Dollars & Sense

BREAKING NEWS: Hocker's acquire former Harris Teeter property

Mystery solved!

Speculation has run rampant over what would happen with the Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond since that company announced they were closing their doors there in February 2015.

Beebe announces Nursing Excellence Award recipients

Beebe Healthcare recently congratulated its Nursing Excellence Award recipients and recognized May 6-12 as National Nurses Week.

“Beebe Healthcare is proud to celebrate the role our nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality and patient experience for patients,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, president and CEO, Beebe Healthcare.

Hundley comes home to Millsboro to clean up town

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Tyler Hundley poses with his new powerwashing setup in front of DQ in Millsboro. Hundley is the president of Looks New Powerwashing.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Tyler Hundley poses with his new powerwashing setup in front of DQ in Millsboro. Hundley is the president of Looks New Powerwashing.It might seem like a long way from pursuing a music career in Nashville, but Tyler Hundley hopes his Millsboro power-washing business will be music to his customers’ ears.

Hundley, 26, is the president of Looks New Powerwashing and the proud owner of a new rig for the business, which he says is state-of-the-art and “the Ferrari of power-washers.”

A 2008 graduate of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Hundley headed to Nashville, a young man with a dream of making it in the music business. While that didn’t pan out the way he had planned, a friendship with a fellow musician led to a business relationship with that same friend, in power-washing. He spent about four years learning the trade alongside his friend, soaking up the tricks of the trade and realizing that it was something he enjoyed — and that he was good at it.

Kelly cuts ribbon on law office in Bethany Beach

Meghan Kelly has joined the Law Office of McDonnell & Associates P.A. and recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Located in the Bennett Realty building, she will focus her practice on real estate settlements, as managing attorney for the Delaware office.

Atlantic Shoals brings the boards to the boards in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop owner Fletcher Birch, right-center, stands out front of the shop’s Bethany Beach location with Fenwick manager Erin Rickards, left-center, manager Jon Harrell, right, and Will Ashmore, left.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop owner Fletcher Birch, right-center, stands out front of the shop’s Bethany Beach location with Fenwick manager Erin Rickards, left-center, manager Jon Harrell, right, and Will Ashmore, left.The story of Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop is much like that of its owner, Fletcher Birch.

Like Birch, the shop was born on Chincoteague Island, Va., soon after that making the trek north to the Ocean City, Md., and Delaware beach area, on the search for contests and sustainable surf culture.

After a storied competitive career, that search settled down in 2010, when Birch launched Atlantic Shoals in Fenwick Island with business partner Mark Keisewetter, just one year after the doors to the Chincoteague shop opened in 2009.

Now, in 2016, he’s bringing his signature blend of style, surf community and friendly service north once again — this time setting up shop in Bethany Beach.

“The vibe’s gonna be the same. I’m still gonna be doing all the A-to-Z stuff so, it’s really gonna have the same feel,” Birch said. “We’re just looking to bring that shop and that vibe to a new town.”

Grow Your Business Day planned at the Ocean View post office

Small-to-medium sized businesses face a challenge: how to generate more revenue while still keeping costs as low as possible.

Dayna Feher Team named top 2015 team for ResortQuest

The Dayna Feher Real Estate Team of ResortQuest Real Estate recently received recognition as the company’s overall Top Producing Team for 2015 and was ranked No. 1 in sales for the year, with more than $20 million in sales.

Holoka joins Long & Foster’s Bethany office

Long & Foster Real Estate recently welcomed Mike Holoka as a sales associate in its Bethany office at 33298 S. Coastal Highway.

Builder Mears honored with Red Diamond Achiever Award

Bruce Mears Designer Builder was selected as the “People’s Choice” winner in Integrity’s 2015 Red Diamond Achiever (RDA) Program, which awards architects, builders and remodelers for cutting-edge design and sustainability through the use of Integrity Windows & Doors.

Delmarva Power customers begin receiving credits

Delmarva Power electric and gas customers this month and into May will see a $122.64 and $49.95 credit, respectively, on their monthly bill, the first of the benefits they will receive as part of the merger completed last month between Exelon and Pepco Holdings Inc., the parent company of Delmarva Power.

Realtors say first-quarter data shows growth

Buoyed by a stronger-than-forecasted first quarter, the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) announced this week a revised outlook for 2016 that would continue what they described as a years-long period of modest and steady growth in southern Delaware’s real estate markets.

