Dollars & Sense

Pottery and more

It gets a little damp and cold by the seaside this time of year, so shopkeeper Kimberly Flynn’s outdoor selections (planters, garden ornaments, benches, statuary) probably won’t get their deserved attention until springtime.

Wash and wag

Behind two double doors in the back of Muddy Pawz, there is a dog wash, which is like a car wash for dogs, complete with a scrub brush and a dryer. Customers pay $5 to use the wash for eight minutes and can insert money for more time.

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.



Kool Bean employees kick back in the new section of the restaurant. From left, Alim Hasanov, Daniel Dimitrov, Leigha Schultz and Adela Diaz.

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.

Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY

Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY

One of the 'estates' at Iris Cove.

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.

Dollar deals

Tossing aside retirement, local couple points energy at customer satisfaction

For the residents of coastal Delaware, Dollar Buys makes a lot of sense. One Fenwick Island couple hopes it will make a lot of cents too.

Family starts with buoys and add the rest

Hugh “Hughie” McBride has had a fair amount of ideas over the years. Back in 1989, perhaps wanting to disprove his wife Tina’s remonstration that he never did anything with those ideas — he did something.

Psychotherapist opens for business

After 20 years of practicing as both a psychotherapist and a life coach in Baltimore and Chevy Chase, Md., nationally known psychologist Dr. Michael Hurd, has recently relocated to Bethany Beach to continue his practice. (Hurd still sees his remaining Chevy Chase patients one day each week.)

Open Vault: Local guy puts together his dream store

Brandon Linden has been living at the beach since the first grade, so he knows all about the laid-back lifestyle. He brings that to his new surf and skate shop, The Vault.
What wasn’t laid back about the shop was getting it under way for the grand opening last Saturday, July 16.

New digs

Bill Reid is on his third location for his business in 20 years. And doesn’t bother him at all.
“It’s a thriving business,” he said. “It keeps getting bigger and better.

Cold Treats

When Dick Heidenberger was just 12 years old, he had his first bite of frozen custard and knew it was something special.

One-stop renting

With the forgetful vacationer in mind, Bethany and Resort Rental Service is prepared to rent out pretty much anything from body boards to sheets and towels.

In the bag

Tiffany Nacchia always knew she wanted to be self-employed, but she never imagined she would be where she is today.

Surf shop celebrates 25 years in business

Bethany Surf Shop made its silver anniversary a few weeks back (Memorial Day weekend), and what more auspicious date to celebrate 25 years than Saturday, June 25th.

Clothing store a longstanding treasure

Ken Crooks has a corner all to himself, tucked away on Cedar Neck Road, north of Route 26. Crooks owns Treasure Island Fashions.

Outdoors fun

Store looks to the needs of its customers

Through all the changes in the area, B & R Tackle and Hunting Supplies has been a staple in the York Beach Mall for 29 years.

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