Happening this week around the county …

Mauldin Commerce Center will officially open for business Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and open house. The former Day Basket Factory at 714 S. Mauldin Ave. in North East is now home to various businesses with room for more under one roof.

Celestial Printing, Eternal Lore Games, and Five Rivers Fitness have already set up shop in the Mauldin Commerce Center. During the day there will be food trucks, fitness assessments, board game demonstrations, standard Magic: The Gathering drafts and tours of the space available for rent.

There are three spaces available according to Keith Moore, owner of Celestial Printing. Those spaces range from 300 to 500 square feet. The center also offers a multi-purpose room to rent for private parties, meetings or other events.


Aldi and Walmart both have reopening ceremonies Friday morning to celebrate the completion of massive renovation projects.

Aldi added square footage to its store at the entrance to Chesapeake Corporate Center off Chesapeake Boulevard in Elkton.

Meanwhile, Walmart spent $29 million on its nearby location at 1000 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton and several other Maryland stores, giving the stores a fresh coat of paint inside and out, new shelving and displays and new technology to enhance the shopping experience.

Aldi is offering a prize drawing to the first 100 customers in line for the 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting.

Walmart will do likewise, cutting the ribbon in ceremonies that begin at 8 a.m.


Elkton Friendly Pharmacy closed Tuesday after 32 years in business. It opened May 18, 1987, as part of The Medicine Shoppe chain of community pharmacies. The name changed to Elkton Friendly Pharmacy in 2006; the name coming from a contest among its customers.

Jane LeGoff-Mitchell, pharmacist, said she and two pharmacy technicians, along with all the patient records at the pharmacy, located at 228 S. Bridge St., are moving to the Sav-on Pharmacy inside the Acme in the Big Elk Mall.


Bushel & Peck Bakery has moved out of Angie Palmer‘s kitchen and onto East Main Street in Rising Sun.

“I was under the cottage food laws,” Palmer said of her home-based bakery.

When Rise N Grind Cafe opened in August she began bringing her baked goods in to see if owner Angie Vanderhoef would be interested. She was.

“This is going to bring us to the next level,” Vanderhoef said of the baked goods made in the kitchen at the Rising Sun cafe.

Renting the kitchen space, Palmer turns out soft chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, chocolate eclairs, pies and other sweet delights. Some of the offerings — especially the pies — will change with the fruit seasons. She also offers gluten-free baked goods.

And if you want to order for home, office or special events, call 410-658-0002 to talk to Bushel & Peck Bakery.


Aqua-Sun will be celebrating Sunday with its annual Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the store located at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Landing Lane in Elkton.

“We’ve been doing this for about 15 years,” according to Cindy Scasny, owner of the pool and spa company.

Scasny said it will be a day of fun, food and prizes for everyone.

Pool owners, or potential pool owners, will especially want to come in and talk about the specials on chemicals and information on pool care and maintenance.

“We offer a pool school for new pool owners who don’t really understand what’s involved,” she said.

Aqua-Sun also offers opening and closing service and repairs on pools, spas, hot tubs and endless pools. Call 410-398-4141 for more information.


Air Clear, located off Oldfield Point Road in Elkton, participated in the just-completed Trade Winds Indo-Pacific Forum and Mission that took place May 6-13. Representatives of Air Clear joined 13 other Maryland based companies in a tour of India and Bangladesh led by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

“The opportunity to showcase Maryland’s diverse and talented companies on an international level is exciting,” said Colleen Fisher, director of U.S. Commercial Service Baltimore. “Events like Trade Winds allow our team to put Maryland on display and show how our advanced companies — which sell products ranging from environmental solutions to defense technologies — provide solutions across the globe.”


Hair Cuttery wants to make your next haircut mean more by giving customers the chance to give a free haircut to a victim of domestic violence. The Hair Cuttery in the Big Elk Mall is participating in the nationwide campaign. Get a haircut Monday or Tuesday, May 20 and 21, and in turn a coupon for a free haircut will be given to someone in need through National Network to End Domestic Violence.


The TCC/Verizon Wireless store in North East Plaza is partnering with Cecil County Animals Services Sunday as part of a company-wide effort to encourage adopting pets from local shelters. Those who are the first to give a dog or cat a ‘fur-ever’ home will also get a supply kit from TCC. The event begins at 1 p.m.

Abigail Lightning-Bingham, CCAS director, said there will also be lots of information available to take home and consider a future pet adoption.


The new general manager of JC Penney in Abingdon is Shawn French from Rising Sun. He brings 35 years of retail experience to the new position, coming to the Boulevard at Box Hill store from Clarks Americas.

He began his new role last month.


Howard Bank has launched its Keep It Local contest, which offers a $10,000 prize for the small business that garners the most votes. Nominating ends May 24. The top 15 businesses will then advance to the voting round June 10. More details and the nomination form is available at howardbank.com.


Did you know that May is Building Safety Month in Maryland? With the focus on modern building safety codes, enforcement and training, the month-long observance brings together public safety, health and welfare and promotes economic development. Matthew Helminiak, commissioner of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, said it “recognizes that the growth and strength of our state depends upon the safety and economic value of the homes, buildings and infrastructure that serve our citizens.”

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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