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Chesapeake Martial Arts offers more than karate at new Ocean Pines spot

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Chesapeake Martial Arts offers more than karate at new Ocean Pines spot (Aug. 18, 2016) Parents looking for a different kind of after-school or summer camp for their children should check out Chesapeake Martial Arts in the Ocean Pines Plaza on Cathell Road. The school has grown from teaching tae kwon do classes to the addition of kickboxing, tai chi, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, basic gymnastics and tumbling classes, summer camps, after-school programs and wrestling. To celebrate the expansion of Chesapeake Martial Arts and its new location, a grand opening and ribbon cutting extravaganza will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting will take place at noon. The public can meet with instructors, tour the new facility, and play carnival games such as a dunk tank, duck pond, ring toss, lollipop tree and guess the number. The rain date for carnival events are Sunday, Aug. 21. Complimentary pizza and hot dogs will be available while the children play on inflatables such as a moon bounce and an obstacle course. Free classes will take place al...
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Toy Town plans unchanged, despite rumors to contrary

Posted On: 8/11/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Toy Town plans unchanged, despite rumors to contrary (Aug. 11, 2016) Rumors to the contrary, Toy Town owner Richard Seaton said there have been no adjustments made to his plans to close the shop in Berlin on April 1 and open in Snow Hill as soon as possible after that. Reports of delays of up to April 2018, have circulated. “It’s always been the plan,” Seaton said. Seaton was at the former Outten Theater this past weekend for the First Friday and Blessing of the Combines events, where he had set up several large displays featuring toy tractors and farm equipment. Seaton said he’d never attended the blessing before, and was “blown away” by the number of people in attendance. Seaton said he’d estimate the crowd at 3,000. In the 2010 census, Snow Hill’s population was counted at 2,103 and is currently estimated to be around 2,086 though local figures place the population around 1,900. The Seatons were the first takers on a program offered beginning late last year that allowed entrepr...
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Berlin’s ‘eclectic mix of everything’ expands offerings

Posted On: 8/4/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Berlin’s ‘eclectic mix of everything’ expands offerings (Aug. 4, 2016) Opened in October, Berlin’s Urban Nectar continues to expand its offerings, from housing the new bakery/record store “Swell,” to hosting a rotating series of events. Currently, Urban Nectar runs a Paint Night on Tuesdays, along with a series of classes that range from cooking to soap making.   Bingo nights are in consideration, and other events have run the gamut from open mic music and poetry, to demonstrations on acupuncture. The main part of the store sells mostly prepackaged food and local art and artisan items, while a large adjacent room sells furniture from Hunt and Lane, clothing from a boutique in Chincoteague, and a book nook carrying vintage paperbacks. Owner Shanen Cute said a rotating cast of “about 105 local artists” also contributes items to the store on a consignment basis, while most of the antiques in the store come from her private collection. “It’s like an eclectic mix of everything,” Cute ...
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‘Swell’ new shop carries vinyl LPs and baked goods

Posted On: 8/4/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

‘Swell’ new shop carries vinyl LPs and baked goods (Aug. 4, 2016) When life handed Jen Ausmus and Josh Kay lemons, the couple didn’t make lemonade. They opened a record store and bakery instead. Ausmus and Kay previously owned and operated Wake and Bake, a bakery and café in nearby Delaware. But when a third-party partner pulled his financial backing earlier this year, it sent them scrambling to find a new location. Enter Shanen Cute, owner of Urban Nectar in Berlin. “We had known Shanen and we knew she had some space available and was very interested in what we were doing,” Ausmus said. “It kind of just clicked.” The new shop, now called “Swell,” started taking up a sizeable corner of Urban Nectar last month. Inside, a large, unfinished wooden cabinet holds six rows of vinyl LPs, ranging from A Tribe Called Quest to Fugazi to Radiohead, along with turntables and a smattering of 45s. On the top of the cabinet, a clear Plexiglas display case holds homemade snicker doodles, chocolate...
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Gilbert’s Provisions in Berlin open daily through early Sept.

Posted On: 7/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Gilbert’s Provisions in Berlin open daily through early Sept. (July 21, 2016) When Toby Gilbert opened Gilbert’s Provisions in Berlin earlier this month, he expected to have at least one day a week off. At least until Labor Day, that’s not going to happen. The Berlin native said business has been so good that he plans to stay open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the holiday. “It’s been busy every day, so why not stay open seven days a week while the season is here?” he said. The shop, on 25 Commerce Street, suite B, carries charcuterie and cheeses, along with fermented goods, sea and truffle salts, and various small packaged food items. Gilbert is also phasing in his own products, starting with homemade foie gras and chicken liver pâté, and including bacon and scrapple as of this week. Fermented products such as quinoa salad and cucumber salad are going out for the first round of required lab validations soon, he added. For more information, call 410-973-2334 or search Gilbe...
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Gilbert’s Provisions open in Berlin

