Category: Retailing and Restaurants

Before Gov. Jack Markell and city officials cut the ribbon on two new MKT apartment buildings at 608 and 627 Market Street last month, 608 Market Street was already 61 percent occupied and 627 was already 13 percent pre-leased. New residents began moving into MKT 608 in July. Buccini/Pollin Group was awarded $1.1 million in…

By Carrie Leishman Delaware Restaurant Association & Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation A Sept. 26 News Journal article presumably intended to inform readers about a lawsuit brought to a single restaurant by the Delaware Department of Labor, but instead succeeded in painting a biased picture of tipped employees and the restaurant community that provide employment…

Record company hotshot opens Stoney’s British pub

By Kathy Canavan Farewell, rock ’n’ roll — hello, fish ’n’ chips. Mike Stone promoted the biggest names in marketing when he was with EMI and Virgin Records and Warner Brothers. The Rolling Stones: (“Mick wouldn’t give you the time of day unless you were a good-looking model. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were just…

So Del Concepts bartender becomes gardner thanks to caring managers

By Kathy Canavan Chris Wertz’s life has taken a fairy tale twist, thanks to two restaurant managers. Wertz, who gave up his Brooklyn, N.Y., bartending job to move closer to family, made fast friends with the late restaurateur Matt Haley upon his arrival in Rehoboth Beach. Two years ago, Haley hired Wentz to barkeep at…

Delaware Small Business Chamber to host seminar for entrepreneurs Wilmington, Del. — The Delaware Small Business Chamber (DSBC) will host a seminar to highlight funding sources available to Delaware entrepreneurs. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ed Oliver Golf Club. Panelists will include Ken Anderson of the…

Potential Office or Retail Building Location: 225 North King St. Asking price: $585,000 Size: 20,620 square feet Price per square foot: $28.37 Setting: Located on North King Street, includes a lot to the rear of the building at 16 N. Market. Features: Modern, concrete construction with elevators, sprinklers, fire stairwells. Four-stories plus a basement. C-3…

Disruptive concept could morph Delaware’s hair care industry with mini rental salons

By Kathy Canavan Just as William Levitt tipped housing with his turn key Levittown homes complete with appliances in the 1950s, Kim and Jim Provo could tip Delaware’s hairstyling industry come September. The Provos will open a suite of 24 mini hair salons on Kirkwod Highway, a complete context switch for the industry, where most…

Chick-fil-A operator Mary Johnson’s former pilot and paratrooper background

By Kathy Canavan Mary Johnson’s résumé looks something like this: West Point grad, Army paratrooper, helicopter pilot, airplane pilot, battalion commander in Iraq, operator of the North Dover Chick-fil-A. If the last item seems out of place on a list of extraordinary achievements, it is not. Storied West Point accepts 9 percent of its applicants,…