Comptroller Franchot Visits Cumberland and Hagerstown for Shop Maryland

for the Holidays

-Comptroller to Ask Shoppers to Support Their Communities by Shopping Locally-

WHO:             Comptroller Peter Franchot

State and local leaders

WHAT:           Comptroller Peter Franchot will tour three Cumberland shops and a Hagerstown tree farm and restaurant today on the seventh stop of his Shop Maryland for the Holidays tour. The purpose of his annual statewide tour is to encourage Marylanders to shop locally to support their local shops and small businesses and Maryland’s critical retail sector. More than a half-million Marylanders work in retail stores.

Comptroller Franchot will begin his tour at Ristorante Ottaviani, a family-run Italian restaurant owned by Phillip and Adrienne Ottaviani. The Comptroller then will stop by PharmaCare Floral and Gift Shoppe, owned by Jennifer Hare. The shop has more than a century of design experience among its florists. From there, the Comptroller will visit MIXX, a women’s fashion store featuring vintage style to contemporary silhouettes.

In Hagerstown, the Comptroller will visit the Good Spirits Tree Farm, where he will present a proclamation to owner Bill Shipman recognizing the family-owned farm that has served the tri-state area since 1969. The Comptroller will end his tour at Bulls and Bears, a local Hagerstown restaurant where he will present a proclamation to General Manager Michael Barry recognizing the eatery’s success and commitment to the community. 

WHEN            Today, December 11, 2014


WHERE:        12:30 p.m.                                                       2:30 p.m.

Ristorante Ottaviani (starting point)                    Good Spirits Tree Farm

                        25 N. Centre St.                                               9711 Old National Pike

Cumberland, MD 21502                                  Hagerstown, MD 21740

3:30 p.m.

Bulls & Bears, 38 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740

CONTACT:    Barbara Sauers 410-260-7438 (office), 410-212-9414 (cell)