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 Approves Food Trucks at Breweries and Distilleries

The City of Frederick moved forward on an ordinance change to allow mobile food units to operate at craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

Carly Ogden with AttaBoy Brewery shared, "We're very happy with the change and the pace with which it passed. Food trucks are a great symbiotic partner for our business. We can worry about the beer and let the food be handled by local pros. It's also pretty cool to see many young entrepreneurs getting their foot in the door. It's a great way for them to join in and add something to this great culinary city."

Monica Pearce with X Ward Distilling offered this thought, "As a representative for the Frederick Distillery Association we are extremely grateful to everyone with the City of Frederick who worked to get the food truck ordinance passed. It will not only be incredibly beneficial to the local craft beverage industry but will also keep our customers safe while they are enjoying our products."

The legislation demonstrates Frederick's continued support for the rapidly expanding craft beverage industry. The changes promote increased tourism and spending in Frederick, as well as balancing the needs of existing restaurants and related businesses.