Thursday, May 18, 2017

Inspiring Office: MainSpring Relocates to Downtown Frederick

In The City of Frederick, business spaces go beyond basics. Here, unique offices allow businesses to cultivate creativity, express their company's culture, and create a work environment that inspires. From industrial to classic, artsy to funky, historic to high tech, spaces abound to meet a variety of needs. 

Inspiring Offices is a feature that highlights some of the creative and unique office spaces in Frederick.

This month, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at tech firm, MainSpring's, new space after re-locating from Montgomery County. Located at the corner of N. Market and 2nd Street, MainSpring is quickly becoming a "name to know" as they're actively working to grow as a thought leader in the business community.

"The rich culture of historic downtown Frederick provides an awesome atmosphere to accommodate guests, clients and our employees. The community events, fine dining options and the stellar commute for our employees  perfectly complements our innovative nature with our needs as a tech firm."
-Tom Keller, President

 Enjoy a behind the scenes peak at this Inspiring Office in Frederick. 

Exposed ductwork lends itself to an unmistakably industrial feel

"A lot of the space's inspiration came from the building, itself. When the architects uncovered a load-bearing brick wall during renovation, we turned it from a  'design disaster' to the focal point of the entire space."
-Tom Keller, President
A nice, relaxing retreat in the corner of the office was created that’s available to any employees, clients or other guests so they feel comfortable and at home
The open floor plan featuring four stations, allows employees to pop in when they're in the area, hook up to a monitor and work.
Modern, secure offices allow for work with a great view of Downtown Frederick
Art work on the wall has been explained as a "main spring" and continues the hip, industrial feel

If you go:
 8 E. Second Street, Suite 205
Frederick, Maryland 21701


Partner Spotlight: Downtown Frederick Partnership

This month, our Partner Spotlight highlights a resource for both new and existing  businesses in Frederick, that are located in or want to be located in our main street area of Market Street, Patrick Street and East Street. Downtown Frederick Partnership works to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and economic viability of Downtown Frederick by implementing the national Main Street Program for the benefit of Frederick businesses, residents and visitors.

We spoke with staff at the Partnership to learn more about the organization and the resources available to businesses in Frederick.

1.    What is the mission of Downtown Frederick Partnership?
Downtown Frederick Partnership works to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and economic viability of Downtown Frederick by implementing the national Main Street Program for the benefit of Frederick businesses, residents and visitors.

2.    What are your top priorities?
 In 2015, the Partnership unveiled the 2020 Strategic Plan in honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary. This plan focuses on bringing more people to live, work, play, stay and connect in Downtown Frederick. The Partnership implements the Main Street Program, a preservation-based, downtown revitalization approach. The goal of the Main Street Program is to strengthen the vitality of traditional main streets and neighborhoods.

3.    How did the organization get started/tell us some history about your organization.
Founded in 1990 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, Downtown Frederick Partnership has managed Downtown Frederick’s Main Street program since designation in 2001. Main Street designation is awarded by Main Street Maryland (State of Maryland) and is recognized by The City of Frederick and the National Trust Main Street Center.

4.    Can you share any upcoming events or any news about your organization?
The Partnership recently kicked off a summer full of events for residents and visitors alike. Alive @ Five is an outdoor happy hour that takes place every Thursday from 5-8PM at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, May 18 through September 21, 2017. Movie Night on Carroll Creek takes place the third Friday, June 16 through October 20, 2017. Gates open an hour before sundown.

5.    What type of companies are best positioned to take advantage of your services?
Downtown Frederick Partnership’s work impacts residents, professionals and visitors to Downtown Frederick. As part of the organization’s Strategic Plan, the Partnership is focused on bringing more tech businesses downtown. The Partnership prides itself on the vibrant mix of retailers, professional services and unique offerings that exist in Downtown Frederick.  

Connect with Downtown Frederick Partnership
19 E. Church Street

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

City Considers Food Trucks at Breweries and Distilleries

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will vote on an ordinance change on Thursday, June 1st to allow for mobile food units to operate at craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. The legislation demonstrates Frederick's continued support for the rapidly expanding craft beverage industry.

This modification will allow craft breweries and distilleries to more responsibly serve visitors with the ability to provide food for purchase on-site.

The ordinance change requires each facility to obtain a permit to allow food trucks and other food units to operate. Mobile food units will only be permitted to serve food during the normal hours of operation of the brewery, winery, or distillery.

Prior to drafting the ordinance, the Department of Economic Development held stakeholder meetings and garnered feedback from the restaurant community, non-profit partners, and the craft brewery industry.  

The changes encourage increased tourism and spending in Frederick, while balancing the needs of both existing restaurants and craft beverage operators.

Operation of mobile food units will continue to be prohibited in public right-of-ways and other commercial areas in Historic Downtown Frederick.

The public hearing will be held at Frederick City Hall (101 N. Court Street) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Made in Frederick: Bare Bites Provides Healthy Treats for Pets From Coast to Coast

In The City of Frederick, many local businesses make and manufacture their own products. From distilled spirits to dog treats, companies are choosing Frederick as a place to make their products and do business.  

Made in Frederick is a feature that showcases these businesses and their products. 

Allison Levitt is the owner of Bare Bites, based in in Downtown Frederick. Allison provided us with a behind-the-scenes tour of how Bare Bites provides 100% all-natural US-sourced pet treats. 

How long has your company been in business?
The company was established in 2011, but I did not pursue Bare Bites full-time until 2014.

What is your product/products?

We make all-natural dog, cat and horse treats. Our top seller is Bare Bites made with 100% USDA dehydrated beef liver, great for both dogs and cats. Our other brands of treats include, Brew Yahs, Yam Jams, Bare Bits, and our horse treat, Flax Jax.

What makes your product different?

All of our products are made using 100% all natural ingredients, source in the U.S.A. Our treats contain no preservatives, additives or fillers.

What do you want your customers to know about your product?

We want our customers to know that we are a women-owned, dog-driven company. Our products are made with only USA-sourced ingredients, and we buy local whenever possible. We care about our community and their pets. We are not on the shelves of Petco or PetSmart. We vow to always support the independent retailer.

Why are you located in Frederick?
We are located in Frederick because we live in downtown, and I also owned a pet retail store downtown for ten years before I started Bare Bites.

What does Frederick offer a company like yours?
A sense of community!


Visit Bare Bites
Warehouse Location Address
27 S. Carroll Street 
Frederick, MD 21701

Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5:00
Sat 8:30 - 5:00 (Only between Thanksgiving & Christmas)