Parklets, Malls, and the Dragon Lady Gets Busted

A link drop of recent Frederick news in cased you missed it:

  • The Parkelts Have Come – “The parklets are raised platforms about the height of the curb that fit inside a pair of parking spaces, with space for restaurant customers on top.” They look like this. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I would like to eat a meal with cars rolling within a few feet of my grub.
  • One Frederick mall dying, while another thriving – a nice run down of the history of Frederick’s two malls. This quote from Stephen Ifshin, chairman of DLC Management Corp., a  firm hired by the Fredericktowne Mall’s owners, is kind of irksome: “We haven’t really done any hard planning yet […] It’s hard to plan for something that’s indeterminate at the moment, but there’s also the Golden Mile redevelopment plan, which we would more than like to be a part of. It’s hard for us to lay out any specific development plans.” What the what? The mall has been dead for years and they haven’t really done any hard planning yet. Sounds like Fredericktowne will be a zombie mall for a long time to come.
  • Landlord charged with robbery, assault – Duk Hee Ro (aka The Dragon Lady) was charged with assaulting one of her handy man after he told Ro he called the building inspector to check the work he had done to one of her properties.
  • Carroll Creek ‘muck’ meets waterlilies – “Lily pads can cover a substantial expanse of water, deny algae the light they need and add colorful flowers that draw attention.” Hope it works.
  • Back to the Future in Frederick!
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Girls Night Out: Downtown Frederick

The Girls Night Out in Downtown Frederick takes place on Thursday September 13, 2012 from 6-10PM and all tickets proceeds benefits Heartly House, Inc.

Join us for fashion, fun, appetizers & beverages with limousine transportation. Be the first to view this season’s trends, shop newest collections, and enjoy 20% off your entire purchase. Grab your friends and don’t miss a night out on the town supporting a great cause!

You can purchase tickets online.

New Walmart Supercenter on Monocacy Blvd?

There are plans floating around to close the current Walmart on Monocacy Blvd. and open a new Walmart Supercenter at 2421 Monocacy Boulevard, Frederick, MD (where the Wonderbook & Video warehouse and this abandoned house are located).

I’ve heard the abandoned Walmart could become a Sam’s Club or some other club store (a library would be better).

Here is the plan (pdf) from the Worman’s Mill Civic Association detailing the Walmart Supercenter.

For comparison, here is the plan (pdf) from Matan’s site (the developer).

They’re virtually the same, but one names the “Big Box Retailer” as the Walmart Supercenter.

Sigh.

I suppose I should be happy that any development is re-using already developed space, but another Walmart, even at the expense of an existing one just isn’t appealing to me.

Another concern is traffic at that intersection. It’s already busy, but at least that side of 26 has relatively lower traffic with the warehouse space taking up residence on that corner of 26/Monocacy.

I’m always torn about development in Frederick. I like new and interesting retail and restaurants coming to Frederick, but hate the loss of green spaces. I know I’m a hypocrite to. If that space was being used for an REI, or some other store I like better than Walmart, this post would have a different tone.

I’ve rambled on long enough, what do you think?

P.S. thanks to Joe D. for the tip on this.

Cash Mob for Downtown Frederick

In celebration of Independent Retailers Month, the Downtown Frederick Partnership is planning a first ever Cash Mob for Downtown Frederick.

A “cash mob” is where a community selects one location (an independent retailer) to mob. The group arrives at the appointed date and time to spend $20 cash in support of the local economy. Once the spending is complete, the participants adjourn to a local watering hole to celebrate their support of independent businesses.

In Frederick, the Partnership is holding a Cash Mob on July 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Many local merchants were interested in hosting. A committee narrowed the options down to three, and now it’s up to the residents to decide. These business are entered into a Facebook survey on the Partnership page where the general public will pick the final location.

Visit the Partnership’s Facebook page to see who the merchants are and to vote until 8am on Monday, July 23 then join the mob on the Wednesday, July 25!

Update:

The survey results are in and winner is the Frederick Basket Company with a total of 331 votes. Thanks to our runners up – The Trail House with 293 votes and Ec’clectibles with 117 votes.

Join the mob on July 25th at the Frederick Basket Company – 12 N East St. Bring $20 and a friend and get ready for fun!

Post mob celebration at Shab Row Bistro with drink specials – 221 B N East Street.

Store Opening

From my inbox:

I wanted to drop a note about a store opening in Frederick this week, in case it’s of interest to FMO readers. On Friday, June 22, Five Below will open a new location in Frederick Crossing.

Not sure if you are familiar with the store, but Five Below is geared towards teens and tweens and offers of trend-right, high-quality merchandise for $5 or less. Merchandise includes nail polish, sports and workout equipment, toys, games, iPhone accessories, fashion accessories, and more.

Frederick Crossing is on Guilford Drive and the store is located ironically (in my opinion anyways) right next to the Dollar store.

West Frederick Farmer's Market opens Saturday.

From a press release I got via email:

This year the West Frederick Farmer’s Market will sound the first opening bell of the season on May 5, 2012 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The market will be hosting 27 vendors this season packed full with all of the town’s favorite fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fresh meats, pottery, jewelry, plants, and other various crafters. Vendors are getting ready for the last push this week as they prepare for the first Saturday market.

Every year the farmers market continues to grow as the people of Frederick begin to realize the value of buying fresh from the local farmer’s and in turn supporting the local economy. Last year, The West Frederick Farmer’s Market participated in the American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest placing 3rd in the state and 15th in the nation, a testament to the ever growing devotion of its consumers.

This year expect to see many of the same of vendors, live music, special events, a couple of contests, lots of fresh food, fun, and a nice long season to reap all of the benefits that the market has to offer.

Here is a link to the West Frederick Farmer’s Market’s Facebook page.

The West Frederick Farmer’s Market is located on Baughman’s Lane off Route 40 and is open every Saturday until mid-November.