Exceptional businesses from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development:
Potomac Gourmet Pantry
A 2010 Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan for $300,000 assisted the opening of the National Harbor’s first boutique grocery store in this waterfront development consisting of hotels, resorts, condos, and commercial and retail space on the Potomac River in the Oxon Hill area of Prince George’s County. The minority-owned storefront is warm and welcoming with fresh market appeal. Potomac Gourmet Pantry features “Bought Local” organic produce and offers delivery service to the immediate area, online ordering with “shop for you” services, and curbside pickup. This $1.6 million project created 25 Maryland jobs.
Potomac Gourmet Pantry is located at 180 American Way in National Harbor. For more information, contact John and Jami Jenkins at 202-340-5181 or email@example.com.
The Limerick Pub
A 2011 Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan for $335,000 assisted the rehabilitation of a leasehold property for the creation of this quaint Irish pub complete with traditional Irish fare and live entertainment. One of the principals, Neil Foley, is a professional musician and fourth-generation fiddler who hails from Limerick City, Ireland. Co-owner Tom Stanton was a corporate attorney for Marriott International. The men are neighbors in Kensington and developed a relationship through their kids. This $800,000 project created 15 full-time and 10 part-time jobs for Maryland citizens.
The Limerick Pub is located at 11301 Elkin Street in Wheaton. For more information, contact Tom Stanton or Neil Foley at 240-381-5133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 2011 Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan for $37,476 spurred the launch of this bakery and café that specializes in a variety of coffees, fresh breads, and baked goods. The café features an expansive, multi-level lakefront deck where you can enjoy a cup of your favorite hot beverage waterside. An Israeli immigrant, Alex Failaev managed a family-owned food business for five years. Erin Failaev is a lifelong resident of Salisbury who attended both WorWic Community College and Salisbury University. She enjoys baking and has baked at the local synagogue for nine years. This $102,000 project created three Maryland jobs and a quaint escape for Wicomico County residents.
Pemberton Café is located at 1100 Pemberton Drive in Salisbury. For more information, contact Alex and Erin Failaev at 443-859-3613 or email@example.com.
Award winners from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development:
Downtown Piano Works
Besides providing pianos, piano service, and piano lessons to more than 160 students, Downtown Piano Works, recipient of the Frederick County Community Leader award, partners with the Frederick Youth Alliance and supplies—for free—all the concert instruments to the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The business also hosts free monthly performances featuring world-class talent.
Downtown Piano Works is located at 74 S. Market Street in Frederick. For more information, call 301-631-1234 or visit www.downtownpianoworks.com.
Celebrated as Frederick County’s Innovative Firm of the Year, VOLT provides an exceptional dining experience that has drawn thousands to downtown Frederick. Executive Chef Bryan Voltaggio's inventive entrées showcase classic flavor combinations prepared with local ingredients. Voltaggio's menus are driven by fresh, seasonal offerings from area farmers.
VOLT is located at 228 N. Market Street in Frederick. For more information, call 301-696-VOLT or visit www.voltrestaurant.com.
Acela Technologies Inc.
Frederick County’s Creative Firm of the Year, Acela Technologies Inc., was founded in 2002. A small minority- and veteran-owned business certified by the state of Maryland in 2006 as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Acela has been one of Maryland’s fastest-growing companies. Acela’s services have been utilized by notable enterprise customers in the Unites States and abroad.
Acela Technologies is located at 5115 Pegasus Court in Frederick. For more information, call 301-846-9060 or visit www.acelatechnologies.com.
What's new in Cumberland:
Uncle Jack’s Pizzeria & Pub
A new restaurant in Cumberland offering New York- and Chicago-style pizza, pasta, subs, salads, and soups. Find them on Facebook!
The Wild Goose & Manhattan Golf and Gallery
Diversification at its finest featuring golf, golf gear, gifts, home decor, collectibles, art, and framing—all in downtown Cumberland! For more information, visit www.golfandgallery.com.