Top 50x2: Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts and Davis Studio

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. 

Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts
15 East Patrick Street | Frederick
Established: 2000

Founders: Tom and Marlene England

Dancing Bear is an independent toy store specializing in no-tech toys and games that spark imagination and build creativity.  Their mission is: “Put some play in everyone’s day.” Some of their core values include making their store one of the happiest places in Frederick, going above and beyond for their customers, supporting Downtown Frederick and giving back to foster non-profits that help children in need.

Describe something significant in your company’s history.

Grateful Dead website listed Dancing Bears as one of the coolest stores in the U.S.

What is your advice to a young company?

Be yourself and be true to your mission. Get to know your community and give back as much as you can to make your community a place where all people are welcome and can thrive.

Davis Studio
4602 Old Swimming Pool Rd | Braddock Heights
Established: 1945

Davis Studio is second-generation photography business in Frederick, MD specializing in Portraits, Family Portraits, Wedding Photography, Passport Pictures, Photo Restoration, Custom Framing, Digital Services, Digital Photography, Senior Portraits, and Pet Portraits.

What is a cool fact about your business?

Davis Studio now offers photo booth photography for your wedding or special event. 

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.