Brunswick Main Street Welcomes New Board Members

Brunswick Main Street Welcomes New Board Members

Please welcome:
Letha Dolza-Anderson
Letha shares a historic home in Brunswick with her husband, Tyson, and three rescues. She is originally from Michigan and has been in the DC area off and on since college. She did her undergrad at American University and ended with a BA in Political Science from Alma College. She is a recently-minted lieutenant in the U. S. Army, and works as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. She credits her parents for her strong sense of service and looks forward to working alongside so many others to “continue to make Brunswick a town we are glad to call home.”

Machelle Lee
Machelle Lee is the owner of Roots & River Yoga in the heart of historic Downtown Brunswick. She leads weekly classes, guest lectures, directs professional teacher training, and organizes special events. With more than 20 years of experience as a small business entrepreneur, Machelle brings a grounded knowledge in the day-to-day strategizing, planning, action, and interpersonal relations that are needed to grow a successful enterprise. Also, as the owner and steward of a 101-year-old home in downtown Brunswick where she lives with her husband, Machelle is committed to the community through both financial investment and through heart, living and acting locally in a way that nurtures Brunswick and its revitalization of healthy, viable buildings for business growth while embracing the history and outdoor recreation for which Brunswick is most celebrated.

Dan Sherwood
Dan is a musician who fell in love with the charm of Brunswick and is excited to get involved with his new community. Whether teaching voice and piano lessons, performing or attending concerts, he enjoys sharing the joy, excitement, and expressive qualities that music and art provide. Dan hopes to assist the development of Brunswick’s artistic community with further economic development, allowing the production of more visual and performing arts expressing the creativity of its people and feeding their souls.

As a reminder, our Board meets monthly on the first Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending to learn more about our organization or to update us on outside initiatives, please email brunswickms@gmail.com to arrange to be added to the agenda.

Main Street Embraces #Outdoorlife

BMS had the pleasure of working with the awesome staff at WDVM to create a 30-second spot highlighting our outdoor recreation opportunities. Our goal: paint a picture of what it means to choose Brunswick as your next trail stop or daytrip destination. We think they did a fantastic job!
An extra big “thank you” to our volunteer actors who made it possible: Chris Christakis, Joy Christakis, David T. Caines, CPA & his wife, Erin, and sisters Emma & Audrey Allgaier.
The tough part is having just 30 seconds! There are so many more great things about our downtown. BMS looks forward to creating more spots to share via ongoing digital & OTT marketing campaigns.

2020 Façade & Interior Improvement Grantees

The Brunswick Main Street Façade and Interior Improvement Grant was created to financially assist commercial and, beginning in 2020, residential property owners in the Brunswick Main Street district who wish to improve the interior or exterior of their space. To find out more about it, click here!

In 2020, Brunswick Main Street chose eight awardees for this grant:

AWARDEE

WORK COMPLETED

Antiques N’ Ole Stuff, 25 E. Potomac St. (Mary George) New A/C.
Beans in the Belfry, 122 W. Potomac St. (Hanna Politis) Repointing (the process of renewing mortar joints between bricks damaged by weathering and decay, to keep out water & prevent structural deterioration).
Boxcar Burgers, 12 S. Maple Ave. (Brett Novick) New flooring in food prep area.
Brunswick Grooming Spa, 19 E. Potomac St. (Ted Lapkoff) New roof.
Brunswick Heritage Museum, 40 W. Potomac St. (Jim Castle) Repointing (the process of renewing mortar joints between bricks damaged by weathering and decay, to keep out water & prevent structural deterioration).
Brunswick Sports and Apparel, 302 W. Potomac St. (Abbie Ricketts) New HVAC.
Citizen Bldg., 101 W. Potomac St (John Andrew) Sealing and striping of parking lot.
Potomac Street Grill, 31 E. Potomac St. (Abed Alteifan) Installation of energy-efficient breezeway.
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED $57,585.00 

Citizen Building Parking Lot Sealing & Striping

Beans in the Belfry Repointing

Boxcar Burgers New Flooring

Potomac Street Grill New Entryway

Brunswick Main Street Welcomes New Board Members

Brunswick Main Street Welcomes New Board Members

New Board Members Bring Fresh Talent to Brunswick Main Street

Please welcome:
Tyson Anderson
Tyson is new to Brunswick but embraced our downtown charm from the beginning, purchasing one of the most historic homes in town. His professional background gives him ample experience in research, analysis, and strategic planning in addition to small business ownership. All invaluable skills for tackling downtown revitalization. He is especially passionate about capitalizing on people’s appetite for community as we emerge from Covid restrictions and making sure downtown has the infrastructure to meet it.

Erin Caines
Erin is one half of the David T. Caines, CPA partnership that purchased the practice of Charles H. Thornton, CPA in 2019. Currently located in the former Citizens building, the Caines look forward to breaking ground on a new building at the corner of East Potomac and First Avenue as soon as permitting allows. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 10 years professional experience, Erin brings a strong financial and strategic planning background to Main Street to help us meet our goals. We also love her commitment to incorporating sustainability into her work for Brunswick.

Chris Lucas
Raised in the Brunswick area, Chris has decades of local experience under his belt. He relocated his business, Chris Lucas State Farm Insurance, from Frederick to East Potomac Street in 2020. We are thrilled to have Chris’ fresh insight into what businesses look for before opening a location and the experience of bringing a business to Brunswick. He is ready to throw himself into what he sees as downtown Brunswick’s biggest challenge: getting a stockpile of affordable, turn-key commercial space.

As a reminder, our Board meets monthly on the first Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending to learn more about our organization or to update us on outside initiatives, please email brunswickms@gmail.com to arrange to be added to the agenda.

Main Street Wins TRIPP Grant

Main Street Wins TRIPP Grant

TRIPP Grant Award Boosts Main Street Efforts to Position Brunswick as Outdoor Recreation Destination

June 21, 2021

Brunswick Main Street (BMS) is thrilled to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $7,000.00 from the Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product (TRIPP) Program administered by the Tourism Council of Frederick County. Through this competitive program, a portion of the hotel tax revenue received by the Tourism Council is allocated to provide tourism product development grants for Frederick County non-profit organizations.

Early in June, BMS used its own funds to hire a production crew from local network WDVM to create a professional video. This video highlights Brunswick’s outdoor recreation amenities, including cycling on the Towpath and the River’s Edge trail network, kayaking, fishing, and our beautiful campground, as well as the downtown businesses ready to welcome visitors. The TRIPP grant allows BMS to distribute this video to a wider audience, taking advantage of internet and digital TV advertising to appeal to day-trippers and overnighters in a targeted radius.

“BMS has zeroed in on a few key areas when it comes to our economic strengths,” explains Carmen Hilton, BMS Manager. “I am ecstatic to see our efforts in the area of outdoor recreation beginning to yield results!”

Look for the video to debut on the BMS website in July!