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Published: November 23, 2022

We are so grateful to each of you for supporting us this year, especially in our transition to buying a new building here in Oakland, and the opening of Jitterbug, our comprehensive dance studio. To everyone who’s come out to take a class or attended our salsa workshop, thank you from the bottom of our […]

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Published: November 17, 2022

“I wish I knew what to post.” “I don't have time to worry about social media.” “I should be posting online, but I don't even know where to start.” When thinking about your company or organization's goals for 2023, where does your presence on social media fit in? Do you have a plan of what […]

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Published: November 10, 2022

There are so many great events happening all over Garrett County over the next few weeks to kick off the holidays! Here are just a few that we are especially excited about: Next Thursday the 17th • 5:30-7:30pm Ladies! Please join us for a special "Shop Small" edition of AAUW's Cocktails and Convos at the […]

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Published: November 3, 2022

by M. Kendall Ludwig, CurlyRed president and principal designer Yes, I know, it's rather obvious. But I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, I love the time with family and friends. And I love that it creates a time set apart to remember how blessed we are, the good things that have come, and how […]

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Published: October 26, 2022

We're currently celebrating 150 Years in Garrett County, Maryland! The 150th Anniversary Committee has been commemorating our rich county heritage throughout all of 2022 at each of the municipalities’ annual celebrations. There was an extremely well-attended special community celebration event at the Garrett County Fairgrounds just last month. As part of this celebration, a commemorative […]

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Published: October 19, 2022

Jitterbug is a comprehensive movement studio located in the rear of the CurlyRed building at 208 South Second Street, in the heart of downtown Oakland, (an Arts & Entertainment district). It will offer a diverse range of movement classes, including but not limited to various forms and styles of dance, yoga and wellness classes, and […]

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Published: October 12, 2022

One of the best weeks of the year has finally arrived in Garrett County—Autumn Glory! We're excited to celebrate in our new space, just down the street from the Grand Feature Parade route. Our sister company, Jitterbug Movement Studio, is celebrating by offering demo classes on Friday and an open house on Saturday. If you'd […]

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Published: October 5, 2022

by president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig What is it about being a business owner that makes one think we have to project an air of success and confidence all of the time? I can remember clearly when I was early in my CurlyRed days, and how important it was at the time to […]

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Published: September 26, 2022

Lavender Mint and Autumn Leaves, Clove and Smoke are currently TIED for the next CurlyRed candle! Which one will come out on top? Vote here (voting ends Friday)!

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Published: September 22, 2022

Say hello to our newest web design intern, Jackson! We're excited to have him on board this fall, and look forward to seeing what he'll accomplish during his time with CurlyRed. Here's a few things we've learned about Jackson: Where are you attending school? What are you going to school? What’s your dream career? I […]

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Published: September 14, 2022

What scent should we create next? Options are: • Chocolate-covered strawberry • Lavender mint • Autumn leaves, clove, and smoke Voting closes Sept 30th. Thanks for participating! Vote for CurlyRed's next candle by clicking here!

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Published: September 7, 2022

Join us at our brand new CurlyRed building at 208 South Second St. in the former CMCI building! The location is just behind Englander's and right across the street from the town parking lot, in the heart of downtown Oakland (an Oakland Arts & Entertainment District). After the ribbon cutting with Garrett County Chamber of […]

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Published: September 1, 2022

It's been an eventful week for us. This past Monday, CurlyRed joined the ranks of property owners in downtown Oakland and purchased the former CMCI building at 208 South Second Street St, Oakland, MD 21550. The location is just behind Englander's and right across the street from the town parking lot, in the heart of […]

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Published: August 24, 2022

Join Kendall for a free Hip-hop class at the Deep Creek Farmers Market market this Friday! Learn fun combinations while getting a great workout. All ages and levels welcome, just wear sneakers and comfortable clothing you can move in! M. Kendall Ludwig is the president and principal designer of CurlyRed, and believes in good design […]

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Published: August 17, 2022

First, a bit of history: Sunkissed Tanning was established in 2013 by owner Alice when she decided to venture away from her 28-year career as a dump truck driver to pursue a bigger dream of owning her own business. Alice brought on her daughter, Hanna, as co-owner and service provider to help build on to […]

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Published: August 11, 2022

If you've been following along, we are fortunate enough to have Olivia Weeks as our CurlyRed junior designer. Olivia came to us with a passion for illustration, and we've put her passion to good use. She has now created custom illustration work for multiple clients, and the results have been extraordinary. Shown above is the […]

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Published: August 3, 2022

by CurlyRed president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig I'm in a season where I really need to be brave. I'm in the midst of doing some new things, and those new things are scary. Fear can be helpful. It can also be debilitating. It got me thinking about one of my all-time favorite books on creativity, […]

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Published: July 20, 2022

Have you joined our CurlyRed email list yet? We don't send emails out often, but we have some super important information coming soon, so message us to sign up if you don't want to miss it! Photo by Atomic Cheesecake Studios

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Published: July 13, 2022

There are always so many great things happening in the summertime here in western Maryland, but we wanted to highlight A few things that are near and dear to our hearts: M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer for CurlyRed is thrilled to be part of the incredible cast of the musical RENT (and it […]

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Published: July 7, 2022

by CurlyRed president and principal designer, M. Kendall Ludwig Do you feel like you have a little too much on your plate right now? Because I sure do. My sister-in-law recently made the kind comment that I'm really good at the work-like balance thing, and as much as I would love to believe her, I'm […]

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Published: June 29, 2022

Broadford Recreational Park is a family oriented park owned by the Town of Oakland. The park offers a lake, picnic and beach areas, volleyball, basketball, boat launch, boat and pavilion rentals. The park is currently under construction with the creation of the Broadford Park Trail System. The park also hosts events through the year such […]

