Business


Shipwrecked owners and staff celebrate the Grand Opening with family, friends, and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shipwrecked Ice-cream opens in Ocean View

On Friday, June 28, Shipwrecked Ice Cream celebrated its grand opening by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Shipwrecked is a family-owned shop serving 22 flavors of Hopkins Farm Creamery ice cream, made...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:16am

Millville car wash gets conditional-use approval

The Millville Town Council, at its Tuesday, July 9 meeting, approved a conditional-use application for a car wash next to the Dollar General store on Route 26.

The application, submitted by LandTech LLC on behalf of JIIS Management LLC,...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:58pm

Plate & Palette owner Frank Dubinski poses by his new restaurant’s center feature; a private table inside of a bank vault.

Plate & Palette puts patrons in bank and vault

Frank Dubinski was on his way to the beach when he drove past the historic bank in downtown Millsboro — a building that had been a restaurant a time or two, but had closed.

In the restaurant business for many years, and an experienced...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:59pm

These bath bombs are just the tip of the iceberg at Tatum-Poole Décor & More, which also sells home furnishings, glassware, soy candles and countless gift ideas.

Selbyville décor shop sells unique items, with town spirit

Selbyville’s newest shop doesn’t just want to be a cool destination, although it sells unique items. From their spot on Church Street, Tatum-Poole Décor & More wants to actively participate in a downtown revitalization.

“Our long-term...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:55am

Bill would increase minimum wage for tipped workers in Delaware

Hourly rate has not changed since 1983

Waitstaff and workers who rely on tips and gratuities could see their first hourly wage increase in more than 35 years under legislation unveiled on June 27.

Sponsored by state Rep. Kim Williams, House Bill 252 would replace the current...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:15pm

Local blueberry farm growing in new hands, with roots in family

The Kingsley Farm has changed hands this season, but is still operating under the same name, with bushes of ripe blueberries and plans for upcoming seasons.

The Collins family bought the farm from the previous owner, Meghan Morgan. Morgan...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:08am

Downtown staples such as Antique Alley continue to dot Main Street, while Millsboro grows faster than any other town in Delaware.

Embracing smart growth

Millsboro looks to retain small-town quaintness amidst growth

Downtown Millsboro is the kind of place where you can stop by the local barbershop and share a laugh with the owner while he’s snipping and trimming.

That’s what Starting Line Up owner Brian Reeves was doing one recent afternoon,...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 2:05pm

Dagsboro Business Alliance hosting National Night Out

Organizers plan to build off last year’s success

With such a successful first year in the books, the Dagsboro Business Alliance Inc. (DBA) is hoping to build off their efforts as they get ready to host the 2nd Annual Dagsboro National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

In conjunction...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:54pm

Orthopaedic Associates opening office in Ocean View

Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware recently announced the expansion of its practice with the opening of a new office in Ocean View. Opening Monday, July 15, at 118 Atlantic Avenue, near Lord Baltimore Elementary School, OASD’s doctors...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:27am

East Coast Garden Centers was recently awarded Proven Winners top location in the U.S.

East Coast Garden Center named top Proven Winners location

On Thursday, June 13, East Coast Garden Center staff celebrated its recognition as the 2019 No. 1 Garden Center in the country for staff certified with the Proven Winners plant brand. With 83 Proven Winners-certified employees, East Coast Garden...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:52am

Keller Williams Realty announces Top Producers for May

Keller Williams Realty recently announced the May 2019 Top Producers for its southeast Sussex County locations.

Maryhelen Garst of the West Fenwick office won top honors for highest listing volume for individual agent for the month of May...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:44am

Millville P&Z recommends approval of car wash

A proposed new car wash in Millville got an enthusiastic response from both those in attendance in a crowded meeting room and the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission at a meeting on Thursday, June 13.

The car wash, proposed by Imoh...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:20am

Tidemark Federal Credit Union opens Selbyville location

On Thursday, June 6, Tidemark Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its Selbyville location by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. ‘Tidemark Federal Credit Union focuses on building...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:43am

Located in Dagsboro, Rudy Marine’s newest facility is now open for business.

