More than 100 jobs coming to former paint plant site in Dover

DOVER – More than 100 jobs are coming to a former paint plant site that’s been vacant since 2019, the Kent Economic Partnership announced Wednesday. The 173,000 square-foot facility will be filled by Nephi, Utah-based National Vinyl Products (NVP) and USA Fulfillment Services of Chestertown, Md..NVP is an extruder of PVC fence and rail products […]

Mid South Audio sets grand opening in Milton

MILTON — Mid South Audio, a go-to audiovisual company serving Delmarva for more than three decades, has a new home base. In celebration of its expansion, Mid South Audio will hold a grand opening Sept. 28 at its new 20,000-square-foot facility in Milton, which includes a state-of-the-art showroom, new office space, a warehouse and a […]

Virtual session to focus on helping minority-owned businesses get relief funding

DOVER — The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus will host a virtual information session Thursday to help minority-owned businesses access COVID relief funds. The forum, which will take place through Zoom, will focus on $100 million being offered by the Delaware Division of Small Business. Each business to receive up to $100,000. The funding can be […]

Applications set to open for Delaware COVID-19 relief fund

DOVER (AP) — Applications are set to open for the first round of grants from a $100 million COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses and nonprofits in Delaware. The state said in a news release Monday that grants of up to $100,000 will be available. The Division of Small Business will begin accepting applications online […]

Poetry takes center stage at Dover’s First Friday

DOVER — Shoppers will be serenaded by street buskers as local musicians and poets alternate performing in downtown Dover shops today from 4 to 7 p.m. And from noon to 7 p.m. today through Saturday, and even into next week, kids of all ages can enjoy a no-touch scavenger hunt that brings them through shops […]

US trade deficit surges in July to highest in 12 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged in July to $63.6 billion, the highest level in 12 years, as imports jumped by a record amount. The Commerce Department reported that the July deficit, the gap between what America buys and what it sells to foreigners, was 18.9% higher than the June deficit of $53.5 […]

Down times for downtowns: Retailers challenged to draw customers in pandemic

DOVER — The lack of steady foot traffic on the downtown sidewalks off Loockerman Street in Dover, Main Street in Smyrna and Walnut Street in Milford, speaks volumes about the difficulties that small businesses continue to face in the facemask wearing, social distancing world of COVID-19. While there are a few business owners who say […]

Actors Attic in Dover preparing for one final encore

DOVER — It’s an irony that hits hard for Susan Betts, co-owner of Actors Attic in Dover. Mrs. Betts, who co-owns the costume store along with her husband, Mark Fels, said that at a time when face masks are selling at an all-time high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are just about the only […]

Paper flower store joins fold in downtown Milford

MILFORD — The grand opening of Cookie’s Paper Petals, a decorative paper flower store on Milford’s Southwest Front Street, was a family affair. The small but lively celebration Aug. 8 included four generations of owner Anastasia Jackson’s family, including her two daughters, her mother and her grandfather, David Morrison Jr. “We call her Cookie,” Mr. […]

US retail sales rise for third month but slowdown expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending at retail stores and restaurants in July for a third straight month, but some evidence suggests that sales are weakening with the expiration of government rescue aid that had previously put more money in people’s pockets. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department showed that retail purchases rose by […]

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