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For TaDa, business all about family

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

For TaDa, business all about family (Dec. 1, 2016) Twenty years ago Patty Falck marched into her husband’s office on Williams Street in Berlin. She had good news, bad news and really bad news, she told him. The good news was she was going to open a shop. The bad news was she was going to open the shop inside his office, and the really bad news was she wanted to be open in 30 days. Steve Falck, at the time a custom home builder, happily obliged, moving his office to the rear of the building and helping in any way he could, including building many of the shelves and fixtures. The shop, called TaDa, opened on Black Friday in 1996 and at the time mostly sold Falck’s hand-painted furniture and glassware. “He was so easy going. He said, ‘What do you need me to build and when do I start?’” Falck said. “Within those 30 days, I painted morning, noon and night just so we could have enough stock to put in.” She also came up with the one-of-a-kind name, because Falck “wa...
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Sneaker Dreams come true in downtown Pocomoke City

Posted On: 11/24/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Sneaker Dreams come true in downtown Pocomoke City (Nov. 24, 2016) Daniel LaMontagne left teaching high school math behind, for now, to do what a lot of serious hobbyists wish they could do — open a store dedicated to their passion in order to devote themselves to it full time. LaMontagne’s passion is sneakers, and has been with him for a long time. “I was born in 1985 when sneaker culture really took off, with Run DMC’s “My Adidas” and Michael Jordan took Nike to the next level,” he said. “I love reminiscing about those days.” His personal collection includes about 100 pairs, give or take the several shoes now in stock at his downtown Pocomoke City store, Sneaker Dreams. Open for about a month now, the store features a tiny fraction of what LaMontagne envisions as the eventual end product of his passion. “I want to get to 400 pairs of sneakers at least, and have ten times the amount of clothes I do right now,” he said. “It’s hard to keep the clothes...
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Fins reels in Berlin customers during first full week open

Posted On: 11/3/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Fins reels in Berlin customers during first full week open (Nov. 3, 2016) Fresh, local seafood, a slate of happy hour specials and plenty of craft beer are the stars of downtown Berlin’s newest restaurant, Fins Ale House and Raw Bar. Fins officially opened last week after moving into the space vacated by Leaky Pete’s on 119 North Main Street. “The first week was crazy busy in here,” owner Jeff Hamer said. “The people here have been awesome. This is truly the nicest small town in America – by far. Everyone has been unbelievably welcoming. I’m just overwhelmed.” Hamer opened the first “Fins” in Rehoboth in 2005, followed by several other locations in Delaware, and then a brewery in 2014. He said baked oysters have been the biggest seller during the inaugural week in Berlin, and that oyster po’ boys and crab cake sandwiches have also done well. Much of the product, including tuna, rockfish, scallops, calamari and oysters, are brought in from local suppliers. Fins also featur...
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Blue Dog Café features bit of ol’ Broadway

Posted On: 10/27/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Oct. 27, 2016) About 20 years ago, when Salisbury native Gary Weber walked into Snow Hill, he brought with him his love for theater, his knowledge of restaurants and a steady flow of income during the early century’s real estate boom to bring the culture of one of the world’s biggest cities to one of the lower shore’s smallest towns. “Ours is a special events place,” he said. “We always have entertainment, and it’s always something different.” Sometimes, it’s just birthdays, when staff and local musicians belt out renditions of “Happy Birthday” to groups — sometimes up to seven times per night, he said, but other times, it’s in support of local and regional causes, like the event scheduled for tonight, that benefits local emergency shelter Diakonia. “We try to give back by sponsoring a soccer team, raising money for Jesse’s Paddle or, in this case, Diakonia, which is the only local place for...
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Owner calls new Snow Hill salon dream come true

Posted On: 10/20/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Owner calls new Snow Hill salon dream come true (Oct. 20, 2016) If Betsy Brittingham were asked in April if she thought she’d be running her own salon in Snow Hill by October, the answer would have been “no.” While it was always her dream to have her own salon, at that point in April, she was just starting two new adventures: starting a job at the town’s Courtney Brooke Salon, and returning to work following the birth of her son, J.J. After Courtney Brooke announced its closure effective Sept. 24, Brittingham’s timeline accelerated. She found a spot across the street from where Courtney Brooke was located and got to work. It helped that this wasn’t her first foray into the world of haircuts and color. Brittingham was the former manager of the Great Clips franchise in Salisbury, but was also looking for something a little closer to home when she accepted the job at Courtney Brooke. “I’m originally from Girdletree and I graduated from Pocomoke High School, and I wanted something a ...
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World of Toys will make move to larger space, across street

