Supporting Brunswick Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Brunswick Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brunswick Main Street and the City of Brunswick’s Economic Development Commission have teamed up to keep the Brunswick community informed on how to support our local businesses in the upcoming weeks. First and foremost, we would like to reiterate that the safety of residents, workers and visitors in the Brunswick community is paramount and that patrons should take proper precautions when shopping and dining in Brunswick.  However, we encourage our community to find appropriate ways to support our small businesses and vulnerable community members during this challenging time. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our social media regarding business activities and events. The following blog post will be continually updated to reflect all active recommendations provided by our local businesses, and City, County and State partners.

All of our businesses are taking extreme precautions to keep their facilities clean. If you are feeling ill or are a high risk for carrying COVID-19, we ask that you please avoid interacting with our businesses in person for the safety of their employees and to ultimately slow the dissemination of the virus.

THE GOOD NEWS: There are many ways in which you can support our Brunswick Businesses! Here are a few ways:

  1. Purchase a gift card. Many of our businesses have gift cards available for purchase – you can find specific information on which businesses below! Purchasing a gift card can help offset their current demands of operating a small business.
  2. Consider delivery or take out! Several of our local restaurants can deliver or provide carry out options. See the list below for more details. Pro tip: order a few meals and freeze them!
  3. Partake in online courses as they become available. Fun things to do from the comfort of your home! See below.
  4. Encourage your friends and family to support local. Share this post, business posts and other information widely so others know how to help!

 

Here is information on specific businesses (subject to change):

Business:  Contact Info: Gift Cards? Latest Information:
Adele’s Tex Mex

Facebook HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.3400

Yes! Call to order. Take out and delivery options are available!
Beans in the Belfry

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.7178

Yes! Order on website or call. Take out options are available starting March 17th, 2020! They are in the process of developping a smooth take out process: operating hours will remain the same, a carry out parking space is available outside their cafe, payment method is cash or credit card, and their menu is on their website. Curbside delivery available!
Boxcar Burgers

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.2612

Take out options available! Crubside assistance and delivery information pending. Operating with regular winter hours for now.
Brunswick Heritage Museum

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.7100

The Brunswick Heritage Museum is unfortunately closed until March 25th and will re-evaluate soon after.
Brunswick Sports and Apparel

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.8349207

Yes! Call to order Brunswick Sports and Apparel is working on extended hours. They encourage online and phone orders as the primary form of patronage. They meticulously clean all of their products.
CM Bloomers

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.8200

Yes! Call to order. CM Bloomers is still operating with shortened hours. Porch delivery options are available! However, they will not delivering to health care facilities, nursing homes, health care offices or FT. Detrick. Curbside assistance also available.
Corner Store

Facebook HERE

Phone Number: 301.658.4593

The Corner Store has a delivery service! Call to get some essential items delievered to your doorstep. Regular operating hours will occur for now. A take out parking space and crubside delivery are available!
Dollar General Phone Number: 301.969.2630 Dollar General in Brunswick will be open at 7 am to 8 am for seniors to shop 55 and up, after 8am it is normal shopping! 
Five Dances Wellness Center

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.7411

Yes – varying.

Currently operating regular business hours (open on a day to day basis). Connie Trica, LMT and Licensed Esthetician can issue gift cards here: https://www.chrysalisbody.com/ other consultants and personnel unable to at this time.

 

Stay tuned for some amazing online courses and opportunities!

Grasshopper Garden & Patio

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.432.5428

Grasshopper Garden & Patio are continuing their projects at this time and do not anticipate a delay in proress. They are taking all the recommended CDC precautions at this time.
The Hive Bakeshop

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.969.6506

Yes! Call to order.

The Hive is offering a shortened menu of family classics. They will do their best to support call ahead payments and curbside assistance. Check out their social media for their latest updates!