Rudy Marine opens new boat service and sales facility

Rudy Marine recently brought its award-winning boats and service to Dagsboro. Located on 22 acres on Route 113 in Dagsboro, the new facility has a showroom, service/parts department and eight service bays that can quickly handle boating needs....

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:35am

Located in Dagsboro, Rudy Marine’s newest facility is now open for business.

Rudy Marine opens new boat service and sales facility

Rudy Marine recently brought its award-winning boats and service to Dagsboro. Located on 22 acres on Route 113 in Dagsboro, the new facility has a showroom, service/parts department and eight service bays that can quickly handle boating needs....

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:35am

Bill Pfaff describes programs to help Sussex County businesses, from low-interest loans to free data from local industries.

Focus on Western Sussex as County aims to help business

Small-business owners looking to grow don’t have to feel alone. They can get support from Sussex County Economic Development Office.

From attracting new industries to helping small businesses grow, Bill Pfaff’s office has a mission to...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:27am

Anderson

Anderson named new CEO of Realtors association

The Board of Directors of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) announced this week the hiring of a new chief executive officer (CEO) who will manage the county’s only real estate trade association and oversee services to its more...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:09am

Carly Miller, co-owner of Styled, left, celebrates the business’ merger with Jim Gray of The City Florist, center, and Jess Bain, co-owner of Styled, right.

The City Florist merges with Styled for The Total Package

Styled, a seasonal and special-occasion design décor company operating throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, recently merged with Jim Gray, designer and owner of The City Florist of Salisbury, Md.

“We are absolutely...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:07am

Christina and Mark Wallisch, along with son Blake, are the new owners of a Mosquito Joe insect control franchise.

Fenwick couple takes aim at local mosquitos

When Mark and Christina Wallisch moved to Fenwick Island a year ago, the key to the seasonal business they were looking for was literally in the air around them.

Although they treasured the relaxed lifestyle and proximity to the beach of...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:40pm

The Grove showcases plans for community pool

On Thursday, May 23, The Grove at Fenwick Island hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce at the site of its community pool and fire pit, to be open early this summer. The Grove at Fenwick Island is a development...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:18am

Bethany Beach Beverage Company celebrates first anniversary

On Thursday, May 23, Bethany Beach Beverage Company celebrated its first year in business under new ownership by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Open daily, Bethany Beach Beverage Company offers a...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:51am

Eric Syzmanski started Erica Morgan Designs when she was 15, and now sells her decals all over the Quiet Resorts and even the surrounding states, in more than 30 stores.

Teen entrepreneur makes her mark with Chief Little Owl sticker

While most teenagers are focused on getting their driver’s license, finding the perfect prom date and prepping for the SATs, Erica Szymanski of Annapolis, Md., is hard at work running her own business — one with a local connection.

The 18-...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:28am

Vantage Vacation Rentals opens first Delaware location

On Wednesday, May 15, Vantage Vacation Rentals celebrated the grand opening of its first Delaware location by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. ‘For years we’ve been successful in Ocean City with the...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:04am

Cory Walsh, president of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, left, and Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Chamber, right, present a donation from the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation to representatives of Contractors for a Cause, including, from left, Karen Coleman, Chuck Coleman, Brian Hinds, Garth Troescher and Ted Stevens.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:53am

Celebrating their Regal Awards, the Marnie Custom Homes team includes, from left, guest Juan Carlos Moran, Project Manager Josh Lowe, Project Manager Zach Slatcher, Office Manager and Selections Coordinator Karen Dunn, President Marnie Oursler, Vice President Jon Subity, Marketing Director Celeste Henry and Operations Manager Jeff ‘Stan’ Staniszewski.

Marnie Custom Homes recognized with Regal Awards

Earlier this month, the Home Builders Association of Delaware hosted its 27th Annual Regal Awards ceremony, recognizing excellence and celebrating outstanding achievements in Delaware home building.

