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Ocean Elements Salt Spa features new Float Center

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Ocean Elements Salt Spa features new Float Center (April 20, 2017) Escaping the pressures of life and succumbing to relaxation are a couple of the benefits offered by a floating session at Ocean Elements Salt Spa in the Serenity Salon in Ocean Pines. “You can’t tell where your skin ends and the water begins,” owner Jeanne Mills, said. “It is quite an experience to offer the community and Eastern Shore.” Floaters lay naked on their backs in a 200-gallon water pod filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, which is kept at the skin-neutral temperature of 93.5 degrees, although it will vary throughout the session. “It releases tension, dopamine and endorphins,” Mills said. “A session offers stress and pain relief. The objective is to lay in the water, relax, mediate and clear your mind.” After shutting the pod door, all sounds from the outside world are gone. Patrons can choose a color light setting or unwind in total darkness and relax to calming music, bring their own meditative tr...
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Massage Envy now open in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 3/30/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Massage Envy now open in Ocean Pines (March 30, 2017) Therapeutic massages, facials, skin care treatments and a few unique add-ons are offered at Massage Envy on Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines, which opened on Feb. 16. “People need to take care of their bodies to participate in life. We are very wellness-based,” Joann Hess, owner of the Massage Envy Ocean City, said. “It is a different way for people to receive massage and facial services. It is very easy, gender-neutral and our membership program is discounted.” There are many benefits to receiving a massage regularly, including relieving stress and sore muscles, increasing circulation and boosting the immune system. It’s also a great recovery method to use after having surgery, she said. “Membership services are a win-win because it helps the client to get regular massages for maintenance, which teaches the muscles and body to lower stress and life becomes scheduled around your massage,” Hess said. “Your body tells y...
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More space, more toys, and more to play with

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) World of Toys owner Olga Kozhevnikova is so eager to move into her store’s new location across the street in Berlin that she’s been making plans in her sleep. “I’m excited,” she said. “I wake up and in my head I’m building walls and setting inventory. I’ve also been doing drawings. I think it’s going to be amazing to put it all on the shelf and organize everything.” Last week she received the keys to the former Toy Town building on 115 North Main Street. Soon, she’ll start the process of moving the stock from her cramped little store on 110 North Main Street into the much larger space of roughly 4,800 square feet. She’s ordered new shelving, hired an electrician and plans to change the lighting and improve the heating and air conditioning systems. The interior will receive a new coat of paint in her favorite color, green. Kozhevnikova will keep the old store running through the April 15 Sprin...
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Business Briefs 3/9/17

Posted On: 3/9/17
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Top in sales Hileman Real Estate has announced that Bethany Drew and Terri Bradford and their “Power of 2 Team” have achieved the top sales position for 2016 among the over 1,000 members of the Coastal Association of Realtors, the professional real estate organization that serves the tri-county region. Drew and Bradford sold 152 homes and condos with over $27 million in sales volume in Maryland and Delaware in 2016. They are celebrating their 10th year working together as a team as well as their 30-plus years of combined real estate experience. They attribute their continued increasing success to their extensive cutting edge sales marketing program, staying on top of industry changes and excellent customer service. Drew, Bradford and their team can be reached at 410-208-9200 ext. 4. Winters joins LSLT The Lower Shore Land Trust organization has partnered with AmeriCorps through the ShoreCorps/PALS state program offered at Salisbury University, and has brought on Miche...
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Fathom brings taste of city to downtown Berlin

Posted On: 2/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Fathom brings taste of city to downtown Berlin (Feb. 23, 2017) Sisters Hunter Smith and Devon Donahue have moved off Artisan’s Way onto Main Street in Berlin with their new, urban-inspired clothing and gift store Fathom. That’s “Fathom.” with a period at the end of the word, regardless of its placement in a sentence, Donahue noted with a laugh. Her sister is apparently a stickler. The shop officially opened last Friday, following about a year of renovations to the building. Smith said the new space only took about a week to furnish once construction wrapped. The entire façade was remade and the doorway was restored to its original look when it was a barbershop, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A rear entrance was also added, which opens next to The Globe restaurant on Broad Street. Exposed brick walls, minimalist wooden shelves and metal display racks evocative of industrial plumbing fixtures were inspired by visits to showrooms in New York City, according to Smith. “Every ti...
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Local business vies for prize to create jobs