Posted On: 10/13/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

World of Toys will make move to larger space, across street (Oct. 13, 2016) Berlin’s World of Toys, a colorful downtown shop that has built a loyal customer base during the last four years, is moving next spring – across the street. Currently housed at 110 North Main Street, World of Toys will move into the much larger space on 115 North Main Street when Toy Town Antiques moves to Snow Hill in April. Born in Russia, World of Toys owner Olga Kozhevnikova came to the United States in 1998 as an exchange student. She bought a house in Berlin in 2010, and opened her shop in 2012. “I was looking for options to open my own business and my Realtor said to me, ‘Go to Berlin. Look at these businesses – look how well they do,’” she said. Kozhevnikova holds a teaching degree, specializing in physics and mathematics, and has a separate degree in accounting. In her native country, she ran an accounting business. Looking around in Berlin four years ago, however, she could only find retail spaces available in ...
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Diverse healing center in Berlin

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Diverse healing center in Berlin (Sept. 29, 2016) Tucked in a small, round building in a peaceful section of woods near her home on 8341 Libertytown Road in Berlin, Chantal Birch Ashton operates a healing arts business that combines aspects of Reiki, yoga, and her background in herbal studies. Ashton’s training includes a degree in that field from American College of Health Sciences and two years of additional study with well-known herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. She also holds E-RYT 200 credentials with the Yoga Alliance, meaning she is an experienced yoga instructor with more than 1,000 hours of teaching experience and one year of training exclusively in yoga therapy with integrative yoga therapy. “I’ve been adding little things and I’ve been at it for a while – one thing will lead me to another,” she said. “Now it’s to the point where I kind of weave all those things together under the guise of health coaching – a lot can fall under that, depending on where pe...
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Downtown Snow Hill salon announces Sept. 24 closing

Posted On: 9/8/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Downtown Snow Hill salon announces Sept. 24 closing (Sept. 8, 2016) Instead of marking its first anniversary in a new downtown location, the Courtney Brooke Salon in downtown Snow Hill announced last Wednesday that it would be closing effective Sept. 24. “Everyone will continue to work their regularly scheduled hours at Courtney Brooke Salon through September 24th. Owning Courtney Brooke Salon for the past 9 years has been a fabulous experience and a dream come true,” the post reads, in part. “Not only has it opened up so many doors for me but it has also given me the opportunity to meet so many great people that started out as clients or employees that I now consider friends.” This version of the Courtney Brooke Salon opened mid-August of 2015 after massive renovations to the building. The salon had been located across the street from its current location. “We have had many, many good laughs here over the years and share the best of memories. Now it is Kirsten and Betsy’s turn to experience all o...
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ResortQuest, Keller Williams to partner

Posted On: 9/1/16
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ResortQuest, Keller Williams to partner (Sept. 1, 2016) Keller Williams Realty announces that 50 of the area’s top real estate professionals from ResortQuest are partnering with Keller Williams Realty on the Delaware Coast, making it one of the largest real estate firms in Sussex County. Since the early 1970s, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals has offered comprehensive vacation rental and homeowner association management services on the Delaware Coast. Keller Williams Realty is North America’s largest real estate sales franchise. “We’re excited to welcome ResortQuest to the Keller Williams family,” Delaware team leader Brigit Taylor said. “This company succeeds through its people, and having them join our Keller Williams Realty family is a huge win for us.” “Our goal is to be the real estate brokerage of choice for agents, providing them with the tools and resources so that they can service their clients at the highest level,” Matt Fetick, operating partner of...
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Chesapeake Martial Arts offers more than karate at new Ocean Pines spot

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Chesapeake Martial Arts offers more than karate at new Ocean Pines spot (Aug. 18, 2016) Parents looking for a different kind of after-school or summer camp for their children should check out Chesapeake Martial Arts in the Ocean Pines Plaza on Cathell Road. The school has grown from teaching tae kwon do classes to the addition of kickboxing, tai chi, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, basic gymnastics and tumbling classes, summer camps, after-school programs and wrestling. To celebrate the expansion of Chesapeake Martial Arts and its new location, a grand opening and ribbon cutting extravaganza will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting will take place at noon. The public can meet with instructors, tour the new facility, and play carnival games such as a dunk tank, duck pond, ring toss, lollipop tree and guess the number. The rain date for carnival events are Sunday, Aug. 21. Complimentary pizza and hot dogs will be available while the children play on inflatables such as a moon bounce and an obstacle course. Free classes will take place al...
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