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Raceway Citgo owners denied license upgrade

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer, Ocean City Today

BERLIN–The Raceway Citgo is currently a gas station, seafood market, and furniture outlet – but it won’t be a bar, at least for now. Traffic issues and lack of public need led the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners last week to deny a request from brothers Mark and John Wittmyer, Raceway Citgo’s owners, for an upgrade in their alcoholic beverage license for the store, located at the intersection of Route 50 and Route 589. “You guys do a great job,” board member Charles Nichols told the brothers during the Sept. 17 public hearing in Snow Hill. “But we’re here to look after public safety.” Nichols also noted that Rita O’Neill, owner of Rita’s World of Wine, Beer and Spirits in Pennington Commons across from Ocean Pines, had testified that business at her store has declined 8 percent since the county’s Shore Spirits liquor store moved from Berlin to Route 50. If Raceway Citgo started selling liquor, h...
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Ocean Pines Chamber Board announces award recipients

Posted On: 9/25/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff have announced the 2014 award recipients that will be recognized during the 15th annual awards and installation banquet on Oct. 9 at the Ocean City Marlin Club. The 2014 Ocean Pines Citizen of the Year is Terri Mahoney of WMDT ABC/47, the Ocean Pines Business of the Year is Taylor Bank and the Ocean Pines Non-Profit Organization of the Year, sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, is the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines–Ocean City. Join in the celebration as these local award winners are honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the local community during the “black tie optional” annual banquet. This years’ theme is “The Captain’s Dinner” capturing the ambiance of the semi-formal dinner night on a cruise ship. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner of prime rib, carved turkey breast, ahi tuna, various side dishes, homemade dessert...
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‘Say I Do’ wedding expo in Berlin planned for Friday

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town is throwing “an elegant wedding block party” on Friday for Eastern Shore brides to be. The 2014 “Say ‘I Do’” in Berlin expo features more than two dozen vendors at the Atlantic Hotel and Courtyard from 5-8 p.m. Billed as one-stop shopping for brides, the event will feature photographers, florists, wedding cakes, venues, jewelers, invitations, services, gifts, entertainment, wedding attire and beauty vendors. Kathy Macaboy-Walsh, organizer of “Say ‘I Do’” and owner of the bridal boutique Bustle, spent six months planning the event with a committee of local business owners. This year the committee decided to branch away from traditional bridal showcases and throw a block party. “It’s going to be very exciting,” Macaboy-Walsh said. “We wanted a different deal for this show so it’s going to be ‘Say ‘I Do with a Cocktail or Two.’ We’ll be at the beauti...
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More than two dozen vendors expected for Say ‘I Do’ expo

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– More than two dozen vendors are expected at the Say “I Do” wedding expo at the Atlantic Hotel     on Friday, Sept. 26. Billed as one-stop shopping for brides to be, the event features photographers, florists, wedding cakes, venues, jewelry, invitations, services, gifts, entertainment, wedding attire and beauty vendors from 5-8 p.m. at the Atlantic Hotel. Dance Moves and Manners bring a “mini-seminar” on how to gain confidence and pull off the ever-tricky first dance. Giveaways include certificates worth $150 in private lessons. Each person who stops by the booth receives a minimum $10 certificate. Call 302-222-3755 or visit www.dancemovesandmanners.com. Origami Owl-Bridal Collection will display their new line of jewelry for the bride and the all the women involved in her big day. Products include the Bow-Quet locket for the brides’ flowers, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Call 443-859-7977. Cowger Entertainment will gi...
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White Lotus Bodyworks offers healing alternatives

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Opened in early September, White Lotus Bodyworks brings an alternative and holistic health approach to healing. The new business, located at 10815-A Grays Corner Road in Berlin, inside CrossFit, offers Swedish, therapeutic, sports, deep tissue and all-natural facelift massage. Owner and licensed massage therapist Michele L. Eppard was a former co-owner of Baked Desserts Café in Berlin. “I just went to the Harris School of Business Massage School (in Delaware), and here I am,” she said. Eppard, who also holds a kinesiology degree from the University of Maryland College Park, will be working closely with CrossFit. “I’ll be offering the CrossFitters my expertise, as well as the surrounding community,” she said. “I’m more of a sports-minded person, but I’m schooled in all aspects of massage ranging from relaxation to sports. “There are so many benefits to massage,” Eppard continued. “Emotional, sp...
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Fireplace Supply Company warmed up for coming winter

