Dollars & Sense
Fenwick Island has gotten a little French with the new Crêpes & Crazes, located on Coastal Highway.
Crêpes are large, thin pancakes that originated in France (also available gluten-free), but which are making the transition to tasty beach food. Like a blank canvas, they can be covered in any kind of topping.
But first, they’re made right before customers’ eyes, on wide, round griddles.
“If you’re not hungry before you walk in, you’re hungry after you walk in, because you can smell it,” said owner Sherry Perzinski.
Strawberry Fields is the top-seller at Crêpes & Crazes, featuring berries, cream cheese, crushed pretzels and drizzles of vanilla sauce. Apple Perfection is a homey treat, with gooey apples caramel and cinnamon, topped with honey and powdered sugar.
Savory crêpes make a meal out of the popular pizza crêpe, teriyaki chicken, Lasagna Supreme, Cheesesteak Lovers and Veggie Volcano. BBQ Chicken has Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, cheese and bacon. Breakfast Bonanza features egg, bacon or sausage, onions, peppers and tomatoes.
People can get almost any filling, from fruit, Nutella or peanut butter to chicken, tuna and ham salads. Spinach salad is coming soon, with walnuts and strawberries.
Get a scoop of ice cream, or milkshakes, malteds, floats and more. Or add piping hot waffle sticks to create a new version of an ice cream sundae.
“We have regular customers, and that’s also a good sign,” said manager Filip Siladjev.
Peninsula Dental Millsboro recently announced that orthodontist Robert Park, DMD, has joined the practice. A graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine and trained in orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University, Park brings orthodontic treatment for children and adults to Millsboro. He offers traditional braces, clear Invisalign orthodontics, retainers and the Damon System.
Let’s be honest — Twinkies and Oreos are already pretty delicious. But when deep-fried, warm and gooey, they’re a guilty pleasure perfect for nights at the beach. Charlie’s Bay Side restaurant has brought that quick-serve decadence to Fenwick Island. With an outdoor counter attached to the restaurant, Charlie’s Fenwick Fries now serves deep-fried treats, made to order.
“My wife, Laura, and I like to get to the boardwalk and walk. Every place had deep-fried Oreos, funnel cake and french fries,” said owner Charlie Getz. “But there’s nothing up here, nowhere you can get it.”
In a world increasingly obsessed with health food, Getz said there’s still room for sweets.
“Everybody’s doing healthy, and there’s no calorie-counting on vacation. We just wanted to do something different.”
The Village of Fenwick shopping center already has plenty of walking traffic, where the most popular dish is funnel fries (like funnel cake, but smaller, Getz said).
“What people are surprised about — we do a deep-fried Twinkie. It doesn’t taste like Twinkies,” he noted.
Dipped in pancake batter, then cooked in canola oil, the Twinkies are topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.
Churros come with a spicy-sweet raspberry sauce, and Oreos transform into a huge, soft cookie.
Other deep-fried sweets include brownies and candy bars, served each day by business partner Melvin Shifflett.
Surfboard shaping is an art form. No two hand-shaped boards will ever be exactly same. And each board is designed for something different — big surf, small surf, more speed, more maneuverability, a different type of wave. And much like no two boards will ever be shaped the same, no two breaks are the same — and certain breaks require certain board features.
Eric Nygard, local surfer/shaper and owner of Boom Surfboards, knows this and has dedicated his craft to designing boards specifically for surfers looking to take on the often-unforgiving Delaware beach breaks.
“I like shore break,” Nygard said. “It can be by and far the most beautiful wave ever when it’s on, but it also wreaks havoc on surfboards, so I have focused everything I have on making stronger, lighter, more resilient performance boards without passing any extra cost to the consumer.”
After an influx of broken boards in his repair days, Nygard was inspired to start shaping on his own — determined to create a stronger board. At first, however, he started with skimboards.
“I started off with skimboards because I was in school doing research on composites,” he recalled. “I was just always focused on making a stronger board. They were starting to sacrifice strength, and it would break — especially in shore break like we have.”
Kelly Roberts is a certified Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, raw-food chef, Master Gardener, author of two cookbooks and a novel about Tuscan culture, history and cuisine, and a food and fitness blogger — among other things. Needless to say, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to all things holistic.
