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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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Flower shop blooms once again

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

(Nov. 6, 2014) The long-dormant flower shop on 3 Pitts Street in Berlin is getting a makeover. Florist and designer Autumn Graves is set to take over the store, soon-to-be renamed Bleached Butterfly, by Dec. 1. “I’m keeping it a flower shop, but taking it up a few notches as far as making it a little bit more upscale, and I’m doing home décor as well,” she said. “I’ll be doing antiques, refurbished furniture, reupholstering. So a flower/home décor store is what I’m looking to do.” Graves, who grew up in Pasadena and works in Annapolis, said she is in the process of “uprooting her life and moving to Berlin.” “I’ve been in the floral industry since I was 15, so it’s going on 20 years now,” she said. “I’ve worked really small scale, like mom-and-pop flower shops, and then I’ve worked for really huge floral companies doing really elaborate wedding and table design and light...
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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Posted On: 10/23/14
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Kotra-Loos joins Wor-Wic Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed Dr. Tiffany Kotra-Loos of Hebron as clinical coordinator and assistant professor of the physical therapist assistant program. Before coming to Wor-Wic, she worked as a physical therapist at HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital in Salisbury for the past 10 years. She has also been a clinical instructor for five of the 10 years. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in physical therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She and her husband, Kevin, have a son, Jeffrey, 8, and a daughter, Emme, 6.   Grand opening Damokee Vapor will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. “This is an exciting time for us,” said owner Jason Budler. “The goal is to help our customers quit smoking.” Not only does “vaping” reduce carcinogens and tar that is associated with smoking cigarettes, it can also save th...
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Nonprofits set Salis. seminar on health care

Posted On: 10/23/14
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SALISBURY–Four local nonprofits have joined together to offer a seminar on the topic of advanced care planning. “Expressing Healthcare Wishes Before a Crisis” seminar will take place on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the MAC Center on Progress Circle in Salisbury. The nonprofit partners hosting the seminar are MAC Inc., Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and The 50+ Network for Creative Engagement. Advance directives clearly communicate a person’s healthcare wishes to their family and doctors. Yet only 23 percent of the population have advance directives, even though most people say making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important to them. All medical records should include advance directives. Advance directives are critical for people of all ages, because a healthcare crisis can occur at any time: during a serious illness, after an automobile accident or head injury, or during a...
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