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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Welcome Center welcomes new biz

(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… Read more »

New store brings ‘batteries and Band Aids’ to Berlin

(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… Read more »

Bleached Butterfly a dream, then a shop

(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… Read more »

Gull Creek under new management

(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… Read more »

Taylor Bank recognized for financial education

(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… Read more »

Craft beer, tourism relationship brewing

(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, said 90 people RSVP’d to… Read more »

Berlin Chamber selects its next administrator

(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… Read more »

Flower shop blooms once again

(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… Read more »