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PLEASE NOTE: As our community works together to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the events listed in this publication will be rescheduled or canceled, and some of the shops and restaurants listed within may be closed or temporarily offering different services. Please check the specific events’ and shops’ websites or call them for updates.

We can all admit 2020 has been a crazy year, filled with unexpected news around every turn. And all of a sudden, it’s autumn! No matter what’s going on in our lives, nature doesn’t stop. Nothing will stop the leaves from turning brilliant colors before falling to the ground. And speaking of falling, temperatures also are steadily dropping, signaling the changing season and time moving forward. Looking for a new place to explore the great outdoors and see some of those beautiful fall leaves? Try Frederick County’s newest park, Othello Regional Park. With its rolling fields and walking and biking paths, the park is a great place to take a break with plenty of fresh air to breathe. While you’re there, read all the historical markers to learn the interesting history behind the park’s name. Find out more on Page 44. This fall and holiday season won’t be like any we’ve had before, but despite the changes, the spirit of the season will certainly remain. As always, the shops and restaurants throughout Frederick County will be bustling with exciting offerings. We have a few unique ideas for holiday gifts you can only find right here. Flip over to Page 54 to see what we found. When putting together your own wish list or thinking about what to buy for the ones you love, be sure to shop local to help support the businesses in our own backyards. No matter how you spend your time this fall, I hope you do it in good health.

Molly Fellin Spence, Executive Editor



FALL 2020 . Volume 14 . Issue 2

Donna Elbert

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GINA GALLUCCI-WHITE is an award-winning writer based in Frederick. Her work has been featured in a number of local, regional and national publications including USA Today 10Best website, Baltimore STYLE, Frederick Magazine and the Maryland Daily Record.

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been filled for the last few months with images

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of giddy-looking kids and adults slurping down

with chocolate chips, marshmallow and graham

giant gourmet milkshakes impossibly topped

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with decadent gold-foil-wrapped cupcakes.

powdered sugar and strawberries. Make it a meal

Grabbing a creamy milkshake from 4 the Love of Sweets, located on Frederick’s Golden Mile, has become somewhat of a rite of passage for sweets and treats lovers around these parts. Whether you opt for the Birthday Cake (vanilla milkshake with rainbow sprinkles, topped with chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream,

with a drink, home fries and choice of gourmet cupcake on the side. Or try the stuffed french toast — with ham, egg and cheese or pineapple with rum sauce and coconut, or lemon curd. Soups, panini, and appetizers such as loaded potatoes and funnel cake fries are also on the menu.

and a birthday cake cupcake) or Chocolate Peanut

Natasha Valencia opened 4 the Love of Sweets

Butter (chocolate peanut butter milkshake topped

in January, and had a few good months of in-

with peanut butter candies, chocolate sprinkles,

person ordering and dining until the COVID-19

chocolate fudge, whipped cream and a chocolate

pandemic shutdowns hit. Regardless, the café

peanut butter cupcake), or Death By Chocolate

is still going strong, serving up sweet and savory

(chocolate milkshake topped with chocolate chips,

dishes, along with their famous milkshakes to

chocolate sprinkles, chocolate fudge, whipped

delighted customers.

cream and a chocolate-chocolate cupcake), or one of the dozen or so other flavors available, be prepared to be wowed by the folks behind the

Photographs by Molly Fellin Spence

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Sprinkling ‘Black Girl Magic’ around Frederick 8-year-old author hopes to inspire other young girls Chaunetta Anderson always tells her daughters, “You are black girl magic and you can be whatever you want to be.” Now, Chaunetta and daughter Trinity, 8, who live in Frederick County, are sharing that message with all young girls of color, hoping to inspire them and to help them understand that they can achieve their dreams. By Molly Fellin-Spence



Illustration from Black Girl Magic Sprinkles by Nana Melkadze


Chaunetta and Trinity wrote and published the book “Black Girl Magic Sprinkles” in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the state into quarantine. “We had talked about writing a book before,” Chaunetta said, “however we never had time to figure out how to write it. The quarantine gave us the time that we needed.” The idea for the book’s storyline came from an experience that Trinity’s twin brother, Tristyn, shared. After transferring to a new school, Tristyn came home one day and said he saw something he had never seen before — a teacher at his school looked like him! He had never seen a Black teacher, and it opened up his eyes to the possibilities of what he could aspire to one day become. Hearing Tristyn’s story, Trinity and her mom thought it could make a great plot for a book, and “Black Girl Magic Sprinkles” was born. The book tells the story of a young girl named Trinity, who dreams of one day becoming a teacher. She is discouraged from her dream because she does not often see women who

One day she stumbles upon a jar of “Black Girl Magic Sprinkles,” and is shown her own endless opportunities. This encounter helps her to realize that Black Girl Magic lives within her and she can be anything she wants to be.


