Volume 2 Number 5, May 31, 2022

Your RBMS Newsletter

June 2022

Visit our Website: www.downtownrb.com

This newsletter is a publication of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. President: Greer Maneval. Executive Director: Dan Slagle. Communications Committee Co-Chairs: Peter Pizzolongo and Mike Edelin. Newsletter Executive Editor: Peter Pizzolongo. Reporters/Editors: Dan Slagle, Mike Edelin, Jerry Filbin, James Mease, Cindy Lovett, Ed Chrzanowski, Peter Beck, Lisa Schlosser, Richard Byrne, and Linda Corcoran.

Summer Arrives

Of the four seasons that we enjoy on the Delmarva, Summer ranks at the top of the list for many along the Eastern Seaboard. And for good reason. What's not to like about it? With the passing of Memorial Day, into our collective stored memories, we move seamlessly into the summer season. Thanks to warm weather we can participate in an abundance of outdoor activities like fishing, boating, swimming, picnics, and seemingly endless days of leisure wiled away—pursuing a myriad of pastimes that make us feel glad to be alive. Of course, being located along the ocean as Rehoboth Beach is gives added pleasure to the longer days of the summer season. Everything kicks into high gear for people of all ages to participate in or just observe: Whatever suits your fancy. Walk the boardwalk, ride some rides, play some games, listen to some music at the bandstand, or just enjoy an ice cream or French fries. For the more adventurous soul in you, dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean, challenging the waves to catch you if they can. Along the way you can enjoy time in some of the many fine restaurants and shopping establishments that call Rehoboth Beach home. To help you with the latter, we have highlighted some of our member establishments and encourage you to visit them during your visit to downtown Rehoboth Beach.


For old standards that never disappoint, be sure and drop by Mariachi restaurant just off the boardwalk on Wilmington Avenue. Their friendly service and fine Spanish, Mexican, and Latin American cuisine have kept customers coming back for over a decade. Whether you go for the authentic Mexican dishes or the delicious tequila and margarita drinks, at their fully stocked bar, everyone will leave happy. If your palate is longing for more traditional bar food, then the Purple Parrott Biergarten is the place for you. Located in the rear of the Purple Parrot Grill with a very tropical landscape, full bar, and tables in the sand, you can wile away the day into the evening enjoying daily happy hour drink and nightly food specials that will delight everyone in your party. On your way back to your accommodations don't miss Snyder's Candy on Rehoboth Avenue, known for their flavored sodas, saltwater taffy, and caramel- or chocolate-covered apples, along with a myriad of other delectable treats that will get you through the evening. Another business that is a family affair with Kaan Pomakoglu and his mom and dad all pitching in at the newly opened Kaan's Bakery on the ground level of the Avenue Inn on Wilmington Avenue. Their menu includes cakes, mini cakes, pies, pastries, eclairs, twists, donuts, and breads that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day.  


As for shopping experiences that are sure to delight, Lilypad Children's Boutique ranks among the best children's stores at the beach. Their high-quality unique children's gifts and clothing are beautifully displayed and perfect for the children or grandchildren on your shopping list. Other exciting family-owned businesses include Rehoboth Breeze, located in the heart of Rehoboth Beach on Rehoboth Avenue. They carry a large assortment of top-quality cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and bags in both funky and classic designs. Be sure to stop in at Browseabout Books, on Rehoboth Avenue, whether your interest lies in children's books, a good novel to read on the beach or by the pool, or a swanky gift or game to occupy your leisure time: They are sure to have just the item you are looking for in their ample inventory on display. And speaking of things to do, you must visit Something Comfortable, Delmarva's certified bra fitter. It is a unique lingerie shopping experience for women of all ages and sizes.   


We know you will enjoy your visit to all of these places and while you are there be sure to tell them you read about them in the RBMS Newsletter. You can find out more about these establishments later on in this newsletter. 

Current and past issues of the newsletter are available on the RBMS Website at Newsletter | Home | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)

New Businesses & Membership Renewals

RBMS welcomes new member Helios Sunglasses at the Green Partner level!

RBMS welcomes Kaan’s Bakery and the Phillip Morton Gallery as new members!

RBMS thanks Loves Liquors and Port 251 for renewing their memberships at the Green Partner level!


RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing their membership!

