Biz Ink: July 2017

Custodian With a dry mop in a hallway

Posted on 07.12.17

A bit of Hawaii Downtown

Husband-and-wife team Kareem and Teresa Russell have recently opened New Market Hanai Ohana, a family counseling and wellness center at 30 S. Court St. Teresa, who lived in Hawaii for 11 years, is a Maryland-licensed clinical professional counselor supervisor and is certified in drug and alcohol counseling. She holds national certification, as well. Kareem is trained as a health and wellness coach.

“Hanai Ohana” translates into “extended family” in Hawaiian. The Russells use locations around the city, including Carroll Creek, for morning meditation and walks with clients. The business also has a shop selling Hawaiian soaps, oils, coffees, teas and other products.

Attorney Honored

Thomas E. Lynch III, a principal in the Frederick office of Miles & Stockbridge was recently named a 2017 Lifetime Achievement winner as part of the “Leadership in Law” awards given by The Daily Record. An outside panel of legal and business leaders selected the honorees.

For 40 years, Lynch has had a diverse legal practice, with concentrations in litigation, environmental law and business counseling, as well as a background in both mediation and arbitration. The longest serving member of the Maryland State Bar Association ethics committee, he also serves as the vice chair of the Maryland Professionalism Center, a board appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals. He is a past president of the Frederick County Bar Association and has held numerous positions with the Maryland State Bar Association. Lynch was recently appointed to the Frederick Community College Board of Trustees. He is a member of the board of the Community Foundation of Frederick County and recently completed terms on the boards for the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and the Frederick County YMCA.

In addition to board service for Daybreak Adult Day Services and the Church of the Brethren Learning Center, Lynch has served on committees for the City of Frederick and Frederick County related to campaign reform laws, juvenile justice, police, transportation, underage drinking and drug prevention, commercial trash, and brownfields, among other issues. He also was responsible for the creation of a nonprofit consensus building organization called the Committee for Frederick County, chairing it for five years.

Real Estate Award

The Frederick County Association of Realtors has named Jennifer Grove, owner of Bach & Associates of Frederick, the 2017 Frederick County Realtor of the Year.

Grove has been a licensed Realtor for nearly 16 years and graduated from the Maryland Association of Realtors Leadership Academy in 2013. She is an accredited buyer representative, is trained in internet marketing, is certified in historic Maryland properties and is a military relocation professional. Grove is a current board member and immediate past president of the Frederick County Association of Realtors and has been active in a variety of community organizations for more than 20 years.

“I’ve known Jennifer for several years, and we have worked together in many different capacities, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” says Rose Thomas of Property Management People.

Sneakers & More

Located at 125 S. Carroll St., Peak Sneaks opened recently, specializing in rare and hard-to-find sneakers, vintage jerseys, pullovers, hats and accessories. What started four years ago as an online side gig has grown into a brick-and-mortar business that owner Brandon Bane envisions will become a hub for Downtown Frederick. The store includes a video game lounge for people to hang out and play classic video games.

In addition to new lines, Bane offers trade-in and cash on the spot for fine-quality resell products. Walk-ins are welcome but be ready to hear “no” if your goods don’t hit the mark. Bane prides himself on offering the finest products to his customers, making it clear that “pre-owned” doesn’t mean worn out.

Escaping in Mount Airy

“All may enter. All will exit. Only some will escape.” That’s the promise of Enter Exit Escape, an escape house scheduled to open in July at 1902 Back Acre Circle, Mount Airy. Kristen Ellis and partner Lisa Yzaguirre are bringing the entertainment venue to the public.

Ellis was inspired after she, her husband, their two teen boys and her aunt tried an escape room in North Carolina. “We were three generations and we all loved it,” she says. “People are looking for experiences; they don’t want to buy stuff anymore.” Three escape rooms are planned with themes, codes and puzzles designed with varying degrees of challenges.

New Location; Expanded Business

After 25 years in New Market, Lindquist Insurance has moved closer to 7430 Technology Way, near the Francis Scott Key Mall, and has folded Carmack Insurance into the business. Carmack Insurance, in various ownerships, was a staple in Frederick for decades.

“This is a positive change that will meet the evolving needs of our client base,” says owner Randy Lindquist, who in 2008 earned the Erie Insurance Quality Agent Award, the highest award bestowed by the company.

Frederick Magazine