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.
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!

Main Street Wins Community Foundation Grant

Money Will Help Main Street Celebrate C&O Canal NHP 50th Anniversary in Style

Brunswick Main Street (BMS) is thrilled to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $892.38 from the C&O Canal Endowment Fund for Frederick County and The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund was created “to support projects and activities relating to the preservation and heritage of The C&O Canal National Historical Park, with preference given to those portions of the Canal located in Frederick County.”

Promotions Committee member Alyssa Theodore found it hard to contain her excitement. “I can’t wait for the big reveal. This funding allows Main Street to do something that celebrates our Canal heritage in a really fun, hands-on, and family-friendly way.” 

BMS will be celebrating the Anniversary along with the City and other community groups on July 3, 2021 from 10am-5pm throughout downtown. Come and visit the Main Street booth to see how we used our grant award! Tricksy Hint: It features something that encourages kids to “play well.”

Brunswick Main Street Supports Local Businesses

Community can directly help local downtown businesses as they recover from the impact of COVID-19

Brunswick, MD (June 17, 2020) — During May 2020 Brunswick Main Street was proud to award 11 Downtown Brunswick businesses with $1000 micro-grants.  This program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Frederick County. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses is unprecedented and downtown Brunswick businesses feel this impact deeply.

To continue supporting our downtown businesses as they face new challenges (and expenses) as their businesses re-open, Brunswick Main Street is seeking to offer a second round of micro-grants. We need help from the community to replenish our micro-grant fund and continue the support we have begun to provide to our downtown business owners. Balancing the need for fund-raising with sensitivity to the ability to give in this current situation, Brunswick Main Street has launched a unique campaign to achieve this delicate balance.

Join our Power of 5 campaign, which asks for a donation of only $5 and then that each donor, in turn, asks 5 people they know to also donate $5 each and, so on. This campaign has the potential to help Brunswick Main Street reach our goal to raise the funds to offer a second round of micro-grants to our local downtown businesses.

We ALL LOVE downtown Brunswick, show your support for downtown! To join the Power of 5 to help our downtown thrive, visit www.brunswickmainstreet.org and click on the “Donate Here” button.

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About Brunswick Main Street

Brunswick Main Street is part of Main Street America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that supports communities in their efforts to revitalize struggling downtowns while retaining their unique, historic characters. Dedicated to the economic success of its downtown, Brunswick Main Street, created in 2004, works to revitalize the charm and history and show residents and visitors why Downtown Brunswick is a great place to live, work, shop and play. To learn more about Brunswick Main Street and how you can get involved, please visit brunswickmainstreet.org.

Connect with us on social media:

Facebook: @BrunswickMainStreet                                                   Instagram: @brunswickmainstreet

Media Contact
For more information, please contact Julie Martorana at brunswickms@gmail.com or (301) 834-5591.

Brunswick Main Street Launches COVID-19 Emergency Micro-Grant Program

Julie Martorana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chairman, Board of Directors May 4th, 2020
(301) 834-5591
brunswickms@gmail.com

 

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant received to provide aid to Downtown Businesses.

Grant rewarded by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Brunswick, Md. (May 4th, 2020) — The Community Foundation of Frederick County in partnership with the COVID Collaborative recently announced that Brunswick Main Street will be provided $10,000 for its emergency micro-grant program to provide financial assistance to existing downtown businesses. This grant was made possible by the Our Heavenly Cause Foundation, Truist Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Levine.

The micro-grant program has been established in order to provide temporary relief to local downtown businesses. Downtown businesses and local non-profits adversely affected by COVID-19 will be able to apply to receive this grant which will aid them with paying expenses during this time of crisis. 10 downtown business will be awarded $1000 each. The application period opens May 4th at 10:00am and closes May 11th at 11:59pm. Visit our website for more information at: www.brunswickmainstreet.org. Brunswick Main Street will be notifying recipients shortly thereafter. Also, Brunswick Main Street will be launching a giving campaign to raise funds to continue the micro-grant program to meet the needs of our downtown businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

The Community Foundation was established in order to help individuals connect with causes that matter in the community and to the individuals. They work together in order to provide scholarships to students and to create funds to aid local nonprofit organizations. In conjunction with the COVID Collaborative, an organization that consists of several organizations in the community working together to create funding for local businesses and individuals, they raised over $285,500 for emergency grants. Of this money, Brunswick Main Street was honored to receive a grant of $10,000 for their micro-grant program.

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About Brunswick Main Street

Brunswick Main Street is part of Main Street America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that supports communities in their efforts to revitalize struggling downtowns while retaining their unique, historic characters. Dedicated to the economic success of its downtown, Brunswick Main Street, created in 2004, works to revitalize the charm and history and show residents and visitors why Downtown Brunswick is a great place to live, work, shop and play. To learn more about Brunswick Main Street and how you can get involved, please visit brunswickmainstreet.org.

Connect with us on social media:

 

Facebook: @BrunswickMainStreet       Twitter: @BrunswickMS     Instagram: @brunswickmainstreet

 

Media Contact

For more information, please contact Julie Martorana at brunswickms@gmail.com

Facade and Interior Improvement Recipients Announced

Facade and Interior Improvement Recipients Announced

Brunswick Main Street Grants Six Façade and Interior Improvement Awards This Year

Awarded projects will lead to a $112,000.00 investment into downtown buildings.

Brunswick Main Street is pleased to announce that six downtown buildings will be receiving Community Legacy Grant funds for property improvements. The Brunswick Main Street Façade and Interior Improvement Program aims to financially support redevelopment and revitalization initiatives in the Brunswick Main Street district. The 2019-2020 Façade and Interior Improvement Program specifically looked to assist projects related to City of Brunswick and Frederick County occupancy code improvements.  The objectives of this recent grant cycle were to fund (1) façade improvements and signage which will enhance the appearance of the downtown and/or preserve the historical appearance of the buildings, (2) interior improvements, especially those that will bring a property up to code, facilitating occupancy, and (3) other related projects. This past year, Brunswick Main Street was awarded $50,000.00 to disperse among chosen applicants.

The Brunswick Main Street Façade and Interior Improvement program is funded through a Maryland State Revitalization Grant – the Community Legacy Grant. All projects must obtain Community Legacy Grant approval and Maryland Historical Trust approval (each improvement must not produce any adverse effect on the preservation of the building). The Brunswick Main Street Façade and Interior Improvement Program has been used to maintain and enhance some of downtown Brunswick’s most important downtown buildings and businesses. The program also contributes to improving the attractiveness and revitalization of our core downtown business district. Brunswick Main Street will be continuing the Community Legacy Grant Program in Fiscal Year 2021. Brunswick Main Street was awarded more funds this year ($55,000.00) for the program.

Brunswick Main Street’s 2019-2020 Façade and Interior Improvement Program will yield improvements valued at approximately $112,000.00. In this grant round, the following properties have been awarded funds:

 

  • Potomac Street Grill (31 E Potomac Street) for new awnings;
  • Antiques N Ole Stuff (25 E Potomac Street) for new interior and exterior lighting fixtures;
  • Towpath Creamery/ Boxcar Burgers (12 S Maple Ave) for new air-conditioning systems; 
  • “The Arts Center” (14 East A Street) for new plumbing, heating and cooling systems, electric work and new windows;
  • Beans in the Belfry (122 W Potomac Street) for a new kitchen floor; 
  • The Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Company (200 W Potomac Street) for a new roof.

Thank You Design Committee!

Brunswick Main Street would also like to acknowledge the volunteer efforts put forth by the Brunswick Main Street Design Committee. The Design Committee operates this program and we are grateful for their time and dedication.