Nick Dutrow uses his extensive knowledge of the outdoor Frederick for his new business, Explore Tour & More. Born and raised in Frederick County, Dutrow offers hiking and biking tours for individuals, couples, groups, and children.
“I pretty much grew up with my father in the mountains,” he said. “When I grew up in this area and enjoyed the outdoors, I just wanted to have more people out there who didn’t get the chance or who didn’t know much about it.”
Dutrow is also a nature fanatic and can identify many trees, plants, and birds by picture and sound. He said this aspect would work well for lessons with children.
The pandemic has encouraged more people to relax outdoors as it has been classified as one of the safer activities by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dutrow believes the combination of increased demand and new people moving to Frederick could be good for his business.
“Some people may not know the area, they will not know where to go, they may generally not be comfortable going there,” he said.
Dutrow enjoys going to Catoctin Mountain, where he spent a lot of time with his father, uncles, and older brothers. However, he also offers tours along the C&O Canal and Gambrill State Park, Harpers Ferry, and Montgomery County.
The demand for outdoor gear has resulted in a bicycle shortage that Dutrow saw firsthand from working part-time at Dick’s Sporting Goods. However, he hopes to have his own fleet of mountain bikes in the future so that he can rent them out with his tours.
He also hopes to be able to canoe and kayak soon.
Mayfest is making a comeback
The Downtown Frederick Partnership’s first Saturday program has gone through the pandemic, but with some significant changes. On this Saturday, however, the special first Saturday of May called Mayfest will be a small dose of normalcy for downtown.
The main attraction of Mayfest is the chalk art, with local artists decorating the sidewalks and streets. According to Leeann Crews, Marketing and Promotion Manager of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, 32 artists are expected to draw from 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Event manager Jade Dunhour said most of the artists will be in Market and Patrick streets, some on East Street as well. There will also be a large chalk wash picture on the square corner.
Live music is also making a comeback on the first Saturday. According to a press release, musicians are masked and play instrumental music.
In addition, two companies have band sections on Saturday: Magpie Market at 141 N. Market St. and Midar Beauty Bar at 624 N. Market Street.
Carmen’s Corner Store brings Hagerstown to Frederick
There will soon be a bodega-style supermarket on North Market Street. The Carmen’s Corner Store opens on Friday at 302 N. Market St.
The company’s first location opened in downtown Hagerstown, according to an email from Altimont Wilks. The second location is expected to offer food and beverage as well as retail merchandise from local vendors.
According to WDVM, the Hagerstown location has become vital for the community and even offers groceries to the homeless during the holidays. He hopes to do the same in Frederick by helping to revive trading on the 300 block of N. Market Street. Currently, many of the nearby storefronts are empty.
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