Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings & Ground Breakings
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The White Barn at Lucas Farm
On Tuesday, August 1 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of The White Barn at Lucas Farm in Oakland. Local dignitaries, including Delegate Wendell Beitzel, spoke to welcome proprietors Brittney and Matthew Lucas and congratulate them on their budding business. Jared Jones and Leah Diehl, members of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomats committee, presented Brittney and Matthew with a First Dollar of Profit Certificate. The White Barn at Lucas Farm is a new barn with old, vintage charm. Located on 40 acres with a picture-perfect landscape, the 4,300 square foot barn is ideal for your wedding or special event.
You can learn more about The White Barn at Lucas Farm by visiting the member listing on our website HERE.
Artists and Dreamers
On Thursday, July 27 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of Artists and Dreamers in Oakland. Local dignitaries spoke to congratulate Lin and welcome her on her endeavor. Patty Manown Mash, member of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chair of the Diplomats committee presented Artists and Dreamers proprietor Lin Gilbert with a First Dollar of Profit Certificate. Artists and Dreamers offers artwork, hand crafted items, supplies, paint night events, while providing a creative outlet for music, birthday parties, and date nights.
You can view the member listing for Artist and Dreamers in our business directory HERE.
St. John's Rock Off-Road Vehicle Trail
On Friday, July 21 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its first-ever Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail designed specifically for use by ORV enthusiasts. The St. John's Rock ORV Trail is located within Savage River State Forest in Garrett County. The trail is scheduled to be open for day use and overnight camping on July 23.
Features on the new trail include:
- Unique campsite designed to support ORV riders
- Single track hare scramble style trail sections for motorcycles
- Technical trail spur loops for all-terrain vehicles
- Full-size rock crawl area for four-wheel drive vehicles
St. John's Rock ORV Trail Reservations HERE.
Garrett College STEM Building
On Wednesday, May 31 a groundbreaking ceremony was held by Garrett College to celebrate the beginning of construction of a state of the art STEM facility. The facility is a renovation of the College’s existing Continuing Education building and will provide new classrooms, science and engineering labs, staff offices, and student spaces with a planned opening of the facility in Fall 2018.
High Country Creamery & Market
On Saturday, May 13 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of High Country Creamery and Market in Grantsville.
High Country Creamery & Market takes pride in providing its customers and the community with farm fresh items, from their local artisan cow cheese to the ingredients at their "Farmers Table" eatery and the products available for purchase in their Market. High Country Creamery & Market invites you to bring a friend and stop by to see items on sale from the local farmers, suppliers, and partners.
You can view High Country Creamery & Market's member listing in our business directory HERE.
JMV Bargain Outlet
On Wednesday, March 8 a First Dollar of Profit certificate was presented to Vickie Scott to celebrate the grand opening of JMV Bargain Outlet in Grantsville.
JMV Bargain Outlet is a Retail store offering high end name brands at discounted prices. They carry clothing, bedding, home décor, jewelry and much more.
“After 12 years of operating an online ecommerce store, I decided to expand my business to include the local community. I saw the need for a wider selection of quality name brand products at affordable prices within Garrett County,” said owner Vickie Scott.
You can view JMV Bargain Outlet's member listing in our business directory HERE.
Smoke N Mirrors Photography
On Friday, February 17 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of Smoke N Mirrors Photography in Oakland.
Smoke N Mirrors Photography offers a full range of photo services for businesses, families, individual and eclectic portraiture- including a variety of gallery prints to help you satisfy that illusive interior design want.
You can view Smoke N Mirrors Photography's member listing in our business directory HERE.
GRMC Grantsville Urgent Care
On Monday, February 6 Garrett Regional Medical Center Board and staff, local dignitaries, community partners, and others celebrated the opening of the new Urgent and Primary Care facility in Grantsville with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Remarks were made and tours of the new facility were provided. GRMC Grantsville Urgent Care is located at 32 Corporate Drive in the Northern Garrett Industrial Park. You can view Garrett Regional Medical Center's member listing in our online business directory by clicking HERE.
Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rentals
On Tuesday, January 31 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rentals in McHenry. Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rentals features a new and expansive ski and snowboard fleet including the only Rossignol Experience Center and Burton rental center in the area. They also provide a convenient, no stress rental experience with a relaxed, chill environment. Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rentals will quickly get you what you need for a great day on the slopes.
