A Week In Business

Michaels Coming To White Marlin Mall

WEST OCEAN CITY – Michaels Stores, Inc. has signed a lease with Greenberg Gibbons Commercial for 20,000 square feet of space at White Marlin Mall, a 186,000-square-foot shopping center located in West Ocean City.

The project is also anchored by Marshalls, Staples and Bed Bath & Beyond. Michaels Stores, which operates 21 locations throughout the Maryland region, expects to open its newest unit in mid-2008.

Michaels is the largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts and features more than 900 stores in the United States and Canada. Each store carries more than 40,000 products and offers a wide range of products in categories including apparel arts, bakeware, beads/jewelry making, fine art, floral, framing, general crafts, kids crafts, home décor, paper crafts, seasonal, wedding, and yarn and needle crafts.

Built in 1987, White Marlin Mall is positioned adjacent to the 180,000-square-foot Ocean City Factory Outlets, which, combined, comprise the largest shopping center complex in the greater Ocean City area at approximately 350,000 square feet of space. In 2003, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial initiated an extensive renovation and re-tenanting program that successfully attracted new tenants such as Marshalls and Staples.

“Michaels represents an excellent complement to existing anchor stores Marshalls and Staples and it adds another nationally-recognized brand to our tenant mix at White Marlin,” said Brian Gibbons, president and CEO of Greenberg Gibbons Commercial. “The international chain enjoys a strong consumer following and is a proven traffic generator, which will benefit our entire tenant mix.”

Erwin L. Greenberg, chairman of the Board of the company, added, “White Marlin Mall enjoys a growing demographic base of residents that live in and around Ocean City throughout the year, as well as an impressive influx of seasonal shoppers that enter the area on a weekly basis. This combination of consumers from local households and constantly changing new visitors to the project has proven to be a powerful one-two punch for our merchants.”

Dentist Completes Program

BERLIN – Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies recently announced the completion of Full Mouth Reconstruction by Dr. Geoffrey H. Robbins. The six-day, live-patient treatment program focuses on teaching dentists to deliver comprehensive dental care to their patients through full-mouth reconstructive principles.

Robbins completed the Full Mouth Reconstruction program under the world-renowned Dr. William Dickerson, founder and CEO of LVI Global. While at LVI, Robbins underwent intensive training on how to evaluate, diagnose and treat restorative cases so that they will not only make patients look good but feel good as well.

Robbins has completed five post graduate courses at the institute ranging from Aesthetic Smile Enhance and Neuromuscular problems to full mouth reconstruction. Trina Harrison and Candace Rae accompanied Robbins to the courses attending six days of classes and receiving 36 hours of continuing education.

Centex To Hold Crab Feast

BERLIN – On Friday, Aug. 10, from 3-6 p.m., Centex Homes invites residents and vacationers to a free crab feast catered by Hooper’s Crab House at Seaside Village, a Luxury Townhome community.

Centex Homes will host the event, which will feature music, and giveaways to celebrate the grand opening of its all-new decorated model.

The bayside resort offers boat slips, pool and clubhouse and is located less than a mile from Ocean City.

According to Centex Homes’ Marketing Manager Carla Sevilla, the builder is also offering an extra incentive of one free upgrade, such as granite countertops, custom kitchen pantry or upgraded lighting package to homebuyers who attend the crab feast and are under contract by Sept. 21. The free incentive will vary depending upon home design selected.

Bank Graduate

BERLIN – Mercantile Peninsula Bank President and CEO Jeffrey F. Turner has announced that Kristi Richardson, Marketing Coordinator, recently graduated from the American Bankers Association School of Marketing and Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

The two-year program provides marketers, managers and specialists with a one-of-a-kind education under the guidance and direction of faculty advisors comprised of distinguished marketing professionals. Students developed strategies to promote new products and received a solid foundation in marketing principles and management practices.

Richardson joined Mercantile Peninsula Bank in February 2005 and is a member of the Bank’s Shared Drive Committee. Additionally, she is the Executive Secretary and Governance Chairman for Kids of Honor.

Richardson graduated from Wor-Wic Community College in 2002 with an Associates of Arts Degree in Business. In 2004, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Salisbury University.

AGH Appointments

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital recently appointed the following physicians to the hospital and Atlantic General Health System’s (AGHS) medical staff.

Sean Dakshaw, DO, specializes in emergency medicine. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing an internship at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Barry Spector, MD, specializes in emergency medicine. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. Spector completed his residency in pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

Vincent Graffeo, MD, specializes in pathology and is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals before going on to a fellowship in hematopathology there.

Kellie Phillips, PA-C, specializes in emergency medicine. She received her master’s degree in health sciences from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

David Brandon, MD, specializes in anesthesiology. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda and completed an internship in internal medicine and his residency in anesthesiology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Brandon then went on to fellowships in cardiac anesthesia at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston andcritical care medicine at the National Naval Medical Center.

