Business


The site plan of the Grotto Pizza in Peninsula Crossing that was recently approved by the Millsboro Town Council.

Grotto Pizza to open with sports bar in Millsboro

Deflecting praise for working to bring a new, 212-seat Grotto Pizza with sports bar to Millsboro, Assistant Town Manager Jamie Burk smiled and said simply, “I like pizza.”

But Town Manager Sheldon Hudson credited Burk for excellent...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:13pm

DelDOT opts for wintertime closure for Armory Road

People spoke up, and DelDOT listened. After a public outcry over a potential summertime road closure of Armory Road (Route 20) near Dagsboro, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced this week that construction will instead be...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:11pm

Lisa Daisey-DiFebo is flanked by her children, Luca, left, and Blaise, at the site of the new ‘forever home’ of Juicebox in Ocean View.

Juicebox has found its ‘forever home’

It’s all coming together for Lisa Daisey-DiFebo.

“I like to start with a perfect scenario and work my way back,” said Daisey-DiFebo. Her idea of the perfect scenario in this instance, by the way, is to get her new Juicebox location in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:34pm

Mariner’s Bethel UMC urges people to ignore scam

The pastors of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View are warning church members to ignore an e-mail scam asking for money.

The e-mails, they said, state that donations given would be used to assist someone in exigency....

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:08am

Zach McCarthy’s son Grand McCarthy enjoys a waffle cone at Agape Creamery at the Millville Boardwalk.

Ice cream, mini-golf bring a taste of summer to Millville Boardwalk

Summer may be months away, but the folks at the Millville Boardwalk are already churning ice cream and baking treats for customers.

Agape Creamery — part of the Millville Boardwalk complex on Route 26 next to McCarthy Stone — is open...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:13pm

IRSD has one more Food Pantry weekend

Families of Indian River School District students can still access the district’s free food pantry for one more week before the winter holiday. The IRSD Parent Center Food Pantry will be open on Friday, Dec. 20, from 9:30 a.m....

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:26am

Survey asks what public wants in downtown Selbyville

Selbyville could be on the cusp of a major downtown boost. As local leaders brainstorm how to revitalize the old shopping district, they are asking for public input. Both residents and visitors to Selbyville are being invited to fill out an...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:50am

Have a person in your life who is into the outdoors? Make a stop before the big day at Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters in South Bethany. They have a great selection of duck decoys, warm weather gear, rods, reels, hunting supplies and more, and you get to shop local while you’re doing it. If you’re not entirely sure what to pick out, fret not: Hook’em & Cook’em makes it easy for you with gift certificates, so that recipient can choose whatever he or she wants. Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters is located at 34444 C

Coastal Point Holiday Gift Guide 2019, Part 3

Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters

Have a person in your life who is into the outdoors? Make a stop before the big day at Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters in South Bethany. They have a great selection of duck decoys, warm weather gear, rods...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:38pm

WEB EXTRA: Volunteers to pack meal boxes for Thanksgiving at Christmas

Volunteers will gather at Mountaire Farms in Selbyville at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to pack boxes of food the less fortunate will receive in time for Christmas.

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Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:01pm

Selbyville (and Sussex County) homeowners still eligible for housing help

Everyone wants a home that is safe, warm and fully livable. For anyone having trouble getting over that hump, or who finds themselves putting off truly necessary home repairs, Sussex County continues to offer help.

The entire goal of the...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:34am

One of the joys of visiting Bethany Beach is that you get to go home with a head full of memories. Sometimes, it’s not so bad to have some memories on your back, as well. Ropewalk in Bethany Beach has quickly become a popular spot on Garfield Parkway, and the now-iconic eatery is selling merchandise emblazoned with the restaurant’s logo, with a 25-percent discount during the month of December. Come for the merchandise, stay for the food. Ropewalk is located at 107 Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach.

Coastal Point 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

Ropewalk, Bethany Beach

One of the joys of visiting Bethany Beach is that you get to go home with a head full of memories. Sometimes, it’s not so bad to have some memories on your back, as well.

