Dollars & Sense

Ropewalk ties seafood with tavern experience in Fenwick

After netting close to two decades of success in Baltimore, the owners of Ropewalk Tavern have made a comfortable addition, introducing their culinary know-how and warm environment to Fenwick Island with the Ropewalk Oyster House. Taking over the location where Captain Pete’s once stood in early June this year, Ropewalk aims to bring a welcoming aura paired with an adaptive menu, thanks to general manager Molly Thomas and corporate executive chef, Frank Campanella.

Home-based businesses hold ribbon-cutting at Chamber

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed four new home-based businesses with a ribbon-cutting on the deck of the Chamber’s office near Fenwick Island. Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC, Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors Inc., Lise O’Connell of SendOutCards and Ronald Lewis of Sustaining Support LLC joined together to announce and celebrate their ventures into the Quiet Resorts business community.

Simmer Time takes the pot, with fondue and more

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere to enjoy dunking their favorite foods or snacking on others.

“Do you like cheese, meat and chocolate? How can you go wrong?” said Mike Gable, executive chef.

Beach Uniques offers one-of-a-kind recycled goods

The town of Dagsboro holds a lot of history, which is also true of one of the town’s newest shops, Beach Uniques.

K-10 adds dog grooming to services

K-10 Dog Training has added professional dog grooming to its dog services.

“K-10 Grooming is passionate about making your pet look great!” said owner Nancy LaFontaine. “We are offering free pick-up and delivery, seven-day service, including Sundays and evenings. K-10 Grooming guarantees 100 percent satisfaction.”

Mermaid Cove expands from carryout classics to casual pub fare

For several years, locals have headed to Mermaid Cove for carryout lunches. And now, Tina Littleton, owner of the restaurant in Williamsville, has expanded. With a sit-down pub added to the carryout spot, the restaurant can now seat more than 60 people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Café on 26 offers special space, special food in chef’s dining room

Café on 26 offers a cozy spot for lunch or Sunday brunch, and they now offer dinner seven nights a week. In addition, they’ve recently begun actively showcasing their upstairs as the “chef’s dining room.” Up to 12 people can sit in the upstairs room, which is just off of a humidity-controlled all-wood wine room, for private parties celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions.

Johnson Family Restaurant offers ‘family-friendly’ food

Mary Johnson has just opened her first restaurant, but she’s no stranger to cooking for a crowd. Between raising 12 children and hosting bi-weekly church dinners, the Johnson Family Restaurant’s founder has been cooking up a storm for years.

Windsor teak offers furniture for outdoor living

When looking for outdoor furniture, buyers are often seeking something made well, something that will last and something that will look good. Teak — a hard, closely grained wood that is high in natural oils — is a seemingly perfect choice.

Fox's Pizza grows with new location, expanded menu

It was only in August of 2010 that Fox’s Pizza Den opened up as a take-out pizza shop in Millville and only last summer that they expanded that shop into a restaurant and bar, but they have more growth on the horizon, with Fox’s Pizza Restaurant & Bar opening in the Harris Teeter shopping center off of Route 54 in Fenwick Island. And if they had a slogan to go with the growth, it might be this: “It’s more than just pizza!”

Paco’s Paradise heads into fourth decade in business

Paco’s Paradise in the Village of Fenwick is celebrating its 40th year in business this year. Owner John Hastings explained that he had gone to Oaxaca, Mexico, on a whim with a fraternity brother and brought some hand-embroidered shirts home. After giving them to his brother, “people wanted to buy them off his back,” and, as they say, the rest is history.

Creative Concepts celebrating 40 years at the Delaware shore

To some, 1973 might not seem like it was 40 years ago. To Wayne Lednum, who owns Creative Concepts with his wife, Bobbi, the old adage “Time flies when you’re having fun” has never been more true.

Law Office of Susan Weidman expanding into Rehoboth

The Law Office of Susan Weidman has opened up a third location, in Rehoboth Beach. They opened in mid-March in the State Farm Insurance building, in the same plaza as Nage and Outlet Liquors.

