Thursday, October 31, 2013

Frederick Faces: Jessica Feltz

Photos by Natural Artistry Photography

"Downtown Frederick is more than just the place where I do business; it's also my home," says Jessica Feltz, owner of The Turning Point, Frederick's Community Acupuncture at 243 W Patrick St, "I love how quickly relations evolve in a walk-able neighborhood. It's the way that our community is more like a big family which makes Downtown Frederick special." 

During her schooling in alternative therapies, Feltz was inspired after learning of a clinic in Portland, Oregon that offered low-cost community acupuncture.

Feltz, who was a musical All-American and a scholarship runner in college, used her "hodge-podge of a background" to create a business plan for The Turning Point. The plan was named a winner in the Rockville Economic Department's StartRight Competition for Women Entrepreneurs in 2008. The Turning Point is the first community acupuncture clinic in the state of Maryland, and the only in Frederick County. 

Community is important to Feltz, who yields from a "tiny little town" in Wisconsin. "I moved to Frederick for love, but when that ended I stayed here because I'd fallen in love with the community," Feltz said. "I love that my job keeps me intimately connected with our diverse community."

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Frederick Faces: Rebecca Carrera

Photos by Natural Artistry Photography

“I’m not a person who believes you need a million beauty products, but I sure love having a million beauty products!” Rebecca Carrera, owner of Maven Beauty Bar, says her passion for beauty products started as a child and lasted through her career in the corporate cosmetic world. She spent six years as a cosmetic buyer for Nordstrom, followed by nine years with global beauty brands Shiseido and Yves Saint Laurent.

After her corporate career, Rebecca knew that Downtown Frederick was the perfect place to fulfill her dream of opening a beauty boutique. “I knew when my husband and I moved here in 2001 that I wanted to open a shop downtown. It has a little bit of that city/Georgetown feel, but with small town friendliness,” said Carerra, a Silver Spring native. Her second-floor beauty boutique, Maven Beauty Bar, opened just two months ago at 7 E Patrick St.

What’s this beauty maven’s make-up mantra? “I’m a pro at the ‘no-make-up’ make-up look,” says Rebecca, “just because a woman doesn't wear a lot of make-up doesn't mean they can’t look polished like a pro with minimal effort.” 

Check out a behind the scenes look at this week's Frederick Faces shoot with Natural Artistry Photography by Archai Media:

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fresh Coffee

Kelli Keyzers at Shab Row Tea Emporium on N East St.

Kelli Keyzers, general manager of Frederick Coffee Company & Café- as well as Shab Row Tea Emporium and Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream- likes to work around coffee just as much as she likes to drink it. “The smell of roasting coffee makes me feel awake and ready to take on the world,” says Keyzers, who has been managing the three businesses at Shab Row for over a year.

Frederick Coffee Company & Café, located at 100 N East St., has called Downtown Frederick home since 1991, and Keyzers says their vision is always a work-in-progress. “One must never rest when it comes to a business and meeting the needs of its patrons,” says Keyzers, who enjoys working with an innovative team that works hard to create an environment that customers love.

Under Kelli’s leadership, the staff has been able to introduce menu changes that offer high-quality products that exceed expectations.  With a fresh look inside the shop and a great new menu, it’s no wonder that Frederick Coffee Company & Café remains a Downtown Frederick favorite for many.

What’s Kelli’s favorite coffee creation? Vanilla Chai with skim milk—and don’t forget the extra shot of espresso!

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