Dollars & Sense

Brooklyn Baking Barons bring booming business to Berlin

New Ocean View residents set to appear on ‘The Chew’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Chris Poeschl, left, and Tony Lanuza, right, of the Brooklyn Baking Barons, take a break in their Berlin, Md., bakery. The two will appear on the ABC television show ‘The Chew’ on Friday, April 15. They are planning to appear on the morning of their national  TV debut on Ocean City’s 98.1 radio station.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Chris Poeschl, left, and Tony Lanuza, right, of the Brooklyn Baking Barons, take a break in their Berlin, Md., bakery. The two will appear on the ABC television show ‘The Chew’ on Friday, April 15. They are planning to appear on the morning of their national TV debut on Ocean City’s 98.1 radio station.Not long ago, Tony Lanuza and Chris Poeschl of Ocean View were living the stereotypical “struggling artist” life in New York City. But on April 15, the two men — partners in life, as well as entrepreneurship — will appear beside world-renowned chef Mario Batali on the ABC TV show “The Chew.”

Their baked goods company, “The Brooklyn Baking Barons,” produces a Honey Whiskey Cake that has made its way onto People magazine’s holiday gift guide and into homes of celebrities including Batali, who apparently now buys the cakes for celebrations with his family.

The golden palm-sized mini-cakes may be their ticket to stardom, but they actually had the humblest of beginnings. It was Poeschl’s birthday, and, according to Lanuza, finances were too tight to buy him a gift, so he offered to bake him something. Poeschl asked for “a Caribbean rum cake, but not a rum cake,” he said.

The resulting cake has been the pair’s ticket to success. That success is due in no small part to a previous visit to “The Chew” — not as guests, but as audience members, with free tickets. Wanting to take full advantage of the opportunity, the two decided to bake up some honey cakes for the hosts, as well as the crew.

Beth’emian Rhapsody

Water Lili brings bohemian style to Bethany boardwalk

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lili Oller is all smiles about her new store, Water Lili, on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lili Oller is all smiles about her new store, Water Lili, on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.It just kind of worked out.

The space for her store of 10 years in Rehoboth Beach was being renovated. There was a divorce that was winding down. And an oceanfront spot right on the Bethany Beach boardwalk had just opened up.

Factor in that her partner — a Bethany legend who goes by the handle “Bodji” — knew the landlord, and that she padded by the spot on her stand-up paddleboard (SUP) every morning anyway, and Lili Oller didn’t have to think twice about opening up her new store, Water Lili, as everything else seemed to fall into place.

“This is the rebirth. This is the new beginning,” said Oller, who had previously owned Tiger Lili in Rehoboth. “I was like, ‘Alright, I’m just gonna dive into this, because I so believe in this.’ This is not work. This is my life.”

An avid SUP-er and ocean advocate, with a worldly travel résumé and off-the-wall passion for fashion, Oller opened up shop last week, aiming to introduce Bethany Beach to her signature — yet always changing — bohemian beach style.

An array of versatile clothing options, ranging from beachwear to casual and evening wear, as well as jewelry, eyewear, handbags, footwear, accessories and vintage T-shirts, flannels and even a few garments without universal classifications, are just a slice of the lifestyle that can be typically found at the newest hotspot on the boards. And, according to some of the locals turned already-loyal Water Lili customers, it’s exactly what the area has been waiting for.

Doyle’s celebrates 65 years of history in the community

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.The number embossed on the door of Doyle’s restaurant in Selbyville reads “5092.” It is a number that tells the very beginning of a story that now spans 65 years and is firmly planted in the area’s history — a history that includes agriculture, as well as tourism.

Originally called Woody’s Diner, after owner Woody Sturgis, the restaurant has been verified to be the oldest “Silk City Diner” still operating in Delaware — which is part of the story told by that 5092 on the door. It signifies, according to Brandon Doyle, that the diner was built in 1950 and it was the 92nd “dining car” — which is what the Silk City Diners actually were — built by the Paterson Vehicle Co. that year.

Doyle, whose family has operated the restaurant since 1983, takes pride in the fact that the diner appears today just about the same as it did in 1951, when Woody’s Diner opened. Coverings on stools and booths have been replaced over the years, and somewhere along the way the original blue coverings were replaced with red ones. But otherwise, the diner is very much unchanged — thanks in part to the Doyle’s efforts to find authentic replacement parts when they are needed.

‘Accepting the challenge’

Schreiber breaks the mold with Custom Fit 360 in Millville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Erik Schreiber works the bag at the new Custom Fit 360 facility in Millville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Erik Schreiber works the bag at the new Custom Fit 360 facility in Millville.Accept the challenge.

That’s what Erik Schreiber told himself he had to do when, after making a career out of fitness, he finally decided to open his own gym last month. And at Custom Fit 360 in Millville, that’s what he asks his clients to do, too.

