A couple stood ahead of me in line, holding hands, and perusing the case of brightly decorated chocolate treats. They stood there a few minutes, pointing at different plates of truffles, and delegating which ones to box up and bring home. Once they moved over to the cash register to pay for their treats, the case was in full site, displaying more than twenty different flavors of delicately painted deities. My mouth started to water and I realized I was not in any ordinary chocolate shop. I stepped foot into Frederick’s beloved, award-winning chocolate boutique, The Perfect Truffle.
After too much time trying to pick just two from all of the mouth-watering options, I chose to savor the Irish Coffee truffle dusted with powdered sugar, and the award-winning Passion Fruit Dark Chocolate truffle, decorated with white and red hearts. After paying and making my way back to the car, I could barely wait to turn on the ignition before trying the hand-painted truffles. I popped the Irish Coffee in my mouth and immediately melted into the dreamy Jamison Irish Whiskey and Coffee ganache center. After licking my fingers clean, I tried the Passion Fruit. My taste buds encompassed everything from the rich dark chocolate to the real passion fruit center. It took all I had not to go back in for two more to take home.
Whether you are satisfying your own sweet tooth or sending a treat to someone special, these rich truffles are sure to deliver a unique chocolate experience unlike anywhere else. In fact, we loved our chocolates so much that now we wish to share with you! The Perfect Truffle is located at Everedy Square in Downtown Frederick.
If you haven’t entered our Facebook Valentines Day giveaway, you only have until end of day Tuesday!
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It’s that time of year again! Change is in the air and self-improvement is the name of the game, however, many can agree that getting started may be the hardest part. Receiving support from a wellness coach could make all the difference in attaining a healthy physical and emotional balance.
Liz King, owner of Coaching HER, knows how daily life can make it difficult to maintain your wellness regimen. Her accredited personal training and life coaching studio, located at Everedy Square in downtown Frederick, is designed to be a place where women of all ages can receive guidance in order to achieve their life goals or simply improve their fitness level.
“I’m passionate about helping women reach their full potential by becoming healthy, empowered, and redeemed. I believe this is possible no matter where you are in your life right now,” said King. “The journey towards success begins with just one step.”
Support arrives in the form of one-on-one sessions at her local studio, at client’s homes, or via Skype and phone. Accountability partners, celebratory emails, and crisis aversion messages keep your wellness journey moving forward towards ultimate success.
Personal training classes offer the opportunity to customize a workout and nutrition plan that’s unique to you. Sessions can also include goal-setting tactics and strategies to keep you excited about each achieved milestone.
Whether you wish to embark on this journey one-on-one or alongside your friends, personalized packages range from individual physical training to overall wellness group sessions for parties of 2-4.
With a holistic approach, Coaching HER is perfect for teen and adults interested in making a change! Book your appointment now and mention FiNDiTFREDERiCK to receive 15% off your first wellness package.
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The winter season is far from over, but that doesn’t mean we are far from finding ample deals on this season’s greatest accessories and fashions! Local consignment shops are dropping their already low prices up to 50% on tremendous finds for winter here in Frederick in order to help you feel fashionable without breaking the bank.
Offering up their annual Winter Blowout Sale, Chic-to-Chic is happy to invite you in for one of their biggest sales of the year. With all items storewide on sale up through January 25th, including your favorite designer labels, there’s no reason to miss out on these colossal deals. Ellen Didion, owner of Chic-to-Chic, promises that every visit offers customers the chance to “look great, save money, go green, and recycle.” Everybody loves a fun, thrilling shopping experience, and Chic-to-Chic offers just that! Find Chic-to-Chic at 30 East Patrick Street in downtown Frederick or at their Gaithersburg location!
When asked what to expect upon entering Rachel and Jack’s Winter Blowout Sale, happening now through the end of the month, storeowner Kim Boyer simply states, “Great deals!” With an abundance of women and children’s winter clothing and accessories, the local consignment store is excited to offer huge savings on this season’s new and gently worn clothing including designer brands. Rachel and Jack’s consignment is located at 1202 E. Patrick Street in Frederick.
Hurry in! These sales are for a limited time only while supplies last!
