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46 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 15 ' August21, 1997 ,.Bus00NESS & :00REAL'ESTATE First Street Station making its mark in Rehoboth By Jen Ellingsworth You may have noticed the huge structure which fills a city block of First Street and Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. It's hard to miss First Street Station, which opened earlier this sum- mer. Owned by Grotto Pizza, Inc., the attractive retail center features thousands of square feet of retail space, much of which is already occupied by establishments. The two anchor tenants of First Street are the Baltimore-based White House and Black Market Store, an establishment featuring 1,200 sq. ft. of retail space with adjoining store fronts. While both stores maintain sep- arate entrances and identities, both are connected inside for easy access and cross merchandising. The nationally-recognized chain announced its tenancy this spring. The White House special- izes in all white clothing, acces- sories and gifts for women and features a soft, romantic atmos- phere. Its darker counterpart, the Black Market Store, is a new retail division which carries all black clothing, accessories and gifts for women. Annabelle's, the sister store to Rehoboth Avenue's Abizak's, opened on the Fourth of July. Owner Pam Sadler said the recep- tion to the store, which carries an eclectic mix of gift items, has been good. "The reception here's been great," she said. ':People have enjoyed the smaller size of this store versus our other one. We've tried to make the selection of gifts here different than that of Abizak's, so that there's not a lot of cross merchandising." Co-owner and namesake, fourth-month-old Annabelle Sadler, was taking a break during the interview, but Pam Sadler said she can tell her youngest daughter is very excited about the new business. On the Wilmington Avenue side of First Street Station you'll find Linda's Gift of California. Named after owner and Carlsbad, Calif. resident Linda Thomas - a watercolorist - the upscale gift store is the satellite of its West Coast parent store. Manager Doris Taylor, Thomas' sister-in-law and a resi- dent of Bear, said the 3,000 square foot First Street Station location is half the size of the Cal- ifornia store. "I think the atmosphere here and the spaciousness of the store make it attractive to people," said Taylor. Thomas' watercolors and prints are on display and for sale in the store, as well as countless other items of interest. Havre de Grace, Md. resident Pat Brogan said she enjoys her visit to the resort, and considers the new complex an asset to the community. "It's gorgeous," she said. "It looks so pretty. All of Rehoboth's improved by it." Bro- gan also commented on the wide selection at Linda's Gift, and said she likes the variety and quality of what she's seen. Other current tenants of First Street Station include the Outwest Trading Co. and Clothing Outfit- ters, the Piercing Pagoda, Sun- glass, Beany's and Earth Tones. Construction on the second floor and mezzanine sections of First Street Station is due to begin this fall. Jen Ellingsworth photos Retail center First Street Station spans a city block in Rehoboth Beach. Construction on the second phase of the complex is due to begin in the fall. It's easy to tell how Annabelle Sadler, four-month-old proprietor and namesake of her own shop in First Street Station, feels about business so far this season. Professional lawn care service helps homeowners Now that summer is in full swing, are you spending more of your leisure time than you'd like taking care of your lawn? You might want to consider securing the services of a lawn care profes- sional. A green and tidy lawn is an important aspect of a well-cared for home. Maintaining a healthy lawn takes time and energy, com- modities that are often in short supply for busy homeowners. Lawn care professionals are experts in handling major lawn maintenance tasks such as fertil- izing, seeding, weed control and the care of trees and shrubbery, as well as such ongoing tasks as watering and mowing. However, in order to hire these companies, you may be required to sign expensive and long-term con- tracts. Like any home care service, it's important to understand thorough- ly the services to be provided and carefully review all contracts before making a financial commit- ment. Begin by talking with others in your neighborhood who have used lawn care services. Find out which companies have done a REALTOR FOCUS good job and why. Talk with rep- resentatives from the recommend- ed companies to get cost esti- mates. Remember, the lowest esti- mate may not provide all the ser- vices you need. Ask if the company has liability insurance to cover accidents that might occur while work is being done in your yard. Also, inquire if the company belongs to a profes- sional lawn care or pest control association. This membership may mean the company has more highly trained lawn care profes- sionals. Is the company licensed by the state? Licensing may require employees to have special train- ing, especially for those who apply pesticides to lawns. Ask what specific lawn care training the employees have completed. Check with the local Better Busi- ness Bureau or consumer affairs office to inquire if any complaints have been lodged against a prospective company. Many companies offer a free lawn analysis. Use these offers to get "custom" service. Lawns dif- fer. Your lawn may require special attention that your neighbor's lawn does not. By now, you're as well as its duration. Does the contract clearly state the length of service? Are you required to renew annually or is the service scheduled indefinitely? What are the costs of renewal? Should you anticipate a cost increase? Many lawn care service con- ready to sign a contract. Before tracts require written notice to proceeding, make certain all cancel. Find out how you can can- agreements with the company are in writing. Read the contract carefully. Know which specific services and lawn problem s are covered and which are not. If you don't under- stand any point, ask. Are there extra charges for special services such as fertilizing, sizes, control or re-seeding? Find out if the work is guaran- teed. If it is, make sure you have a written guarantee. Know what that guarantee includes and excludes cel the contract in the event you need to do so. Your lawn is an important part of your home. If you plan to hire professionals to care for it, make certain your choice is a sound and safe on. Denise Moore is a Real Estate agent with Century 21 Rehoboth Bay Realty at 14 Peddler's Vil- lage, Lewes. To schedule an appointment, or to ask questions about this article, call Moore at 945- 7600. Denise Moore