Top 50x2: Rosebud Perfume Company and RR Donnelley

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. 

Rosebud Perfume Company, Inc.
6 North Main Street | Woodsboro
Established: 1895

Founder: Dr. G.F. Smith

"Rosebud" is a distributor of lip balms created from our proprietary formulations.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

In 1892, Dr. G. F. Smith, a formulating pharmacist, began his search for oils to use in an all-purpose salve for pharmacy customers.  He had studied that essential oils from plants, flowers, stems and mosses preserved their aromatic flavor and potentially healing properties. Dr. Smith developed "Rosebud Salve" by combining seven different essential oils and botanicals.

What is your advice to a young company?

A business needs a goal and mission, belief in a product or idea, and dedication and communication to promote that ideal.

The Old G.F. Smith Drug Store

RR Donnelley
1 Poplar Ave | Thurmont
Established: 1864 (1950 in Frederick County)

Founder: Richard Donnelley

For more than 150 years RRD has kept up on the latest trends in printing.   Statements, notices and other business-critical communications are often the brand communications that customers interact with most frequently.  We are there with you, every day.  From the utility bill you receive in the mail to the credit card statement that is emailed to you.  Maybe it is a packing slip, window label, retail marketing label or price sticker in the store.  Our employees are working hard to manufacture quality products that touch consumers across the globe and enable our customers to effectively communicate with their audience every single day.

What is your advice to a young company?

Continue to persevere and remain true to your vision.

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.