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Roberts opens Bethany Beach studio, Beach Pilates

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Kelly Roberts is a certified Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, raw-food chef, Master Gardener, author of two cookbooks and a novel about Tuscan culture, history and cuisine, and a food and fitness blogger — among other things. Needless to say, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to all things holistic.

After spending the last few years traveling around the area for appointments with clients, and being jokingly referred to as “Gypsy Rose” by her husband, Roberts finally opened her own studio to incorporate all of those concepts on April 1, right off Route 1 in Bethany Beach.

“I was traveling constantly,” she explained. “Everybody was so excited when I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna finally open my own place.’ The town’s super excited, so I’m excited.”

“I’ve been looking for a Pilates instructor for some time. I used to have a great one in D.C., and now I found one [here],” said enthusiastic client Sheryl Swed. “I’m so pleased that Kelly, who is an excellent instructor, is here, and she can serve this whole area.”

Captain Mac is back!

Captain Mac’s Fish House keeps it fresh, local

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle sign is displayed on the back deck of Captain Mac's Fish House overlooking the bay.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle sign is displayed on the back deck of Captain Mac's Fish House overlooking the bay.Bruce McGuigan has fished local waters, both commercially and recreationally, for almost his entire life. He owned Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle Shop in West Fenwick for 32 years, and the Lone Mullet Seafood Market next door for six years. He operated one of the first scallop boats in Ocean City, Md., has fished in the White Marlin Open and spends about three hours every morning breaking down fish.

To put it simply, Bruce McGuigan knows local seafood.

But when Hurricane Sandy flooded his property along Route 54 nearly two years ago, McGuigan decided to put that knowledge into a relatively new business venture — leading him to open the doors to Captain Mac’s Fish House last month.

“Every time somebody came into the seafood market, we got requests for fresh cooked food — sandwiches, things like that — so we decided to try it,” explained former Lone Mullet-turned-Fish House-employee Rick Eakle. “Hurricane Sandy ended up wiping out the underside of the building — in fact, we had a 3,000-pound walk-in refrigerator out on the side of the building. It was up on Route 54.”

Barrels and bureaus

Local surfers return from Indonesia to launch Hunt & Lane Furniture Co.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Hunt & Lane founders Taber Hunt Bartoshesky (left) and Jon Lane (right) show off some hand carved Indonesian teak wood sculptures that they picked up on their travels.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Hunt & Lane founders Taber Hunt Bartoshesky (left) and Jon Lane (right) show off some hand carved Indonesian teak wood sculptures that they picked up on their travels.Local surfers/entrepreneurs Jon Lane and Taber Hunt Bartoshesky originally set off for Indonesia thinking about one thing: waves.

However, after separate stints in one of the most consistent surf spots in the world, they each formed a new appreciation for a foreign culture — specifically, its hand-carved, aged teakwood furniture.

“It’s people that have been doing it for generations — their style of furniture is completely unique,” said Lane. “I have a complete new respect for woodworking after taking that trip. Everything is hand-carved, hand-chiseled out — most of this stuff is reclaimed, so this wood has history to it.”

On their most recent trip, Lane estimated that they shipped back around 100 pieces of furniture. From teakwood bed frames, Java benches, tables and dining sets to hand-carved teak sculptures and hand-chiseled marble chess sets — it was all meticulously selected by Lane and Bartoshesky and selected for a reason.

“We were very careful about the pieces we bought,” Lane said of the process. “We had wood testing meters, tested everything we bought, went to reliable sources through our connections — you can’t really find old teak anymore. It gets harder and harder to find every year, so we definitely paid more of a premium price for the quality stuff, but it’s definitely worth it. It really is one of a kind.”

