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Powell and Hughes join OASIR

Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty (OASIR) announced this week the recent addition of Realtors Anne Powell and Jennifer Hughes to their team of real estate professionals.

Bethany Dental welcomes new associate

Last summer, Bethany Dental Associates welcomed dentist Matt Baran into their practice as their newest general dentist. Baran completed his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University and graduated from Temple University, where he did his dental training, and completed his residency at York Hospital in June of last year.

Hoover Financial Services offers more than tax prep

There’s a new advisor in town — as Hoover Financial Services opened its doors to the public, offering more than three decades of experience. In November, David Hoover opened his second financial services office in Millville.

Hocker's offering new gas card and lower gas prices

It’s a new year, and as they say, ‘Out with the old, and in with the new,’ which is exactly what Hocker’s and G&E have done, with a revamped Hocker’s Gold Card and gasoline now coming from Liberty Gas.

Cahill takes over Connor-Jacobsen

Connor-Jacobsen Realty has been a landmark in Bethany Beach real estate for more than 60 years. This year, the business was put into the hands of Marie Cahill, who has been with the company since 2008 and in local real estate for more than a quarter-century.

Christmas dinner can be Off the Hook this year

If cooking for a full house this Christmas doesn’t sound like fun, or maybe your brood is slowly getting smaller as children move away and do their own thing, why not order in? Off the Hook Market in Bethany Beach is offering ready-to-cook Christmas dinners this year, after successfully launching the idea at Thanksgiving.

Brother-sister entrepreneurs ready to surf to success

There is always someone on that holiday gift list who has everything and is just impossible to buy for — so why not think outside the box this season and get them a custom-made surfboard? Or, if surfing is not their thing, there is always something to be found at Millville Town Peddler in Millville, a shop with “a little bit of everything!”

New business offers car maintenance services in Millsboro

There’s a new option for those seeking oil changes in the Millsboro area, with the opening four months ago of Castrol Premium Lube Express on Route 113. While the business opened in July, they held their grand opening in September, explained owner Jean Marsiglia, and tied it in to benefit the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company.

Capriotti's offers delivery, community mindset

Just in time for Thanksgiving, although it is popular all year long, Capriotti’s now delivers its famous Bobbie sandwich — the nationally acclaimed best-seller — complete with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Well, that, and everything else on the menu as well.

Dagsboro Antique Center offers up a slice of the past

In April, Dagsboro Antique Center celebrated a decade in business, although that didn’t come as a surprise for the many of “regulars” that have been shopping there since the beginning. To those who stop and shop and then remark about how they didn’t know it was there, it’s a first-time visit, but for many, it’s a staple shop to visit while they are in town.

Birch Tree Cafe branches out at Good Earth Market

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm in Millville has built up a reputation over the years for providing the community with healthy alternatives when it comes to local produce, natural goods and earth-friendly selections, but there’s something new in store — literally. The Birch Tree Café, located right inside the market, is an exclusively gluten-free restaurant, complete with an espresso bar and bake shop, providing diners with a warm environment or a bite on the go, while offering a healthy alternative from the everyday routine.

Fishkiller’s Lobster Shack enjoying hot summer and new digs

Historically, the term “fishkiller” referred to the watermen who traditionally returned with a profitable catch time and time again. Well, Captain Chet Townsend, owner of the aptly named Fishkiller’s Lobster Shack near Dagsboro, is taking advantage of a new location with a warm season on the water, as Townsend and his crew continue to dish out seafood favorites from a kitchen inside his eye-catching red trailer throughout the summer.

Fish Tales Home Decor makes a splash in downtown Bethany

Almost two decades ago, Diane Ternahan and her husband, Bob, opened the doors of Fish Tales in Bethany Beach, with the downtown apparel and gift store boasting trendy clothes and ocean-side fashion, along with gift ideas and toys. But limited space and growing potential restricted the shop from further expansion. Now, Fish Tales Home Decor is taking care of all of that, with a location on the adjacent side of Garfield Parkway, providing shoppers items for the home, and then some.

International tastes come together at 14 Global

For locals and visitors alike, the summer months around the Delaware beaches often translate to relaxing in the sun, enjoying time with family and friends and, of course, great eats. But one new restaurant in Bethany Beach is offering a dining experience like no other, with a trendy, remodeled atmosphere, a bevy of welcoming employees and a menu that spans the planet. Tia Sexton, owner of 14 Global, has fused these elements into a lunch and dinner locale, serving up one-of-a-kind tapas from around the world.

