Holiday Gift Shopping in Downtown Frederick

Five Downtown Destinations for Holiday Shopping

Does the following schedule sound familiar?  There is the office holiday party next Thursday, a White Elephant gift exchange that weekend, and a family gathering the following week.  For those facing a similar schedule, it might be time to go holiday gift shopping!

Now that it is officially the 2018 holiday season, it may be a good time to focus on purchasing gifts for friends, family members, and beyond.  For East of Market and other Frederick residents, Downtown Frederick is a wonderful destination during the holidays for gift shopping.  Below, the East of Market team details five stores in Downtown Frederick that may contain the perfect holiday gift.

  1. Retro Metro: A gift shop located in the heart of Downtown Frederick, Retro Metro has such a wide variety of products that it would be easy to do most, if not all, holiday shopping at that one store.  Cards, wall decor, pop culture items, and more are all present at Retro Metro.  The shop is open every day of the week.  Learn more about this store on their official website: https://www.retro-metro.com/ .
  2. Curious Iguana: Opened in 2013, Curious Iguana is a bookstore that features a wide variety of books and book related memorabilia.  Books can be ordered from the Curious Iguana website, but the team in the bookstore is always happy to help find books in the store for patrons.  For any bookworms in your life, Curious Iguana is a must for holiday shopping.  Gift cards are also available for the store, in the event that it is hard to decide between the many books available.  In addition to a standard bookstore, Curious Iguana also hosts several book clubs!  Learn more about Curious Iguana here: https://curiousiguana.com/ .
  3. Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts: This toy shop is the “sister” store of Curious Iguana.  Dancing Bear originally opened in 2000 and remains a Downtown Frederick staple.  For those looking for toys and/ or gifts for children this holiday season, Dancing Bear needs to be a destination on the shopping list.  This store features toys and games that do not utilize batteries.  The focus of the store is “unplugged” play, so think of board games, puzzles, puppets, and more.  There are tons of unique gifts in Dancing Bear.  Learn more about this toy store here: https://dbeartoys.com/ .
  4. Brainstorm Comics and Gaming: For those looking for comic books, graphic novels, and/ or table top games to gift this holiday season, this store is the place to shop!  Located next to the C. Burr Artz Public Library, this comic book store features a wide variety of comics as well as novelty items and trading cards.  Learn more about Brainstorm on the official website: https://www.brainstormcomics.com/ .
  5. Record Exchange: As its name would suggest, the Record Exchange features records!  The shop is always well organized and records are divided by music genre.  Records can be the perfect holiday gift for those who love music.  In addition to records, the Record Exchange also repairs and sells cds, video games, videos, and video game systems.  It is important to note that Record Exchange also buys records, video games, and more.  After the holiday season, during spring cleaning, remember to bring any unwanted records to Record Exchange to see if they can be purchased and sold.  Learn more about Record Exchange online: http://www.recordexchangeofmd.com/.

All of the above stores, and many more, are located only a quick drive or bike ride away from this Frederick, Maryland apartment community.  With so many unique and wonderful shops located in Downtown Frederick, Frederick residents should have an easy time purchasing holiday gifts this season.

The East of Market team wishes Happy Holidays to all celebrating!

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East of Market Apartments Wins a 2018 PMA PACE Award

The East of Market team stands with our 2018 PACE Award.

East of Market Apartments won a Judge’s Choice Award for our community’s rent category during the 2018 Property Management Association‘s PACE Awards Ceremony.

Community Manager Kim Martin accepted this recognition on Thursday, October 18 at the annual PACE Awards Ceremony.  The event spotlights the “region’s most outstanding apartment communities,” according to the official PMA’s  website.  East of Market was one of less than 35 apartment communities that received a Judge’s Choice Award while 215 total apartment communities competed in this year’s PACE program.

The communities competing for PACE awards are evaluated by a panel of real estate management professionals who judge criteria including:

  • Exterior curb appeal
  • Common Area Amenities
  • Resident Events and Activities, and
  • Resident Retention

Our 2018 PACE Award win exemplifies East of Market’s commitment to exceptional customer service and strengthens our community motto of “You Deserve More.”

Read more about the PACE Program on the PMA’s website.

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Three “Spoopy” Events in Frederick to Enjoy Before Halloween

Fun, Seasonal Events in Downtown Frederick

Frederick, Maryland is a great city to enjoy Halloween festivities and autumnal events.  Downtown Frederick, in particular, is home to both fall beauty, with abundant fall foliage, and numerous historical sites that are places of local legend, allure, and “spoopy” fun.