These are the words of wisdom from Linganore Winecellars President & Wine Maker Anthony Aellen. To help dispel worry about pairing wines with the “right” foods, Aellen host tastings each month featuring an assortment of good eats. This month, international cheeses from France, England and some locally made will be on the menu.
“It’s a taste experience but also an educational one,” said Aellen. “ We want people to feel confident about wine. We want to teach you how the wine changes with the taste of food.” You’ll be a pro once you’ve attended and Aellen is sure to dissipate any fear because this tasting includes 16 wines and 6 different cheeses. Yes, 16 wines!
If cheese isn’t your thing, next month’s tasting is with chocolate, followed by everyone’s ultimate favorite, Girl Scout cookies. There’s no wine snobbery at Linganore Winecellars, “Everyone is a wine connoisseur, no one’s taste is wrong. If you like cookies and brownies, then eat cookies and brownies and find the wine that works,” says Aellen.
The winery is on a sprawling 230 acre farm just outside the historic city limits of Mt. Airy. Events are held all year long, check out the calendar for more information about tastings, artful libations, cellar previews and concert series. Reservations are recommended and tastings cost $10.00 per person.
13601 Glissans Mill Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Support The Cause and Have A Chance To Win $25 To Curious Iguana Independent Bookstore or Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts!
The Literacy Council of Frederick County, in partnership with The Curious Iguana kicked off a holiday book drive to benefit Head Start of Frederick County. Starting today, when you donate a new children’s book to support the cause, FiND iT FREDERiCK will enter you into our contest. Here’s How!
Take a Selfie! When you donate a children’s book take a picture of yourself in the act and post it in the comment section of our Facebook post! Then we will enter you to win a gift certificate to Curious Iguana or Dancing Bear. If you win, you can choose which gift certificate you want! The contest ends Wednesday, November 26th! Three winners will be announced on Black Friday! You can pick up your gift certificate anytime.
Visit the Curious Iguana (12 N. Market Street) or your neighborhood bookstore and purchase a new book for a child (boy or girl, ages 3-4 years old) and drop the book off at the Literacy Council or the Curious Iguana.
If you’d like a suggestion on the child’s interests, you can pick up a tag at either location and return it with the book. Just prior to the Christmas holiday, the books will be distributed to the children. The drive is hoping to collect at least 250 books.
This is a quick and easy way to “give back” as well as make a difference in the lives of children and their future. A love of reading and the ability to read are keys to future success for these children and all children. The drive runs through December 15th.
Questions may be directed to 301-600-2066 or via email at email@example.com. Books may be dropped off at the Curious Iguana (12 N. Market St.) or at the Literacy Council Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (110 E. Patrick Street).
To learn more about LCFC, visit www.frederickliteracy.org.
Friday, November 14, 2014 • 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Contest, Contest, Contest! The FiND iT FREDERiCK Team Loves Jewelry! Unscramble Rosa’s favorite jewel and put your answer on our Facebook Post to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to La Paz Mexican Restaurant or JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House.
A long-standing fixture and supporter of the county, Estate at Landis Jewelers, formerly Landis Jewelers has partnered with The Downtown Partnership for Partnership Percentage Day.
When you shop tomorrow, a portion of the day’s sales will be donated back to Downtown Frederick Partnership! Estate at Landis strives to provide a wide selection of unique jewelry pieces that will fit any budget.
Do You Know The Answer? I absolutely adore DSMEERAL. It’s my birthstone. Put your answer on today’s Facebook post for a chance to win!
Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Winners must be 18 years or older. One winner per gift certificate. Winners will be announced 11/14 by 5pm.
The Frederick Basket Company kicks off its first annual Project Night Night benefit to help give the gift of comfort to children in area shelters. Now until January 9th, shoppers can donate money at The Frederick Basket Company, participating shops in Everedy Square and Shab Row, and online to assist in purchasing Night Night Packages for homeless kids.
Every $20.00 earned, purchases one Night Night Package consisting of a tote bag filled with a new security blanket, age appropriate children’s book and a stuffed animal. A charitable organization, Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children nationwide. Recognizing the need right here in Frederick County, Vicki Moore, the owner of The Frederick Basket Company jumped onboard.
