Dollars & Sense

Fager joins ResortQuest’s West Fenwick office

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 opens second location in Fenwick Island

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

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: What would a restaurant called ‘the Salted Rim’ be without a margarita by bartender Jeff Weber?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.

Celebrating 25 years of good shopping, good people and good ACTS

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After opening a permanent ‘yard sale’ 25 years ago, ACTS founders returned to see the thrift shop’s growth, including, from left, Evelyn Eby, Rae Weising and Carlene Jones. Not pictured is Alma ‘Cookie’ Woodhouse.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: After opening a permanent ‘yard sale’ 25 years ago, ACTS founders returned to see the thrift shop’s growth, including, from left, Evelyn Eby, Rae Weising and Carlene Jones. Not pictured is Alma ‘Cookie’ Woodhouse.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].”

Bill to fight human trafficking introduced in Delaware

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.

Forum to share strategies of succesful Sussex businesspeople

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.

Hughes joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty

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 announces March top producers

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.

April named Fair Housing Month in Sussex County

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.

Crabcake Factory sinks its claws into Delaware with new bayside location

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: The ‘Triple Threat’ Bloody Mary features a half pound of jumbo lump crab meat, four strips of bacon, and four cane-skewered shrimp to go along with choice vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix.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.”

Baker rejoins RQR sales team

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Ann K. Baker has returned to the company’s sales team.

ResortQuest Real Estate names top producers for February

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.

Doyle’s keeps it classic with Eastern Shore cookin’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Brandon Doyle, right, grew up in Doyle’s restaurant, and now he’s ready to return to its roots, serving the same home-cooking classics as his father, Mike, left.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Brandon Doyle, right, grew up in Doyle’s restaurant, and now he’s ready to return to its roots, serving the same home-cooking classics as his father, Mike, left.Slide open the door to Doyle’s restaurant and suddenly you’re in a 1950s diner. From bright red seats to the original sky-blue tiling, Doyle’s has remained a classic with authentic Delmarva recipes that have kept people coming back for decades.

Back in the day, Doyle’s was the major landmark on a simple two-lane road. When giving directions, people were to be considered “down the road from Doyle’s,” recalled owner Mike Doyle. “Now we say we’re across from Food Lion.”

“People don’t realize a lot of things. We still make food from scratch,” said son and owner Brandon Doyle.

Above the old sliding door, a metal plate labels the restaurant’s front section as an authentic Silk City Diner car, from Patterson, N.J. This was originally called “Woody’s Diner” after original property owner Woody Sturgis.

‘What’s on tap?’: Beach Liquors crafts new way for customers to enjoy draft beer

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Phill Blush artfully pours a growler of the store's proprietary IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Co. — a new brewery in Milford. Beach Liquors will always have the brew available on tap and it will not be available anywhere else.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Phill Blush artfully pours a growler of the store's proprietary IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Co. — a new brewery in Milford. Beach Liquors will always have the brew available on tap and it will not be available anywhere else.After a long day, there are few things more satisfying than the first sip of a cold craft beer right from the tap — and thanks to Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, now local residents don’t have to rush to happy hour or purchase an expensive kegorator to enjoy their favorite draft brew.

After providing customers in the area with a selection of craft beer for nearly 15 years, a recent Delaware law change has now made it possible for the family-owned shops to add to that selection and sell standard-sized “growlers” of a variety of beers in a retail setting. (Delaware breweries can sell and fill growlers only of their own products.)

“We heard the law was changing and thought, ‘Well, we’re definitely going to do that,’” explained Chris Miller, Bethany store manager and co-owner of the Beach Liquors store in Fenwick. “There is nowhere else in Sussex County,” he said of the growler sales. “We’re the only ones, soon to be the only two. There’s one in Dover, and seven or eight up in the Newcastle/Wilmington area, but that’s it for the state.”

The Bethany store has been selling its custom-designed 64-ounce growlers since early December 2013, but the Beach Liquors south location right on Route 1 in Fenwick Island will be following suit and installing a draft system of its own by St. Patrick’s Day.

State, UD partner to help charge electric vehicles

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival grows in Sussex County

The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, presented by Bank of America, is returning in 2014, with four days of events in more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.

Daughter of Beebe co-founder helps kick off foundation anniversary

Beebe Medical Foundation, the fundraising arm for Beebe Healthcare, kicked off a year of festivities last week in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Board members of the foundation and of Beebe Healthcare joined Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of the foundation, and Jeffrey M.

