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Small businesses have big day with retail promotion

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Small Business Saturday puts customers in stores By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) For several business owners in downtown Berlin, Small Business Saturday this past weekend was a great success. “I mean, I was thinking it was going to be busy, but it was … packed, which was really fun,” said Patti Backer,… Read more »

Brushmiller talks plans for building

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 29, 2019) Now that Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak Brewing Company, has purchased the Globe Theatre on 12 Broad St., he’s figuring out his plans for the space. “We definitely plan to keep it a music venue, event space,” Brushmiller said, referring to the building’s more immediate past… Read more »

Homes for America will overhaul its properties

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Nonprofit says cost of rehab, redevelopment will be $12 million By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Several residential properties in Berlin will soon receive a facelift. “I think they’re getting tired,” said Diane Clyde, Homes for America’s vice president of development. Clyde was referring to the dated look of the 113 Flower St…. Read more »

Berlin’s Second Friday soldiers on

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 7, 2019) It may be quieter than those summer Second Friday Art Strolls in Downtown Berlin, but this Friday’s offseason version will continue to offer residents and visitors plenty of art to appreciate. The event takes place during the second Friday of each month. Area shops and restaurants will… Read more »

Frene couple to sell Victorian Charm in Berlin

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 31, 2019) Victorian Charm owners Debbie and Steve Frene will soon say goodbye to their shop on Main Street in Berlin. The couple is in the process of selling the store, and they expect everything to go through next week. Debbie said it’s been a whirlwind, and that the process… Read more »

Beach Memories welcomed on Main Street

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 31, 2019) Beach Memories owner Michele Krempa embarked on a new journey Friday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at her Main Street jewelry store. “The best part of my job is when people come in and they smile,” Krempa said. While the grand opening was this past Friday at the… Read more »

Greyhound celebrates first year on Main St.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) The last year has been a whirlwind for Greyhound Independent Bookstore co-owner Susan Ayres Wimbrow. “We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for being so supportive,” she said. Wimbrow and her husband, Maury, opened the bookstore on 9 Main St. last year. The bookstore… Read more »

Berlin’s HDC approves plans for commercial space project

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) A vacant one-story building on William Street is in line for a facelift, following the Berlin Historic District Commission’s approval last Wednesday of its exterior remodeling plans. Samantha Pielstick, who represented property owner Jack Burbage, said plans for the property include an authentic brick front exterior and a… Read more »

Berlin jewelry store to help Dorian victims

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) The public can help victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas by purchasing a simple bracelet at Beach Memories Jewelry on Main Street in Berlin. Michele Krempa, owner of Beach Memories Jewelry and Seachelle Designs, began offering the $10 bracelets last week as a way to donate to… Read more »

Windmill Creek celebrates first anniversary

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Situated on a 12.5-acre farm with a historic house, the Windmill Creek Vineyard and Winery, located on 11206 Worcester Hwy in Berlin, celebrated its first anniversary at the end of August. Windmill Creek has been owned by the Mariner family for six generations, spanning nearly 100 years…. Read more »