See what's happening with the Chamber this July in Berlin!  
President's Comments

I look forward to working with our new staff members, Larnet and Morgan, along with the Board of Directors to bring the Berlin Chamber of Commerce to solid ground. We have had continued success with our events that have been held in the town of Berlin, but also look forward to hosting some new events elsewhere in the county within the next year. We look forward to adding new memberships, and hearing feedback and ideas from current members on what we can do for you, to improve your business. 


  -Natalee Sondberg Dehart, President of the Berlin Chamber

Berlin Welcomes New Chamber Administration 

Coulson and St. Amant in front of the Berlin Chamber Offices

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce welcomes two new members to its directive team this month. Larnet St. Amant will be serving as the new Executive Director, and Morgan Coulson will serve under her as the Administrative Assistant. Larnet is ambitious, compassionate, outgoing, and determined to see the town of Berlin and all its local businesses flourish. She is a Berlin local, being a resident for nearly 30 years. She currently works part time at Bruder Hill alongside her duties as director, anxious to engage herself in as many facets of the Berlin community as possible. Her first official event of the Jazz and Blues Bash was a complete success, despite the rain on everyone's parade! Her infectious enthusiasm encouraged everyone involved to have a good time as business continued! Her excellent retail and communal experience make her an ideal fit for the Director's position. She knows the Berlin mentality inside and out; the mantra of: creativity, individuality, prosperity, and community.


 Morgan Coulson is a born and raised Salisbury native, and has described working for the Chamber as her "dream job." She graduated from Salisbury University with a Film Photography degree, and minors in Biology, Spanish, and English. As a child she spent every summer traveling to Berlin and Assateague Island, and grew to love and revere the town. Morgan believes she can add a creative, eccentric, and fresh look to add to the already spectacular goings on in Berlin. Morgan is extremely excited to work with the town and members of the Chamber to enhance all and any business during this prolific, artistic, and when all is said and done, phenomenal period in Berlin's growth.

The Board of Directors believe these two will be an excellent match together, especially working with the nearly 80% female business ownership in downtown Berlin. This marks a new period in economic climate which can only mean upward mobility for the city. Their personal insight and new creative collaboration with the constituency will be invaluable as we move forward in enhancing and encouraging the growth of the Chamber.

Spotlight on New Business

Sprout Creatives

Mayor Gee Williams congratulates Sprouts Owners with Larnet St. Amant

The Chamber warmly celebrated the ribbon cutting for Sprout Creatives, a unique, innovative up and coming Web Development Company that has recently set down its roots in Berlin, at 29 Broad Street. Along with web development, they also specialize in Graphic Design, Commercial Printing, and Internet Marketing. The company's co-owners, Vincent Gisriel III and Paul Starkey - have expressed their enthusiasm for the town and the sense of community that they've felt since they've moved into their new location. "Our goal at Sprout Creatives is to bring Madison Avenue advertising to the Mid-Atlantic region without New York City prices."

 The sense of symbiosis is already blending through-they look forward to doing work for local businesses and expanding into the surrounding area. The Chamber is thrilled to have this unique business as a member, and can't wait to start working with them in the future. 


Burley Oak Brewery Proves it CAN do it

We've been proud to watch our Local Brewery, Burley Oak, growing so voraciously over the past few years. This year marks a particular exciting time in their development as they began producing their wares in cans, a project that drew from local support, especially social media and internet based marketing. This development along with their ever expanding endeavors to collaborate, innovate, and inspire with their new beers comes to fruition in last month's (June 13, 2015) Funk Factory Festival, a celebration of 12 various sour themed beers and ales, where they debuted their own "Sorry Chicky" Sour Ale, currently for sale in cans at the Brewery itself. The event featured entertainment such as the Larks and Lower Case Blues as well as local food and wares.




July 10th
Crab Cake Dinner

Stevenson United Methodist Hosts a crab cake dinner from 4-7 p.m. on  123 N. Main St. Berlin, MD 21811

Dinner includes: Single Crab Cake Sandwich, Seasoned Baked Potato, Fresh Garden Salad

The Cost is $10.


July 10th
Second Friday Art Stroll
Join us for our monthly second Friday art stroll; enjoy a relaxing walk while taking in local art, culture, shops, libations and food at this one of a kind event in America's Coolest Small Town. Check out some of our local chamber businesses with featured artists from around the area! From 6-8 p.m.
July 11th
Bungalow Love LulaRoe Trunk Show

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for fun, fashion and fabulous style! 

9 South Main Street

Berlin, Maryland 

410 641-2781

July 12th 
Concerts on the Lawn Series
Chester River Runoff will be part of the "Concerts on the Lawn" series this summer in Berlin on July 12th at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Taylor House Museum.  The event is free and for all ages-all you need is a blanket or chair and some snacks!! Chester River Runoff is a great local band hailing from Chestertown, MD that plays fantastic bluegrass and folk. Come out for a night of magical musical fun!


