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.

Vintage Eats Restaurant in New Market, Opening Soon

I just got the following email about Vintage Eats:

Good Evening Greater New Market and Frederick MD Residence,

Please join use for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating our arrival in New Market.

October 23, 2014
11:30 am
8 W Main Street

To show our appreciation we will be honoring 10% off your lunch bill.

RSVP by October 16 to info@vintage-eats.com

Thank you for being a part of the Vintage Family.

This is where Mealy’s and Mealey’s Table used to be. Wishing them luck!

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Sophie and Madigan’s Pirate and Princess 5k & Fun Run:

Join us for some Halloween fun as Sophie and Madigan’s Playground presents the 1st annual Pirate and Princess 5k and Family Fun Run. Dress up as a princess or a pirate, or anything else that makes you smile! Bring the kids, bring the neighbors, bring the grandparents! There is something for everyone! Register by October 4th to receive an event t-shirt!

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard, who died at ages 6 and 3 as a result of a horrific house fire that occurred on January 31, 2013.

The mission of Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard by building a memorial playground and providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together, and in ways that reflect the beautiful personalities and spirits of these two sisters.

The race takes place at Baker Park on October 18th.