Category: Retailing and Restaurants

By Carrie Leishman When one thinks of apprenticeship, images of craftsman huddled over a tool bench during the 17th century come to mind, or more currently of blue-collar laborers in the traditional “trades” earning non-professional wages. As parents we shunned these careers and pushed our children into expensive colleges with the hope of higher success. The…

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. is expanding its distribution to Pennsylvania. The company’s lineup of spirits will now be available in cocktail bars, restaurants and state liquor stores. “After years of bringing our off-centered ales to the state, we are thrilled to introduce our spirits to our Dogfish Head fans and to new folks who enjoy…

Buckley’s owners to open Goober’s retro diner in Wilmington this fall

A two-story, 80-seat stainless-steel retro ’50s diner called Goober’s will soon rise from the ground as the prelude to an expected late-fall opening of the newest restaurant venture of Buckley’s owners Vance Kershner and Tom Hannum. “It’s going to be a traditional diner, a great neighborhood place with three services a day,” said Vaughn Hardin…

Mayor Mike Purzycki and Downtown Visions Executive Director Martin Hageman on June 6 marked the opening of the Downtown Farmer’s Market near Rodney Square. The market opens to the public each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 30. “The Downtown Farmer’s Market is just one more example of the many good things that are…

Wilmington University (WilmU) has been selected to participate in Walmart’s Live Better U education benefit program as part of an expansion announced at the retailer’s shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. Through the university’s partnership with Guild Education, which works with Walmart to administer the program, WilmU will be one of the select schools offered to…

Delaware Business Times’ parent company Today Media is adding to its menu of popular lifestyle and specialty publications, websites, and events, by acquiring The Valley Table magazine and the popular Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.  In announcing the acquisition, Today Media CEO Robert A. Martinelli noted, “This is a positive step for the local culinary industry as both…

Delaware native son Paul Cullen is hosting weekly Sunday markets offering all the ingredients needed to prepare authentic Italian meals. The former Bad Company and guitarist and owner of Paul’s Kitchen & Cullen-ary Company will open the Pop Up Market at 32882 Cedar Grove Road in Lewes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “There’s nothing better than cooking…

By Eric Ruth Ever since the world took a collective belly flop into the still-fragrant swamp of the Great Recession, most of us have become accustomed to doing more with less (except, of course, the rats who skunked us in the first place). Most others faced a new fiscal reality: Households tightened their belts. Businesses…

SoDel pilots ‘apprenticeship beyond the trades’ program created by Delaware Restaurant Association and Dept. of Labor

State and restaurant industry officials will unveil the nation’s first Registered Apprenticeship Program for culinary professionals on May 29. Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts is sponsoring the pilot program for eight apprentices, who actually is already under way. The two-year Cook Apprenticeship Program combines 4,300 hours of on-the-job training and classroom education. The effort represents a “professional,…