HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
It seems like just yesterday we were looking forward to Spring and now here we are preparing to celebrate the 4th of July. Arriving, as it does, halfway thru the year, with school and graduations behind us, the July 4th holiday also heralds in those lazy, crazy days of summer, which are ideal for beach time. Located along the eastern seaboard of the United States on the Delmarva peninsula, Rehoboth Beach makes an ideal spot to celebrate our nations birthday. Along with the usual hazy, hot and humid days are concerts, festivals, and fireworks, as well as a whole host of shopping and dining experiences for the whole family to enjoy while here. Rehoboth Beach Main Street has selected a number of our member businesses to highlight for you to consider when out and about this month.
To get the party started what could be better than an ice-cold beer or spirits to go along with a menu of wood-grilled dishes and live music from Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats. If seafood is more to your liking, you will want to check out Chesapeake & Maine for seafood dishes sourced exclusively from the Chesapeake Bay and the state of Maine right next door on Rehoboth Avenue.
DiFebo's Restaurant is always an excellent choice if your party is looking for great Italian meals created from scratch. They specialize in homemade pasta, family gravy, and homemade meatballs, as well as fresh coastal seafood. With both indoor and patio dining at its restaurant at the corner of 1st and Baltimore, it is sure to be a hit. If pizza is on your mind, then be sure and check out Grotto Pizza
at one of its many locations on Rehoboth Avenue and on the boardwalk. Specializing in a variety of pizzas, salads, and subs, Grotto Pizza will surely satisfy the hunger within you. Their extensive menu has just the pizza you have been wanting to taste. Further up on Rehoboth Avenue you will love the open-air atmosphere at
Port 251. Specializing in delicious eats with blackboard specials their down-home comfort food is a must. And their happy hour is always festive.
Should you find yourself in need of some libations don't forget to stop by Loves Liquors, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Rehoboth Beach with free 15-minute parking. Loves features an extensive selection of fine wines from across the globe as well as a broad selection of beers and spirits. The friendly staff will help you find just what you are looking for to support any occasion.
If you should decide you want to stay longer or visit more often and would enjoy a place of your own at the beach, you can stop by Jack Lingo REALTOR® and see what kind of housing is available for you to make your dreams come true. Located on Rehoboth Avenue, they are a premier real estate agency since 1974 with a sizable list of properties for sale in Rehoboth Beach. They will be able to satisfy your beach house needs.
We know you will enjoy your visit to all these places while you are here. Be sure and tell them you read about them in this Newsletter. You can find out more about all these establishments later in this newsletter.
Current and past issues of the newsletter are available on the RBMS Website at Newsletter | Home | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)
New Businesses & Membership Renewals
RBMS welcomes CoWork Reho as a new member at the Yellow Partner level!
RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing their membership!
For information about levels and benefits of RBMS membership, go to Join | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)
Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses
Dogfish Brewings & Eats / Chesapeake & Maine
A dozen or so new and old favorite beer releases, a performance by nationally renowned singer Emma White, and daily seafood specials are just a few of the hot summer highlights at our beloved Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine, a RBMS Blue Partner. At Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, new releases will feature unique finds such as Bonjour Pierre, an IPA brewed with roses, whose proceeds will go to the Rehoboth Art League. Live music will be performed Friday and Saturday nights.
At Chesapeake & Maine, new cocktails adorn the menu, along with daily seafood specials: One of the best deals in town.
Both Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine are available for private events. Check the websites for a complete list of musical acts, new releases, and other updated information. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats is located at 320 Rehoboth Avenue, phone: 302-226-BREW. Chesapeake & Maine is located at 316 Rehoboth Avenue, phone: 302-226-3600.
Jack Lingo, REALTOR®
We see the name, and we see the beautiful, trademark yellow and green building in downtown Rehoboth Beach—but what else do we know about Jack Lingo, REALTOR®? Not only does this trusted company serve as a principal investor, developer, and broker in the greater Lewes and Rehoboth Beach community, the family-owned business also engages in numerous philanthropic activities that greatly improve the quality of life in our beloved area.
Recently, Jack Lingo, REALTOR® sponsored the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation's (CHEF) 2022 Spring Jam. This recurring event raises funds for classroom projects, low-income student support, STEM initiatives, performing arts education, diversity programs, and more. The brokerage also recently sponsored Delaware Ducks Unlimited's 2022 Greenwing Conservation Festival, an outdoor fun and wetlands conservation event directed at educating children about the need to preserve and protect our precious natural resources.