They also have initiated a “share a meal” service for families in need. Sponsor a family in your community with a $25 donation HERE

King’s Pizza

Facebook HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.9999

Yes! Call to order. Take out and delivery options are available!
The Own It Company

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.675.3098

The Own It Company has created a short term transitional membership for those who are newly teleworking. The space offers many ammenities that can assist teleworkers in optimizing their time out of the office. The membership is $1.00 for 14 days. The Own It Company will be keeping the same operating hours for now.
Potomac Street Grill

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.969.0548

Yes! Call to order. They will be offering take out and delivery options! New operating hours are as follows: Sunday through Thursday 12-6 and Friday and Saturday 12-7
Public Spectacle

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.6400

Operating hours have not changed! Clients will not interact intimately during their sessions. Public Spectacle is observing all of the recommended precautions for cleanliness at this time.
Roots & River Yoga

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 240.938.8622

Yes! Online ordering available. Roots & River Yoga is offering online yoga and meditation courses! They are no longer operating in person hours. To find out how you can participate, visit their website!
Smoketown Brewing Station

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.4828

Yes! Online or call to order. Take out options available from 12PM-5PM Thursday through Sunday (though not guarenteed). Please call ahead to order!
Stroker’s BBQ

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.712.4137

Yes! Call to order. Online processing available by phone. Stroker’s is keeping regular business hours and offer crubside assistance!
Three Points Cycles

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.7199

Yes! Call to order. Winter operational hours are still ongoing. Three Points Cycles can process online payments and curbside deliver upon request! Three Points Cycles are meticulously cleaning their shop on a regular basis. Bike tune-ups are still available!
Towpath Creamery

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.969.6480

Yes! Call to order Take out options available! Crubside assistance and delivery information pending. Operating with regular winter hours for now.
Weis Markets

Facebook HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.4800

Weis is currently suspending their curbside service and are focusing on meeting current demand.
Wing’n Pizza Shack

Facebook HERE

Website HERE

Phone Number: 301.834.5555

Wing’n Pizza Shack will operate normal business hours with take-out and delivery!
Are the existing buildings in the proposed Railroad Square Project historic?

Are the existing buildings in the proposed Railroad Square Project historic?

The “Railroad Square Project” is a proposed mixed-use (commercial and residential) project that would impact a critical section of downtown Brunswick. The project would create 46 affordable housing units and 15,000 square feet of retail/ office space along West Potomac Street. It is important to distinguish that there are two elements of the project: one element that will create affordable housing units and will be applying for low income housing credits through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) (find out more about the tax credits HERE), and a second element that would create retail space along West Potomac Street which will not be included in the tax credit proposal. To learn more about the project please refer to the web link HERE and continue to monitor it for any changes.

In this post, Brunswick Main Street will be focusing on the first element of the project (the properties included in the low income housing tax credit application). The current plan, would involve the restoration of 1 South Maple Ave (2-4 W Potomac Street) also known as the “Mommer’s building” and the removal/ demolition of the remaining buildings (5 S Maple Ave, 9 S Maple Ave, Karn’s Building on S Maryland Ave). Brunswick Main Street is not an authority on deeming properties to be historically significant or not. Therefore, we asked three relevant historical authorities for their expert opinions:

Local historian, author, and President of the Brunswick Potomac Foundation (operators of the Brunswick Heritage Museum) James Castle[1] finds that each of the properties in question bear historic merit. Castle supports his findings in a paper he has written in this document “RR Square“.

Maryland’s oldest preservation organization, Preservation Maryland[2], is dedicated to advocacy, outreach and education, and funding preservation efforts throughout the state. Preservation Maryland largely defines historically significant properties based upon their inclusion in the National Register (HERE and HERE). They believe in the purpose of historic districts; there is value in the collective presence of multiple buildings of historic nature which compose a historic streetscape. Preservation Maryland references the following studies: “Brunswick, Maryland Downtown Revitalization Study” (1985 Downtown Revitilization Study (1)) from the University of Maryland School of Architecture recommends the demolition of the Karn’s Building (located on S Maryland Ave) in favor of a new shopping complex, “The Historic Resource Study of Brunswick, Maryland” (brunswick-historic resource study (1)) by Edward D. Smith of the Historic Preservation Team of the National Park Services does not refer to any of the buildings in question, and finally the “ ‘Rooted deeply in our past’: A landscape history of Brunswick, Maryland” (Rooted deeply in our past_ A landscape history of Brunswick Ma (1)) by Alyssa R. Fisher of James Madison University does refer to the role of the Karn’s Building in Brunswick’s development but does not refer to any of the other buildings in question. These studies add additional context to the Railroad Square Project.

