Top 50x2: WF Delauter & Son and Wonder Book & Video

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. 

WF Delauter & Son, Inc.
2 Creamery Way | Thurmont
Established: 1955

Founders: Willie F. and Russell Delauter

We are a site utility contractor that specializes in underground utility infrastructure, road, bridges, storm water management, earthwork and grading.

What is your advice to a young company?

Engage problems head on. Surround yourself with people who are motivated and have honesty and integrity. Stay current with technology and always have plan B, because plan A rarely goes as planned.

Wonder Book & Video
1306 West Patrick St. | Frederick
Established: 1980

Founder: Charles Roberts

A bookseller since 1980, Wonder Book is passionate about books, whether used mass markets, five-figure rare collectibles, or new publisher’s overstocks. A member of ABAA and ILAB, Wonder Book believes books are not made to be disposed of—they are made to be read, collected, shared, and displayed. With over four million books, Wonder Book operates three large retail stores in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and a warehouse for internet, bulk, and designer sales. In addition to books, Wonder Book sells movies, music, video games, and more. Wonder Book’s Frederick and Hagerstown stores also have movie and game rentals.

What is your advice to a young company?

Be willing to adapt and remain open to explore new markets.  Find unexpected opportunities and keep growing.

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.