ORDER IN • HELP OUT We’re challenging the Frederick community to order takeout from a local restaurant at least once a week. Whether it’s a Takeout Tuesday, or any other day of the week! It’s no secret that many local eateries are struggling right now. Ordering in or picking up a good meal is a satisfying way to show support — there’s gratitude in every bite. Visit the Facebook event to see everyone’s favorite meals, specials and to-go experiences.
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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!
With our one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants and people, Downtown Frederick stands out. We have a personality all our own…friendly, vibrant, eclectic and thriving.
Downtown business owners are passionate about what they do. They spend time in their shops and restaurants to make sure you are well cared for.
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
Don’t skip a beat. Read the latest about how we LIVE, WORK, STAY, PLAY & CONNECT in Downtown Frederick.
2020 Business Performance Survey
Each year, the Partnership administers a Business Performance Survey to gain more insights into the downtown economy, providing a unique opportunity to gauge the health and wellbeing of the Downtown Frederick business community and the effectiveness of the Partnership. The survey is broken into sections that collect data on retail demographics, business revenue, retail hours of operation, rental rates, overall satisfaction, economic outlook and Partnership performance. Download the 2020 Business Performance Survey here.
Feel Good Fridays
Celebrating self-care and wellness. Feel Good Fridays is a new health and wellness initiative offering free or low-cost outdoor exercise classes to the Downtown Frederick community. We’ve partnered with local fitness, health and wellness organizations to bring you a variety of classes every Friday this month — all you have to do is show up! All classes take place at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater (across the creek from the C. Burr Artz Public Library, between Carroll Street and Market Street). Masks are required and each class is capped at 40 participants. See the Schedule Downtown Frederick Walking Loops Can’t make it to one of our Feel Good Friday classes? No problem! We’ve mapped out four walking loops through Downtown Frederick so you can get out and exercise at your own pace. See the loops at downtownfrederick.org/feelgoodfridays
Small Business Relief Grant
Downtown Frederick Partnership is thrilled to announce its new Main Street Small Business Relief Grant, which will award $251,681 to small businesses throughout Downtown Frederick. Applications are due by March 24: downtownfrederick.org/mainstreetgrant. All open retail, restaurant, craft beverage and personal service businesses located within the Partnership’s Downtown Frederick boundaries are eligible to apply. Grant dollars received by eligible businesses must be spent by June 30, 2021. This program was created with funding from the State of Maryland. Find complete details at downtownfrederick.org/mainstreetgrant. More Information
With Love, From Frederick ❤️
February is LOVE LOCAL month in Downtown Frederick! From special events and one-of-a-kind experiences — to unique gifts and handmade chocolates, Downtown Frederick knows how to do Valentine’s Day right. See what’s coming up this week, and let the countdown to V-Day begin! Love Letters for Local We know that loving local happens all year long, but this month we want to shout it from the rooftops. As you’re out enjoying our beautiful downtown, stop and take a selfie with our new Heart on Market, or celebrate Love Local month with a Valentine’s Day classic — the Love Letter. Let our small businesses know how much you love them! Write a thoughtful note to a downtown business (or two). We’ll take care of delivering it for you, and will even pick one letter a week and buy the author a $250 gift card to the business they love. Drop off a hand-written love letter at one of our specially marked mailboxes, or write a virtual valentine online at downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal. Mailbox Locations:❤️30 N Market St❤️12 N East St More About Love Letters for Local Thank you to the Delaplaine Foundation for making this project possible! Everybody Loves Chocolate Find sweets for your sweetheart at one of Downtown Frederick’s chocolate shops: The Candy Kitchen, Zoë’s Chocolate Co. or The […]
Love Letters for Local
We’re declaring February LOVE LOCAL month for Downtown Frederick! We know that loving local happens all year long, but this month we want to shout it from the rooftops. As you’re out enjoying our beautiful downtown, stop and take a selfie with our new Heart on Market, or celebrate Love Local month with a Valentine’s Day classic — the Love Letter. downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal Love Letters for Local This February, let our small businesses know how much you love them. Write a thoughtful note to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love and drop them in one of our special mailboxes, or online at downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal. We’ll take care of delivering it for you, and will even pick one letter a week and buy the author a $250 gift card to the business they love. Writing a Love Letter Drop off a hand-written love letter at one of our specially marked mailboxes, or write a virtual valentine online at downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal. Mailbox Locations: 30 N Market St12 N East St Make sure to include the business name & your email or phone number on the outside of your envelope. We’ll need to contact you if you’re our lucky gift card winner! Happy Love Local month Frederick, and thank you to the Delaplaine Foundation for making this project possible! See how […]
