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DePalma Dental celebrates decade in Berlin

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) Ten years ago DePalma Dental opened in Berlin with a staff of four, and just two chairs in a small office building. Today, Drs. Michael and Erin DePalma operate a large general dentistry practice with facilities and a staff that can see three times as many patients. The husband-and-wife team both attended University of Maryland School of Dentistry before beginning the search to find what would become the long-term home for both their business and their young family. “We were living in Pennsylvania at the time and knew we wanted to be in Maryland. We were looking at the D.C. metropolitan area, and it just wasn’t appealing to us,” Erin said. “I had vacationed here with my family, growing up in the suburbs of D.C., and we would come every year, but I was not familiar with the Berlin area at all.” Michael performed a little reconnaissance in the region, according to Erin, and almost immediate fell in love with Berlin. The small town feel...
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Cleary brings ‘neighborly’ approach to legal practice

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) You may have seen her picture around town in Berlin, or on rolling billboards on the backs of city buses, cruising down Coastal Highway in Ocean City.   The Law Offices of Patricia Cleary is attempting to boost its local profile in a major way this year, after Cleary moved to the area full-time in January. Cleary, a native of Prince George’s County, has practiced law in the state for 17 years, originally setting up a practice in Bowie out of law school. “I bought a home here almost 10 years ago and originally thought it would be a good vacation home and on long weekends, and hoped that I could gradually spend more time out here,” she said. “It ended up being that I was so busy I could never get away from the office.” Today, her main office is in Worcester County. A general practice attorney, Cleary said her passion lies in wills and trusts, estate planning and small business counsel. Her close relationship with clients, however, ...
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Berlin’s Bleached Butterfly debuts first ‘terrarium bar’

Posted On: 6/4/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 4, 2015) In March Bleached Butterfly won the New Business Award during the 2015 Berlin Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. Now the newcomer shop is adding an innovative new twist to its line of off-centered design products: a terrarium bar. A terrarium, as described by Bleached Butterfly Owner Autumn Graves, is a “living ecosystem for plants.” Graves sketched out an idea for the large wooden shelving unit that will house what is essentially a “make-your-own” terrarium kit inside the store, similar to a salad bar in a restaurant. Local artist Matt Dove then built the structure, using recycled and reclaimed wood, which will house all of the different ingredients. “It’s the first of its kind,” Graves said. “You’ll have your different glass containers for the terrarium and you’ll go up and pick out what size you want, and then you’ll have all your fixings. Each drawer will have different soils, different rocks, di...
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OC Swim Call offering public, private boat tours

Posted On: 6/4/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OC Swim Call offering public, private boat tours (June 4, 2015) Berlin resident Danny McDorman said he fell in love with the sea during his 10-year stint with the United States Coast Guard. Looking for a way to turn his passion into a profitable career, McDorman launched OC Swim Call, a tour boat business, located near the Shark on the Harbor restaurant in West Ocean City. The vessel, a former houseboat that was also briefly used at a private school in Rhode Island, has been in the water in Ocean City for about a week. “My main job in the Coast Guard was search and rescue – basically I was a boat driver – and I fell in love with the water and I had loved being in the water my whole life,” McDorman said. “I wanted to find to a way to bring those joys that I got from being out on the water to everyone else.” OC Swim Call offers standard boat tours lasting one, two or three hours, as well as private functions such as birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties. “You can pretty much cus...
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Once ‘gypsy’ opens Berlin soap shop

Posted On: 5/28/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Once ‘gypsy’ opens Berlin soap shop (May 28, 2015) First the idea grew, not unlike a musical composition, with a few bars at a time. But instead of a symphony, this composition is soap, pure and handmade. It began four years ago when Salisbury native Jon Conley started making soap for his family. The products were so well received he started selling them to the public, first at farmer’s markets and arts and craft shows, as he described it, “pretty much being gypsies.” On May 1, Conley opened his own store, Uncle Jon’s Soap & Sundries, in downtown Berlin, in the former location of Bungalow Love on Williams Street. “We’ve been making soap and other bath items for years, but I got tired of loading and unloading my truck for every event,” Conley said. “We’ll still do a couple events, but now we’re hoping people start coming to me.” The majority of the products in the shop are made onsite, including the signature soap made with a base of olive oil, coc...
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Berlin shop celebrating five years of getting ‘Baked’

