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The owners of Serendipity in downtown Frederick are preparing for the grand opening of their latest venture, Mini Dip in Brunswick. The new location will also house Towpath Creamery.

A new Brunswick business is ready for customers, even if its official opening is still a week away.

Mini Dip, a combination ice cream store and a branch of the downtown Frederick market Serendipity, is scheduled to have its grand opening on June 30, Serendipity co-owner Brittany Grimm said Friday.

The store at 12 S. Maple Ave. in Brunswick had a soft opening last weekend, she said.

The store will offer much the same menu as the Frederick store, and will have fresh food, camping supplies, and meals-to-go to cater to commuters, hikers on the C&O Canal towpath and campers at the nearby Brunswick Family Campground.

The Brunswick store is a joint project with Towpath Creamery, an ice cream shop run by former Brunswick Mayor Karin Tome.

They’ve been serving cups and cones, but hadn’t started making sundaes, milkshakes, or other items yet, Tome said Friday.

The store serves ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery in Pennsylvania.

They had perfect weather last weekend, and have been getting a great response from the community, Tome said.

Along with the ice cream, people have started to realize that the store is connected with Serendipity, and have been coming by for sandwiches and other food, she said.

“It’s been wonderful,” Tome said. “Really great response.”

Grimm and fellow Serendipity co-owner Diane Branson had originally looked at Brunswick as a location for Serendipity, but ultimately decided that the store on East Patrick Street was too good to pass up.

The Brunswick location is smaller, about the size of the front room of their Frederick store, Grimm said.

Along with the food options, the Brunswick shop will also carry items from local stores and vendors — as the Frederick store does — including items from McCutcheon’s Apple Products, ChocoSombra coffee and teas from Voila in Frederick.

Voila owner Mary Jean Clark said she saw it as a good opportunity to expand her store’s reach.

“They’re open seven days a week. We’re not,” she said.

Clark said she already provides teas to a number of local stores and restaurants, including about 14 types in the Frederick Serendipity store.

Voila’s North Market Street location carries about 350 varieties of tea, while the Mini Dip location will carry about nine varieties that will rotate seasonally, Clark said.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at

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