Bethany Beach Books to host Find Waldo campaign

Bethany Beach Books, a local independent bookstore, announced on June 18 that they will be participating with 24 other local businesses in the Find Waldo Local campaign, sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

Comics & Gaming shop brings the action to Bethany

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day in Bethany Beach.There’s the smell of fresh-pressed ink — pushing art and action to leap off the page. And Bethany Beach’s newest comic book shop always has an open door, inviting customers to a thousand new worlds of adventure.

Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day and is already making waves.

“People are coming in excited. I think people are going to travel from Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City or Salisbury,” said co-owner Tom Chillemi.

“We’ve gotten a good response. We’ve seen crowds of all ages,” said co-owner Chip Sullivan. “Locals have said ‘Finally! Something I’ve been wanting to see for a long time.’

“It’s nice to walk into a comic book store that’s nice and bright and well-organized,” he added. “We’re very up-front with our new products, trades, pop figurines, games. Nobody has the comic book products that we have.”

From the cow to the beach: Ba Roos serves up fresh, local ice cream at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Just as “farm to table” restaurants support local farms, restaurateurs-turned-ice-cream-entrepreneurs Robbie Bidell and Matt Merrick are supporting local dairy farms — with a concept they like to call “from cow to beach” at their new Bethany Beach-area ice cream shop, Ba Roos.

Located at the Sea Colony Marketplace, right off Route 1, the shop offers 23 different flavors of farm-made ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery — a fourth-generation dairy farm just outside of Lewes.

“You can’t get much fresher,” said Merrick of the local product. “It’s going out and it’s coming right back. [Hopkins] does such a good job — it’s basically from the cow to the ice cream maker.”

Keeping it local is a trend for Ba Roos. Both Merrick and Bidell grew up locally, and now they’re both raising families in that same local area. They hire local kids from the local high school, sponsor local events and, obviously, sell local products.

Liddy Loves Clothes and color in Clarksville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Liddy Loves Clothes opened nearly two months ago, featuring fun, vibrant, colored décor and clothing.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Liddy Loves Clothes opened nearly two months ago, featuring fun, vibrant, colored décor and clothing.It’s hard to ignore the candy-colored shop in Clarksville, although it may be one of Route 26’s smallest shops. Liddy Loves Clothes is bursting with color, from light green walls to a pink heart painted overhead.

And, with an open door and a line of clothes spilling open like flags on the breeze, the front lawn echoes the clothing: “super casual, fun summer stuff,” said owner Linda Siegel.

The fashions are designed to be casual and comfortable, but pretty, with beads, braid and woven designs. All the fabrics flow gently in the breeze, from long beachy dresses to tops, skirts and cover-ups.

The few black clothes only serve to make the other colors shine brighter. That includes Siegel’s.

“I always wear black, but I love color at home,” she said. “I won’t wear it, but I love it! It makes me happy.”

Many of the dresses, shirts and skirts are one-size-fits-all.

Some people might think, “That’s not gonna fit me,” Siegel said.

“Watch the magic,” is her favorite response.

She’ll grab a seemingly small peasant top that stretches to drape over any form. The clothes hang easily either way.

Gym offers fitness to the world in new location

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: A World Gym in Millsboro opened earlier this year by Steve and Pam Trader. Above, painted on the wall are the word, ‘There are no wounds iron can’t heal,’ giving motivation to clients.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: A World Gym in Millsboro opened earlier this year by Steve and Pam Trader. Above, painted on the wall are the word, ‘There are no wounds iron can’t heal,’ giving motivation to clients.Earlier this year, the World Gym in Millsboro expanded, tripling in size and moving from its 5,000-square-foot space to a location just across the highway, just shy of 15,000 square feet.

“We opened five and a half years ago. We should’ve been an adequate size for this area,” said Pam Trader, with a laugh. Trader owns the gym with her husband, Steve.

The Traders, who live in Salisbury, Md., opened the gym in Millsboro five years ago, after Steve mentioned he thought it was odd that Millsboro didn’t have a gym.