"We at Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rentals are very grateful for being welcomed into your awesome community. We are so excited to support the area and help attract more tourism here this winter,” said Store Manager Matt Fithian.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and 600 member organizations, congratulations to Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rental and thank you for your investment to our community,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “It is always a great honor for the Chamber to present a First Dollar of Profit to a new member of our business community. We wish Deep Creek Ski & Snowboard Rental tremendous success.”
You can view Deep Creek Ski and Snowboard Rentals' member listing in our business directory HERE.
Garrett County Arts Council's Gallery Shop
On Friday, December 9 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the Garrett County Arts Council's Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland! Over the past forty years, GCAC has helped spread the arts throughout the county and fund arts related organizations, events and affairs. GCAC has organized programs and events over the years as well including; The Gallery Shop, Heritage Craft Fest, Ginseng, Workshops & Demonstrations, and much more.
“After a year of hosting temporary pop-up galleries around the county, Garrett County Arts Council is pleased to once again have a permanent home for The Gallery Shop. We have had a presence in downtown Oakland since the year 2000. Sincell Publishing’s renovation of their space on 2nd Street has provided us with a beautiful, large storefront where we will continue to showcase and sell the work of our area artists,” said Garrett County Arts Council Executive Director Karen Reckner.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Garrett County Arts Council on its new home and looks forward to holding the June Business After Hours there in the coming year. You can view The Garrett County Arts Council's member listing in our business directory HERE.
Brian F. Thomas Drive
On Friday, November 17 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening and dedication of Brian F. Thomas Drive. Brian Thomas was the CEO of Clear Mountain Bank who lost his battle to cancer this past August. Brian was a great community partner and in honor of his memory Dairy Queen gave half of Friday's proceeds to the WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center. Clear Mountain Bank also announced that they will match Dairy Queens donation in Brian's honor.
On Wednesday, November 17 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of Amish Connections at the Fort in McHenry! Patty Manown Mash, Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Garrett County Diplomat, presented proprietor Beth Colville with a First Dollar of Profit certificate. Amish Connections is thrilled to have friends in the Amish Community supply most of the items in store. Amish Connections has poly lawn furniture made of recycled milk jugs and Amish made wooden furniture and home decor items. You can view Amish Connections's member listing in our business directory HERE.
Top Chefs on Alder
On Thursday, November 10 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of Top Chefs on Alder. The new home kitchen for Chef Jacques Hourtal and Chef Don Champion. Featuring local favorites, international and fusion cuisine. Both Jacques and Don are seasoned veterans of the culinary arts with over 60 years in the industry. These "old chefs" and their professional staff have brought new life to downtown historic Oakland. Open Wednesday through Sunday featuring an ever changing dinner, lunch and breakfast/brunch menu including "the soon to be best wine list in the county". Reservations welcome for parties of 6 or more. To view Top Chef's Member listing on our business directory click HERE.
Team One Chevrolet - Buick - GMC
On Wednesday, November 9 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the change of ownership of Team One Chevrolet - Buick - GMC and welcome Fred Timbrook to Garrett County. Team One is your complete GM auto mall offering sales, service, parts, and a body shop. You can view Team One's member listing in our business directory HERE.
Tomanetti's Pizzeria & Italian Eatery
On Thursday, October 13 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the Grand Opening of Tomanetti's Pizzeria & Italian Eatery. A First Dollar of Profit Certificate was also presented to owner Autumn Newcomb-Shay by Garrett County Chamber of Commerce President Nicole Christian. Offering pizza, subs, and wedges available by dine-in , carry-out or delivery. Tomanetti's has a new look, new owner, and a new menu but still features our house favorites. Tomanetti's is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm.
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
On Tuesday, August 16 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. The Greene Turtle is more than a sports bar and grille. They believe in being a community hangout for all ages that serves great food & drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere. GC Chamber of Commerce Diplomats Committee Chair Sarena Rodeheaver presented The Greene Turtle investors with a First Dollar of Profit certificate. You can view The Greene Turtle's member listing in our business directory HERE.
Splash Island at Will O' the Wisp
On Thursday, July 28 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of Splash Island Inflatable Water Park at Will O' the Wisp. Splash Island is the first inflatable water park on Deep Creek Lake. This waterborne obstacle course combines fun and fitness, making it a great attraction for the family looking to get active. GC Chamber of Commerce Chairman Shane Grady presented Splash Island General Manager Jordan Smith with a First Dollar of Profit certificate. You can view Splash Island's member listing HERE.
