CurlyRed | A Design Blog


Published: December 22, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig For the past 4 or 5 years, we gather our family and friends and go caroling around our neighborhood. It's always freezing cold and clear as we carefully traverse the hills of Mountain Lake Park for about an hour before heading to a neighbor's house for […]

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Published: December 14, 2023

If you're still looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer that's regionally and women-made, we've got you covered! There's a very limited quantity of CurlyRed candles left for purchase. Our newest scent for 2023 is Soothing Siren: a refreshing and rejuvenating ambiance of 💜 lavender and 🌿 mint! Other scents available: 🍂 Smoke & Siren,🌲Cedar & […]

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Published: December 7, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig When I was a child at Christmastime, delight was a daily experience. Seeing the lights and decorations around me, singing carols, baking cookies, finding Christmas cards in our mailbox, checking my stocking to see if there was anything inside, parties with loved ones, getting to "shop" […]

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Published: November 30, 2023

We love colorful, creative branding projects! Our friend Andrew Nelson approached CurlyRed about creating a visual brand for his newest endeavor, Autism Community Consultants. This organization would be working with businesses and non-profits to make spaces more inclusive to individuals living on the spectrum. Andrew wanted the initials to be the main focus in a […]

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Published: November 17, 2023

CurlyRed candles are now back in stock, while supplies last! Our newest scent for 2023 is Soothing Siren: a refreshing and rejuvenating ambiance of 💜 lavender and 🌿 mint! Other scents available: 🍂 Smoke & Siren,🌲Cedar & Siren, 🍪 Cinnamon & Siren, 🎃 Spice & Siren, and ☕️ Espresso & Siren. These candles are custom-made […]

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Published: November 8, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig Imagine you are a surgeon. A patient comes to you and says: “I need to have this heart procedure done, but I want to make sure I'm choosing the best surgeon. I'll tell you what, I'm going to have you and two of your fellow surgeons […]

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Published: November 2, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig Nurture is a verb that means “care for and encourage the growth or development of.” As we head into the colder weather, shorter days and the demands of the holiday season, the idea of nurturing ourselves or others may become difficult. When I get busy, I […]

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Published: October 30, 2023

Ohio-South Farm Products is a Specialty Foods company rooted in Central Ohio. Their great tasting products are made fresh from the farm with healthy, natural ingredients. Ohio-South markets to national distributors, wholesale customers, grocery stores, restaurants, and online direct to consumer. Many of our products were created by hardworking Specialty Food Industry entrepreneurs and sold […]

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Published: October 11, 2023

CurlyRed candles will be back in stock this fall, and we are adding Soothing Siren to our collection—a refreshing and rejuvenating ambiance of 💜 lavender and 🌿 mint! Other scents available: 🍂 Smoke & Siren,🌲Cedar & Siren, 🍪 Cinnamon & Siren, 🎃 Spice & Siren, and ☕️ Espresso & Siren. These candles are custom-made by […]

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Published: October 11, 2023

Visit our CurlyRed building this weekend: now featuring a brand new mural to celebrate one year of Jitterbug! If you haven’t been by our CurlyRed building in a bit, you’re in for a treat! CurlyRed junior designer Olivia Weeks has created something incredibly special on the alley wall where the Jitterbug Movement Studio entrance is […]

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Published: October 6, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig To those who know me well, it will come to literally no surprise that my favorite season is Autumn. I have a hard time understanding how people are not obsessed with the leaves changing color each year. Our family is so ridiculously blessed to live in […]

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Published: October 3, 2023

Say hello to our newest CurlyRed graphic design intern, Luci Dawson! Here's a little more about Luci: Where are you attending college? When are you graduating? What is your concentration? What’s your dream career? I’m attending Garrett College, and I’m graduating this fall. My concentration is graphic and web design, and my dream career is […]

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Published: September 14, 2023

At CurlyRed, we love our client Jessica Fike, and the way she approaches her work. She's always striving to think of everything her clients might need, and to be viewing as the ultimate Deep Creek resource. Since she does so much group outdoor photography in Garrett County, she asked us to create a color resource […]

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Published: September 11, 2023

