2020 nearing its end makes the year seem like it went by extremely fast…..but then we remember all that we have actually gone through this year! COVID-19, curveballs from Mother Nature, a rocky political landscape, and a Presidential election have made this year anything but normal! However, we look back on the year with pride and promise as we also remember the ways in which our beautiful small Mountain Maryland community has prevailed in the face of challenge! As we near the Holiday season, we look to celebrate togetherness (six feet apart, at least – however!), our vibrant Downtown Business District, health, and history!

Students! We know you are nearing the end of a semester at Frostburg State University that has been far from what you expected on your return or initial welcome into your campus in our town! We hope you are striving to be the best that you can  in the face of what forces you to reevaluate, regroup, or reconsider! As you complete final exams and assignments, we and Downtown Frostburg have your backs and have what you need to prepare for finishing the semester and returning home!

First, we would like to share that there is a COVID Testing Site now serving Marylanders at the Allegany County Fairgrounds! Mondays from 2 PM to 7 PM and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 AM to 2 PM, any resident can receive a test requiring NO appointments, Doctor’s orders, or out-of-pocket costs! Students, this is a great way for you to check that you are clear of COVID before returning home to your families, wherever that may be!

Whether you are a student looking to finish some Christmas shopping in between finals before returning home to your families or a resident looking to cross some names off of the list without leaving town, Frostburg has got you covered! Need a gift for that fashion forward lady in your tribe? Check out the latest styles at Madison Paige Boutique on 17 W Main Street or on their website! Need a snack in between shopping safely? Stop in at the Princess Diner or Wholesome Harvest Co-op just across the street from MP!

Do you have a member of your family who loves music just as much as we do? Yellow K Records on Broadway Street has record players and hundreds of vinyl records in stock everyday! Stop in to check out their shelves or call-in to see if they have what you know that special person will love! Need a wake up call after a long day of Christmas shopping and living your busy life? Clatter Coffee is ready to serve up the coffee and drinks right down the street! Have a reader or two in your family? Yep, Frostburg has you covered there too! Main Street Books has over 20,000 titles in stock right now to help you find the right book for anyone!

Need a mask to shop safely and make it through the rest of the year COVID free? Pick up stylish, comfortable, and protective masks from Ladybug Boutique, Mountain City Traditional Arts, or Madison Paige Boutique to keep it local! 

Any way that you need a helping hand in preparing to finish off this challenging year on a strong note, Frostburg is there to help you make it great! Whether it be shopping safely, relieving some stress, or providing you with the means to inspire a great 2020 Holiday season, we and the rest of Downtown Frostburg will continue to find new ways to be there for you!

One final note, it’s Shop Small Season in downtown Frostburg! Check our social media in the coming days and weeks for more information on how we will be ensuring a COVID-compliant celebration of small business in our vibrant community!