Happening this week around the county …

Bay Crawlers Crab Shack kicks off its 2019 season Wednesday, May 8, with more than a new name for the restaurant at 1701 Turkey Point Road near North East.

Fred Russell is the new owner of the former Capt. Chris’ Crab Shack, with the change coming about a month ago, he said Monday.

“We’re going to have fresh crabs caught by local watermen,” he said. “And we have the best crab cake in town and the best soft crab.”

Promising a full menu to also include fried shrimp and oysters, Russell said that once the crabbing season picks up the all-you-can-eat offering would return.

“It depends on availability for now,” he said.

Last minute details ahead of the 11 a.m. opening Wednesday included checking the steamers and scrubbing down all 32 picnic tables. The process has begun to put the tables under cover. He noted the invitation still stands to “come eat on the beach” as each table sits on sand.

“We’re going to have a better quality product and better service,” Russell said.

Bay Crawlers Crab Shack will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Tuesdays, when the restaurant will be closed each week. Call 410-287-7070 for more information.


Frank Chick Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, expect to open Fair Hill Saddlery in August. The main store and a second storage building have already been built at 5930 Telegraph Road near the Delaware state line. Chick said Monday that the interior is now coming together.

“We’ll be selling English and Western apparel and tack,” he said, adding that hay and feed and other supplies will also be on hand. “We want to be your one-stop shop for all your equine needs.”

Chick learned the business from his father, Frank Chick Sr., who owns Chick’s Discount Saddlery in Harrington, Del. However, the younger Chick said he is familiar with the Fair Hill area and decided to branch out with his own store here.

“We go to a lot of shows and do trail riding up here,” he said. “We like this area.”

The Fair Hill Saddlery Facebook page is already online.


J&J Pho Taste of Vietnamese Restaurant, located at 216 W. Pulaski Highway in Elkton, held its official grand opening Friday with a ribbon cutting. The former Joker’s Pub has been completely renovated and redecorated and offers its signature Vietnamese pho noodles as well as other traditional foods.

Call 410-620-1888 or stop in daily between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Takeout service is also available as is delivery to the Elkton area.


The Greater Elkton Area Toastmasters and the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide mutual services to each organization, according to Bonnie Grady, chamber president and CEO.

According to Grady, “The aim of this new agreement will be to support the work of the two organizations, operate in the spirit of collaboration and partnership, and strengthen the combined impact of Toastmasters and the Chamber in our community.”

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

Register by May 23 to attend the May 30 official launch of the partnership at the chamber office, located at 216 E. Pulaski Highway, Suite 120 in Elkton. Call 410-392-3833.

While on the subject of the chamber, there will be another Pop-Up Stop and Shop event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the chamber office, hosted by the members of the Direct Sales Roundtable. It’s just in time for Mother’s Day shopping with lots of cash-and-carry items.


Those eager to try the new shopping service offered by Martin’s Food Store in the Rising Sun Town Center have about three months to get it without the $2.95 service charge.

Launched April 29, Martin’s Direct works with the online service Peapod to allow shoppers to select grocery needs online, pay for the groceries and set a time to arrive at the store and have the groceries put into your vehicle.


Port City Brewing Company, based in Alexandria, Va., is hosting a Pint Social and Franconian Kellerbier Tasting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 23 at State Line Liquors, located at 1610 Elkton Road. It’s the last of three tasting parties where fans of craft beer can taste the unfiltered, naturally carbonated brew.

The new Lager Series beer was officially launched May 3.


The Delaware Small Business Chamber recently gave PAWS for People two blue ribbon awards with the Judge’s Choice Award for Best Non-Profit and Best Community Involvement. Lynne Robinson, executive director of the Newark, Del.-based pet therapy organization with Cecil County ties, accepted the awards.

“We truly appreciate this recognition of our deep commitment to our community and our dedication to offer the highest level of service to those who need the care and comfort that PAWS continues to provide,” Robinson said in a statement.

DSBC is an independent organization supporting businesses in and around Delaware that have 100 employees or less.


Cecil County Public Library is offering a free training course in QuickBooks Online at 6 p.m. May 20 at the Elkton Central Library. The course will be taught by Linda Baker, a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. Learn how to use this online system to track your business expenses and other records.

Call 410-996-5600, extension 128 to register or for more information.

Business Beat is a weekly column on business happenings in and around Cecil County. If interested in having your business featured in this column, contact Jane Bellmyer at jbellmyer@cecilwhig.com or 443-245-5007.

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