Business

Courier Shuts Down

After more than a decade of providing community news coverage to Urbana, Ijamsville, Green Valley and Monrovia, The Town Courier publisher has made the difficult decision to shut down The Town Courier. After close to a year of struggling advertising…

Shop Talk

By Kristy Crawford and Bethany E. Starin Atlantic Grille Offers Pizza, Outdoor Dining While Atlantic Grille is not new to Urbana, its managing owner, George Klisas, just moved around the corner into the Villages of Urbana (VOU). “We love it,”…

Time to Close Up Shop

Photo | Tracey McCabe

The news seems to have spread quickly proving Urbana as the tight-knit community I have grown to love — and nothing makes me sadder than this news in the first place. A few weeks ago, I received the phone call:…

Local Opens Craft Coffee Shop

Photo | Shannon Wagner

Longtime Urbana Highlands resident, Tracy Hathaway, opened up Gravel & Grind, a craft coffee and classic bike shop in downtown Frederick with business partner James Johnson. The duo crafts pour-over coffees and sells and services bicycles.

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Urbana Highlands resident Tracy Hathaway said she was the kid with the bike. After college, getting married and having three daughters, Hathaway became the woman with the good coffee, bringing enough to share with other…

Shop Talk

Tattoo Alchemy Creates Art for the Body and Home Original art of many media cover the walls of the revitalized and renamed tattoo and art studio, Tattoo Alchemy, in Urbana. Owner Robert Vendemmia has worked diligently with his new artist,…

Water! Water Everywhere!

We are quickly approaching one of the most dangerous times of the year: summer. This season can be deceptive because it is filled with all the fun activities such as swimming, hiking, bike riding, roller coasters and more — but…

Shop Talk

Urban Green Development Progressing The Frederick County Planning Commission recently approved the initial concept plan for Urban Green, a combination of more than 350 apartments plus commercial space on the south side of Urbana Pike, east of Fingerboard Road. Initial…

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Changes Hands

Photo | Courtesy of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Nearby Sugarloaf Mountain Winery is under new ownership. Emily Yang, just 24 years old, purchased the vineyard in November.

By Jo Ostby and Bethany E. Starin Less than 10 miles from Urbana, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is nestled at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain on the border of Frederick and Montgomery Counties. Crafting Bordeaux-style wines, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard boasts a…