college in Pittsburg and working in financial services there, Frederick native Erik Moore didn’t immediately leap at the chance to return home and join the family business. “Pittsburg’s just bigger, so there was a little hesitation,” says Erik, the Financial Planning Services & Analysis Manager with Moore Wealth, Inc., a concierge wealth management firm with offices in Downtown Frederick.

But Erik, who grew up in Spring Ridge, didn’t immediately rule out a homecoming, either. “I’ve never lived in Frederick as an adult and so there was a lot I hadn’t experienced before,” he says.

A lot of those experiences are brand new, too. Frederick – especially downtown – isn’t quite the same place he knew as a teen. “There’s a lot of stuff coming to Frederick that’s appealing to people my age,” says Erik, “the new rooftop bar at Brewer’s Alley has been a real hit.”

So, after a few trips home to sample the scene, Erik and his fiancé made the move from Pittsburgh to Frederick in November of 2016. And while he grew up in the suburbs, they decided to make downtown their new home. “The office is here, so that made it easy. Plus, for someone my age, the other areas aren’t as vibrant,” says Erik.

And whether it's downtown’s renowned restaurant scene or its growing number of craft breweries and distilleries, other people Erik’s age are picking up on the vibe, too. “I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people looking to move back: they’re working in Baltimore or they’re working in D.C. and they’re looking to return,” he says.


50 Carroll Creek Way, Suite 335, Frederick MD

Author: Matt Edens

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We're FALL-ing in Love with Downtown Frederick

Wise men say... Only fools rush in... but YOU should rush in (to Downtown Frederick) to grab these items below and stay stylish for fall!

Thank you to the King of Rock 'n Roll, the Memphis Flash, the one, the only, Mr. Elvis Presley for inspiring this season's blog with his timeless classic, "Can't Help Falling in Love."

Velvet Lounge is all about that DENIM, baby! We love being able to pull out our favorite pair of blue jeans for the fall season.

The Muse has beautiful fall accessories to pair with those jeans! They have plenty of scarves to carry you into the cooler weather including jersey infinity, hand woven, and painted silk and block-printed scarves.

And at Chic to Chic, they find that autumn is the perfect excuse to wear chunky sweaters, distressed denim, and of course your favorite bootie!

But we... can't... help FALL-ing in love with you!

Shall I stay in? Would it be a sin?... Well yes, it would be a sin to stay inside with such gorgeous weather! To help you prepare for the cooler weather visit the downtown shops below.

The Trail House has cozy soft fleece and thermoses to transport your favorite warm beverage!

And at Pearl, you can find this gorgeous full length FLAX coat to pair with summer's linen and keep you warm.

Like a river flows... Surely to the sea... Downtown Frederick is full of stunning autumn views, so please don't miss any chance you get to step outdoors every once in a while.

Jim Bass Group of Real Estate Teams recommends walking downtown and dreaming of your next house.

While Occupational Therapy Consulting finds that walking to work and seeing familiar people and friends, window shopping, stopping for coffee, and being able to choose which pretty street, alleyway, or sidewalk to turn down next is their favorite autumn walking experience!

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine says that Halloween is the perfect time of year to get to know Frederick! Stop by and take a tour or look at their exhibits that explore grave-robbing, medical experimentation, and other strange tales from Civil War Medicine on the evening of Friday, October 27.

Darling, so it goes... Some things are meant to be... Just like these comforting fall foods you can find downtown!

Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium suggests crisp apples drizzled in their Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar... while Crisafulli's Cheese Shop recommends a creamy pot of fondue! (sounds like the perfect pairing to us)

Next up you can find some hot spiced cider at North Market Pop Shop, then curl up with a cozy cup of tea in Shab Row Tea Emporium's new upstairs tea parlor!

Grab a pumpkin spice pretzel at Pretzel and Pizza Creations... or some delicious spicy pumpkin hummus and apple spice kombucha from Hippy Chick Hummus.

Plus you know that it's not too hot, and not to cold... but just chili enough for a chili cheese dog with chili cheese fries at Windy City Red Hots!

Or even just sip on your classic Pumpkin Chai Latte from The Spice & Tea Exchange.

Take some of these autumn inspired foods home with you by stopping at The Kitchenette to grab baking supplies to make apple pie, applesauce, candy apples, baked apples... all things apple!

For we, can't help FALL-ing in love!

Take my hand... Take my whole life too... and as fall begins to capture every aspect of our lives, make sure you look into these shops to help you fully embrace the autumn spirit!

If you're looking for some beautiful new rings to twinkle on your fingers, stop by Colonial Jewelers for their store wide sale and help them celebrate their anniversary. This year, they will have been a part of the Downtown Frederick community for 69 years!

And if you've got your home on your mind, visit Dream House to get on board with the changing of the seasons. Feel inspired to freshen up your indoors and look ahead to the holidays and hosting family and friends. Not to mention, fall is the time when upholstery lines have sales, making it a great time to get pieces ordered in time for the holidays! Find an energetic and exciting buzz throughout the store all season long.

If mid-century mod is more your style, visit Vintage MC to find an edgy new piece to snuggle up on, just in time for the cooler weather and holiday guests!

And finally, if you're looking for a colorful way to brighten your home, the artists of Gallery 322 have amazing landscapes, still lifes, and figurative painting and sculpture to fit with the autumnal season.

For we... can't help... FALL-ing in love with... Downtown Frederick!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How to be a Tourist in Downtown Frederick

When was the last time you took a few days to just get out of town and explore somewhere new? Yeah, that's we thought. Stop adding things to your "Vacations (someday)" Pinterest board and just hop in the car and drive.

