Happening this week around the county …

Harford Bank is expanding in Cecil County by adding a second Elkton branch; this one on Augustine Herman Highway in the Southfield Park Shopping Center.

Harford Bank already has a branch at 133 North Bridge St. in downtown Elkton. Michael Allen, president of the banking company founded in 1964, said that branch would not be affected by the expansion down the road.

”We think they are two different areas,” Allen said Monday, adding that the new location to open in two to three months will be prime.

”Southfields is a potential growth area,” he said, referring to the proposed development along Route 213, which would be a mixed use project with retail, housing and commercial elements.

”We have had some interest in the Chesapeake City area as well.”

The move is what Allen called “step two of several steps” the bank is taking.

”Cecil County has a great market. We’ve seen some nice growth in our deposits and our lending,” he said, adding the company is deciding to become more aggressive. “While other banks are closing branches ... we are being very careful of where we open.”

Allen said renovations are under way to turn the former Howard Bank branch, which closed in September, into Harford Bank. At the start, he expects to need a manager, assistant manager, two full time and one part-time teller.

”This will be an honest to goodness community bank,” he promised.

Allen said there would be special promotions and offers surrounding the grand opening of the new branch.

”Our intent is to make sure it is a very visible opening,” he said.

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Brittany Spies opened the door of The Teal Antler Boutique ahead of the official 9 a.m. start for good reason on Black Friday.

”The line was around the block,” Spies said, holding the door of her new location, 123 North Bridge St., open as customers continued to arrive.

The Teal Antler had been operating solely online and with a mobile unit for festivals and pop-ups until Nov. 2018 when Spies opened a second floor shop on West Main Street. It didn’t take long to realize The Teal Antler was outgrowing that space.

Spies said she is still planning a ribbon cutting. On Friday she was overwhelmed with the turnout. The store was packed with shoppers.

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The last surviving founder of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet chain died unexpectedly Sunday. Mark Butler was 61.

In a statement posted on the company website, Richard Zannino, a member of the board of directors, announced Butler’s passing.

“Mark was an exceptional entrepreneur, merchant, leader, philanthropist, friend and family man,” Zannino said. “From ringing the first sale in the first Ollie’s store in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1982, to leading the Company’s highly profitable growth to 345 stores in 25 states, Mark built a successful and enduring retail concept, assembled an incredible team, created thousands of jobs and delivered millions of bargains to our customers, while delivering exceptional shareholder value along the way.”

Ollie’s has a store in Aberdeen and will open its Elkton store in the Big Elk Mall in May 2020.

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Free family photos with Santa will be available Dec. 7-8 and again Dec. 14-15 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Milburn Orchards, 1495 Appleton Road north of Elkton. No appointment is necessary. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own cameras.

Call 410-398-1349 for more information.

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Sonny Bea’s Floral & Event Design, a full service floral shop, has opened for business in Oxford, Pa.

Located in the Oxford Square Shopping Center on North Third Street, Natalie Weaver opened her shop Saturday. She named it Sonny Bea’s because Sonny was the name of her grandfather and is also her brother’s name.

”Bea is an homage to Buchanan’s Buds and Blossoms,”she said Saturday, referring to the well-known local company she purchased.

Sonny Bea’s is a full service floral shop that is branching out into event design and also offers tuxedo and suit rentals.

Stephen Stiles is our designer,” she said. “I say, “I like this,” and he makes it happen.” You may recognize the name from Stiles Florist that used to operate in North East.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. until 4 and Sunday by appointment only. Check them out online at SonnyBeas.com or call 610-932-8339.

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Harmony Road Pottery Studio, 2832 Jacob Tome Highway in Colora, is hosting a Holiday Open Studio & Sale Dec. 6-8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

During the event there will be free ornament-making while you shop for unique pieces and seconds.

For more information call 610-796-2203 or find them on Facebook.

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King’s Discount has moved from its store next to Rock Springs Deli in Conowingo to a much larger location over the state line in Quarryville.

Employees were busy Saturday packing up the last of the merchandise for the move to 1007 Lancaster Pike, just 15 miles from the Cecil County store.

Anyone with questions can call 717-284-4343 or find the store on Facebook.

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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