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look like her in successful jobs.

Illustration from Black Girl Magic Sprinkles by Nana Melkadze




Trinity, a third-grader, wrote the story in about a day, using a simple organization template that her mom, Chaunetta, a public educator, uses with her own students. Once the story was complete, they searched for the perfect illustrator. Trinity and her younger sister, Sevyn, selected the final illustrator for the book, and the family was pleased with the results. “We hope that [young girls] gain inspiration while reading the story and are engaged in the bright color illustrations,” Chaunetta said. The book can be purchased directly from the Andersons, with personalized packaging and an autograph from the authors, at BGMBooks. com. They also offer matching face masks, bookmarks, and a line of Educate Yourself Lip Balms that feature facts about African American women in history at the site. The book is also available at many online book retailers. Trinity and her mom also held a book signing recently at Frederick’s 4 The Love of Sweets. Chaunetta and Trinity are excited about sharing their positive message with young girls of color in Frederick and beyond. “In the times that we are living in right now, with blatant racism and social injustice, our young children need to know that they can dream beyond the stars,” Chaunetta said. “They are somebody! ‘Even if you haven’t seen it, doesn’t mean you can’t achieve it.’” F d @blackgirlmagicsprinkles


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Photographs by Molly Fellin Spence

Take a trip around the world when you visit the adorable new Ibiza Cafe on West Fourth Street in Downtown Frederick. Tucked into the side of a building not far from the old Carmack Jay’s and across from a laundromat, the café is a welcome new source of refreshment in this part of the city. The three rooms inside the shop and outdoor patio have a European coffeehouse feel, inspired by owners Steven and May Buckingham’s extensive travels. They each hail from countries outside the U.S., Steven from Germany and May from Taiwan, which brings some international flair to the space. The coffee shop’s Asian influence comes from May, who knows the farmer who grows their teas overseas personally. The couple has lived in Frederick for 20 years and, after visiting a variety of coffee shops around the globe, they say they wanted to create the kind of place they’d appreciate visiting. At Ibiza Cafe, they serve single-origin coffees and espresso in Japanese-style siphons as well as pour overs. A variety of organic hot teas and specialty teas, such as Whipped Assam Tea with Mango, and much-talked-about bubble teas are also available. If you don’t know much about bubble teas, head over to Ibiza Cafe for a lesson! Bubble teas, aka boba, are sweetened teas that originated in Taiwan with a foamy layer of bubbles on top and a layer of chewy tapioca balls that sink to the bottom, offering a tasty and visual delight. Ibiza offers indoor and outdoor seating and also serves light food — panini (pressed sandwiches), croissant sandwiches, pastries and waffles. You can also catch live music here or chat with the knowledgeable owners on all things coffee and tea. The café is already gaining quite a reputation for the staff’s expertise — and their overall friendliness. “We get high-quality teas and coffee, but most important is the atmosphere,” Steven said. “It should be a place where you can escape daily life, where you can start dreaming … where you can let your guard down.” Ibiza Cafe 8 W. Fourth St, Frederick F d @theibizacafe




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Coat of PAINT Artists aim to elevate and connect Frederick community through murals, sculptures and installations. by Lauren LaRocca



William Cochran’s “The Dreaming” and The Community Bridge.

W h et h e r p e r m a n e nt , s e m i - p e r m a n e nt o r

“It was incredibly controversial at the time,”

temporary, whether an installation, a mural painted

Cochran said. “[Former Mayor] Ron Young is fond

on the side of a building or a sculpture placed in a

of quoting a few of the things he heard going on at

park, public art is abundant throughout Frederick

that time during these meetings: one woman said,

County and growing every year.

