Top 50x2: Gladhill Furniture and H.C. Summers, Inc.

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. 

Gladhill Furniture
10 Walnut Street | Middletown
Established: 1915

Founders: Calvin Gladhill

Since 1915 Gladhill Furniture has been a staple in Frederick County and the tri-state area.  From La-Z-Boy to Stickley, we carry over 50 manufacturers and offer complimentary, in home design for every budget. A fun, family run business that believes in giving back to our community by dedicating time and treasure to various organizations. Stop by and say 'Hi'.  We would love to show you around the five floors and share our story with you.

What is a cool fact about your business?

Interestingly enough, Calvin began his professional career as a funeral director. Calvin Gladhill was well-known as a fine supplier of custom handmade wooden caskets. Then in the early 1920s when Calvin visited Highpoint Furniture Market, he and Lola expanded the casket making and catalog sales business into a greater array of custom-made quality furniture.

H.C. Summers, Inc.
4002 Jefferson Pike | Jefferson
Established: 1908

Founder: Lewis E Summers

H.C. Summers, Inc is a feed and farm supply store with lawn and garden and pet supplies. We also have a power lawn and garden division.

What is your advice to a young company?

Make customer service a cornerstone of your business and always treat people like you would like to be treated

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.