A Week In Business

Board Acquires Bank Shares

BERLIN – Reese F. Cropper, Jr., chairman of the Board of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., announced this week that the Board of Directors has authorized the corporation to acquire up to 314,072 shares (10 percent of outstanding stock) of its Common Stock.

The shares could be acquired from time to time in open market transactions, in block purchases or otherwise. The shares would be used for appropriate corporation purposes.

Phillips Opens New Restaurant

BERLIN – Phillips Seafood Restaurants celebrated last week the grand opening of its newest Phillips restaurant, located in the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center.

Phillips Seafood, the company’s first restaurant within Pennsylvania, marks the beginning of a franchise partnership with Columbia Sussex Corporation, a private hospitality entity that owns and operates hotels and casinos across the United States.

Phillips Seafood will offer its guests a classic American seafood menu in a sophisticated setting, marrying the freshest and finest seafood available with simple and inspiring preparations. Guests will enjoy an upscale, casually elegant dining experience; key menu items will combine comfort and culinary ingenuity all in one plate presentation.

"This newest location is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce our name to the Philadelphia marketplace," said John Knorr, Chief Operating Officer for Phillips Seafood Restaurants. "We have partnered with Columbia Sussex Corporation, known for their excellence in the hospitality marketplace, as part of our strategic plan to expand our restaurant brand across the United States and beyond."

Knorr added, "Right now, we are actively searching for franchise partners throughout Asia to help take our restaurant concepts global. Asia is a natural next step for Phillips – our seafood processing is primarily located there, and the area has been exhibiting explosive hotel growth. We think Phillips Seafood would be the perfect choice for high-quality hotel operations, such as Sheraton, who are looking for trusted restaurant brands to complement and enhance their worldwide locations."

Free Seminar Planned

BERLIN – Prudential Carruthers Realtors will host a Free Buyer’s Seminar at its West Ocean City Office Conference Center on June 4 from 10-11 a.m.

Interested guests can get their questions answered on how to select, finance and buy your dream home. Rental and management information will also be provided. Handouts provided will include a property selection criteria checklist; current mortgage rates and financing programs available; the buying process, settlement/closing procedures and costs; and a how-to rental brochure.

Seating is limited so call 410-524-7000 today to make reservations. If you have any questions call Don Clark, Associate Broker, direct at 410-520-2614 or 443-373-7514.

Hileman Leaders

BERLIN – Debora Hileman, broker, announced that Hileman’s top April agents were Terri Bradford for listings and John Snider for sales.

Top Rookie Named

BERLIN – Andrea Thomas, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokarage’s Ocean City 104th Street office, was named the Rookie of the Year 2006 for that office.

The Rookie of the Year Award is given based on the highest gross commission income (GCI). In order to be eligible for the Rookie of the Year Award, a residential sales associate should have completed his or her first year in the real estate business in 2006 and have exceeded the company’s average GCI.

"The first year of any sales associate’s career is filled with many challenges," said Bonnie Camarata, branch vice president of CBRB’s Ocean City 104th Street office. "Andrea rose to meet those challenges with exceptional skill and determination. I am extremely proud of her ability to provide truly remarkable service to our clients."

Thomas is licensed in Maryland and Delaware.

New Business Announced

BERLIN – Sprout Creatives, owned and operated by Creative Director, Paul Starkey, is a new design studio providing full-service graphic design and website solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses in the Delmarva area. Services include newspaper/magazine advertisements, menus, post cards, rack cards, business stationary, direct mail, and website design.

Inexpensive quality printing services are also available to area businesses. Sprout Creatives has a working relationship with a variety of commercial printers that allows them to search for the best prices suitable for their customers.

“Following the recent trend of the growing number of visitors and residents on Delmarva, I find it necessary for the marketing efforts of local businesses to maintain their pace with this growing demographic. Our mission at Sprout Creatives is to provide Delmarva businesses with contemporary ‘Madison Avenue Style’ creative solutions without the high New York prices,” said Starkey.

Starkey is a graduate of Salisbury University. Prior to owning his business, Starkey worked for nine years in the local newspaper industry as graphic designer for the (ITALICS)Maryland Coast Dispatch and as art director for (ITALICS)Ocean City Today. After leaving the newspaper industry, he enhanced his skills and knowledge as creative director for a company based out of New York City and later returned to the area to work for an area real estate developer as its marketing and graphic design specialist. However, because of corporate cut backs, Starkey was dismissed from his position where he then pursued his life-long dream of owning a business.

Team Recognized

BERLIN – Brenda Truelove and Paul Fedynich, sales associates with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Ocean City 104th Street office, were named one of the coastal region’s top five teams for units sold and gross commission income (GCI) sold in 2006. The awards were presented by Hal Maxwell, president of CBRB, during the company’s annual awards ceremony.

The award is given based on the gross income production for the calendar year and the Top 5 Unit Team Award is given based on units sold in the calendar year.

"Brenda and Paul rose to the top of the industry last year as a result of their solid teamwork," said Bonnie Camarata, branch vice president of the Ocean City 104th Street office. "They deliver truly remarkable service with constant dedication and attentiveness to their clients."

Resort Tops Ranking

BETHANY BEACH – Sea Colony is once again among the elite tennis resorts in the world, according to Tennis Resorts Online’s annual rankings.

Listed by the site as No. 19 in the world, this global recognition is the latest in local, regional and national honors earned by the resort community and its tennis staff.

With 34 tennis courts, including four indoor and 12 Har-Tru clay, and 25teaching professionals, Sea Colony Tennis, under Tennis Director Dr. Dave Marshall, offers a wide range of camps, clinics and private instruction to tennis players of all ages and skill levels.