Shop Talk

Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks to Serve Dinner

According to business website, The Street, both Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks coffee shop plan to sell more dinner-friendly foods in 2015. To meet the needs of customers’ varied schedules, both businesses plan to expand their hours and menus to offer more options and increase sales. Starbucks will also begin offering a food and beverage delivery service through mobile applications at some of its locations in the fall of 2015. No final decision has been announced on delivery at Frederick area Starbucks locations, which include Urbana, Kemptown and Buckeystown. For more information, visit the company websites at www.dunkindonuts.com and www.starbucks.com.

Toys for Tots Coming to Westview

Since October, Westview Promenade, on Buckeystown Pike in Frederick, has been collecting new unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the Frederick community. The collection culminates on Saturday, Dec. 13, from noon – 3 p.m. at the Toys for Tots Collection event, near Westview Regal Theatres. Hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and The Golden Gears Car Club, the event will offer live holiday music and a display of historic, military and classic vehicles. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand and the first 250 visitors will receive a special gift. New, unwrapped toys will be collected up until and during the event. For more information on the free event, visit www.shopwestview.com.

Shop Notes

It was finally announced in late November that some vendor decisions have been made for the property at the corner of Fingerboard Road and Rte. 355, the former location of the Cracked Claw/Peter Pan Inn. Construction work is expected to start in January on a Burger King restaurant and a Philly Pretzel Factory location. According to Rand Weinberg, an attorney representing the owners of the site, they are working to create a safe, well-lit complex that will fit into the neighborhood. “We have gotten positive feedback for these merchants,” said Weinberg. “We have tried for several other vendors over the years, including Panera and Chipotle Grill, but they turned us down saying there weren’t enough people living in Urbana. Obviously the new housing helps, but we’re not there yet.”

The design of the Silk Mill Restaurant, which opens next spring, is almost complete, according to sales director Tara Stelley-Franklin. “We have started booking events,” Stelley-Franklin said, “and we are all pretty excited about what is to come!” The Silk Mill will be in the historic Landon House at 3401 Urbana Pike, and is booking now for weddings and corporate or private special events. For more information, call 240.608.9474, visit their website and blog, at www.silkmillurbana.com, or The Silk Mill Facebook page.

Frederick is rated 13th in Yelp’s Top 20 Places to Shop in the U.S. for the Holidays. Small Business Saturday is Saturday, Nov. 29, one day after Black Friday, Nov. 28, and two days before Cyber Monday, Dec. 1. Information on local holiday deals is available on the websites and Facebook pages of The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, www.frederickchamber.org, or www.visitfrederick.org.

Goodwill has begun a pilot project of curbside pickups once a month in the Villages of Urbana and the Urbana Highlands. Scheduled for the fourth Sunday morning of each month, the event gives residents an opportunity to leave usable donations in plastic bags, clearly labeled Goodwill, for curbside pickup by 9 a.m. Rain dates are the following Tuesday morning. For more information, visit the new Facebook page, Urbana – Goodwill at Your Door.

On Dec. 4, The Business Factory of Frederick will hold its second Small Business Networking Social with a lesson on “How to De-Stress in 10 Seconds or Less.” Keynote speaker Steven Marchitelli of Sahaja Meditation will help guests learn how to relax during their business day with simple tips and ideas. Located at 801 N. East Street, Suite 6-A in Frederick, The Business Factory of Frederick offers flexible and shared office space and support to local professionals, plus space for special events, meetings, classes and art exhibits. Registration is encouraged by Dec. 2. For more information, call General Manager Peggy Richman at 301.378.0070, visit the website at www.bizfactoryfrederick.com or the Business Factory of Frederick Facebook page.

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