Monday, October 23, 2017

Downtown's Professional Life: Shabri Moore

Shabri Moore, President of Moore Wealth in Downtown Frederick.

For Shabri Moore, having her office downtown just makes sense. “Being downtown makes it easy to collaborate with people and easy to build relationships; everyone’s very open to saying we’re part of this community, let’s work together,” she says. The President of Moore Wealth, a concierge wealth management firm, Shabri has had her office in the South Market Center, overlooking Carroll Creek, for the past eight years, “Being right on the creek is great,” she says, “it’s easy to pop out and have lunch or grab a cup of coffee. There’s a really wonderful energy being downtown.”

And that vibrancy explains why Shabri is one of a growing number of professionals choosing to both work and live downtown. “I found that I was getting really annoyed that I had to drive home at the end of the day,” says Shabri, who sold her house in Spring Ridge two years ago and moved into a new townhouse in Maxwell Square on E. 5th Street. “I was spending all my time downtown anyway, between work and going out and meeting with friends after work and the thought of walking to work was really appealing,” she says, adding that her morning commute is “eight minutes door to door.”

But while her eight-minute commute was definitely a big part of the appeal, that isn’t what sold Shabri on downtown. “In terms of a place to live, it’s wonderful, there’s always something to do,” she says. And it’s all just a few steps from her front door. “I like being able to walk everywhere – there’s restaurants and shops, Baker park is so close – I get to be completely immersed in everything that’s going on,” she says.


Author: Matt Edens

Monday, October 16, 2017

Downtown's Millennial Migration: Erik Moore

Erik and his fiance Charlotte enjoying a post-work happy hour at the Brewer's Alley rooftop bar.

After attending college in Pittsburg and working in financial services there, Frederick native Erik Moore didn’t immediately leap at the chance to return home and join the family business. “Pittsburg’s just bigger, so there was a little hesitation,” says Erik, the Financial Planning Services & Analysis Manager with Moore Wealth, Inc., a concierge wealth management firm with offices in Downtown Frederick.

But Erik, who grew up in Spring Ridge, didn’t immediately rule out a homecoming, either. “I’ve never lived in Frederick as an adult and so there was a lot I hadn’t experienced before,” he says.

A lot of those experiences are brand new, too. Frederick – especially downtown – isn’t quite the same place he knew as a teen. “There’s a lot of stuff coming to Frederick that’s appealing to people my age,” says Erik, “the new rooftop bar at Brewer’s Alley has been a real hit.”

So, after a few trips home to sample the scene, Erik and his fiancĂ© made the move from Pittsburgh to Frederick in November of 2016. And while he grew up in the suburbs, they decided to make downtown their new home. “The office is here, so that made it easy. Plus, for someone my age, the other areas aren’t as vibrant,” says Erik.

And whether it's downtown’s renowned restaurant scene or its growing number of craft breweries and distilleries, other people Erik’s age are picking up on the vibe, too. “I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people looking to move back: they’re working in Baltimore or they’re working in D.C. and they’re looking to return,” he says.


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Author: Matt Edens

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We're FALL-ing in Love with Downtown Frederick

Wise men say... Only fools rush in... but YOU should rush in (to Downtown Frederick) to grab these items below and stay stylish for fall!

Thank you to the King of Rock 'n Roll, the Memphis Flash, the one, the only, Mr. Elvis Presley for inspiring this season's blog with his timeless classic, "Can't Help Falling in Love."

Velvet Lounge is all about that DENIM, baby! We love being able to pull out our favorite pair of blue jeans for the fall season.

The Muse has beautiful fall accessories to pair with those jeans! They have plenty of scarves to carry you into the cooler weather including jersey infinity, hand woven, and painted silk and block-printed scarves.

And at Chic to Chic, they find that autumn is the perfect excuse to wear chunky sweaters, distressed denim, and of course your favorite bootie!

But we... can't... help FALL-ing in love with you!

Shall I stay in? Would it be a sin?... Well yes, it would be a sin to stay inside with such gorgeous weather! To help you prepare for the cooler weather visit the downtown shops below.

The Trail House has cozy soft fleece and thermoses to transport your favorite warm beverage!

And at Pearl, you can find this gorgeous full length FLAX coat to pair with summer's linen and keep you warm.

Like a river flows... Surely to the sea... Downtown Frederick is full of stunning autumn views, so please don't miss any chance you get to step outdoors every once in a while.

Jim Bass Group of Real Estate Teams recommends walking downtown and dreaming of your next house.

While Occupational Therapy Consulting finds that walking to work and seeing familiar people and friends, window shopping, stopping for coffee, and being able to choose which pretty street, alleyway, or sidewalk to turn down next is their favorite autumn walking experience!

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine says that Halloween is the perfect time of year to get to know Frederick! Stop by and take a tour or look at their exhibits that explore grave-robbing, medical experimentation, and other strange tales from Civil War Medicine on the evening of Friday, October 27.

Darling, so it goes... Some things are meant to be... Just like these comforting fall foods you can find downtown!

Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium suggests crisp apples drizzled in their Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar... while Crisafulli's Cheese Shop recommends a creamy pot of fondue! (sounds like the perfect pairing to us)

Next up you can find some hot spiced cider at North Market Pop Shop, then curl up with a cozy cup of tea in Shab Row Tea Emporium's new upstairs tea parlor!

Grab a pumpkin spice pretzel at Pretzel and Pizza Creations... or some delicious spicy pumpkin hummus and apple spice kombucha from Hippy Chick Hummus.

Plus you know that it's not too hot, and not to cold... but just chili enough for a chili cheese dog with chili cheese fries at Windy City Red Hots!

Or even just sip on your classic Pumpkin Chai Latte from The Spice & Tea Exchange.

Take some of these autumn inspired foods home with you by stopping at The Kitchenette to grab baking supplies to make apple pie, applesauce, candy apples, baked apples... all things apple!

For we, can't help FALL-ing in love!

Take my hand... Take my whole life too... and as fall begins to capture every aspect of our lives, make sure you look into these shops to help you fully embrace the autumn spirit!

If you're looking for some beautiful new rings to twinkle on your fingers, stop by Colonial Jewelers for their store wide sale and help them celebrate their anniversary. This year, they will have been a part of the Downtown Frederick community for 69 years!

And if you've got your home on your mind, visit Dream House to get on board with the changing of the seasons. Feel inspired to freshen up your indoors and look ahead to the holidays and hosting family and friends. Not to mention, fall is the time when upholstery lines have sales, making it a great time to get pieces ordered in time for the holidays! Find an energetic and exciting buzz throughout the store all season long.

If mid-century mod is more your style, visit Vintage MC to find an edgy new piece to snuggle up on, just in time for the cooler weather and holiday guests!

And finally, if you're looking for a colorful way to brighten your home, the artists of Gallery 322 have amazing landscapes, still lifes, and figurative painting and sculpture to fit with the autumnal season.

For we... can't help... FALL-ing in love with... Downtown Frederick!