Do you live in or around Garrett County and want to get moving this fall? We’d love to have you join our sister company, Jitterbug Movement Studio! Jitterbug is a safe space (located in the CurlyRed building at 208 South Second Street) for all ages & bodies. However, many of our classes are already full […]

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Published: September 6, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig Just a few weeks ago, I celebrated my 42nd birthday. I took the day off work, and spent quality time paddle boarding, reading outside and enjoying our firepit with our family and friends. And if that wasn't enough, I also made a point of eating the […]

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Published: August 24, 2023

Our Ladies Night Out event is still on tonight, rain or shine (we're keeping our fingers crossed for NO rain!). Please join us at 5pm in downtown Oakland for Store specials, live music, wine & cheese pairing, vendors and more!

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Published: August 3, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M/ Kendall Ludwig Do you have a scarcity mindset? Since moving to Garrett County almost 7 years ago, there's a pattern I've witnessed (especially among business professionals). Don't get me wrong—I saw it in Baltimore too. It's just much more obvious here. What I've witnessed is folks trapped in […]

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Published: July 26, 2023

Summer in Garrett County means farmer's market and CurlyRed is fortunate enough to be right across the street from Mountain Fresh Farmers Markets, Oakland, Maryland! Our client, Backbone Farm wanted some custom illustrated stickers featuring their produce, meat and flowers. Our junior designer, Olivia Weeks, was happy to take the project on! She also put this great reel […]

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Published: July 19, 2023

Say hello to our newest graphic design intern, Margot Ludwig (yes, she just may also be the oldest child of Kendall and Mark)! She expressed interest in learning more about graphic design, so we look forward to seeing what she'll learn here at CurlyRed. Here's a little more about Margot: Where are you attending school? […]

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Published: July 5, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig Life is a journey, not a destination —that catchphrase is all well and good, except for all of those times when you just want to get there already. I don't know about you, but this idea bring on the continuous journey that is life can be […]

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Published: June 22, 2023

CurlyRed received a grant from the Backing Small Businesses program presented by American Express, in partnership with Main Street America. These grants provide financial support to small business owners to address critical needs and make a positive impact in their local communities. Grants of $5,000 have been awarded to 350 small business owners, and we […]

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Published: June 7, 2023

by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig You know it was coming, right? That I would use one of these "J" months to talk about my new favorite thing: Jitterbug Movement Studio. When I opened Jitterbug last October on Autumn Glory weekend, I remember sitting in the new space with my mom, Madeline […]

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Published: May 31, 2023

The Foundation for International Aid to Animals (FIAA) is 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 and global biodiversity. FIAA began in 2001 when its founder, Mindy Camponeschi, was inspired by what she saw as a compelling need for […]

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Published: May 22, 2023

Over the weekend, our spring intern Whitney Reall graduated from Garrett College with an Associates Degree in both Science and Applied Science. She recently also accepted a job here in Oakland, Maryland as a graphic designer! We are so proud of you, Whitney!

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Published: May 10, 2023

CurlyRed is proud to sponsor this exciting event on May 23rd in Westminster, Maryland. If you aren't signed up yet, swipe through to see our fantastic speakers, seminars, and networking opportunities. Head here to get tickets now!

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Published: May 3, 2023

by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed I have big feelings. Always have had big feelings, in fact. Like I mentioned in last month's post about being authentic, I don't typically hide my feelings, or apologize for them. HOWEVER, it has taken me 41 years on this planet to begin to learn […]

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Published: April 19, 2023

Take the path to mental health awareness Our CurlyRed client, The Garrett County Lighthouse, invite you to take a walk down Heritage Trail in downtown Oakland this month, and view creative artwork that answers the prompt - “What does Mental Health look like to You?”. The GC Lighthouse provides personalized psychiatric rehabilitation services to those […]

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Published: April 5, 2023

by M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed I'm a big fan of the Enneagram, an ancient personality tool that's helped me better understand myself and how I relate to those around me. I am a type 4, and one of 4's top values is authenticity (and so I made it the word […]

