Ladies’ Shopping Night Nov. 16

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Expanded Holiday Store Hours in Downtown Chestertown

A popular shopping tradition continues this year in Downtown Chestertown. On Thursday, November 16, several local businesses are keeping their doors open until 8 p.m. for shoppers to get a head start on their holiday lists before the rush begins during Thanksgiving weekend. Many will offer in-store specials, discounts or prizes, along with refreshments. With more than 10 businesses participating, this will be a great opportunity to explore the variety of gifts and goods available in Downtown Chestertown, including clothing, books, home decor, children’s items, and one-of-a-kind local art and crafts.

In addition, many businesses will offer extended shopping hours the week before Christmas, beginning Monday, December 18. Most locations will stay open until 7 p.m. for added convenience, with business owners available to help you find the perfect gifts (and wrap them beautifully, too).

“We are proud of the quality and selection of merchandise available in Downtown Chestertown, and strive to create more opportunities for local residents to get to know what we have to offer,” said Kristen Owen, President of Downtown Chestertown Association. “Our local merchants enjoy getting to know their patrons and tailoring shopping experiences to meet their needs.”

Details about Ladies’ Night promotions and specific extended holiday shopping hours can be found on the Downtown Chestertown Facebook page  and at individual store locations.

Benchworks Sponsors Baltimore Metro Business Development Event

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On November 7 at Delta Hunt Valley, the networking group Baltimore Metro Business Development (BMBD) will host a panel discussion with local women business leaders. The panel is sponsored by Benchworks, a full-service marketing firm and moderated by Melissa Johnston, President of Benchworks. Other speakers include Cindy Carson, President of Enradius, a company specializing in geo-targeted digital campaigns; Kara DiPietro, President and CEO of HMC Inc., a full-service design, manufacturing and construction firm specializing in food service design and custom manufacturing; Natalia Luis, Chairman and COO, M Luis Construction, a Maryland-based, woman and minority-owned road construction company; and Jennifer Meyer, CEO of Betamore, an award-winning coworking space, incubator, and campus for technology and entrepreneurship.

The event is BMBD’s third of the year, with previous 2017 events in January and May featuring keynote addresses from Donald Fry (President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee), and Tom Geddes (CEO, Plank Industries). The audience will be comprised of approximately 125 executives from numerous companies and industries across the metro area.

“We are excited to sponsor the event and facilitate the discussion with these impressive female leaders.  As we expand our services into the local community, we want to get to know the issues and needs of the greater Baltimore area. We are looking forward to meeting the companies and organizations that will be represented Tuesday evening. It’s a great reminder of the amazing talent and promise existing in this area,” said Benchworks CEO Thad Bench, Sr.

“There are numerous local networking groups and events. If you are going to ask people to take the time from their schedule to join you, it’s important to provide value. We’re anticipating high-level discussion and could not be more appreciative of the support provided by Benchworks, allowing this event to occur,” said BMBD Founder Chris Stoner.

Benchworks Welcomes Chris Stoner

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Chris Stoner

Benchworks announced Oct. 5 that Chris Stoner has joined the company’s Business Development team. Stoner comes to Benchworks with many years of experience in the Baltimore market with specific expertise in marketing, social media marketing and business development management. Stoner’s focus in his first year will be on broadening awareness for Benchworks in the Baltimore marketplace.

As founder of Baltimore Sports and Life, a five-time Baltimore Sun Mobbies Award winning blog and the Baltimore Metro Business Development, a networking group comprised of 370 mostly C-suite members, Stoner has extensive experience in building businesses and helping to grow organizations. His business development acumen will be integral to helping Benchwork continue to grow and diversify its client base.

Benchworks CEO Thad Bench Sr. said, “We are so excited to have Chris join the Benchworks team. Chris’s strong knowledge of key decision makers in the Baltimore marketplace will make him an asset to the Benchworks team and to our clients. We look forward to having him work with us and together opening up new doors to exciting projects.”

Benchworks, an award-winning comprehensive marketing services agency headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, was founded in 1991. With offices in Philadelphia and Boston, the company specializes in the design, production and launch of complete marketing programs and branding   projects. Clients are in a wide variety of sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, manufacturing and education in North America and Europe. For additional information, visit www.benchworks.com or call 800-536-4670.

 

Worton Dollar General Grand Opening Sept. 23

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Dollar General’s newest store at 10838 Worton Road in Worton is now open!