‘I don’t care if it’s Michelangelo, it doesn’t belong

But that wasn’t always the case here. As recent as the 1990s, the idea of implementing public art was met with pushback from boards and committees serving Frederick and surrounding cities, as well as historical societies with missions to maintain the original character and aesthetic of historic districts.

in the downtown,’” Cochran recalled with a chuckle. “Frederick has definitely come a long way.” The making of his trompe l’oeil Community Bridge mural, which crosses Carroll Creek near the Delaplaine Arts Center in Downtown Frederick, spanned about five years, from 1993 to 1998, and has become an internationally known piece of art. It symbolizes community and the bridging

When Frederick artist William Cochran proposed

together of the racially and economically divided

his Community Bridge project in the early 1990s,

north and south sides of town.

there was little to no public art in Frederick, so the idea of painting a large-scale mural involved a lot of red tape.

More recent murals have included much wilder and more vibrant designs, such as Goodloe Byron’s fun and bold “Dino Alley” on Frederick’s Church Street parking deck, commissioned by the Downtown Frederick Partnership.



“Dino Alley” photos by the Downtown Frederick Partnership

Byron was “trying to find some character that could play across the gaps and support beams,” and in his research, he came across the Astrodon johnstoni, the state dinosaur of Maryland (who knew?). He painted the massive creature amid a swirling snowstorm. “My favorite thing about downtown is the occasional, amazing phenomenon when Frederick experiences a blizzard and the whole community lights up, as it did during the ‘Snowmageddon of 2010,’ when I first moved to Downtown Frederick,” he said. “I tried to make it a homage to my favorite aspect of downtown living. I usually wait all year for winter and snow days here.” Kara Norman, executive director of Downtown Frederick Partnership, said the nonprofit uses art as a way to move people through Downtown Frederick. “Dino Alley,” for instance, is an important wayfinding piece, she said.



“Water Lily Wave” photos by the Downtown Frederick Partnership

DFP has also recently installed American Sign Language bike racks, as well as the pop-up art installation Rainworks, where messages and art stenciled in water-activated paint appeared on downtown sidewalks when it rained, a way to spread some joy on a gloomy day. “Art helps to create a sense of place and DFP has three more public art projects in the works. “Water Lily Wave,” was one of two sculptures by Thomas Sterner that was installed in September at the intersection of Market Street and Carroll Creek Linear Park. Art on Main will feature five standalone, mosaic-tiled sculptures by Southern Maryland artist Parran Collery, installed at each of

belonging,” Norman said, “and for me personally, I really love things that bring joy, when you encounter something that makes you smile. Life is stressful enough, and now life is even more stressful with the pandemic, so it seems even more important to think about bringing joy, people laughing or smiling.”

the five Main Streets throughout Frederick County

In recent years, Tony Owens and Jack Pabis worked

this fall. And a third project, unchARTed, which

together to create uplifting community mosaics and

began in the fall of 2019, will see temporary art

murals in Downtown Frederick as well as in Brunswick,

installed in three alleyways in Downtown Frederick,

highlighting the cities’ natural and cultural histories,

which will stay up for about a year.

with a mural of Lord Nickens as well as the everimportant Potomac River waterway.



“ASL Bike Rack” photo by the Downtown Frederick Partnership

“Healing Bouquet” photo by Molly Fellin Spence

Another recent mural is located on the 200 block

She chose the heron for its symbolism of liminality.

of South Market Street. “Healing Bouquet,”

“We are in a transitional space in history, a time

commissioned by the Frederick Arts Council and

to take into account our past, learn from our

created by Brooklyn artist Gera Lozano, aka GERALUZ,

mistakes, and forgive ourselves so we can move

is also very much about place. The mural shows a

forward positively,” she said. “Love for one another

bouquet of flowers set against a bright blue backdrop,

is our strength and power.”

with herons flying among Black-eyed Susans.

Her mural, painted in the spring of 2020, was just

“I wanted to give a bouquet of flowers with love to

one of several public art projects in the works

the City of Frederick,” Lozano said. “I love depicting

through the Frederick Arts Council. The council

the natural fauna and flora of the place I paint in.

created a lengthy public art strategic plan last year

Many times, people don’t know their state flower

and in early 2020 brought on Charlotte Marra as

or bird — something so simple and beautiful to

its manager of public art.

know about the place we call home.”