Jack Lingo, REALTOR® is a RBMS Yellow Partner and a local treasure, which has risen from humble beginnings to become a major benefactor to our community. In 1974, retired Air Force Colonel Jack Lingo, a native Delawarean, established the company in Rehoboth Beach with only a handshake, his word, and a trusted reputation. Because of the colonel’s early successes and ambitious vision, the brokerage eventually expanded to include offices in Lewes and Millsboro. Now, after more than 45 years, Jack Lingo, REALTOR® remains a family-owned business, with the third generation of Lingo innovators now leading their family legacy toward ever greater success.
If you would like to learn more about Jack Lingo, REALTOR’S® work and presence in our community, or if you would like a trusted partner to help you buy, sell, or rent your Coastal Delaware home, visit https://www.jacklingo.com/ today! Jack Lingo, REALTOR® is located at 246 Rehoboth Avenue, phone: 302-227-3883.
The Infamous Red Sauce and More at DiFebo’s Restaurant
Get an authentic Italian meal at DiFebo’s Restaurant! For over 20 years the family-owned and -operated DiFebo brand has offered local farm-fresh vegetables, fresh seafood, veal, pasta combinations, traditional Italian staples, and homemade desserts.
DiFebo’s Restaurant, a RBMS Green Partner, prides itself on the infamous “Bob’s Tomato Sauce” that is used in many of the dishes served and is also available for purchase. From the cozy interior and established family recipes to the infused regional dishes and wonderful bread, DiFebo’s is a favorite among beach travelers in Delaware. Did we even mention the meatballs? Stop in today for the Italian experience. DiFebo’s Restaurant is located at 12 N. 1st Street. Phone 302-226-4550.
Photo Courtesy of DiFebo's Rehoboth
What always draws me into Port 251 first is that wide-open, inviting patio that sweeps you right into the dining room! But that’s not the only thing that draws me into this lively spot on the corner of Rehoboth and Lake Avenues. Casual dining with a focus on tapas and the before-dinner aperitivo is just the start at Port 251, a RBMS Green Partner. There’s more to eat, drink, and much more to see and hear when you step across the patio at 251 Rehoboth Avenue.
I’ve been remiss! It’s been a while since I’d been to Port 251, an RBMS Green Partner, but here I was on Tuesday at lunchtime and the open door and a sign for the crush of the day lured me right in. Although the posted schedule on the web says lunch on the weekends only and dinner 7 days/week, it was open, and I’d been away too long. Port’s menu has something for everyone with a great weekend brunch menu, a lighter fare lunch menu, and a full dinner menu featuring over a dozen small plates and entrée plates, such as a glazed grilled salmon, Thai green curry, meatloaf, and crabcakes. I wouldn’t miss the cocktail menu, either if I were you!
But Port 251 is more than a food and drink destination. It has a lively entertainment calendar that features Drag Brunch on Sundays, which is also burgers and draft night, Karaoke on Tuesdays, Ladies Night on Thursdays, Lights-Out drag shows on Friday nights, and Saturday night cabaret! The entertainment calendar is expanding as we get into summer, so keep your eyes on the website for more information.
This is Port’s 3rd season and just like other restaurants in town, they are gearing up for a very busy season. So, the place is hopping and its plenty of fun. And the patio is pet friendly! Port 251 is located at 251 Rehoboth Avenue, phone: 302-278-7069.
The Signature Swirl of Sauce and Cheese, Grotto Pizza!
Grotto Pizza, the iconic pizza restaurant chain, not too long ago celebrated its 60th birthday and was named the top pie in Delaware, according to News Journal readers. Grotto Pizza is a RBMS Green Partner.
Grotto Pizza’s signature, and trademark, is an instantly recognizable swirl. Each pie, a combination of a sweet tomato sauce and a blend of cheeses, has become a staple dining tradition of Delaware beach goers and pizza lovers for decades.
As the company continues to thrive by the pie, the Grotto Pizza cores values of excellent pizza, delicious food, friendly customer service, and community involvement have not wavered. The historic, legendary brand is still on the rise, and patrons will still be able to enjoy for years to come! Grotto Pizza is located at 36 Rehoboth Avenue. Phone: 302-227-3278.
