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.
Date Night in Downtown Frederick
There is just something about this beautiful, crisp, fall weather that makes us want to embrace the love in the air. Whether you’ve been ringing in fall for numerous seasons with the same person or you’re looking for some new arm candy as we head into this holiday season, Downtown Frederick just so happens to be the perfect place to create a spark AND keep it going. If you spent lockdown wishing for a sweetie to share it with, we have some great ideas for first dates that will break the in-person ice. Since you’ve been getting to know each other via FaceTIme, put your phone down and pick your mask up to head downtown for some safe in-person quality time. We’ve done the hard part for you and planned out everything from an early morning meet up to a night together on the town. All that’s left for you to do is explore our picturesque downtown AND the possibility of bringing your quarantine cutie home for the holidays! We’re rooting for you! On the other end of Cupid’s arrow, maybe you spent lockdown cozied-up to your longtime #1. After over six months under the same roof together, it’s possible […]
Window Display Resource Guide for Independent Retailers
Designing a great window display is no easy task. You want it to be eye-catching, budget-friendly, low-effort and — above all else — effective! After all, the mark of a great window display is when you sell out of the product that’s in the window. At downtownfrederick.org/windows, we’ve compiled a few resources to help our Downtown Frederick retailers find a little extra inspiration this holiday season. Please use and share the info collected, and contact anyone on the Partnership staff if you need any extra advice! Our Window Display Resource Page includes: a window display materials swap for merchantsa live webinar with nationally-known designer Amy Meadowsadvice from local professionals and retailersan inspiration board featuring a wide variety of design ideasa list of local designers who are available for hire View our Window Display Resource Page
A Guide To Your Family Day in Downtown Frederick!
Your Family Itinerary Can you feel it?! The weather is getting chillier, the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkin spice has officially made its seasonal debut. After a summer spent inside, we have some great ideas for safely spending this fall season out and about with your family. Time spent with family is time well spent! From our residents to our businesses and visitors, Downtown Frederick is a destination for all kinds of families and we couldn’t be more proud. This guide provides a full list of ways to explore and enjoy Downtown Frederick as a family. As you venture downtown, please be sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet away from those not in your direct household. For families with younger kids: Take a walk down Carroll Creek Fish, and flowers, and water, oh my! Take a relaxing walk down this beautiful and functional creek to observe the different animals and flowers that call it home. Depending on the time of year you are exploring, you will also be able to admire incredible sculptures or illuminated boats to make this mile and a half long stretch that much more magical. Grab a scoop (or […]
Partnership Launches Property Listing Database for Downtown Frederick
Home to more than 250 independently owned businesses, Downtown Frederick is a great place to start your business! The first step toward opening your doors is finding a space that fits your business’ needs. To help entrepreneurs get started on the right foot, Downtown Frederick Partnership is launching a new property listing database at downtownfrederick.org/properties. The database includes currently available Retail, Office and Warehouse space within Downtown Frederick. Properties vary widely, with sizes ranging from 375 sq ft to more than 65,000, and rental prices to fit nearly every budget. Map of currently available properties, as of September 15, 2020. Visit downtownfrederick.org/properties to see what’s available today. See Available Properties Listings are gathered from local commercial brokers, property owners and real estate agents and are updated as the market changes. The Partnership makes every effort to keep its listings up to date, but “For Rent” signs can go up in the blink of an eye. Want to get your property added to our list? Email email@example.com. Interested in starting your own business? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about launching a business in Downtown Frederick.