“Public art connects residents and visitors,

The great Mexican muralists informed Lozano’s

expresses an authentic sense of place, drives

practice of bringing empowerment to the people

economic prosperity, and advances a culturally

via huge, outdoor paintings for the public. She

inclusive and empowered future,” Marra said.

enjoys the art form for this reason. “Public art is

“Public art is also a freely accessible part of our

for everyone. It doesn’t play favorites. You don’t

public history.”

have to pay a fee to enjoy it,” she said.



A photo installed as part of the “Golden Mile: In Focus” project.

“The Spire” photo by metal sculptor Scott Cawood.

Wanting to help make the Golden Mile more of

For the 75th anniversary of Baker Park in 2004,

a cultural and economic destination and also

Antietam sculptor Scott Cawood created “The

break down cultural barriers, the FAC worked

Spire,” a metal piece commissioned by the

with photographer Wing Young Huie this year to

City of Frederick that sits on the edge of the

implement the “Golden Mile: In Focus” project.

park and towers high into the sky. The piece

The artist led several workshops at area middle

was constructed of scrap metals that include

and high schools, resulting in photos by and of

pieces of cars, symbolic of Frederick becoming a

Frederick residents that were then printed and

bedroom community; farming equipment, a nod

posted to businesses along Route 40.

to Frederick’s agricultural roots; and even scrap

Another FAC project in the works is the installment of an archway in Brunswick, and possibly additional

metal from the basement of the Delaplaine Arts Center, from the building’s former days as a mill.

towns throughout the county, as a way to welcome

“What I loved about that process was the city put

people into the area. They are in the early stages of

the proposals of five or six artists at the public

this project, and the artist, as well as the medium

library and let the public vote on them,” Cawood

used, is still to be decided.

said. “That gives the community a voice — and a

Meanwhile, Frederick County has also seen an

very strong voice.”

insurgence of sculptures, not just murals. And

More recent sculptures include the Carroll

we can’t overlook the nationally renowned

Creek Kinetic Art Promenade project, managed

installation that is the outdoor venue Sky Stage,

by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, which also

also commissioned by the FAC.

spearheaded the Color on the Creek project, which



The half-scale model of the Claire McCardell sculpture. Sarah Hempel Irani

Sarah Hempel Irani works on the half-scale model of the Claire McCardell sculpture in her Frederick studio this past summer. Sarah Hempel Irani

Sarah Hempel Irani with her new piece. Photo by Jamie Turner.

enlivens Carroll Creek with lily pads and other water

— plaid wool and corduroy. She hated wearing high

plants, as well as boats lit up with twinkly lights

heels, so she developed ballet flats. She brought

each winter. The three temporary kinetic sculptures

the hoodie into contemporary fashion. She

installed in the creek were created by area artists

made pockets in dresses and adjustable, elastic

Erin Aylor, Marguerite de Messières and Tsvetomir

waistbands. Her influence cannot be understated.”

Naydenov, and the aforementioned Sterner, and

As Hempel Irani was researching for the project,

the Rotary Club plans to introduce more each year.

she realized very few statues of historical women

Perhaps Frederick’s most highly anticipated sculpture is Sarah Hempel Irani’s larger-thanlife piece depicting Claire McCardell, a Frederick native who changed the look of women’s fashion. Commissioned by the Frederick Art Club with donations from the community, the bronze statue

exist. She counted about five outdoor sculptures depicting women in all of Washington, D.C., she said. At a time when people all over the country are talking about historical, Confederate monuments and what they represent, Hempel Irani found herself in the middle of that conversation.

is slated to be installed along Carroll Creek in

“I’ve always felt like a relic with my work, and all

2021 and will include a landscaped setting with

of a sudden, it’s so relevant,” she said. “It might

delightful details, like bricks that resemble plaid

come as a surprise to artists, but I’m all for taking

fabric, a benchmark of McCardell’s contribution to

those things down. Let’s honor something worth

women’s clothing.

honoring. I hope that communities will take time

“Basically everything you’re wearing is rooted in Claire,” Hempel Irani said. “She put women in denim

to consider what they want to put up and take time to let artists work.”

