Happening this week around the county …
Chestnut Point Estates & Marina is Cecil County’s newest manufactured home community geared toward active retirees and empty-nesters, located on the Northeast River near Perryville.
“We are a year-round community for those 55 and older ... who want to be able to relax and enjoy themselves,” sales manager Lori Copes said.
There are three models from which to choose and locate on one of the 53 lots available at Chestnut Point.
Lot rental is $495 a month, which covers mowing, snow and trash removal. It also offers public water and sewer and no property taxes.
Copes said the models range from 1,400 to 1,524 square feet with spacious living areas and multiple bedrooms and baths. The base price is just under $180,000 and buyers get to choose colors, counters, carpet, flooring and more to make it unique.
“You choose the lot, you choose the finishes,” Copes said.
In as little as eight weeks, the home is ready for occupancy.
However, Copes said Chestnut Point residents will also be outdoors a lot because there will be boat slips, a canoe and kayak launch and access to two private beaches.
“Right now we do have slips available for boats up to 20 feet,” she said, noting the first to reserve a slip gets it rent free for two years.
As the community grows, Copes said there would be events and activities planned. For now, the focus is selling the houses and planning for the renovation of the marina and piers.
For more information on Chestnut Point Estates & Marina, including a look at the model homes, check out their website at www.chestnutpointestatesandmarina.com, on social media, or call 410-937-9440
Youth Empowerment Source, a nonprofit agency that provides emotional, educational and employment support to children, youth and families, is moving to larger quarters, having outgrown its office on Main Street in Elkton.
This month, Cynthia Jones, director of programs, said YES is moving to Maffitt Street where Veterans Hope Thrift Store had been located before its closure. Jones said renovations are under way to construct six offices inside the 3,600-square-foot building owned by Elkton VFW Post No. 8175. Jones said when complete, the building will be completely handicapped-accessible and gives the staff of YES more room to operate.
“Moving into this building is going to allow us to do some of our programs in the daytime on a smaller scale,” she said.
Veterans Hope Thrift Store closed at the end of May, citing lagging sales as the reason for the closure.
YES has a program for children of incarcerated parents, a program for youth 16-24 that are not in school and need help getting and keeping a job and completing their education, parenting classes and more.
“We saw over 1,000 people this year,” Jones said of the fiscal year that ended June 30. Because of that caseload, YES recently hired more staff. With the new location she said there would only need to be two staff members in each office. Unused space will be classrooms.
“This should make our programs a little more robust,” Jones said.
Enzo’s New York Square Pizza Ristorante is coming to Elkton soon at 802 N. Bridge St.
Owners of the restaurant recently won approval for a new Class B beer, wine and liquor license from the Cecil County Board of Licensing Commissioners.
“We’ve invested a lot of money in this building,” Vincenzo Veterbo, president of New York Square LLC, told the liquor board recently. “The building has been gutted.”
Kyle Jerden with Jerden Home Improvements said he has begun rebuilding the interior and also removed the exterior deck. Jerden said it would be replaced with a large wraparound patio.
Veterbo told the board the plan is to operate a restaurant that offers wine and perhaps a bar.
“We expect to operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., maybe later on weekends,” he said, noting he was researching Elkton’s noise ordinances to see if music was a possibility.
Veterbo told the board New York Square Pizza would be more than the popular pies.
“I have a chef coming straight from Italy,” he said.
Owned by Anthony Caponi, the building has housed several businesses over the past 10 years including Big Elk Booglaoo Bistro, Tony Caponi Pizzeria and The Ice Cream Shop.
Enzo’s New York Square Pizza Ristorante is expected to open in November.
Nature’s Nectar Smoothie Bar officially opened for business Friday in West Street Village in North East. Run by sisters Darien and Brielle Justice, Nature’s Nectar serves plant-based treats made to order.
“It’s considered vegan but some people feel weird about that word,” Darien said as she sliced fresh strawberries and deposited them into the blender.
Even the serving dishes are eco-friendly, she said, noting that the cups are made from corn.
However, it’s what goes into the cups that attracts new customers to Nature’s Nectar. There are nine specialty drinks on the menu, but you are welcome to come up with your own fruity concoction. According to Brielle, the pineapple-mango smoothie has been a huge hit.
Brielle is also the baker. Mingling with the fragrance of berries and coconut was the aroma of banana bread baking in the oven. Her specialty is the chocolate beet brownies. Check out the smoothie bowls too.
Nature’s Nectar is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Visit them on social media for specials and events.
Welcare Pharmacy is settling in to its new location at 218 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton. Anv Bijja, pharmacist, said the business moved from the Alpha Medical Center in June. The independent pharmacy opened for business the following month.
Offering $4 generic prescription drugs, free delivery and senior citizen discounts among other services, Welcare Pharmacy is open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Check out the website at www.welcarepharmacy.com or call 443-207-5105.
An Elkton teen has won a $2,500 scholarship for his Twitter post about the Maryland Comptroller’s Office’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which was held last month. Grant Handley, a recent graduate of North East High School, is now attending Cecil College. The tweet that won him the top prize shows him standing in front of one of Elkton’s iconic elk statues declaring “Thanks to Maryland Tax-Free Shopping Week we can save a few bucks.”
For those who long for cooler temperatures and all that comes with fall, Halloween City is back in the Big Elk Mall. A division of Party City, Halloween City is located at 157 Big Elk Mall, next to the former Kmart store. Right now the hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. There will be longer hours as Halloween approaches.
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 email@example.com or 443-245-5007.