Volume 2 Number 9, September 30, 2022

Your RBMS Newsletter October 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, Peter Beck, Dick Byrne, and Linda Corcoran.

Seasons Change

As sure as the hands of a clock go round, time marches on, stopping for no one or anything. And so, after a delightful summer, we find ourselves ready to welcome Fall 2022. In Rehoboth Beach, as well as all of Delmarva, it's a time of reflection on summer's end, with its memories collectively filed away, and we look forward to what the changing seasons has to offer. Our thoughts now turn to preparations for shorter days and colder nights that we instinctively know are coming, but not before we experience the beauty of Autumn. As nature quietly transforms our landscape from summer green to brilliant displays of autumn colors in vibrant red, yellow, orange, and brown. We start to shift our thinking away from summer things to pumpkins, football, leaves, bonfires, and festivals as the calendar closes in on the last quarter of the year. It is a time to reap falls bounty as we enjoy all that Rehoboth Beach has to offer. We at Rehoboth Beach Main Street encourage you to get outside and enjoy the crisp mornings and warming afternoons as you visit the many businesses that call Rehoboth Beach home as the Season's change. 

There is still time to take in some of the hottest bodies of summer on the Aqua Grill sundeck while being served some of the best cocktails and American seafood cuisine. Be sure to check out the daily drink and dinner specials. Then, just across the street from Aqua is THE PINES, a classic tavern that was designed to pay homage to old Rehoboth. With its sensational interior design, lively atmosphere, and rich history of hospitality, The Pines features a full farm-to-dining-room menu downstairs while providing a thoughtfully crafted lite fare menu upstairs in the lounge, with daily happy hour specials where people can gather to eat drink and enjoy some of the best entertainment in the area.  

Across downtown and just off the boardwalk between Rehoboth and Wilmington Avenues is an adorable little hidden alley called Penny Lane. It is an eclectic collection of boutique and souvenir shops, offering accessories, household goods and decorative items. Café Papillion, which specializes in crepes, is located here, serving up breakfast or brunch. Additionally, Penny Lane Liquor Store, Sean Kelly & Friends Art Gallery, Dynasty Jewelers, Sunglass Company, Archie’s Ice Cream, Electric Fish, Fun for All Toys, Gifts of Serenity/Olde Salts, Jewelstar, and Sea Finds are available for your shopping pleasure.  

And new to the downtown eatery scene is the recently opened Addictive Tacos, where chef Andrea Neal is bringing Baja-style tacos from the West to the East coast while keeping the menu simple with fish and shrimp tacos and a taco bowl. 


Another new shop for joggers on Rehoboth Ave is the Baltimore-based Charm City Run: a running and walking specialty company offering a wide selection of footwear along with clothing, energy bars, and treats, as well as hats and sunglasses. Additionally, the company offers foot fittings for its customers.

Before you begin your run in your new running shoes make sure you eat a hearty Italian meal at the LUPO Italian Kitchen located in the elegant Hotel Rehoboth on Rehoboth Avenue. As part of SoDel Concepts, an award-winning chef-driven restaurant group on the Culinary Coast of Southern Delaware, Lupo serves both traditional and not so traditional coastal cuisine by pairing Mediterranean flavors with locally caught seafood and local produce. Their extensive wine list, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and great happy hour deals make them a crowd favorite among visitors and locals alike.  

And finally, anyone in need of a hair stylist or a spa should consider Bad Hair Day?, an award-winning salon and spa located in downtown Rehoboth Beach. They use the finest all-natural AVEDA products, and you will be sure to be rejuvenated after a visit to their salon.

We know you will enjoy your visit to all these places as you shop and eat in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Be sure and tell them you read about them here! You can find out more about these establishments later 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)

RBMS New and Renewal Businesses

RBMS welcomes The Coffee House Powered by Schell Brothers as a new member at the Green Partner level!


RBMS welcomes Blue Moon Restaurant and Cotton Club as new members!


