Open Thread October 2013 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!

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71 thoughts on “Open Thread October 2013 Edition

  1. Walmart near Rt. 26…
    In the past month or so, I’ve had 2 teenagers try to get me to buy stuff for them.
    One asked (while we’re in line to pay) if he could give me money for black spray paint as he wasn’t old enough to purchase it himself.
    The other came up to me in the middle of the store and said they hit their limit of ammo they could buy and asked to give me cash to buy more for him.

    I refused both “offers”.

    I’m wondering if there is a sting or scam going on here…

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  2. Yep. One big giant car dealership, and one big giant gas station where Perkins used to be. Lovely, isn’t it? Next we’ll have to have another Wal-Mart between the two.

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      • Where they are building the “new” SuperWalmart would be good…

        Something convenient to get in and out of around the Rt 26/Monocacy area.

        Would be nice to have a convenience store / gas station in that area, I don’t know how that Exxon station stays in business with their prices.

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      • There is a Sheetz near Walkersville, across from the shopping center with Goodwill (outside the Discovery neighborhood)…I have no idea of the street name! And another on Patrick Street, not far beyond the fairgrounds. They are each exactly 4 miles from my house. LOL! And don’t forget the new one that was just built on the East Street extension, around the corner from Costco!

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    • I subscribed to their email alerts. They sent one about a month or two ago saying that they were going to close up just two weeks before the date. I was surprised as I had always liked it there – food, wine and atmosphere were great. The sad truth is that they just weren’t getting enough business to justify staying open. Another casualty of the economy, although their location had to have hurt them somewhat.

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  3. Hey all. I’m moving to the Frederick area and was thinking of doing a coffee/smoothie cart. I planned on maybe commuting to DC/Baltimore for more brisk business, but is a coffee/smoothie cart something that might be desired/successful in Frederick proper? Is there an area with enough foot traffic to support it? I’m thinking maybe a University or downtown plaza area or something to that effect. I’m not very familiar with Frederick. Thanks for any responses in advance!

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    • Have you asked the City about it? Right now they won’t allow anything like food trucks so they may not allow a cart, either. 😦 But if they did, I always thought a coffee/pastry kind of thing right at the MARC stations in the early mornings would be good.

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      • Hey,

        Thanks for the response. I haven’t asked the city yet as I’ve been focused on other locations. I was thinking the Marc thing too but then was thinking well Union Station or Baltimore might be busier. I was just wondering if there was somewhere I was overlooking. I plan on contacting the city because I read something too regarding food trucks being out in Frederick City. I haven’t visited the MARC station in Frederick yet so forgive me is there anything currently being served there?

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      • No there is no coffee there. The ticket office sells candy bars, but (as someone who takes the train every day) I think a coffee/pastry cart would be a welcomed addition. It’s a super early start though…latest train leaves at 7:10, earliest at 5ish.

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      • I work at the MARC station. A few people ask about coffee every now and then. We had free coffee for a while, but the bums drank it all. It wouldn’t be profitable there.

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      • MARC trains are very early in the morning. I still don’t think it would be profitable at the depot. Most train riders get on at the Monocacy station down the tracks a couple of miles.

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      • I absolutely do agree with that. It’s the station I’ve used to get to DC and it’s always been very busy even in the wee hours.

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      • The MARC station and 991 bus stop behind Target may be a great morning spot for you. Between 4:00AM and 7:30 AM you may do very well. You have 10 – 15 buses and 3 trains each morning. There is nothing there for commuters. If you had good coffee and pastries you may do great.

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    • I’ve always had a dream of opening up a smoothie truck in downtown Frederick. I think during the summer it would be very popular. Coffee would be hard because there are a ton of good coffee shops downtown. Also, I think a few good food trucks would be good for the city.

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  4. For Frederick city residents (or those interested in politics)there is a Mayoral Debate scheduled for Wed. 10/9 at Holiday Cinemas on Baughman’s Lane. 6-645 pm meet and greet with the candidates 7-9pm Moderated Debate- Free!

