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Planning Comm. gives okay to site plan for Micro-tel

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WEST OCEAN CITY - The Worcester County Planning Commission approved the site plan for the proposed Micro-tel Hotel and retail spaces in West Ocean City last week after making some concessions. The 79-unit hotel and 5,500-square-foot retail building are planned for property of the south side of Route 50, approximately 300 feet east of Keyser Point Road. It will replace the existing Bed Time Inn. With a color palette of green and red cedar, the Micro-tel Hotel will have architectural features similar to those of the Holiday Inn Express, now under construction. Architectural features for the retail building will be deferred until tenants for it have been secured, but before a building permit is issued. Land planner Bob Hand said he did not know at this time how many entrances or how many shops might be in the retail building. Hand said landscaping would be up to 16 feet wide in some areas of the front of the building, but he asked for and received a waiver for landscape buffers els...
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New owners bring fury to Berlin area fitness business

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

New owners bring fury to Berlin area fitness business BERLIN– Furious Fitness has undergone major changes in the last several months. New owners, new equipment and several new coats of paint helped transform the gym into the type of low-pressure, high results center that should appeal to all ages and skill levels. Husband and wife team Craig and Sharon Collins took over the gym, located in the shopping center at the corner of Route 50 and Old Ocean City Blvd., in April. Since taking over, the new owners added 10 new pieces of cardio equipment, including two state-of-the-art adaptive motion trainer machines. The refurbished classrooms now host regular instruction in yoga and Pilates.  Craig, who has extensive experience as a personal trainer, offers programs including managed weight loss. “This place has been totally renovated,” Craig said. “Anybody who was in here before will definitely notice as soon as they walk in.” The old gym had dark coats of paint and a leaky roof in the classroom area. T...
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Berlin all ready to soak-in July 18 bathtub race event

Posted On: 7/3/14
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BERLIN–The Berlin Chamber of Commerce announces the return of one of the town’s most highly anticipated events of the year, the Berlin Bathtub Races. Scheduled for Friday, July 18, the Berlin Bathtub Races will occur during the town’s Second Friday Art Stroll. The parade of artfully crafted bathtubs begins at 6 p.m., with races set to start at 6:15 p.m. Each year local businesses are tasked with turning ordinary “tubs” into rolling masterpieces for a friendly yet competitive race through the streets of downtown Berlin. Beyond having the unique opportunity to design a racing bathtub on wheels, businesses get the chance to go head-to-head against one another while advertising their business at the same time. The winning team and business will take home the “Winner Takes All” trophy along with highly coveted year-long bragging rights. First place winners also receive a free banner ad on the Berlin Chamber of Commerce Web site, as well as recog...
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License Board approves two Berlin outlets for liquor sales

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

License Board approves two Berlin outlets for liquor sales BERLIN–Berlin will be getting not just one, but two venues to purchase liquor within town limits. Cheers, near the northernmost end of town at the intersection of North Main Street and Old Ocean City Boulevard, and the Pitt Stop Beer, Wine and Liquor, on the southernmost end of town on Route 113, were approved for the sale of liquor during the Board of License Commissioners hearing in Snow Hill on Wednesday. The county dispensary used to be in Berlin at the Food Lion Shopping Center, but it closed this year after the opening of Shore Spirits, the county’s new liquor store, on Route 50 east of Stephen Decatur High School. Many people, including Mayor Gee Williams, wanted the town to have a liquor store, so bills to allow it were introduced in both houses of the Maryland General Assembly this past session. The bill, signed by the governor, authorized the Board of License Commissioners to issue a Class D beer, wine and liquor license within the corporate limits of Berlin a...
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Waystead Inn: where guests can design their own menus

Posted On: 5/22/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Waystead Inn chef Mark Kauffman is inviting guests to participate in a “food fantasy camp.” Kauffman recently began offering dinners at the historic inn based on menus designed by customers. “We used to do Wednesday dinners and we’d advertise in the paper a week in advance,” he said. “In the old model people could look in the paper on a Thursday and would have to call by Tuesday to make a reservation. “We’re not a restaurant so we have zero inventory as far as food is concerned except for the breakfast,” Kauffman continued. “Any time we planned a Wednesday dinner, the menu was planned and we would buy the food on a Monday or a Tuesday and base it on how many people had a reservation.” The chef wanted to move away from the old model, opting instead to offer guests what they would like to eat as opposed to “what we think they want.” “When you go into a restaurant like the Atlantic Hote...
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A Little Bit Sheepish knits way to new, expanded space

