Dollars & Sense
Every year, the surrounding beach resort communities of Sussex County see more than their fair share of restaurants come and go. While not every establishment has the same reasons for eventually closing its doors, the good ones tend to stick around — and the really good ones tend to continue to open up new locations.
The Crabcake Factory USA has seen that kind of growth, most recently opening up its third location — its first location in Delaware — right off Route 54 west of Fenwick Island, on the bayside, next to Captain Mac’s.
The location offers striking bay views. After completely renovating the property, and with more than 18 years of popularity just down the road in Ocean City, Md., the Crabcake Factory management team has no doubts that their newest location is right where they’re supposed to be.
“We’ve got a good local following up here,” said Crabcake Factory Bayside General Manager (and former general manager of the original Crabcake Factory on 120th Street in Ocean City) Eric Morris. “We wanted to grow into Fenwick. A lot of our existing 120th street client base lives up here. We just felt like it was a real need in this corridor to have a nice quality, casual atmosphere.”
ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Ann K. Baker has returned to the company’s sales team.
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the February 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.
Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office was honored for top listings for the month.
The rest of February’s top listings winners were: Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office; Karla Morgan of the West Fenwick office and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office.
Slide open the door to Doyle’s restaurant and suddenly you’re in a 1950s diner. From bright red seats to the original sky-blue tiling, Doyle’s has remained a classic with authentic Delmarva recipes that have kept people coming back for decades.
Back in the day, Doyle’s was the major landmark on a simple two-lane road. When giving directions, people were to be considered “down the road from Doyle’s,” recalled owner Mike Doyle. “Now we say we’re across from Food Lion.”
“People don’t realize a lot of things. We still make food from scratch,” said son and owner Brandon Doyle.
Above the old sliding door, a metal plate labels the restaurant’s front section as an authentic Silk City Diner car, from Patterson, N.J. This was originally called “Woody’s Diner” after original property owner Woody Sturgis.
After a long day, there are few things more satisfying than the first sip of a cold craft beer right from the tap — and thanks to Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, now local residents don’t have to rush to happy hour or purchase an expensive kegorator to enjoy their favorite draft brew.
After providing customers in the area with a selection of craft beer for nearly 15 years, a recent Delaware law change has now made it possible for the family-owned shops to add to that selection and sell standard-sized “growlers” of a variety of beers in a retail setting. (Delaware breweries can sell and fill growlers only of their own products.)
“We heard the law was changing and thought, ‘Well, we’re definitely going to do that,’” explained Chris Miller, Bethany store manager and co-owner of the Beach Liquors store in Fenwick. “There is nowhere else in Sussex County,” he said of the growler sales. “We’re the only ones, soon to be the only two. There’s one in Dover, and seven or eight up in the Newcastle/Wilmington area, but that’s it for the state.”
The Bethany store has been selling its custom-designed 64-ounce growlers since early December 2013, but the Beach Liquors south location right on Route 1 in Fenwick Island will be following suit and installing a draft system of its own by St. Patrick’s Day.
Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, presented by Bank of America, is returning in 2014, with four days of events in more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.
Beebe Medical Foundation, the fundraising arm for Beebe Healthcare, kicked off a year of festivities last week in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Board members of the foundation and of Beebe Healthcare joined Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of the foundation, and Jeffrey M.
Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or dance may find what they’re seeking at Lighthouse Dance & Yoga in Selbyville.
“I want people to feel comfortable,” said 23-year-old Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga. “My vision for this place isn’t just to provide classes, but for it to be a social hub.”
Having graduated from George Mason University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in dance, Shapiro moved to Seattle, Wash., where she danced professionally.
“I was there for a couple of months, performing. My family lives here, so that’s how I heard about this space,” she recalled. “My mother called me up and said, ‘It’s open. You should come start a studio here!’ I’ve always wanted to start a studio. That’s been my main goal, so this was a perfect opportunity.”
Millsboro Automart has been a part of the Preston Automotive Group family of dealerships since 1987. Now, after months of renovations, their new facility is complete, accommodating more than 120 used vehicles on the lot, as well as five service bays that accept all makes and models of vehicles.
“We really have something special in Millsboro,” said Dave Wilson Sr., owner and president of Preston Automotive Group. “Not only do we have a one-of-a-kind dealership in the nation, but it is also a museum.”
Inside the new facility, the focus is on a fun atmosphere, complete with checkerboard flooring and décor featuring old car memorabilia.
