Competitive Edge is free and open to all businesses throughout Frederick County. This month’s session is all about creating special events. About this Event You’re Invited: Creating a Signature Event for your Business (March 17) Looking for a way to generate some new buzz around your business? Try hosting a special event! Events can attract new customers, reward loyal ones and create an exciting opportunity for your business to try something new. This month we’re looking at ways that retailers can spice up their events calendar… without overextending your time, budget and staff. Arrive early to enjoy a free breakfast provided by Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe and Shab Row Tea Emporium. Doors open at 8am and the workshop begins promptly at 8:30. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Questions? Contact Leeann Crews at firstname.lastname@example.org The Competitive Edge Series provides business owners with the tools they need to improve their business and help grow their success. The Partnership knows that small businesses do not have easy access to training to continually sharpen their competitive edge. This series helps to fill that gap. Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January through May, with workshops focusing on topics […]
You’re Invited: Creating a Signature Event for your Business
March Events Partnership Events
Competitive Edge is free and open to all businesses throughout Frederick County. This month we’re going on a trip! Limited space available. About this Event Downtown City Visit to Annapolis, MD (Monday, April 13) Be a tourist in someone else’s town for a day. Talk to other merchants and business leaders about their successes and challenges. Listen, observe, explore — and come home with valuable insights and fresh ideas to help your business grow. The 2020 City Visit location will be Downtown Annapolis, a nationally designated historic district and our state’s capital city, located on the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about our destination at downtownannapolispartnership.org or visitannapolis.org. Advance registration is required, as there is limited space on the bus. Questions? Contact Leeann Crews at email@example.com The Competitive Edge Series provides business owners with the tools they need to improve their business and help grow their success. The Partnership knows that small businesses do not have easy access to training to continually sharpen their competitive edge. This series helps to fill that gap. The City Visit is an annual component of Competitive Edge, where we spend an entire day exploring and learning from another city. This year we will be hosted by the […]
City Visit: Annapolis, MD
April Events Partnership Events
Competitive Edge is free and open to all businesses throughout Frederick County. This month’s session is all about work/life balance. About this Event The Here and Now: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance as your Business Grows (April 21) Building a successful business is so much more than a full-time job. Join us as we talk about ways you can create and maintain a work/life balance during critical periods of growth for your company. Arrive early to enjoy a free breakfast provided by Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe and Shab Row Tea Emporium. Doors open at 8am and the workshop begins promptly at 8:30. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Questions? Contact Leeann Crews at firstname.lastname@example.org The Competitive Edge Series provides business owners with the tools they need to improve their business and help grow their success. The Partnership knows that small businesses do not have easy access to training to continually sharpen their competitive edge. This series helps to fill that gap. Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January through May, with workshops focusing on topics of interest to entrepreneurs. Each Competitive Edge workshop is offered at no cost to businesses throughout Frederick County thanks to support […]
The Here and Now: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance as your Business Grows
April Events Partnership Events
Join in the ninth annual Bring a Broom Saturday on Saturday, April 25, 2020! Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. PLEASE REGISTER ON THE EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT. bringabroom2020.eventbrite.com Bring a Broom Saturday is made possible with support from Comcast, Tobacco Free Frederick, Wegmans, Oldetowne Landscape Architects, Grant County Mulch and the City of Frederick. Bring a broom, a water bottle, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and your friends and neighbors to help Downtown Frederick freshen up! Volunteers will sweep, mulch, clean up and plant flowers. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. On the day of the event, check-in at the Partnership office (19 E Church St) between 8:30 and 9AM to receive your clean up assignment. Breakfast snacks, coffee and water will be available during volunteer check-in. Clean up continues from 9 – 11:30AM, followed by a free lunch for volunteers. Disclaimer: Downtown Frederick Partnership, its sponsors, and other coordinating bodies assume no responsibility of any kind for any claims, injuries or damages resulting from your cleanup, regardless of the cause. You agree to waive all claims, hold harmless and indemnify Downtown Frederick Partnership, its sponsors, coordinating bodies, officers and directors against all claims arising […]
Bring a Broom Saturday
April Events Partnership Events
Thank you for an amazing 2019 season!! Alive @ Five will return on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 5-8 PM. Live music, cold drinks, local food and the greatest community anyone could ask for. Every Thursday evening at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from May through September. 100% of Alive @ Five proceeds benefit Downtown Frederick Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, promoting and preserving Downtown Frederick, a national Main Street community. Every gate fee you pay and drink token you buy gets directly reinvested into the downtown community. Alive @ Five is a 21+ only event. $5 at the gate and $5 drinks inside.
