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Cumberland Times-News: Support local brick and mortar stores, comptroller urges Franchot stops in ci

CUMBERLAND — Comptroller Peter Franchot continued his annual Shop Maryland for the Holidays Tour in Cumberland on Thursday by purchasing a Christmas present for his granddaughter.

“We picked out Buttercup Boutique to be a great example for all these Main Street establishments,” Franchot said. “Trust me when I say that we are grateful in the state of Maryland for the Buttercup Boutique and other establishments.”

Franchot congratulated owner Marcy Dearcangelis for being in business for 10 years and provided her with a proclamation.

“It’s your success as a popular and independently owned business, which reflects the care and commitment displayed by everyone throughout the store,” reads the proclamation. “Best wishes for continued growth, success and prosperity.”

Buttercup Boutique sells high-quality women’s clothing, accessories, home decor and gifts.

“It’s not the normal stuff you see in the department stores; this is a great place,” Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson said.

“People really come out to support us,” Dearcangelis said. “We are so grateful to people in our area, for you (Franchot) coming to visit. I feel very honored.”

Cumberland Mayor-elect Ray Morriss said businesses like Buttercup Boutique help foster economic development.

“When it comes to small local businesses, it’s establishments like the Buttercup Boutique that are key to our economic development here in Allegany County,” he said.

Sen. George Edwards, Del. Mike McKay, Register of Wills Mary-Beth Pirolozzi, Allegany County Commissioner Jake Shade, Circuit Court Clerk Dawne Lindsey, City Councilman Rock Cioni and Mark Widmyer, representative for Gov. Larry Hogan, all congratulated Dearcangelis on the success of her business.

“I hope you know how much we appreciate you, Marcy, and how you treat people here,” Cioni said. “I think that’s why you have been successful. It couldn’t have happened to a better person.”

The statewide tour is hosted by the comptroller and the Maryland Retailers Association to encourage residents to shop locally instead of online or out-of-state.

“The message here is to get off the internet, be patriotic, support these wonderful Maryland retail brick and mortar stores,” Franchot said. “They hire our neighbors, our friends, they pay accountants, lawyers and utility bills, they pay rent. They produce unbelievably great products and great customer service ...”

The comptroller also made stops in Hagerstown and Frederick on Thursday.

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