Brooklyn Baking Barons bring booming business to Berlin

New Ocean View residents set to appear on ‘The Chew’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Chris Poeschl, left, and Tony Lanuza, right, of the Brooklyn Baking Barons, take a break in their Berlin, Md., bakery. The two will appear on the ABC television show ‘The Chew’ on Friday, April 15. They are planning to appear on the morning of their national  TV debut on Ocean City’s 98.1 radio station.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Chris Poeschl, left, and Tony Lanuza, right, of the Brooklyn Baking Barons, take a break in their Berlin, Md., bakery. The two will appear on the ABC television show ‘The Chew’ on Friday, April 15. They are planning to appear on the morning of their national TV debut on Ocean City’s 98.1 radio station.Not long ago, Tony Lanuza and Chris Poeschl of Ocean View were living the stereotypical “struggling artist” life in New York City. But on April 15, the two men — partners in life, as well as entrepreneurship — will appear beside world-renowned chef Mario Batali on the ABC TV show “The Chew.”

Their baked goods company, “The Brooklyn Baking Barons,” produces a Honey Whiskey Cake that has made its way onto People magazine’s holiday gift guide and into homes of celebrities including Batali, who apparently now buys the cakes for celebrations with his family.

The golden palm-sized mini-cakes may be their ticket to stardom, but they actually had the humblest of beginnings. It was Poeschl’s birthday, and, according to Lanuza, finances were too tight to buy him a gift, so he offered to bake him something. Poeschl asked for “a Caribbean rum cake, but not a rum cake,” he said.

The resulting cake has been the pair’s ticket to success. That success is due in no small part to a previous visit to “The Chew” — not as guests, but as audience members, with free tickets. Wanting to take full advantage of the opportunity, the two decided to bake up some honey cakes for the hosts, as well as the crew.

Beth’emian Rhapsody

Water Lili brings bohemian style to Bethany boardwalk

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lili Oller is all smiles about her new store, Water Lili, on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lili Oller is all smiles about her new store, Water Lili, on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.It just kind of worked out.

The space for her store of 10 years in Rehoboth Beach was being renovated. There was a divorce that was winding down. And an oceanfront spot right on the Bethany Beach boardwalk had just opened up.

Factor in that her partner — a Bethany legend who goes by the handle “Bodji” — knew the landlord, and that she padded by the spot on her stand-up paddleboard (SUP) every morning anyway, and Lili Oller didn’t have to think twice about opening up her new store, Water Lili, as everything else seemed to fall into place.

“This is the rebirth. This is the new beginning,” said Oller, who had previously owned Tiger Lili in Rehoboth. “I was like, ‘Alright, I’m just gonna dive into this, because I so believe in this.’ This is not work. This is my life.”

An avid SUP-er and ocean advocate, with a worldly travel résumé and off-the-wall passion for fashion, Oller opened up shop last week, aiming to introduce Bethany Beach to her signature — yet always changing — bohemian beach style.

An array of versatile clothing options, ranging from beachwear to casual and evening wear, as well as jewelry, eyewear, handbags, footwear, accessories and vintage T-shirts, flannels and even a few garments without universal classifications, are just a slice of the lifestyle that can be typically found at the newest hotspot on the boards. And, according to some of the locals turned already-loyal Water Lili customers, it’s exactly what the area has been waiting for.

Doyle’s celebrates 65 years of history in the community

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.The number embossed on the door of Doyle’s restaurant in Selbyville reads “5092.” It is a number that tells the very beginning of a story that now spans 65 years and is firmly planted in the area’s history — a history that includes agriculture, as well as tourism.

Originally called Woody’s Diner, after owner Woody Sturgis, the restaurant has been verified to be the oldest “Silk City Diner” still operating in Delaware — which is part of the story told by that 5092 on the door. It signifies, according to Brandon Doyle, that the diner was built in 1950 and it was the 92nd “dining car” — which is what the Silk City Diners actually were — built by the Paterson Vehicle Co. that year.

Doyle, whose family has operated the restaurant since 1983, takes pride in the fact that the diner appears today just about the same as it did in 1951, when Woody’s Diner opened. Coverings on stools and booths have been replaced over the years, and somewhere along the way the original blue coverings were replaced with red ones. But otherwise, the diner is very much unchanged — thanks in part to the Doyle’s efforts to find authentic replacement parts when they are needed.