Ropewalk in Bethany Beach has quickly...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:12pm

Joanne Guilfoil is an artist, author and new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center water media instructor.

Two events coming to new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center

The new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on Cedar Neck Road is hosting two events this Friday and Saturday featuring artists and authors, one of whom will soon be an instructor for the learning center.

On Friday afternoon,...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:05pm

Tsavdar, Bloch roll out musical version of holiday show ‘Top of the World’

Like many school band directors, Selbyville Middle School’s Eric Tsavdar is getting his students ready for their winter concert. Meanwhile, he’s preparing for opening night of a Christmas show on which he collaborated, at Dickens Parlour Theatre...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

Holiday open house to showcase new spa, help women’s shelter

A local business dedicated to beauty and self-confidence has spent a lot of time extending their mission to women in need.

All About U salon and spa are inviting the public to a holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:56pm

Artesian proposes purchase of Frankford water plant

The Frankford Town Council is planning to hold an informational meeting regarding the response it has received to its request for a proposal from Artesian Water Co.

Town Council President Joanne Bacon said the meeting, which would be open...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:58am

Valliant Woodworks will host its fifth annual open house this weekend, displaying hand-crafted wood creations.

Valliant Woodworks to host open house on Sunday

Gifts and other items fashioned from wood, jewelry and fresh-roasted coffee will be on display and for sale at Valliant Woodworks’ Fifth Annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Owner Skip Valliant, who is a woodworker,...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:52am

Coastal Point • File Photo The annual tree-lighting in Bethany Beach has become a tradition.

Bethany turning into a Weekend Wonderland on Saturdays

For the next three Saturdays, Bethany Beach is rolling out the holiday carpet for shoppers, with a schedule of activities and special promotions designed to make the season bright.

The fun begins this Saturday, Dec. 7, with Holiday...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:49am

The Millville Holiday Market will offer items from new crafters this year. The annual holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Millville Holiday Market to offer homemade gifts, more

Once again this year, the Millville Holiday Market will offer so many gifts and goodies that they won’t all fit in one building.

The annual holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters will set up at...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:45am

Jersey Mike’s coming to Millsboro

Annexation near

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open in Millsboro this month.

The sign is already up at the future location of the sandwich shop, at 28662 Dupont Boulevard, in the same plaza as Starbucks, which opened several weeks ago.

Based in Manasquan...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:40am

If you are a fan of Simply Southern, then Fish Tales in downtown Bethany Beach might just be the spot for you. Displaying accessories, clothing and all-things-Simply Southern, Fish Tales has it all, including holiday attire.  Fish Tales is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week during the holiday season. They are located at 107 Garfield Parkway, and can be reached at (302) 539-7676.

Coastal Point Gift Guide 2019

Part 1

Fish Tales

If you are a fan of Simply Southern, then Fish Tales in downtown Bethany Beach might just be the spot for you. Displaying accessories, clothing and all-things-Simply Southern, Fish Tales has it all, including holiday attire....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:12am

Delaware State Police issues mystery shopper scam alert

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to the recent reappearance of the “mystery shopper scam.” Police offered tips and information to help people avoid falling victim to this specific scam:

 

What is...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:38am

Selbyville businesses to meet Nov. 12 to form coalition

Selbyville’s downtown used to be a bustling hub of clothing stores, strawberry auctions, railroad and more. Today, business owners want to make Selbyville a destination once again.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p...

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 2:23pm

Nominations open for Southern Delaware Tourism Awards

According to Southern Delaware Tourism, tourism is a $2+ billion (and growing) industry in Sussex County. In fact, representatives said, more than 16 percent of all jobs in the county – about 18,000 of them — are tourism-related.

“And...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:24pm

County considers a 3 percent lodging tax

A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

Last summer, a bill was...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:48am

Beebe Healthcare Board narrows president/CEO search to six finalists

Beebe Healthcare’s Board of Directors has narrowed its search for its next president/CEO to six finalists.

