The Buzz Turns One

The Buzz: Minda Merwin Metz and Allison McGraw serve up the good stuff at The Buzz in the Green Valley Center.

The Buzz, in the Green Valley Shopping Center, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and the owners show no signs of slowing down.

Offering an assortment of freshly baked treats, breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks and ice cream, The Buzz has developed a large, local following in southern Frederick County and is becoming a popular meeting place for small groups in the area, who enjoy relaxing in the small café atmosphere and enjoy scones, muffins and other delights.

It’s tough to get a table, too. Several community organizations call owner Minda Merwin Metz a few days ahead of their planned meetings so she can accommodate the small groups on the couch, armchairs or small tables.

Joan McIntyre, one of several writers for the web journal, TheTentacle.com, says, “I love, love, love the food, the people, the feel. It’s a complete package,” she said. “They literally bend over backwards to accommodate. It’s almost shocking when you realize what these ladies produce in such a small footprint of a building!”

The Buzz is becoming well known for its baked-from-scratch, preservative-free treats, especially for the scones, as well as donuts, which are dipped in melted butter and sprinkled with sugar. There are several varieties of cakes, cookies, pies and muffins; egg dishes, French toast and pastries for breakfast; sandwiches and salad platters for lunch; and seasonal coffee drinks anytime.

Using mostly local produce and ingredients, as well as fresh fruit, The Buzz bakes everything from scratch. To complete the menu, Edy’s ice cream is also served throughout the day. Menus change weekly, specials are added daily, and Metz and her partner, Allison McGraw, often bake “at whim — whatever we feel like, or whatever our customers suggest.”

It is very important to Metz and McGraw to be responsive to their customers. As Metz explained, “We hate to say no!”

They take special orders for meals and baked goods, and they also cater small events in the area. For a recent wedding for 75 people at the Kentlands mansion, their menu included Italian herb-roasted beef tenderloin, peach citrus-glazed chicken, and a de-constructed trifle bar with nectar sherry syrup-soaked pound cake.

Musical entertainment is a recent addition to The Buzz. Kim Parseghin, a local guitarist, performed on a recent Saturday evening, and will be returning soon. The Buzz’s website, thebuzzgreenvalley.com, offers information on entertainment and menus.

Metz, who lives with her husband and sons in Mt Airy, worked in the restaurant and catering business for several years before fulfilling her dream to open a neighborhood café. When she met McGraw, a former pastry chef from Damascus, she knew she had found the perfect partner. They found the perfect location when the owners of an ice cream shop in the Green Valley Shopping Center closed their business last year.

They have been warmly welcomed by local vendors and customers and have enjoyed a booming business and a sense of community since they opened.

The Buzz shares its walls with the community by showcasing the vibrant art of local schoolchildren. Metz has worked with art teachers in nearby elementary schools, who decide, with the students’ permission, which art to include; Metz then mats, frames and displays the art for several months at a time.

The Buzz is closed on Mondays this summer; hours are Tuesday through Fridays, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. (‘til 7 p.m. on Friday), Saturdays, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. In the fall, look for longer hours and additional entertainment options.

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