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Pop’s Kitchen to open on Gay Street


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Quick-service restaurant to offer pizza, salads and subs for outdoor dining, carryout (June 25, 2020) Robert and Kelli Beck received permission from the Berlin Town Council Monday night to place four picnic tables and a small bike rack on the front patio area of their Pop’s Kitchen restaurant on 15… Read more »

Berlin children’s clothing, toy store advocates change

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 25, 2020) Heart of Gold Kids, 27 N. Main Street in Berlin, has donated 10 percent of  its online sales from June 13 to June 20 to The Conscious Kid to support its anti-racist children’s books education fund. “I’ve been looking for an organization to give back to during… Read more »

Berlin opens indoor dining, but outdoor service favored


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 25, 2020) Berlin restaurateurs were excited to reopen indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, but some have experienced challenges with the new modifications over the last week and half. DiFebo’s on North Main Street reopened for indoor dining on June 12 at 5 p.m. with an operating staff nearly… Read more »

Berlin Planning approves Athena Plaza for Rt. 818

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Fairfield Inn, 7-Eleven will go on newly annexed land (June 18, 2020) A Fairfield Inn and a 7-Eleven will be coming to Athena Plaza on Route 818 across from Berlin Main Place near the intersection with Route 50, having earned site plan approval from the Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday…. Read more »

Berlin museum to archive covid-19 stories

By Morgan Pilz Calvin B. Taylor House will reopen in beginning of July; online activities still offered (June 18, 2020) Having skipped its traditional Memorial Day weekend opening because of statewide health-safety restrictions, the Calvin B. Taylor Museum will reopen to the public at the beginning of July. The restored 19th century house-turned-museum has been… Read more »

Oceans East second phase to start

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 18, 2020) The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposed second phase of Oceans East apartment complex on Seahawk Road last Wednesday. During the first phase of construction, 180 garden-style apartments were built. The Phase 2 site plan features 154 additional units, including 132 apartments in five buildings, 22… Read more »

Yarn store on Main Street to close July 15


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer A Little Bit Sheepish owner to retire next month after being impacted by covid (June 18, 2020) A Little Bit Sheepish on South Main Street in Berlin is having a storewide sale after owner Brenda Trice announced the yarn shop would be closing on July 15. Trice made the announcement… Read more »

Berlin’s eateries offer dining outside with limited seating


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 11, 2020) With Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to allow restaurants to have limited outdoor seating last week, several Berlin operators have taken advantage of the situation to ensure their businesses continue to flourish. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells worked with multiple residents around the town to accommodate… Read more »

The Globe outdoor seating, sign approved

The Globe

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Bryan, Nicole Brushmiller complete final stages of renovations for restaurant (June 11, 2020) Like many restaurants that had only indoor dining before the pandemic, The Globe on Broad Street has now designated a space to serve customers outdoors. The Globe owners Bryan and Nicole Brushmiller hope to reopen the venue… Read more »

Berlin business reopening with sigh of relief


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 21, 2020) The town of Berlin is seeing several restaurants and small businesses tentatively reopen now that Gov. Larry Hogan has lifted his stay-at-home order and allowed some facets of normal life to resume. Excluding sit-down restaurants, gyms, playgrounds, theaters and large gathering events, many businesses are beginning to… Read more »