For­mer Alibi Inn gets new life un­der new owner

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While I was out and about ... The for­mer Alibi Inn at 2 Sas­safras Road in War­wick not only has a new owner, but also oc­cu­pies a new build­ing.

Mike Downs, owner of Green­light Home Im­prove­ment Co., bought the place about a year ago for $158,000 with plans to re­model it. In­stead, he de­cided to de­mol­ish it and start over.

The re­sult is Ham­mer’s, a new build­ing that will func­tion as part liquor pack­age store and part bar and grill.

The liquor store opened Memo­rial Day week­end and has been at­tract­ing new cus­tomers.

Earl Brad­ford, chief in­spec­tor at the Ce­cil County Liquor Board, said he stopped by the place re­cently and it looks good.

“I know he plans to fin­ish off the other part of the build­ing for a bar and grill,” Brad­ford said. “We’ll have to call him in soon for an up­date.”

*** The Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Ce­cil County Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment are pre­par­ing for their sec­ond an­nual big shindig to honor out­stand­ing busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions from the pre­vi­ous year.

This year’s “Busi­ness Hall of Fame Gala” is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 21, at the Well­wood in Charlestown.

Right now the spon­sors are seek­ing nom­i­na­tions in seven cat­e­gories: agribusi­ness, hos­pi­tal­ity/tourism, man­u­fac­tur­ing/dis­tri­bu­tion, non­profit, re­tail, research and de­vel­op­ment and ser­vice.

This pro­gram aims to rec­og­nize com­pa­nies and groups for their ded­i­ca­tion, in­no­va­tion, eco­nomic im­pact and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

El­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments in­clude be­ing lo­cated in Ce­cil County or o Ce­cil County, good stand­ing in the com­mu­nity and at least two years in busi­ness.

The nom­i­na­tion dead­line is 5 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 23.

“We look for­ward to rec­og­niz­ing and show­cas­ing the out­stand­ing qual­ity of our Ce­cil County busi­nesses and their im­pact in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Lisa Webb, di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Ce­cil County Cham­ber Pres­i­dent and CEO Bon­nie Grady said this year’s event will build upon last year’s event and prom­ises to be big­ger with added sur­prises.

Nom­i­na­tion forms can be down­loaded from the County Cham­ber’s web­site www.ce­cilcham­ or call the cham­ber of­fice at 410-392-3833.

*** Turkey Point Vine­yard, owned by Eric and Doris Behnke, of North East, re­cently came away with a “Best in Class” award in the 2016 Mary­land Gov­er­nor’s Cup Com­pe­ti­tion for their Light­house White, a blended wine, which also took a gold medal, by the way. Con­grat­u­la­tions! Turkey Point’s 2014 Mer­lot, 2015 Rose and 2015 Vi­dal Blanc scored three sil­ver medals and their 2015 Caber­net Franc and 2015 Chardon­nay nabbed bronze medals. Not too shabby for a lo­cal vine­yard that made its first vin­tage in 2013 and started grow­ing grapes in 2008.

The vine­yard is lo­cated on Turkey Point Road, but their tast­ing room is 116 S. Main St. in down­town North East.

But Turkey Point Vine­yard wasn’t alone in the ac­co­lades as up­start Chateau Bu-De Bo­hemia Manor Farm near the banks of the Bo­hemia River also earned a bronze medal for its Sauvi­gnon Blanc 2015. Check both of them out!

*** An­gela Cole­man, a fam­ily nurse prac­ti­tioner who is board cer­ti­fied, has opened a skin care of­fice in Elk­ton. Der­ma­tol­ogy Care is lo­cated in suite D in a build­ing at 204 South St.

She has started see­ing pa­tients, but is wait­ing for ap­provals from a va­ri­ety of pri­vate in­sur­ance car­ri­ers. Mean­while, she is ac­cept­ing Medi­care and self-pay clients.

She spe­cial­izes in pro­ce­dures such as der­mabra­sion, biop­sies, pre-can­cer re­movals and a va­ri­ety of cos­metic pro­ce­dures.

*** Ce­cil County’s Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment is or­ga­niz­ing a com­mer­cial real es­tate bro­ker event for Sept. 28 where they hope to show off many of the com­mer­cial/in­dus­trial proper- ties that are cur­rently avail­able for de­vel­op­ment.

This has be­come an an­nual event that at­tracts many bro­kers from the re­gion to get a first­hand look at what Ce­cil County has to of­fer.

Some county of­fi­cials will be rid­ing along to an­swer ques­tions and chat with the bro­kers. The event starts in the morn­ing with net­work­ing and break­fast at Hol­ly­wood Casino in Per­ryville where par­tic­i­pants will get an up­date from Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Steve Pen­ning­ton be­fore they go on the bus tour.

They will end up at Schae­fer’s Canal House for lunch and a talk from Anir­ban Basu, a Mary­land econ­o­mist with the Sage Pol­icy Group. The bus will re­turn par­tic­i­pants to Hol­ly­wood Casino af­ter lunch.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may call her at 443-907-8440 or email her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­


The for­mer Alibi Inn in War­wick is get­ting a new life as Ham­mer’s, a pack­age store, bar and grill.

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