Alive @ Five 2020 Season Kick-off
Alive @ Five May Events Partnership Events
Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Competitive Edge is free and open to all businesses throughout Frederick County. This month’s session is all about customers under 30. About this Event Next Gen: Attracting Customers Under 30 (May 19) As the owner of a retail business, you know that a critical part of staying successful means constantly evolving to stay on trend. What does the next generation of customer want? How do you reach them? This month we’ll be joined by AAF-GF to dive into the “Under 30” customer category to see what they’re really thinking. Arrive early to enjoy a free breakfast provided by Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe and Shab Row Tea Emporium. Doors open at 8am and the workshop begins promptly at 8:30. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Questions? Contact Leeann Crews at email@example.com The Competitive Edge Series provides business owners with the tools they need to improve their business and help grow their success. The Partnership knows that small businesses do not have easy access to training to continually sharpen their competitive edge. This series helps to fill that gap. Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January through May, with workshops focusing on topics of interest to entrepreneurs. Each Competitive […]
Next Gen: Attracting Customers Under 30
May Events Partnership Events
Love movies? So do we! This summer, enjoy five FREE movie nights – outdoor theater style! Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and get ready to enjoy some of the best movies right here in Downtown Frederick! Make it a date night or bring the whole family, just be sure you get there early to claim your spot. Gates open an hour before dusk and the show starts at dark. Admission is FREE; beer, wine & snacks are available for purchase before and during the show. Pets and friends of all ages are welcome, and Closed Captioning is provided. Our upcoming Movie Night lineup will be announced in the Spring of 2020. Save the Date! Friday, June 19 from 8-11PM Friday, July 17 from 8-11PM Friday, August 21 from 8-11PM Friday, September 18 from 7-10PM Friday, October 16 from 6-9PM
2020 Movie Nights on the Creek
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Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.
Why We LOVE Downtown Frederick!
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Downtown residents make this community home. A neighbor’s friendly face, an afternoon happy hour with friends, an evening stroll with the family — THERE’S ONLY ONE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK.
The Latest News in Downtown Frederick
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Redevelopment of Historic Whitehill’s Row in Downtown Frederick
What appears to be an inconspicuous row of three-story homes nestled along B&O Ave, is actually an exciting redevelopment project for the southeast corner of Downtown Frederick, Maryland. Originally built by Frederick businessman James Whitehill in 1858, the block of homes sit adjacent to the MARC train Brunswick Line, which offers weekday commuter service between Frederick and Washington D.C. For many years, the buildings were left largely unmodernized and, most recently, served as residentail rental units. However, in 2018, Frederick County natives Michael Gordon and David Bauer purchased the properties and have been busy rehabilitating the units into modernized four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes. After more than a year of painstaking renovations, the rewards of Bauer and Gordon’s investment are obvious. Each home features four levels of living space – from a fully renovated walkout basement level all the way to the third floor bedrooms – they left no detail unfinished. During a property tour with Bauer, he pointed out the many historic features they were careful to retain in the finished design, including the 34 windows across the front façade, which are all original to the building. The Partnership is featuring this project as an example of the exciting redevelopment projects […]
Dining Guide for February First Saturday (Fire in Ice)
Downtown Frederick is full of amazing dining options, so you’ll never have to go far to find a great meal! For a complete list of downtown eateries, click here. To help narrow down your choices during February First Saturday (Fire in Ice), we’ve broken out a few popular dining categories for the restaurants listed below. Keep scrolling all the way to the bottom… and happy eating! Black Hog BBQ & Bar118 S Market St11am – 10pmBrewer’s Alley124 N Market St11:30am – MidnightBushwaller’s Gastro Pub209 N Market St11am – 2amCafe Nola4 E Patrick St9am – 2amCakes To Die For154 N Market St9am – 9pmCellar Door5 E Church St11am – 2amDöner Bistro50 Carroll Creek Way #110 11:30am – 11pmFamily Meal882 N East St7am – 10pmFirestone’s Culinary Tavern & Raw Bar105 N Market St11am – 9:45pm (Kitchen) 11am – 1:30am (Bar)Firestone’s Market113 N Market St10am – 9pmFrederick Coffee Co & Cafe100 N East St6am – 10:30pmFrederick Fudge & Ice Cream253 E Church St11:30am – 9:00pmHippy Chick Hummus237 N Market St10am – 6pm Hometown Harvest Kitchen50 Citizen’s Way11am – 9pmJoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House16-18 E Patrick St11am – 2amLa Paz Mexican Restaurant51 S Market St11am – 10pmLazy Fish10 E Patrick St12pm – 10pmLe Parc […]