“The search for our next president and CEO is progressing extremely well,” said David Herbert, chair of the Beebe Board of Directors...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:28am

Ashley HomeStore celebrated a major milestone with the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of their 1,000th store on Saturday, Oct. 26. The new store has a 22,000-square-foot showroom located at 26955 Dickerson Road in Millsboro. The HomeStore is owned and operated by Barnes Furniture Inc., which also owns the Ashley HomeStore in Delmar.

Ashley HomeStore in Millsboro opens as company’s 1,000th store

Ashley HomeStore celebrated a major milestone with the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of their 1,000th store on Saturday, Oct. 26. The new store has a 22,000-square-foot showroom located at 26955 Dickerson Road in Millsboro. The HomeStore is...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:00am

Smokey Hollow and Delaware Seaside Bride will host their annual bridal show on Nov. 3.

Smokey Hollow Bridal Show set to welcome brides, grooms and more

Attention, brides-to-be and engaged couples: Overwhelmed by the process of planning your wedding? Don’t know where to start?

Delaware Seaside Bride magazine, the Coastal Point’s sister publication, is here to help.

On Sunday, Nov. 3...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:44am

Dagsboro approves water rate hike to address increase

Increase to take effect with Nov. 1 billing cycle

The Dagsboro Town Council this week unanimously approved its second rate increase for its water customers in just the past year, seeking to address an unexpected sharp increase in costs from the Town’s own water supplier — the neighboring Town of...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:09pm

Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:58pm

County honors retiring airport manager

Retiring Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin was thanked by the Sussex County Council this week for 14 years of service and presented with a proclamation.

“It’s a great honor to recognize him,” County Administrator Todd Lawson told...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:51pm

Smokey Hollow Bridal Show scheduled for Nov. 3

Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Barefoot Beach Bride, two local wedding resources, are hosting the Smokey Hollow Bridal Show on Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. Smokey Hollow, located near Selbyville, is one of the newest wedding venues in...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:37pm

Salted Vines hosting fall events to benefit local causes

This fall, Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery is hosting three events to support local charities including the Get Well Gabby Foundation, CAMP Rehoboth Community Center and Nemours Fund for Children’s Health at A.I. Dupont.

HalloWINE will...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:35pm

‘King Petty’ by Marc Clery for the Delaware State News will be among the many examples of Delaware photojournalism on display in the new exhibit.

Biggs Museum to open new exhibition featuring Delaware photojournalism

Coastal Point images among those on display

“News publishers are among the nation’s oldest and most revered image makers. The art of photojournalism, especially in local newspapers, is under appreciated in American art museums even though they tell the stories that unify communities,” said...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:19pm

District to host career fair for substitute employees

The Indian River School District will host a career fair for substitute employees on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The district is in need of:

• Substitute teachers (...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:14pm

Coastal Point • Submitted Representatives of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce gathered recently for a ribbon-cutting event at Coldwell Banker’s new office in Ocean View. Pictured, from left, are: Max Hutsell, president-elect, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce; Heather DeMarie, board member, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce; Duff Rubin, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Mid-Atlantic region; Greg Goldman, branch vice preside

Coldwell Banker announces new location for Coastal Delaware office

Representatives of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce gathered recently for a ribbon-cutting event at Coldwell Banker’s new office in Ocean View. Pictured, from left...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:44pm

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Shine By the Sea Creative Hair Design hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening of their studio in Ocean View. What started as an on-site bridal business has now grown into a full-service salon. Shine By the Sea continues to offer on-site bridal services, and can now also accommodate smaller groups for weddings and special occasions on the premises. In the studio, they also offer services including cut, color and styling.

Shine By the Sea celebrates opening in Ocean View

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Shine By the Sea Creative Hair Design hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening of their studio in Ocean View. What started as an on-site bridal business has now...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:40pm

Selbyville council members, staff, police and special guests celebrated the grand opening of Selbyville Town Hall’s new location.

Bright lights and tall ceilings

Happy times at Selbyville Town Hall

Finally celebrating their new Selbyville Town Hall, town officials and residents gathered Oct. 4 for a ribbon-cutting and open house.