What he doesn’t ask those clients to do, however, is work out the way that he works out, or the way that anyone else works out, for that matter, because, as the name suggests, Custom Fit 360 is all about one thing: customizing the fitness experience for each individual client.

“Everybody has different things that they need to work on,” Schreiber explained. “You’re not gonna get P90X in here. You’re not gonna get Jillian Michaels — because that’s not customized; everybody does the same thing. You’re gonna get your own workout based on what your goals are, and we’re gonna accomplish those goals by working together.”

Individualizing everything from the exercises to the way he puts his clients through them, and even down the music selection, Schreiber is able to put the focus on specific, and typically very different, needs.

One of those clients has been local restauranteur Steve Hagen of the Off the Hook Restaurant Group, who has lost more than 30 pounds since signing up with Schreiber around three months ago.

Town again voices opposition to proposed Mews at Bethany

The Bethany Beach Town Council has formally made known its opposition to a development of six four-unit multi-family structures proposed to be built off Garfield Parkway on property that contains forested wetlands — 1.9 acres of which would be filled in by owners Stanley and Delores Walcek if permits from federal, state and local officials were granted.

New owner adds Bishop name to funeral home celebrating 120 years

Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home rang in the new year early, with a rebranding ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, to commemorate its new name. Family and friends joined new owner W. Bryan Bishop Jr., along with Selbyville Mayor Clifton C. Murray, and State Rep. Ron Gray in celebrating the rebranding.

Southern Delaware real estate continues modest growth

For the fifth consecutive year, data compiled and released by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) earlier this month indicates a period of modest growth in the region’s real estate markets.

Again led by the coastal market, the numbers indicate nearly $1.52 billion in southern Delaware real estate changed hands in 2015, which is a 1 percent increase over the previous year.

Long &?Foster’s Coastal Region names top producers for November 2015

The Coastal Region of Long & Foster, which includes the New Jersey shore, the beaches of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, recently congratulated its top producing agents and teams for the month of November 2015.

Sole Sister: Isom continues wellness crusade at Mind, Body & Sole

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kristina Isom stands outside Mind, Body & Sole Wellness Center in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kristina Isom stands outside Mind, Body & Sole Wellness Center in Bethany Beach.Since Kristina Isom took over the Mind, Body & Sole Wellness Center in Bethany Beach, it’s seen its fair share of expansion. The facility has gone from what was simply a place for detoxification to expanding into saunas and massage therapy, and then again into facials, manicures and pedicure services.

But even after the newest addition this past October, taking over the adjacent studio for yoga, Zumba and Pilates classes, Isom still isn’t finished with what she envisions Mind, Body, & Sole becoming in the future, as she continues on her campaign for wellness in an area where she sees a growing demand for it.

“This is a growing area for wellness. There’s a need for it,” Isom said of the continued additions. “There’s a need for a place for people to come and feel comfortable taking care of themselves.” The yoga studio “was a great addition to what we already offer now.”

Petco gets approval for store in Millville Town Center

A nationally-known pet store is close to getting its final approvals to come to Millville.

The Millville Town Council has approved a preliminary site plan and final site plan for Petco, a retailer of pet supplies and services, with more than 1,500 stores across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Burnzy’s Bar & Grill opens up near Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Buffalo wings, brisket, cheesesteaks and sports headline at Burnzy’s Bar & Grill near Bethany Beach — the newest venture from owner and local restauranteur Matt Burns.

Taking over the space previously occupied by Turquoise in the Market Place at Sea Colony Burns and his team have completely renovated the space to turn it into what they’re hoping will become a staple of the area and hotspot for sports fans in Bethany Beach.

And with a completely revamped bar and dining area, bartenders and waitresses clad in a referee uniforms, and the walls lined with sports memorabilia, with an array of local teams represented, the atmosphere reflects that of the menu for locals and tourists alike.

“Everybody’s so excited for us to be here. They love the atmosphere,” Burns said of the renovations. “There was so much to do before we could even think about the theme, so it kind of happened as we were building it. I tried to do a classic sports theme throughout.”

Marshall calls for raising minimum wage to $15 per hour

State Sen. Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington West), has introduced an amendment to his minimum wage bill that calls on Delaware to increase its lowest wage to $15.05 per hour by the year 2023.

SoDel Concepts honored with 2015 Superstars in Business Award

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 10 honored SoDel Concepts, a Rehoboth Beach-based hospitality company, at the 2015 Superstars in Business Award luncheon, held at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.

Doctor Fox joins Bethany Dental

Dr. Christine Fox recently brought her 20-plus years of experience as a general dentist to Bethany Dental Associates.

Fox previously owned her own practice in New Jersey before moving to Delaware to be closer to her aging parents. She said patient comfort is of the utmost importance for her, and her patients experience, gentle, caring treatment.