Dollars & Sense

Emergency response

“You’ll Never Be Home Alone.” So states Swann Keys resident Ron Finelli’s business card, and he takes it to heart. He started up his Advanced Alert business about a year ago, providing G&E CareGard systems for seniors, recuperating post-op patients or anyone interested in comprehensive security.

Kool Bean expands

Kool Bean Café owner Nancy Crass and staffers have been through a lot in the past year.
Major renovations surrounding the Ocean View eatery/coffee bar forced Crass to close for days at a time. There were problems with the utilities. And there was wrangling with the town of Ocean View over signage and seating.

A practical approach

Millville resident Joyce Wickham knew it wouldn’t be easy to restart her psychotherapy practice in a new state, but she’s not sweating it.

Whirling Away

Here’s a unique gift idea — zip yourself and your sweetheart, at about 100 mph, to dinner at a nice restaurant along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, or down on Tangier Island (Va.). And do it without breaking any speed limits — or even fighting traffic, for that matter.

Blossoming business

The weather outside is frightful, but inside Blossoms, business is blooming.
The new flower shop in Bethany Beach has been open just a few days , but not even a looming snowstorm could keep people away as an industrious pair of relatives threw open their doors for the first time Monday.

Beach books galore

“As far as the employees, we’re all readers,” Bethany Beach Books’ Lee Grace noted. “That’s the one thing that draws us to the occupation.”
Grace has helped the owner, Nancy Oppenheim, manage things around the shop for six years now, but she still remembers her first days on the job.

New boutique revitalizes style

“Hmm. I could swear I’ve seen that style before…”
At the new Déjà Vu consignment boutique in Ocean View, that’s highly likely, although it might not be so much a question of where, but when.

Professor markets coastal classics

Alex Isherwood has probably instructed a few high-pressure salespeople in his day, but there isn’t so much as a hint of the hard sell around his new venture in Ocean View.

Treasures abound

Her name isn’t really Scarlett. According to Judy Brand, friends affixed the label while they were trying to come up with a name for her new cottage/shabby décor shop in Clarksville, Scarlett’s Treasures.

Family makes landscaping fun

Bill and Catherine Winkler have turned the family business into a sprawling playground for their son, not quite 4-year-old Will, and his rambunctious young companions. And according to his mother, 6-month-old Fritz is already acquiring a certain predilection for the outdoor life, himself. “Whenever he starts crying, I just take him outside and he seems to settle right down,” she pointed out.

Uncommon art

iLand ArT gaLLerY, oceanside in Fenwick Island (between Maryland and Delaware avenues), is more than 3,000 nautical miles from the polished hardwood floors and crisp surfaces of the classic gallery.

Estate Planning

Local builder Dave Elechko has a sizable chunk of land near Clarksville — 15 acres or so. However, unlike many residential projects around Sussex County, Elechko’s Iris Cove will comprise two or three homes (one being his own, existing home), with possibly an additional one or two down the road.

Townhouse project coming to Dagsboro

Builder/developer Mike Lynn (RDM) offered some details about the planned Chapel Crossing community, working its way toward final site plan approval in Dagsboro. Lynn anticipated they’d be cleared for site preparation by fall of this year, with some of the homes ready for delivery by as early as spring 2006.

Closing up

Murray’s Bait & Tackle has outfitted anglers and supplied local seafood (and fresh produce) lovers for more than 50 years, but proprietress Theresa “Tess” Murray has finally decided to retire.

Homebuilders land in Dagsboro

Centex Homes, one of the largest homebuilding companies in the United States, has established a new point of contact on the eastern shore — in downtown Dagsboro.