Lighthouse Yoga & Dance offers movement for all

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, demonstrates a grand jeté in her new studio space in Williamsville.Those looking to connect with the movement of their bodies through yoga or dance may find what they’re seeking at Lighthouse Dance & Yoga in Selbyville.

“I want people to feel comfortable,” said 23-year-old Tikiri Shapiro, owner and instructor of Lighthouse Dance & Yoga. “My vision for this place isn’t just to provide classes, but for it to be a social hub.”

Having graduated from George Mason University last spring with a bachelor’s degree in dance, Shapiro moved to Seattle, Wash., where she danced professionally.

“I was there for a couple of months, performing. My family lives here, so that’s how I heard about this space,” she recalled. “My mother called me up and said, ‘It’s open. You should come start a studio here!’ I’ve always wanted to start a studio. That’s been my main goal, so this was a perfect opportunity.”

Millsboro Automart gets facelift

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Millsboro Automart’s newly rennovated showroom boasts fun automotive memororabilia that can be enjoyed by customers while shopping for a new or used car.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Millsboro Automart’s newly rennovated showroom boasts fun automotive memororabilia that can be enjoyed by customers while shopping for a new or used car.Millsboro Automart has been a part of the Preston Automotive Group family of dealerships since 1987. Now, after months of renovations, their new facility is complete, accommodating more than 120 used vehicles on the lot, as well as five service bays that accept all makes and models of vehicles.

“We really have something special in Millsboro,” said Dave Wilson Sr., owner and president of Preston Automotive Group. “Not only do we have a one-of-a-kind dealership in the nation, but it is also a museum.”

Inside the new facility, the focus is on a fun atmosphere, complete with checkerboard flooring and décor featuring old car memorabilia.

“That was done by the owner,” said Van Salter, director of operations for Preston Automotive group. “We really didn’t have a superintendent on the job. Everything on the inside was his vision.”

Heather’s Home Works earns second national certification in state

For its employees, Heather’s Home Works is more than just cleaning. But they still aim to improve themselves and the company, most recently by earning the House Cleaning Technician certification.

Maravalli named executive director or Bethany-Fenwick Chamber

Representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Kristie Maravalli would take over the position of its executive director.

East Coast Garden Center named ‘Revolutionary’ facility

East Coast Garden Center was recently named one of Today’s Garden Center magazine’s Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers for 2014. The Revolutionary 100 program, which began in 2006, surveys garden center owners and managers and culminates in a listing of the 100 most revolutionary garden centers in the nation. It is open to all independent garden centers, large and small, and is based on leadership and innovation, not on size or revenue.

Holt Furnishings puts new twist on established store

For 15 years, Richard Holt’s Payless Furniture was a staple of the Millsboro area — but now, with a new owner and a new name, Holt Furnishings is offering something more.

Local business collecting books for service members overseas

In the new year, Bethany Beach Books is working to actively support U.S. troops serving abroad.

“We are extremely excited for this new community project,” said Amanda Zirn, media relations coordinator for the store.

Zirn said the store’s staff decided to embrace the project after speaking with a local woman whose son is serving on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.

Mr. Banana’s brings late-night food and fun to Dagsboro

Dagsboro finally has a home for late-night entertainment: Mr. Banana’s Lounge and Bar, a live entertainment venue. Located in Route 113’s Savannah Square Shopping Center, the 10,000-square-foot lounge has room to dance, drink and eat until 1 a.m. daily.

Realtors association inducts 2014 leadership team

Members of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) recently announced their new board of directors for the 2014 calendar year. The incoming directors of the association were named during the organization’s annual banquet on Friday, Dec. 6, held at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.

Toys for Tots seeks donations for holiday season

The United States Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program 65 years ago, after the program had been created a year earlier, by Maj. Bill Hendricks from a reserve center in Los Angeles, Calif. From one local program created to collect toys to be distributed to young needy children, the organization has grown to 760 campaigns this year.

Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes offers ‘Grinch’ showing to benefit Clayton Theater

Bethany Beach Books — a local, independent bookstore — has partnered with the Bethel Tabernacle Church (BTC) in Frankford to bring a showing of Universal Studios, “The Grinch” to the Clayton Theatre, in the hopes of helping to “Save the Clayton.”

ResortQuest names top producers for October 2013

ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the October 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations. Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office won top honors for listing volume in October.

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