Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays

A quick wish from the Partnership staff to all who enjoy Downtown Frederick - thanks for a wonderful year and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2012! May your celebrations be merry and bright - wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tis the Season

Twelve Days of Christmas – Downtown Frederick Style

Twelve reservations,

Eleven handmade gifts,

Ten wine corks popping,

Nine ladies outfits,

Eight theater tickets,

Seven antique pieces,

Six records playing,

Five chocolate treats,

Four vintage chairs,

Three French plates,

Two sock monkeys

And a Downtown Frederick Gift Card!

With thanks to this week’s guest author – Ashley Mancinelli

Thursday, November 10, 2011

By the Numbers

10, 15, 20, 30 - These numbers represent the recently celebrated anniversaries of En Masse, McGuire’s Fine Arts, Pretzel & Pizza Creations and Griff’s Landing. While the national news remains in the gloomy category for the economy, these businesses highlight the opportunity and strength of Downtown Frederick as a great place to do business. Their collective blood, sweat and tears have resulted in great businesses to shop, eat and buy art. Each anniversary is impressive and speaks to business savvy, great products and wonderful customer service. Congrats to all!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What I Learned Today

As probably would be no surprise, Downtown Frederick is the coolest place. The other day, I was chatting with a business owner who represents the fifth generation working in a business that has been around for more than 100 years. Other than my childhood home, I’ve never lived in any one city for 10 years in a row - 100 is a number I can’t fathom.

One of their two original storefronts is still right next door. (No one in this generation is able to figure out why their great grandfather opened two storefronts to start his business.) The original storefront still showcases their name in mosaic in the sidewalk. Today, they are a great place to go to get your jewelry repaired. Do you know where I was?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We “heart” downtown businesses

This week is Business Appreciation Week in Frederick. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development does a great job coordinating 25 teams of ambassadors visiting more than 100 businesses – all in one week.

Yesterday, I took my turn as an ambassador and I had a great time visiting seven businesses. We talked with an accountant who got a yen for fun and started a bead business, a retailer who is getting ready to celebrate 27 years and a tech firm that is developing a way to keep federal documents forever. While the businesses themselves were vastly different, one thing rang true throughout the day – a passion for what they do. It is always fun to see someone’s eyes light up when they talk about their business.

We also had a lot of great conversations about how it’s the people who make business work and how great the people are in Frederick. We talked with a business owner who is facing some pretty significant health concerns and his focus is on treating his employees like family.

All in all, it was an impressive day and great to see the vibrancy of our local business community. If you are in business in Frederick – thank you! You help make our community great.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

25 Years & Counting

A Downtown Frederick landmark celebrated a silver anniversary this weekend - Flights of Fancy turned 25. As if it’s not cool enough to turn 25, the Flights folks upped the ante and turned their celebration into a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Anne and Mike Goodwin, the business owners, have been touched by diabetes personally so it is a cause near and dear to their hearts. You can stop by any time before the end of the year to honor their anniversary and support the cause.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Love Letter to Downtown Frederick

A first blog post is a rather intimidating task. I’ve been plagued with writer’s block and seem to have had a running commentary in the back of my head for a week plus now (the commentary ran something like this – what am I going to write about? What am I going to write about?) And then I hit upon it – a love letter to Downtown Frederick. Here goes…

I love you Downtown Frederick, how do I count the ways…

the beginning of what I am sure will be an ever expanding list

I love Downtown Frederick:

In the am as I walk to work when everyone says hello but we all know it’s too early for a long conversation.

As the day turns to noon and the streets fill with people seeking a bite for lunch.

Because I can knock four items off my to do list by bumping into people as I walk to get a sandwich for lunch.

On a sunny afternoon in the late summer when it seems all the world is playing hooky and wandering past my office window.

On days when I need to multi-task and pick up a great gift as I walk home from work.

For the architecture and the great shopping and the tasty eats but most of all for the wonderful people.

I love Downtown Frederick.

Check back for future blog posts about the exciting and always changing Downtown Frederick. I will tell you all about downtown and the fabulous members of the downtown community. Chances are if you’re reading this blog post, you’re fond of downtown too. I’d love to hear what you love best about Downtown Frederick. Check back often.