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Operation SEAs the Day supporter Armand’s Pizzeria celebrates 15 years

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Drosdzal family is celebrating 15 years of serving the Bethany Beach area at Armand's Pizzeria & Grille.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Drosdzal family is celebrating 15 years of serving the Bethany Beach area at Armand's Pizzeria & Grille.The Drosdzal family at Armand’s Pizzeria & Grille is in the service industry. That much is obvious. Celebrating a major anniversary this summer, they’ve been in the service industry now for going on 15 years.

Much of that service has been in the form of delivering the goods — specialty pizzas in their signature deep-dish style, signature pastas, such as Riley’s homemade ravioli stuffed with Valentino’s ricotta cheese, or an array of fresh salads, subs, seafood entrees and other traditional Italian fare. But not-so-obviously, the Drosdzals have also been doing their best to deliver on serving those who serve the country as well.

“We’ve been blessed here, and we wanted to give back, to all of the community,” said Ron Drosdzal, owner, operator and family patriarch.

Fenwick Wine Cellars breaks ground on new home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Fenwick Wine Cellars recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location near Frankford. Pictured, from left, are: David Smith, Delaware Department of Agriculture; Katie Duke, tasting room manager; Len Salva, SCORE Delaware; Jessica Vanek-Mobilia; Adrian Mobilia; Kristi Maravalli of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce; and state Rep. Ron Gray.Coastal Point • Submitted: Fenwick Wine Cellars recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location near Frankford. Pictured, from left, are: David Smith, Delaware Department of Agriculture; Katie Duke, tasting room manager; Len Salva, SCORE Delaware; Jessica Vanek-Mobilia; Adrian Mobilia; Kristi Maravalli of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce; and state Rep. Ron Gray.Fenwick Wine Cellars held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, June 2, in celebration of the winery’s expanded facility construction and its new 26-acre property in Frankford, just north of its former location on Route 54 near Selbyville.

The homegrown winery business, owned by fourth-generation farmer Adrian Mobilia, first opened in 2010, with a goal to provide the community with the relaxing experience of an actual vineyard while learning about the wine and the importance of agriculture.

“We leased a building as a test, with the long-term plan always being our own land and building,” explained Mobilia. The hard part was finding the right piece of property. “We had been looking for land for three years,” he said. “Last year, we finally found the right space and purchased it.”

Su Casa holds ribbon-cutting for new Bethany furnishings store

Coastal Point • Submitted: Su Casa staff, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce representatives and local community members at the ribbon-cutting event held at Su Casa in Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 4.Coastal Point • Submitted: Su Casa staff, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce representatives and local community members at the ribbon-cutting event held at Su Casa in Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 4.Su Casa holds ribbon-cutting for new Bethany furnishings store

Su Casa held its grand opening weekend, complete with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, June 4. The new store offers home furnishings, décor and small accessories, featuring modern and classic furniture.

Su Casa is focused on providing a source for locally made pieces with stories. Each piece of furniture Su Casa sells is available in a variety of different fabric options or finishes, allowing the buyer to create a unique piece that is exactly what they want. As well as its furniture selections, Su casa also offers a selection of rugs in many sizes.

Fenwick’s Fin Alley offers coastal classics with a modern twist

Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Bill and Linda Guckin are the proud new owners of Fin Alley in Fenwick Island, taking over the former Charlie's Bayside with a new menu and new look. Right, One of Fin Alley's signature Grapefruit Crushes gets a splash of soda.Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Bill and Linda Guckin are the proud new owners of Fin Alley in Fenwick Island, taking over the former Charlie's Bayside with a new menu and new look. There was much to do when Bill and Linda Guckin took over the restaurant space formally known as Charlie’s Bayside in Fenwick Island. There were renovations to get under way, color schemes to choose, a brand new menu to create and literal walls to come down, to optimize the space’s scenic waterfront views.

Oh, yeah — and they also had to move their collective allotment of worldly possessions and basically their entire lives from the next state over, from Philadelphia, Pa.

But after a complete redesign of both the restaurant’s atmosphere and its offerings, as well as an eagerly-endorsed one-way U-Haul rental receipt, Fin Alley finally made its debut, just in time for Memorial Day weekend of 2016.

“The one word that I kept on hearing was: ‘Excellent,’” said Linda Guckin of the opening weekend reception. “Not ‘good,’ ‘very good’ or ‘OK,’ but ‘excellent.’ There’s people that have returned three times already. That’s what we want.”

As husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, the Guckins had already embarked on no small number of successful entrepreneurial endeavors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. But despite that success, city life had begun to take its toll.

That’s when the long-time visitors to the area’s beaches, with a vacation home in Bishopville, Md., began to find it more and more difficult to leave the beach and head back home.

“We were looking around for a business for quite a while, and then this opportunity came about,” explained Bill Guckin. “It’s a good location and great view. We thought, with a good remodel and fixing the place up — maybe improve the menu a bit — we thought people would really enjoy coming here. So we decided to jump on it.”