“Steve worked at the power plant. He would get off work, drive home 45 minutes and say, ‘Gosh — why can’t there be a gym in Millsboro?’” said Trader. “We just thought it was the logical place to go.”

After adding onto their 24-7 gym access with fitness classes at a separate location multiple days a week, the Traders realized they had a demand that was greater than what they could house.

Beau Monde brings beach eclectic surf style to Village of Fenwick

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Beau Monde owner Caitlyn Parrott, left, looks up at her words, below right, which border the store. Parrott has been in the surf shop business for quite some time.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Beau Monde owner Caitlyn Parrott, left, looks up at her words, below right, which border the store. Parrott has been in the surf shop business for quite some time.Surfer style is emulated and copied widely by those finding their lifestyle aspects ripe for imitation. It’s for such reasons that mainstream surf companies have enjoyed steady success for years — but a change has come.

New companies are starting to pop up, with new visions and wild styles that promise to allow today’s surfer to regain his lost individualism. The unknown and companies unafraid to be bold are king.

Surf shop buyer/merchandiser Caitlyn Parrott has been in the industry long enough to recognize the change, and recently opened up Beau Monde boutique in the Village of Fenwick, designed for those looking for clothing that can’t be found in any old surf shop or the nearest Urban Outfitters.

“All the guys that I worked with that worked at the shop and actually surfed would buy the weirdest stuff that we would get,” Parrott said. “I tried to pick some more unusual brands that they don’t have everywhere around here.”

The shop carries brands for both men and women, including Catch Surf, Rhythm, Wildfox, Lovers & Friends, Kai, Iron & Resin and Duvin Design Co., that most surf shops or vintage clothing stores either don’t carry or of which they don’t carry a wide variety.

“I was raised up at the beach and in surf shops, so I’m drawn to that kind of stuff,” Parrott explained of her eye for unique beach style. “I was looking for something a little more unusual than most shops.”

Wash it, cook it, freeze it, fix it with Coastal Maytag

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The employees at Coastal Maytag pose with an inflatable Maytag man.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The employees at Coastal Maytag pose with an inflatable Maytag man.Coastal Maytag wants to be the best of both worlds: a local Ocean View shop that can answer any question and the seller of a major-name in appliances for over 100 years.

“This business started as the only place to buy Maytag,” Stan Clark said.

That includes washing machines, dryers, microwaves, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, wine storage and more.

Whirlpool acquired the Maytag brand, so Coastal Maytag offers those brands, plus Kitchen Aid and Amana.

“We really try to teach the consumers how to use them, instead of just dropping it off — unlike some box stores,” said owner Karen Clark.

“And we come with it,” said her husband, Stan.

“Our sales staff is very knowledgeable,” added Karen Clark.

Coastal Maytag has everything to keep those appliances running smoothly, from oven cleaner and water filters to in-home repairs.

Fager joins ResortQuest’s West Fenwick office

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Raymond Fager has joined the firm’s West Fenwick office on Route 54 in the Fenwick Plaza. Licensed in both Delaware and Maryland since 1973, Fager will be specializing in the listing and sales of resort homes, investment properties and commercial projects in Sussex County and Worchester County, Md.

Tidepool Toys & Games opens second location in Fenwick Island

Tidepool Toys & Games, “the neighborhood toy store at the beach,” recently celebrated its grand opening at its new Fenwick Island shop with a ribbon-cutting and a day of activities.

The train restaurant returns: Late-night dining and special events are specialties at the Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Many miles from the nearest railroad, two train cars still work long into the night in Ocean View. The Salted Rim restaurant has nine months under its belt as Ocean View’s late-night Tex-Mex spot, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and accented by two restored rail cars.

Opening in July of 2013, the Salted Rim operates under owner Karen Fritz’s belief that “you can do anything on a train car” and that there is a great need for Mexican food on Route 26.

“We saw the train cars. They sat the empty for so long,” she said, but she believed the restaurant could only fully work with a bar. So she found a way to make a “waiting bar” work within Ocean View’s town code. It’s within the main restaurant area, with the two train cars used for additional seating.

