Pocket Park Project

Pocket Park Project

To maintain and preserve the historic downtown of Brunswick Main Street, the town works closely with the Community Foundation of Frederick County, especially our Organization Committee. With the help of this committee, applications for various grants are reviewed and dispersed according to where they feel the grant will best be put into motion.

Recently, our very own Brunswick Main Street has been awarded the Linda Moran and Don Doughty Fund! Both Don and Linda have created this fund to share their appreciation of music and gardening. The couple feel that both music and gardening can bring a calming and restorative balance not only to individuals, but to communities. Wanting to share their passion for the arts and give back to various communities within the county, Don and Linda have worked together to set up the Don Doughty and Linda Moran fund to increase gardening opportunities and brighten up public green spaces.

Brunswick is especially excited to be recipients of this environmentally focused grant. We are particularly excited for our volunteers to tackle revitalizing the Pocket Park, our community park located across from Beans in the Belfry. Volunteers are eager to glove up and get down to business as they set out to purchase new plants, create new pathways in the park, tend to the flower beds, trim back some of the overgrown trees, and much more! The park includes a sign made out of bricks from the old high school – what a great way to recycle!

Brunswick Main Street would like to say a huge thank you to Karin Birch -our longtime volunteer for the park-  for all of her hard work to keep downtown Brunswick a beautiful, welcoming and historic main street!

Join us at the next Small City Saturday on April 13th as we launch this exciting project – stay tuned for updates!

Click through these images below for our BEFORE shots!

Downtown Brunswick Valentine Gift Guide

Downtown Brunswick Valentine Gift Guide

Love is definitely in the air in Downtown Brunswick! If you’re looking for some fun trinkets to spoil your loved ones this year – look no further! Da da da daaaa (*fanfare of course!)… We have compiled a gift guide for some of Brunswick Main Street’s most thoughtful Valentines treats! So if you are in the mood for something local – or you simply need something close (*ahem* – for all of us who may have forgot to get something sooner) here is our Valentine’s Day Guide of 2019:

If your loved one is one to be spoiled with goodies and presents:

Towpath Creamery – From pink soap to heart shaped jewelry, there is something here for everyone! You can also find chocolates and cookies here too! Local and handmade crafts are just the perfect gift for a family member, friend or someone special.

Corner Store – Discount Alert! That’s right! 10% off wines and craft beers. Such a good idea for those who want an evening in.

For all of our Foodies in Brunswick:

Smoketown Brewing Station – Start the evening out at Smoketown’s Valentine’s Day Happy Hour (from 5PM – 7PM) with $4 pints, $5 specialty beers! Be sure to taste their new annual Oyster Stout – launching that day!

Beans in the Belfry – If you are really looking for a decadent evening – look no further. Beans in the Belfry is going full glamour this Valentine’s Day! Bellini, fresh fruit, eclairs, quiche, chocolate tortes …. WINE! Oh, and did we mention jazz music in the background to set the mood? A dreaaam date place.

For our Active Couples…. or Singles:

Roots and River Yoga – Come do some Yin Yoga with Machelle Lee and lift a glass to self-love! Choose from several wines and then take your glass, cheeses, and truffles to the mat for an indulgent but therapeutic Yin Yoga practice themed around deep love for the simple presentations of life.

Now THAT’s what we call a good Valentine’s Day!

Sending love from all of us here at Brunswick Main Street <3

C&O Canal Brochures

C&O Canal Brochures

Here in downtown Brunswick, we have such an important relationship with the C&O Canal and towpath. It is a deep part of our history and remains a significant source of tourism today. We are so thankful to the Community Foundation of Frederick County for recently awarding Brunswick Main Street the C&O Canal Endowment Fund of Frederick County! This grant will help Brunswick Main Street print and distribute the Canal Towns Brochure that highlights Brunswick’s unique history with the C&O Canal.

Brunswick’s History with the Canal

Brunswick was incorporated in 1787 with the name Berlin because of its many German settlers. Since Maryland already had another Berlin, the name was eventually changed to Brunswick. The C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad were built side-by-side here. Both were operating in the town by 1834, but in the late 1800s the B&O built a six-mile rail yard in Brunswick, transforming it into a railroad company town. Today, the rail yard is virtually gone, but freight and passenger train services thrive. Early industry in the area was based on waterpower; ironically, the power of floods destroyed much from that time. The ruins of C. F. Wenner’s mill lie near the present Potomac River Bridge, as do those of C&O Canal Lock No. 30. Brunswick suffered raids by Confederates from across the river during the American Civil War. The wooden bridge over the Potomac was burned by Confederate troops in 1861, forcing the Union Army to construct a pontoon bridge to move troops and materials across the river into Virginia. After the Battle of Antietam, the Union Army used Brunswick as a major supply depot due to its central location. The C&O Canal had strategic importance to both sides in the war. The Union army used it for transporting troops and war supplies while Confederates tried to damage canal aqueducts and impair barge traffic. The fully restored Catoctin Aqueduct is just downstream from Brunswick along the towpath and was considered the most beautiful along the line by the old canalers.

To find a copy of the Brochure, visit: www.canaltrust.org/programs/canal-towns

Storefront Windows Project

Storefront Windows Project

You can find old historic photos of Brunswick, Maryland in the windows of many of the shops and businesses in the Brunswick Main Street district! Brunswick Main Street, in partnership with the Brunswick History Commission and the Brunswick Heritage Museum, have identified some of the former uses of many of the buildings downtown. This project intends to help the Brunswick community better understand the boundaries of the Main Street district, learn about Brunswick’s amazing history and see its transformation, and to imagine some ways to utilize the spaces in the future! The Design Committee Chair, Dr. Wayne Allgaier, has served as the Project Manager of the Storefront Window Project. Make sure you try and see them all!

Small Business Saturday and Black Friday in Downtown Brunswick

Small Business Saturday and Black Friday in Downtown Brunswick

Support Local Businesses by Coming to Downtown Brunswick for Black Friday & Small Business Saturday!

Come to downtown Brunswick on November 23rd  – Black Friday

Beans in the Belfry – discounts on anything black, black bean dip, black olive tampenade, black T-shirts, see anything black, get a 30% discount all day Black Friday, 8am to 10pm!

Holiday PopUp Market – invites you to the Grand Opening at 4PM! A ribbon cutting will occur, followed by a reception. Hot chocolate and cider will be served!

Find great deals and discounts in downtown Brunswick on November 24th – Small Business Saturday

Brunswick, Md. (November 19th, 2018) — In honor of Small Business Saturday on November 24th, Brunswick Main Street has teamed up with American Express to become a “Neighborhood Champion” for downtown Brunswick. Small Business Saturday is celebrated to encourage shoppers to get their seasonal deals from our local businesses – and downtown Brunswick has many fantastic small businesses that we should all support!

Some of the great deals you can find downtown on Small Business Saturday include: 10% off all 2018 bikes and 20% off of earlier model bikes from Three Points Cycles, as well as 15% off of all accessories with a bike purchase on Small Business Saturday; Corner Store will be giving $2 off any Linganore wine, $1 off any wine and, $13.99 for 18pk cans of Miller, Coors, Budlight and Budweiser; Towpath Creamery will be giving out $1 DC Milk Cult Artisan ice cream sandwich and buy one get one toppings on any ice cream purchase! Beans in the Belfry and Antiques N’ Ole Stuff will also be open for Small Business Saturday. To find handmade gifts by local artists and artisans on Small Business Saturday, visit the Holiday PopUp Market on 30 W Potomac Street.

Visiting downtown Brunswick on Small Business Saturday not only supports our local economy, but also promotes a thriving community.

Brunswick Main Street District