Below are three “spoopy” events taking place in Frederick this month that the East of Market team hopes our residents can enjoy:

1) Murder and Mayhem Walking Tour: This tour, organized by The Museum of Frederick County History, begins on East Church Street and details some “scandalous” moments in Downtown Frederick’s history.  This tour will take place on Saturday, October 27.  Learn more online:

Murder and Mayhem Walking Tour

2) Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick: These tours are annual events and a Frederick, Maryland staple. This experience provides attendees with a glimpse into stories and accounts of paranormal happenings in Frederick. The Ghost Tours take place multiple evenings during October. Learn more about these tours on the Maryland Ghost Tours website or by following the link below:

Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick

3) The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Night: Hosted by Downtown Frederick Partnership, this free film screening will take place in the evening on October 19 in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater.  Learn more about the event on the Downtown Frederick Partnership website:

The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Night

Do you have October plans in Frederick, Maryland you think should be added to our list? Let the East of Market team know!

East of Market is an apartment community located in Frederick, Maryland.  Learn more about East of Market by visiting the website or Facebook page.

Live Music Events, Comedy Shows, and More: Sky Stage Summer Season

Sky Stage Hosts Shows & Events Near Carroll Creek

One great aspect of living at East of Market is that our residents are close to the many shops, restaurants, shows and events located in Downtown Frederick!  The East of Market team loves exploring Carroll Street; near the Carroll Creek Promenade, this street is home to numerous businesses including Clue IQ.

Carroll Street is also home to the seasonal amphitheater Sky Stage.  This summer and early fall, plan to check out a show or event at Sky Stage!  With an event calendar full of open mic opportunities, concerts, comedy shows, and more, Sky Stage is bound to have something for the whole family.

What is Sky Stage?

Sky Stage is a theater and gallery in Downtown, Frederick.  Sky Stage is located in a historic building that was built in 1762.  The building suffered a fire in 2010 and the roof and second floor of the structure were destroyed.  Sky Stage opened in this space in 2016 as an open air amphitheater.

What is going on at Sky Stage?

Sky Stage hosts numerous events, both pubic shows and concerts and private receptions.

Music and dance events: Sky Stage hosts a regular concert series featuring different bands and musical groups.  The theater also hosts a “Salsa Under the Stars” event, open mic nights, and a drum circle.

Comedy shows: Two regular comedy shows are hosted at Sky Stage this season.  The final performance of “Oh Crit! The Dungeons & Dragons Improv Show” for the 2018 season will be hosted on Friday, August 31.  This themed improv show previously sold out at the Maryland Ensemble Theater.  In addition, two more Stand up and Improv Comedy Nights will take place this Sky Stage season.  These shows, on Friday, August 24 and Friday, September 28, will feature several stand up comedians and improv troupes.

Art: Sky Stage also functions as an art gallery to showcase local art.  The monthly Sky Pop event is a chance for local artists, bakers, and more to demonstrate and discuss their work.

Fitness: Trying to find a creative space for fitness?  Sky Stage hosts regular yoga classes, cycling sessions, and more.

These events, and more, are located on the Sky Stage online calendar.

If any East of Market resident is looking to explore Downtown Fredrick and experience a fun show or event in a unique setting, the East of Market team recommends Sky Stage!

Sky Stage is operated by the Frederick Arts Council.  Learn more about Sky Stage online.

The information presented in this blog can be found on the official Sky Stage website linked here: www.skystagefrederick.com.

East of Market is an apartment community located in Frederick, Maryland.  Learn more about East of Market by visiting the website or Facebook page.

Our July Pet of the Month: Meet Buddy

Buddy The Wonder Dog is More than a Pet, he is a Valued Part of This Apartment Community

Every month, the East of Market team selects one four legged resident to be featured as our community’s Pet of the Month.

This July, our winner is Buddy!

Buddy was nominated by his owner because:

“…I saw Buddy and the rest is history. He is a terrific match for me. Sweet tempered, polite, loves  everybody (confirmed by those of you that have met him), and thinks you are there to visit HIM.

Thanks to East of Markets’s wonderful pet policy Buddy and I hope to make this our home for a long time.”

The East of Market team loves meeting and interacting with our four legged residents!  Email the team to submit your pet to be featured online as our next Pet of the Month!

East of Market is an apartment community located in Frederick, Maryland.  Learn more about East of Market by visiting the website or Facebook page.