Dollars & Sense

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.”

Mermaid Cove expands from carryout classics to casual pub fare

For several years, locals have headed to Mermaid Cove for carryout lunches. And now, Tina Littleton, owner of the restaurant in Williamsville, has expanded. With a sit-down pub added to the carryout spot, the restaurant can now seat more than 60 people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Café on 26 offers special space, special food in chef’s dining room

Café on 26 offers a cozy spot for lunch or Sunday brunch, and they now offer dinner seven nights a week. In addition, they’ve recently begun actively showcasing their upstairs as the “chef’s dining room.” Up to 12 people can sit in the upstairs room, which is just off of a humidity-controlled all-wood wine room, for private parties celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions.

Johnson Family Restaurant offers ‘family-friendly’ food

Mary Johnson has just opened her first restaurant, but she’s no stranger to cooking for a crowd. Between raising 12 children and hosting bi-weekly church dinners, the Johnson Family Restaurant’s founder has been cooking up a storm for years.

Windsor teak offers furniture for outdoor living

When looking for outdoor furniture, buyers are often seeking something made well, something that will last and something that will look good. Teak — a hard, closely grained wood that is high in natural oils — is a seemingly perfect choice.

Fox's Pizza grows with new location, expanded menu

It was only in August of 2010 that Fox’s Pizza Den opened up as a take-out pizza shop in Millville and only last summer that they expanded that shop into a restaurant and bar, but they have more growth on the horizon, with Fox’s Pizza Restaurant & Bar opening in the Harris Teeter shopping center off of Route 54 in Fenwick Island. And if they had a slogan to go with the growth, it might be this: “It’s more than just pizza!”

Paco’s Paradise heads into fourth decade in business

Paco’s Paradise in the Village of Fenwick is celebrating its 40th year in business this year. Owner John Hastings explained that he had gone to Oaxaca, Mexico, on a whim with a fraternity brother and brought some hand-embroidered shirts home. After giving them to his brother, “people wanted to buy them off his back,” and, as they say, the rest is history.

Creative Concepts celebrating 40 years at the Delaware shore

To some, 1973 might not seem like it was 40 years ago. To Wayne Lednum, who owns Creative Concepts with his wife, Bobbi, the old adage “Time flies when you’re having fun” has never been more true.

Law Office of Susan Weidman expanding into Rehoboth

The Law Office of Susan Weidman has opened up a third location, in Rehoboth Beach. They opened in mid-March in the State Farm Insurance building, in the same plaza as Nage and Outlet Liquors.

‘Crazy Grannies’ open pet shop in Millsboro

Realizing that the Route 24 area needed a local pet shop, Joan Hall and Ginny Harding last month opened Crazy Grannies’ Pet Supplies.

SCORE mentors offer entrepreneurs a lending hand and expert advice — at no cost

Delaware Beach Life publisher Terry Plowman said he has come to appreciate the value of a lending hand. In the midst of the recession, when so many Sussex County businesses were dealing with the worst economic times they had experienced, Plowman realized he needed an advisor to keep him on track.

Realtor of the Year candidates sought by SCAOR

The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) is seeking nominations for the organization’s annual Realtor of the Year award. The award, which recognizes a Sussex County Realtor who has exemplified superior customer service and overall excellence during the course of the last five years, is given each year by the county’s only real estate trade organization.

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