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Gilbert’s Provisions open in Berlin (July 14, 2016) Charcuterie and cheese lovers have a new heaven in Berlin, and its name is Gilbert’s Provisions. The new shop opened last Friday on 25 Commerce Street, suite B, behind Bruder Hill, just off the town’s Main Street. Inside, customers can browse a large display case filled with more than a dozen different exotic cheeses, along with several types of prosciutto, mortadella and homemade foie gras and chicken liver terrine. On the adjacent walls are jars of fermented goods, from pickles to fennel carrots, along with several types of sea salts, crostini and local coffee. T-shirts, tote bags, magnets and other branded items are set up on a display table. At the center of the operation is Berlin resident Toby Gilbert, an acclaimed local chef and son of NEST owner Dee Gilbert. “We were packed on Friday,” he said. “As soon as I opened the doors I had people in here, and I said I was going to close at 9, but I think I was here until 11 p.m. &...
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Knit shop owner offers splash of color to benches

Posted On: 7/7/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Knit shop owner offers splash of color to benches (July 7, 2016) Coinciding with the town’s first fireworks display, another blast of color came to the downtown last week as local yarn shop A Little Bit Sheepish helped to create a new “yarn benching” initiative. A play on the popular “yarn-bombing” movement, the benching saw more than a dozen benches wrapped in hand-knitted covers last Thursday. “Yarn bombing has been around for a long time, and it’s kind of a thing that knitters and crocheters do for fun and to bring color and joy to a town,” A Little Bit Sheepish Owner Brenda Trice said. “Sometimes you’ll find they’ll yarn-bomb trees or lampposts or whatever.” Trice said Ivy Wells, director of the Main Street program and the town’s economic and community development director, pitched the idea to her. “We loved the idea, so several of our ladies volunteered to make bench covers, and we’ve been spending the last several months planning and...
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New boutique shop Patty Jean’s opens in downtown Berlin

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

New boutique shop Patty Jean’s opens in downtown Berlin (June 16, 2016) After operating an online business at home for several years, Megan Cosman last Friday officially opened the doors of her brick-and-motor shop Patty Jean’s Boutique at 116 Broad Street in Berlin. The contemporary boutique was named for Cosman’s mother, Patty Jean O’Toole, whom she called a key inspiration. O’Toole worked as a pattern maker for the Lee clothing company, and would often use her daughters as models for new fashion products during boardroom meetings.   “I took a lot of fashion classes in high school and studied the hospitality industry in college, but my heart has always really been in retail and the fashion world,” Cosman said. “My inspiration is my mom and my sisters. We lost my mom to cancer when I was 12, but she’s always been a huge influence.” The concept behind the store was creating “a shopping experience for women and girls who like to have fun with style, who like to look fabulous...
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Tracy’s Barbershop in Berlin features old-fashioned cuts

Posted On: 6/9/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Tracy’s Barbershop in Berlin features old-fashioned cuts (June 9, 2016) Like the town itself, there’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about Tracy’s Berlin Barbershop. The owner, Tracy Adkins, grew up in the town. She worked for several years as an animal groomer, before becoming a barber about five years ago. “For 13 years, I groomed dogs,” she said. “And then my hands started to hurt me, so then I decided to do men’s haircuts instead of animals. It’s a much smaller area.” She recently earned her master’s barber license and, last year, opened her own shop, a two-seater on 10019 Old Ocean City Boulevard. Anyone driving by would be hard pressed to miss the bright, red, white and blue candy-striped sign outside. “I worked for other barbers and it just seemed like it never worked out, and I always wanted my own place anyway,” she said. “After I had my son, I called Mr. Frank that I used to work with in Ocean Pines and said, ‘I’m going to open up my own...
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Don’s Seafood and Chicken aims for local, regional crowd

Posted On: 6/9/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Don’s Seafood and Chicken aims for local, regional crowd (June 9, 2016) Though this version of Don’s Seafood and Chicken house is only about four years old, owners Stone and Lambertson have been in the restaurant business in Pocomoke for more than two decades and have a clear vision of what they do and don’t want in their eateries. Named for brother-sister team of Sandi Stone and Wayne Lambertson, Stone and Lambertson bought Don’s from the previous owner who operated a similarly named restaurant in Chincoteague. Stone and Lambertson operated Don’s as Don’s for a while, on the north side of Route 13 heading toward the Virginia line, before constructing a new building a couple of hundred yards away and switching to a Greene Turtle franchise about four years ago. The switch didn’t take, and the building was changed back into Don’s to fill the need for a family-owned restaurant offering homemade meals. “Without getting into all that,” owner Sandi Stone said with a wave of her hand, &#...
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