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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Exploring Your Local Library | Frederick, Maryland

One great aspect of living at East of Market is that this community is close and convenient to Downtown Frederick!  Residents are only a short drive, bike ride, or walk to the numerous restaurants, shops, and events in Downtown.  In the middle of Downtown Frederick, right next to Carroll Creek, is the downtown branch of the Frederick County Public Libraries system, the C. Burr Artz Public Library.

With fall around the corner and cold weather only a few weeks away, nothing is better than curling up with a good book (or several good books) to pass the time.  Alongside the books, below are several other great library features patrons can enjoy at the C. Burr Artz Public Library:

  1.  The Maryland Room:  According to the Frederick County Public Library website, “The Maryland Room… is a noncirculating, local history research collection of primary and secondary sources. Materials actively collected document Maryland’s economic, social, political, cultural, and religious history, the genealogy of Maryland’s peoples, and the Civil War.”
  2.  Dragon Bags: The Dragon Bags program is a free book loan initiative offered by Frederick County Public Libraries.  In this program, patrons can pick up a Dragon Bag at participating libraries.  Each bag contains 10 books with a specified age group, interest, and/ or focus.  Even patrons without library cards can participate in the Dragon Bag program.
  3.  STEM Lab: On the second floor of the C. Burr Artz Public Library is the STEM Lab, which houses activities and events for students of any grade level.  The STEM Lab contains resources such as iPad minis, a 3D printer, and sensory bins.  This weekend, during In The Street, the library STEM Lab is the location of the Robot Races.  Check the Frederick County Public Libraries website to keep up with all STEM Lab events.

In addition to the above programs and labs, the library offers numerous other resources to patrons such as meeting and study rooms, passport services, and wireless internet and printing.

Learn more about Frederick County Public Libraries online.

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.

Downtown Frederick Movie Nights

Movies for Every Month of the Summer

Trying to plan summer activities?  While beach vacations and excursions to nearby Cunningham Falls sound enticing, summer fun is happening right in Downtown Frederick with the 2018 Movie Night seriesDowntown Frederick Partnership created the Movie Night series for the upcoming summer and early fall months of this year.

Movie Nights will take place in the Carroll Creek Ampitheater, adjacent to Market Street and near numerous Downtown restaurants and shops.

The movie schedule, posted online, includes:

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” on Friday, June 15,

Jaws” on Friday, July 20, and

The Lego Movie” on August 17.

Attendees at Movie Series are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy to films.  All movies will begin after sundown.  These events are free to attend.

Downtown Frederick is a short drive or bike ride from this Frederick, Maryland apartment community.  East of Market residents can easily head Downtown to enjoy the 2018 Movie Series.

Movie Nights are  sponsored by Delaplaine Foundation, Flying Dog, Hood College, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, and Tire World Auto Centers.  Learn more about these events on the Downtown Frederick Partnership website.

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East of Market Community Supports Frederick’s Emergency Family Shelter

East of Market residents and team members are currently running a supplies drive to support Frederick, Maryland’s Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.  The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs runs a variety of services and programs, such as emergency housing, food assistance, and homelessness prevention, for those in need in the Frederick County community.

The items collected during the East of Market supplies drive will be donated to The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs to directly support their clients in their Family Shelter.  Residents and team members are encouraged to donate supplies such as: diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, formula, baby bottles, diaper rash cream, baby shampoo, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, antiperspirant, feminine hygiene products, brushes, combs, and more.  A complete list of needed supplies is posted online.

These products will be donated at the end of the month.

This supplies drive demonstrates the East of Market community’s readiness to support residents of Frederick County.

Learn more about The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs on their official website: www.thereligiouscoalition.org.

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