Biz Ink: May 2017

Custodian With a dry mop in a hallway

Posted on 05.09.17

Picture Learning to Shoot

People may have an interest in photography, but how many actually have the skills and knowledge to become a professional? From 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on May 19 Jamie and Jason Turner of Turner Photography Studio, 320 E. Church St., will share their expertise as Master Craftsman photographers. “Small Lights Big Results,” which will teach the techniques of effective lighting to create beautiful, awe-inspiring photos, is part of a nationwide educational event by Professional Photographers of America. Visit or email or phone 240-575-5205.

Furnishing a Home

Stress Free Solutions, a business developed four years ago by Ryan Burns to assist seniors downsizing to a smaller home, has recently spun off another venture, Usedtwo, 1890 N. Market St., Suite 101, where home furnishings and other items that clients and their families no longer want are sold. “We have a 5,000-square-foot warehouse,” Burns says, containing antique and newer furniture, collectibles, hardware, electronics, memorabilia, toys and artwork—perfect for decorators or those furnishing their own homes. “Every day we’re coming across different items,” Burns says. “The inventory changes quite a bit.” Usedtwo is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays or by appointment. Call 301-280-0170 or visit

Curing a Computer Headache

“You guys saved me when the others said I’d have to wait until Monday,” is just one of the many accolades that Jon Granados has heard since recently starting Sados Managed Business Solutions, 501 N. Market St. The business tackles “anything technology-wise” Granados says, whether it’s a small business customer complaining of a slow-running computer to a “full grown business with a 600-person staff” that needs a range of IT services.

With cyber security very much in the news, Sados is the go-to place to assure that your system will withstand hackers. Granados says he and his crew will “work through the night” to get things up and functioning. Additionally, the company designs websites.

Beautiful Brides

For years Laura Hishmeh catered to brides from the basement of her Adamstown home. Recently she opened Elegant Forever Bridal Boutique at 31 W. Patrick St., an elegant space that is also comfortable and inviting as brides select the dress of their dreams.

“I offer one-on-one quality time,” Hishmeh says, as well as an on-site seamstress who also presses the gown for its trip down the aisle.

The shop, which is wheelchair-accessible, is stocked with roughly 250 dresses in various styles and sizes, including many options for plus-size brides. Hishmeh exudes excitement about a business that brings her in contact with so much happiness. “So many beautiful people have come my way,” she says. Not a bride-zilla in the bunch.

Medical Emergencies Solved

With a motto of “convenient hours for life’s inconveniences,” MedExpress has recently opened at 99 Baughmans Lane, next to Wawa. The medical center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day with no appointment needed and most insurance plans accepted. The center can help with medical concerns ranging from the flu to broken bones and sprains. It also addresses wellness and prevention issues, including immunizations and health risk assessments.

Wi-Fi with your ride

Riders are now able to receive free Wi-Fi onboard TransIT Services of Frederick County’s connector routes. The project utilizes the same routers that provide Automatic Vehicle Location and Automatic Passenger Counting data, allowing TransIT customers to multitask during their trip.

The Case for a Basket

Since taking over as the new owners of The Frederick Basket Company last year, Kayley Pries and Lois Pruitt have been busy filling the store at 12 N. East St. with nifty items that customers will want to use as gifts or keep for themselves. “Our focus is very much on local products,” Pries says. Recently added to the shelves are local beers and wines.

Customers can start with a shopping basket and take a turn around the store that not only has food and beverages but also spa products, including crab-shaped soap, and decorative items for the home. Once everything has been gathered, the staff is happy to arrange it all in a basket for gift-giving. The store also has pre-made collections, including a suitcase filled with local foods. “We’re always looking for new products,” Pries says, “and we can’t stress local enough.”

Frederick Magazine