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Karimali for Hair offers new services in new Fenwick location

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Costa and Gina Karimalis have moved their shop, Karimali For Hair from Route 54 to right on Route 1 to be able to offer customers more with added and updated space.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Costa and Gina Karimalis have moved their shop, Karimali For Hair from Route 54 to right on Route 1 to be able to offer customers more with added and updated space.While Karimali for Hair may be offering some new services, including makeup and full body waxing at their new location in Fenwick Island, they’re still offering the same service that has made their customers feel like family for the past seven years.

“Most of my friends are my clients,” explained Gina Karimalis, who owns the shop with her husband, Costa. “They turn into my family. I maybe met them doing their hair, but they become my family.”

As a professional hairstylist in their area throughout her entire life — much like most of her entire staff, with which she has worked for just as long — to Karimalis, the inviting, family-like atmosphere is just the way it’s always been.

“You’d be surprised. This is a hangout,” she said. “To me, it just seems so normal.”

But with Karimalis working on both women’s and men’s hair, and even children’s hair, it’s not just the girls gabbing in the shop.

Customers are lovin’ Lovetti’s, the new pizza shop in Dagsboro

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Lovetti’s owner Brian Lovett shows off his Meat Lover’s Stuffed Pizza at his restaurant in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Lovetti’s owner Brian Lovett shows off his Meat Lover’s Stuffed Pizza at his restaurant in Dagsboro.After taking over the Dagsboro-area business formerly known as Goodfella’s, Lovetti’s Pizza owner Brian Lovett knew that it might take some time to establish a reputation for his new venture. But he also knew that the best way to do that was simple: good food and good service. And that’s exactly what he set out to do.

“I take a lot of pride in my food,” said Lovett. “It’s like mom and dad are making the food.”

While he’s just recently set up shop near Dagsboro, Lovett has been in the restaurant industry throughout his life, getting his knowledge of Italian cuisine by training with chefs in Philadelphia, where he’s originally from. That knowledge includes all types of pizza, but Lovetti’s offers up much more.

“I do more than just pizza,” he said. “I make my own chicken wings, mozzarella sticks… I do everything from scratch. That’s the major difference here.”

One Coastal bringing new concepts to Fenwick for year two

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Carlie Carey and the crew at One Coastal celebrate the restaurant’s grand re-opening with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant went through a renovation and a menu change during the off-season.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Carlie Carey and the crew at One Coastal celebrate the restaurant’s grand re-opening with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant went through a renovation and a menu change during the off-season.Carlie Carey is excited beyond control.

It’s not hard to tell after walking through the door of her newly renovated restaurant, One Coastal in Fenwick Island, and being greeted with a high-five, a hug and unprecedented enthusiasm.

But she’s not just excited about last weekend’s grand re-opening event with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce — she’s excited because of all the new happenings at One Coastal as they approach what will be their first full summer season in business, in which they’ll be able to see all of their off-season planning and changes come to fruition.

“We can’t wait to start the year,” said Carey. “This year we had time to hand-pick everything. Every menu item, every staff member, every piece of fruit or vegetable that goes into one of our juices — it’s all done on purpose. Our personality is shining through this year, and I am so proud that we have the staff to make that happen.”

Local woman receives Spirit of Avon award

For 23 years, Sandy Putz has been a sales representative for Avon beauty products, and she was recognized for her efforts last month at the Avon President’s Luncheon, with the Spirit of Avon award.

Zen Spa’s new ‘bar’ blowing up in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Brandon washes Nino Mancari’s hair at Zen Spa’s new Studio Z salon in Fenwick Island.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Brandon washes Nino Mancari’s hair at Zen Spa’s new Studio Z salon in Fenwick Island.Zen Spa’s new “blowout bar” is now in operation near Fenwick Island, gaining recognition as the only one of its kind on Delmarva.

“This is different. There is nothing like this around here,” explained owner Stacey Wetzstein. “It’s a bigger-city thing. Everybody has a hairstylist at home. When you’re on vacation, come in. You’re going to get a fantastic wash. You’re going to get blown-out in style.”

The concept is so new and unique to the area that some customers have never ever heard of it, she said.

“A lot of people don’t know what a blowout bar is,” said Wetzstein, going on to explain that the basic service includes a shampoo, deep conditioning, head massage and then finally a “blowout” hair dry — for those heading out on the town or who just don’t want to do their own hair and makeup.

You imagine it, they create it

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Imagination Furniture founder George Meringolo, above, paints pieces of office cabinets in the shop in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Imagination Furniture founder George Meringolo, above, paints pieces of office cabinets in the shop in Dagsboro.

