East of Market Apartments: “Love at First Sight”

A Letter About The East of Market Community and Our Charging Stations and Electric Vehicles

The East of Market team received the following letter from one of our residents.  The letter focuses on our community amenities, including those for electric vehicles:

Shane standing next to his electric vehicle by an East of Market charging station.

“My name is Shane; I live at the fabulous, East of Market Apartments with my angel of a husband Tyler, and our little chorkie Jaxwel. We are previous residents of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. East of Market has been home for us now since September of 2015. When we were searching for a place to call home, a local family member advised we check out East of Market. Love at first sight, as we toured the community it was very evident that EOM was not just going to be a home but an elevated level of living. From the stunning vistas, fit and finish to the LEED level of efficiency. We do not have children, but our little Jaxwel seems to have taken on the role. EOM welcomes our furry family members with open arms! The grounds are set up for you to tend to, tidy up after, and even a private wash station. Not to mention the ideal location if your commute involves any of the major highways going through Frederick. As my husband and myself both have offices in Rockville, with all things considered this was not a difficult decision to make.

When we first came to East of Market we had noticed something we hadn’t seen up to this point anywhere else, an electric vehicle level 2 charging station. We did not currently have an electric vehicle however, but became intrigued. After some time in the area, getting familiar with traffic and HOV lanes we started to take into consideration that this may not be such as scary thing to make the transition to an electric vehicle. With the level 2 accessible station outside at East of Market and level 2 capabilities in particular private garages, the decision was becoming even easier. With level 2 bringing the vehicle to a full charge would only take a few hours. The decision was becoming easier and easier. Now a few years later we are on our second electric car and the benefits are fantastic. Whether it is never having to stop at the gas pump, the maintenance, well there isn’t really any to speak of, just being able to use the HOV carpool lane easily will cut 20 minutes off my commute, and knowing that the trees might stay a little greener along my travels really allows it to come together nicely.

There is still some development needed for the infrastructure to support long range travel for electric vehicles but as fast charges become more popular along the highways and major shopping centers bringing your car to full charge in as little as 10 minutes, the option is becoming more and more approachable for people. Should you make the jump know that East of Market is there to help power you through it!

Sincerely,
Shane S., calling East of Market home since 2015″

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Winter Wonderland in Frederick, Maryland

Experience “Sailing Through the Winter Solstice” Before February

East of Market residents and all those who live in or visit Frederick, Maryland can enjoy a winter wonderland with the Sailing Through the Winter Solstice boat launch currently located on Carroll Creek.

These boats, decorated with lights, are particularly dazzling in the evening.

Those interested in viewing the boats can enjoy the spectacle until the “Fire in Ice” First Saturday on February 2.

The boat launch is one of many interesting features located in Downtown Frederick.  Learn more about Sailing Through the Winter Solstice online.

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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.