Top 50 Innovative Businesses: Perfect Truffle, Playground Specialists and Postern

This year FCOED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s innovative businesses. These businesses are making the biggest impact on their industries, workplace, and community — thriving in today’s ever-changing environment. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Innovative Businesses.

Perfect Truffle
25 N Market St
Frederick, MD 21701

Perfect Truffle is an artisan chocolate boutique which produces a variety of hand-painted chocolates and frozen treats, and carries a large assortment of chocolate bars from around the world. It was established in 2005 by Randy Olmstead and acquired by former employee Cody Marwine in 2021.

Perfect Truffle aims to educate our community further about what chocolate is, where it comes from, and who makes it. They accomplish this by having one of the largest bean-to-bar chocolate libraries on the East Coast and providing private chocolate tastings.


Playground Specialists Inc
29 Apples Church Road
Thurmont, MD

Established in 1998, Playground Specialists are a family owned and operated recreation company. They design, sell, and install commercial recreation equipment throughout MD, DC, VA and WV. They work on projects of all sizes and complexity for schools, communities, churches, towns/cities, landscape architects and more.

Founded as a construction company, they have combined that knowledge with their playground safety experience to create new products that encourage multi-generational play. These products have not been seen before in the playground industry and have generated buzz nationwide

6 N East St, Suite 200
Frederick, MD

Postern is a full-service marketing agency based in Downtown Frederick providing a broad range of strategic marketing services and solutions. Their team of skilled marketing professionals and creatives collaboratively craft strategies tailored to client’s needs. In business for five years, the staff includes marketing strategists, graphic designers, copywriters and digital marketers.

Community is at the heart of their innovation, which is shown by their free collaborative marketing meet-ups during COVID, their creation of an online travel resource to showcase businesses across Maryland, and the expansion of their space to include an outdoor patio intended for use by non-profit clients.