Top 50x2: LSWG CPAs and Make 'N' Music

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. 

201 Thomas Johnson Drive | Frederick
Established: 1965

Founder: Donald C. Linton, CPA

Individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout mid-Maryland and the D.C. metropolitan area depend on the exceptional tax, audit, accounting and business advisory services provided by LSWG’s team of specialists.  From business start-up to development, valuation, and succession planning, Frederick’s businesses count on LSWG to guide them through good times and bad.  Named to Inside Public Accounting’s Top 400 accounting firms, LSWG is locally-owned and operated.  Established in downtown Frederick in 1965 as Linton, Shafer & Company, a 2005 merger resulted in what is now LSWG and a move to the current location on Thomas Johnson Drive. 

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

We like to say, “We don’t just work here, we live here, too!”  There is a spirit in this community that is reassuring and neighborly. No matter how much we grow, there still exists a small town vibe—one we’re happy to contribute to, and grateful to receive.

Make 'N' Music
7504 N. Market Street | Frederick
Established: 1984

Since 1984, Make 'N' Music has been Frederick's premiere music store. Featuring top brands in the music industry, this one time "Mom & Pop" shop has grown into Frederick largest instrument, lesson and musical equipment sales and rental store.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

Make ‘N’ Music holds the very popular and successful bi-annual Rock N Roll Yard Sale. Held twice a year, this sale is what our local musicians and many other musicians from around the metro/tri-state area, who come to trade, sell and network, look forward to the most.

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.