Posted On: 2/16/17
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(Feb. 16, 2017) When Kim Shanahan, owner of Gifts Fulfilled, saw the theme of this year’s SCORE/Sam’s Club small business contest, “What Makes Your Business Unique,” she knew she had to enter. What makes her business unique is its mission to provide jobs for people with disabilities. Shanahan created her business, which sells baby, birthday, get well and special occasion gift baskets, specifically to provide employment for adults who live with a disability. She saw a great need for jobs, and decided to start a business that would enable people of differing abilities the opportunity to have a fulfilling work experience and earn a paycheck. In the social service field this is called an Affirmative Business or a Social Enterprise. To Shanahan, it was simply the right thing to do. Shanahan started her business in 2015 and shortly after teamed up with the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark, Maryland, to provide employment for WCDC clients. “I f...
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Bunting Realty Inc. hits quarter-century mark

Posted On: 2/2/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Bunting Realty Inc. hits quarter-century mark (Feb. 2, 2017) Twenty-five years ago Cam Bunting started a fledgling real estate business in Berlin. Her father and brother were both agents based in Salisbury, and she was working for Moore, Warfield & Glick in Ocean City, at the time. “Real estate was in my blood,” she said. Because virtually all of her listings happened to be in Berlin, she started to look for a way to relocate there, at first looking for a place to work as an agent. When that didn’t happen, she decided to open her own operation, Bunting Realty, Inc. Bunting bought a former doctor’s office on 24 Broad Street in Berlin, a space large enough that her husband, Woody, could also run his surveying business out of. Jumping into owning and operating her own office, Bunting said, was not something she thought twice about. “I’m a type-A person, so I have to be doing lots of things. It was just a normal progression,” she said. “I loved Moore, Warfield & Glick ...
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Hileman Realty celebrates 20 years in business

Posted On: 1/26/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Hileman Realty celebrates 20 years in business (Jan. 26, 2017) Debbie Hileman admitted she thought about a career change before opening her own real estate business 20 years ago on Cathell Road in Berlin. “I can’t believe it has been 20 years already,” she said. “I found a niche in the rental market and built a reputation on helping people. I started out in rentals and the sales came hand-in-hand. People trust me to take care of their property.” Hileman Realty opened its doors on Jan. 20, 1997 with two rooms and a welcome desk, before expanding to a number of other areas in the building. By 2003, Hileman purchased the property in Berlin. “My philosophy is to take care of someone else’s home the way I’d want them to take care of mine,” Hileman said. “That mindset flows through to my sales agents. We all have the same commitment to service. This is our community and we love it. It’s a great place to raise a family.” Currently, there are 24 sales agents at Hil...
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AGH cuts ribbon on new surgical office in Barrett building

Posted On: 1/19/17
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AGH cuts ribbon on new surgical office in Barrett building (Jan. 19, 2017) Atlantic General Hospital and Health System recently held an open house at the new location for its Surgical Associates and Bariatric Center offices in the James G. Barrett Medical Office Building in Berlin. Atlantic General Surgical Associates and the Atlantic General Bariatric Center provide advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by board certified doctors including bariatric, oncology and vascular surgeries. The bariatric center is led by Alae Zarif, MD, who performs gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures for Atlantic General Bariatric Center and general surgeries. Zarif is certified by the American Board of Surgery and performs multiple advanced laparoscopic procedures. Xin Zhong, M.D. recently joined Atlantic General Surgical Associates and the staff of Atlantic General Bariatric Center from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where she completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship in robotic and bariatric proce...
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Big turnout during ribbon cutting for Royal Farms store

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) The mood was noticeably light during the official ribbon cutting for the new Royal Farms at the corner of Route 50 and Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin, which drew about 100 people last Friday, including several local officials and many members of town staff. They were there for the free chicken, but also to welcome the new store to the area, which had been in development since at least early 2015. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said the shop was a perfect example of what makes the town unique and successful, balancing both environmental stewardship and economic development. “We are very proud to have you here,” he said. “We think that you’re leading by example. Berlin is trying to lead by example on a small scale [environmentally]. “Please have fun,” he added. “If you’re going to be a part of the Town of Berlin, fun is required.” Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church joked that he would show up every morning to...
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