Everything You Need to Know about February First Saturday in Downtown Frederick
Downtown Frederick is gearing up for its largest First Saturday of the year, with Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Fire in Ice event on Saturday, February 1! Featuring more than 115 ice sculptures, fire performers and activities geared toward all ages, February First Saturday is sure to be fun for the whole family. For the most up-to-date event information and an interactive event map, visit downtownfrederick.org/february-first-saturday. Ice sculptures will be on display earlier and longer this year, with the Ice Walk open from 1-9PM – that’s 8 hours of viewing time for the 100+ local businesses who will display their dazzling ice sculptures throughout Downtown Frederick. Sculptures include designs in every shape and size and will be displayed along Carroll Creek, Patrick Street, Market Street and in Everedy Square & Shab Row. Downtown shops also will stay open late until 9PM and reservations are recommended in advance at most downtown restaurants. February First Saturday is presented by Downtown Frederick Partnership with support from FCB Bank, Paul Davis Restoration, Common Market Co-op and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. TRAVEL INFORMATION: New this year, free parking will be available at the Frederick Keys Stadium (21 Stadium Drive) with a free shuttle that will transport […]
Historic Charm and Modern Convenience in Downtown Frederick
In August 2017, a fire tore through the seven apartment units that occupied 126 S Market St, leaving the building uninhabitable and with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. After a painstaking rehabilitation by new owners Ingrid Smith and Gerardo Lapetina, the building is set to welcome new occupants as early as January 1, 2020. Now home to five completely new, luxury 1-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Frederick, 126 S Market St is full of historic charm and character blended with modern convenience and aesthetics. The apartments have been thoughtfully designed, featuring beautiful custom kitchens with European appliances and granite countertops, sleek and spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers, new hardwood floors throughout, in-unit washer and dryers, digital thermostats and new HVAC, tank-less water heaters, keyless entry and ample storage. Each unit has its own unique layout and highlights many of the building’s original architectural features. The builders were careful to reuse elements from the the fire-ravaged building whenever possible — such as the reclaimed wood that makes up banisters, countertops and shelving throughout each unit. All five units are available for rent beginning January 1 or earlier, with rates from $1500-$2000 per month. Pets are negotiable […]
Downtown Frederick is Open for the Holidays!
With 285 unique stores and restaurants, Downtown Frederick, Maryland is a shopping destination unlike any other. In an era of increasing online shopping, it’s important to remember that shopping small makes a big difference. An impressive 99% percent of our downtown retailers are independently owned — which means you can enjoy a guilt-free shopping experience, knowing that 48 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local economy. So before you turn to the internet or head to the mall, take a spin through Downtown Frederick and visit the amazing independent retailers that you won’t find anywhere else. Many of our shops even stay open 7 days a week during the holiday season! Keep reading for a list of those shopping locations, which will be open every day from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Many shops even extend their hours over the weekends, staying open late ’til 8pm Thursdays & Fridays and ’til 9pm Saturdays. Find a complete list of shopping and dining in Downtown Frederick at downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown SHOPPINGA Lit’le Irish Too143 N Market StAlchemy No. 119 119 E Patrick StAlicia L149 N Market StArtifacts Glass Gallery43 S Market StBrick and Mortar Mercantile29 E Patrick StCreme de la Creme 207 […]
Creating Rainworks in Downtown Frederick
Rainy days are no fun… so we decided to create our own sunshine in Downtown Frederick! With a little elbow grease and the right supplies, anyone can create a Rainwork in just three easy steps. Find the Location: Look for cement that has an even surface, is light in color and doesn’t have much (or any) gravel visible.Get the Materials: We made all of our stencils by hand using cardboard, string and hot glue. We also used the official Rainworks Invisible Spray to create the best finished product.Install: Wait for a sunny day with low wind and go to work! We definitely recommend using a very fine mist to prevent bleeding around the edges of your stencil. Some tips we learned… Use big, bold graphics and lettering so that the fine details don’t get lost. Consider pressure washing your sidewalk first if it’s seen better days. It took a little more paint than we were expecting, so be prepared to have a second installation day in case you need to get more. Once your Rainwork is complete, all that’s left to do is wait! The designs are truly invisible when dry, so people will have no idea your secret art […]
