Former Alibi Inn gets new life under new owner
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.cecilchamber.com 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.
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The former Alibi Inn in Warwick is getting a new life as Hammer’s, a package store, bar and grill.