Top 50x2: AOPA, Bach Real Estate and Beans and Bagels

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
421 Aviation Way| Frederick

Established: 1939

Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. AOPA is the world's largest community of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, MD, Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States. The association provides member services, including advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, legal services, flight training, safety programs, and award-winning media. AOPA specializes in making aviation more accessible to everyone.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

AOPA has called Frederick home for more than 35 years. We’re proud to work, live and play here. The city and county have been solid partners for us, as we continue to represent the interests of pilots and aircraft owners everywhere.

AOPA photo by Chris Rose

Bach Real Estate
5340 Spectrum Drive, Suite G | Frederick

Established: 1982

Founder: Cecilia Bach

We are an independent, award winning, locally owned real estate company founded in 1982 that is dedicated to professional excellence and superb customer service. Because each of us is a long time local resident, our knowledge of the marketplace, local towns and neighborhoods is extensive.  Compact by design, our agents offer an average of more than 20 years of real estate experience. Complementing all this is our engagement in the latest technologies. We will do everything in our power to ensure the smoothest execution of your transaction. If you are considering the purchase or sale of a home, we would consider it a privilege to serve you.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

The County is growing and changing but the one constant is the support of the community and our local government. The community supports local businesses and between the Chamber and Offices of Economic Development there are people and programs to support your every need.

What is your advice to a young company?

My advice is to be flexible, but don't lose who you are and give as much to your community as you get from it.

Beans and Bagels
49 East Patrick Street | Frederick
Established: 1982

Founder: Michael Lentz

We are a local downtown coffee shop serving the best bagels in town.  We have a full breakfast menu and deli sandwiches which are all made to order.  We are known as the "Cheers of Frederick" knowing a majority of our clientele by their first names.  When you come into our shop you are greeted and treated liked family.  You are important to us and we want you to know it. 

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick has so much to offer.  From history to the quaintness of our town.  So many times I hear from visitors that tell us this regularly.  From the regular clients to the visitors, everyone is genuinely friendly and a pleasure to be with.  There is so much to see and do in Frederick County.

What is your advice to a young company?

We believe that you should treat your customers like they are a part of your family, because they are.  They are the reason we are here and they are the reason we are successful.  This should be a rule of thumb for anyone who is in business. Income is important as well, but if we don't treat our guests like we want to be treated then we shouldn't be in the people business.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.