Garrett County Arts Council's McHenry Pop-Up Gallery
On Friday, July 22 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the Garrett County Arts Council's Pop-Up Gallery in McHenry. After the success of two temporary holiday pop-up galleries in late 2015, the new McHenry pop-up will be a continuation of GCAC's commitment to both local visual artists and the public. The Pop-up Shop features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts and works of art. The McHenry Pop-Up location is made possible by a generous donation of the building space from Stuck Enterprises of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Stuck Enterprises is the parent company of Jacobs Petroleum and Oakland Oil & Propane.
“Garrett County Arts Council has opened this pop-up Gallery Shop to provide a location for our regional visual artists to have their work available during the summer, Autumn Glory, and holiday seasons. This temporary space will remain open to the public until December 31 while we make plans for a permanent location. We are grateful to Stuck Enterprises, owner of the building, for providing the space,” said Karen Reckner, Executive Director of the Garrett County Arts Council.
Trout's House Seafood
On Friday, July 8 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of Trout's House Seafood. Owned and operated by John Trout, Trout's House Seafood has brought the deliciousness of eastern shore seafood to Deep Creek Lake. Ordering ahead is suggested. You can call (240) 285-6565 for pricing and to order ahead. You can view Trout's House Seafood's member listing HERE.
Farm Up Truck
On Wednesday, July 6, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening of Farm Up Truck. Owned and operated by Tiffiny Villar, Farm Up Truck is a roaming food truck dedicated to elevating farms from field to fork! Farm Up Truck can be found on Liberty Street in Oakland every Wednesday. If you can't make it out to Liberty Street on Wednesdays keep an eye out for Farm Up Truck at local festivals and events. You can view Farm Up Truck's member listing HERE.
On Friday, July 1, Fun Unlimited held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening. Operated by Rick McClanahan, Fun Unlimited is an amusement center with 94 new and vintage games, all for a low fixed price. There is even a vintage arcade room for ages 16 and over that has 30 social and vintage games from the 1960's. Fun Unlimited also features an internet cafe with free Wi-Fi, a snack bar with pizza, ice cream, and quesadillas! You can visit Fun Unlimited's member listing HERE.
Take Life Outdoors, LLC
On Friday, June 24, Take Life Outdoors, LLC held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening. Operated by Ray Miller and Beth Colville, Take Life Outdoors, LLC offers high quality Amish poly lawn furniture made from recycled plastic milk jugs. Their maintenance free custom outdoor lawn furniture even has a 20 year warranty! Take Life Outdoors, LLC is located on Fort Drive in McHenry, MD. You can visit Take Life Outdoors, LLC's member listing HERE.
Total Biz Fulfillment
On Tuesday, May 24, Total Biz FulFillment held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Building #2 at their Mountain Lake Park Campus. The facility is 60,000 square feet, measuring 200' across and 300' deep with 32' eve heights and a 45' peak height. When fully pallet racked it will hold some 7,700 locations-which increases TBF's storage by 43% and increases the work area for associates by 25%. The addition brings 13 more loading doors and a controlled trucker access with a bathroom. There is a routing outbound trucking office, a conference and training room, manager's office, additional bathroom facilities, and is fully alarmed with video camera securities. The general contractor for the project was Corle Construction; the sub-contractors were Frank Arnold Contracting and Pillar Innovations. Total Biz Fulfillment has nearly 15 acres and can add an additional 130,000 square feet of warehouse with 25 loading docks; plus office building; more parking; and a circular truck access. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate owners and full partners Gary and Paul Ruddell and Total Biz Fulfillment on this new addition and thank them for their continued investment in the community.
HART for Animals, Inc. Adoption Center
On Friday, April 15, HART for Animals, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new Adoption Wing. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate HART on this wonderful new addition and thank them for the valuable services they provide to our community. Since its founding in 2003, HART has saved the lives of thousands of adoptable animals in Western Maryland by reducing pet overpopulation through low-cost spay/neuter programs; the HART Adoption Wing at the HART Animal Center, where adoptable animals are safe while waiting for their forever homes; and rescue and transport adoptable animals to reputable adoption organizations. To support and sustain the operations of our mission, the HART Animal Center provides pet care services that include the full-service Bredel Veterinary Clinic for the health and well-being of your pets, the Bed ‘n Bark Inn pet hotel, MUTTWorks Grooming Salon and the HART Shoppe.