The first 1930s train car is still decked out in rich red and gold fabric, gilded trim, shiny ceilings smart white tablecloths and lace trim.

“People love the Victorian feel of this room,” she said, noting that the Royal Zephyr logos are actually the name of the original rail service in which the cars were used, not just leftover from the previous restaurant of the same name.

Previous restaurants made the first-class car available to adults only, but Fritz said all ages are welcome at the Salted Rim.

Celebrating 25 years of good shopping, good people and good ACTS

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After opening a permanent ‘yard sale’ 25 years ago, ACTS founders returned to see the thrift shop’s growth, including, from left, Evelyn Eby, Rae Weising and Carlene Jones. Not pictured is Alma ‘Cookie’ Woodhouse.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After opening a permanent ‘yard sale’ 25 years ago, ACTS founders returned to see the thrift shop’s growth, including, from left, Evelyn Eby, Rae Weising and Carlene Jones. Not pictured is Alma ‘Cookie’ Woodhouse.Almost every single day, people wait in line for the doors to open. But what’s behind those doors isn’t a nightclub or movie premiere. It’s Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS), located on Route 26 in Clarksville.

ACTS’s incredibly low prices and charitable mission have served the community for 25 years. People can find racks of clothing, furniture, yard tools, lamps, office supplies and furniture, dishes, art, jewelry, books and more inside.

ACTS accepts donations year-round, with some of the more unique offerings they’ve received including boats, a dozen dining sets at one time, bicycles, kooky kitchen utensils, designer purses and boxed Christmas trees.

“It’s amazing. It does so much good, what they buy and what they donate,” said founder Carlene Jones. “One time, we received a flyswatter, and we were tickled to death, because nobody had thought [to get one].”

Bill to fight human trafficking introduced in Delaware

New legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking has been introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill, introduced last week, is designed to enhance criminal penalties for those who engage in human trafficking and provide greater protections for victims of human trafficking.

Forum to share strategies of succesful Sussex businesspeople

SCORE, WSFS Bank and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce are joining together to sponsor a forum at which successful Sussex County entrepreneurs will share their strategies on how to grow successful businesses in Sussex County.

Hughes joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty

The agents, management and staff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty recently welcomed sales agent Catherine Hughes to its Bethany Beach office. Hughes, who obtained her real estate license in 2011, works in partnership with sales agent Beth Evans.

ResortQuest announces March top producers

ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the March 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.

Shannon Smith-Pantall of the West Fenwick office won top honors for listings for the month.

April named Fair Housing Month in Sussex County

Members of the Sussex County Council joined with representatives from the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) recently to formally observe and acknowledge the anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

Crabcake Factory sinks its claws into Delaware with new bayside location

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.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.”

Baker rejoins RQR sales team

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Ann K. Baker has returned to the company’s sales team.

ResortQuest Real Estate names top producers for February

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.

Doyle’s keeps it classic with Eastern Shore cookin’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Brandon Doyle, right, grew up in Doyle’s restaurant, and now he’s ready to return to its roots, serving the same home-cooking classics as his father, Mike, left.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Brandon Doyle, right, grew up in Doyle’s restaurant, and now he’s ready to return to its roots, serving the same home-cooking classics as his father, Mike, left.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.

‘What’s on tap?’: Beach Liquors crafts new way for customers to enjoy draft beer

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Phill Blush artfully pours a growler of the store's proprietary IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Co. — a new brewery in Milford. Beach Liquors will always have the brew available on tap and it will not be available anywhere else.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Phill Blush artfully pours a growler of the store's proprietary IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Co. — a new brewery in Milford. Beach Liquors will always have the brew available on tap and it will not be available anywhere else.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.

State, UD partner to help charge electric vehicles

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).

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival grows in Sussex County

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.

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