The store’s official grand opening celebration will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 23 with free prizes and special deals.  Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. The store’s fresh layout is designed to make shopping simple for customers.  Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage and coolers are conveniently located at the front of the store.

Traditional Dollar General stores employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on the need.  Anyone interested in joining the Dollar General team may visit the Career section of the Dollar General website

Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise.  Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for their high school equivalency test can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly more than 8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

William (Bill) Lane, Jr. Celebrates 35 years with Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency

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Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Bill Lane, Jr. for 35 years of dedicated service. Mr. Lane began his career with Avon-Dixon in 1982 as an insurance sales and service representative for personal and commercial insurance products. Mr. Lane is currently a Senior Executive Vice-President and works with insurance products that assist clients with asset protection and wealth management. Mr. Lane is certified in insurance counseling and risk management.

“Avon-Dixon is pleased to celebrate 35 years with Bill. His commitment to his customers and his continuing drive to learn something new every day speaks volumes to his clients and co-workers. It is always a pleasure to work with him” says Rich Trippe, President and CEO of Avon-Dixon.

Mr. Lane resides in Easton with his wife, Barbara. He enjoys small boat sailing and woodworking. Mr. Lane currently serves on committees for multiple organizations, such as Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Talbot Historical Society and more.

Johnston Earns Registered Holy Yoga Instructor Credential

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Phyllis Johnston, owner of Every Body Yoga in Centreville, MD completed training to become a registered Holy Yoga Instructor (R-HYI).  The 95 hour program included a week long training in Arizona.

Johnston offers Holy Yoga classes on a donation basis at her Centreville studio. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 6 pm.  All are welcome, beginners and experienced.

Holy Yoga is an experiential worship created to deepen people’s connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship, and wellness. Holy Yoga exists to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.

Every Body Yoga has been serving the mid-shore since January 2000 with group and private yoga instruction, stress management and wellness workshops and the only registered yoga teacher training program on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Johnston is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with 30 years of yoga study and practice.

All are welcome.  For more information, visit www.everybodyyoga.biz.

Judy Crow New Maryland Wineries President

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Judy Crow

The Maryland Wineries Association announced May 1 that Judy Crow, owner and operator of Crow Vineyards, is the new President of the Board of Directors. Crow will preside over all Maryland Wineries Association meetings, assist with membership initiatives and guide major policy discussions at this critical time of industry growth.

“Judy has been an industry leader since the winery’s inception and we look forward to her dedication in the role of president of the association,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

Crow was raised on a dairy farm and spent almost thirty years teaching college and creating early childhood programs in Maryland and Delaware before she met Roy Crow, her husband. In 2008, Judy and Roy married and began the transformation of Crow Farm, a third generation family farm located in Kennedyville on the Eastern Shore. Together Roy and Judy focused on diversifying the farm from the traditional farm of corn and soy beans to include a farmstay B&B, a vineyard, and a winery along with an impressive herd of grass fed Angus cattle. Committed to creating the best products in the region, Judy, her son Brandon, and Roy continue to be very hands-on with the management of winemaking, the tasting room and wholesale distribution.

“In the short time I have been in the wine business, I have seen growth in the Maryland industry and believe that, with a strong winery association, the opportunities are endless. I believe that Maryland’s diverse wine growing regions allow consumers and tourist alike to experience a full portfolio of interesting wines,” said Judy Crow.

Maryland Wineries Association, a non-profit, member based, trade association, represents more than 80 wineries across the state. MWA’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable wine-growing community by expanding agricultural products and by increasing awareness through special events, industry education, advocacy, promotions and tourism. MWA is represented by the management group, Grow & Fortify. For more information, please visit the MWA website

Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Earns the Premier Office Bronze Award

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The Chestertown Real Estate Varsity Team

This year, the prestigious 2016 Premier Office Bronze Award goes to the Chestertown Office of Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate. This is the second year this office has received this distinguished award. The Bronze level Coldwell Banker® Premier Office is the highest honor Coldwell Banker offices can earn.  The Chestertown office is located at 114 B Cross Street, Chestertown, MD.  It can be reached at 410-778–0330.  Chesapeake Real Estate has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker® system for 7 years.

 

J.R.’s Expanding to Smyrna

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The Lemon Leaf and J.R.’s Past Time Pup will soon be entertaining customers in Smyrna, Del. J.R. Alfree, who owns and operates the popular Chestertown restaurant and bar will be expanding his operation to the Inn at Duck Creek in Smyrna, according to a story in Delaware Online today.