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Local church helps community through storefront

BERLIN – For more than 50 years, members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin have followed their mission to reach out to those in need via their Church Mouse Thrift Shop on North Main Street in Berlin. Strictly selling items that have been donated to the church, clothes, household items, jewelry, books and collectables… Read more »

Sisters guest bartending event begins September

BERLIN — Starting Friday, Sept. 7, Sisters on North Main Street will invite members of nonprofit organizations once a month to be guest bartenders to raise money for their charities. “This was our idea of giving back to the community,” said Donna Compher, who co-owns Sisters with her — what else— sister, Michael Ann Phillips…. Read more »

Tex Mex & Beyond opens Saturday

BERLIN — Downtown Berlin’s newest restaurant, Tex Mex & Beyond on North Main Street, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend, starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. Owned by Berlin businessman Ernest Gerardi, the restaurant will feature authentic Mexican southwestern foods inspired by chef Arturo Paz’s Latin-American heritage. “The ‘Beyond’ part describes any… Read more »

Burley Oak will sell bottles soon

BERLIN — This Sunday, Burley Oak Brewing Company will hold a party celebrating the release of its first bottled beer to be sold at the brewery’s bar and brewing headquarters on Old Ocean City Boulevard. “It was in our plan to bottle within our first year,” said owner Bryan Brushmiller, who wanted to sell bottles… Read more »

Side shops contribute to Berlin’s charm

BERLIN — While many are attracted to visit the multitude of shops on Berlin’s Main Street, plenty of highly regarded retail shops exist off the main road and many don’t even require a great number of footsteps to reach. Serving fresh coffee, tea, baked goods and ice cream, among other things, is the focus of… Read more »

‘Say I Do’ bridal expo in Berlin

BERLIN — With the traditional summer season coming to a close, the owners of Bustle, a new bridal boutique shop on South Main Street, continue their attempt to make Berlin a year-round wedding destination with the “Say I Do” bridal expo Saturday, Sept. 29. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a section of Main Street… Read more »

Private equity like other ownership interests, in a way

We recently had some clients ask us what private equity was because they had heard the term used in the news recently. Like shares of stock, private equity embodies an ownership interest in a company. Unlike stocks, however, private aequity investments aren’t listed or traded on a public exchange. Private equity firms often are more… Read more »

‘Hard and fat’ crabs are store’s specialty

(Ed. note: This is part one of a two-part series spotlighting two establishments not even a quarter of a mile apart on Cathell Road that have offered locally-produced goods for years: Country Barn Seafood and the Harvest Grove Garden Market). BERLIN — Country Barn Seafood, co-owned by Charles “Speedy” Voss, sells quality carryout seafood. Maryland… Read more »

Three martial arts taught at new Berlin school

BERLIN — Teaching three separate forms of martial arts, Infinity Martial Arts, a training school that opened last month off Route 113, is headed by instructors who can offer an experience like no other in the area: the opportunity to compete in international tournaments. The owners, brothers Tim and Mike Otwell, come from a family… Read more »

Si’culi grand opening set for Saturday

BERLIN — Since moving to Berlin two years ago, Pete and Jennie Livolsi have wanted to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the town. The culinary couple’s dream is coming true, as Si’culi is set to open Saturday on North Main Street. Named after an ancient Sicilian tribe called the Siculi, the restaurant is a nod… Read more »