Posted On: 5/8/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

A Little Bit Sheepish knits  way to new, expanded space BERLIN– Brenda Trice and her yarn store A Little Bit Sheepish are the latest success story in America’s Coolest Small Town. After less than two years in business the shop, located at 2 South Main Street, is set to expand into the space formerly occupied by re:Fresh Media. Opened in November 2012, Trice said opening her own business was “a lifelong desire.” “I was a teacher in Charles County and then here in Worcester County, and I decided it was finally time to either do it or stop talking about it,” she said. Her mother taught her how to crochet, and she picked up knitting from a friend five or six years ago. Customers can find Trice’s handiwork all over the shop, from handbags and sweaters to ponchos, shawls and socks. A Little Bit Sheepish specializes in knitting and crochet supplies, including patterns, buttons and needles, and even locally-dyed yarn. The shop also offers classes. “I had a lady who was just in here a few minute...
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Fin City Brewing Co. releases Angler Ale, Sneaky Wheat

Posted On: 5/8/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WEST OCEAN CITY– Fin City Brewing Co., based inside of Hooper’s Crab House, released a pair of new staple beers last week to the public. The unconventional brewery, set 30 feet above a busy bar, has been working around the clock in preparation for the new releases. Angler Ale and Sneaky Wheat, two beers that had previously only been available on tap at Hooper’s, are now available in retail stores and in other locals bars and restaurants.  “Some people think we just stir some stuff in hot water and beer pops out,” said brewer Mike Glavich. “It’s definitely a lot of work and our brewery is especially challenging because everything we do is 30 feet in the air. All the grain has to be brought up; all the spent grain, which is twice as heavy, has to be brought back down. “Quite frankly there are no advantages, except it’s out of our way and it helps the functionality of the restaurant,” Glavich continued. “It’s ...
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Turns out, being cool can be exceptionally good for business

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Businesses in “America’s Coolest Small Town” are bracing for an increase in traffic – and hopefully – in revenue following the recent designation from Budget Travel magazine. Several area business owners and workers sounded off on their expectations during last Saturday’s Coolest Small Town Celebration in Berlin. “I think it’s going to make opportunities for the town that the town is prepared for; it’s been prepared and I think that’s why it’s become America’s Coolest Small Town,” said Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak Brewing Company. “The infrastructure is here, the restaurants are here and people are just starting to discover it.” Austin Widdowson, owner of Re:Fresh Media, believes the designation will help validate local businesses. “We’ve definitely lost work before because we’re not in a big city – we’re not in L.A. or New York – but...
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Taylor Banking earns another 5-star rating for performance

Posted On: 4/17/14
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BERLIN–Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has once again earned a 5-Star Superior rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, of Coral Gables, Fla. the nation’s bank rating firm. This latest rating is based on Dec. 31, 2013 financial data and signifies that Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Having earned and maintained a 5-Star rating for 95 consecutive quarters, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has earned an even more elite designation as a “Sustained Superiority Bank.” Only 5 percent of the nation’s banks have earned Bauer’s top rating for so long and with such consistency. “While the national economy saw modest growth in 2013, through its strength and commitment, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has been able to shine. The people who work at Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company know that its well-being and that of the community are inextricably tied to one another. By supporting and promoting their customers, employe...
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New popcorn snack merchant comes to Berlin

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

New popcorn snack merchant comes to Berlin BERLIN—Tom Pfeifer is hoping his kernel of a startup, Eastern Shore Kettle Korn, will burst into a fully blossomed retail and wholesale business, as temperatures heat up this year. Eastern Shore Kettle Korn is the newest addition to John Derrickson’s rapidly growing shopping plaza on U.S. Route 113, across from the Worcester County Athletic Complex—home of the Berlin Little League (and yes, it will be on sale there this summer). The business is located at 9040 Worcester Hwy. While he is putting the finishing touches on his showroom, Pfeiffer assures popcorn-lovers they will be able to purchase his snacks at local businesses and special events around Berlin. “I plan on doing as many special events as I can,” said Pfeifer. Meanwhile, he added that bags of his sweet and salty popcorn are available for purchase at Burley Oak Brewery, on Old Ocean City Boulevard, and Pepper’s Tavern, Frontier Town and Castaways Campground, on Stephen Decatur Hwy (MD 6...
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