Blue Earl brews up four years in Smyrna

SMYRNA — With four years behind them, Blue Earl Brewing Company owner Ron Price says they’ve tripled their output and more than quadrupled their staff since opening their off-the-beaten path location on 210 Artisan Drive in Smyrna. Opening their doors in May of 2015 with just five employees (some part-time), they now have a staff […]

New Business: Hookah lounge lights up in Dover

DOVER — During his college career at Temple University, 26-year-old Kartik Patel would often spend a lot of time “hanging out at hookah lounges.” Although they were enjoyed by their patrons, he found many of them to be “sketchy” and in various states of disrepair. Shortly after graduating, he thought to himself: “I could do […]

Businesses look to open, expand in Milford

MILFORD — Spring often means new life and a fresh viewpoint. In downtown Milford, it means new businesses and expansions for several local business owners. Two new restaurants, The Pierogi Spot and Nancy’s Mediterranean Café, are hoping to open before the 16th annual Bug & Bud Festival Saturday, May 4. “I have to make it […]

Farmers market planned for old Smyrna factory

SMYRNA —The large, approximately 170,000-square-foot factory sitting on 12 acres just west of downtown on 655 W. Glenwood Ave. that’s sat unused for nearly a decade may soon be bursting with life. After a multi-year process of negotiation, acquisition and navigating regulatory approvals, the property’s owners Randy Dawson and Sheak Shah of Shadaw Enterprises LLC, […]

Commentary: Women-owned businesses are succeeding in US economy

Women entrepreneurs make up a growing share of U.S. small business owners. The American Express 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses report, which makes its projections based on data from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners, estimates that they own 12.3 million companies in the U.S. — compare that to 1972 when […]

‘Choose Central Delaware’ campaign unveiled

DOVER — What’s to like about Central Delaware? Plenty. Thanks to continuing collaboration between private and public entities, the future looks promising too. In the conclusion of a 45-minute presentation at host Chesapeake Utilities Thursday morning, a glossy 42-page economic profile was unveiled to tout the benefits of bringing companies to the area and advantages […]

Torbert Funeral Chapel celebrates century of service

DOVER — William “Bill” Torbert Jr. and Gary Wallick have become used to the jokes that they are not exactly the first people that folks want to see. After all, they serve as the funeral directors for Torbert Funeral Chapels. However, it is inevitable that everyone will eventually need to plan and prepare for their […]

The BnL to make comeback in downtown Dover

DOVER — After briefly considering moving to Wilmington or the beach, The BnL (Brunch n Lunch) owner Domonique Williams decided to reopen his downtown Dover eatery about a block from its former location. The comeback of the artsy sandwich shop and cafe is slated for mid-April. “Dover is really where I’ve always wanted to be,” […]

Business booming with new projects in Dover

DOVER — They construct, upgrade, arrive and relocate within city limits. Believing in the local economic climate, businesses are filling Dover with more options for living, medical care, tires, home furnishings, eating out and much more. According to city officials, 238 new or substantial reconstruction projects received Certificates of Occupancy in 2018. Others are in […]

Petite Sweets to close up shop in downtown Milford

MILFORD — As 2019 rolls in, another business in Milford will close its doors — at least for a while. Petite Sweets, owned by Albert Sierra and Keila Montalvo-Sierra, opened in December 2015 as a Project Pop-Up business on Walnut Street in downtown Milford. Through Project Pop-Up, a joint venture by the Delaware Economic Development […]