Daniel B. Herring, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist
On Thursday, March 24, Daniel B. Herring, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist of Western Maryland Dermatology held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the location of his Garrett County new office at 2501 Deep Creek Drive in McHenry, Maryland. Dr. Daniel Herring is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine where he also completed a one year fellowship in pathology. His post graduate work includes an internship at Connemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, PA. He completed his dermatology residency at Roger Williams Medical Center, a major affiliate of Boston University, where he served as chief resident during his final year. Dr. Herring completed his undergraduate work at West Virginia University and obtained a master?s degree in Occupational Therapy prior to attending medical school. His professional interests are general dermatology, cancer of the skin, cutaneous surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatological Surgeons and the American Medical Association. He became Board Certified in 2010 with the American Board of Dermatology. He splits his time between the Cumberland and Oakland, MD offices.
Garrett College Cybersecurity Lab
On Friday, April 8, Garrett College held a ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Cybersecurity lab. The lab was built using the United States Department of Labor TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) grant program funds and is located in a SCIF (Self Contained Information Facility) in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) located on the McHenry campus. The lab space itself is designed using modular desks, each with its own wide screen monitor and PC, which in turn links to the instructor's workstation to help aid in instruction. Students also have the ability to bring their own devices to connect with the instructor and each other. Future plans for the dynamic lab include Garrett College students' participation in cybersecurity competitions with other colleges throughout the country. The Chamber congratulates Garrett College on its exciting new addition.
Mountain Laurel Community Pharmacy
On Tuesday, February 23, Mountain Laurel Medical Center held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new Mountain Laurel Community Pharmacy. Mountain Laurel Medical Center provides primary health care services to insured and uninsured patients in Garrett County and the surrounding area, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Mountain Laurel Community Pharmacy opened on November 1, 2015.“Offering pharmacy services marks another milestone in providing fully integrated care for our patients” says Beth Little-Terry, Mountain Laurel CEO. “I’m excited about the opportunity to be part of the healthcare team at Mountain Laurel. We strive to provide excellent quality care to all patients by working along with providers to improve patient outcomes and overall patient wellbeing” says Leslie Stone, Mountain Laurel Director of Pharmacy.The grand opening included remarks by Mountain Laurel Medical Center staff and the Director of Pharmacy. Tours of the facility were provided and light refreshments were served.
Haley Farm Inn & Retreat
On Wednesday, November 18, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its Grand Re-Opening! Haley Farm is a beautiful and charming facility on a 65 acre farm in Western Maryland. Haley Farm is ideal for weddings, retreats or a relaxing getaway.
On Tuesday, September 29, Cornucopia Café held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce also took the opportunity to present Cornucopia Café with its First Dollar of Profit. Cornucopia Café opened for business on September 23, 2015. During breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, The Cornucopia Café serves dishes using local ingredients, specialty coffee and offers a bar with beer and wine.
On Thursday, September 24, Farmhouse Fête held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce also took the opportunity to present Farmhouse Fête with its First Dollar of Profit. Farmhouse Fête opened on June 11, 2015. Farmhouse Fête offers flowers, centerpieces, event decor and planning services. For weddings, tea parties, or backyard barbecues, they've got your supplies!
U.S. Cellular - Oakland
U.S. Cellular in Oakland moved from their location on Third Street to their new location beside of Walmart in Oakland. They celebrated the opening of the new location with a Ribbon Cutting on May 14, 2014.
Wild Yough Glamping Huts
Wild Yough Glamping Huts located off of Herrington Manor Road in Oakland celebrated their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting on May 2, 2014.
HART for Animals, Inc.
Hart for Animals, Inc. celelbrated the Grand Opening of The HART Animal Center on May 2, 2014. This new center is the home of the Bredel Veterinary Clinic, The Bed 'n Bark Inn and MUTTWorks Grooming. The HART Animal Center is located on Bumble Bee Road.
The Country Store
The Country Store celebrated their new location in The Bottling Plant in downtown Oakland with a Ribbon Cutting on February 25, 2014.
Garrett Coworking Hive
The Garrett Coworking Hive in the Garrett Enterprise Center located at Garrett College celebrated their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting on February 7, 2014.