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

Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses

THE PINES and Aqua

Peter Beck


In mid-July, I learned that one of my friends from DC who hadn't been to Rehoboth Beach in over 10 years was coming to stay with me for the weekend. I was eager to take him to some of the most fun newer places in town. I knew that THE PINES Restaurant and Tavern and Aqua Grill would fill the bill! THE PINES/Aqua is an RBMS Yellow Partner.

THE PINES has been a huge hit since it opened in 2018. Offering dining with a coastal flair in the cozy first-floor restaurant, I made reservations several days before his arrival since I knew that diners flocked to the restaurant on a summer Friday evening. Since it was to be a warm and sticky night, I knew eating inside was the preferred option, although the lovely second-floor balcony overlooking Baltimore Avenue was calling to me.  Read More

Penny Lane Mall

Dan Slagle

Penny Lane, an RBMS Yellow Partner, is nestled in a quaint European inspired, open-air mall. The Penny Lane Mall features a diverse selection of shops, ensuring that the whole family’s shopping needs will be satisfied. Penny Lane Mall is located in the heart of downtown Rehoboth Beach (just a few steps from the boardwalk), with access via both Rehoboth and Wilmington Avenues. It is a favorite stop for vacationers and locals alike. Read More

Addictive Tacos

Peter Beck

I heard from some friends that Addictive Tacos at 33 Baltimore Avenue is truly addicting! Eager to try it out, I used my phone to order two tacos online: fish and shrimp. Then I hopped on my bike and pedaled to town.

Addictive Tacos, an RBMS Green Partner, is new to the Rehoboth food scene and has quickly become a popular spot for natives and tourists alike. Addictive Tacos specializes in fish and shrimp tacos, made from fresh organic fish and shrimp. Tacos include tasty fresh vegetables and a variety of sauces. Guests can eat at a counter in the cozy restaurant or in the lovely courtyard at the Shops at Baltimore Commons; of course, take-out is another dining option! Read More

Charm City Run

Richard Byrne

Charm City Run, a new RBMS Green Partner, is a Baltimore-based run specialty shoe store, with its newest location at 200 Rehoboth Avenue. After recently celebrating its 20th year, Charm City Run has opened its first location on the Delmarva peninsula, as well as the first location outside of Maryland. The bright idea of bringing Charm City Run to Rehoboth came about because the founder, Josh Levinson, spent many of his summers on the Delaware seashore, a place very dear to his heart. Other locations include the flagship store in Timonium and shops in Frederick, Bel Air, Annapolis, Columbia, and Fells Point, and a new store in Gaithersburg. Read More

SoDel Concepts

Jerry Filbin

SoDel Concepts, based in Rehoboth Beach, is the parent company for an amazing local group of creative restaurants, including Lupo Italian Kitchen on Rehoboth Avenue. SoDel, an RBMS Green Partner, is well-established as an award-winning group of restaurants that prides itself on being chef-driven, featuring simple food that is beautifully cooked. While Lupo (SoDel’s in-town restaurant) features creative Italian cuisine, the other restaurants in the group serve up a wide variety of offerings with a focus on seafood but so much more!  SoDel has developed and operates sixteen restaurants from Lewes to Fenwick Island. They include Fish On, Surf Bagel, Matt’s Fish Camp, Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar, Lupo Italian Kitchen, Thompson Island Brewing Company, Crust and Craft, Northeast Seafood Kitchen, Ocean View Brewing, Catch 54, and Papa Grande, as well as events catering at the Clubhouse at Baywood.  And did we mention that SoDel features its own craft brewing?


SoDel also includes Haley/Kammerer Hospitality Consulting and Highwater Management, a hospitality management company. Read More

Bad Hair Day?