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Published: June 21, 2022

M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer for CurlyRed is thrilled to be part of the incredible cast of the musical RENT. Vice-president Mark Ludwig did a photo shoot with the principals and created this vibrant, gritty, fun poster based on the original Broadway cast poster. We hope you can all come out and support […]

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Published: June 1, 2022

No Day But Today - Rent GIFfrom Today GIFs CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig will be portraying Maureen in the musical RENT next month for Acting Out for Good in Cumberland, MD. Here's what she had to say about living fully: Being part of this cast has got me thinking a lot […]

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Published: May 25, 2022

As our client, The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC), celebrates its 21st anniversary, our team at CurlyRed was delighted to create an annual report for them. The goal of this report was to help TGCC “share what they’ve accomplished, what’s next, and to honor those incredible individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and hours of hard work […]

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Published: May 19, 2022

Say hello to our newest web design intern, Ellie! We're excited to have her on board this spring/summer, and look forward to seeing what she'll accomplish during her time with CurlyRed. Here's a few things we've learned about Ellie: Where are you attending school? What are you going to school? What’s your dream career? I […]

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Published: May 4, 2022

Good morning and May the 4th be with you! Silly memes aside, this year has been a strange one so far. As infection rates decrease, things in Garrett County are opening back up and our schedules are getting much busier. While it's wonderful to be out and about, reconnecting in person with friends and family […]

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Published: April 27, 2022

According to TechTarget, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals, including people of different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures and sexual orientations. This also covers people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and expertise. […]

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Published: April 22, 2022

In honor of Earth Day today, we encourage you to donate to our CurlyRed client and friends at The Foundation for International Aid to Animals (FIAA). They are a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes humane and responsible treatment and training of domestic animals and advocates natural conservation of wild animals. They believe that the […]

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Published: April 13, 2022

We hope that you are able to spend some time this weekend with your loved ones, and wish you an Easter full of peace and joy (and candy)! Our CurlyRed offices will close early this Friday, April 15th and will remain closed until Tuesday, April 19th. We will respond to all emails and voice messages […]

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Published: April 6, 2022

So we're now about 1 week into April, and it's still cold and raining again. BLAH! This time of year here in Garrett County is the ultimate tease—a warm sunny day will make you think that spring is finally here, but—guess what?—JUST KIDDING! We might get snow again this weekend. So what are we to […]

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Published: March 23, 2022

CurlyRed had the pleasure of working on two separate projects for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce that have been unveiled to the public in the last 6 months. The first was a small, but important update to the chamber's branding, to make it more inclusive of all of Garrett County: We also picked a […]

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Published: March 16, 2022

Join AAUW-Garrett County as we present some of the very best of our Women's Monologues from the 2019 and the 2020/2022 productions in celebration of Women's History month. Members and supporters of AAUW-Garrett Branch will provide the audience with a glimpse into the lives and accomplishments of some of the most important women in American […]

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Published: March 2, 2022

March has officially began, and today marks the first day of Lent, for those who follow the Christian church calendar. Lent can be observed many different ways, but this year it seems like a rather good time to stop and listen. Even in the nature that surrounds us here in Garrett County, we await Spring […]

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Published: February 23, 2022

Mark and Kendall Ludwig of CurlyRed are delighted to be performing in Flash Drive at Our Town Theatre in Oakland, MD! It's brand-new original production, written by local Garrett County playwright Barry Weinberg! Mark also designed the bold and compelling poster and program. A struggling artist on the way to his first gallery show stumbles […]

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Published: February 16, 2022

CurlyRed is pleased to bring you The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Lunch N'Learn on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at noon. Enjoy a light lunch while you learn from an industry professional.  Does Facebook, Instagram and YouTube make you feel overwhelmed (and maybe a little ancient)? Are you tired of customers asking you if […]

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Published: February 9, 2022

Here in Garrett County, Maryland, we have something really special coming up on Saturday, February 19th: Winter Fest in Downtown Oakland, Maryland! There will be the 3rd annual Wine Walk, kids activities, store specials, live music and performances & more! Tickets are available for the wine walk here. Hope you can join us! _________________________ Also, […]

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Published: February 2, 2022

February is a really difficult month for a lot of people. If you live in an area like we do at CurlyRed, the days are short, cold and often gray (although we're really loving the sunshine today!). Quick shout-out to our friends at the Mountain Maryland Mamas podcast. These ladies have been giving tips and […]

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Published: January 31, 2022

To you, our readers: THANK YOU. You're the reason we're still here, creating beautiful things, 15 years running. We're hoping that by our Sweet Sixteen, it will be safe to have a big in-person bash to celebrate.  We send out very infrequent emails, and one went this morning about our WHY, First Fruits February (starting […]

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Published: January 27, 2022

At long last, downtown Oakland Maryland once again has a coffee shop — our CurlyRed client, Shoofly Java! The Vagabond Taproom owners Pat & Michelle Hudnall decided to recently expand right next door to offer delicious and locally-sourced coffee, tea and craft sodas (along with handmade breakfast items and desserts)! A testament to the popularity […]

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Published: January 19, 2022

Every February at CurlyRed, we donate 10% of our proceeds to two worthy nonprofits! Our Garrett County recipient is Garrett County Lighthouse and our Baltimore recipient is Pathfinders for Autism. You can read more about these fantastic non-profits below. _________________________ Garrett County Lighthouse, Inc. is a private nonprofit behavioral health organization established in 1992. The […]

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Published: January 12, 2022

It's a brand new year, and our CurlyRed team is (finally) ready to get back to work! After a rough start (thanks COVID!), we're looking forward to the amazing things we'll create for YOU! But we realized (as we were setting our CurlyRed goals for the year) that we could do a better job of […]

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