Franchot to Promote Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, Present Cornerstone Award in Carroll County on Monday

Visits to horse rescue farm in Mt. Airy and Pub Dog Brewing in Westminster also on tap


Comptroller Peter Franchot


Comptroller Franchot will spend Monday in western Howard and Carroll counties, beginning with a visit to Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue in Mt. Airy where he will meet with owner Jamie McIntosh and his staff to learn how horses saved from slaughter, abuse and neglect are rehabilitated and prepared for adoption in a safe, nurturing environment.

Next on tap is a stop by Pub Dog Brewing in Westminster to meet owner George Humbert and tour the newly renovated taproom. Opened in 2006, Humbert not only crafts his award-winning dog-themed beers, he operates as a contract brewer for other local start-up producers.

Afterwards, Mr. Franchot will kick off the Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week promotional campaign at Liberty Shop in Westminster where owner Lynn Aaron offers an array of fashionable and trendy clothing, bags, and other items eligible for the annual tax-free savings from August 11-17.

The Comptroller ends the day in Hampstead, where he will present the Carroll County Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence to Jean and Carroll Neudecker, owners of Simmons Homemade Ice Cream. Since 1922, the family has served up Estie Simmons' secret ice cream recipe made with farm fresh, local ingredients to generations of families.


Monday, July 22, 2019


2 p.m.
Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
17250 Old Frederick Rd.
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

3 p.m.
Pub Dog Brewing
1203 New Windsor Rd.
Westminster, MD 21158

3:45 p.m.
Liberty Shop
39 Liberty St.
Westminster, MD 21157

4:30 p.m. Simmons Home Made Ice Cream, 2841 Snydersburg Rd. Hampstead, MD 21074


Maureen O'Prey:
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