Jm Mease

Bad Hair Day?, an RBMS Yellow Partner, is located at 20 Lake Avenue in beautiful downtown Rehoboth Beach. Bad Hair Day? is an award-winning salon and spa that specializes in a full range of hair and body treatments for men and women of all ages and skin types. Their team of specialists take pride in providing each guest with a first-class service experience in a fun, friendly, and upbeat environment, connecting beauty, community, and well-being. 


In addition to hair and beard cuts for men of all ages, which includes their world-famous shampoo experience, complete with a five-minute stress relieving scalp massage, Bad Hair Day? offers a full range of services for all, including manicures, pedicures, make up, lashes, and nails. Read More

News from Rehoboth Beach Businesses

Cooter Brown’s Announces Daily Specials

Cooter Brown’s, at 70 Rehoboth AvenueUpstairs has announced its off-season daily specials. Cooter Brown’s takes the best of the South, and twists in their own fresh take, to offer a most unique from-scratch dining experience using smoke, brines, and picklings. Check out their Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday specials!

Above the Dunes Daily Specials

Above the Dunes, at 101 South Boardwalk, has announced its off-season happy hour and daily specials. Above The Dunes is the newest “Seafood Forward” restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, serving everything from a raw bar and lobster rolls to hamburgers and flatbreads. Above the Dunes is the number one spot in Rehoboth to dine with an ocean view. Check out their Happy Hour and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday specials!

Happy Hour Specials

  • Oyster Special 10/20
  • Daily 3:00–6:00pm

Daily Dinner Specials

  • Sunday Seafood Gumbo 11
  • Monday ½ Price Burgers
  • Tuesday Seafood Linguini 16
  • Wednesday Stuffed Flounder 24
  • Thursday Steak Frites 20

News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street

Rehoboth Beach Main Street Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a volunteer opportunity in Rehoboth Beach? RBMS has many opportunities for people who want to help promote our city as a vibrant and enjoyable place to live as well as supporting our in-town businesses. It doesn’t matter whether you are a people-person, task-oriented, or have some special skills. We would love to talk with you about the possibilities! RBMS is a largely volunteer organization. We have only 2 employees but over a hundred volunteers providing a variety of services to the community. What does an RBMS volunteer do? Lots of things – from event support, office support, outdoor gardening, business ambassadors, information and communication support, and information analysis, just to name a few. Some of our major functions and activities are included in the online version of this newsletter issue: Read More

A New RBMS Benefit: Lunch and Learn Workshops

John Urbanski, a member of the RBMS Economic Vitality Committee, is offering Lunch and Learn workshops for RBMS members. John is the East Coast partner in CSi, Community Service Institute LLC. He brings years of coalition building and community development experience to the Rehoboth area. His goal is to help individuals and organizations address business and life challenges in a positive, proactive manner so that they can be the best possible, by providing opportunities for life.

CSi prides itself in doing three things well: train and coach individuals; help businesses and organizations increase productivity, to improve their bottom line and grow; and develop strategies, systems, products, and services that individuals, businesses, and organizations need and use. CSi’s product and service offerings include strategic planning, consulting regarding project management and other topics, HR services, business assessments and evaluations, and risk management. The Lunch and Learn workshops CSi offers include Coaching: How to Improve the Lives of Others; Finding and Retaining Great Hires that Build Businesses; Tripod Leadership: Empowering People to Lead. Workshops can be tailored to the needs and interests of RBMS members. There is a fee for the workshops. Read More

RBMS Announces Roll-out of New Rehoboth Beach Virtual History Tour

Rehoboth Beach Main Street announces the availability of Rehoboth Beach Then and Now—A self-guided walking tour on the Built Story free mobile app. Tour takers can explore downtown Rehoboth Beach and learn about the 19th century religious summer camp, how the fires and storms shaped the community, the transformative impact of the railroad, and the illustrious citizens who made Rehoboth Beach what it is today.  Read More

