Top 50x2: Christ & Associates and Colonial Jewelers

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. 

Christ & Associates, Inc
5711 Industry Lane Unit 5 | Frederick
Established: 1976

Founder: Walter O Christ, Jr.

For years, Christ & Associates, Inc. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements and financial planning.

Christ & Associates, Inc. is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

It is convenient to the surrounding areas and communities.

What is your advice to a young company?

Be a part of the community.

Colonial Jewelers
1 S Market St | Emmitsburg
Established: 1948

Founder: Will Hurwitz

We are a fourth generation retail fine jewelry store located in the heart of downtown Frederick.  We specialize in engagement rings and wedding bands, as well as fine jewelry, in all price ranges.  Through four generations, we have operated our business with integrity and an emphasis on great customer service and good value.  We are committed to Frederick, and make it a priority to give back to the community.  We are proud of our friendly professional staff, who always work hard to help the customer find the perfect piece of jewelry.  We hold on to the traditions that have been established over the years, while striving to reach out to new customers and staying relevant with our merchandise.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County is a great place to do business and has always supported our business with loyal customers and generational shoppers.  The economic base in Frederick is stable.  Downtown Frederick is a thriving place to live, work and shop.  We love Frederick!

Describe something significant in your company’s history.

In 1999 we moved from our small location on W. Patrick St. to the Maryland National Bank building across the street at 1 S. Market St.  We doubled our retail space and increased our staff.  Sarah joined our business in 2003, and has brought new energy and ideas to our business, that will carry us through this generation and beyond.

What is your advice to a young company?

Operate with integrity in everything you do; value your customers and treat them as you would want to be treated; value your employees; they are vital to the success of your business.  Become a part of your community, and support community efforts.  Give back.

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.