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin shop celebrating five years of getting ‘Baked’ (March 26, 2015) Since the beginning, Baked Dessert Café in Berlin has been something of an anachronism, much like the town itself, selling things made by hand, in store, sourced from local and all-natural ingredients. The shop, which is tucked away on 4 Bay Street across from town hall, is celebrating five years in business next month. “Our goal from the very beginning was to offer really high quality all-natural baked goods,” owner Robin Tomaselli said. “That’s really important to me. I don’t want to feed somebody something I wouldn’t want my own child to eat. “We have stuck true to that from the very beginning despite the fact that it would probably be easier not to,” Tomaselli said. “It’s something that we really care about, and quite honestly I’d rather close the door on the bakery than to provide something that’s been make on assembly line that’s been frozen for god-knows-how-long that somebod...
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Atlantic Physical Therapy opens new location in WOC

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Atlantic Physical Therapy opens new location in WOC (March 26, 2015) In March of last year, Atlantic Physical Therapy added a sixth location, in Selbyville. Last month, APT went one further, adding a seventh location in West Ocean City. Angela Russell is the lead specialist at the new branch on 9923 Stephen Decatur Highway. Russell earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Salisbury University in 1989, and a masters from UMES in 1996. “I always wanted to do [physical therapy],” Russell said. “My senior year in high school, they had this program where you could volunteer and try and figure out what you wanted to do. “I was always interested in science, so spent the majority of my senior year going through the hospital, looking at different things like respiratory therapy and pharmacy, but I kept going back to physical therapy,” she added. Russell joined the APT team in October after relocating from Easton with her husband, a dentist with a new office in Ocean Pines. “We have a ...
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Calvin B. Taylor Bank celebrates 125 yrs of service

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) As financial institutions merge and regional, national and even international mega-banks become more dominant, Calvin B. Taylor Bank, headquartered in Berlin, is entering its 125th year as an independent entity. It continues to be an instrumental part of the small-town lower Eastern Shore community, and, its many modernizations over the years notwithstanding, does so with much the same approach it has always used. “The recipe for success is a great board, outstanding employees, awesome customers and supportive stockholders,” said Taylor Bank President and CEO Raymond Thompson. Above all else, Taylor bank is customer driven, which is evident after walking through the front door of its headquarters on Main Street in Berlin. Thompson’s office can be seen when entering the bank. He can hear every call because his secretary sits outside his office doors. When making a phone call to Taylor bank, customers should not expect the customary automated answ...
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On What Grounds brings coffee, chocolate together

Posted On: 2/19/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

On What Grounds brings coffee, chocolate together (Feb. 19, 2015) A couple for more than 14 years, Denise Tolson and Dana Gottloeb took their relationship to the next level when they opened On What Grounds earlier this year. The shop, located inside Maryland Wine Bar at 103 North Main Street, was formerly an attorney’s office. “That’s where we got the name,” Tolson said. “We also liked the design of the legal scale that’s our logo.” Wine Bar owner Deborah Everett, who first suggested the couple open the chocolate shop/café last summer, was a regular patron of Tolson’s and her homemade, hand-dipped chocolates. Gottloeb, meanwhile, owned and operated the Coffee Beanery inside the Centre at Salisbury Mall for 22 years. “The mall is kind of dying and it was just time to go,” he said. “Deborah’s suggestion of opening a coffee and a chocolate shop made sense with both of our experiences.” The next step, Gottloeb said, was finding the right bean. ...
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DeNovo’s a labor of love for owners Bob and Kelli Beck

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

DeNovo’s a labor of love for owners Bob and Kelli Beck (Feb. 12, 2015) A decade ago, husband and wife Bob and Kelli Beck moved from New Jersey to the small community of Ocean Pines, dreaming of opening a successful restaurant and raising a family. That dream celebrates a milestone, as DeNovo’s Trattoria, a staple of the community, celebrates its 10th year in business. Bob, who began working as a dishwasher at age 15, was fresh from a successful restaurant launch that started a modest franchise in the Garden State when the couple decided to move. “He made the owner a huge success and opened two other restaurants for him,” Kelli said. “But he was working crazy hours and I was home with two small kids. I had given up my job because his job really had no flexibility.” Looking for a slower pace, the Becks decided to relocate to Ocean Pines, where Kelli’s parents lived. “We liked the area,” she said. “It seemed very family-friendly and a nice environment to raise kids in, so we picked ...
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