Finally, The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)[3] is the state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. As Maryland state agencies, the MHT and the DHCD work closely together. To identify historically significant properties, MHT uses two main tools: the National Register (HERE and HERE), and the period of significance (which for Brunswick is 1890-1930). Using these tools, MHT finds the following:

  • 1 South Maple Ave – Listed on the National Register – therefore historically significant.
  • 5 South Maple Ave – Listed on the National Register, built in 1789 (not during the period of significance) – therefore historically significant.
  • 9 South Maple Ave – Listed on the National Register, built in 1787 (not during the period of significance) – therefore historically significant
  • Karn’s Building on South Maryland Ave – Listed on the National Register, built in 1787 (not during the period of significance) – therefore historically significant.

 

In summary, most historical authorities therefore find that the properties in question are historically significant to Brunswick.

However, this raises a few questions:

Can the low income tax credits be awarded to a project that includes an intention to demolish historically significant buildings?

Answer: Yes.

As earlier stated, the MHT and DHCD work very closely together. If the tax credits are awarded, the National Historic Preservation Act becomes applicable to the project. This Act, in section 106, is the primary federal law regarding review of federal projects for effects on historic preservation. The Maryland Historical Trust Act of 1985 as amended, State Finance and Procurement Article §§ 5A- 325 and 5A-326 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, is the applicable state law. You can find out more about these Acts HERE.

In short, a Section 106 review of the effects as they relate to historic preservation will occur. A Section 106 review ensures that preservation values are factored into federal/state agency planning and decisions. Because of Section 106, federal/state agencies must assume responsibility for the consequences of the projects they carry out, approve, or fund on historic properties and be publicly accountable for their decisions.

A Section 106 review would require the developer (in this case Verdant Development Group) to make its case to MHT and the DHCD and consulting parties. It also requires that the public be given opportunities to share their view points on the historic merit of the properties in question. Consulting parties in this review can include local governments, advisory councils on historic preservation, state preservation officers, and other relevant organizations that the state agency approves. To learn more about Section 106 and the review, please click here: CitizenGuide2015v4-spreads layout

Ultimately, the Section 106 review outcome will be determined by the DHCD and the MHT. The outcome may still include the demolition of the properties in question or it may call for a new plan to be established. Mitigation will also be factored in to the outcome of the review.

Where does Brunswick Main Street stand with all of this?

Brunswick Main Street is part of the Maryland Main Street program, which is housed under the DHCD. Therefore, Brunswick Main Street supports all of the decisions made by the DHCD and MHT in regards to this project. Brunswick Main Street advocates for an early Section 106 review so that a meaningful review can occur. We believe in the power of development and in the merit of historic preservation. While this blog post addresses the historic value of the buildings involved in the Railroad Square Project, Brunswick Main Street will need to determine, as information becomes available, its stance on other aspects of this project

[1] This disclaimer informs readers that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual. Moreover, in referencing the works of James Castle, he is not agreeing to the views expressed by any other organization referenced in this text.

[2] This disclaimer informs readers that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual. Moreover, in referencing the works provided by Preservation Maryland, the organization is not agreeing to the views expressed by any other organization referenced in this text.

[3] This disclaimer informs readers that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual. Moreover, in referencing the process of the Maryland Historical Trust, the organization is not agreeing to the views expressed by any other organization referenced in this text

Taste of Brunswick 2020

Taste of Brunswick 2020

Downtown Brunswick is home to so many wonderful eateries and restaurants that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy! We have an awesome opportunity for our community to celebrate these amazing culinary experiences. For a limited time, $20.00 will get you $25.00 worth of purchasing power at participating restaurants: Beans in the Belfry, Boxcar Burgers, King’s Pizza, Potomac Street Grill, Stroker’s BBQ and Towpath Creamery.