For information about levels and benefits of RBMS membership, go to Join | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)

Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses

Rehoboth Breeze

If you are looking for a shop to buy a souvenir tee shirt or sweatshirt to represent your stay at the beach, you won’t find a better shop than Rehoboth Breeze, a RBMS Yellow Partner! The shop has long been a wonderful store that sells excellent quality t-shirts and sweatshirts. Read More

Browseabout Books


Browseabout Books, owned by Susan Kehoe and her husband, Matt, has expanded and reinvented itself many times while evolving into one of the nation's top independent bookstores. Browseabout, an RBMS Yellow Partner, is known not only for books, but a fantastic selection of toys, stationery, and unique gifts. Browseabout is open 363 days a year. It is no wonder that Browseabout is the favorite stop for residents and tourists alike!  Read More

The Purple Parrot Biergarten—A Reflection by a Fan

The Cape Area has had some wild weather the last few weeks! However, after ten days of rainy, cloudy conditions here at the beach, the sun finally showed its face, and everyone's mood immediately improved. My friend and I wanted to have lunch somewhere that's relaxed and chill to celebrate the change in the weather; we quickly discovered there could be no better place to hang out on a beautiful spring day than the Biergarten at the Purple Parrot! The Purple Parrot is a RBMS Yellow Partner and recent co-sponsor with RBMS of the 2022 Rehoboth Beach Gumbo Crawl! Read More

Let’s TacoBout Mariachi Restaurant on Wilmington Avenue

Serving Rehoboth Beach since 2006, the family-oriented and family-friendly Mariachi Restaurant has prided itself on great service and fresh food. Mariachi, a RBMS Green Partner, is located at 14 Wilmington Avenue. Upon entering, patrons are greeted with a curated interior that includes retro floor tiles, industrial-style piping, oversized windows, framed vibrant artwork, comfortable seating, contemporary lighting throughout, and patios with ocean views. Read More

Photo courtesy Mariachi Restaurant

Something Comfortable

Something Comfortable, Delmarva’s Certified Bra Fitter was founded in 2008 with the vision of creating a unique lingerie shopping experience for women of all ages and sizes. Something Comfortable, a RBMS Green Partner located at 122 Rehoboth Avenue, features high-quality, affordable designer brands and outstanding individualized customer service. Read More


The Lilypad Children’s Boutique, a RBMS Green Partner, is a children’s clothing, gift, and accessories store located at 149 Rehoboth Avenue in the Villages by the Sea. The Lilypad offers clothing options for your little ones suitable for every occasion and gifts perfect for newborns, birthdays, holidays, and special events. Read More

Helios Sunglasses

The Helios crew has been visiting the Delaware beaches for years and have always dreamed of living at the beach AND owning their own business. In 2020 they gathered together and put in motion making their dreams a reality! Read More

Rehoboth Beach Main Street held a ribboncutting at Helios on May 26. Pictured, left to right: Greer Maneval, RBMS Board President; Dominique Pizzo, staff; Andrew Martinelli, owner; Emily Burns, staff; and Edward Chrzanowski, RBMS City Liaison.

Kaan's Bakery

Kaan’s Bakery is a new shop in downtown Rehoboth Beach, located at 33 Wilmington Avenue, and a new member of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Owner Kaan Pomakoglu says, “We have the most delicious, homemade cakes. Read More

RBMS held a ribboncutting on May 30. Pictured, left to right, are Cindy Lovett and Peter Pizzolongo, RBMS Board Members; Mehmet Atsal, Barista; Ozkar Pomakoglu, Driver; Kaan Pomakoglu, Owner; Emire Pomakoglu, Chef; and Richard Byrne, RBMS Board Member.

News from Rehoboth Beach Businesses

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The Royal Treat

The Royal Treat, a breakfast and ice cream parlor at 4 Wilmington Avenue—right off the boardwalk—has been a family-run and -owned business for its nearly 40-year history. Royal Treat’s Fornwalt family recently announced that they will not be serving breakfast during the 2022 season. They will serve ice cream in their parlor on afternoons and evenings. This decision was made due to the growing responsibilities of caring for aging family members as well as staffing shortages.

The Royal Treat Family is grateful for the support of the Rehoboth Beach community and proud to have served this community during the last 41 years. If you would like to help celebrate the Royal Treat and share your memories with the Fornwalt family, you can ask about signing their guest book during hours of operation or consider recording a brief video by following the link on the Royal Treat Facebook page.

Snyder’s Candy

Snyder’s Candy has been a Rehoboth Beach institution since 1940. 82 years in business! Snyder’s is located at 60 Rehoboth Avenue. Jeff Balk, who has owned the business for the last 15 years, announced that the business has been sold. The new owner is Greg Kalinsky. He and his wife are thrilled to own a community icon.

RBMS congratulates Snyder’s on its 82-year history and wishes the best to the new owner!