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  5. I had a great dinner at a new restaurant last night “The Reunion” it’s in the old Mick’s/Jennifers on Patrick Street. It was brighter in there than I remember it being which was nice.
    The menu is simple and has good offerings. I had the Turkey sandwich on the pretzel roll and my friend had the Hawaiian rib eye we were both happy. It just opened on Wednesday so but the server was attentive and welcoming.

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  6. Anyone know of an inexpensive place to rent for a kids’ birthday party? I’m looking for an indoor space that has room for playing, since we would be too cramped in our house. Thanks in advance for any ideas. I am not looking for a place that does the party/entertainment for you.

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  7. Since we no longer have Ritz Camera in town, who will make prints from memory cards – – I mean like 600 prints from two cards. I went to Target to use their machines but they limit you to 200 prints. I’d have been there for hours trying to narrow it down. I’d rather just get them all printed at once. I don’t like Wal-Mart for anything and won’t be going there. It was so easy to drop the cards off at Ritz and come back later to get the prints. 😦

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  8. Walking down Market Street today I saw a group of construction workers eating lunch outside of the…wait for it… Asiana building. There was also a construction company’s sign in the Asiana window. Anyone know anything about it?

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  9. There is construction going on @ the MD 26 and Monocacy Blvd intersection. I assume they are just adding a lane on both sides – is this perhaps in response to WalMart’s impending move (when will this happen?). Anyone know when it is supposed to be finished (the construction)?

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  10. I believe the building at the corner of 3rd and N. Market (across from the old TCP restaurant building) is being renovated into a coffee shop….

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  11. The new little “European Style” (their words) bakery is open now, on Market Street. I don’t remember the name of it. I drove by and could see lovely racks and cases of pastries and things. I’ll go back this week to give it a try.

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  12. Four of us went to the new “The Reunion” last night to have dinner before going to the MET. One friend called ahead a few days before to ask if reservations were necessary and they said no, and since it’s new and kind of off the beaten path downtown-wise, we figured it wouldn’t be very busy. Wrong! My husband and I got there first, at 6:20 pm, and it was already a packed house. Even the bar seats were filled. The hostess took our names, said it would be a few minutes, and gave us menus to look over while we waited. Big soft comfy sofa to sit on while waiting, as well as a couple of chairs. We were seated about 10 minutes later and our friends arrived shortly afterward. By that time they were telling people that the wait would be 15 – 25 minutes. Our server was at the table immediately asking if we’d like drinks and the drinks arrived very fast – 2 red wines, 1 draft beer, and a Bombay gin martini (which was pronounced excellent and icy cold). We all opted for simple meals – a Reuben sandwich and side salad, quiche of the day, French dip sandwich, and Cesar salad with crispy chicken. It all arrived at once about 10 minutes later and was very hot and fresh and excellent. My fries were so fresh-out-of-the-fryer that I had to let them cool down! Drink refills were offered as soon as the glasses were low and ice water brought immediately upon request. We were all done and out the door by 7:30 pm. Didn’t have time to try the desserts but would like to next time. By all means give “The Reunion” a try! I want to go back for lunch.

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      • Yes, it is. They’ve done some remodeling in there since it was Jennifer’s. Never went in when it was Mick’s so I don’t know if it was remodeled for Mick’s or The Reunion.

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      • We went last night and were really disappointed. We loved kicks w old owner and were hoping for something similar. Very generic menu. Service was very slow. I got a salad w `cajun grilled chicken that consisted of two tiny slices of what looked to be Sara Lee style deli meat. Also at the table was the chicken tender platter that looked like a kids chicken nugget platter w frozen chicken and fries. That was 14$. Def will not be back.

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      • We went over the weekend and it was good. I had a pretzel turkey sandwich. The bar was redone and the place was very clean. Our service was friendly and promt. We’ll be going back.

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