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Historic Merry Sherwood reopens in Berlin


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) The Merry Sherwood Plantation in Berlin recently reopened for event bookings under the direction of Ruth and Jim Arty, a couple who came to the Eastern Shore after retiring from the Baltimore area. Built in 1859, the massive home was something of a wedding gift from wealthy Philadelphian… Read more »

Dream Weaver opens new Berlin location


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Boardwalk mainstay Dream Weaver recently opened a second location in downtown Berlin, bringing the same merchandise to Main Street. Husband and wife Tiffany and Sean Lackner, originally from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively, came to the area with the hopes of opening a business. “We ended up on… Read more »

Gilbert’s Provisions reopens on Main Street

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) Gilbert’s Provisions, Berlin’s home for charcuterie, cheese and fermented goods, reopened last week on Main Street after moving from its original location a few blocks away on Commerce Street. The shop was closed for nearly two months as owner Toby Gilbert and a few friends worked to remodel… Read more »

Viking Tree opening brought family closer


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2019) The Viking Tree Trading Co. opened last week on 114 North Main Street in Berlin and already has become a family affair for the Brushmillers. Bryan Brushmiller, who owns and operates the Burley Oak Brewing Company and Burley Café in Berlin, bought the building last year. It was… Read more »

Bluebird Farms to house new indoor farmer’s market


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 15, 2018) As the weather gets cooler, area residents and visitors will still be able to enjoy perusing locally grown produce and homemade goods at a new indoor farmer’s market, which opened Sunday, Nov. 11. At the market, around 20 vendors displayed their goods in a greenhouse at Bluebird Farms… Read more »

New owners help save Venable Cleaners


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 15, 2018) A dry-cleaning store on William Street in Berlin that had operated for nearly a century has avoided closure, now that it has been purchased by Peninsula Cleaners. The Venable Cleaners company, first opened in 1924, nearly shuttered all of its locations because of financial instability. “I saw that… Read more »

Greyhound puts focus on local art


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 18, 2018) The Greyhound: An Indie Bookstore is the latest chapter in the life of Susan Ayres Wimbrow, who previously spent 43 years in the funeral service industry before making the literary leap as booth a published author and, more recently, bookstore owner. The shop officially opened late last week,… Read more »

Attics of My Life shop rises from the ashes

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 18, 2018) When fire broke out in the new shop, Attics of My Life, in downtown Berlin on April 23, it shut down all business and traffic on Main Street for several hours. The lingering trauma of the destruction also shut down the shop’s owner, Ashley Abell, who couldn’t work… Read more »

Boxcar40 brings scratch American to Pittsville


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) They fed dozens of local firefighters last Thursday, had a soft opening for family and friends on Friday, and, earlier this week, Boxcar40 officially opened to the public. Offering scratch American Cuisine, Boxcar40 promises a different kind of dining experience inside its renovated 1920s firehouse in Pittsville. “It… Read more »

Paul and Vinny’s now open in Pines

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Aug. 2, 2018) Paul and Vinny’s Pizzeria opened for business on June 16 in the Ocean Pines Plaza on Cathell Road. From classic thin crust Neapolitan pizzas to cold subs, the restaurant serves 100-percent authentic, homemade Italian recipes made to order and always fresh. “This is full-blooded Italian, family-run and… Read more »