Thursday, January 20, 2011

Shopping Local Helps Frederick Economy

Downtown Frederick was abuzz last Saturday with local shoppers shopping local. Many residents and visitors alike took to the streets to help celebrate Small Business Saturday, the marketing brainchild of American Express. The event was designed to drive shoppers to small, non-big box stores across the country.

Two downtown merchants, The Muse (located at 19 N, Market St. Frederick Maryland) and Simply Beautiful Boutique, promoted their participation in Small Business Saturday on their Facebook pages.

"I believe that it is important to shop local because it helps our community in so many ways! I would so much rather spend my money locally and support my community and the businesses in it," said Whitney Bingham, owner of The Muse.

Elizabeth Pumphrey, owner of Simply Beautiful Boutique, is also passionate about helping local businesses. "Small businesses are the life blood of downtown areas. Small businesses help to support and encourage downtown living, shopping [and] vacationing."

Pumphrey added that sometimes smaller merchants are overlooked because their prices may be a few dollars more expensive than larger chain retailers, but there are benefits to shopping local. "I try to buy unique and hard to find specialty items in my boutique [to create] a destination shopping experience. Small businesses are able to provide higher quality products and superior customer service than our big box competitors."

Bingham reported that her business has been doing well this season. She attributes this success to the unique nature of the items in her store. "Everything I sell is handmade and the majority of the store is locally made. By purchasing a gift at The Muse, not only are you supporting a locally owned business, you are also supporting a local artist, many of which live in your own neighborhood," said Bingham.

"I am hoping for a stronger December than last year. It seems people are waiting a little longer to shop this year than they did last year. I had very few people looking for Christmas presents in October as compared to last year," said Pumphrey.

Pumphrey also extended a challenge to local shoppers by saying, "I encourage everyone to spend $25 at four small businesses a month. If everyone were to do this each and every month, the chain effect would be fantastic. It would help small businesses survive in this stressful economy."
Do you plan to shop local for the holidays? What are your favorite locally owned merchants?

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The Wienermobile is Pulling into Frederick

January 5, 2011 (I missed this, I was helping my youngest daughter move from her apartment, my grandchildren would have loved to see this)

The wiener people sent me an email today that I just had to pass along:
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is pulling into Frederick with some good news on January 8, 2011. Our 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels is looking forward to a great 2011 by celebrating food, family, and fun!
We’d like to invite families for:
• A sneak peak at the inside of WNR MBLE, the 2009 model in town
• An opportunity to send a Wienermobile postcard, free of postage
• Lucky dogs have a chance to win “franktastic” prizes
Here are all the toppings:
Saturday, January 8, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Weis Market
6093 Spring Ridge Parkway
Frederick, MD 21701
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weis Market
1999 Thomas Johnson Drive
Frederick, MD 21702
What’s the Wienermobile you say? This is …
More on the Hotdogger Blog.

Originally Published on FMO

Issue #75

David Bruce Jr publisher

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Frederick Md High School Students Caroling

Current Job Openings in Frederick Maryland from the Frederick Workforce

Prepared Foods Manager - MD0503756
Candidate must have minimum three years experience managing a food service operation, a demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs that satisfy customer needs, be able to review financial reports, set sales, margin and budget goals, manage vendors and inventory . Required: knowledge of natural and organic foods, special diets and food allergens.

Café Manager - MD0355346
Candidate must have two or more years of experience in food service operations and a knowledge of natural and organic foods, food allergens and special diets is required.  Tasks will include ordering and inventory, food production, and direct supervision of a staff of approximately 15 employees and supervisors.  Must be able to review financial reports and set goals to achieve sales, profit margin, labor and inventory turns.

Program Administrator (Homeless Education Program) - MD0481008
Program Administrator's primary responsibility is managing the Homeless Education Program, including its early childhood component.   Administer, coordinate and supervise the Homeless Education Program.  Work with community agencies to identify homeless preschool children and families.  Oversee training for staff, program budget, grant proposals, databases, policies and much more. 

Frederick High students caroling outside Sams Club off Buckeystown Pike Christmas Caroling for Frederick Md Salvation Army

More Job Openings in and around Frederick County Maryland from the Frederick County Workforce Services near FSK Mall

Inspector - MD1055618
Review electromechanical detail parts and assemblies for compliance to established specification and procedures. Inspect documents, prepare products and documentation for presentation to customer representative  Typical background - High School graduate with three to four years related experience. Be able to understand and interpret engineering drawings, technical manuals, and quality procedures. Must be proficient in the use of basic precision measuring equipment to determine compliance to specifications. Must have exceptional communication skills. FAA A&P Certificate or IPC - A-610 certifications preferred.
Plumber - MD0503316
Experience plumbers for commercial service work in the Baltimore/ DC metro area.   Service work to include but not limited to service for restaurants, new installations of a commercial capacity and general contracting.  Must have professional presentation and good customer service skills.  Able to work independently with reliability.  Solid work history and clean driving record required.  Pre-employment drug screen requirement.
Data Center Operator - MD0247590
Ft. Detrick, NEC  Description/Requirements: 24x7x365 server/operations environment requiring sound computer skills, server experience, Help Desk background, Microsoft proficiency, and network knowledge. Must perform professionally with limited supervision and possess sound problem solving skills. Ability to pass a NAC screen, live within 40 minutes of post, be actively seeking certifications in the IT field. 
Tellers - MD0195428
Process deposits, transfers, withdrawals, and other transactions in accordance with established policies and procedures; must be continuously aware of fraud loss and check cashing guidelines as well as all security and transaction documentation requirements. Also responsible for the security of assigned cash which must be maintained and balanced within established guidelines. Must Champion and live the service and sales culture. 
Sous Chef - MD0808796
A local Specialty restaurant has a full-time employment opportunity for the right individual looking to join a dynamic and growing small business.  Check the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that standards are met. Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations. Check the quantity and quality of received products.
Bioscience Manaufacturing Operator - MD0170331
A Bioscience company is seeking a responsible, and reliable individual who is an experienced machine operator and can troubleshoot and repair most machinery, as well as work production?   Training will be provided.
Teller - MD0292221
An established Frederick County financial institution is seeking a Full-Time Teller -- Provides friendly, courteous service to customers and assists them with a variety of transactions by performing the following duties (and other duties as assigned): Accurately performs teller transactions in accordance with bank policies and procedures. Routine transactions will include, but are not limited to deposits, withdrawals, and official checks.

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