Brunswick Main Street is selling coupon booklets which are made up of five coupons valued at $5.00 each that can be redeemed from February 1st to February 9th, 2020. To purchase your booklet, fill out the form below.

*NOTE: YOU MAY NOW PICK UP YOUR COUPON BOOKLET FROM TOWPATH CREAMERY (must show recepit).

Also be sure to check out our

Food Expo on February 8th!

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Taste of Brunswick Coupon Booklet

    To receive your booklet, you may choose to have your booklet mailed to you (to the address you have listed above) or to pick it up at our office located at 8 N Maple Ave, or you can pick it up at Towpath Creamery locate at 12 S Maple Ave (must show receipt). We recommend that if you pick up your booklet at the Main Street Office, you call (301.834.5591), email (brunswickms@gmail.com) or Facebook message us (@brunswickmainstreet) ahead of time!
  • Price: $20.00 Quantity:
    A booklet of 5, $5.00 coupons for $20.00 to participating restaurants: Beans in the Belfry, Boxcar Burgers, King's Pizza, Potomac Street Grill, Stroker's BBQ and Towpath Creamery. Valid February 1st - February 9th 2020!
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Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum in Downtown Brunswick

Downtown Brunswick has an incredible railroad and canal history. To celebrate our history and spruce up some of the windows in our downtown, the Brunswick Main Street Design Committee worked with the Brunswick Heritage Museum, City of Brunswick History Commission and local artist Joanne Rodgers to place historic Brunswick photos and artwork in empty storefront windows. In total, there are 15 historic images and 2 pieces of local artwork.

Local artist Joanne Rodgers also made some wonderful illustrations on what COULD go into some of these storefronts. For more information about the available commericial properties within our downtown, click HERE.

History Quiz:

Do you have what it takes to answer our history quiz? After strolling through our downtown and seeing all of the wonderful historic photos, can you answer the following questions?

Each correct submission will be entered into a drawing for a FREE yoga class from Roots & River Yoga.

What do you know about Brunswick History?

Downtown Brunswick’s Most Picture Perfect Spots

Downtown Brunswick’s Most Picture Perfect Spots

Downtown Brunswick is packed with camera-worthy gems that will make THE perfect backdrop for your next family photo or that stunning, summer selfie your Facebook/ Instagram page is missing. Here at Brunswick Main Street, we have compiled a list of the most picturesque parts of Downtown Brunswick just waiting for your shutter to snap! When you visit these spots make sure you tag @brunswickmainstreetmd for your chance to see them appear on Brunswick Main Street’s Instagram of Facebook feed.

1. The Towpath along the C&O Canal and Potomac River

First up (unsurprisingly) is of course, the Towpath! The C&O Canal is one of the most gorgeous spots in Maryland, so you definitely shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take a few pictures. Here are a few of our favorite shots below! Bonus points if you actually can take them FROM the river.

2. The Trains

Brunswick is deeply proud of its train history, and there is no better way to represent that than on a caboose itself! This historically restored caboose has beautifully bright colors that would make the best backdrop for a picture with the kids! To actually go inside the caboose, call the City of Brunswick 1.301.834.7500 to arrange a tour. Train lovers can also (safely) get a great shot of the track from the viewing platform next to the caboose, or underneath the bridge on South Virginia Ave. The bridge can also be a great spot for pictures!

3. Downtown Texture

If you’re looking for some incredible textural backdrops there are some fabulous ones downtown! The wall of King’s pizza (like a professional alleyway shot with much better lighting) or the tank on A Street.

4. Brunswick Icons

And finally, there are some must-see spots downtown that are oozing with charm and character. These spots include (but are definitely not limited to) Beans in the Belfry, the River Mural on South Maple and the Brunswick Mural in Square Corner Park!