Supporting Small Business all holiday season

As small business owners ourselves, we understand the importance of supporting our local communities by shopping small especially this holiday season. Building and empowering local entrepreneurs not only benefits their families but it enriches our communities in so many unique ways. No matter where you live, we encourage you to take the time to research small businesses that are available to you in your own backyard. You may find that what you've been looking for has been there all along.

We decided to take a moment to share some of our favorite local businesses near our homes in the state of Maryland to give you a few ideas on where to shop for gifts for your loved ones this season.

There were so many incredible businesses throughout the state to highlight that it was difficult to select a handful. We will be continuing to spotlight businesses owners on the blog in weeks to come.

Have a suggestion on a business we should check out? Be sure to email us at

SR Studio - Boonsboro, Maryland

SR Studio is a contemporary portrait photography studio and licensed salon located on Main Street in Boonsboro Maryland. Their mission is to help women feel beautiful and allow them to see themselves as others do. The owners, Stephanie Patterson and Breia Portner, have years of experience at doing just that. Swing by their new location on 103 N Main Street, Boonsboro, MD to pick up a gift card for a beautiful women in your life.

Photography sessions offered are; Boudoir, Glamour, High School Senior, Generation Glamour, and Personal Branding. In addition to photography service they also specialize in formal hair and makeup for weddings and events.

They also offer salon services such as bridal hair + makeup, haircuts, color, hi-lights, balayage, hair extensions, eyelash extensions, spray tans and adding more services all the time. They take pride in our 100%-customized shoots and personable relationships with each and every client.

Cannon Coffee - Downtown Hagerstown, Maryland

Cannon Coffee is a specialty coffee shop, offering a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere to the downtown district of Hagerstown. Products offered include premium locally sourced coffee, including espressos and lattes. As well as handmade pastries, and quality lunch items at an affordable price, while also supporting local businesses and using local products when available.

Owners Chris and Lindsay Reese are Washington County natives and huge coffee lovers. Lindsay grew up in Sharpsburg, and Chris in Hagerstown. After living in Savannah and Baltimore and experiencing incredible boutique style coffee shops, they have returned back to Hagerstown to pursue their dream of running their own.

Stop in to say hello at their location at 4 S Potomac St, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Cronise Market Place and Olde Homestead - Boonsboro, Maryland

Cronise Market Place started in 1928 when Esbey and Annie Cronise opened a farmer’s market next door to their homestead on Main Street in Boonsboro. As the oldest business in the town of Boonsboro, they have deep roots in the community and care greatly for its people. Current owners, Bonnie (Esbey's granddaughter) and Cliff Pereschuk were high school sweethearts who have grown the business together for more than 20 years.

Adding welcoming appeal to the southeast end of Boonsboro, Cronise Market Place and Olde Homestead are located next door to each other and provide a natural flow for customers to shop.

The Cronise family offers the freshest local fruits and vegetables, as well as gorgeous flowers, plants, decor and sweets. Olde Homestead is the original two-story Cronise family home which was built in 1927. The house features seven rooms filled with lovely home decor & unique gift items. Visit them at 312 S. Main Street, Boonsboro, MD.

Solider Fit - Hagerstown, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, & Clarksburg, Maryland

It's that time of year again - and you may be in the market for a new fitness program or gym location. The SOLDIERFIT program is quickly gaining popularity throughout the state of Maryland. Founded by 8-year war veteran and Maryland-native, Danny Farra, and 15-year Fitness Professional Dave Posin, the program focuses on varied workouts incorporating strength, cardiovascular endurance and core training. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, SOLDIERFIT classes combine Boot Camp techniques from the United States Military with functional fitness training.

Certified instructors will guide and encourage you with motivating, exciting, and unique workouts — reshaping you from head to toe. The SOLDIERFIT program empowers everyone from mothers, teenagers, athletes, to law officers and firefighters through physical fitness. All shapes and sizes are welcome. The SOLDIERFIT workout includes all levels of fitness experience in one program. Their Hagerstown location is 255 Easter Boulevard.

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