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Come Hear What's Taking Shape in Downtown Hagerstown

Come Hear What's Taking Shape in Downtown Hagerstown

Hagerstown, MD (January 24, 2008)- The City of Hagerstown Department of Economic Development will host an informational public meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2008 from 8:15am to 9:45am in the Council Chamber located on the second floor of City Hall at One East Franklin Street in Downtown Hagerstown.
This Be at the Center of it All meeting is one in a series of quarterly informational meetings which serve to bring the public up to date on what is happening in Hagerstown. Each meeting features several local business owners sharing their experiences and expertise on the expanded business ventures and opportunities in Downtown Hagerstown.
One of the keynote speakers will be Tom Newcomer, owner of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers located in the heart of Downtown Hagerstown. Mr. Newcomer is a Downtown business veteran with a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight into the history and advancement of Downtown economic change. "R. Bruce Carson has been a Downtown business for over 105 years and has seen continual strides in growth in both business and in Downtown Hagerstown respectively, especially in recent years," Mr. Newcomer said.
New businesses will be represented alongside established, landmark businesses by Ashley Haywood, co-owner of the new Skyline Coffee Company located in Public Square, celebrating its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 15, 2008. Ms. Haywood, a native of Hagerstown, left to travel the world and eventually returned to set up shop in her hometown. She will focus on bringing the best of her travel experiences to her business while combining the charm of a small town with the advantages of a big city. "Our business model aims to strike a balance between these two perspectives: a small-town feel with big-city amenity. Skyline Coffee Company was inspired by the little cafes I wandered into while living abroad," Ms. Haywood said. She is optimistic about growing her own business and encouraging the rebirth and maintenance of the gemstones Hagerstown has at its fingertips in all of the Downtown buildings that are her neighbors. "The market in Hagerstown is ripe with opportunity."
Another featured guest speaker includes Allie Buckman, owner of The Potomac Bead Company, located at 53 West Washington Street in Downtown Hagerstown. Excited for the opportunity to participate in her community, Ms. Buckman explains, "This important meeting is a chance to communicate with both the public and the representatives of our City. I am supportive of Downtown growing and evolving and am happy to help and contribute to its journey to become a successful and booming city center."
David Lyles of David Lyles Developers/Lyles Ventures is excited about the opportunity to speak and is happy to be a part of the Washington County and Hagerstown community. "We are excited about the continued growth in Washington County and Hagerstown as third generation builders, to see positive change for our children and our community," Mr. Lyles said.
Be at the Center of it All is designed to provide a range of knowledge and information from and about established businesses and longtime business owners to new businesses, their owners and even those projects envisioned by prospective entrepreneurs that have not yet come to fruition. So come hear about what's happening in your community and be at the center of it all! This is a free event however registration is required. All interested persons should RSVP no later than Monday, January 21, 2008 by calling 301.766.4175 or individuals may email

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