Marnie Custom Homes — a woman-owned...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:39am

Verizon presents donation to Alana Rose Foundation

Verizon presents a donation check to the to Alana Rose Foundation. From left, Tajesh Patel (owner), Terry Connors (Verizon employee), Alexa Shoultes (Alana Rose Foundation), Ilaena Santos (Verizon employee), David Hodgson (Verizon employee) and...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:51am

CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center open their second satellite site in Long Neck on May 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

CHEER La Red open second health clinic site

CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center Inc. officially opened the second stage of their four-stage partnership on Friday, May 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of La Red Health Center’s satellite site at CHEER’s Pelican Cove Activity Center in the...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:01am

CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center open their second satellite site in Long Neck on May 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

CHEER La Red open second health clinic site

CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center Inc. officially opened the second stage of their four-stage partnership on Friday, May 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of La Red Health Center’s satellite site at CHEER’s Pelican Cove Activity Center in the...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:01am

CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center open their second satellite site in Long Neck on May 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

CHEER La Red open second health clinic site

CHEER Inc. and La Red Health Center Inc. officially opened the second stage of their four-stage partnership on Friday, May 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of La Red Health Center’s satellite site at CHEER’s Pelican Cove Activity Center in the...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:01am

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

It takes a village

Family, employees come together at Fenwick Hardware

When 12-year-old Sebastian Munro strolls through Fenwick Hardware on Route 54 like he owns the place, nobody minds.

In fact, they smile, because he does own the place.

In a twist of fate that no one would wish on a young boy, much...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:03pm

Delaware joins multistate lawsuit on generic pharmaceutical price-fixing

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings has joined 42 states and Puerto Rico in a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers, alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:51am

Juicebox is working to get their new location built up, but in the meantime, Juicebox will be open in G&E Hocker’s on Central Ave.

G&E hosting latest edition of Juicebox

‘Forever home’ on the horizon

 

There will be a meeting of two iconic local businesses this Memorial Day weekend, as Juicebox will be opening shop in the G&E grocery store near Salt Pond on Friday, May 24.

Juicebox owner Lisa Daisey-DiFebo started the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:40am

Preston CDJR presents sponsorship check

J.B. Burnett of Preston CDJR Millsboro recently presented the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce a sponsorship check to support the Stars & Stripes community event coming June 29 at Cupola Park.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:35am

Carl M. Freeman Companies held a ground breaking for a clubhouse at Bayside Resort Club on Friday, May 10.

Carl M. Freeman Companies break ground for new clubhouse

On Friday, May 10, the Carl M. Freeman Companies broke ground for the new Clubhouse and restaurant to be built at Bayside Resort Golf Club, celebrating with community members and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I think this...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:31am

Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Auxiliary representatives gather during the annual luncheon, at which the group donated $285,000 to Beebe. Pictured, from left, are: Rick Schaffner, RN, interim CEO, executive vice president and COO of Beebe Healthcare; Auxiliary Treasurer Patricia Sandy; Judy Aliquo, CFRE, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation; Lesley Nance, Auxiliary president; and Dave Herbert, Beebe Board of Directors chair.

Beebe receives $285,000 gift from its auxiliary

In just three years, the Beebe Auxiliary has raised more than $1 million for Beebe Healthcare.

Last year’s record-setting gift of $315,000 was followed by another $285,000 on Wednesday, May 15. The donation brings the Auxiliary even closer...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:56am

Harvey Ryan

Turnstone Custom Homes marks 15 years in business

 

Turnstone Custom Homes of Rehoboth Beach is celebrating 15 years in business as a custom home builder in Delaware. Harvey Ryan, Turnstone’s CEO, co-founded the company in 2004, starting out doing contract trim work for national builders...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:48am

Local author, publisher debuting children’s book

When Crystal Heidel opened her publishing company, Byzantium Sky Press, in 2013, it was with the intention of being the press through which she would publish her own work, including her first novel, “Still Life in Blood.” But over the years, and...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:42am

‘More Sandy Shorts’ now available

Local publishing company Cat & Mouse Press announced this week the publication of “More Sandy Shorts,” a new collection of short stories by Nancy Powichroski Sherman. The book is the follow-up to her anthology “Sandy Shorts” and contains 12...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:41am

Sussex real estate brokerage expands to Maryland

The Parker Group, a locally-owned Delaware real estate company, has been approved as a Maryland brokerage, and representatives said their staff is looking forward to serving clients on the eastern shore of Maryland.