How to Spend your Downtown Frederick Gift Card
How to Spend your Downtown Frederick Gift Card You got a Downtown Frederick Gift Card over the holidays, and now you’re wondering how to use it! With more than 190 businesses that accept the card, your options are basically limitless — but here are a few of our favorite suggestions to get you going. Our biggest tip? Spend it now!! Help our downtown businesses make it through these winter months by spending your gift card in January, February or March. Winter months typically are slower for any small business, and after the year we’ve all had… you could use an excuse to “treat yourself,” and the businesses could use a little extra cash in their registers. It’s a win-win situation all around! Using your gift card now also makes it last longer! While the funds on your card never expire, you do need to use your card at least once every 12 months in order to avoid a $2.50 monthly inactivity fee. Every time you use your gift card, that 12-month countdown restarts — so as long as you use your card at least once a year you can avoid these fees entirely! Not ready to leave the house just […]
Holiday Traditions in Downtown Frederick
We’ve decided to let you in on a little secret… okay, FOUR little secrets to bring a bit of holiday cheer to you this season! Our staff is feeling merry and bright so we’re sharing our annual holiday traditions with you as you find new, and cherish old, ways to celebrate with your loved ones this year. Kara Norman (Executive Director): Her holiday tradition: “Every year I look forward to doing all of my holiday shopping in our downtown shops and restaurants as showing our love for local is definitely an important tradition in our house. My family and I plan a full day of shopping and dining as we check everyone off of our list. Shopping local ensures unique and thoughtful gifts while creating lasting memories with your loved ones as you shop.” How this tradition is 2020-approved: “My daughter is finally old enough that she gets to play elf this year and help me with all of our holiday shopping! It’s a great way to bond with her as we shop with our masks on.” Danielle Doll (Associate Director): Her holiday tradition: “I like pretending I’m a tourist in my hometown during the holidays. I like to pick a […]
10 Reasons to Shop Early this Year
10 Reasons to Shop Early this Year This year has been more than a little challenging for everyone, but through it all — we’ve been reminded time and time again of how much we love this community, of how supportive people can be to one another and of how much our small businesses matter. The holidays are one of the most magical times to visit Downtown Frederick, MD. Our walkable, historic downtown offers more than 200 independently-owned businesses, parking is FREE every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years, and public health measures are in place to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. So, while shopping local is the obvious choice after such a difficult year for so many, here are a few reasons why you should get out there and take care of your holiday list early this year. Need some ideas? Check out our 2020 Downtown Frederick Gift Guide here! 1. Small retailers rely on the holiday season to survive In a regular year, retailers rely on the holiday season to generate at least 19% of their annual sales. So if you have a favorite business (or 3 or 4) that you know you couldn’t live without, make […]
The Holidays in Downtown Frederick
Winter is one of the most magical times to visit Downtown Frederick, MD. Our walkable, historic downtown offers more than 200 independently-owned businesses to knock out that holiday shopping list, parking is FREE every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years, and public health measures are in place to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/holidays. Learn more about the Holidays in Downtown Frederick! Find unbeatable shopping in Downtown Frederick, with many shops open 7 Days a Week through Christmas. Take advantage of the abundance of heated outdoor dining options for a quick bite at one of Downtown Frederick’s 50+ restaurants or 9 independent craft breweries and distilleries. Enjoy ambient music wafting through the air most weekends, and — of course — SHOP LOCAL this holiday season! Lights, events & a million more reasons to visit Downtown Frederick this winter. Downtown Frederick is decked out from top to bottom this holiday season! Find Sailing Through the Winter Solstice in Carroll Creek Park through February, enjoy the millions of Holiday Lights twinkling in the trees overhead as you stroll the streets of downtown, and do something the whole family will love with our Operation Sparkle holiday lights scavenger hunt. Don’t […]
Shop Local Online this Holiday Season
Online shopping doesn’t have to mean going to Amazon. Click here to find out which of your favorite Downtown Frederick retailers offer online shopping. All of the convenience of shopping online, none of the guilt. Great for long-distance gift exchanges. Ship directly to your recipient. Click, shop and love local! Shop Local Online Need more holiday shopping inspiration? Check out our 2020 Downtown Frederick Gift Guide for a list of this season’s most givable gifts, all sourced from our local downtown retailers.