“That was done by the owner,” said Van Salter, director of operations for Preston Automotive group. “We really didn’t have a superintendent on the job. Everything on the inside was his vision.”
Representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Kristie Maravalli would take over the position of its executive director.
For its employees, Heather’s Home Works is more than just cleaning. But they still aim to improve themselves and the company, most recently by earning the House Cleaning Technician certification.
East Coast Garden Center was recently named one of Today’s Garden Center magazine’s Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers for 2014. The Revolutionary 100 program, which began in 2006, surveys garden center owners and managers and culminates in a listing of the 100 most revolutionary garden centers in the nation. It is open to all independent garden centers, large and small, and is based on leadership and innovation, not on size or revenue.
For 15 years, Richard Holt’s Payless Furniture was a staple of the Millsboro area — but now, with a new owner and a new name, Holt Furnishings is offering something more.
In the new year, Bethany Beach Books is working to actively support U.S. troops serving abroad.
“We are extremely excited for this new community project,” said Amanda Zirn, media relations coordinator for the store.
Zirn said the store’s staff decided to embrace the project after speaking with a local woman whose son is serving on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.
Dagsboro finally has a home for late-night entertainment: Mr. Banana’s Lounge and Bar, a live entertainment venue. Located in Route 113’s Savannah Square Shopping Center, the 10,000-square-foot lounge has room to dance, drink and eat until 1 a.m. daily.
Members of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) recently announced their new board of directors for the 2014 calendar year. The incoming directors of the association were named during the organization’s annual banquet on Friday, Dec. 6, held at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.
The United States Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program 65 years ago, after the program had been created a year earlier, by Maj. Bill Hendricks from a reserve center in Los Angeles, Calif. From one local program created to collect toys to be distributed to young needy children, the organization has grown to 760 campaigns this year.
Bethany Beach Books — a local, independent bookstore — has partnered with the Bethel Tabernacle Church (BTC) in Frankford to bring a showing of Universal Studios, “The Grinch” to the Clayton Theatre, in the hopes of helping to “Save the Clayton.”
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the October 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations. Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office won top honors for listing volume in October.
At their Nov. 20 meeting, the Lord Baltimore Lions Club was visited by representatives of Special Olympics Delaware. Winnie and Barbara Spence, members of the Wilmington Manor Lions Cub and longtime advocates for Special Olympics, spoke to the club members about the program. After their presentation, Lord Baltimore Lions Club President Jack Bauer presented the Spences with a $1,000 donation to Special Olympics Delaware, a contribution the club has made annually.
As a result of exposure to popular Tex-Mex and Mexican-style fast-food chains, many Americans may have a skewed perception of what authentic Mexican cuisine actually entails. But Oscar Benavides and DiAna Barrientos — husband and wife business partners and natives of Mexico — have brought a taste of true Mexican culture to Selbyville with their restaurant, La Sierra.
Leslie Kopp said the best part of her job is helping people find their dream vacation home. People from all over seek the perfect escape at the Delaware beaches.
“It’s rewarding,” Kopp said. “It’s fun.”
Her real estate team’s enthusiasm and prime location have helped the Leslie Kopp Group earn a spot in the Real Trends Top Thousand lists for at least three consecutive years.
Marnie Oursler, founder and president of Marnie Homes, has been awarded with a Gold Stevie Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2014: the 3rd Annual Hair of the Dog Run and the 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.
Great food, drinks and atmosphere are three elements many restaurateurs strive for, though they can be tricky to achieve. But for husband and wife duo Jim and Lynn Rickards, this isn’t their first rodeo.
The Norman Law Firm has recently added a new attorney to its staff. Local resident Benjamin Gichner joined the firm this past April after having graduated from the Pennsylvania State’s Dickinson School of Law.
“We’re excited to have Ben here,” said attorney Stephen Norman of the Norman Law Firm. “He worked with us a couple years ago in the summer, and I thought, if I ever had the opportunity to bring him in, that I’d jump at it. When he approached me, I pretty much offered him a position immediately, because I had been so impressed with him, both personally and professionally.”
Gichner received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He grew up in Ocean View and graduated in 2006 from Indian River High School, having previously attended Selbyville Middle School and Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
Gichner said he’s happy to have returned to his home to practice law.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Tidepool Toys & Games, located on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, will join more than 600 independent toy stores across the country in celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day. Kids of all ages can come out to enjoy games, prizes, balloon twisting, a magic show and even a reptile show.