Ocean City Gazette | Business

Frankie’s on the Bay to open at former Bongo Café location

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, November 04, 2014 12:00 am

The interior of the new Frankie’s on the Bay, at 1050 Bay Ave. in Ocean City, will be an ode to coal country. The interior of the new Frankie’s on the Bay, at 1050 Bay Ave. in Ocean City, will be an ode to coal country.

OCEAN CITY — Looking to bring a taste of the coal country to the Jersey Shore, Frankie’s on the Bay at 10th Street will open this month.

Located at 1050 Bay Ave., the site of the former Bongo Cafe, the newly renovated restaurant will be “set back in time,” according to co-owner Laura Sacco.

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P. Francis reopens in more intimate location on Asbury

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 31, 2014 11:00 pm

Paul Cunningham, owner of P. Francis on Asbury Avenue, in his new storefront in the 800 block. Paul Cunningham, owner of P. Francis on Asbury Avenue, in his new storefront in the 800 block.

OCEAN CITY — Missing the charm of a smaller boutique, Paul Cunningham happily relocated his popular P. Francis gift shop from larger digs in the 700 block of Asbury Avenue to its new perch at 846 Asbury Ave.

“We got our cozy back,” Cunningham said, delighted with the more intimate setting.

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Love of antiquing helped Ocean City resident start her dream job

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 22, 2014 07:45 am

Ann Richardson / Lorraine Hansen turned her lifelong love of vintage items into a business with Shorely Vintage at Stainton's on Asbury Avenue. Ann Richardson / Lorraine Hansen turned her lifelong love of vintage items into a business with Shorely Vintage at Stainton's on Asbury Avenue.

OCEAN CITY — Always on the lookout for vintage items, Lorraine Hansen trolled garage sales and old homes destined for demolition for treasures to fill her large north end home over in past three decades.

Passionate about anything vintage, she changed it up; rotating her treasures from one room to the next, eventually running out of rooms to fill.  

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Young and talented: Flanders head chef leaving an impression

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 16, 2014 06:31 am

Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen. Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen.

OCEAN CITY — Graduating Monmouth University with a degree in finance, Blake Young was headed for a career in accounting when fate intervened. The market crashed and unable to find a job in his field, the 2003 Ocean City High School graduate headed home and back to the kitchen at Uncle Bill’s where he had worked his way through college.

From there Young landed a job at The Flanders and discovered his true passion was not in crunching numbers. Now executive chef at the historic hotel, the 29-year-old is making a big name for himself.

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Third quarter real estate sales up in 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 11, 2014 11:00 pm

OCEAN CITY — Sales and rentals are up in Ocean City for the third quarter, the Ocean City Board of Realtors reports. Visitors are booking early for 2015, and Board of Realtors President Ken Sedberry predicts another banner year.

“It’s good news,” Sedberry said. “We’ve had a big increase with people, who rented this year, wanting to return and rent again next year, so based on the interest we’re seeing, 2015 should be a really good year.”

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Chamber focusing on year-round resident retention

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 06, 2014 04:39 pm

OCEAN CITY — Beyond the need to attract tourists, is a need to attract more year-round families, Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce told Fairness in Taxes members at its Oct. 3 meeting.

It is not a new idea, Gillian said, but one the chamber is focusing on.

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