Dollars & Sense

Sophia’s offers fine jewelry and more

People passing through Fenwick Island may have noticed more shimmer and sparkle since Sophia’s Fine Jewelry opened its doors Dec. 4, 2014, offering one-of-a-kind jewelry, service, and most importantly, a chance to make precious memories.

Planet Maze kicks off a year-long 20th anniversary celebration

Planet Maze in Ocean City, Md., this week announced the kick off to a year-long celebration commemorating its 20th anniversary, featuring contests, specials and a birthday party.

SoDel Concepts’ Ruley to cook at James Beard House in NYC

Doug Ruley, corporate chef for Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, has been invited to cook at the James Beard House on Friday, March 15.

Record night for Winter Founderland event

A record number of women joined the Fund for Women as new founders at the annual Fund for Women Sussex County fundraiser, “Winter Founderland.” Women shopped, had cocktails and appetizers, and participated in the event for the cause of supporting women and girls in Delaware.

Fun Fit Vibe makes some good vibrations in Millville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Greg Mervine believes that being proactive with his health is the least expensive form of health care. That’s why he brought his business, Fun Fit Vibe, to the corner of Central Avenue in Millville.

Fun Fit Vibe is not a gym, but pairs clients with coaches to work one-on-one, using the Power Plate.

The Power Plate is a small, round platform that vibrates at 25 to 50 times per second. Like most exercise machines, it has a handle and computer monitor attached.

People can stretch or exercise while the platform vibrates, stimulates muscles and encourages blood flow.

That stimulates muscles “down to a cellular level,” Mervine said. As the muscles expand and contract around the bone, the bone strengthens, and density increases. “It’s not overbearing. It’s low impact, high results.”

The vibration “naturally increases gravity by accelerating the platform you stand … on,” reads the Fun Fit Vibe website.

Although it can be used while people are stationary, Power Plate is even more effective during exercise.

Matt’s Fish Camp beer dinners in full swing

Matt’s Fish Camp in North Bethany on Dec. 17 hosted a four-course beer dinner featuring Oskar Blues Brewery that aimed to prove that beer, like wine, does pair well with food. The restaurant is holding beer dinners in the off-season on the third Wednesday of each month. The next event is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Grab the golden shovel: Bethany eatery breaks ground

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: People of all ages got Bethany Boathouse T-shirts as Brent Poffenberger, center, and Tom Neville broke ground on their new restaurant.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: People of all ages got Bethany Boathouse T-shirts as Brent Poffenberger, center, and Tom Neville broke ground on their new restaurant.Construction has begun on the Bethany Boathouse, the newest restaurant venture from Cottage Café business partners Tom Neville and Brent Poffenberger.

The building will be located just off Route 1, south of Bethany Beach, between Walgreens and CVS, sharing a parking lot with the latter. The casual design is reminiscent of the historical Indian River Life-Saving Station, and the gazebo that is part of the restaurant is being built partly over the existing stormwater retention pond, compensating for the small amount of land available for the structure and offering a waterfront view, despite the lack of waterway and dock space.

“Probably people are wondering where the Boathouse is gonna go! Now you know,” Poffenberger said of the site located across Route 1 from the Cottage Café.

“When anybody sees the first boat pull up to this spot, please take a picture,” joked State Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. at the Dec. 4 ribbon-cutting for the eatery.

Delaware business licenses expire Dec. 31

With 2014 State of Delaware business licenses expiring at the end of December, the Delaware Division of Revenue is reminding businesses that they must renew their Delaware business license by Dec. 31, noting that it is easiest to renew licenses online at www.delaware.gov.

CVS opens its doors at Bayside Marketplace

The Carl M. Freeman Companies this week announced the official opening of CVS/pharmacy at Bayside Marketplace, located at the southwest corner of Route 54 and Americana Parkway, across from Bayside Marketplace. The 13,281-square-foot store opened Oct. 26 and offers pharmacy service, health, beauty and personal-care offerings, general merchandise, food and digital photo services.

Millsboro Chamber installs new board members

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce held its volunteer appreciation dinner and installed its new board memebers on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Pictured from left are: John Thoroughgood, Mary Ann Leager, Crystal Hudson, Bob Cardaneo, Kevin Turner, Kathie Robinette and Kris Adams.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce held its volunteer appreciation dinner and installed its new board memebers on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Pictured from left are: John Thoroughgood, Mary Ann Leager, Crystal Hudson, Bob Cardaneo, Kevin Turner, Kathie Robinette and Kris Adams.The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce this week held its volunteer appreciation dinner and installed its new board members. At the Dec. 2 dinner, Chamber Executive Director Amy Simmons thanked those in attendance for their help and support.

“In some way or another, you have supported the Chamber, you have volunteered for the Chamber and without you all, we could not do what we do.”

Simmons added that the Chamber had had another successful year, with such events as the Millsboro Country Festival, Central Sussex Bridal Show and the Easter Egg Hunt in Cupola Park.

During the evening, awards were also presented to Chamber members and volunteers for their service.

Crystal Hudson was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award, for the number of volunteer hours clocked at events, as well as the quality of the time put in.

“It was hands-down, without a doubt, above and beyond the others,” said outgoing Chamber President Kris Adams, who joined Simmons to present the award to Hudson.

Burkle promoted to SoDel Concepts corporate chef

Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of SoDel Concepts, announced this week the promotion of Ronnie Burkle, a SoDel Concepts employee since 2011, to the position of corporate chef. SoDel Concepts owns and operates eight restaurants along the Delaware coast, as well as Plate Catering and Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, a food and catering truck.

Mind, Body & Sole expands in Bethany Beach

Mind, Body & Sole, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 24, celebrating the expansion of the current spa in Bethany Beach. Members of the business community and patrons joined them for the expansion party and ribbon-cutting.

SeaScape Property Management opens office in Millville

SeaScape Property Management Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 7, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate the opening of its new office location in the Millville Town Center.

Millville Verizon retailer participating in food-drive program

Verizon Wireless retailer recently announced that 300 of its stores will be donating and volunteering at local food banks through its “Stop the Hunger” initiative this holiday, season in a joint effort with its customers. The local participating store is in Millville, at 224 Atlantic Avenue.

Groundbreaking set for Bethany Boathouse restaurant

The Bethany Boathouse, the latest venture for Cottage Café owners Brent Poffenberger and Tom Neville, will hold a public groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., with a reception immediately following at the Cottage Café.