After spending the last few years traveling around the area for appointments with clients, and being jokingly referred to as “Gypsy Rose” by her husband, Roberts finally opened her own studio to incorporate all of those concepts on April 1, right off Route 1 in Bethany Beach.
“I was traveling constantly,” she explained. “Everybody was so excited when I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna finally open my own place.’ The town’s super excited, so I’m excited.”
“I’ve been looking for a Pilates instructor for some time. I used to have a great one in D.C., and now I found one [here],” said enthusiastic client Sheryl Swed. “I’m so pleased that Kelly, who is an excellent instructor, is here, and she can serve this whole area.”
Captain Mac’s Fish House keeps it fresh, local
Bruce McGuigan has fished local waters, both commercially and recreationally, for almost his entire life. He owned Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle Shop in West Fenwick for 32 years, and the Lone Mullet Seafood Market next door for six years. He operated one of the first scallop boats in Ocean City, Md., has fished in the White Marlin Open and spends about three hours every morning breaking down fish.
To put it simply, Bruce McGuigan knows local seafood.
But when Hurricane Sandy flooded his property along Route 54 nearly two years ago, McGuigan decided to put that knowledge into a relatively new business venture — leading him to open the doors to Captain Mac’s Fish House last month.
“Every time somebody came into the seafood market, we got requests for fresh cooked food — sandwiches, things like that — so we decided to try it,” explained former Lone Mullet-turned-Fish House-employee Rick Eakle. “Hurricane Sandy ended up wiping out the underside of the building — in fact, we had a 3,000-pound walk-in refrigerator out on the side of the building. It was up on Route 54.”
Local surfers return from Indonesia to launch Hunt & Lane Furniture Co.
Local surfers/entrepreneurs Jon Lane and Taber Hunt Bartoshesky originally set off for Indonesia thinking about one thing: waves.
However, after separate stints in one of the most consistent surf spots in the world, they each formed a new appreciation for a foreign culture — specifically, its hand-carved, aged teakwood furniture.
“It’s people that have been doing it for generations — their style of furniture is completely unique,” said Lane. “I have a complete new respect for woodworking after taking that trip. Everything is hand-carved, hand-chiseled out — most of this stuff is reclaimed, so this wood has history to it.”
On their most recent trip, Lane estimated that they shipped back around 100 pieces of furniture. From teakwood bed frames, Java benches, tables and dining sets to hand-carved teak sculptures and hand-chiseled marble chess sets — it was all meticulously selected by Lane and Bartoshesky and selected for a reason.
“We were very careful about the pieces we bought,” Lane said of the process. “We had wood testing meters, tested everything we bought, went to reliable sources through our connections — you can’t really find old teak anymore. It gets harder and harder to find every year, so we definitely paid more of a premium price for the quality stuff, but it’s definitely worth it. It really is one of a kind.”
Bethany Beach Books, a local independent bookstore, announced on June 18 that they will be participating with 24 other local businesses in the Find Waldo Local campaign, sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.
There’s the smell of fresh-pressed ink — pushing art and action to leap off the page. And Bethany Beach’s newest comic book shop always has an open door, inviting customers to a thousand new worlds of adventure.
Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day and is already making waves.
“People are coming in excited. I think people are going to travel from Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City or Salisbury,” said co-owner Tom Chillemi.
“We’ve gotten a good response. We’ve seen crowds of all ages,” said co-owner Chip Sullivan. “Locals have said ‘Finally! Something I’ve been wanting to see for a long time.’
“It’s nice to walk into a comic book store that’s nice and bright and well-organized,” he added. “We’re very up-front with our new products, trades, pop figurines, games. Nobody has the comic book products that we have.”
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Just as “farm to table” restaurants support local farms, restaurateurs-turned-ice-cream-entrepreneurs Robbie Bidell and Matt Merrick are supporting local dairy farms — with a concept they like to call “from cow to beach” at their new Bethany Beach-area ice cream shop, Ba Roos.
Located at the Sea Colony Marketplace, right off Route 1, the shop offers 23 different flavors of farm-made ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery — a fourth-generation dairy farm just outside of Lewes.