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– With winter just around the corner and some experts predicting a repeat of last year’s frigid temperatures, the town’s newest business is poised for a breakout year. Fireplace Supply Company, Inc., located on 10452 Old Ocean City Boulevard near Save A Lot, offers dozens of gas, wood and pellet fireplaces providing ambience as well as in-home heating. Owners Glen and Carla Rantz opened the store on Labor Day. “We’ve been in business since 1999,” said Glen. “We kind of evolved – when we first opened we were just doing construction. From ’99 through 2006 of course it was great over here on the beach and we really didn’t need a store.” After opening a small office space in Pocomoke, the couple saw a need for an expanded retail space in Worcester County. “We’re looking for local people who have gas fireplaces and wood fireplaces that need updating,” Glen said. “It’s a harsh enviro...
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Burley Oak Brewing Co. to launch Kickstarter project

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Burley Oak Brewing Company, a business founded on innovation and risk, is attempting to launch the county’s first successful Kickstarter project in more than two years. Burley Oak will use the popular crowd-sourced funding tool to launch their canning operation on Sept. 9. Owner Bryan Brushmiller said the company came up with the idea while working with the Small Business Development Center at Salisbury University. “They told us some other businesses they had worked with had done it with good results,” Brushmiller said. “We worked hard and saved our money for a new brew house, and then we realized we had to get the beer out and people wanted to get cans at their local stores. We thought it was a great opportunity to put Burley Oak in a can and put ‘made in Berlin, Maryland’ on it and kind of showcase Berlin in another way.” Since Kickstarter launched in 2009 only one other Berlin-based project and three Ocean City projects ...
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Several new stores to open for business in Berlin this fall

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After a summer of surging business, several new shops will open their doors this fall. Inca Ruins on Pitts Street, Fireplace Supply on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Una Bella Salute on Broad Street and an as-yet unnamed coffee shop are joining the thriving Berlin marketplace. Handmade items, mostly imported from Peru, make up the bulk of the merchandise at Inca Ruins. “I’ve been doing it for nine years online and in flea markets and things like that,” said owner Kenneth Briggs. “Our main store is going to be in Rehoboth next year, but we saw this space (in Berlin) and said, ‘why not?’ There’s a lot of growth in this area right now.” An Ocean Pines resident, Briggs said he frequents Berlin often. “We’re always down here,” he said. “We thought this would be an unusual shop for the area because it’s not very antiquey. The bulk of it is Fair Trade, so it helps other people, and our prices are re...
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Shop owners report profits in sixth month after ‘cool’ contest

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Six months after being named “America’s Coolest Small Town” in an online vote hosted by Budget Travel Magazine, Berlin’s business is predictably booming. Lititz, Pa., last year’s “coolest” town, saw a 30 percent uptick in sales. Berlin shopkeepers say the same thing is happening here in 2014. “It’s been a very busy summer,” said Terri Sexton, owner of Treasure Chest on 20 North Main Street. “What I have found is that a lot of people that come over that are tourists don’t necessarily know about the designation until they get here, but I’m seeing a lot of people that live within a day trip or a two-hour drive coming to town because they haven’t been here in so long. They’re discovering what we have here in Berlin and it’s been packed all summer long. “We’re a destination now,” Sexton continued. “You can come and spend the day and shop and eat, and I ...
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Sprout Creatives offers web advice, graphics, branding

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Clean, simple cross-platform websites are the mission statement of Sprout Creatives, one of the latest businesses to take advantage of the resurgent downtown community. Founded in 2007, the company moved to its new location on 29 Broad Street in July. CEO Paul Starkey brought his design background as Art Director at Ocean City Today to the business, offering web development, internet marketing, graphic design and branding, and commercial printing. “This is just something I always did,” he said. “I saw a niche – a possibility – and just moved on it.” Sprout spends roughly 85 percent of its time on web development, specializing in Adobe Business Catalyst. Business Catalyst uses active data centers by Amazon Web Services and includes third-party integration with services including Google Contacts, QuickBooks and eBay. “It’s an all-in-one platform,” said Starkey. “We provide ongoing maintenance for our clients...
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