Frederick Wins Music Grant

From the FNP:

The city of Frederick was named Monday as one of 10 cities across the country to receive $25,000 in matching funds from the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, a nonprofit aimed at helping small to mid-sized cities bring live music to areas across the U.S.

[Kara Norman with the Downtown Frederick Partnership] revealed the plan for the series: Each Tuesday from June 16 to Aug. 18, artists will take the Carroll Creek Amphitheatre stage at 7 p.m. The shows are scheduled to last about an hour and there will more than likely be only one act performing per event.

Unlike the partnership’s Alive@Five concert series, which will continue as scheduled through the summer, these Tuesday concerts will be free to the public and family-friendly. No alcohol will be for sale, and the shows will be open to people of all ages.

The article also mentioned that in case of rain the Weinberg would be used.

Shopping Small in Frederick

Stephanie Yamkovenko was nice enough to share a guide to her favorite places to shop dowtown. Just in time for Three Saturdays in December.

I was trying to think of some of my favorite local Frederick shops that aren’t downtown. If The Shoe Fits comes to mind, but I’m blanking on others. Any suggestions on where to spend some hard earned holiday cash at local shops in the Frederick area would be great, just add them in the comments.

Gmart Closes

From the Frederick News-Post:

Store management could not be reached for comment Thursday, but rumors of the store’s closing had been circulating for weeks.

Management kept the news close to its chest and initially told The Frederick News-Post the store was not closing. Some customers said they had heard the same, while others heard it would be reopened under new management.

Richard Griffin, director of economic development for the city of Frederick, said his office heard a few weeks ago the store was undergoing management changes, but nothing about closing.

Retailers are not required to report going out of business, he added.
“It is unfortunate, however. They were only here for a short time,” he said. “We had hoped that they would be a longtime anchor on the Golden Mile.”

The store opened more than a year ago in September.

Toys for Tots Collection on December 13th at Westview Promenade

Holiday traditions come in all forms around Westview Promenade, but only one brings year-round benefits: the Toys for Tots Donation Collection event on Saturday, December 13th from noon – 3:00 p.m. The Golden Gears Car Club will host the Toys for Tots collection with the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

During the event, enjoy listening to the sounds of live holiday music by the popular trio Gary and the Groove. Feel free to take a selfie with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and be among the first 250 children to arrive and receive a special gift. Parents and kids will also enjoy the military vehicle that will be on display (pending availability) and the diverse Golden Gears member vehicles – historic, classic, muscle, and special interest vehicles.

This event is free to the public.

Thanks to Cheryl for sending this along.

Frederick a “Mini-D.C.”

The Washington Post did an article about revitalized downtowns of the region. Much of the focus was on Frederick’s Downtown:

Many of the same forces fueling Washington’s renaissance are driving a small-city boom regionally and nationally. From the historic cities of Alexandria, Annapolis and Leesburg to the newer Metro-centric communities of Bethesda and Clarendon, the desire to live within walking distance of restaurants, bars, theaters and parks has revitalized once-withering downtowns, according to demographers and real estate experts.

Elsewhere, examples of the boom abound: Evanston outside Chicago, Pasadena outside Los Angeles, West Palm Beach outside Miami, said Christopher B. Leinberger, a George Washington University business professor who has studied the trend for years.

In the Washington region, few places have benefited more from the phenomenon than downtown Frederick, where a flourishing restaurant, bar and art scene has transformed the 18th century county seat into a mini-D.C. In the past five years, the city has added 40 businesses to its eclectic downtown, Frederick officials say, and demand for houses in the most walkable parts of the city has pushed up median home prices.

The article also points out some of the things blocking Downtown Frederick and it’s regional counterparts from more growth:

Big housing complexes, large retailers and especially plentiful job opportunities are often scarce in small cities. The regulations that mandate architectural preservation in historic downtowns can also make development difficult or cost-prohibitive.

If you can get through the ad blockade on the Post site go read the article than come back and discuss. It’d be interesting to see what you all think about it.

Open Thread November 2014 Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

Have at it in the comments!