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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 1995 - 57 Melissa's B&].:; almost a dream come true in Rehoboth By Trish Vernon Having been in someone else's employ for her entire career, Melissa Clink is in the final process of realizing her lifelong dream. "I promised myself after Tiffany [her daughter] grew up, I would move to the beach and it was always my intention to own a little hotel," said this Rehoboth Beach transplant. It didn't take long, however, for Clink to blend into the fabric of the community. Having moved here in 1992 to accept the position of director of sales for Atlantic Sands Hotel, now, only a few years later, she bears the title of president of the Rehoboth Beach Downtown Business Association. Much has happened to Clink in that short time span. She took on the job of general manager of The Beach House Bed and Breakfast on Hickman Street a year after relocating here. There she oversaw the clean-up and ren- ovation of the property in order to get the 10-room facility up to guest standards. She also created and implementing a marketing plan, along with the normal 24- hour a day duties of operating a bed and breakfast. This was good preparation for the task she embarked upon just a few weeks ago, converting a 70- year old rambling house at 36 Delaware Avenue into "At Melis- sa's Bed and Breakfast". With a lease purchase on the property and with hammer and caulking gun in hand, she has been furiously reno- vating the structure from top to bottom, setting her sights on a pre- Memorial Day opening. While she has taken on the li- on's share of work, electricians and plumbers have been crawling all over the house, replacing pipes, fixing wiring and installing new fixtures in the bathrooms. "I'm also hostessing a painting party for friends this weekend and another friend is helping me with the decorating, as I much prefers the sanding and finishing." Although her background is pri- marily in marketing and property management, she has seen apart- ment complexes from construc- tion to Stabilization, working for a number of years as property direc- tor for Charles E. Smith in Arling- ton, Va. Prior to that she was sales manager for W. Allen Nicholls Construction Company in Front Royal, Va. and even served as a police officer in Wash- ington, D.C. for a two-year stint. Such a varied background leaves Clink in good stead to not only deal with her guests but also to perform all of the behind-the- scenes tasks that make operating a bed and breakfast appear so easy. "I found that running a bed and breakfast is a lot more personal- ized than a motel. I think they've become a real trend because of the fear in this world. A lot of people seek friendly, relaxing human contact when they travel, rather than the anonymity of a motel where the only person you may be in contact with is the desk clerk." Another factor is that people like to explore and anticipate new experiences. Each bed and break- fast has its own personality and decor and is often found in neigh- borhood and country settings, rather than off an interstate exit. Only one block separates "At Melissa's" from the boardwalk to the east and Rehoboth Avenue to the north, so guests can park in her off-street adjacent lot and have a variety of restaurants, the beach and other amusements at their fin- gertips. Only four of the six bedrooms will be open for the first season. (She plans only to close during the month of January.) "I've decided upon a white, crisp and clean theme with accent colors on the beds and nice art on the walls, along with some stenciling - the decor does reflect the owner's own personality," Clink said. There are two bedrooms on the first floor and another three on the second. The spacious third floor dormer is especially interesting, with its nooks and crannies and large and private enough for two couples at a time. Each room will feature air conditioning and ceil- ing fans and the house has oil hot water heat. (As with most bed and breakfasts, children are discour- aged, at least during high season.) Clink will bake her own muffins in her old-fashioned professional- looking gas stove, serving an ex- panded contineqtal breakfast in the front common room. For those wishing to see her "work in progress", there is a Shore Inn and Bed and Breakfast Walking Tour this weekend (April 22-23) during the Rehoboth Beach Flower Festival, when visi- tors may peruse the grounds. Boardwalk Builders Custom Homebuilding Remodeling Seminars Complete Insurance Protection Call Once and For All, Life... health.., home.., car... business. Whatever your insurance needs, we can satisfy them with Nationwide's quality protection that's priced to fit most any budget. Call today. 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