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!


26 thoughts on “Open Thread November 2014 Edition

  1. Guy, you are spot on. One of the biggest changes for Frederick this fall will be the opening of a Day Shelter for Homeless Families, currently in the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter. Think about being on the street with your children, no job, no money and no place to go. Not a good place. What do you do when one of the children asks you, “When do we eat?” The Day Shelter is now open and it gives these families an oppotunity to rest a little bit, take a shower, wash their clothes, get help in finding a job and a place to live. You see I assist the Religious Coalition on this project. We believe in giving our needy neighbors a hand up, not a hand out. We want them to succeed and leave homelessness behind them. Great project, needs a lot of help. Check it out at and thanks Guy for your help.


      • Guy, the Unity Campaign to raise money for 17 nonprofit organizations in Frederick County has just started. People can use the Religious Coalition home page to follow a link to all 17. You can give online any amount to your agency of choice. This is a goo opportunity to help strengthen the safety net in Frederick County. It is a great county with outstanding people, but there are over 25,000 people in poverty or near it. Unity just runs for a few days; so, I hope a lot of people will go to the Religious Coalition home page, click on the link and pick out a charity. Every dollar counts. Thanks in advance to anyone; who helps.


  2. Just heard that Mimi’s on Buckeystown Pike has closed it’s doors. Hope they can find a new tenant for that structure…it seems to be a Mimi’s-specific design.


    • Interesting, because we just moved to Frederick from Montgomery AL. Mimi’s was there in an upscale shopping center and it, too, closed up suddenly.

      My wife and I ate breakfast there a month or two ago. We found the food, in general, good but overpriced. They were pushing muffins that were actually as sweet as cupcakes.


    • Sad but true. Mimi’s wasn’t amazing but at least they made an attempt to make fresher and more imaginative food than most of the chains that served fried “whatever” popping up and thriving all over Frederick. We enjoyed breakfast there and will miss it for that. If Frederick wants chain restaurants, would be nice to replace Mimi’s with something a little more upscale with some options other than fried and gravy. Seasons 52, Houstons, Ocean Prime, Ruths Chris would all be nice options that would probably do well in Frederick.


    • We also enjoyed breakfast at Mimi’s, but found lunch/dinner to be a bit bland and uninspired. Service was hit or miss…generally friendly, but inattentive. I always got the feeling Mimi’s was trying to be a low end la Madeleine. That said, I’d be happy to see la Madeleine set up shop there.


    • Not surprising. The quality there had absolutely gone in the toilet over the past year. It was great when it opened, but no longer. I swore off going there about a year ago after my “5 way” grilled cheese was served with only one kind of cheese, no butter or seasoning on the bread, and the portion was half the size of what it used to be. We ordered 2 to-go french onion soups, and one cup was only broth – no cheese or crouton/bread, and the other was a single slice of cheese.. no broth.


  3. We first ate at a Mimi’s Cafe in Scottsdale AZ in the mid-90’s. It had just opened and everyone we knew at the time couldn’t eat there often enough, it was just that good. They had amazing pot roast, soups, sandwiches, cole slaw, desserts…..the one that opened here was never even close to the quality and outstanding food of that one and we were very disappointed in it. If they could get back to that high standard and reopen, it would be a wonderful place to eat.


  4. Evangelical Lutheran Church (31 East Church Street) invites you to our 3rd Annual ChristKindleMarkt (a German Christmas Festival). This FUNDRAISER benefits the Schaeffer Center, which provides an outstanding educational environment for the youth of our church and the community of Frederick. Visit our website for all the details on the vendors and much more:

    Friday, December 5th (3pm-8pm)
    Saturday, December 6th (10am-9pm)
    Sunday, December 7th (9am-3pm)

    Enjoy German Brats, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad and other German Foods, shop for unique Christmas Gifts from local vendors from our own ELC Crafters and Fair Trade Winds, and hear beautiful music throughout the weekend.

    Friday, December 5 will feature Puppy Pictures with St. Nick and music by the New Market Street Brass Band.

    Saturday, December 6 from 10am-3pm is our Family Fun Day including photos with St. Nick, Keepsake Ornament Gifts, and Carnival Games.


  5. According to the Frederick County site plan web site, a Chili’s is planned for Rte 85 in the same business as Texas Roadhouse, and a Chick fil A in front of the new planned Wal-Mart supercenter at the old FTC site on Rte.26


  6. ‘Tis the Season to be Inspired
    Art Gallery Opening
    by Beth Conny, writer and artist.
    at Unique Optique
    9 W. Patrick St.
    Frederick, MD 21701
    December 6th, 5-8pm

    You will be inspired at her exhibit of original art with inspirational quotations. You will be able to purchase prints, stationery and magnets for those on your holiday list. Drop by for a lovely evening of conversation and inspiration! Looking forward to seeing you!


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