“This cause is near and dear to my heart. I remember when my kids were young and what their security items meant to them. I have a 23 year old that still loves her blanket,” said Vicki Moore, Owner of The Frederick Basket Company. “Receiving a Night Night Package when faced with a scary situation can be a saving grace.”
The merchants operating in Everedy Square and Shab Row have come together to support this cause and will be accepting donations. Participating shops include:
According to Project Night Night, these packages help to reduce trauma and advance the emotional and cognitive well-being of children. Based on this, totes will also be donated to the Frederick Memorial Hospital’s pediatric unit to comfort children when receiving medical attention, other Frederick-area programs are:
For more information and to donate online, visit Project Night Night.
Daisy’s of Daisy’s Salon & Body Boutique Wields Her Magic.
There have been many days I’ve asked myself “What am I going to do with my out of control hair?!?” Hoping a magic product would instantly smooth my frizz and I would run out of the door with beautifully controlled tresses. Obviously, it hadn’t happened until this week when I received my very first keratin treatment at Daisy’s Salon & Body Boutique!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my unruly hair but there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up now and then. Especially since I was rocking the Wilma Flintstone bun to save time in the mornings. I think Wilma even put more attention into her “do”.
If you’ve never had or heard of a keratin treatment, keratin is a protein naturally found in your hair. Keratin treatments create straight, smooth hair and are the newest trend in defrizzing and smoothing all hair textures from curly to chemically treated (perms/relaxers).
I won’t just define it for you, I’m going to take you through the transformation:
Step 1: In my case, unleash hair from its tamed bun
Step 2: Wash & Blow Dry
Step 3: Apply Keratin Treatment
Step 4: Rinse, Blow Dry & Flat Iron
My hair turned out beautifully. Oh, but Daisy’s vision wasn’t complete! After the keratin treatment, she proceeded to cut & style, wax my eyebrows and apply make-up. The result, made this mom of two toddlers feel relaxed and glamorous! If you have kids then you know that those two feelings are near impossible to achieve at the same time.
The result……drum roll, please:
Don’t miss this, October is almost over! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Frederick Memorial Hospital facilities are offering 3D mammography services at half price this month. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the technology improves detection and reduces the need for multiple screenings.
If you’re due for an exam, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this advanced technology. Additionally, Frederick Memorial Hospital imaging services offers:
Call 240-566-3400 to schedule an appointment.
Maven Beauty Bar has upgraded to a larger, super chic spot on East Patrick Street. Housing the latest and greatest cosmetics and skin care products, you will find everything from lipstick to truffle body gel. “Our new space allows us to offer a broader range of brands,” said Rebecca Carrera, Maven’s owner. “When you walk in, expect an attentive but low pressure atmosphere to shop for beauty products.”
When you pass by, you will most likely find the doors wide open, inviting you to check out the new location. In addition to their products, Maven’s has a full menu of services available, including: brow styling, lash application, custom make-up, skincare consultations and full body spray tanning.
Want to change the way you feel in addition to your look? Anam Cara Botanicals shares the store. This artisan aromatherapy business provides handcrafted essential oil blends that are said to heal physical, spiritual and mental ailments.
Find out more at http://www.mavenbeautybar.com/
Maven Beauty Bar
118 E. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Ten winners of The Art of Beauty contest, kicked off by FiND iT FREDERiCK, came together last week for a relaxing evening filled with pampering, food, drinks and laughter. Owners and licensed estheticians Laura Charuhas, Connie Sell and Becky Carr greeted guests with warm paraffin hand dips followed by a glorious hand and arm massage. Instantly guests were soaking in the easy atmosphere, enjoying wine and making new friends while awaiting their turn for a 15 minute massage with Katrina Martindale a certified massage therapist and reflexologist. Her hands never seemed to get tired as each person reemerged with the same outstanding sense of satisfaction. To end the entire night, everyone was treated to a custom make-up lesson using Jane Iredale mineral makeup.
If these services aren’t enough to get you excited, the hour and a half European Facial will, according to Connie Sell. “It is a fantastic experience that includes massages of your upper body, face, feet and hands. It’s unlike any other facial you can imagine,” said Sell.
Newly added services include gel manicures and pedicures by nail technician Nicole Brown and an additional massage therapist Barb Trojecki.