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Published: March 29, 2023

An exciting venture many years in the making, the Baltimore Street Redevelopment Project was born from the need to replace the aging infrastructure beneath Baltimore Street. As the bricks on the Pedestrian Mall would need to be removed to address the infrastructure issues, a street plan was envisioned to concurrently reimagine the Mall by opening […]

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Published: March 15, 2023

Say hello to our newest graphic design design intern, Whitney Reall! We're excited to add her to our team this spring, and look forward to seeing what she'll learn during this time with CurlyRed. Here's a little more about Whitney: Where are you attending school? What are you going to school? What’s your dream career? […]

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Published: March 1, 2023

Looking at various “m” words, I ultimately landed on marvelous as our CurlyRed word of the month for March. Besides meaning “causing great wonder” and “extraordinary,” it's also this delightfully old-fashioned word that should be used more often (outside of hilarious comedies set in the 60s or in a comic-book-turned-movie universe). Perhaps when folks ask […]

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Published: February 22, 2023

In the 2022 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 474, sponsored by Senators George Edwards, Paul Corderman and Katie Hester. The legislation called for the creation of the Senator George C. Edwards Fund and established the Western Maryland Economic Future Investment Board to review, evaluate and rate applications for funding from the […]

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Published: February 15, 2023

CurlyRed is looking forward to celebrating all things winter in “the Frozen Tundra of Maryland”. The event will take place in downtown Oakland on Feb, 18th from 10am-4pm. The event will include the immensely popular Wine Walk, kids activities, live music & performances, food and drink specials, Facebook Live with giveaways (for additional online engagement) […]

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Published: February 8, 2023

*****NEW DATE: Join us February 16th! Same time, same place**** After years of being thwarted by Covid-19 we are SO EXCITED to be back and better than ever! Garrett County's first Women's Networking Event of 2023 is set for Thursday, February 16th at noon at Ace's Run Restaurant & Pub! The featured speaker is Kendall […]

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Published: February 1, 2023

Every February at CurlyRed, we donate 10% of our proceeds to two worthy nonprofits! This year our Garrett County recipient is Pop Pop's Path and our Baltimore recipient is Ballet After Dark (BAD). You can read more about these fantastic non-profits below. Pop Pop’s Path is a brand new local non-profit dedicated to raising awareness […]

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Published: January 31, 2023

CurlyRed turns Sweet Sixteen today, wooohooo! Over breakfast, I was reminiscing about some of the harder things I've faced in the past 16 years. Like in 2008, when the recession hit and I lost the few clients I had and had to start all over again. Like in 2009, when a former client threatened to […]

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Published: January 25, 2023

Just a reminder: CurlyRed is turning 16 YEARS OLD (can you believe it?). And if you know us, you know we love a theme (as if!). So plan to join us and channel your inner Kurt Cobian, Cher from Clueless, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or any other 90's icon and join us at The Vagabond […]

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Published: January 18, 2023

First, a bit about BSI: Berkeley Springs Instruments, LLC, (BSI) has specialized in the development and application of innovative industrial technologies for over 35 years. These technologies include in-service tank robotics, nuclear power plant control room design, neural network software development, remote monitoring systems, and more. BSI and its legacy companies embarked in 1980 and […]

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Published: January 17, 2023

An interview with Kendall just went live today! You can read it here. If you'd like to follow SubKit for stories like these, here are there social handles: Instagram: @subkit LinkedIn: @subkit Twitter: @wearesubkit

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Published: January 11, 2023

*****NEW DATE: Join us January 26th! Same time, same place**** After years of being thwarted by Covid-19 we are SO EXCITED to be back and better than ever! Garrett County's first Women's Networking Event of 2023 is set for Thursday, Jan. 19 at noon at Ace's Run Restaurant & Pub! 👭 The featured speaker is […]

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Published: January 4, 2023

This year, we are going to pick a word for each month that starts with the same letter that starts the month name, and then our junior designer Olivia is going to create a sweet custom illustration around that word! Jubilee felt like a great word to kick off 2023. Not only does the word […]

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Published: January 3, 2023

On January 31st, CurlyRed will turn 16 YEARS OLD (can you believe it?). And if you know us, you know we love a theme (as if!). So we figured what better way to celebrate than a 90's party (given that president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig was very much a 90's teenager). So channel […]

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