Knitting business bursting at seams
While I was out and about ... Margaret Trussell, owner of Vulcan’s Rest Fibers, a shop at 106 George St. in south Chesapeake City, has purchased the former Chesapeake Wine & Spirits liquor store located on Route 213, just north of the new Dollar General, which is under construction.
Trussell says her business, which features yarn sales and classes, has outgrown its current location in town.
“I need more space for classes and more parking,” Trussell said Tuesday.
She has hired Mike Minietta Construction to do interior renovations to the building to accommodate her needs, but construction hasn’t started yet. She hopes to be able to relocate into the new space after the first of the year.
The new location will provide Trussell with nearly triple her existing space, plus a large parking lot for customers.
She bought the 2.87 acre property Aug. 31 for $375,000, according to land records. Keep your eye on the building to watch as renovations begin.
*** Chesapeake City received some more good news recently when town officials got a lead on a new ferry service operator.
Mayor Dean Geracimos reported last week that offi- cials have met with another “very promising” ferry service operator, who lives just over the state line in Pennsylvania. The young man has a maritime degree from the State University of New York system and currently works at New York Harbor.
Geracimos said he was impressed by the operator’s background and energy, and hoped they could reach an agreement soon. The town has been without a ferry service between the north and south sides all summer after the retirement of Ralph and Clare Hazel, who ran the Miss Clare.
Officials thought they had found an operator out of North East a few months ago, but those plans ultimately fell apart.
*** Elkton Carpet & Tile owner Chuck Platt is all moved into his new building at 207 S. Bridge St. in Elkton, the former American Home Interiors site.
While he’s doing business from the new store, Platt says he won’t be ready for an official re-opening celebration for a few more weeks yet — sometime in October.
“I’m expecting some new merchandise to add to my inventory and I’m not quite done with the set up,” he said Tuesday.
Platt painted the exterior and put up a new sign in front, in addition to some interior painting.
The new building is roughly 12,000 square-feet, nearly three times larger than his former store down the road at 249 S. Bridge St. Watch for his grand reopening soon.
*** Mary Ferrero, a retired special education teacher from the Christina School District in Newark, Del., was all smiles Tuesday when she arrived at Union Hospital to pick up the brand new Chevy Camaro she won as the first place winner in the 2016 Union Hospital Foundation raffle to benefit hospice and palliative care in Cecil County. Elkton Carpet & Tile has new signage for its new location on South Bridge Street.
Ferrero, who bought the winning ticket at the Fair Hill Races in May, said she did so with the intent of making a donation to a cause that she supports.
“But, when your heart is in the right place, good things happen,” she said Tuesday as she thanked Union Hospital President & CEO Richard Szumel and Barry Williams, of Williams Chevrolet, for the opportunity. *** Here’s a shout out
Cecil County artist Geraldine McKeown, whose watercolor “Bay Baskets” received an award of merit Sept. 18 at a reception in the McBride Galleries in Annapolis. The “Best of the Chesapeake” art show featured artists from all over Maryland. Congratulations Geraldine!
If you have any tidbits to share with Cheryl Mattix for this column, you may contact her at cmattix@cecilwhig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.
The former Chesapeake Wine and Spirits has been purchased by the owner of Vulcan’s Rest Fibers in Chesapeake City and will be redeveloped as a new home for the business.