Top 50x2: Satellite Media Production and Savage Soaps

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. 

Satellite Media Production

8379 Inspiration Avenue | Walkersville
Established: 1956

Founder: Fred Berney

We are a post-production video company offering a number of editing services.    We transfer 16mm and super 8mm sound or silent films, 8mm films and 35mm slides to DVD or digital computer file.    We transfer the following tape formats to DVD or any computer digital format. VHS, Betamax, S-VHS, BETACAM-SP, VideoHi8, DV and DV-CAM.    We also offer audio transfers of 1/4" reel to reel tape, audio cassettes, 8 track tapes and phonograph records of any speed in sizes up to 16" to audio CDs or a computer digital file.    In addition we offer CD and DVD duplication and packaging.

What is your advice to a young company?

Remember, your customer is your employer. Offer a service that is needed. Then become very, very good at what you do.  Ask what the customer wants to accomplish. Then explain how you can do this for them. You’ll make mistakes.  Learn from them.  Try not to remake the same mistake.

Savage Soaps
10 E Church St | Frederick
Established: 2000

Founder: Misti Morningstar

Savage Soaps proudly handcrafts gourmet small batch natural olive oil soaps and body care products. Our aim is to help people looking for better natural skin care solutions. Savage Soaps are Dermatologist Recommended, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Palm Oil Free, Color Free, and Eco-Friendly Compostable Packaging.   Savage Soaps is a certified woman-owned business.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

Savage Soaps was selected to appear on the premier episode of ABC TV Steve Harvey's Funderdome. We were able to reach 4.1 million viewers with our products and consider this a great achievement! 

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.