Town officials and staff were grinning at the new, freshly painted and renovated two-story building at 1...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:01pm

By the Ocean opens new warehouse, showroom

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, By the Ocean Flooring, Kitchens, Bathrooms & Renovations celebrated the grand opening of its new warehouse and showroom by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Ocean...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:07pm

Dana’s boardwalk liquor store serves boutique Bethany convenience

It took a familiar face to bring a liquor store to downtown Bethany Beach. In the two-week blink of an eye, Dana Banks-Klimek transformed her boardwalk-area gourmet shop into Dana’s Pantry & Package liquor store.

Now they’re a full-...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:49am

The Allison Stine Team named one of America’s Best

The Allison Stine Team, a sales team in Long & Foster Real Estate’s Bethany Beach sales office, has been honored as one the best real estate agents in Delaware. The Allison Stine Team ranked as No.14 in Sales Volume and No. 20 in Transaction...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:11am

REV360! cycling studio opens in Ocean View

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, REV360! celebrated its grand opening by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Owned by Erik Schreiber, owner of CustomFit360, the studio is located at 29P Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View,...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:08am

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Shore Appliance opens location in Ocean View

After years of doing business in the Salisbury, Md., area, Shore Appliance Connection Inc. has opened a second store, on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, providing six new jobs for area residents and promising quality service.

Buying from a...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:55am

Northrop Realty opens first office in Delaware

Northrop Realty, a Long & Foster company, opened an office Aug. 15 in Delaware, the first Northrop Realty office located outside Maryland. The 2,500-square-foot office, located at 37077 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, currently supports...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:49am

Wishner named general manager of Papa Grande’s in Fenwick

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Stevie Wishner is the new general manager at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria near Fenwick Island.

“Stevie has been a tremendous addition to our team over the last few...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:48am

Karen and David Jayne stand at the entrance to their store, where they will be welcoming collage artist Roy Comiskey for a ‘Meet the Artist’ event on Aug. 31.

Customers return buys to Jayne’s Reliable, repurposed and recreated

Ever since Karen and David Jayne opened Jayne’s Reliable in Dagsboro, they have been as intrigued by what their customers are interested in buying as their customers are intrigued by what is for sale.

Roy Comiskey, who is from Takoma Park...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:46pm

The Maryland Banking school graduated both Melissa von Bank and Amy Catlin on Aug. 9.

Catlin, von Bank graduate from Maryland Banking School

Reid Tingle, president and CEO of Bank of Ocean City, along with the bank’s Board of Directors, announced this week that Melissa von Bank, branch manager of the Fenwick Island branch, and Amy Catlin, internal auditor, recently graduated from...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:10pm

New mini-golf business requests variance

Construction is expected to begin in November on Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream, with plans for the mini-golf course to open in the spring of 2020. First, though, a variance has to be approved by the Ocean View Board of Adjustment. The...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:58pm

Mountaire awards $70,000 in scholarship funds to students

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, recently awarded 28 students with $2,500 scholarships to help them pay for college. Children and grandchildren of employees, growers and grain suppliers are all eligible for the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:11pm

Two Meatballs keeps it ‘real Italian’

Hungry customers dining at Two Meatballs Italian Deli generally don’t know the new Long Neck restaurant was named, with a twist of humor, for the brothers who own it.

If it was mentioned to a customer enjoying a big sub, on fresh bread...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:55am

The Atlantic Transportation team serves Sussex County and the surrounding areas. Pictured, from left, are: Marlon Sparks, Chip Thompson, Denise Barbado, Ed Walpole, Garrett Brown, Kevin Roberts, Les Paulson, Nate Williams, Joseph Jadczak, Russell Bowser, Melody Bowser, Robert Kline, Brandon Whitmore and Chris O’Connell.

Atlantic Transportation Services supports community organizations

 

Chip Thompson, one of the owners of Atlantic Transportation Services, has a longstanding history in the community for giving back, and doing business with a focus on benevolence. And when he and business partners Marlon Sparks and Steve...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:43am