Learn more about The Art of Beauty or to schedule an appointment call:
The Art of Beauty 240-629-8905
Barb Trojecki (301) 639-0471
Katrina Martindale, RMT CR 410-984-2032
Enjoy a weekend of fun, food and entertainment at Elk Run Vineyards. Their annual Autumn Harvest Jazz Festival is kicking off this weekend, starting Saturday, September 13th from 12:00-5pm. Each day will be filled with local musicians, food vendors, hay rides, local produce, artisans and crafters. Plus, everyone has come together to support the Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center.
Date: September 13-14, 2014, 12:00-5pm
Location: Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Saturday, September 13th
Darryl Brenzel Trio
Ronny Smith and Friends
Josh Bayer Trio
Sunday, September 14th
Eric Byrd Trio
About Elk Run
Elk Run Vineyards is nestled in the rolling hills of Frederick County surrounded by dairy and horse farms and fields of wheat and corn. The winemaker’s home is circa 1756. Since 1983 Fred and Carol Wilson and Neil Bassford, along with associates, family and friends, have made Elk Run a shining star among American wine producers.
Combining new world research and technology with old world traditions and values, Elk Run’s focus is on producing high quality grapes. Warm days and cool nights preserve the fruity character in the wines. Practicing sustainable agriculture, close spacing and great attention to crop levels allows the wine maker to create wines of varietal character, structure, balance and good color.
5 Lucky Winners & Their Friends Get Massages, Make-up Lessons & Parrafin Hand Dips.
The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates & your pals at FiND iT FREDERiCK think you deserve an evening to relax and unwind with a friend. So we teamed up to bring you “Ladies Night”. This exclusive night hosted at The Art of Beauty will include a 15 minute seated massage, luxurious parrafin hand dips and a custom make-up lesson.
Plus, the good people at The Art of Beauty are offering $10.00 off a European Facial or Massage if you book that night and 15% off all retail! Be Ready For A Fabulous Experience!
Details: Starting today, enter your e-mail address to be randomly selected to win a chance to attend “Ladies Night” with a friend at The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates.
The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates provides European facials, custom facial treatments, waxing services, massage, eyelash extensions and lash and brow tinting in a relaxing and inviting environment.
Using top of the line skin care products and professional expertise, they will help you repair and maintain the health and radiance of your skin. Treatments and products help a wide range of skin types and conditions from acne and rosacea to sun damaged and fine lines and wrinkles.
Date: September 18, 2014 @ 4pm-8pm
Where: The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates
1705 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21702
Few people today know what the term, “penny-farthing” refers to. A few more may know what a “high wheel” is. Both are terms for a bicycle popular in the 1880s that had a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel.
Residents and visitors to Frederick will get an up-close look at this type of bicycle this weekend, during the annual Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, set for Saturday, August 16th.
As odd as they look today, when first introduced, these two-wheeled specimens were a drastic improvement over previous attempts at such conveyances. (Consider the ominous sounding “boneshaker.”) These bicycles were, in fact, the first machines actually called “bicycles.” As such they are sometimes referred to as “originals” as well.
Seeing a high-wheel bike often conjures up thoughts of leisurely Sunday rides. While that image may be applicable, the bike was not just for casual, upper class recreation. Knock down, drag out races were common during the bike’s heyday.
Frederick’s race should prove to be somewhere in between. Known as a criterium, this type of race consists of short laps completed over the course of a predetermined time. The cyclist that completes the most laps within an hour is the winner. Last year’s winner in the men’s competition completed 40 laps of the 0.4-mile course; the women’s winner completed 38 laps.
As part of the spirit of the event, riders wear traditional riding costumes that would, in most cases, look right at home in the late 19th century. Several bikers compete on authentic antiques, others will run the race on fully functioning replicas.
The Clustered Spires High Wheel Race debuted in 2011 with 20 riders and hundreds of spectators; the 2013 event had more than 40 contestants, and even more spectators.
Events begin on Friday evening, when cyclists will participate in a Meet the Racers event from 6-7:30 p.m., at Westview Promenade, 5223 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. On Saturday, displays and live music begin outside Frederick’s City Hall at 3 p.m. The race begins at 4 p.m., with the starting and finish line in front of Brewer’s Alley Restaurant at 124 N. Market St., Frederick.