Imagination Furniture building upon customer creativity

She had been to all of the high-end furniture design centers. She had flipped through all of the catalogs. She had toured all of the showrooms. But Judy Wickes couldn’t find anyone who could offer her the home media center she envisioned.

Until she discovered Imagination Furniture.

“They listened to all my ideas and design concepts and turned our wall into a reality,” said Wickes. “We could not be happier with the results.”

For founder George Meringolo, it’s a story that embodies the mission of a company that he literally built with his own two hands.

District 4 school board race draws a crowd

Editor's Note: After filing for the election, candidate Lloyd Evan Elling withdrew from the race after the Coastal Point deadline.

The Indian River School Board’s 2015 election looks like a very off-kilter game of musical chairs. Five candidates are running for one position in District 4 (Frankford, west Dagsboro and points east).

Supremo puts new spin on brick-oven pizza

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Ira Mensh's imported Italian rotating brick oven can cook a pizza at 850 degrees, bringing a new spin on local pizza.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Ira Mensh's imported Italian rotating brick oven can cook a pizza at 850 degrees, bringing a new spin on local pizza.For pizza chef Ira Mensh, it’s all about the heat. And the ingredients. And, of course, the customer. But mostly, it’s about the brand new imported Italian rotating brick oven that is used to cook almost everything on the menu at his new pizzeria, Supremo, on Route 54.

“My pizza oven is the only one [of its kind] in the area,” explained Mensh. “I cook at 850 degrees — that’s the difference.”

With that kind of heat, Mensh can cook a pie in around three minutes, and up to 200 of them in an hour.

“It’s all about the temperature,” said Mensh, describing the oven as new technology with an old-school taste. “Most pizza places are conveyer belts. They cook about 500 degrees — 600 max if they’re lucky. Other brick ovens use wood. With my oven, with the spinning base of it, there’s never a cold spot.”

After the pizza is finished cooking, it goes on a special tray designed to let the steam out so the crust stays crispy. The process is so efficient that Supremo does everything to order — typically waiting until customers arrive to toss in their pie.

Bethany Blues shows off newly renovated bar with grand-reopening party

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : General Manger Nate Williams was joined by staff and Chamber members to celebrate the grand re-opening of Bethany Blues in downtown Bethany Beach last Friday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : General Manger Nate Williams was joined by staff and Chamber members to celebrate the grand re-opening of Bethany Blues in downtown Bethany Beach last Friday night.Bethany Blues kicked-off their grand-reopening party at their Bethany Beach location last Friday night, introducing the neighborhood to their newly renovated downstairs bar area.

At the event, attendees were able to enjoy a Bethany Blues menu featuring all their old favorites in the brand new bar — now equipped with 12 TVs, 15 beers on tap and an overall more welcoming atmosphere, according to General Manager Nate Williams.

“People are blown away by it,” said Williams. “Everybody’s been very supportive of how we changed it. They feel like it’s more warm and inviting.”

In addition to more TVs and nearly tripling their draft beer selection, the restaurant took both aesthetics and functionality into account in the revamped design, replacing not only the bar itself but the booths in the bar area with high-top tables.

“The bar was kind of an island, so we pulled the bar top off, and it juts out and goes straight back. That whole back area is brand new,” explained Williams. “We knocked out a wall and got rid of booths and put in high-top tables to make it more like a pub area.”

Taxpayers should see if they qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

Working people have saved millions of dollars on their tax returns by filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit. That’s why U.S. Sen. Tom Carper swung by Georgetown’s First State Community Action Agency last week to share the importance of filing for the credit.

Harris Teeter to close Salt Pond store

The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the heels of its first local store opening in West Fenwick.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

Coastal Athlete joins area fitness scene

Those looking to make good of their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy and fit will find a unique opportunity at Bethany Beach’s new Coastal Athlete, a personal training studio.

West Fenwick locals getting hooked on Yellowfin’s

There are many bars and restaurants in the area, but it’s a little harder for a local resident find a place where “everybody knows your name,” especially along the Route 54 corridor east of Selbyville. However, there’s a new spot for the locals to gather now that Yellowfin’s Bar & Grill has opened its doors in the Williamsville Shopping Center.

Food donations earn discount at Blooming Boutique

Doing the right thing has its perks.

Blooming Boutique is hosting a food drive to benefit Food Bank of Delaware. All shoppers who donate will receive a discount coupon, from now until Feb. 17.

Discounts are applied to that day’s, purchase, or a future one, at all four locations in Bethany Beach, Rehoboth, Lewes and Milford.

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.

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