David Gannon, DPM, specializes in podiatry. He graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and went on to two residencies in podiatric surgery (University of Maryland/Mercy MedicalCenter in Baltimore and Liberty Medical Center in Baltimore), a residency in podiatric medicine (Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY), and a foot and ankle fellowship (University ofMaryland/Kernan Hospital in Baltimore).

County Names New Environmental Director

BERLIN – The County Commissioners recently announced the promotion of former Environmental Programs Deputy Director Robert Mitchell, R.S. to the position of Director of Environmental Programs to replace the former director, Rick Wells, who retired on July 1.

“Mr. Mitchell has extensive knowledge and experience in this field, but more importantly he is a committed and dedicated individual,” said Commission President Jim Purnell. “He is a great asset to the county and its citizens.”

Born and raised in Catonsville, Mitchell graduated from Towson State in 1991 with a Bachelor of Environmental Science, during which time he served as a Water Quality Inspector for Howard County.

After completing college, he went to work for private consulting companies, performing a wide range of environmental cleanup projects for federal and private industry clients. In 1998 he moved to Berlin and joined Townsends and later Allen Family Foods as a corporate environmental officer. Mitchell came on board with Worcester County in 2005 as deputy director of Environmental Programs.

The mission of Environmental Programs is to promote and protect the health of Worcester County residents by providing information about basic sanitation practices and environmental awareness, protecting air, water and soil from contaminants.

“I look forward to continue working with the dedicated staff of Environmental Programs to accomplish our mission and strengthening our commitment to environmental protection,” Mitchell said.

Company Opens Office

BERLIN – EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), a leading provider of environmental, engineering, and program/construction management services, announced this week that it has opened an office in Ocean Pines to support the growing demand for the firm’s services throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“The opening of the Ocean Pines office enhances our ability to deliver superior service to existing clients, as well as provide a platform to serve the diverse engineering and environmental needs of this growing region,” said Jon Brownstein, Ph.D., Vice President and Unit Director responsible for the Ocean Pines office.

Michael Battle, Senior Vice President of Operations, added, “EA’s presence in Worcester County provides our Eastern Shore clients with ready access to more than 225 Maryland-based professionals practiced in various engineering and scientific disciplines. These resources will prove invaluable as communities and businesses expand in this environmentally sensitive area of the Eastern seaboard.”

From its Ocean Pines location, EA will continue to provide municipal engineering and construction management services to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, environmental compliance and permitting services to local industry and state agencies, and construction-phase services to residential and commercial developers and municipalities. The new office is located in the The Pavilions, 11202 Racetrack Road, Unit 103.

Acupuncture Now Offered

BERLIN – Only nine months after opening its doors for business, Robin Walter Salon and Spa is introducing an intriguing addition – facial acupuncture.

This new modality can enhance your physical appearance as well as your overall health, giving you a glow that radiates from deep within. While cosmetic acupuncture as a spa feature is a somewhat new phenomenon, there are nevertheless centuries-old records of it being used in the service of beauty. What’s more, acupuncture’s ability to improve a variety of skin conditions has now been documented in legitimate clinical studies. Its effectiveness is no longer a question of hearsay or testimonials but perhaps the main benefit of this treatment is a pain relieving effect. Over 80 percent of people claim a revolutionary effect on their lives, which turned to be free of discomfort.

Robin Walter, which is offering a 10-percent discount off each client’s initial visit, has announced the addition of acupuncturist Julia Grey, L.Ac, who began her training at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, Calif. in 1998, where she earned her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine and graduated with Honors. It was at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she went on to begin her clinical work, completing three years of Clinical Internship as well as Geriatric Internship. She also researched disease and pathology plus treatment.

New Sales Team Formed

BETHANY BEACH – Rick Allamong, branch vice president for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Bethany Beach offices, has announced the creation of the new Alberti-Oursler sales team. The team consists of sales agents Lauren Alberti and Marnie Oursler and their assistant Beth Kinnier and will be based out of the Bethany Beach/Sunrise Court office.

"Lauren, Marnie and Beth will make an exceptional sales team," said Allamong. "I am excited for them as they join together to provide a higher level of service to their customers and clients."

Alberti has been an associate broker licensed in Delaware since 1984 with expertise in oceanside and oceanfront properties as well as land sales and 1031 exchanges. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Delaware Association of Realtors and Sussex County Association of Realtors.

Oursler, a sales associate licensed in Delaware and Maryland, is a fourth generation builder. Her family owned Marrick Properties, a residential and commercial building company based out of Southern Maryland. She was formerly an assistant to Alberti.

Kinnier joined forces with Alberti in 2005 when Oursler went to work for Beazer Homes. She has brought to Alberti an expertise in technology, a strong work ethic and the ability to meet customer needs.