About the Artists – Downtown Gallery Tour
We have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the galleries downtown and the unmatched art displayed on their walls. We hope you’ve enjoyed the expressive art on the walls of Downtown Frederick as much as we have. We’re excited to take you even further into the lives of the artists that generously share their talent with our community. This week, we are introducing the artists that dedicate their lives to creating a world for people like me and you to escape to. Each day, we will highlight artists from a different gallery on the tour so check in daily to discover the artists found on our Downtown Gallery Tour. Eastside Artists’ Gallery 313 E Patrick St To highlight the artists that can be found on this tour, we have started at Eastside Artists’ Gallery. This gallery is a co-op of local artists to Frederick. The artists here come from all different artistry backgrounds that join together for a beautiful display of talent and passion for their work. Mary Paul Barnaby Mary Paul Barnaby is a photographer and a painter. Retiring from the Air Force, she finally settled down in Frederick, Maryland after a lifetime of travel and adventure. She […]
Downtown Gallery Tour
Downtown Frederick is a vibrant art community and is the perfect place for both artists and art lovers alike. We’d like to help showcase the incredible art that resides in our downtown by taking you on a walking tour of our galleries. Downtown Frederick is honored to be one of 28 Arts & Entertainment Districts designated by the State of Maryland. Americans for the Arts defines Arts & Entertainment Districts as “well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use areas of cities in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities serve as the anchor attraction.” This designation ensures our downtown serves as an art-lover’s paradise. Navigate this self-guided tour on your own time, at your own pace — alone, or surrounded by loved ones. The beauty of a self-guided tour is found in the flexibility you have to create your own path and explore as much or as little as you would like. Below you will find the featured galleries on this tour and some information about each to keep in mind as you dive into the art Downtown Frederick proudly displays. Eastside Artists’ Gallery | 313 E Patrick St The first place you will find yourself as you embark on your tour […]
Small Business Lending Library
Small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19. To help meet those challenges, Downtown Frederick Partnership launched its Small Business Resiliency Series in June 2020. This free program provides small businesses throughout Frederick County with access to educational webinars, hands-on professional support and peer-to-peer working groups. Learn more about the Resiliency Series at downtownfrederick.org/resiliency. As part of the Resiliency Series, Downtown Frederick Partnership established a new resource for Frederick County businesses — a Small Business Lending Library, which provides free access to tools and resources that are useful when running your own business. The Lending Library consists of five kits, which businesses may borrow for up to 3 days at a time. The kits contain items that most small businesses will need at some point — but which may be difficult to justify investing in, especially if it’s an item that they’ll use only 1 or 2 times. Some of the items included in the library are related to a topic that was specifically covered during a Resiliency Series webinar (such as the Mobile Photo Studio, which relates to establishing e-commerce and making online sales for small businesses) and some items were specifically requested by the Downtown Frederick business […]
Upcoming Events in Downtown Frederick
See what’s happening in Downtown Frederick! Find a full list of upcoming events at downtownfrederick.org/events Want to receive our Downtown Frederick event round-ups by email? Sign up for our Mailing List Don’t forget your mask when visiting Downtown Frederick! Face coverings are required in all public buildings and spaces, as well as outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Spread joy. Shop safely. Wear a mask. Shop Maryland Tax-Free WeekAugust 9-15Qualifying items include face masks, clothing, backpacks, shoes and more Open Mic with Frederick Acoustic Music EnterpriseAugust 14Sky Stage Volunteer Clean-up Day in Downtown FrederickAugust 15Pick-up supplies from 19 E Church St between 7-10AM Rays of Violet Band at Hometown HarvestAugust 15Hometown Harvest Kitchen New Moon Gong MeditationAugust 18The Center • Sound • Mind • Body Beat the Clock-tail • Rolling Cocktail SpecialsEvery WednesdayTenth Ward Distilling Frederick Restaurant WeekAugust 24-3024 participating restaurants Ellen Verdon Winkler, Michael Spears and Larry Holmes at the Delaplainethrough August 30Delaplaine Arts Center Kathryn Phebus, Lynn Hotes and Sonja Mishalanie at Eastside Artists’ Gallerythrough August 31Eastside Artists’ Gallery Wood Fired Pots at the Potters’ Guildthrough August & SeptemberPotters’ Guild of Frederick “Serenity in the Mountains” art exhibitionSeptember 2-27DISTRICT Arts Interactive Drum Circle with Noteable ProgressionsSeptember 4Sky Stage Historic District […]
Frederick’s Main Street Program Awards $40,000 to Downtown Businesses
Downtown Frederick Partnership is thrilled to announce the awardees for the fifth Mission: Interior matching grant program – Artisinal Hair, Cucina Massi, Frederick Coffee Company & Café, Hometown Harvest Kitchen, Idiom Brewing Company, North Market Pop Shop, Pretzel & Pizza Creations, Smoketown Creekside and The Tasting Room. Mission: Interior’s purpose is to assist in making critical interior capital repairs that will make the downtown retail business community more successful overall. The program offers up to $5,000 in matching grant funds for interior improvements to eligible retail businesses. In response to COVID-19, the Partnership increased the Mission: Interior program’s funding from $20,000 to $40,000 and removed the match requirement in order to assist more businesses during this difficult time. By removing the match requirement, business owners could apply for up to 100% of the cost of their improvement project, up to $5,000. These changes are in place for the 2020 grant cycle only. For the Spring 2020 grant round, a total of 20 businesses applied, requesting more than $85,000 in grant funds — a $50,000 increase in funding requests over 2019. In response to the highly competitive applications received this year, the Partnership has awarded a total of $40,000 in grant […]
Living in Downtown Frederick
The friendly faces, lively spaces and sense of community in Downtown Frederick make it much more than a destination – it’s our home. We’re fortunate to live in a community full of great people, focused on making each day better than the last. Downtown Frederick Partnership is focused on improving quality of life downtown. Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to make living downtown easier and better. By choosing to live here, our residents are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great. Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about making building changes in the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation staff planners and Downtown Frederick Partnership created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here to help guide these groups through the process of improving our historic buildings. The Partnership is committed to reimagining and advancing our community to welcome more residents to our downtown. Over the course of the last 30 years, the […]