Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844, in Taneytown, named Best Hotel Restaurant in USA Today Contest


Taneytown Lions Club Gives Back

Even while stuck at home, the “Taneytown Lions Club continued on their mission of helping others! Although they had to cancel their March meeting they still sent out donation checks totaling $5,675 to the following service organizations:

These donations are made possible through the many fund-raising activities we do throughout the year. To our Taneytown community that support these activities, we say “thank you”.

Taneytown Businesses say “HI!”

Hi there Taneytown, Maryland! A few of us local businesses wanted to say HELLO and spend a brief moment with Y.O.U. 😊 Even though only a fraction of us biz peeps are in the video, we are all in this together. ✊ #taneytownstrong #bettertogether #kindnessiscontagious

Please share! Comment and tag a few of your favorite businesses in town! And finally, please connect will all of these fantastic Taneytown Maryland Businesses on Facebook and Instagram:

Pianist 🎹🎶
Nicholas Galinatis
FACEBOOK: Nicholas Galinaitis, Pianist

Georges On York Bed & Breakfast 🗝
Chris & Sharon Tillman
FACEBOOK: Georges on York BnB

Kelly Heck Photography 📸
Kelly Heck
FACEBOOK: Kelly Heck Photography – Personal Brand & Portrait Photos Carroll County MD

StudioY Fitness 🏋️‍♀️
Yvette Castillo
FACEBOOK: StudioY Fitness

Terry’s Tag & Title 📃
Neil Saffron
FACEBOOK: Terry’s Tag and Title Service, LLC

Stonehouse Cakery & Cafe 🧁
Izabel Steele & Donna Kelly
FACEBOOK: Stone House Cakery and Cafe

Antrim 1844 🛏
Richard Mollett
FACEBOOK: Antrim 1844 Hotel

Taneytown Dance Center 💃🕺
“Miss Kim” Golliday
FACEBOOK: Taneytown Dance Center

Buddy’s Place Dog Grooming 🐕
Stephani Rickerd
FACEBOOK: Buddy’s Place Dog Grooming

Kennie’s Market 🛒
Rocky Herring
FACEBOOK: Kennie’s Market

Doug’s Turnings 🌳
Douglas Heck
FACEBOOK: Douglas Heck

Mark Small’s Used Car Factory 🚗
Mark Small
FACEBOOK: Mark Smalls Used Car Factory

Taneytown Chamber of Commerce 👨‍💻👩‍💻
FACEBOOK: Taneytown Chamber of Commerce

No Anchovies 🍕
Donnie Chiaruttini
FACEBOOK: No Anchovies

Thunderhead Bowl & Grill 🎳
FACEBOOK: Thunderhead Bowl

RUST Studio & Classroom 🖌
Beth Lee
FACEBOOK: @Rust: Studio & Class Room

The Hitch Man, Inc. 🚘
Adam Peno
FACEBOOK: The Hitch Man

Pictures-R-Us 📷
Rebecca, Tanya, & Kim Kornaski
FACEBOOK: Pictures -R- Us, Inc.

The Liquor Barn 🍾
Kim Carter & Jim Coyle
FACEBOOK: The Liquor Barn

Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles 🎁
Allan Semmont
FACEBOOK: Eternia Dreams Toys and Collectibles LLC

JB Farms 👩‍🌾
The Blankenships

Firehouse Pottery & Arts 🎨
Harmony Autry
FACEBOOK: Firehouse Pottery and Arts

MD Lead Inspection Services 📝
Michael & Debbie Shea
FACEBOOK: MD Lead Inspection Services

Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles - Allan Semmont

Our very own Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles to be featured on new docuseries, “THE TOYS THAT MADE US”

Launching mid-April 2020, more than 40 independent toy stores will be featured in  A Toy Store Near You, including our very own Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles.

A Toy Store Near You will debut one or two episodes each week across Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Vimeo, with each delving into the history, selection, and the people that make each store unique.


Congrats to Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles owner Allan Semmont!!

Information sourced from:

Thunderhead Bowl & Grill Drive Through

Taneytown Interviewed for the Wall Street Journal


“How Coronavirus Changed Life in One Town in Maryland”

In small Taneytown, day by day, more of life shuts down… here from business owners and town officials…

Read the full article here:

2019 Hudson Day at Taneytown History Museum


The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs hosted the Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop at Carroll Community College, marking the first time the event has been in Carroll County. This business development program helps small, minority, women, and veteran business owners connect to state and local government buyers. The event drew over 40 small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“The college values our strong partnership with Special Secretary Rhee and the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs,” stated Dr. James D. Ball, president of Carroll Community College. “We always appreciate the opportunity to convene State and local resources on our campus to provide local businesses and entrepreneurs even greater access to the resources they need to grow and thrive.”