Dustin and Rachel...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:34am

Keller Williams Realty announces 2018 top producers

Keller Williams Realty/Delaware Beaches recently announced its 2018 top producers. The annual awards recognize the top sales agents in all Keller Williams Realty locations in Sussex County.

The top three individual agents by overall...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:06am

Sea Colony named among world’s Top 20 tennis resorts, camps

Located just south of Bethany Beach, Sea Colony has recently increased its standing among the world’s elite tennis destinations, according to Tennis Resorts Online (TRO)’s 2019 rankings released on May 1.

Sea Colony is one of just four...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:37am

Jenni and Tyler Valliant are the couple behind Local Coffee Roasting Co.

Local Coffee Roasting Co. looks to elevate a cup of joe

For many people, mornings include drinking a cup of coffee as they start their day.

Local Coffee Roasting Co.’s Jenni and Tyler Valliant want to provide coffee drinkers the opportunity to experience a quality local brew, created with lots...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:05am

Vantage Vacation Rentals opens new Fenwick Island office

Vantage Vacation Rentals this week announced the continued expansion of its business northward with the opening of the Vantage Fenwick Island office, located at 1209 Coastal Highway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:59am

Zachary Hurley thanks a business partner from Redner’s Warehouse Market.

Ennis students learn life skills, one job at a time

Sometimes the best education comes through experience. Howard T. Ennis School students benefit every day from the work experience that Sussex County employers provide. As they prepare for a more independent future, students paused to thank the...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:31am

Stephanie Hudson Whitcomb, director of development and outreach for Clear Space Theatre (L) and Donna West, vice chair of the Clear Space board of directors (r) at the Clear Space Theatre exhibit.

Southern Delaware Tourism hosts 4th Annual Tourism Partners Expo

Southern Delaware Tourism held its 4th Annual Tourism Partners Expo on Tuesday, April 16, at Nassau Valley Vineyards. The annual Expo is an opportunity for tourism-related businesses in Sussex County to showcase their offerings to representatives...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:12am

Pictured from left to right, Mithat Armutcu, Angela Armutcu, Lauren Hall, Jackie Lamothe and Sophia Sawicki pose for Jetset Travel’s ribon cutting.

Jetset cuts its ribbon with Chamber

The Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Jetset Travel American Express with a ribbon cutting on April 18. Their new office is located at 19470 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach.

Jetset Travel has been serving...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:42am

Joost Elling will be bringing his stroopwafel to Dagsboro Days on Saturday, April 20.

Local cookie entrepreneur to appear at Dagsboro Days

When Joost Elling was 13, he went to the Netherlands to visit his paternal grandmother and fell in love with a particular Dutch sandwich cookie.

Back home in the United States, after two months in his father’s native country, Elling was...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:46pm

Preston Automotive Group donates vehicle to Sussex Tech Adult Education Division

The Sussex Technical School District’s Adult Division recently received a vehicle donation from Boulevard Ford Lewes, a division of the Preston Automotive Group, to help with its automotive technician apprenticeship program.

“This gift...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:17pm

More than a bit of inspiration decorates the walls of Shine by the Sea in their new location in Ocean View.

Local stylists Shine in new location

One doesn’t have to travel too far to get metropolitan salon treatment right at the beach. Shine by the Sea Creative Hair Design, owned by stylists and friends Terryn Spencer and Giovanna Forrey, offers anything one could possibly want from a...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:09pm

Three generations plus one: Robin Rankin, daughters Luna Lewis and Willow Lewis, Patsy Rankin and Kathy Wood gather on opening night, Friday, April 12, for the 20th anniversary year of Patsy's restaurant in Bethany Beach.

Patsy’s celebrates two decades, three generations

Renovation highlighted with beach-themed bar, tables

Willow and Luna Lewis danced around their grandmother’s restaurant on an April afternoon, twirling their spring dresses and laughing.

But the girls, ages 6 and 4 respectively, were all...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:04pm