Thursday, April 18, 2013

All in the Family

“It’s all about family” according to Anne Goodwin.  Originally from West Chester, NY where she held a “typical nine to five in the corporate world,” Goodwin owns and operates Flights of Fancy with her husband, Mike, and her daughter, Jennifer.  Mixing business with family is nothing new for the Goodwins—Mike and Anne first met while working for the same company in New York.  With something for everyone—from fine jewelry to play toys to stationary—Anne enjoys offering a family-like experience to her customers and looks forward to the repeat customers and their families returning year after year. 
Goodwin not only enjoys the family-driven atmosphere in her store, but also the camaraderie among store owners in Downtown Frederick.  “We all look out for each other,” said Goodwin, noting that even businesses that compete with each other are friendly and helpful to one another; “our downtown is a really special place.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Downtown Frederick Rocks

At just 8-years old, Richard Bailey realized his true passion when he opened his first retail operation, selling rocks from his collection on a card table outside of his childhood home in Dallas, Texas.  Bailey has come a long way from his front yard set-up, but his passion and excitement for rocks and minerals remains.  A geologist by degree, Bailey has worked in the oil and gas industry, as a project manager for the rebuilding of Poplar Island, and has even spent time as a boat captain.  Today, he owns and operates Earthly Elements on North Market St., the only rock shop in the state of Maryland. 

At Earthly Elements, it’s about more than just selling rocks.  Bailey frequently hosts school groups and scouts for in-store geology talks.  He enjoys sparking the interest of young minds through topics other than television and video games, noting that young visitors are especially captivated by dinosaur eggs and meteorites.  “[Students] come here and get lessons in chemistry, math and physics without even realizing it.” 

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend, d├ęcor for your home, or an addition to your mineral collection, Earthly Elements offers “something for everyone”- a true Downtown Frederick gem!