Clustered Spires High Wheel Race
Years ago, when Meredith Lawler and her family moved onto an old farm property outside Walkersville, she hoped the barns would one day house something special. In the last year, the beautifully renovated barn at Grape Creek Farm has played host to a wedding reception and a 40th birthday celebration, as well as an inspired community event Lawler hopes to make an every-other-month occurrence she calls “Books in the Barn.”
The first Books in the Barn was held in November 2013, and found 842 gently used books displayed by category on long wooden tables, just waiting for children to take them home. A little less than half – 388 of them, to be exact – did find new homes. Titles such as “Pickles to Pittsburgh,” “Madeline and the Cats of Rome,” “Fancy Nancy’s Photo Scrapbook,” and “Who Was Anne Frank?” and so many more were offered for free to any child who visited that day. Lawler’s own love of reading, passed on to her by her mother, is reaching out to others in the community.
Aside from her own children’s stories that were donated, Lawler said her sister mailed 10 boxes of books for the giveaway, and her best friend in California sent two big boxes as well. A few local friends dropped off books, and several people brought books to donate at the event itself.
Lawler updates a Facebook page (search for “Books in the Barn” or “Grape Creek Farm”) with details about the public events. She plans to host private Books in the Barn openings for Moms Clubs, school librarians, children’s hospital representatives, and other groups.
Books in the Barn
Grape Creek Farm, in Walkersville
At Vini Culture, a wine bar and café in Downtown Frederick, there is no need for you to polish your dress shoes before being granted access to a wide selection of fine wines and culinary excellence! You can tell just by looking in from the street that this place fosters a welcoming, casual atmosphere.
The front window displays are home to a comfy sofa and coffee table, similar to what you find at a coffee shop. As you walk in the door, you’re greeted by a friendly staff member, who explains the setup.
They offer about a few dozen wines ranging from $5 to $30 per glass. If you want to sample everything before committing to a full glass, no problem! No server brings you your drink. Instead, you use automatic wine dispensers to browse through the bottles and make your selections.
Add money to a smart card, push the card into a machine, and select your wine and serving size (2 oz, 4 oz, or 6 oz), all priced depending on the bottle. This is a good system for people who like to try many different types of wine without buying entire bottles or spending more than they intended.
The food is also delicious and reasonably priced. A three-dip tray of hummus, spicy feta, and olives, served with pita chips is one great snack option, but a full lunch or dinner menu is available.
This particular blend of a comfy, casual ambiance with funky music and fun wines would make for the perfect date night. The place is often full of couples chatting about the wines and teasing each other for using the machines wrong as they browse through selections.
20 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Nowadays, more and more gourmet and specialty soda makers are producing the beverages and offering them in a variety of flavors and colors to the masses, in glass.
Downtown Frederick’s own shop dedicated to selling these special bottles is The North Market Pop Shop, at 237 North Market. It’s a haven for soda lovers, with 22 different varieties of root beer alone!
Here you’ll find a wall stocked high and wide with an array of colors and flavors, brands and varieties of classic and new and unique sodas. Grape smoothie, blood red cola, cherry bomb, blueberry, black cherry, ginger beer… the flavors are almost endless. And the best part? Many of them are all natural, using real cane sugar or stevia and other natural flavorings.
Seeking something a bit more adventurous? The Pop Shop’s got you covered. How about one of the offerings from Avery’s Beverages “Totally Gross” soda line? Toxic Slime, an electric blue soda with white bits floating inside, looks like a science experiment gone wrong, but its blue raspberry, orange and lemon flavor made it a favorite.
Owner Michelle Schaffer bought the Pop Shop in September 2013 from the Laird family, who started the business of selling nostalgic and interesting sodas a few years prior to that. Schaffer’s goal at the Pop Shop is to sell both nostalgic and harder to find sodas created across the U.S. Customers can pick up one soda at a time or create mixed 4-packs, 6-packs, or cases.
North Market Pop Shop
237 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Go on an underwater adventure with FiND iT FREDERiCK Magazine & Studio 11 Photography in Frederick.
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Join the FiND iT team as we learn the basics of sushi making with Christine Van Bloem, awesome chef lady and owner of The Kitchen Studio in Frederick, Maryland.
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