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DiFebo’s Italian Restaurant to open in Berlin next month

Posted On: 9/21/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Sept. 21, 2017) DiFebo’s Italian Restaurant, a staple in Bethany and Rehoboth beaches, will open a third location by the end of October, taking over the spot on 104 North Main Street in Berlin currently occupied by Siculi Italian Kitchen. “We are just thrilled,” DiFebo’s owner Lisa DiFebo-Osias said. “We love the town and love the people. How could you not want to open a restaurant in the coolest small town?” DiFebo-Osias said she is familiar with the area. Her family has attended school in Berlin for 13 years and she looks forward to operating a business there. “We are approached quite a bit to open [additional] locations,” she said. “Our intention is to never grow the business to the point where we can’t manage it as a family-run business. We are hyper-focused on where we want to be.” She said a few minor tweaks to the property would occur after Siculi closes on Oct. 7. DiFebo’s will retain Siculi’s em...
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Timing was right for Pilarski, salon

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Timing was right for Pilarski, salon (Sept. 14, 2017) After more than two decades of experience working in area salons, New York native Rhonda Pastor Pilarski opened her own business, Salon Sixteen on 16 Broad Street in Berlin, last month. “I really didn’t know that I wanted to do hair when I was growing up. I actually wanted to be a nurse,” Pilarski said. “Nurses and hair dressers have a lot in common – maybe it’s our nurturing thing.” Pilarski moved to the area in 1988 and got her first job running the front desk of a salon. She apprenticed as a stylist at Avery Gallery in Ocean City and worked there for eight years, then worked at Headlines Salon in Ocean Pines for 16 years. Having her own businesses, she said, was something she always wanted to do. “The timing was right with my two boys – they’re 17 and 14 now, so it was just a good point for their ages and for me personally. I’ve had a lot of personal growth,” Pilarski said. She remember...
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Berlin’s Treasure Chest turns 40

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Berlin’s Treasure Chest turns 40 (July 13, 2017) Forty years ago last month, the Treasure Chest in downtown Berlin was sold to Bill Freeman. Today, his daughter, Terri Sexton, operates the mainstay on Main Street — the oldest business in historic district. The Treasure Chest dates back more than a century, when it was originally housed in the building that’s now home to yarn shop A Little Bit Sheepish. It’s now based in its own building on 20 North Main Street. “The Treasure Chest itself has been doing business for over 125 years,” Sexton said. “When my dad bought the business, June 1, 1977, they just had a month-to-month rental agreement [at the old location]. There wasn’t a lease and this building came up for sale, so he went ahead and bought it and moved the business here.” Sexton was 16 at the time. Back then, she said, Treasure Chest carried giftware and costume jewelry, along with a small amount of what would be considered fine jewelry. She assumes it had ope...
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Baking Barons, Burley Oak team up for new café

Posted On: 7/6/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Baking Barons, Burley Oak team up for new café (July 6, 2017) After three months of renovations, the former Berlin Coffee House on 17 Jefferson Street reopened on Friday as the Burley Café, operated now by Burley Oak Brewing Company owner Bryan Brushmiller and the Brooklyn Baking Barons, also known as Chris Poeschl and Tony Lanuza. It was a soft opening, unannounced on social media or otherwise, but guests from the nearby Atlantic Hotel trickled in that morning for freshly brewed Rise Up Coffee Roasters coffee and Poeschl’s fresh fruit oatmeal, a recipe handed down from his grandmother. Familiar faces from the brewery, including Brushmiller and his wife, Nicole, were putting the finishing touches on the large, open dining room in the café. The idea, they said, was to make guests feel welcome and as if they were walking into a friend’s kitchen. Of the roughly 30 seats in the space, five are on barstools close enough to the action that you can watch Poeschl and Lanuza whip up a meal, serve it to you, and to...
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Business Briefs

Posted On: 6/15/17
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Gordon joins EXIT EXIT Realty at The Beach in Berlin recently announced the addition of Christy Gordon to its team of real estate professionals. Gordon was born and raised in Baltimore County. In 1999, she moved to the Worcester County area to become a “local” and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She retired from a 31-year career in public education in 2011 and obtained her Realtor license the same year. She represents buyers and sellers, specializing in her home town of Snow Hill as well as serving Stockton and Girdletree, Public Landing, Newark, Berlin/Ocean Pines. Gordon’s clients love her sense of humor, attention to detail and her honesty. She makes every real estate transaction an easy and enjoyable experience for all her clients. She lives in Public Landing with her husband, Steve. Gordon has three grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the Snow Hill area. EXIT Realty is a by-invitation-only company focused on the business of r...
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Town Center Antiques turns 20; celebrations coming up

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Town Center Antiques turns 20; celebrations coming up (May 25, 2017) Town Center Antiques, which includes three locations in downtown Berlin, is celebrating 20 years in business. A host of activities are planned, including a ribbon cutting ceremony with Berlin Mayor Gee Williams – and light hors d’oeuvres and spirits – on June 7, and an “Antique Road Show” at the Atlantic Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10. The business was started in 1997, when Jay and Alana Parker placed an ad in local papers looking for people to rent booths inside a new antique store on North Main Street. They had decided to transform their previous business, Farlow Pharmacy. Don and Patricia Fischer, who were new to the town at the time, responded to the ad and ended up both renting a booth and managing the new store. Six months later, they took over entirely. Town Center Antiques has expanded several times since then, starting in November 1997. When Jack Burbage, then owner of the Style Guide clothing store, decided to clos...
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Patty Jean’s Boutique opens up in new spot

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Patty Jean’s Boutique opens up in new spot (May 25, 2017) Almost a year after she opened Patty Jean’s Boutique on 116 Broad Street in Berlin, owner Megan Cosman opened her new location on 110 North Main Street, last week. The storefront window did not go up until early this week, but Cosman was excited about the move to a busier section of downtown, inside the former home of World of Toys. Cosman wanted to be open during May Day Play Day and Berlin Cruisers, Friday and Saturday. She said a grand opening was likely during the first or second weekend of June. “It’s really nice to be up here and see where all the action is. It’s definitely a stepping stone from the old store,” she said. Her husband, Michael Cosman, and several friends helped during the move. She’s thrilled with the results and the surprising amount of space in the building, she said. The transfer took about three weeks. “It was quite a bit of work, but it was fun,” she said. “It’s fun to be cre...
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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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