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Cape Gazette Business& Real Estate FRIDAY, APRIL 11 - MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 37 Petco celebrates grand opening April 12 ribbon-cutting highlights weekend celebration By Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com A new Petco location will host a grand opening celebration Fri- day through Sunday, April 11-13, in Pelican Square shopping cen- ter at Midway. The event features discounts, promotions, pet adoptions and giveaways as Petco introduces its products and services in the Cape Region. Part of a national chain, Petco is more than just a pet supply store, General Manager Saman- tha Bhujel said. The new store also plans to offer weekend workshops and pet training along with adoptions. Petco is an adoption-first pet provider, Bhuiel said, partner- ing with local adoption agencies such as the Delaware SPCA to find homes for cats and dogs and offer all the supplies any pet owner could want. Small animals, fish and reptiles are also sold at the store. "What's great is when some- one just gets a pet or just adopts an animal, I get to do that race- track around the store and get them everything they need," she said. "I get to re-live that joy with them." Bhujel said she has hired a team of associates who are just as enthusiastic about the pet- parenting experience as she is. The new store sells pet furni- ture, clothing, cages, supplies and food, in addition to offering ser- vices, education and workshops for local pets and their owners, Bhujel said. Grooming is avail- able with proof of vaccination or certificates, along with some vaccinations. Luxury services for pampered pets are also available on the premises. "We do doggie facials, doggie pedicures and dental treatments," she said. Offering so many pet services and supplies in one location should make pet ownership a lit- Continued on page 44 PETCO IS NOW OPEN in Pelican Square shopping certer on Coastal Highway. Petco has a well-stocked clothing department. MOLLY MACMILLAN PHOTOS Samantha Bhujel, general manager holds a guinea pig, one of several va. rieties of small animals available fol purchase at the new store. Leweshosts a wine expo and a progressively delicious Italian feast ositive feedback about Teller Wines' sold-out Wine Expo at Lewes Yacht Club a couple of weeks ago continues to buzz around town. Teller co-owner and online wine columnist Cath- erine Hester tells me, "This community is awesome and has embraced us as their neighbor- hood wine shop. I think every- one who was food royalty was at the expo!" Of course, I was there. (Why else would I have printed her quote?) The window-lined event room at Lewes Yacht Club overlooks the Delaware Bay, though on the day of the event, billowing fog added a note of intrigue to the goings-on. And so many things were going on! There was a Chinese auction of delights and experiences donated by local vendors, plus the ever-popular 50/50 raffle. Restaurants, wineries and wine purveyors lined the perimeter of the room, doling out tastes and sips for all to enjoy. There was so much wine to be tasted (111 different bottles, to be exact), that the wine booths overflowed into the center of the room. The Buttery sent out the executive staff to man (and woman) a table laden with small bites and amuse-bouches. Patty's of Georgetown was represented by none other than Patty ]acobs herself, assisted by the friendly Doug Roach. She and Doug supervised a huge platter of feta cheese, dolmades and all sorts of munchies and dips. Essential Chef Gary Papp (opening chef of The Buttery many moons ago) brought pastry chef (and wife) Lor- raine and their son Ty to keep the Thai beef salad and spicy smoked Scottish salmon flow- ing. Touch of Italy put together a huge antipasto and mounds of their signature Italian cook- ies, as Teller Wines' next-door neighbor Annabella's dished out four-cheese tortellini with an apricot demi and basil pesto bruschetta. Chef Tim Hunter and Ellen Roland of The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware proudly ladled out butternut squash soup with grilled salmon drizzled with mango coutis over sweet potato hash, in contrast to Lewes Yacht Club's melt-in- your-mouth ahi perched atop a crunchy wonton. Moe's Southwest Grill whipped up vegetarian and beef mini-burritos and chips. The obligatory pico de gallo was cool and fresh. Teller Wines bosses Cath- erine and Kevin Hester wanted nothing less than to keep the Continued on page 40 BOB YESBEK PHOTO TELLER WINES co-owner Kevin Hester proves that he can simultaneousl! text and empty a wine glass - all with his eyes closed! Lewes Yacht Club topped crunchy wontons with ahi tuna.