‘Crazy Grannies’ open pet shop in Millsboro

Realizing that the Route 24 area needed a local pet shop, Joan Hall and Ginny Harding last month opened Crazy Grannies’ Pet Supplies.

SCORE mentors offer entrepreneurs a lending hand and expert advice — at no cost

Delaware Beach Life publisher Terry Plowman said he has come to appreciate the value of a lending hand. In the midst of the recession, when so many Sussex County businesses were dealing with the worst economic times they had experienced, Plowman realized he needed an advisor to keep him on track.

Realtor of the Year candidates sought by SCAOR

The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) is seeking nominations for the organization’s annual Realtor of the Year award. The award, which recognizes a Sussex County Realtor who has exemplified superior customer service and overall excellence during the course of the last five years, is given each year by the county’s only real estate trade organization.

Start preparing that résumé — Sussex County job fair scheduled for April 30

Whether they’re a job seeker looking for work after a tough economic period or a business leader hoping to hire fresh faces, Delaware’s U.S. Congressional delegation is aiming to connect people at a job fair on Tuesday, April 30.

Beach Liquors adds new location in Fenwick Island

Beach Liquors has a new location in Fenwick Island, with a minor shift in ownership for the store, which is located in the Bay Plaza Shopping Center. Jerry Kappes, who owns Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach, explained that he and his wife, Jacque, and sons Michael and Scott, made the decision to buy the Bethany store on the Sunday of the Fourth of July weekend in 1999 and were open that Friday.

Michael Kappes joins ResortQuest Real Estate

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Michael Kappes has joined the firm’s Bethany Beach office on Coastal Highway.

Realtors anticipate booming rental market this summer

Cite return customers and visitors from north

The 2013 rental season is shaping up to be a plus for the local economy. And with the trickle-down effect, that should be good news to the many cleaning companies, equipment rental companies, restaurants and stores in the area that depend on the tourist season to make their living.

Spa fundraiser on April 9 to benefit Justin’s Beach House

How would you like to treat yourself to a relaxing spa night, all for a good cause? Local spas and salons are partnering for the first annual Beauty for the Beach House fundraiser, in memory of Elizabeth Shoemaker and benefiting Justin’s Beach House.

Delaware’s farmers’ market season soon to begin

New markets join in Bellefonte, Dover

The Delaware farmers’ market season launches this month, featuring new markets in Dover and Bellefonte, with farmers and markets fresh off a record-setting sales season of nearly $2 million last year.

State launches Delaware Fresh farmmaket location app for Windows 8

Windows 8 users can now take advantage of the popular Delaware Fresh farm-market location app from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. The app is now available for all Windows 8 devices, from mobile phones and tablets to Windows 8 desktops, joining existing iPhone and Android versions.

ResortQuest Real Estate names February’s top producers

ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the February 2013 top producers at its southeast Sussex County locations.

Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received honors as the top listing agent for February.

Grand opening for Bishop’s Landing set for April 6

Beazer Homes announced this week the grand opening of its newest neighborhood, Bishop’s Landing, to be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the community sales center located at the intersection of Windmill and Burbage roads in Millville.

The Peninsula community now under Wells Fargo ownership

Representatives of The Peninsula at Indian River Bay announced this week that Wells Fargo would be taking ownership of the community early this summer, but they said the vision for the community is not changing.

Lighthouse Realty Group moves to new location

Susan Clark, Broker/owner of Lighthouse Realty Group Inc. announced this week that the office has a new location, at 59 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 200, in Ocean View, across from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church on Route 26.

Antonioli joins ReseortQuest Real Estate Marketplace

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Christina Meiklejohn Antonioli has joined the firm’s Marketplace office on Coastal Highway near Bethany Beach.

Academic Challenge students learn business skills in program

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., once said, “To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.” Those disciplines necessary to succeed in business are the focus of a new Entrepreneurial Enlightenment Program offered to students as part of Delaware Tech’s Academic Challenge Program at the

Beach Brite offers new way to get tile and grout clean

“Dirt, grime, food soil, mold, mildew, and even bacteria are your tile and grout’s biggest enemies,” said Dave Vincent of Beach Brite Hard Surface Restorations.

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