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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.

Lord Baltimore Lions Club contributes to Special Olympics

At their Nov. 20 meeting, the Lord Baltimore Lions Club was visited by representatives of Special Olympics Delaware. Winnie and Barbara Spence, members of the Wilmington Manor Lions Cub and longtime advocates for Special Olympics, spoke to the club members about the program. After their presentation, Lord Baltimore Lions Club President Jack Bauer presented the Spences with a $1,000 donation to Special Olympics Delaware, a contribution the club has made annually.

La Sierra serves up authentic Mexican cuisine in Selbyville

As a result of exposure to popular Tex-Mex and Mexican-style fast-food chains, many Americans may have a skewed perception of what authentic Mexican cuisine actually entails. But Oscar Benavides and DiAna Barrientos — husband and wife business partners and natives of Mexico — have brought a taste of true Mexican culture to Selbyville with their restaurant, La Sierra.

Leslie Kopp Group earns national real estate award

Leslie Kopp said the best part of her job is helping people find their dream vacation home. People from all over seek the perfect escape at the Delaware beaches.

“It’s rewarding,” Kopp said. “It’s fun.”

Her real estate team’s enthusiasm and prime location have helped the Leslie Kopp Group earn a spot in the Real Trends Top Thousand lists for at least three consecutive years.

Oursler wins gold in 2013 Stevie Awards for women in business

Marnie Oursler, founder and president of Marnie Homes, has been awarded with a Gold Stevie Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Chamber, QRCF to welcome New Year with full slate

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2014: the 3rd Annual Hair of the Dog Run and the 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.

Sabor spices things up in Bethany Beach

Great food, drinks and atmosphere are three elements many restaurateurs strive for, though they can be tricky to achieve. But for husband and wife duo Jim and Lynn Rickards, this isn’t their first rodeo.

Gichner returns to Delaware to practice law

Coastal Point • Submitted: Attorneys Daniel C. Herr and Stephen P. Norman, of The Norman Law Firm, stand with new attorney Benjamin T. Gichner, who joined the firm earlier   this year. Coastal Point • Submitted: Attorneys Daniel C. Herr and Stephen P. Norman, of The Norman Law Firm, stand with new attorney Benjamin T. Gichner, who joined the firm earlier this year. The Norman Law Firm has recently added a new attorney to its staff. Local resident Benjamin Gichner joined the firm this past April after having graduated from the Pennsylvania State’s Dickinson School of Law.

“We’re excited to have Ben here,” said attorney Stephen Norman of the Norman Law Firm. “He worked with us a couple years ago in the summer, and I thought, if I ever had the opportunity to bring him in, that I’d jump at it. When he approached me, I pretty much offered him a position immediately, because I had been so impressed with him, both personally and professionally.”

Gichner received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He grew up in Ocean View and graduated in 2006 from Indian River High School, having previously attended Selbyville Middle School and Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Gichner said he’s happy to have returned to his home to practice law.

Tidepool Toys & Games to celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 9

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Tidepool Toys & Games, located on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, will join more than 600 independent toy stores across the country in celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day. Kids of all ages can come out to enjoy games, prizes, balloon twisting, a magic show and even a reptile show.

ResortQuest Real Estate names top producers for September

ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the September 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County locations.

Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office won top honors for both top listings and sales for the month.

ResortQuest Realtors honored with Five Star awards

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that six of its agents were recipients of Five Star Professional and Delaware Today’s Five Star awards. The annual Five Star awards go to real estate agents rated highest in overall satisfaction by clients, peers and industry experts.

Agent from Bethany Travel attends Disney conference

Cindy McCabe from Bethany Travel was among nearly 500 travel agency owners, managers and agents who recently gathered at the Walt Disney World Resort for the 2013 Disney’s Ear Marked Conference — a program especially designed for agencies with the “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” designation.

Local homebuilder named finalist for women in business

Marnie Oursler, founder and president of Marnie Homes, was recently named a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run, worldwide.

Ropewalk ties seafood with tavern experience in Fenwick

After netting close to two decades of success in Baltimore, the owners of Ropewalk Tavern have made a comfortable addition, introducing their culinary know-how and warm environment to Fenwick Island with the Ropewalk Oyster House. Taking over the location where Captain Pete’s once stood in early June this year, Ropewalk aims to bring a welcoming aura paired with an adaptive menu, thanks to general manager Molly Thomas and corporate executive chef, Frank Campanella.

Home-based businesses hold ribbon-cutting at Chamber

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed four new home-based businesses with a ribbon-cutting on the deck of the Chamber’s office near Fenwick Island. Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC, Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors Inc., Lise O’Connell of SendOutCards and Ronald Lewis of Sustaining Support LLC joined together to announce and celebrate their ventures into the Quiet Resorts business community.

Simmer Time takes the pot, with fondue and more

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere to enjoy dunking their favorite foods or snacking on others.

“Do you like cheese, meat and chocolate? How can you go wrong?” said Mike Gable, executive chef.

Beach Uniques offers one-of-a-kind recycled goods

The town of Dagsboro holds a lot of history, which is also true of one of the town’s newest shops, Beach Uniques.

K-10 adds dog grooming to services

K-10 Dog Training has added professional dog grooming to its dog services.

“K-10 Grooming is passionate about making your pet look great!” said owner Nancy LaFontaine. “We are offering free pick-up and delivery, seven-day service, including Sundays and evenings. K-10 Grooming guarantees 100 percent satisfaction.”

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