Knit­ting busi­ness burst­ing at seams

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - C HERYL MA TTIX

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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

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