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Wells helps Berlin businesses apply for grants amid covid


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 23, 2020) Even though her office is closed to the public, Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells has been working with Berlin businesses to help obtain grants and other assistance to stay afloat during the economic havoc created by the covid-19 pandemic. “Initially, when the whole thing started,… Read more »

‘Community Over Covid-19:’ working together

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 16, 2020) Several owners of small boutiques from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to Salisbury, have banded together to help one another get through the coronavirus pandemic. “Instead of worrying about competing against each other, we have come together to spread the awareness of ‘Community Over Competition,’ or in this case, ‘Community… Read more »

Dusty Lamb opens in new location


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 5, 2020) The Dusty Lamb owner, Berlin native and artist Patty Backer, who has displayed her work throughout the Berlin area for many years, has reopened for business on 3 South Main Street as of Saturday, Feb. 29. Originally opening in March of 2019 on Williams Street, Backer moved… Read more »

Local dairy farm offering home deliveries


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 20, 2020) The old days of having milk delivered to your front door is no longer a piece of history, as Chesapeake Bay Farms has decided to bring back the tradition and then some by creating its own local grocery delivery system. Owners Daniel and Laura Holland are third… Read more »

Peninsula Cleaners moves to Berlin Shopping Center

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 6, 2020) Peninsula Cleaners has moved from Williams Street in Berlin to the Berlin Shopping Center on Old Ocean City Blvd. The company, which has operated for 45 years and has six locations, had taken over Venable Cleaners in 2018. “We had a lot of our service being appreciated… Read more »

Beach Gypsy store moves from OP to Berlin


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 23, 2020) Best friends Christina Mullaney and Christine Carpenter are moving their boutique and yoga studio from Ocean Pines to Williams Street in Berlin. Beach Gypsy sells athleisure apparel, boho clothing and accessories, crystals, essential oils and yoga apparel and accessories. Throughout the week, the store also offers yoga… Read more »

Historic Berlin Foodie Tour to come to town


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) For Sandy Gillis, creator of the OC Foodie Tour, the soft opening of the Historic Berlin Foodie Tour that took place last month was a success. “Everyone raved about how delicious everything was and how much they enjoyed it,” she said. Gillis said the inaugural Historic Berlin Foodie… Read more »

Berlin Restaurant Week to showcase cuisine


Event to take place from Jan. 13-19 across town; features several eateries By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) Area residents and visitors should go hungry and return well satisfied during Berlin Restaurant Week, which begins Monday, Jan. 13. Berlin Restaurant Week will run until Sunday, Jan. 19 at most downtown eateries, according to Berlin… Read more »

Small businesses have big day with retail promotion


Small Business Saturday puts customers in stores By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) For several business owners in downtown Berlin, Small Business Saturday this past weekend was a great success. “I mean, I was thinking it was going to be busy, but it was … packed, which was really fun,” said Patti Backer,… Read more »

Brushmiller talks plans for building

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 29, 2019) Now that Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak Brewing Company, has purchased the Globe Theatre on 12 Broad St., he’s figuring out his plans for the space. “We definitely plan to keep it a music venue, event space,” Brushmiller said, referring to the building’s more immediate past… Read more »