RBMS Celebrated Downtown Businesses with a September 7 Ceremony

Rehoboth Beach distinguishes itself from other resort communities with an engaging mix of eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences for locals and visitors alike. Rehoboth Beach Main Street celebrated downtown companies that have been in business for 25 years or longer with an event on September 7, 2022, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. We identified 93 long-running businesses, including five that have been in business more than 75 years. A true testament to downtown business! Read More

Volunteer Recognition: Jen Carroll

Linda Corcoran

When I first started volunteering with Rehoboth Beach Main Street in March of this year, the one name that kept coming up in almost every conversation was Jen Carroll—no matter which committee was meeting. When I met Jen in person at a Promotions Committee meeting, it was completely obvious why that happened. She’s a warm, generous woman with a mountain of energy. In fact, when I asked other RBMS volunteers for a one- to two-word description of Jen, Energizer Bunny was the most frequent description mentioned. Read More

RBMS Fall Fashion Festival

Mark your calendars! The RBMS First Annual Fall Fashion Festival, “On the Avenue,” will take place on Sunday, November 13, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This festive event will provide the opportunity to see the fabulous fashions available from 16 of Rehoboth Beach’s fine retailers! Individual tickets are $75.00 for the champagne brunch, prepared by THE PINES, and the runway fashion show. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Robyn Rosenfeld Aburrow at 301-807-2304.

Proceeds will benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street and the Harry K Foundation.


Looking forward to seeing y’all at the Fall Fashion Festival! Tickets are on sale NOW at downtownrb.com/ontheavenue

Save the Date

Fire Prevention Open House

October 1, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual fire prevention day activities from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. All ages are welcome to come and see the fire trucks, firefighters, water rescue boats and personal watercraft, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and many more public servants who work hard every day to help keep community members and their families safe.

Rehoboth Beach Library

October Events

226 Rehoboth Avenue

Lebkuchen Cookie Decorating

Saturday, October 1, 11:00am to 1:00pm

Decorate heart-shaped cookies in celebration of Oktoberfest, for children and families. Go to delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/9542802.

Recurring & Weekly Events

Link for October Events at the Library: https://rehoboth.lib.de.us/

Browseabout Books Events

133 Rehoboth Avenue


Book Signing

Paul Brandus: Jackie

October 1, 2:00–4:00pm


The world was shocked when Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. It would not have been so surprising had the truth of their relationship—which dated back to the 1950s—been known. Jackie knew Ari almost as long as she had known John F. Kennedy—and saw qualities in him (besides money) that she found highly attractive.

About the Author

A historian and keynote speaker—including at seven presidential libraries—Paul Brandus is a columnist for USA Today and Dow Jones/MarketWatch, and one of the most followed journalists in the White House press corps, with more than 375,000 Twitter followers (@WestWingReport). He is the author of books on the White House and presidency, U.S. military, and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. His podcast, Jackie, has won numerous awards. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family.

Book Signing

Lean Angstman: Out Front the Following Sea

October 2, 11:00am to 2:00pm

Out Front the Following Sea is a historical epic of one woman’s survival in a time when the wilderness is still wild, heresy is publicly punishable, and being independent is worse than scorned—it is a death sentence. At the onset of King William’s War between French and English settlers in 1689 New England, Ruth Miner is accused of witchcraft for the murder of her parents and must flee the brutality of her town. She stows away on the ship of the only other person who knows her innocence: an audacious sailor—Owen—bound to her by years of attraction, friendship, and shared secrets. But when Owen’s French ancestry finds him at odds with a violent English commander, the turmoil becomes life-or-death for the sailor, the headstrong Ruth, and the cast of Quakers, Pequot Indians, soldiers, highwaymen, and townsfolk dragged into the fray. Now Ruth must choose between sending Owen to the gallows or keeping her own neck from the noose.

Check out more In-person and online events at: https://www.browseaboutbooks.com/event

Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market

Grove Park

October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Parking is now free. Stay tuned for more details on the Farmers Market Facebook page. They can’t wait to see you!