Resources for Individuals in Need or Experiencing Homelessness
Find a free meal, a warm bed and additional help when it’s most needed. Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Frederick Police Department have partnered to create an easy to use pamphlet that provides information on services in Frederick for those in need or experiencing homelessness. The pamphlet includes information on where to find food, shelter, showers, restrooms, health and mental health, employment and legal, and other general outreach services. Pick up a copy at any downtown business, the Partnership office, the Frederick Police Department, or download a copy online at downtownfrederick.org/resources-in-frederick. In the event of a severe or life threatening emergency, call 911. For a non life threatening situation, call the Frederick Police Department at 301.600.2102 If you see a person experiencing a crisis, please call: 211 Maryland– 211 Maryland Crisis Hotline – 1.800.422.0009 National Suicide Hotline– 1.800.273.8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1.800.799.7233
Weeknight Events for Downtown Frederick Locals
It’s no secret that — between all of our special events, incredible shopping and dining, and more craft beverage offerings than anywhere in a 40 mile radius — Downtown Frederick is always busy on the weekends. But what’s going on in the middle of the week? Here’s a little roundup of some post-work fun you can find Monday through Thursday (plus a bonus Friday event) in Downtown Frederick! MONDAYS Cookbook Club (First Monday of each month) from 6-8pm at Relish Décor (38 E Patrick St) Baking Book Club (Third Monday of each month) from 6-8pm at Relish Décor (38 E Patrick St) Monday Brunch and all-day Happy Hour at White Rabbit Gastropub (18 Market Space) Trivia Night starting at 7pm at Bushwaller’s (209 N Market St) Trivia Night starting at 6:30pm at Rockwell Brewery (880 N East St) Kids Build Your Own Pizza night from 4-9pm at Pretzel & Pizza Creations (210 N Market St) Open Mic Night starting at 9pm at Cafe Nola (4 E Patrick St) TUESDAYS Live music from 7-9pm at Olde Mother Brewing (526 N Market St) Curious Iguana’s About Town book club meets monthly on Tuesdays at 7pm, locations vary Open Mic Night at Rockwell […]
New Placemaking Projects in Downtown Frederick
On October 25, 2018 Downtown Frederick Partnership held its first-ever placemaking competition — Pitchcraft — inviting creative people from every background, profession and city to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in Downtown Frederick, would better connect the people and places of our community. Interested in submitting an idea for the 2019 Pitchcraft? The application opens July 8. More info at downtownfrederick.org/pitchcraft. After receiving 28 submissions in 2018, our Pitchcraft Selection Committee was tasked with the difficult job of narrowing the pot down to four finalists. These finalists presented their ideas live, on-stage in front of an audience of more than 160 people. The four finalists who presented during the 2018 Pitchcraft were: Bentz Street Dog Park Mural: a mural celebrating man’s best friend, to be located on the City-owned building at the southern end of the dog park. Pitched by Dewey Stewart & Jill Slaughter Frederick Bike Racks in ASL: install bike racks that are shaped into the ASL letters of F, R, E, D, E, R, I, C, K. Pitched by Chanel Gleicher & Tiffany Saccente Playmaking (now called Candylane): sprinkle Downtown Frederick with over-sized versions of class board games. Pitched by Patsy Dahlheimer & Marie SilverstrimThe […]
New Cocktail Bar to Open in Downtown Frederick
The Grand Opening of Tenth Ward Distilling Company’s Cocktail Lab is set for July 13th. The Grand Opening starts at 1:30pm with the coolest ribbon cutting ceremony you’ve ever been to. Once the ribbon is cut, the party will begin! At the event, you can expect to find vendors, cocktail demonstrations by Pratt Standard Cocktail Company, a tasting workshop by Modern Bar Cart, watercolor doodles by Goodloe Byron, food from neighboring restaurant Maxwell’s Kitchen, along with non-stop live music until 10pm. In their new location, customers are able to try cocktails made exclusively with Tenth Ward spirits. We had the pleasure of trying a few of their cocktails, including; Absinthe Frappe, Rumination, and the Sazeroni. Pictured: Absinthe Frappe and Rumination The new location includes “The Whiskey Hall” on their second floor, which is the perfect space for events. Or if you are looking for a casual night out on the town, their front bar is the perfect place for you! Interested in renting their new space? Contact Amanda Boroughs at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. For more general information on their company click here.