Happening this week around the county …

Construction is underway for the next new business on Rising Sun’s Main Street. The Art Den will invite creative exploration for beginners and seasoned artists, according to owners Bri Weidner and Chriztie Kaufmann.

While the shop has an East Main Street address, the entrance is off South Queen Street. For those familiar with the building, it’s where the parts department for the former Western Auto was located.

”We will do classes, private lessons and single events and provide space for members to work,” Kaufmann said.

The plan is to charge $60 a month for artists to use equipment and other non-consumables. There would also be a daily rate. That’s helpful for those in ceramics, for example, who cannot afford a kiln or have no space for their own. The use of easels and other equipment would also be made available.

”It’s especially helpful with kids and teens so they can try it out, see if they like it so parents don’t have to buy into it,” she said. There would also be group classes for $80 a month. “If you came to all the classes, two times per week, it works out to $10 a class.”

The Art Den has big plans after the grand opening Sept. 6. The day after they will hold a throwing class for people interested in trying their hand at using a potters wheel.

”We want to bring the arts to Rising Sun,” Kaufmann said. “Even though there is stuff to do in Elkton and Bel Air, we want something close to home.”

Look for First Friday events, guest workshops and gallery shows too. There will also be a retail component to sell art supplies. Classes for all ages will range from $25 to $40 with all supplies included.

Weidner plans to offer classes in graphic design too along with traditional painting classes. As The Art Den grows, other creative mediums would be added.

Check out their website, www.theartdenllc.com, to see the classes being offered and to sign up.

Even though the opening is still weeks away, The Art Den will participate in SunFest on Saturday, June 1.

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The Wave Tea and Energy Bar, located at 212 W. Main St. in Elkton, will hold a grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. Thursday.

While it opened in November and serves hot and cold custom blended drinks with no artificial flavors or sweeteners, the grand opening and ribbon cutting will make the business official.

The public is invited to join with the Elkton Chamber and Alliance at the celebration.

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Mattress Firm, which recently opened in Elkton, had a busy Memorial Day weekend, giving away $99 Purple Pillows for its doorbuster sale. However, Andy Ketterer, company director of field development for Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, said with the grand opening Friday they are looking for new employees.

“This will be a live hire event,” Ketterer said Tuesday. “Bring your resume and get an on-the-spot interview.”

Or shop for a mattress from lines that include Simmons, Sleepy’s, Serta and Tulo in traditional coil, memory foam or hybrid.

“The hottest thing in the market right now is the hybrid,” he said of the design that offers coils underneath a memory foam top.

The store at 722 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton has been set up so you can see the different firmnesses offered along with the price.

“Our ultimate goal is to make our guests happy,” he said.

The grand opening will begin at 10 a.m., as will the live hire event.

Mattress Firm is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. You can also shop online at mattressfirm.com

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BBs Grocery Outlet will open its fifth location Monday at 2176 Baltimore Pike in Oxford, Pa., just over the state line from Rising Sun. Wendell Slabach, general manager, said there would be no ribbon cutting or other grand opening fanfare when the store opens its doors at 8 a.m.

”We’ll have vendors there with samples,” Slabach said, noting, however, one tradition will be in place. “We will hand out home-made chocolate chip cookies.”

Those familiar with the group of stores that began on the Amish farm of Ben Beiler in 1986 will be happy to hear there is no walk-in freezer at the Oxford store. Instead frozen items will be in easy access cases.

”There will be a walk in cooler for refrigerated items,” he said.

Taking over the former Acme store, Slabach said the 30,000-square-foot store is about the same size as the other four.

BBs will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

While cash, checks and most credit cards are accepted, Slabach said it will be about a month before the store is able to accept food stamps.

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The only M&T Bank branch in Cecil County, located at 2841 Jacob Tome Highway in Colora, is in the final days of a total renovation.

Matt Calhoun, retail marketing manager, said the interior was completely refreshed from floor to ceiling, including paint, furniture and equipment.

”On the outside is the complete replacement of the ATM and the surround,” Calhoun said Thursday.

Also on the outside is the replacement of the sidewalks the repaving of the parking lot.

”We want to provide our customers with a unique, modern facility,” he said.

The interior work was done in steps over eight weeks.

It’s been an M&T branch since the New York-based financial company acquired AllFirst Financial in 2003.

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Martin’s Food Store will hold an official grand opening Friday for its Martin’s Direct shopping service.

A ceremony is set for 2 p.m. at the store in the Rising Sun Towne Center on East Main Street.

Martin’s Direct is the Pennsylvania-based grocer’s service, which allows shoppers to go online and select items in the store, pay for the order and arrive at the store where Martin’s employees are ready to place bags packed with those items into your vehicle.

Martin’s is also in the test phase of a new robot that roams the store. Currently the robot, dubbed ”Marty,” is warning shoppers of spills or other floor hazards. Eventually it will also tell employees about empty spaces on the store shelves or when merchandise is out of order.

Standing more than 6 feet tall, decorated with large wiggly eyes, Marty has already been in use in Martin’s locations in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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The Cecil County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Sizzling Summer Sales Ideas” seminar with Sheldon Baylor on Monday at the Elkton Central Library.

To be held from 9 to 10 a.m., this free event will feature Baylor’s high energy approach in entrepreneurship through his business called “For Winners Only.”

Preregistration is required. Call 410-392-3833 or go online to www.cecilchamber.com

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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