“You can’t get much fresher,” said Merrick of the local product. “It’s going out and it’s coming right back. [Hopkins] does such a good job — it’s basically from the cow to the ice cream maker.”
Keeping it local is a trend for Ba Roos. Both Merrick and Bidell grew up locally, and now they’re both raising families in that same local area. They hire local kids from the local high school, sponsor local events and, obviously, sell local products.
It’s hard to ignore the candy-colored shop in Clarksville, although it may be one of Route 26’s smallest shops. Liddy Loves Clothes is bursting with color, from light green walls to a pink heart painted overhead.
And, with an open door and a line of clothes spilling open like flags on the breeze, the front lawn echoes the clothing: “super casual, fun summer stuff,” said owner Linda Siegel.
The fashions are designed to be casual and comfortable, but pretty, with beads, braid and woven designs. All the fabrics flow gently in the breeze, from long beachy dresses to tops, skirts and cover-ups.
The few black clothes only serve to make the other colors shine brighter. That includes Siegel’s.
“I always wear black, but I love color at home,” she said. “I won’t wear it, but I love it! It makes me happy.”
Many of the dresses, shirts and skirts are one-size-fits-all.
Some people might think, “That’s not gonna fit me,” Siegel said.
“Watch the magic,” is her favorite response.
She’ll grab a seemingly small peasant top that stretches to drape over any form. The clothes hang easily either way.
Earlier this year, the World Gym in Millsboro expanded, tripling in size and moving from its 5,000-square-foot space to a location just across the highway, just shy of 15,000 square feet.
“We opened five and a half years ago. We should’ve been an adequate size for this area,” said Pam Trader, with a laugh. Trader owns the gym with her husband, Steve.
The Traders, who live in Salisbury, Md., opened the gym in Millsboro five years ago, after Steve mentioned he thought it was odd that Millsboro didn’t have a gym.
“Steve worked at the power plant. He would get off work, drive home 45 minutes and say, ‘Gosh — why can’t there be a gym in Millsboro?’” said Trader. “We just thought it was the logical place to go.”
After adding onto their 24-7 gym access with fitness classes at a separate location multiple days a week, the Traders realized they had a demand that was greater than what they could house.
Surfer style is emulated and copied widely by those finding their lifestyle aspects ripe for imitation. It’s for such reasons that mainstream surf companies have enjoyed steady success for years — but a change has come.
New companies are starting to pop up, with new visions and wild styles that promise to allow today’s surfer to regain his lost individualism. The unknown and companies unafraid to be bold are king.
Surf shop buyer/merchandiser Caitlyn Parrott has been in the industry long enough to recognize the change, and recently opened up Beau Monde boutique in the Village of Fenwick, designed for those looking for clothing that can’t be found in any old surf shop or the nearest Urban Outfitters.
“All the guys that I worked with that worked at the shop and actually surfed would buy the weirdest stuff that we would get,” Parrott said. “I tried to pick some more unusual brands that they don’t have everywhere around here.”
The shop carries brands for both men and women, including Catch Surf, Rhythm, Wildfox, Lovers & Friends, Kai, Iron & Resin and Duvin Design Co., that most surf shops or vintage clothing stores either don’t carry or of which they don’t carry a wide variety.
“I was raised up at the beach and in surf shops, so I’m drawn to that kind of stuff,” Parrott explained of her eye for unique beach style. “I was looking for something a little more unusual than most shops.”
Coastal Maytag wants to be the best of both worlds: a local Ocean View shop that can answer any question and the seller of a major-name in appliances for over 100 years.
“This business started as the only place to buy Maytag,” Stan Clark said.
That includes washing machines, dryers, microwaves, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, wine storage and more.
Whirlpool acquired the Maytag brand, so Coastal Maytag offers those brands, plus Kitchen Aid and Amana.
“We really try to teach the consumers how to use them, instead of just dropping it off — unlike some box stores,” said owner Karen Clark.
“And we come with it,” said her husband, Stan.
“Our sales staff is very knowledgeable,” added Karen Clark.
Coastal Maytag has everything to keep those appliances running smoothly, from oven cleaner and water filters to in-home repairs.
ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Raymond Fager has joined the firm’s West Fenwick office on Route 54 in the Fenwick Plaza. Licensed in both Delaware and Maryland since 1973, Fager will be specializing in the listing and sales of resort homes, investment properties and commercial projects in Sussex County and Worchester County, Md.
Tidepool Toys & Games, “the neighborhood toy store at the beach,” recently celebrated its grand opening at its new Fenwick Island shop with a ribbon-cutting and a day of activities.
The train restaurant returns: Late-night dining and special events are specialties at the Salted Rim
Many miles from the nearest railroad, two train cars still work long into the night in Ocean View. The Salted Rim restaurant has nine months under its belt as Ocean View’s late-night Tex-Mex spot, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and accented by two restored rail cars.
Opening in July of 2013, the Salted Rim operates under owner Karen Fritz’s belief that “you can do anything on a train car” and that there is a great need for Mexican food on Route 26.
“We saw the train cars. They sat the empty for so long,” she said, but she believed the restaurant could only fully work with a bar. So she found a way to make a “waiting bar” work within Ocean View’s town code. It’s within the main restaurant area, with the two train cars used for additional seating.
The first 1930s train car is still decked out in rich red and gold fabric, gilded trim, shiny ceilings smart white tablecloths and lace trim.
“People love the Victorian feel of this room,” she said, noting that the Royal Zephyr logos are actually the name of the original rail service in which the cars were used, not just leftover from the previous restaurant of the same name.
Previous restaurants made the first-class car available to adults only, but Fritz said all ages are welcome at the Salted Rim.
Almost every single day, people wait in line for the doors to open. But what’s behind those doors isn’t a nightclub or movie premiere. It’s Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS), located on Route 26 in Clarksville.
ACTS’s incredibly low prices and charitable mission have served the community for 25 years. People can find racks of clothing, furniture, yard tools, lamps, office supplies and furniture, dishes, art, jewelry, books and more inside.
ACTS accepts donations year-round, with some of the more unique offerings they’ve received including boats, a dozen dining sets at one time, bicycles, kooky kitchen utensils, designer purses and boxed Christmas trees.
“It’s amazing. It does so much good, what they buy and what they donate,” said founder Carlene Jones. “One time, we received a flyswatter, and we were tickled to death, because nobody had thought [to get one].”
New legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking has been introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill, introduced last week, is designed to enhance criminal penalties for those who engage in human trafficking and provide greater protections for victims of human trafficking.
SCORE, WSFS Bank and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce are joining together to sponsor a forum at which successful Sussex County entrepreneurs will share their strategies on how to grow successful businesses in Sussex County.
The agents, management and staff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty recently welcomed sales agent Catherine Hughes to its Bethany Beach office. Hughes, who obtained her real estate license in 2011, works in partnership with sales agent Beth Evans.
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the March 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.
Shannon Smith-Pantall of the West Fenwick office won top honors for listings for the month.
Members of the Sussex County Council joined with representatives from the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) recently to formally observe and acknowledge the anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
Every year, the surrounding beach resort communities of Sussex County see more than their fair share of restaurants come and go. While not every establishment has the same reasons for eventually closing its doors, the good ones tend to stick around — and the really good ones tend to continue to open up new locations.
The Crabcake Factory USA has seen that kind of growth, most recently opening up its third location — its first location in Delaware — right off Route 54 west of Fenwick Island, on the bayside, next to Captain Mac’s.
The location offers striking bay views. After completely renovating the property, and with more than 18 years of popularity just down the road in Ocean City, Md., the Crabcake Factory management team has no doubts that their newest location is right where they’re supposed to be.
“We’ve got a good local following up here,” said Crabcake Factory Bayside General Manager (and former general manager of the original Crabcake Factory on 120th Street in Ocean City) Eric Morris. “We wanted to grow into Fenwick. A lot of our existing 120th street client base lives up here. We just felt like it was a real need in this corridor to have a nice quality, casual atmosphere.”
ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Ann K. Baker has returned to the company’s sales team.
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the February 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.
Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office was honored for top listings for the month.
The rest of February’s top listings winners were: Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office; Karla Morgan of the West Fenwick office and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office.