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New and improved: World of Toys opens back up in Berlin

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

New and improved: World of Toys opens back up in Berlin (May 11, 2017) The World of Toys just got a whole lot bigger. Berlin’s signature shop for educational toys, puzzles, games, books, dolls and stuffed animals moved across the street last week, from the narrow confines of 110 North Main Street into a comparatively sprawling 4,800-square-foot space on 115 North Main Street. The new location is about four times larger. Owner Olga Kozhevnikova said more than 5,000 people viewed a Facebook post announcing the reopening. The move was intense, she said. She closed the day after Berlin Spring Celebration and worked “for a couple weeks in 12-hour shifts – every day.” “We had some people helping and we moved the storefront in two days,” Kozhevnikova said. “It was boxes and boxes on top of boxes.” Kozhevnikova said she loves the new space. It means her displays are not pushed against each other or stacked or cramped or overcrowded. It also means her customers will have much more room. ̶...
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Watch Me Grow offers fun summer learning activities

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Watch Me Grow offers fun summer learning activities (May 11, 2017) Watch Me Grow, a new early learning center in Berlin on 9040 Worcester Highway, Suite E, behind Pitt Stop Beer and Wine, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday. The free event, 1-4 p.m., will include moon bounces and  children’s crafts and snacks. Lollipop the Clown will offer face painting and balloon art from 1:30-3 p.m. and horse rides will be available from 3-4 p.m. Shaved ice treats from the Tiki Hut will be available for sale. Owner Allison Stokely operated the Tiny Sunflowers Daycare center out of her home for 12 years, but decided to close to devote more time to her two young children, Aleesi, 3, and Landon, 20 months. “My son is severely high maintenance,” she said with a laugh. “I couldn’t do the hours anymore. It just got to be too much with two little ones at home.” Instead, Stokely will offer specialized summer programs at the new center that focus on getting children, ages 2 and up, getting ready for scho...
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Island Creamery opens sweet treat shop in downtown Berlin

Posted On: 5/4/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Island Creamery opens sweet treat shop in downtown Berlin (May 4, 2017) The best ice cream parlor in the country, according to Trip Advisor, now has a location in downtown Berlin.   The Chincoteague, Virginia-based Island Creamery, known for its unique flavors and local and natural ingredients, was also recently recognized by Food & Wine magazine and Buzzfeed as one of the top ice cream shops in the U.S. The announcement was made that Island Creamery would open in Berlin late last year in the former Cupcakes in Bloom slot on 120 North Main Street. After extensive renovations, both inside and out, the shop was open as of last Tuesday. “We wanted to bring elements and colors from Chincoteague, but we wanted to have more of a vibe that fit in with some of the places in Berlin,” owner Kelly Conklin said. “So we gave our creative people free rein and we got what we got, and we’re pretty happy with it.” The interior could be described as “cozy,” with a bright and colorful menu stretching acros...
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ReTag’d will hold grand opening on First Friday, May 5

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

ReTag’d will hold grand opening on First Friday, May 5 (April 27, 2017) One of Snow Hill’s newest businesses, ReTag’d Upscale Retail on 108 Pearl St., will hold a grand opening during the Arts on the River First Friday event next week. ReTag’d held a soft opening last month. Owner Anna Jones said the establishment’s initial reception has been phenomenal and she is excited for the official grand opening ceremony on May 5. “We’ve had a great turnout so far,” she said. “I’ve had people in here everyday.” Support and encouragement has also poured in from other local retailers, including The Flower Shop in Snow Hill and Mirror Salon, both of which sent bouquets after the business launched, Jones said. “This town’s so supportive it’s really been amazing,” she said. “I get a lot of people from the courthouse stopping by on their lunch break.” Jones anticipates larger crowds as the seasonal shift starts trending warmer. “People are just st...
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Toy Town ribbon cutting planned next week

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

Toy Town ribbon cutting planned next week (April 27, 2017) Toy Town, one of Snow Hill’s newest and largest businesses, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. during next week’s Arts on the River First Friday. Since opening earlier this month, Debbie Seaton, who operates the shop with her husband Richard, said scores of familiar faces have materialized. “It’s not just local people,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of our regular customers from all over.” As a result of operating a store in Berlin for numerous years prior to the recent relocation to Snow Hill, Seaton said Toy Town has attracted a slew of returning clients from a number of neighboring states. Seaton has also been impressed by the warm welcome from area merchants and residents. “All of the businesses in town sent me flowers and stuff,” she said. “They’re fantastic and they’ve been very supportive.” Seaton had been quick to embrace the spirit of cross prom...
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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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