Greyhounds Reach the Beach

October 5–9

Various venues in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Dewey Beach

Greyhounds Reach the Beach® is an event for greyhound and sighthound owners. It is held every Columbus Day weekend in October. The event celebrates our greyhounds, creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes, and raises some funds to support greyhound adoption. The event features speakers, numerous national vendors, a Blessing of the Hounds, bus tours for you with your greyhound (when available), walking tours of Rehoboth Beach, a Thursday evening Beer and Biscuit Mixer, hound walks on the beach, special deals at area businesses. and lots of activities throughout the week. Vending starts in the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Wednesday evening and continues through Sunday, with a parade on the Boardwalk. https://www.grtb.org/

10th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival

October 12–16

Various venues in Rehoboth Beach

The 10th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival returns to Downtown Rehoboth Beach, and you don’t want to miss a single show! True Blue Jazz is THE only place to catch the best LIVE Straight Ahead Jazz Acts in Rehoboth Beach! From local & regional jazz musicians with legendary talent to nationally and internationally recognized jazz artists, masters and icons, true blue jazz delivers the real deal, in the best jazz show venues in the area. Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman want to see you there!!! For tickets and information on shows, artists and schedules, visit: https://www.truebluejazz.org/

2022 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest

October 13–16

Various venues

The 2022 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival will occur at different venues throughout the area. Celebrating 32 years of smooth jazz! For information: http://rehobothjazz.com/.

Little Shop of Horrors

October 14–30

20 Baltimore Avenue

The deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! We implore you: DON’T FEED THE PLANTS! For tickets, go to BUY TICKETS

CAMP Rehoboth Block Party

October 16, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Baltimore Avenue

The CAMP Rehoboth Annual Block Party will once again be held on the second block of Baltimore Avenue. Join friends of CAMP for a day of celebration and performances—and vendors including local restaurants, caterers, businesses, non-profits, and other organizations. 


Rehoboth Firefighters Host an Ice Cream Social

October 20, 4:30–6:30pm

Station 1, 219 Rehoboth Avenue

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company will host a free ice cream social to promote fire prevention and safety from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Station 1. Sparky the Safety Dog will be in attendance, teaching attendees about fire safety—including smoke alarms; escape plans; stop, drop, and roll; and more. For event details, go to Facebook. All are welcome.

Federal Spirit Dinners

October 28, 2022, to May 19, 2023

7:00pm Start Time

The Federal, 62A Rehoboth Avenue

Spirit dinners at The Federal are an opportunity to experience and learn about their featured spirit each month. Guests enjoy a four-course tasting menu paired with cocktails from their roster. A representative from each company will be on-site to guide us along the expedition. Cost is $55.00 per person plus gratuity.

Three dinners - $150.00 per person plus gratuity & 10% discount onsite purchased spirit

Six dinners - $288.00 per person plus gratuity & 15% discount onsite purchased spirit

Menus will be online. Sign up on the Federal Fritter website. Seating is very limited so sign up early, a credit card is required but will not be charged until conclusion of the dinner. A cancelation fee for a “no show” is the full price of the dinner with a 72-hour cancellation window.

32nd Annual Sea Witch Festival

October 28–30

Rehoboth Avenue and Various Venues

The 2022 Sea Witch Festival: Bigger and better than ever, including more entertainment, more activities, and more fun! Fun activities include: Costume Parade for people and dogs; Sea Witch® Hunt; Indoor & Outdoor Artisans and Vendor Shows; Bubble Boo & Puppies Too!; Tyke Bike; Live Bandstand Entertainment; Horseshows on the Beach; 5K Race/Walk; Hayrides; Broom Toss; Magic Shows; Lantern Tours; Fantasy Trail; Kids Games on the Beach; Kids Treasure Hunt; Trick or Treating; Haunted Bonfire and much more!  

Editor’s Note

Thank you all for your support of RBMS. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Peter Pizzolongo, Newsletter Editor, at PeterRBMS@gmail.com.