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Chicken and waffles, fried jalapeños, goat-cheese

Located in the strip mall space where Cafe Bueno

fritters, ramen, tacos, gyros, po-boys — get ready

used to serve, the carryout shop opened on Friday

for a total sensory experience when you pick up a

the 13th in March, just days before COVID-19

food order at Gambrill Mt. Food Co. on North

pandemic restrictions forced restaurants

East Street in Frederick. These mouth-watering

to close. “We did not and still do not take this

meals are so visually stunning, they just might be

thing lightly,” Tregoning said. Reopening meant

the most aesthetically dynamic carryout you’ve

downsizing staff and offering carryout only, but

ever seen, down to the delightful and elaborate

the community has embraced the new eatery and

containers they come in. Ramen ingredients, for

they’ve been “crazy busy,” she said. As for the

instance, are individually packaged, so you can

menu, “Ben and I took things we really, really love

build your own meal, which customers seem to

and elevated these things to the next power. Like

really enjoy, said Jasmin Tregoning, who co-owns

Philly cheesesteaks — we’ve driven to Philly just

the eatery with her partner, chef Benjamin Cohen.

to get cheesesteaks. And ramen. We’ve gone to

Cohen studied at the L’Academie de Cuisine and worked at several restaurants before becoming head chef at Cafe Nola and later the executive chef at the Wine Kitchen in Virginia. In 2018, he and Tregoning opened a food truck and, after setting up shop at several breweries and wineries throughout the region for two years, dove into a

so many ramen shops. We just put our twist on it.” Gambrill Mt.’s Bahn Mi, which she describes as “an insane bombshell of a sandwich,” is a customer favorite. The couple has plans to move to a larger location in Frederick soon — one that will allow for live music (their other passion) and a more elaborate menu that will include dinners, too.

full-time brick-and-mortar location in Frederick, where Tregoning was born and raised. “It’s like our food truck but without wheels — and we don’t have to pack everything up every day, which is nice,” Tregoning said.

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Photo by Ty Unglebower

Recreation, with a side of history Frederick County’s newest regional park honors formerly enslaved man who labored on the land by Ty Unglebower


Photograph by Molly Fellin Spence




Tracing the true beginning


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Frederick County’s most recently opened

in Frederick County. Called “Othello,” he

p u b l i c p a r k , O t h e l l o R e g i o n a l Pa r k o n

was owned by the family of Maryland’s

Jefferson Pike, depends on several factors.

f i rs t g o v e r n o r u n d e r t h e A r t i c l e s o f

One could go back to 2008 when the county acquired the land for the facility. Or one could place the genesis at the 2010 meeting of the county commissioners during which the master plan and the name of the park were approved. Physically, nothing of the park took shape until ground was broken in September 2018. And due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 4 officially opened the facility to the public.

Confederation government, Thomas Lee. Primarily, Othello was forced to labor at the family’s Needwood Forest Plantation, of which the regional park’s land was a component. Othello was emancipated by law in Maryland in 1864. As a free man, he gave himself the name Barney Howard. Having saved money during the next few years from performing farm jobs (including some work for his former masters), Howard bought himself a plot of farmland near South Mountain in 1869. For the remainder of his life, he was a

The philosophical origins of the park,

successful local farmer and businessman.

however, begin with a legacy from much

To call this a condensed version of Barney

longer ago than any of that — centuries longer, in fact.

“Othello” Howard’s biography would be quite the understatement. His story could, and perhaps someday will, fill volumes.


Photo by Ty Unglebower




Until that day, the county-owned Othello

the initial opening in September, the park contains

Regional Park bears his name as a first of many

multiple event pavilions, grills, a restroom station

attempts to preserve the man’s legacy.

with running water, event fields and several sports

Within the park itself, another abbreviated version of Howard’s story, one thankfully more expansive than there is room for here, is relayed to visitors by way of several plaques along the park’s Barney Howard Trail. One encounters several such plaques that share details of different phases of Howard’s life, pictures included.

for regulation Little League Baseball. Pe r h a p s t h e j e w e l i n t h e c ro w n f o r t h e sports enthusiast, though, is a multipurpose regulation football field, with press box and bleachers. The football field is only the second artificial turf field of its kind in the Frederick

The paved path is open to pedestrians as well

County parks system. As of this writing, it is

as bicyclists. It winds and curves its way from

marked off for soccer, lacrosse and football.

the western parking lot, and ends on the other

Among the groups that call the field home are

side of the park near modern bathroom facilities.

the recently created Brunswick Railroaders

Wildlife sanctuaries, reforestation areas, wetland

Semi-pro football team.

preservations and the former farmhouse and barn, along with informational signage on each of these are among the other unique sights that Photo by Molly Fellin Spence

fields: one for softball, one for adult baseball, one

greet those on this short trail.

