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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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Welcome Center welcomes new biz

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 29, 2015) Once it was a train store, then a small town chamber of commerce with a few spaces for artists, then it was an evolving visitor’s center. Today, the building at 14 South Main Street in Berlin is referred to as the Welcome Center, and its uses continues to grow as several new players move in to the offices inside. Jim Volk took over day-to-day operations of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce in November, with an office in the center. Ivy Wells, who replaced both Michael Day and Megan Houston as economic and community development director and main street coordinator, respectively, moved into the big office in December. Sharon Timmons, formerly an administrative assistant with the town of Berlin, will soon move into the center and assist Wells. At least two of the six 10 x 10 offices in the center are being used as storages spaces. One, however, is currently home to a new startup business, FRX International Drug, run by Halima Yusuf. Yusuf moved to Berlin in June...
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New store brings ‘batteries and Band Aids’ to Berlin

Posted On: 1/8/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan 8, 2015) Downtown Berlin has a lot going for it, but one thing it does not have is a general store. Associate Broker Jenny Sheppard, of Berlin mainstay Sheppard Realty, is about to change all that when she opens the doors of Runaway Tide in February. “I wanted to do something because I have a background in retail,” Sheppard said. “After talking to Lisa [Kolarik] next door, who has been in that spot for 26 years, we really beat some ideas around and came up with the general store concept together.” Kolarik, former owner of the Hair Shop on 17 North Main Street in Berlin, continued to provide guidance and moral support as Sheppard developed a business plan. Goal number one is to get open. Sheppard said the next step is carrying light food items like hotdogs and pretzels. Pet and baby care products are also in the works. “I do want to have some groceries and some things that you can’t get anywhere else in town, but I am also going to have ...
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Bleached Butterfly a dream, then a shop

Posted On: 12/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 18, 2014) Taking up one of the few remaining vacant spots in Berlin’s vibrant downtown, Bleached Butterfly has become the latest business to at- tempt to capitalize on Berlin’s cool year. The business opened Dec. 2 and owner  Autumn  Graves,  who  has  a background as a designer and a florist, said the shop is receiving rave reviews. “It’s going really well,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of good feedback. Everyone’s been super welcoming and supportive and we’re getting a lot of foot traffic.” That includes traffic from other shopkeepers, as the owners of Ta Da, Sisters, The Church Mouse and Bruder Hill have all stopped in to say hello. “I love the town. Everybody has been great,” she said. Graves described the shop, located on 3 Pitts Street, as an eclectic mix of new and old home goods sourced from estate sales, flea markets and auctions. “I pick too,” she said. “If...
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Gull Creek under new management

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) Solutions Advisors, a specialist company for senior living and retirement communities, has been awarded the management contract for Gull Creek Senior Living in Berlin. Gull Creek is a full service independent living, assisted living and memory care community under the new ownership of an affiliate of WMD Asset Management LLC, a national leader in whole loan, mortgage-backed securities, and real estate investing. Gull Creek Senior Living provides 86 total units, including 38 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments for independent living, 38 assisted living residences and 10 for memory care. Gull Creek Senior Living offers residents a variety of services and amenities including dining, entertainment and activities as well as access to historic Berlin, located a short distance from Assateague Island and the Ocean City Boardwalk. SA Management will direct all management services, including direction of key management personnel, marketing and leasing. With its creative p...
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Taylor Bank recognized for financial education

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) The Bank of Ocean City and Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company recently received an award from the Maryland Bankers Association Financial Education Awards Program.   MBA’s awards program recognizes member institutions that have excelled in spreading financial education in the communities they service. The Bank of Ocean City and Calvin B. Taylor Bank were awarded second place in the category of adult and seniors for their “Elder Financial Abuse Program.” This was the first time in the history of MBA Financial Education Program that two banks have collaborated on their education efforts in the community. This year marks the 11th year for MBA Financial Education Awards Program. Financial education has always been a top priority for MBA member banks. Over these years more than 90,000 Maryland students and adults have been taught financial education. These statistics demonstrate that Maryland bankers are committed to making a difference in their commun...
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Craft beer, tourism relationship brewing

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) The state of craft beer is strong. Brewery, restaurant and hotel owners gathered at Burley Oak in Berlin on Monday, Nov. 10 to provide industry insight into just how successful the craft beer industry has become and where it might go next. Organizer Ann Hillyer, from OceanCity.com, said 90 people RSVP’d to attend he first “State of Craft Beer on the Shore” forum. “That is a real tribute to how interesting and exciting local craft beer is,” she said. “I think it’s going to mean that we will be successful in making Ocean City a craft beer destination. We want to rival Bend, Ore. and Ashville, N.C.” Hillyer said many believe craft beer is a fad and that a number of area restaurants are not serving local craft beer. “Some restaurants didn’t even know you existed,” she said. “Awareness and education is absolutely key to the success of making Ocean City a craft beer destination. We want to drink mo...
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Berlin Chamber selects its next administrator

Posted On: 11/6/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 6, 2014) After two months hanging in virtual limbo, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce has found a replacement to head its day-to-day operations. The chamber last week tapped Jim Volk, a part-time Realtor at Hileman Real Estate Inc., as the new administrator. Joya Mattie, who had been the executive director of the chamber, stepped down on Aug. 29. Volk, a Western Pennsylvania native, moved to Ocean Pines in 2006. “I had been in retail management, running department stores and specialty stores for about 35 years,” Volk said. “We came out (to Berlin) with our two daughters a lot to visit while they were growing up, so we’ve always loved this area. My wife, who is a special ed teacher, and I decided to take an advantage of an opportunity that we had out here to move to the Eastern Shore, and here we rest eight years later.” Volk ran a home staging business for three years before entering into real estate, a business he said prepared him for his role ...
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