Happening this week around the county …

Mark your calendars for 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and the grand opening of Bog Turtle Brewery in Rising Sun.

Located at 10 East Main St., Bog Turtle Brewery will have 12 hand-crafted beers on tap.

”Four are our flagship beers. The other eight are rotated seasonally,” said Kate Neidlein, one of the servers. Those flagship beers are dubbed Rochambeau, Two Stories, Devil’s 9 Ball and Cattail Honey Brown.

Steve Applegate is the brewmaster. His go-to is Rochambeau, an American red ale.

”I’ll go on a wheat kick, then I’ll come back to Rochambeau,” he said. “Rochambeau never lets me down.”

Laura Bienkowski, director of marketing and communications, tells Applegate to stop coming up with new flavors.

”Boudreaux is my new favorite,” Bienkowski said of the farmhouse ale. When she discovers a new beer she likes she feels as though she is being unfaithful to Devil’s 9 Ball, she said, laughing. “I told Steve to stop making me cheat on my boyfriend.”

Bog Turtle Brewery will be open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., 11 until 11 Friday and Saturday and 11 until 9 Sunday.

Hand-cut fries with a selection of dipping sauces, stuffed burgers and more are on the menu, including something called “Cowboy Caviar.” Sodas and water are also available for those who do not drink beer.

At a recent town meeting, Mayor Travis Marion was excited about the impending opening.

”I think the residents are going to be really happy with the way it looks,” Marion said. He credited Jeremy Vanderhoef and his crew for finding original timbers from the Kirk & Haines store that stood on the site decades ago. That lumber was turned in to tables and counters for the brewery.

”It’s really neat to see people who are investing in the town but not trying to change it,” the mayor said. “They want to preserve the history.”

Bienkowski said the Rising Sun Historic Preservation Committee is certain it has a photo of Haines & Kirk in its archives and will share it with Bog Turtle Brewery.

Applegate hopes the brewery will become a popular spot in town and not just for beer and food.

”The Captain’s Table can seat eight to 10 people,” Applegate said. “If you bring your laptop it will connect to the TV and you can have your meeting here.”

There’s a stage for entertainment, but when the stage is not in use it’s a children’s play place with games and activities. Eventually there will also be movie nights, bingo nights and other events.

We want it to be fun and relaxing,” Applegate said.


The Green Market At Sweet Spice Bakery will officially celebrate its grand opening in February but Casey Warrington and her mom, Holly Rollins, have been busy since the re-branded store opened in November.

Warrington had been running Sweet Spice Bake Shop with a partner, who stepped away from the store at 17 South Main St. in North East. She wasn’t out of the business long when Rollins joined in, adding a line of artisanal meats and cheeses to Warrington’s cakes, cookies and other sweet treats.

”We really want to expand and do more things than just the bakery,” Rollins said. “We want to be a market in every sense of the word.”

The refrigerated case holds several varieties of both sweet and savory cheeses, prosciutto, pate and spreads. A recent addition was Kilby Cream milk, chocolate milk and heavy cream.

For the busy types, the duo offers order ahead Friday night dinners to go.

”And with your dinner I include recipe cards to turn your leftovers into a panini for example,” Warrington said, noting that Friday night meal will also provide meals throughout the weekend.

For those who are party planning, The Green Market at Sweet Spice Shop offers what Rollins calls “The Grazing Platter.”

”It’s several different kinds of cheeses, salami and prosciutto, pate, fruit and crackers,” she explained. “It comes with several dipping sauces and you can have house-made crostini.”

Store hours are Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Have a cup of Peet’s coffee while you browse the cases full of cookies, brownies, quiches and cheeses.


While other chambers of commerce hold business card exchanges, Elkton Chamber and Alliance has launched BASH. Jessica Price, executive director, said these ”Business Associate Social Hours” will replace the luncheons.

”We are moving away from them and doing the quarterly BASH and hope to add in some workshops here and there,” Price said.

She’s in the hunt for businesses interested in hosting a BASH Feb. 11 or May 12. Call 410-398-5076 for more information. Price said hosting is free and a great way to show off your business.


Representatives from Fulton Bank will be at the Elkton Central Library Jan. 27 presenting a one-hour seminar on small business funding. It begins at 6 p.m. at the library at 301 Newark Avenue and will be led by John Hassiepen, vice president of commercial banking. He will help emerging or potential small business owners with tips and insights to secure funding. Call 410-996-5600 extension 481 to register or for more information on this free seminar.


Royal Farms in Conowingo is hosting a hiring event Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The convenience store at 379 Conowingo Road is hiring for all positions.


Cecil County Farm Bureau is offering a free Grain Marketing Workshop Feb. 3 from 1 until 2 p.m. at Calvert Grange.

The seminar is open to growers at all levels of experience. Bill Hostetter from Hostetter Grain is the featured speaker who will address topics on contracting your grain; whether it’s right for you and if so, when and how. Pre-register by calling Patty Pierce at 410-658-2460 or send an email to cecilfarmbureau@gmail.com

••• Cecil County’s newest Domino’s will hold its grand opening next week, a month after quietly opening for business in the Perryville Station Shopping Center.

Don Prouse, area franchisee, said this is his 17th store stretching his presence from Cecil County to Salisbury. He recently purchased the Domino’s in North East.

”We like the location. It’s a good shopping center and nice clientele,” Prouse said.

This location has seating accommodations but also offers delivery. Customers can earn free stuff with the Piece of the Pie rewards program and get in the pick up express lane with the Pie Pass. Those are in the Domino’s app.

”We are also holding open interviews for drivers and managers,” said Jamie Ayars, training manager. “Managers start at $45,000 with medical, dental, vision and paid vacation.”

Prouse noted he began his career as a driver and is now a franchise owner.

Look for Grand Opening specials and meal deals for your Super Bowl party including a Super Bowl Party Pack.

For more information call 410-642-5555. Domino’s in Perryville opens daily at 10:30. Sunday through Thursday it closes at 11 p.m., and is open until midnight Friday and Saturday.

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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