Top 50x2: Federated Charities and Firestone's Culinary Tavern

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. 

Federated Charities
22 South Market Street, Suite 1 | Frederick
Established: 1911

Founders: A group of citizens founded the organization as a charitable society.

#spacematters at Federated Charities. As a nonprofit center, our organization has ensured that individuals and families in our community have their basic needs met, receive quality health care and educational opportunities, have access to healthy food, obtain emergency assistance and benefit from cultural and quality of life programs . . . for more than 100 years. Our building’s tenants share our beautiful space every day but more importantly, our below-market rent and backbone services are a social investment to ensure that more resources go toward their mission-based services.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick is a great place to do business because of the sense of true community. We are fortunate to be in a place where we care for one another, help each other grow and build together.

What is a significant event in your company’s history?

The gift of our building to our organization in 1930 from Margaret Williams ensured that there is always a home for charitable work in our community.

What advice would you give a young company?

It's never too late to learn the things you wish you knew when you were starting out . . . ask for help and advice, search out knowledge and don't lose sight of whatever your brass ring looks like.

Firestone's Culinary Tavern
105 N. Market Street | Frederick
Established: 1999

Founder: Kimball Firestone

Firestone's Culinary Tavern represents the classic combination of upscale bistro and friendly neighborhood gathering place. Every dish, whether it’s a hamburger with fries or a foie gras mousse, is prepared by experienced kitchen staff dedicated to quality.

What advice would you give a young company?

Be good to your employees and stay active in the community.  The benefits will return tenfold.

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.