Friday, March 28, 2014

Frederick Faces: Catie & Carlo Serio

Photo by Natural Artistry

Pretzel and Pizza Creations (210 N Market St), a 23-year-old Downtown Frederick staple, puts true meaning to the term “family business.”   Catie and Carlo Serio are the husband-wife team behind Pretzel and Pizza Creations and together, they work to support the local economy through small business ownership. 
Catie’s parents opened Pretzel and Pizza Creations in 1991. “My parents saw a great opportunity in Downtown Frederick,” says Catie, who took on the business with Carlo after moving back to Frederick from New York. Catie and Carlo met at Syracuse University and moved to Manhattan shortly thereafter.  Carlo notes, “it’s nice to be in an urban environment within a small town.  We get to keep a little bit of the Manhattan vibe we left behind.”
For Catie, the creations don’t stop with pretzel and pizza- “I frequently bring my work home with me and I'll make these big, elaborate meals for my family and friends—themed of course!” Catie’s experimentations have led to the addition of several regular menu items, including Matzoh Ball Soup and Hummus Salad.
Both Catie and Carlo have interests in photography; Carlo considers nature and wildlife photography a passion, while Catie admits “I take an embarrassing amount of pictures of my cats.” 
When asked what is most inspiring or enjoyable about running Pretzel and Pizza, Carlo says, “I love that our customers talk with us and tell us about their day or their kids or what’s going on in their neighborhoods.” He adds, “I’m inspired by the feedback I get […] people are always taking selfies with our pizza!”

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Frederick Faces: Mark & Hallie Burrier

Photos by Natural Artistry
Since their chance meeting on a train to New York City, Hallie and Mark Burrier, owners of Relish D├ęcor (43 E Patrick St), have been putting their creative minds together.  Mark has a background in illustration and graphic design while Hallie has a degree in fashion design and follows in the footsteps of several family members who were also retailers and entrepreneurs.
Relish, which will celebrate its third anniversary in the fall, is the result of a long-time dream and several inspiring retailers the pair encountered in their travels. Hallie notes, “I have wanted to have my own shop since I was 15. Every career move I made was to learn more and work towards that goal.
“There have been stores across the world that have left a lasting impression on me as a customer because they were able to create a welcoming and visually exciting environment,” says Hallie, “it has always been my vision for Relish Decor to be creative and fun and to hopefully be that inspirational shop to someone else.
Hallie and Mark say they chose Downtown Frederick for their home and their for its characteristics similar to that of other favorite cities. “Our store nestles perfectly in the historic downtown setting,” says Hallie, “[Downtown Frederick] has the same characteristics I loved about New York City. We can walk to shops, restaurants, and have plenty of entertainment in our neighborhood.
Though Hallie and Mark can almost always be found in their store, the pair manages to make time for themselves, and their pup. “We've slowly been renovating and decorating our home in our free time,” says Hallie, “but most of all we love spending time with our sweet puppy, Lucy.”

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