Photo Courtesy of Grotto Pizza
Rehoboth Beach is so fortunate to have Loves Liquors in the heart of Rehoboth Beach. Loves Liquors, a RBMS Green Partner, boasts a unique inventory of fine wines from across the globe and is hosting outdoor wine tastings on most Friday afternoons throughout the summer and fall (see Save the Date below). The tastings are free of charge and allow you to discover delicious wines that you won’t find at most other area stores. (Wine tastings are announced on Thursdays via their Instagram and Facebook sites.)
Loves Liquors also features a broad collection of beers and spirits, including unique choices by local breweries and distilleries. Visit Loves Liquors and take advantage of their free 15-minute parking to explore the many choices this locally owned liquor shop has to offer. Loves Liquors’ friendly staff will help you find your favorite beverage, discover something new, or even find a great gift or special order for large or small events. Check out their website to view the current inventory or to find other information about Loves Liquors, located at 305c Rehoboth Ave & 4th Street—adjacent to Coho’s Market and Grill, phone: 302-227-6966.
News from Rehoboth Beach Businesses
Rehoboth Beach Main Street held a ribbon cutting for new member, Kaan’s Bakery, on May 30, 2022. Located at 33 Wilmington Avenue, Kaan’s has the most delicious, homemade custom cakes for all occasions, as well as tasty cookies, muffins and pastries. And: Kaan’s offers local delivery.
Kaan’s Bakery ribbon-cutting attendees (left to right): Cindy Lovett and Peter Pizzolongo, RBMS board members; Mehmet Atsal, barista; Ozkar Pomakoglu, driver; Kaan Pomakoglu, owner; Emire Pomakoglu, chef; and Richard Byrne, RBMS board member.
Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, has been named to the Nation’s Restaurant News list of the most influential CEOs in the country. SoDel Concepts currently operates 17 restaurants, including Lupo Italian Kitchen in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Congratulations to Scott!
Ben Gray, Area General Manager at the Bellmoor Inn, was recently featured on ABC News’ Good Morning America program in a story about businesses getting creative to tackle rising inflation. Ben noted that “fighting inflation is part of the hotel’s summer marketing” and is offering gas cards and grocery cards as part of the hotel’s promotions. Congratulations to Ben!
A Note from Dan Slagle, RBMS Executive Director
Rehoboth Beach Main Street has again been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the Center announces the list of accredited local Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street approach.
I would personally like to thank the RBMS Board members, committee members, and all our volunteers for your time, energy, and support in achieving this recognition.
Rehoboth Beach Self-Guided History Walking Tour: Watch This Space!
The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Design Committee is in the process of producing our first self-guided walking tour of the city. This RBMS web-curated walking tour will cover Rehoboth Beach’s development and economic transformation from its founding in 1873. The tour will be available on a free app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices. We expect the premier of the web-based tour sometime in August, and the approximately one-hour walking tour presentation will include audio or text and will use historical photographs to illustrate the changes in places over time. The tour features the research of local historian Paul Lovett and will be accessible 24/7. The tour is being professionally produced and narrated.
Up to 30 tours can be added to the app, and we already have ideas for other fun and interesting tours!
Keep your eyes on our website, Facebook page, or our social media sites for more news as we begin the expected roll-out in August!
Dolle’s Sign Moved to the Rehoboth Beach Museum
On Wednesday, June 29, the famous Dolle’s sign was installed on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal side of the Rehoboth Beach Museum, 511 Rehoboth Avenue. Milton’s Rogers Sign Co., which removed the sign in December, handled the installation.
Nancy Alexander, museum director, said the Dolle’s sign represents many happy memories for people who visit the city. “Whether it is their first visit or one of many over the years, the sign is a symbol to so many people that vacation has begun,” said Alexander in a prepared statement.
The installation of the sign on the museum has been 18 months in the making. Dolle’s Candyland owner, Tom Ibach, announced in December 2020 that he would be moving his store from its Boardwalk location by the beginning of the 2021 summer season, and the sign would be taken down by the end of 2021. The sign was removed on December 15.
Adapted from a story in the Cape Gazette, June 28, 2022. Photo credit to Michael Edelin
News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street
This column highlights the work of the RBMS Executive Director, Dan Slagle, the RBMS Board, and the five committees, focusing on the behind-the-scenes work of the staff and volunteers, as well as the activities that are planned and carried out. For information about Dan, the RBMS Board, and the committees, go to About RBMS | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com).