Hocker's and Kwik Chef expand menus with smoked meat lineup

The Hocker family has been offering up groceries to local shoppers for more than 50 years at their locations in Clarksville and Ocean View, along with a variety of prepared foods. But with expanded choices at both locations, patrons are finding even more ways these days to appease their appetites.

Seaquels settled in to new digs

When Kathy Green and Cindy Davis first teamed up to bring Seaquels to the Delaware shore, they had no idea of the success that was in store for the region’s first furniture consignment shop. Now, three years later, Seaquels has become a favorite among homeowners, real estate agents and visitors in the area, and with a larger, nearby location, they’re proving why more and more people are turning to consignments when it comes to outfitting their home.

Gale Force tidies up Delmarva, whatever the mess

From an accidental spill on the carpet to water damage caused by a natural disaster, there truly is no job too big or too small for Gale Force Cleaning and Restoration. The full-service cleaning company, with roots that stretch back for three decades, prides itself as one of the most thorough cleaning businesses in the area.

The Pottery Place marks 40 years of international influence

When Sandy Flynn first opened The Pottery Place on Dorchester Street in Ocean City, Md., in 1972, she had no way to know that the business would take off in the manner that it did. An extensive – and loyal – customer base developed a great appreciation for the shop’s eclectic mix of home and garden accents and accessories over the years.

Bethany’s Blue Crab gets shucking

For the better part of the last decade, the Blue Crab in downtown Bethany Beach has been dishing up heaps of the tasty crustacean for customers who keep coming back, again and again. But as they enter their ninth summer, owner Tim Haley has big plans for the restaurant, in the form of another shelled favorite. After an offseason expansion added 2,000 square feet to the already 4,000-square-foot restaurant, Haley is now readying for the unveiling of Bethany Oyster House & Raw Bar, a fully-functioning oyster bar.

Fenwick location adds convenience for Ruddo’s Golf

As the weather warms and a mild winter transitions into spring, more and more golfers will be hitting the links, and with the opening of Ruddo’s Golf in Fenwick Island, PGA professionals John Ruddo and Bret Marshall are looking forward to another busy and successful season.

Shoppers seeing green at Fenwick’s Shamrock Shanty

The Irish are a proud people, as Pat Griffith, owner of Shamrock Shanty, will attest. Her Irish-themed shop, now in its third year at the Ocean Bay Plaza in Fenwick Island, remains open year-round, but it’s the time from late February through early March that yields the most sales. As March 17 barrels down upon us, Griffith reminds us that, “On St.

Kids consignment sale offers more than low prices

Michelle Gates and Kristy Anthony – two stay-at-home moms with backgrounds in management and retail – recently started Sprouting Up, a consignment sale management group.

Sea Crest gets new owner, maintains decades of tradition

As the saying goes, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” And Liz Hammond, long-time employee and manager of Sea Crest in Bethany Beach, knew a good thing when she saw it. The boutique and gift shop in downtown Bethany was up for sale briefly earlier this year, but Hammond was determined to keep things the way they were.

Selbyville one step closer to hosting farmers’ market

The Selbyville Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to recommend that the Town Council approve a request for a farmers’ market to be held at the corner of Route 17 and Williams Street in Selbyville.

Berlin, Md., resident Jeannie Mariner had approached the council Jan. 9 for permission to host a weekly farmers’ market at the lot her family owns in Selbyville.

Homeowners in foreclosure now get mandatory mediation

Mandatory mediation for foreclosures is now a reality in Delaware – at least for the next two years.

Delaware Senate approves minimum wage increase

Delaware’s minimum wage rate could increase by $1 in the next two years, but it’s not likely to happen without a fight.

New owner pulls into station for the holidays at Seaside Hobbies

Decorating around the holidays has become a tradition, synonymous with the Christmas season, from lights and garland and stockings on the mantle to the iconic evergreen that seems to flood a room with holiday cheer. But for many, including Craig Thomas, it was the decor below the tree that resonated the spirit of Christmas.

C&E Furniture to close its doors after nearly a half-century

After nearly 50 years on the business stage in Selbyville, C&E Furniture will bow out by the end of this year.

Aquacare Physical Therpay dives into rehabilitation at Millville location

There are new waves being made at Aquacare Physical Therapy. With an extensive, all-inclusive facility, qualified and trained specialists, and an emphasis not only upon rehabilitation and therapy but education, more and more clients are finding ways to better their lives and their well-being.

Local mechanics find success at the Crossroads

Growing up in the area together, Lloyd Bare and Mark Baull have become close friends, and for more than a decade, they have been coworkers, as well. But working in the automotive industry as long as these two have, it was just a matter of time until they took things into their own hands. Late last month, the two started up Crossroads Auto Repair in Selbyville, with an aim of offering fair prices and quality work.

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