VFW chicken shack reopens, with help from strangers

After a winter storm wrecked a local chicken shack, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 members didn’t imagine they’d be able to reopen for summer, without paying a dime. But, the fundraising barbecue shack reopened on May 21, in time for the summer season.

New owners, same tradition at Fenwick Crab House

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Todd Hays, left center, and Pat McArdle, right center, pose with some happy customers after taking over the Fenwick Crab House.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Todd Hays, left center, and Pat McArdle, right center, pose with some happy customers after taking over the Fenwick Crab House.The secret Fenwick Crab House crabcake recipe is locked away in a safe at an undisclosed location.

The dish has been named “The Perfect Crab Cake” by the New York Times, voted Delaware Today’s Reader’s Choice “Best Crab Cakes” three years running and “Best Crab Cake in Delaware” by state-wide publications, among other awards.

But while that recipe hasn’t changed since 1988, only two people know just exactly how it reads.

With owners Scott and Cathy Fornwalt now ready to pass the torch, new owners Pat McArdle and Todd Hays are ready to take on protecting that secret recipe and the Fornwalt legacy at the state’s most historic crab house (est. 1962).

“The traditions of this place were incredible,” said McArdle. “We’re going to continue Scott and Cathy’s, but we also want to add to ours. We want to look out for their reputation and create our own. Our big thing is satisfy the customer, no matter what it takes.”

Farming in their veins: 150 years of Magee Farms

Coastal Point • Laura Walter Mike and Meagan Sekscinski, with baby Addison, pick strawberries at Magee Farms on Saturday, June 4.Coastal Point • Laura Walter Mike and Meagan Sekscinski, with baby Addison, pick strawberries at Magee Farms on Saturday, June 4.In 1865, the Civil War was coming to an end. Motorized cars wouldn’t be common in Sussex County for nearly a century. And the Magee family legacy was just beginning, with the purchase of 38 acres in Williamsville.

Today, the family-owned Magee Farms covers 1,300 tillable acres across Selbyville, Lewes and Ocean Pines, Md.

Standing at the June 4 celebration with his wife, Ellen, two sisters, and his sons and their wives, Danny Magee thanked the community in which he’s farmed his whole life. He learned to drive a tractor the day his feet could reach the pedals, he said.

Some things haven’t changed. (“My grandfather grew strawberries. My father grew strawberries,” he said.) But technology has made a huge impact on this fifth-generation farm.

From Art to Zen: Cavagnaros to open Ocean View yoga studio

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Kim and Justin Cavagnaro recently announced the opening of Ocean Vayu Yoga at 29P Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Kim and Justin Cavagnaro recently announced the opening of Ocean Vayu Yoga at 29P Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.Kim and Justin Cavagnaro recently announced the opening of Ocean Vayu Yoga at 29P Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, opposite the UPS Store and Northeast Seafood Kitchen. The community is being invited to the opening party and ribbon-cutting on Friday, June 17, at 4 p.m. Classes start Saturday, June 18.

The Cavagnaro name might be familiar to Coastal Point readers, because they have both been active members of the local art community since moving to the area in 2002. And, from 2006 until last year, Kim Cavagnaro was the owner of The Artful Bean, located near the post office in Bethany Beach.

“I was working at Japanesque when the space became available, and I thought it would be an incredible place for Justin and me to display and sell artwork, while we sold a few cups of coffee on the side. But, as time progressed, the coffee and food section of the business really took on a life of its own,” said Cavagnaro.

Delaware eateries featured in new National Geographic book

Several “Culinary Coast” restaurants received nods in National Geographic’s recently released, “Great American Eating Experiences: Local Specialties, Favorite Restaurants, Food Festivals, Diners, Roadside Stands and More.”

Delmarva Power launches new easy-access solar app

Delmarva Power is aiming to make it easier for customers to install solar panels on their rooftops and connect them to the electric distribution system. One recent change will allow customers who are interested in installing solar panels to bypass the paper process and instead complete an online application.

McCabe’s celebrates 30 years in South Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.The year is 1985. A young Rebecca Mais has just found out that she didn’t get the job after interviewing for a position at the University of Maryland. The next day, she’ll find out that she’s pregnant.

Mais and her husband, Richard, had already left their posts at the University of South Carolina and were set to relocate in Washington D.C. They were ready for something new. But little did they know then that they’d get more than they’d bargained for when things turned 1986.

Not only was that the year that their first-son, Brandt, was born, in January, but that spring, so was McCabe’s Gourmet Market.

“Rebecca and I laugh — Brandt was born in January, we built an ocean front townhouse that we moved into April 1st, we both left our jobs and then we started the business,” said Richard Mais. “Ten years later, we read a list of the Top 10 reasons people get a divorce, and we had done like seven of them in one year.”

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.