Based on a story that appeared in the Cape Gazette, May 5, 2022. RBMS thanks the Cape Gazette for the picture.

Rehoboth in Bloom: A New Garden

Rehoboth in Bloom is currently in the planning process for an exciting new garden, tentatively named “Canalside Garden.” It will occupy the space between the south side of the Rehoboth Beach Museum and the sidewalk. Envisioned are several trees, including replacing the Red Bud thatwas removed during one of the many construction projects in that location. Rehoboth in Bloom will add a combination of shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Read More

News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street

This column highlights the work of the RBMS Executive Director, Dan Slagle, the RBMS Board, and the five committees, focusing on the behind-the-scenes work of the staff and volunteers, as well as the activities that are planned and carried out. Read More

Recognizing Our Volunteers: Rick Perry

Rehoboth Beach is privileged to have so many residents with extraordinary and diverse talents and skills, individuals who are willing to invest their time as volunteers in our town. One of our super residents who contributes specialized skills and philanthropic action to Rehoboth Beach every day is Rick Perry, who serves as Co-Chair of the RBMS Organization Committee. Read More

Rehoboth Beach Gumbo Crawl 2022 Winners

Following a highly successful, sold-out Gumbo Crawl on April 30th with 16 participating restaurants providing their special take on every type of Gumbo imaginable, we had to continue the fun with an awards ceremony for the winning restaurants. Every Gumbo Crawl ticket-holder had a ballot and on Wednesday evening, May 4th, Purple Parrot Grill Beach Haus & Biergarten hosted the participating restaurants to announce the winners.


First Place winner was Café Azafrán, with Mariachi Restaurant placing second and Above the Dunes capturing third place. This was such a difficult decision to make for many ticket holders with all the delicious food served by the event venues.  Read More

The J-1 Visa Program for Summer Employment

The US J1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa for foreign nationals coming to the United States to participate in work-and-study-based exchange visitor programs. J1 Visa exchange visitor programs allow participants to work, study, teach, conduct research, or receive training in the USA for a period of a few weeks to a few years.


To obtain a J1 Visa, foreign nationals must apply for and be approved to participate in a J1 Visa USA exchange visitor program. There are 14 individual J1 programs within the J1 exchange visitor visa category pertaining to various occupations and functions. The category that Rehoboth Beach businesses would be interested in is Summer Work Travel. Read More

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Is 100 Years Old!

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol is celebrating 100 years of lifeguarding this summer with a celebration on July 30th at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.  Established in 1921 by Benjamin F. Shaw and the Red Cross with a total of 2 guards, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol is considered one of the Nation’s leading Beach Patrols. The patrol has a 100-year history of excellence in safety with a strong record in lifeguard competition achievements and a fully operational Emergency Medical Unit.  Read More

Save the Date

Downtown Rehoboth Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 5, to Friday, June 10

The Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Cape Gazette, presents Restaurant Week Supports the Red, White, & Blue on the Culinary Coast™! A portion of the proceeds will go to local organizations representing the Red, White & Blue (military and all first responders). For six days, enjoy delicious 3-course prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants in downtown Rehoboth Beach—the culinary destination of Delaware! This is the perfect time to expand your palate and try innovative foods at a reduced price. Whether you come for a day or stay for a week, you won’t want to miss this dining opportunity as Rehoboth Beach continues to gain regional and national notoriety for its inventive chefs and menus. Enjoy a 3-course meal priced at $25, $35, or $45 per person at more than 30 participating downtown Rehoboth Beach restaurants. For more information and a list of participating restaurants please visit Restaurant Week - Rehoboth Beach Resort Area (beach-fun.com) Indulge!

Author Luncheon with Emily Giffin

Browseabout Books Events

June 7, 11:30am to 1:30pm

This event will take place at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club

221 West Side Drive, Rehoboth Beach

Browseabout Books is thrilled to host a meet & greet luncheon with The New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin! Tickets are $60 and include an autographed copy of Meant to Be, a delicious buffet lunch, and a non-alcoholic beverage & gratuity. Emily will mingle with attendees, speak about her new book, answer questions from the audience, personalize books, and take photographs with attendees. Additional copies of Meant to Be and many of Emily's other books will be available to purchase before and after the luncheon.