July 17th 

The 26th Annual Bathtub Races are nearly here again! On July 17 th  2015 from 6-8 P.M. they will be held on Main Street in Berlin. This is an excellent opportunity to advertise your local businesses, and have some rub a dub dub good clean fun at the same time! Applications are listed on our Chamber website The entry fee is $75 dollars for Chamber members and $100 dollars for non-members. Winners will receive the illustrious "Winner Takes All" trophy; first place will take home a free banner ad on the Chamber's website as well as promotion through email blasts and press! The rules and regulations are listed clearly on the application on the website, be sure to read them thoroughly-happy tub building! Happy racing!



July 18th 
Jesse's Paddle

Jesse's Paddle is an annual on the water event featuring canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding with sponsorship to fund the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship and the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program, in remembrance of Jesse, who tragically took his own life. The Memorial Fund scholarship each year is awarded to a member of the Snow Hill High School senior class. In 2015 the totality of the money raised was about $12,000. All the money raised will go into education for suicide prevention, more information about which can be found at, or

This year the event will be held on July 18th, 2015. The event will be a celebration of Jesse's life, and a way to bring new hope to all those affected by suicide. The event will feature food, live music and fun for all ages, including a new even dubbed "Jesse's Poker Paddle" in which participants collect playing cards from various locations around the Pocomoke River. Prizes for top performers include a two night Ocean City hotel stay, and a private pontoon boat trip, among others. Registration for the event begins at 4 o'clock p.m. and the event itself begins at 5 o'clock p.m. at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company. Any additional information for registering or collecting a pledge or about the event can be found at Information about reservation of boats for the event can be attained by contacting the Pocomoke River Canoe Company at 410-632-3971.

Homebrewed Berlin Hospitality

In June we were contacted by a couple in Germany who had visited our small town and loved it and remembered it so fondly they sent us this email:


We have been visiting your sweet Little town a second time in May 2014.While staying in Berlin we bought a Coffee Mug at "The Berlin Coffeehouse". Unfortunately the mug has been damaged in the dishwasher. This was a sad Moment for my wife. Please let me know if there is a way to send a new Mug (black or White) to Germany. We will of course be happy to pay for all expenses. Please restitute our morning-coffee memories of your nice Township. Thank you very much for your help!!


Sincerely, Hans Liesenfeld


We relayed the message to our Chamber member Berlin Coffeehouse, and in the true nature of hospitality, she gleefully replied that she would send them a new mug. Just another touch of the kind of compassion and heartfelt nature that leaves an impression on everyone who visits our city. In due time we received a wonderful response!


Good morning dear Peggy,

We received the new black mug yesterday. You packed it very carefully, so it has been undamaged. Thank you very much for your handling of the case. My wife is very happy again and she had her first coffee from your mug already this morning. To put faces to our emails: I will add a picture of my wife and her friend taken at your place in May 2014. We hope to visit you again in the near future for some coffee and sweet stuff.


All the best for the running season and thanks again from,

Hans + Karin Liesenfeld



Out N' About Second Friday Photos
One Cool Pup takes a Break at Si'Culi after having his portrait done

Donna Compher shows off her libations at Sister's


Bill Outten poses in front of the Hotel Atlantic to promote his Antique's Roadshow event.
Larnet St. Amant and Shelly Bruder enjoy a wonderful day working together at Bruder Hill.
Bungalow Love boasts some beautiful jewelry.
Bleached Butterfly has one of a kind Dictionary Art Prints.
Our own Administrative Assistant Morgan Coulson gets a smooch from Berlin's mascot, Petey at Nest.
Burley Oak pours another perfect draft to top off another perfect Second Friday.
Our Chamber needs you!

We know being a member can cause hesitance at first, but would like to formally invite you rejoin our community of businesses! You would be able to enjoy the benefits of being a member such as great opportunities for advertisement and promotion during events such as the Bathtub Races, Fiddler's Convention, and other town happenings. Our fantastic new director Larnet St. Amant, an extremely capable and enthusiastic businesswoman with an infectious positive attitude and ambitious will to see the Chamber succeed. She is working with the Board of Directors to create new events such as Business after Hours. While the Chamber is already a great networking tool for expanding your business and clientele, these events would be a gathering of members not only in our Chamber, but Chambers around the area, and an opportunity to collaborate on the expansion and diversification of their businesses. We are also working to create new fun inventive local social events that, through sponsorship, your business could gain a larger following from.

 We also promote local business members through social media, including Facebook and our new campaign with Instagram. Along with the efforts of the Chamber Administration, each business within the Chamber supports the advertisement and promotion of its fellow members. We strive to make sure that each member gets the individual attention they deserve and to enhance their profitability by any means that we can. 

WE ALWAYS NEED SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS! It's a great way to get your name and business promoted while helping the Chamber succeed or gaining community services hours. For sponsorship  or volunteer opportunities and membership applications, please visit our website


Our local glassblower and artisan Jeff Auxer was kind enough to donate some beautiful custom Chamber of Commerce coasters to us. We can't thank him enough for his generosity, and appreciate his support as a consistently returning member of the Chamber. His work is singular, vibrant, and skillfully crafted; we are lucky to get to have a small slice of that to share with incoming Chamber businesses!