Green turf, green grass, green trees. Not to mention, “green” by design. Constructed to be environmentally friendly, the park hosts several patches of wetland preservation, reforestation

As rich as the history of both the land and its new

areas, and several of what are called riparian

namesake may be, this regional park, the first in

buffers, designed to control flood runoff as

the Southwestern quadrant of Frederick County, is

well as filter rainwater that flows through the

primarily a destination for leisure activities. As of

contours of the grassy hills and wooded enclaves.


Photo by Molly Fellin Spence




And every great park should have playground equipment for the kids. The large collection of swings, slides and climbing equipment can be found just off of the entrance to the park to the left. Planned additions include horse paths for the equestrians among us. Scheduled for completion in late fall, these natural surface paths are the first of their kind in any Frederick County public park. If all of this is not enough to excite you, there is good news: everything described here is merely phase one of Othello Regional Park. The current master plan for the rest of the 214acre property calls for a community center, more sports facilities and even a campground. Phase two, however, will not begin construction

Photos by Molly Fellin Spence

until at least 2025, so you might as well enjoy all of what phase one has to offer for the time being.

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You don’t need to go far to find unique gifts this holiday season

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Frederick County residents don’t have to try

stained-glass piece to hang in a window or give

very hard to find fun, interesting and sometimes

as a gift for someone knowing that it would

one-of-a-kind gifts for giving during the holiday

match their friend or relative’s home.”

craftsmen abound in this region, with ideas galore for each person on your gift-giving list. If shopping local is important to you, we’re here to help. We’ve found an interesting selection of gift ideas you can pick up without wandering too far from home. At Art In Glass (, owner and artist Sharon Rowland has received many calls recently from Frederick-area residents looking to add pops of color to their homes. Rowland’s Thurmontbased studio offers full-service customized

Rowland’s fused stained-glass holiday tree ornaments made in the shapes of angels, snowmen, Santa Claus, icicles, snowflakes, stars and poinsettias. Ornament personalization is available. Or, choose one of Rowland’s one-of-a-kind holiday serving plates as a gift for a friend or family member, or as a gift to yourself to serve this year’s holiday meals.

stained-glass panels for personal, commercial

Jewelry is always a popular gift for loved ones

and spiritual spaces. You can find her work in

during the holiday season. Rowland’s shop

windows, cabinet inserts, interior and exterior

has a variety of fused stained-glass pieces,

doors, bathrooms, fire screens and skylights.

including necklaces, bracelets and rings. Some

“People come to me with ideas,” Rowland


At the studio, customers may purchase

of the designs include paw prints or hearts.

says. “Some people come that want to have a

“People can come in, take a look around and

wedding present made that is specific to the

buy right out of the window or off the floor,”

couple. Then other people want just a pretty

she says.

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season. Unique local shops, artisans and


Want to support local artisans in a one-stopshop format? Downtown Frederick’s The Muse ( is the place to go. This downtown mainstay regularly showcases and helps to sell the work of about 100 artists and craftsmen. A wide variety of items are featured in the shop’s ever-changing selection of unique gifts. This includes best-sellers such as wall art, soaps, candles and jewelry.

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Owner Sumner Crenshaw says the store will offer many items geared toward the holiday season, including menorahs, Christmasthemed gnomes, wooden trees, wreaths, wrapping paper and ornaments.

in order to give them a platform we really need to support them,” Crenshaw says. “It is also

For the first time this year, customers may shop

really nice to be supporting local and American-

The Muse’s e-commerce site to order some of


the shop’s wares online. See something you like on The Muse’s social media pages, simply send a direct message or call the store to place orders to be shipped.

Crenshaw said many of the artisans who sell their work at her shop survive by selling at outdoor festivals and shows, which have largely been canceled this year. The Muse offers an

No matter how you shop The Muse, know

alternative to those art shows, and a way for

that your purchase is supporting artists, who

folks to support independent artists.

especially need the support right now. “I think it is always important to support local because that is where your smaller, more unique creators are coming from, and I think 57


