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James Rada, Jr.

Don’t be surprised if you missed the opening of the Seton Avenue Barber Company in Emmitsburg. Paula Socks was able to open her new business in one month.

Socks is a familiar name to many residents of Emmitsburg. She cut hair at another business in town for two-and-a-half years.

“I left for four months, but I realized I missed the town,” Socks said. “It has the most genuine and kind people I’ve ever met.”

When she decided she wanted to return to Emmitsburg, she saw the space available and started planning her comeback to town.

She had a lot of what she needed. Her son deals in antique furniture, so she was able to get a couple pieces from him, such as an antique buffet that now serves as her counter. Other things like a barber chair and waiting seats, she was able to order quickly online.

“Things fell into my lap very quickly, and we opened in 30 days, which is very quickly,” she said.

The shop opened on November 13, 2023. The only hiccup she found was that by the time she opened, a lot of people had already had their hair cut for the holidays.

Although Socks lives in Hagerstown, she is happy to be back in Emmitsburg. During the four months she was away, she worked as a military barber in Thurmont.

“I like the people here, and it’s a bit slower pace than Hagerstown or Frederick,” she said.

As word gets out about the shop being open, she is seeing some of her former customers, as well as new walk-ins.

Socks has been doing hair for 30 years. “I give a really nice haircut at a fair price.”

That price is $16.00, although women’s hair is a bit more because they tend to have more of it. She also does Veteran’s haircuts for a donation, if they let her know they are a Veteran.

The Seton Avenue Barber Company is located at 130 S. Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Photo of Paula Socks by Deb Abraham Spalding

Emmitsburg New Business and Development Briefs

The following are the statuses of new businesses and development coming to Emmitsburg from the town planner’s report:

Federal Stone (Creamery Road, east side of U.S. 15) — Groundbreaking for this project was held last month.

Village Liquors & Plaza Inn (Silo Hill Parkway) — A preconstruction meeting is pending.

Seton Village — The forest conservation and delineation applications were received, and town staff are reviewing them.

Emmitsburg Distillery (East Emmitsburg Industrial Park II Lot 4) — Town staff are reviewing the site plan and improvement plan applications. Staff are waiting for the applicant’s response to their comments. The planning commission reviewed the application last month.

Development Pipeline/ Applicant Interest

Frailey Property Annexation — The DRB Group has expressed interest in developing this property with single-family homes/duplexes.

Emmit Ridge — The DRB Group has expressed interest in developing this property with single-family homes.

Rodney McNair Property Annexation — Town staff is awaiting an annexation application.

The status of new businesses and development coming to Emmitsburg:

    Federal Stone (Creamery Road, east side of U.S. 15) — Awaiting the submission of an updated site plan and improvement plans. Payment and Performance bonds are also being reviewed.

    Ripleigh’s Creamery (W. Main Street) — Delayed due to funding, but ice cream truck operation started in April.

    Seton Village (South Seton Avenue) — The Daughters of Charity Ministries, Seton Village Property is seeking to formally re-plat the property, creating two lots for purposes related to ownership. 

    Village Liquors & Plaza Inn (Silo Hill Parkway) — Owner has received conditional approval of the Addition Plat and is now seeking to have an updated site plan and improvement plat approved by the Planning Commission.

    McDonald’s (Silo Hill Parkway) — Additional driveway construction is planned.

    Mount St. Mary’s Seton Shrine E Wing (South Seton Avenue) — Renovations to accommodate nursing student clinical rotations is in the planning phase. Parking inquiry: Is the classification “commercial, business, technical or trade school,” which will require one spot per three students?

The status of new businesses and development coming to Thurmont:


Hobb’s Division (East Main Street): Final plat recorded for two lots in Mixed-Use Village 1.

Hammaker Hills, Phase 1 (Woodland Ave.) Final plat recorded for 37 single-family lots in R-2 district. Ten permits issued.

Hammaker Hills, Phase 2 (Westview Drive): Preliminary plat approved for 22 single-family lots in R-2 district. The improvement plan is conditionally approved.

     Mechanicstown, LLC (Emmitsburg Road): Preliminary plat approved for 31 single-family lots in R-2/ ARP district.

     Mountain Brooke (Emmitsburg Road): Preliminary plat approved for 11 single-family lots in R-2/ ARP district.   

Meunier Minor Subdivision (North Carroll Street): Preliminary/final plat approved for one new lot and adjustment of two lots in R-2 district.

Simmer’s Minor Subdivision (Apples Church Road) Preliminary/final plat approved for one single-family lot.

Oak Forest Townhouse Community (East Moser Road) Concept plan submitted for a 36-unit townhouse community in R-5 district.

     505 E. Main St. Minor Subdivision (E. Main Street): Preliminary/final plat approved for one lot.

     Simmer’s Subdivision (Apples Church Road): Concept plan submitted for a 40-unit townhouse community in R-5 district.

Site Plans

Thurmont Business Park (Thurmont Blvd.): Lot 1 to be developed for the relocation of Goodwill into a 17,850 square foot building – final site plan under review.

New Businesses

Weis Gas N’ Go is now open at Weis Markets.

Studio 24 is coming to 21 East Main Street in June.

10 Tavern will be open in June at 10 East Main Street.

Elizabeth Swindells

Thurmont town officials were on hand on Saturday, January 20, 2018, for the official ribbon-cutting for the new business Nu-Way Master Dry Cleaners at 12 E. Main Street in Thurmont. Thurmont’s location is the sixth location opened by owner, Ascohi Kassabian. The successful, family-owned and operated business already has bustling locations in Waynesboro, Greencastle, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, as well as two convenient locations to service our military personnel, one is located inside Carlisle Barracks Military Base and the other is located with-in Fort Detrick. Nu-Way is so proud to serve those who serve us by ensuring that our servicemen always look their best in clean and pressed uniforms.

Ascohi has twenty-two years of experience, providing customers with quality services and a very friendly staff. In addition to dry-cleaning, Nu-Way offers a wash-and-fold laundry service, uniform cleaning, uniform tailoring, clothing alterations, clothing repairs, shoe repair, leather care, suede care, linens, garment weaving, wedding gown cleaning, and more! On one occasion, a woman brought in a gown that, over the course of forty years, had yellowed. Nu-Way staff members were able to restore the color and, in-turn, restore the gown’s former beauty! Do not forget to ask them about their preservation services. Also, for your convenience, Nu-way offers pick-up and drop-off services to both residential and commercial locations at no extra cost.

With competitive rates, an astoundingly quick turn-around time, and an attention-to-detail that goes unmatched, you would be right to trust your business with Nu-Way. Be sure to check out their website at, which offers details on locations, store hours, contact information, rates, and coupons.

In Thurmont, Nu-Way is open from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. They are also open Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Nu-Way is closed on Sundays. Call the Thurmont location at 240-288-7163 with any questions.

Pictured are Makayla Eibert, Katy Bowers, Ascohi Kassabian, and Carol Manns.