Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
December 2020
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It's safe to say that we're all weary from life under COVID, and as we approach the winter holidays your economic development team here at the City of Frederick has been working non-stop to deliver business grants, pop-up dining, business advocacy, small business assistance, buy-local, and more. While we’ve talked a lot about stopping the spread – one thing we certainly don’t want to stop spreading is holiday cheer and support for our families and local businesses! Keeping the tradition of sharing this special time of year together, the Frederick community is more important than ever. So together with our economic partners at the Chamber, Visit Frederick, Downtown Partnership, and Frederick County OED, we’ve made a list of 25 COVID safe challenges and adventures for Frederick residents to take part in together this holiday season! 

As we prepare for the holiday season, please remember our local small businesses and do what you can to help lift them up. Your purchases will make a huge difference for the shop owner and your support will be deeply appreciated. Our small businesses account for a significant number of local jobs, so when we shop for goods, food, and libations at our neighborhood businesses, we are sustaining employment for our whole community. Please consider doing your holiday shopping local this year. Most of the local businesses have online ordering and curbside pickup options.

Hang in there and see how much cheer you can spread.  Check out our 25 Days of Frederick list and don’t forget to post on social media with hash tag #25daysoffrederick.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Want to join us in spreading holiday cheer across Frederick? See the full list of 'Celebrate Local' challenges & activities at:
Constructed in 1956, the building at 1341 Hughes Ford originally served as an eyeglasses manufacturing plant and then memorably as the Hartz Men’s Clothing manufacturing facility until its closure in 2006. In recent years, the aging building has again undergone a major transformation – now becoming a vibrant retail, service, and business center. Learn more about this exciting project here.
The impressive 81,446 SF adaptive reuse project at 400 East Church is transforming the existing warehouse into over 83 loft-style apartments across three floors. When completed, the apartment building will provide new, centrally-located workforce housing to the Frederick community. Check out photos of the progress here.
DLC Management Corporation has announced its latest lease at Frederick County Square, the former home of K-Mart on the Golden Mile. Harbor Freight Tools will occupy a 17,202 sq. ft. portion of the building.

Learn more here!
AARCH to Create New Heritage Center
The City of Frederick welcomes a new heritage center: African American Resources-Cultural Heritage Society.
AARCH is leasing the bottom level of the All Saints Street Parking Deck. The organization plans to create a place to showcase the history and influence of the African American community in Frederick. Learn more here.
Holiday Toy Drive Thru
Join us for a drive-thru toy donation event on December 10th to help us ensure that every child in the Frederick community has a smile on their face during the holidays. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to The Frederick Rescue Mission’s families in need. The drop-off will feature a holiday lights theme, free popcorn donated by Warehouse Cinemas and a drive-by photo opportunity with Santa and his special guests! The event is open to the entire Frederick community. Learn more about it here.
The Rotary Club of Frederick celebrated 100 years of providing service to local, national and international communities by announcing a $1M fund to benefit the local community. Find out about that fund in the press release.

A new test clinic for clinical trials was recently opened in Frederick by Transdermal Specialties Global. The clinic is being set up now and should be operational in January where the first recruits will take part in a 14-day insulin trial.

The United Way of Frederick County has launched the United in Recovery Campaign which assist ALICE families. Learn more here and on their website.

A new mural at 69 S. Market Street was recently announced by the Frederick Arts Council. The mural, designed and painted by artist Rafael Blanco, will feature jazz great and Frederick native Lester Bowie.

Does your business have news to share? Send us a press release and we'll help share that great news locally and regionally. Find out how!
Congratulations to the following anniversaries and grand openings:

If you have a business that has opened, relocated, expanded or celebrated
a milestone anniversary, in the last 3 months, please tell us!
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