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?