Biz Ink: April 2017

Custodian With a dry mop in a hallway

Posted on 04.12.17 

ReStore ReLocates

After more than five years at its North Market Street location, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving this month to 917 N. East St., former home of Hobby Town USA. In keeping with the ReStore’s aim to reduce waste, the new space—which will be larger— has been remodeled with gently used and recycled materials.

ReStore director Dean Jacoby says, “We’ll have wider aisles, a bigger lighting room … and a layout that lets you see more of the store at one time.” At the rear of the building is a loading dock and receiving area that will make it easier for donations of furniture, building supplies and other items from the community and businesses. Revenue generated by the store is used to fund Habitat for Humanity projects, bringing “people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

A Home for Food Waste

Do you feel guilty about tossing spoiled produce down the garbage disposable or, worse, sending it to the landfill?

Key City Compost is here to the rescue, providing a service where homeowners receive a bucket for their scraps, which are picked up on schedule, with a new bucket in its place. The food waste is composted and eventually becomes a soil booster that will be made available to growers.

Founder Phil Westcott is joined by co-founders Connor Self and Julien Libert, along with technical advisors Ben Fritton and Eriks Brolis. “I’ve had a couple different ideas in the past,” says Westcott, “but this feels different … this is something people want and need.” With a background in land management and environmental science, and as a gardener, he has turned a composting hobby into a business.

Follow The Signs

If you’re looking for a sign or banner to advertise your business or spell out congratulations to a school graduate, you’ll need to seek out the new location for Frederick Sign & Banner, now at 530 E. Church St. The move from the former East 6th Street location came about when the property was sold to become a parking lot.

The business started with Ted Poole in 1969 and is now owned by son-in-law Phil Hannaby, who marvels at how techniques “evolved from brushes and a can of paint” to creations developed by computer. From electronic message boards to signs on the side of trucks, the business can help you spread the word. And, it can be artistic. Hannaby refers to a carved wooden sign designed for Shadow Mountain Acres on Old Frederick Road. “It was my baby and the guy loves it.”

Now with a Pool

With their relocation to 405 S. Jefferson St., Active Physical Therapy now has 6,000 square feet of space with “state-of-the-art, brand-new equipment,” says Lucas McCollum, facility director.

It also now has a swimming pool to provide aquatic therapy. “It’s good for patients with weight-bearing considerations,” McCollum says. “It’s easier on joints and the water is warm,” which is even more beneficial.

Love for Buses

Every three years, TransIT Services of Frederick County conducts a customer satisfaction survey for current riders. Overall results from the latest survey show TransIT has maintained at least a 94 percent overall satisfaction rate for the last 10 years. Among the highest rated levels of customer satisfaction were safety, on time performance, cleanliness and courteous drivers. Suggested changes from riders included the addition of Sunday service, extended service hours and more frequent buses.

FSK Holiday Inn now Clarion Inn

A Frederick hotel that has been here for nearly 40 years is now the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center. Located adjacent to the Francis Scott Key Mall, the hotel was formerly the FSK Holiday Inn. “We are excited about the evolution of this Frederick landmark,” says Susan Lent-Cohen, president of Cohenterprises and owner of the 156-room conference center hotel.

The hotel includes a banquet hall that can serve up to 500 seated guests. Casey’s Lounge is part of the hotel, along with a 24-hour business center and indoor pool.

Keeping in Stitches

The needlework crowd has a new store for buying supplies as well as taking lessons with the recent opening of Wrapped in Stitches, owned by the mother-and-daughter team of Laura Eisenman and Tiffany Jenkins.

The shop is located at 11793 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia.

Eisenman says, “I got into it passionately when my daughter taught me,” and is spreading the enthusiasm with their store. “I teach socks,” she says, while Jenkins gets into other knitting and crocheting techniques. The store offers needles, hooks and the other tools of the trade, as well as a profusion of yarn that ranges from $5 to $30 a ball, perfect for all budgets. Flying Goat Farm, which is local, also has some of its yarn in the shop.

Frederick Magazine