Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frederick Faces: Lucie Shelton

Lucie Shelton is the owner of Cakes to Die For in downtown Frederick. She was born and raised in downtown Frederick and wanted to make her dream of owning a bakery come true in her hometown. Lucie’s love for baking started out through her admiration of her mom’s baking, even if it was from a box mix. She wanted to be just like her mom! One thing people don’t know about Lucie and her love for cake decorating and baking is that she was a self-taught cake decorator until 2012.
Lucie has been in the cake baking and decorating business for 15 years but just opened up her own bakery, Cakes to Die For about a year ago. After going away for college she wanted to come home, and decided to open up her business here in downtown Frederick.

She loves the downtown Frederick community and she loves baking cakes. Lucie loves collaborating with other downtown businesses and baking cakes for customers because it allows her to help bring their ideas to life. It is extremely inspiring for her to see people interested in her business.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Frederick Faces: Bryan Nuckols Jr.

Because of his love of music and local entertainment, Bryan Nuckols was hired as General Manager at Café Nola’s in January 2014. He never had previous thoughts of joining the restaurant industry, but had always dreamed of having a venue to show off entertainment from near and far. 
There are so many things he loves about his job. The short commute to work, the delicious coffee, and the healthy food options are just a few of the many advantages of working downtown.  Café Nola also displays new art work every month thanks to ArtBrew.  The music is what makes him the most content. Although he works long days, he gets to enjoy a constant flow of creative and inspirational music.
When Dave Snyder originally opened Café Nola in Frederick it was to offer downtown Frederick something it simply didn’t have. Nola became that meeting space with healthy foods, a stage hosting amazing bands, a gallery of wide range changing art and a place for people to talk about life and opinions without being judged. Nola has continued to act as this lively fun meeting space with such a kaleidoscope of people which is one of Bryan’s favorite things about the business being in downtown Frederick. Bryan has really learned to enjoy the constant flow of people and he says meeting all different kinds of people makes every person you meet rare and unforgettable.

Bryan truly loves his job and has a passion for music but one thing many people might not know about him is his “nerd love” for board games and comics. He says that “any convention I would have the chance to attend is better than any beach hands down.”  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Downtown Frederick Love Stories

We asked our social media following to submit their Downtown Frederick love stories, and here they are! Many thanks to all who submitted their beautiful stories. Do you have your own Downtown Frederick love story? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

Emily + Carlin
Emily + Carlin (left: at Brewer's Alley)
“I met 'the one' in 2010 at Brewer's Alley during In the Street. I'm from Frederick and went to the University of Maryland, and he's from southern Maryland and went to Hood College. I needed to know who this guy was who stole my local friends. After graduating, he moved back to southern Maryland and I moved back to Frederick. Over 3 years of dating at two extreme ends of the beltway, trips around the world, and a US Navy officer commissioning later, our next step is moving to Florida together for flight school!” 

Melina + Richard
Ashley + Brian
 I asked my wife Melinda to marry me by having her and a friend go on a scavenger hunt to downtown businesses. I pre-bought items like Starbucks coffee, flowers from En Masse, jewelry at Colonial Jewelers, and finished by meeting her to propose at Ayse Meze!

Ashley + Brian
“My boyfriend Brian and I met right here in downtown Frederick! We live, work, and play here! It's been a wonderful year together! This past Christmas he bought me a rose gold bar necklace with the coordinates of where we met.. Here's a hint: it's on market and they sell tapas.” 

Jenna + Joe
Jenna + Joe in Baker Park
“Joe and I had met the night before Easter in 2013. On Jan 19, 2015 Joe took me and our dog Baloo downtown for a fun photo shoot. After doing a couple shots, The photographer suggested we just casually walk and talk while she took photos. We stopped in front of a guitar player who started playing our song "sunny and 75". Then Joe got down on one knee and proposed! After dropping off our dog at my parents we went to Brewer's Ally where some of our closest friends surprised me too celebrate! It was perfect :)”

Jesye + Martin
“My husband and I were walking our dog downtown and he stopped in front of the bell tower in Baker Park to kneel down and propose to me! He specifically chose that spot because that was the first place we said we loved each other:-) 9 happy years later we are still loving each other and Downtown Frederick!