Have a foodie who loves big flavors on your list? Pop on over to The Original Popcorn House ( to find a gift with lots of personality and loads of sweet and savory delights. With more than 30 gourmet popcorns at the ready, The Original Popcorn House in Downtown Frederick is a great spot to grab a yummy gift. Owner Chelsea Witt says one of the best things about giving popcorn as a gift is that it can be personalized to suit almost anyone’s tastes. “Most people love popcorn, so it is an easy gift, but when you get to pick out the flavors, that makes it really fun,” she says. Whether your loved one loves salty or sweet, there’s bound to be a flavor at this shop that will satisfy. Some of the most popular flavors include Loaded Baked Potato, Crabby Caramel, Dill Pickle and Birthday Cake. For the holiday season, the shop anticipates offering Dark Chocolate Caramel with crushed peppermint on top. What makes the shop’s popcorn more special than a bag you can whip up in your microwave? Every kernel is literally doused in gourmet flavoring.

skimp on the flavoring. We want to make sure people get their money’s worth.” Custom tins of various sizes and designs are available to fill with your choice of flavors. Holidaythemed tins, as well as party packs and sampler boxes of different sizes will also be available this holiday season.


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“It is not just drizzled on it,” Witt says. “We don’t

GIFT Need a great local gift idea for the booze lover in your life? Head to one of the many wineries, breweries or distilleries located throughout Frederick County to treat the folks on your list to some unique libations. Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery (orchidcellar. com) in Middletown specializes in complex honey wines as well as red and white varietals. Smoketown Brewing Station (smoketownbrewing. com), with locations in Brunswick and Frederick, offers growlers and cans to go of their original ales, hard ciders, IPAs, lagers, stouts, porters and more. Favorites include Berlin Brown Ale, Potomac IPA and German Crossing Hefeweizen. Tenth Ward Distilling Company (tenthwarddistilling. com) has some truly unique spirits that will take your cocktail-lover’s game to the next level. Spirits offered nowhere else, such as Geneverinspired Gin, Smoked Corn Whiskey, and Absinthe Nouvelle can be purchased year-round. Seasonal specialty liqueurs and limited releases can be found at the Downtown Frederick shop. Just around the block, McClintock Distilling Company ( is known for its awardwinning gins, vodkas and whiskeys. But it also has a unique line of seasonal cordials, as well as mixers and shrubs, perfect for gift-giving. Have a loved one who is into gaming or comics? There are several can’t-miss shops in the Frederick Photos courtesy of Tenth Ward Distilling Company

area, with experts to help you choose the right gift. Brainstorm Comics and Gaming ( has locations in Downtown Frederick and in Walkersville that are ready to level up your gift-giving options. At the Frederick-based Beyond Comics (beyondcomics. com), shoppers will find board games, graphic novels, comics, toys, statues and more. In business since 1996, this shop is known for offering one of the widest selections of comic books and related merchandise in the area. If it’s related to comics, you’re very likely to find it here.


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Artfully arranged meats, cheeses, crackers and accoutrements grace the beautiful boards put together by Candace Berry, owner of Grazeful. And though they may appear too pretty to eat, not noshing on these boards would be a mistake. Grazeful’s thoughtfully curated menu of fine charcuterie and cheeses is meant to be enjoyed by all of your senses. After all, these “grazes,” as Berry calls them, are edible art, since we all “eat with our eyes before our mouths,” she says.

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No two boards are exactly alike and there’s no set menu at Grazeful. Instead, Berry shops local for seasonal foods to bring a uniqueness to each grazing table through its ingredients. Always a lover of cheese and a foodie at heart, Berry became inspired by beautifully arranged charcuterie boards via a book received as a gift. She had been making “graze boards” for friends and family for parties, game days, and holidays. She launched the business in March, and said it has been an instant success. “Everyone loves food and food will always bring people together and now more than ever, the world needs that,” she said. “I feel that I can provide an

As she creates each graze, Berry is always trying new combinations, putting new things together. She says those who enjoy her boards share a conversation with others they are grazing with, and decide what “perfect bites” they like the best. The name “Grazeful” is a take on the word grateful, which, Berry says, is how she lives her life. “I will always be reminded to remain grateful, which is what I truly am that I get to create these grazes for people,” she said. Located just over the border in West Virginia, Grazeful offers its grazes to a wide geographic range. The Grazeful website serves as a one-stop shop where customers can purchase and book orders for any size graze board directly. Private and group workshops are also being scheduled. For your next party, wedding or other event, consider ordering a custom graze from Grazeful, so you can sip, graze, and repeat while truly enjoying the experience and art of grazing.

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