Recent Activities of RBMS
· Dan Slagle, Executive Director, has been busy meeting and talking with downtown business owners—this month 4 businesses have renewed their RBMS membership, and we have 3 new businesses! Dan proudly announced that RBMS has again been designated as an accredited Main Street America Program for 2022. Dan coordinated and promoted an outdoor Sip & Discover Tasting Event with Love’s Liquors, organized new-member ribbon-cuttings at Helios Sunglasses and Kaan’s Bakery, and attended the Ice Cream Social at Somewhere.
· The Design Committee finalized and posted the Cottage and Town Awards application on the RBMS website. The Committee is developing a Downtown Rehoboth Walking Tour app. Rehoboth in Bloom continues its efforts to beautify downtown Rehoboth Beach.
· The Organization Committee continues to oversee the Ambassador Program, for which each RBMS member receives visits from an RBMS volunteer Ambassador. The Fundraising Subcommittee is developing a multi-year plan to focus on the sustainability and viability of RBMS.
· The Promotions Committee is continuing to develop plans for the November 13 Fashion Show, Community Unity Dinner (December 4), and December 10 Holiday Stroll.
· The Economic Vitality Committee is coordinating with the Ambassador Program to develop a Business Assistance initiative, including the use of ParkMobile data that will assist downtown businesses to identify the locales where our tourists live (when they’re not in Rehoboth Beach) to support our business’ marketing endeavors. The Committee is planning seminars for RBMS members, including a tax preparation seminar in the Fall.
· The Communications Committee continued its ongoing newsletter development and oversight for social media and website updates.
NOTE: The work of the RBMS committees is integral to meeting the mission of Rehoboth Beach Main Street: promoting downtown Rehoboth Beach as a year-round beach town with a vibrant commercial area, attractive signage and storefronts, a full calendar of events, and economic programs benefiting the business and residential community. We are seeking volunteers to work on these committees, including Rehoboth In Bloom (part of the Design Committee’s work). You can put as much time into your volunteer work as you have available. Come join us!
Recognizing Our Volunteers: Greer Maneval
This month, we want to do a special shout-out to RBMS President, Greer Maneval. Greer has been President since 2019. During this time RBMS has experienced incredible growth in the organization. From the growth in membership, both new and renewing, to the expanded projects and programs, led by RBMS, that support our Rehoboth Beach businesses, residents, and visitors.
Since Greer became President, our membership has grown ten-fold, and programs such as Rehoboth in Bloom, Gumbo Crawl, Community Unity Dinner, the Town and Cottage Awards, among many, have … BLOOMED! One major accomplishment through Greer’s vision is the growth of our presence on the web and via social media. A major benefit of our wider use of this technology has been the increased recognition as well as an increased patronage for the in-town businesses we promote.
Greer, a retired landscape architect and realtor, has made her home in Rehoboth Beach with her wife, Deb Griffin, since 2006. For Greer, a native of York PA, Rehoboth Beach has been a part of her life ever since she was 3 years old. Wanting to be an architect since the 4th grade, she followed her passions and graduated from Penn State University in 1980. Among her accomplishments, she was a part of the design team for the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, the GEICO headquarters in Stafford County VA, and the George Washington University-VA campus, as well as numerous developments & private residences throughout the East Coast.
After owning a successful practice for 30+ years in the DC area, she moved to the beach, and we are better off for it! Since the move to the beach, Greer & Deb have been emersed in the community, both in businesses as well as local non-profits. In addition to RBMS, Greer is also a past-president of the Sussex County Genealogical Society.
Greer has been tireless at Main Street, working to add more talent and experience on the Board including skills in event planning, fund raising, social media, community engagement, and grant writing. For her vision and tireless efforts to support our local businesses and make Rehoboth Beach a better place to visit and to stay, we are recognizing Greer as our outstanding volunteer this month, with many thanks.
Southern Delaware Tourism Sidekick App Is Available to Rehoboth Beach Businesses!
During June, RBMS President, Greer Maneval met with Southern Delaware Tourism as part of our regular collaboration. Greer returned with the news that Southern Delaware Tourism has developed a FREE, comprehensive web-based app, SouthDel Sidekick App designed to:
· Attract visitors to your business when they are in the area,
· Collect customer data for targeted marketing,
· Add qualified prospects to your email list, and
· Increase business during slow periods.
Rehoboth Beach businesses can benefit from this app and should consider adding it to your business marketing plans.