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When leaves start changing colors and floating on cool autumn breezes, Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch opens its gates to become a flurry of family fall activity. Visitors hop on a hayride that takes them to the 15-acre pumpkin patch, where scores of bulbous gourds lie ripe for the taking. Also accessible by hayride, a sprawling Fairy Tale Trails Maze themed corn maze tests families' navigational skills and/or willingness to eat their way back home. Back at the farm, kids hop on pony rides and mini-wagon rides or try on a new face from a face painter. A petting zoo offers visitors close encounters with friendly farm animals, from rabbits and sheep to pigs and cows. The patch and attractions are located on the grounds of the Huffer Family Farm, which was purchased by the family in 1870. Seven generations later, the Huffers still cultivate the land for crops—when they're not cultivating corn mazes and armies of really nice scarecrows.

6521 Holter Rd
Middletown,
MD
US

Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.

Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.

5245 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick,
MD
US

An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.

1170 W Patrick St
Frederick,
MD
US

When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.

5500 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick,
MD
US

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Erin Kinney pursued a naturopathic doctorate. In medical school, she completed hands-on internships and won multiple awards before graduating summa cum laude. Holistic and naturopathic medicine is Dr. Kinney's path, she says, because she "loves to help her patients take their health into their own hands" through education. She works with each patient to devise a set of healthy habits to enhance their lifestyle, like snacking on raw veggies or kettle bells. No two patients are the same, so Dr. Kinney tailors every treatment to the individual.

7101 Guilford Dr
Frederick,
MD
US

The scribes of Maryland Life Magazine crisscross the Old Line State to bring readers noteworthy cuisine, elegant homes, and local happenings. Bimonthly issues contain articles praising local eateries such as Hagerstown staple Schmakerl Stube and examining how local anglers manage to snag fish from under the ice using heat vision. Recipes, gardening tips, and useful homeowner information burst from Maryland Life Magazine ’s binding, intermingling with reviews of art-gallery exhibits and profiles on socialites about town.

141 W Patrick St
Frederick,
MD
US