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Once ‘gypsy’ opens Berlin soap shop

Posted On: 5/28/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Once ‘gypsy’ opens Berlin soap shop (May 28, 2015) First the idea grew, not unlike a musical composition, with a few bars at a time. But instead of a symphony, this composition is soap, pure and handmade. It began four years ago when Salisbury native Jon Conley started making soap for his family. The products were so well received he started selling them to the public, first at farmer’s markets and arts and craft shows, as he described it, “pretty much being gypsies.” On May 1, Conley opened his own store, Uncle Jon’s Soap & Sundries, in downtown Berlin, in the former location of Bungalow Love on Williams Street. “We’ve been making soap and other bath items for years, but I got tired of loading and unloading my truck for every event,” Conley said. “We’ll still do a couple events, but now we’re hoping people start coming to me.” The majority of the products in the shop are made onsite, including the signature soap made with a base of olive oil, coc...
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Berlin shop celebrating five years of getting ‘Baked’

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin shop celebrating five years of getting ‘Baked’ (March 26, 2015) Since the beginning, Baked Dessert Café in Berlin has been something of an anachronism, much like the town itself, selling things made by hand, in store, sourced from local and all-natural ingredients. The shop, which is tucked away on 4 Bay Street across from town hall, is celebrating five years in business next month. “Our goal from the very beginning was to offer really high quality all-natural baked goods,” owner Robin Tomaselli said. “That’s really important to me. I don’t want to feed somebody something I wouldn’t want my own child to eat. “We have stuck true to that from the very beginning despite the fact that it would probably be easier not to,” Tomaselli said. “It’s something that we really care about, and quite honestly I’d rather close the door on the bakery than to provide something that’s been make on assembly line that’s been frozen for god-knows-how-long that somebod...
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Atlantic Physical Therapy opens new location in WOC

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Atlantic Physical Therapy opens new location in WOC (March 26, 2015) In March of last year, Atlantic Physical Therapy added a sixth location, in Selbyville. Last month, APT went one further, adding a seventh location in West Ocean City. Angela Russell is the lead specialist at the new branch on 9923 Stephen Decatur Highway. Russell earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Salisbury University in 1989, and a masters from UMES in 1996. “I always wanted to do [physical therapy],” Russell said. “My senior year in high school, they had this program where you could volunteer and try and figure out what you wanted to do. “I was always interested in science, so spent the majority of my senior year going through the hospital, looking at different things like respiratory therapy and pharmacy, but I kept going back to physical therapy,” she added. Russell joined the APT team in October after relocating from Easton with her husband, a dentist with a new office in Ocean Pines. “We have a ...
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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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