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BUSINE00SS '& REAL ESTATE CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, January 26 - Monday, January 29, 2007 - 3 ! , : i!: : 2 Quillen's Harawar named business of the year favorite place for Rehoboth resi- dents and summer visitors to shop. "Locals used to say, if you can't get it at Quillen's, then you don't need it," said Bryan Derrickson, who presented the award at the annual chamber dinner Thursday, Jan. 18. "The Quillens are very humble people. They're old- school, and I mean that in a good way." In fact, the family operated the business with what some might call " old-fashioned principles. "Loyalty is a two-way street," Thirty-year-01d store noted for commitment By Molly Albertson . Cape Gazette staff Quillen's True Value Hardware store started, Charlotte Quillen said, as a seat-of-the-pants opera- fion where her family relied onthe honesty of sales representatives. It grew into a downtown Rehoboth Beach staple, from humble beginnings on Sussex Street to a commanding two-story building on Rehoboth Avenue, that this year won recognition from the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce as its 2006 business of the year. Passed down through genera- tions of the Quillen family, the Quillen said. She said the family strived to treat employees as iif they were family, which led io some staff remaining there for more than 20 years. "Thanks to Donna land JudY, with their 20 and 24 years of seN- ice to us, we shared a lot of work and fun, and a lot of good timeS" said Quilten. :i : : She said the hardware store stff shared in the " " ' bad tames and cnes of the family. "We look back on}t. now and laugh." She said lr employees drove through rain ahl sleet and snow when they were scheduledto work, and never complained. ': Son Denny joined his pareni Dennard and-Charlotte, on sta to accept the award, surround by employees who became famy - many of Whom retired when- store closed. " g Not only did they run a store Rehoboth where customers cot find anything, and probably ge. laugh while they shopped, t Quillens donated much time  effort to the community. -:;: !i Chamber President andiC Carol Everhart said Denn .;: e,, helped to build both the oldb stand and Santa s House, well stil !  _u_se today ..... :. "That's pretty good congt tion, if you ask me," sa EverharL In addition to assistii with building projects in town, family volunteered to help imp tant organizations. i Dennard and his sons Chris al Denny all served on the Rehob Beach VolunteefFire Departme and Dennard was once fire chi. During their volunteer time, three of them responded 'to:  same alarm, working side Store closed in 2006; marking the : . ..... ..... - :--: .- ....  : . Steven Billups photo - end of an era as a famdy-owned L Tlle 2006 Business of the Year Award was presented to Quillen's True Value Hardware Store, and operated establishment. It a staple in downtown Rehoboth Beach for more than 30 years. The store closed this year. began in 1973 as an offshoot of Shown during the award presentation are (l-r) Chairman of the Board Marvin Carney, the family's construction compa- Dennard Quillen, Judy Johnson, Donna Slater, Charlotte Quillen, Judy Quillen, Denny ny Quillen managed and became a Quillen, Bryan Derrickson and President and CEO Carol Everhart at the podium. the traditional award of a plaque. Steve Montgomery of The Starboard, left, receives the Dewey Beach Volunteer of the Year Award from Mayor Dell Tush and cham- ber Chairman Marvin Carney. Chamber Chairman Marvin Carney presents a 10- year service award to Jennifer Zerby of the Board- walk Plaza Hotel. The flag is the nautical "Z." issues of the time were and parking permits.."Not has changed in all those Derrickson said. To qualify ness must be a chamber in good :standing and geograpt cally located in the area,= must locally and independently, ow and operated for a minimum of years-with the same own including family succession form least five years. i- The physical location of -t. business must have a go. appearance, the owner must sh commitment to the. commun through volunteerism or do.} tions, and the business mtt demonstrate excellence in ope7 tion ethics, Everhart said. . ;:. Contact Molly Albertson t malbertson@capegazette.com. ! : See more photos on page 32 !; iii