Mike + Terri
“My wife Terri and I happen to own Frederick Coffee Co., Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream Co., Shab Row Tea Emporium, and we met at the bar at Firestone 12 years ago.”

Anne + Bill
Anne + Bill on Carroll Creek
“I moved to Frederick in 2001, and my now-husband and I still live here.

In 2002 I met my future husband after he saw my on-line profile on, a connection that was so new at the time, I hesitated to mention to people. Now it’s ubiquitous it seems and much more accepted. After chatting via e-mail and later by phone he asked if he could meet me - willing to make the trip up from Fredericksburg, VA, where he lived at the time.

It was November 2002 when I invited him to meet me at Hood College’s Rosenstock Hall (Have to check the spelling of that) where my congregation was holding its Sunday services. I had volunteered to make coffee that morning so I arrived early - an extremely well dressed and groomed coffee maker - a little nervous yet hopefully about meeting this gentleman who seemed so wonderful…on-line.

He arrived early (Yikes) and I was nervous enough that as he accompanied me to roll the large coffee pot out to the lobby, he had to point out to me that I’d neglected to put the top on the giant percolator! He remains my favorite coffee lover to this day.

After church services our first date consisted of walking all through downtown Frederick, stopping at Beans ’N Bagels and spending an hour wandering the stacks of books at the C. Burr Artz  library. There were many similar dates as we came to know each other and as he came to love Frederick as much as I do - resulting in his move here in 2003 and our marriage a few years later.

We still delight in walking through downtown, Baker Park and, as we did this past Sunday, taking in shows at the Weinberg or taking a class at the MET. It’s the only town for us.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Frederick Faces: Citizen Frederick

Antonio Rico saw a need for a men’s clothing shop in Downtown Frederick and opened his store, Citizen Frederick, in April 2014.   His longtime dream had finally come true.

Originally from a family of entrepreneurs located in Salt Lake City, Antonio has worked in a variety of venues such as doing architectural design for casinos and resorts all over the world, building restaurants, to designing kitchens and cafeterias for the Health Department in DC.  Searching for a change of lifestyle and a better quality of life he and his partner, Nolan moved to Frederick in 2012.

Antonio loves being involved in the Frederick community. His clients are like family to him and Nolan. They often stop by just to chat or invite him to their homes for barbecues and homecomings.  Antonio takes pride in supporting the needs of his clients and welcomes their feedback on merchandising choices.  It’s all about “supporting the needs of his clients.”

Due to the many images that he posts on social media, Citizen Frederick has visitors from all around the country.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Frederick Faces: Doug Zaruba

Doug Zaruba, owner of Vortex in downtown Frederick, fell in love with the arts during his college years in Buffalo.

While pursuing a major in Physics, Zaruba attended a wide variety of art classes. His interest in painting and jewelry allowed him to participate in many craft shows around the country, winning him an honorable mention for a piece of jewelry in the NY International Jewelry Competition. After completing an apprenticeship with a jeweler for 5 years he became a Master Goldsmith. Doug opened his first store, Zaruba & Zaruba in 1989. He was looking to settle in a rural environment and chose Frederick for its close proximity to two metropolitan cities. Doug worked with his son until 2005 when he sold him the business and moved to Panama for 5 years. There he enjoyed doing sculpture work. He returned to Frederick in 2010, took over the jewelry store and renamed it Vortex.

“Working at the bench” is the most inspiring aspect of Doug’s business. He enjoys the challenge of creating a handmade piece of art that will last a lifetime. Doug believes that the art scene in Frederick is growing. He and the other gallery owners in downtown Frederick are working together to start their own gallery walk, which is set to start in January 2015.

His dream is to one day create sculptures for public outdoor settings.

Frederick Faces