If you live in D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, or even Pittsburgh or Richmond, your weekend destination isn't as far away as you think. Just an hour from D.C., Frederick, MD is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and the state's largest brewery. And because planning a vacation is the least fun part of actually taking a vacation, we partnered up with Visit Frederick to give us the inside scoop on how to take on Downtown Frederick like you know what you're doing.

Melissa Muntz, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Visit Frederick, starts us off at (where else) the Frederick Visitor Center. Located at 151 S East St, the Visitor Center is a great place to drop your car and catch your breath before heading into the rest of downtown. You can leave your car in the E All Saints Street Public Parking Garage and spend the weekend on foot for a care-free experience, or park out back at one of their temporary Visitor spaces if you're just popping in for a quick visit.


Once you've ditched the wheels, pop in to the Visitor Center to get an idea of the special events that are going on during your stay. If you time your trip during the first weekend of the month, you can make a night of it with Downtown Frederick's First Saturday. Shops stay open late, there's music on the streets, and a free trolley to get you where you're going.

And now... we're off! With Melissa as my guide, we set out to create the ultimate tourist experience for Downtown Frederick.

The Delaplaine Arts Center

Located at 40 S Carroll St, the Delaplaine Arts Center is just around the corner from the Visitor Center, so it's a great way to start your trip. It's open seven days a week, admission to the building is always free, plus it's dog-friendly!

Some of Melissa's favorite stops include the upstairs gallery (where you can sneak the perfect view of the Community Bridge's famous anamorphic projection mural), then back down to the gallery gift shop before exiting through the beautiful gardens that line Carroll Creek.

Emporium Antiques

With its double entrances that span most of a city block, Melissa calls Emporium Antiques her favorite secret cut-through in Downtown Frederick. You can either go in the main entrance at 112 E Patrick St, or come in the back at 21 S Carroll St. Another dog-friendly stop, Emporium Antiques is the kind of place where you can get lost for days... and I don't exaggerate.

Melissa says you have to check out the vintage postcards section, so start there and then just let your eye lead the way. This is an especially great stop if the weather is less than perfect outside, or you're looking to spend a lazy morning just browsing and daydreaming.

...and just like that, we're on Patrick Street! Let the shopping continue. No trip to Downtown Frederick would be complete with a little (okay... a lot) shopping and dining. Melissa says the best thing to do it just start walking. As you head up Patrick Street you'll pass by dozens of unique stores, like Ec'clectiblesDancing Bear ToysDream HouseVenus on the Half ShellVinyl AcresFabulous Finds and the list goes on!

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

If you're a history buff, you definitely don't want to pass up the chance to see Downtown Frederick's most visited tourist attraction, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at 48 E Patrick St. Tucked between Brainstorm Comics and Relish Decor, the museum follows in the footsteps of soldiers and surgeons to discover the harsh conditions, personal sacrifices, and brilliant innovations of Civil War Medicine. Melissa even shares her own insider secret to, at the very least, check out the historic photos on display inside the main entrance.

Grab Lunch & Shop Your Way to N Market Street

By now, you've surely worked up an appetite so Melissa recommends heading toward Firestone's Culinary Tavern at 105 N Market St. Situated right next to Firestone's Raw Bar and Firestone's Market on Market, you'll undoubtedly be able to find something that fits whatever you're in the mood for. There are a ton of amazing restaurants in Downtown Frederick, so it's also never too early to start window shopping for your dinner spot.

After you've got that warm, full-bellied feeling, walk it off on your way to a root beer float. Yeah... we're not kidding. You're on vacation!! Don't worry though, you'll be plenty distracted along the way, so you'll be ready for round two by the time you reach dessert.

We had to make more than a few pit stops on our way up Market Street. The shopping is unbeatable and offers everything from clothing and jewelry, to books, records, outdoor gear and home decor. Every store you walk by is worth checking out. You never know what you're going to find! For a complete list of downtown shops, visit or ask a shop-owner where you can grab a Downtown Frederick tear-off map.

When you see a cheery blue building in the distance, you know ice cream is within your reach. Melissa says that the floats from North Market Pop Shop are her favorite guilty pleasure in Downtown Frederick.

Just pick your own soda (there are only 400 flavors to choose from, so get ready to be overwhelmed), get a couple scoops of ice cream and you're on your way to the perfect portable dessert.

You can either hang out in front of the shop and watch the world go by on Market Street, or take your float on the move and walk over to Baker Park. We were out on a particularly gorgeous day, so we decided to take our floats to the park.

Time for Happy Hour... you've earned it!

From Baker Park, round out your trip with a stroll along Carroll Creek. It's the perfect one mile walk to the ultimate reward.
(Hint: It's beer. The reward is always beer.) 

Attaboy Beer is one of Melissa's favorites, with their rotating taps and crisp, seasonal flavors poured straight from the side of a refrigerator truck, Attaboy is the perfect happy hour location. While you're sipping on a brew (or two) you can even entertain yourself with a game of shuffle board, corn hole, or (our personal favorite) Bananagrams.

Their indoor/outdoor beer garden lets you hang outside, no matter the weather. So CHEERS to your weekend in Downtown Frederick! Have a blast and get ready to fall in love with the little city that keeps on giving.

A special thank you to Melissa Muntz, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Visit Frederick for being our Downtown Frederick tour guide.


151 S East St, Frederick MD