Top 50x2: Molly's Meanderings and Morgan-Keller Construction

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. 

Molly's Meanderings
17 North Market Street | Frederick
Established: 2000

Founder: Leslie Atanasoff

Fashion is our passion! We serve women locally, nationally, and globally with the unique and beautiful styles that make them feel extraordinary!  Fashion should be fun, reflect your own personal style, and make you feel like your best YOU! The beauty of shopping at Molly's is our curated selection that sets us apart and the care we give each customer. Personal attention from our stylists lends a feeling of friendship in a relaxed shopping environment. It's all about style and care.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Since I grew up in Frederick, downtown was THE PLACE to shop, especially prior to malls. I just couldn't imagine opening my store anywhere else.  The historic district attracts visitors from all over the world!

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

Oscar winner Rita Moreno shopped in my store!  What a thrill!  She was charming and a joy to talk to.  I shipped her purchases, some of which would decorate her dressing room on the set of One Day at a Time. When I called her after she had returned home to California, she insisted I give her my details to put in her cell phone contacts because she loved the store so much. Really!

What is your advice to a young company?

Plan, plan, plan!  Know your market.  Never stop striving to do your best every day and don't lose sight of what brings you joy in your business.   Delegate what doesn't and find people that are more talented than you to do everything else.  Be patient and persevere.

Morgan-Keller Construction
70 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 200 | Frederick
Established: 1955

Founders: Ralph W. Morgan and Lawrence Keller

Established in 1955, Morgan-Keller Construction is a privately held general contracting and construction management firm. By providing exceptional construction services for over six decades, we have built our reputation as one of the region’s most respected commercial builders.

What is your advice to a young company?

Always remember to focus on your clients, team members, and community. We provide our clients with top-notch service and quality, we see our team members as our most valuable asset, and we have always believed in giving back to the community that has given us so much. 

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.