Browseabout Books is thrilled that their NEW luncheon location is the gorgeous Rehoboth Beach Country Club! Meet amazing authors, eat delicious food, and enjoy the fantastic views of Rehoboth Bay. Currently, there are no indoor mask mandates in place, but you will be notified should that change. Please note that RBCC asks that guests not wear jeans. For tickets: Author Luncheon with Emily Giffin | Meant to Be Tickets, Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite


The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market                 

Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:00am–2:00pm

Grove Park 

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from May through October. They have 33 amazing vendors that can’t wait to welcome you back for the Farmers Market’s 16TH SEASON!! Stay tuned for more details on the Farmers Market Facebook page.


Boardwalk Barons

Rehoboth Beach History Lecture

Thursday, June 9, 7:15pm

The Sussex Room, Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

The topic for the final session in the Rehoboth Beach History Lecture series will be the Boardwalk Barons—wealthy industrialists from Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. The Barons built “cottages” on Rehoboth’s boardwalk in the 1800s. Come to the lecture to learn who they were and how they organized to take over management of Rehoboth Beach in 1891. The fee to attend the lecture is $25, and reservations are required: call 302-521-4190. The lecture will run from 7:15 to 8:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to begin their evening with dinner at Victoria’s Restaurant—reservations should be made for 5:30pm or earlier to allow time to dine before the lecture: call 302-227-0615.


Rehoboth Beach Bandstand                                            

Free Live Entertainment & Family Movies at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Details and program schedule at www.rehobothbandstand.com.

Friday June 10, Mike Hines & the Look (R&B/Funk)

Saturday, June 11, Soul Crackers (Soul/R&B)

Sunday, June 12, Guys in Thin Ties (Alternatives 80’s)

Friday, June 17, Six Pack Rodeo (Classic Rock/Country)

Saturday, June 18, Frontiers (Tribute [Journey])

Sunday, June 19, Tim Laushey Orchestra (Big Band)

Friday, June 24, USAF Band Max Impact (Military [Pop])

Saturday, June 25, Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison Celebration [Tribute])

Sunday, June 26, Vinyl Shockley (Ska/Funk/Island)


Auto Erotic Misadventure and Ponce de Leon Is Dead

June 23–25

CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard

37 Baltimore Avenue

CAMP Rehoboth’s June theatrical production will be a night to remember. Two one-act plays by Pittsburgh playwright F.J. Hartland will be performed in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard from June 23 to 25. These plays hilariously explore the dynamics of love, family, and friends. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.camprehoboth.com.

9 TO 5

June 24 to August 27

Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Avenue

The hit 1980 film gets the musical treatment by one of its Grammy Award-winning original stars who wrote the music in this show with big heart and even bigger show-stopping songs! Jaded matriarch Violet, buxom backwoods secretary Doralee, and mistreated newcomer Judy are all under the employ of the overbearing womanizer Franklin Hart, Jr. These three unlikely cohorts team up and hatch a plan to get even with their egotistical, tyrannical boss. All of the madcap hilarity of the movie is intact, intertwined with Dolly Parton’s score that is part Broadway and part pop, a little bit country, and all toe-tapping fun! Purchase tickets at Buy: 9 to 5 (force.com)



June 28 to August 23

Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Avenue

Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip to a simpler time as 'bad boy' Danny and 'the girl next door ' Sandy fall in love all over again in the original high school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie, including "You're the One that I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and many more! Purchase tickets at Buy: Grease (2022) (force.com)

City Update

Unless noted otherwise, the information that follows was adapted from the City of Rehoboth Beach online news. For additional information, go to City of Rehoboth.

Beach Status Update

The entire stretch of Rehoboth Beach is open and ready to welcome visitors. However, Rehoboth's beach is still showing impacts from the nor'easter that lingered for nearly a week in early May. Thankfully, our dunes did their job and protected the boardwalk and property, but several of our dune crossings were damaged and ridges were created. Read More

Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners Allows Private Property Outdoor Dining

The following article is adapted from an article that appeared in the May 24 issue of the Cape Gazette.

Facing a June 1 expiration date of COVID-related policies for outdoor dining rules on private property, Rehoboth Beach commissioners voted unanimously in favor of extending those policies through November 1. Read More

Board of Commissioners Candidate Petitions

Two commissioner posts are up for election in 2022. Interested candidates must submit a nominating petition, signed by no fewer than 10 and no more than 25 qualified electors of the city; qualified electors include residents, leaseholders, and freeholders. Nominating petitions may be requested by email or by calling Donna Moore or Steven Perry at 302-227-6181, ext. 159. Read More

Editor's Note

With this issue we return to the format of including brief articles in the newsletter that is emailed to subscribers, with links to the full newsletter articles on the RBMS Website. Thank you all for your support of RBMS. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me, Peter Pizzolongo, Newsletter Editor, at PeterRBMS@gmail.com.