Three local entrepreneurs received a Governor’s Citation in recognition of their contributions to Maryland’s small business community and the community at large:  Harmony Autry & Melody Schell, Owners – Firehouse Pottery & Arts, LLC in Taneytown, Maryland,  Mildred Rodman, Owner – Growing Ideas Sustainable Gardening,  Lee Ann Young, Owner- Uncharted HR, LLC

Taneytown Recognized in 2019 Best Colleges for Veterans Analysis

Taneytown, MD – A recent analysis by higher education data firm College Factual found Taneytown to be one of the best cities in the nation for students who are seeking a vet-friendly college.


Taneytown festival bringing wine, brews, art, music, and food to support Main Street

The eighth annual Taneytown Wine, Brew, Art and Music Fest, with activities for all ages, was held at Taneytown Memorial Park, was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featured tastings were provided by Brewery Fire, Great Shoals Winery, and Miscellaneous Distillery!

Live performances provided by Monte Leister Quintet and Abe Ovadia.

Food options included tasty treats such as pit beef, ham, and turkey, yogurt parfaits, gourmet popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches, fries, macaroni & cheese, strawberry waffles, wings, and more!

Activities included a petting zoo, puppies available for adoption, and wonderful vendors selling wares such as jewelry, pottery, embroidery, and fabulous services such as massage therapy.

Proceeds from this event will be invested back into Main Street’s beautification efforts.

To read more about the event, visit:

Taneytown Rocks the 7th Annual Carroll Biz Challenge

Taneytown stands proud this morning after the 7th Annual Carroll Biz Challenge held in Westminster, Maryland at the Carroll Arts Center. Two contestants from Taneytown made it to the final FIVE to pitch their business on stage in-front of a live audience and broadcasted live on the internet and television.

First, lets introduce to you the five finalists, because all are amazing businesses that we wish to applaud:

Sertified. LLC.

Sertified., LLC hopes to bridge the gap in American Red Cross trainings throughout the mid-Atlantic region. We have developed a network of instructors that are trained to teach courses such as Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, Emergency Medical Responder and many more. With a focus on high quality instructors, we have flipped the training model on its head. Our instructors come to training sites all over the region to provide trainings in a quick, efficient and more affordable manner.

Visit their website at
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Growing Ideas Sustainable Gardening

The two main ingredients in soil-less potting mixes are typically peat moss and perlite, bagged in plastic. Both are dug up out of the earth in their natural state so are generally considered to be non-sustainable. I replace peat moss and perlite with the upcycled organic waste products coconut coir and rice hulls. Adding plant meals, worm castings, microbial powder, and my specially developed mineral mix, I created an organic potting mix that is very high in quality. Using upcycled coir and hulls as the main ingredients are not only better for the planet, but the plants thrive in this mixture. Root development and water retention are noticeably improved, leading to healthier plants. I sell different versions of my mix for different types of plants in Kraft bags made from recycle paper and coated with a plant-based plastic ‘not petroleum”, so it is compostable.

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Its All good – catering

We decided to start our own food truck catering business because we have the skill, talent and passion to provide delicious and healthier food options. After working for many years in the corporate food service industry preparing and serving food primarily to seniors, we realized that we have the resources needed to provide a service to the greater community.

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Floral Fetes

Creating amazing events and special experiences is what shop owner Victoria Clausen and her staff do best. Whether you want to buy a single flower stem, a beautiful bouquet, or an arrangement of flowers, Floral Fêtes has a wonderful selection of local and imported blooms to bring your vision to life or to help you make someone’s day! The shop also offers a beautiful array of gifts, cards, and jewelry items for all budgets. On top of that, the shop features on a rotating basis artworks of local area artists that will be on display and also available for sale.

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Brewery Fire

Brewery Fire will bring quality craft beer to the patrons of Carroll County, MD. We would be the first brewery in the county to offer quality, onsite taps, a culinary experience provided by food trucks, and a “stay a while” atmosphere. Our rotating lineup of beers, paired with our year-round backbone, will give regular customers and new visitors something to look forward to.

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Huge thanks to the event manager, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to the many many sponsors (too many to name, but you can check them out here: Thanks to the judges: Drew Baker (Old Westminster Winery), Mike Gibble (Gibble Enterprises Holdings), Trish McLean (Ting), and Amy Wallace-Yingling (SBDC).

Time to PITCH…

Each contestant has only FIVE MINUTES to pitch their business to the judges and audience. Then the contestants are asked various questions by the judges, and a few questions sent in by the audience. We’ll share the event video once it is published (thanks to the Community Media Center for recording and broadcasting!).



The People’s Choice Winner Is…

The audience had the opportunity to to send in their vote via text for the first winner…. and a big congrats to the audience favorite, Brewery Fire! They received a check for $1,500.00 towards their business. 

The Grand Prize Winner Is…

The 4 judges take on the difficult task of selecting the one winner, who receives a check for $5,000.00 and over $15,000.00 in valuable prizes (products and services) to help them in their business venture. All the finalists were amazing, but only one can win.

And the judge’s pick was… Brewery Fire!

WOW! This is only the 2nd time in two years that the People’s Choice is also the Grand Prize Winner. Congrats again to Brewery Fire. Even better, they are about to set up shop in Taneytown, Maryland. We cannot wait to have you as neighbors!