Volume 2 Number 8, August 31, 2022

Your RBMS Newsletter September 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.

Labor Day

Seems like just yesterday we were anxiously awaiting the unofficial beginning of the 2022 beach season as Memorial Day loomed large on the calendar and now, in what seems to be a blink of the eye, the unofficial end of our summer season is upon us as we get ready to celebrate Labor Day. In between these two holidays Rehoboth Beach has played host to thousands of visitors having once again made the trek from cities and towns across the United States and beyond to bask in the sun on our glorious beaches and spend quality time with family and friends wiling away the days strolling the board walk, playing games, riding rides and eating plenty of French fries, ice cream, pizza and more while enjoying entertainment at the band stand and elsewhere across town. Rehoboth in Bloom has been busy all summer tirelessly caring for the myriad of planters proudly displaying a rainbow of colors for all to enjoy. The holiday celebrates the many contributions workers have made to America's strength, prosperity, and well-being; Rehoboth provides a place for them to enjoy the fruits of their labor. While you are out and about celebrating this month, Rehoboth Beach Main Street would like to showcase some businesses in town we think you will like. They are sure to bring a sense of joy and contentment to all who partake of their services or products. 


If you or your guests are looking for space to catch up on some projects while you are away, CoWork Reho may be just the place for you. From established enterprises to growing startups, they host an array of working professionals. CoWork Reho is about people and ideas, a place where forward thinkers, innovators, creatives, and game-changers unite. It provides a flexible, intentionally designed workspace that includes amenities to make the workday more enjoyable and productive while improving your work experience.    


If you're looking for a place to unwind, Shorebreak, an award-winning American Seafood Restaurant may be your place. Sporting a casual-yet-sophisticated modern look awash in blue & white décor, Shorebreak serves eclectic seafood fusion fare. They are an ocean- and farm-to-table American & seafood restaurant with a menu that is seasonally inspired. Shorebreak offers weekly specials, including fresh fish, meats, and soups, plus a large selection of wines. Just 133 steps to the Atlantic Ocean, Shorebreak is an excellent choice for your dining experience.


For the shoppers among you, Sassy Chic is a small family-owned and operated gift shop featuring hand crafted items, embroidery/monogramming, and other gift items. Sassy Chic takes orders for custom embroidery and monogramming, as well as offering all of their items at this site.


A truly unique decor will greet you as you enter Freddie's, an LGBTQ+, straight-friendly restaurant and bar. Enjoy happy hour with discounted beverages and special menus between 4-7 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The hours are adjusted when special events happen. Be sure to check out the Barbie Doll collection while there.


Another great place to dine is Arena's, a locally owned and operated fixture in downtown Rehoboth Beach since 1990, serving the same great high-quality food with large portions. Arena’s offers casual family-friendly dining and catering, as well as live in-house entertainment.


An award-winning women’s clothing store you’ll want to visit is Cashmere Gardens. This beautiful store features styles from established and emerging brands and is keen on artistic collaborations.


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 Addictive Tacos and Charm City Run as new members at the Green Partner level!


RBMS welcomes new members:

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

Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses

CoWork Reho

Dick Byrne

CoWork Reho, an RBMS Yellow Partner, is an oceanfront workspace, located directly on the Rehoboth Boardwalk, for people who are looking to make their workday more enjoyable and productive. It's designed to be a community of remote workers, innovators, forward thinkers, creatives, or those who just want to enjoy the ocean view and amenities. Read More

Shorebreak Lodge

Dan Slagle

Good Friends, Great Food, Beach Fun has always been the Shorebreak Lodge's mission statement: A modern casual-yet-sophisticated restaurant awash in blue and white decor serving eclectic seafood fusion fare. A 2021 Travelers Choice of Tripadvisor! Shorebreak Lodge is an RBMS member. Read More

Sassy Chic

Dick Byrne

It all started by Lynn wanting to make special place settings for her family Christmas dinner. She hand-painted personalized glasses and plates for everyone and couldn’t believe how they turned out. It went from family outings to local craft shows then regional craft shows. 1st State Sassy Glass was born and doing well. An opportunity presented itself and the business went from 1st State Sassy Glass to Sassy Chic, an RBMS Green Partner. Read More

Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant

Peter Beck

On a sweltering hot early August morning, one of my neighbors texted that one of her friends had canceled at the last minute to enjoy local legend Pamala Stanley performing at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. I immediately jumped at the chance, knowing I was in for an extremely enjoyable evening!

When we got to Freddies we sat at the bar, where we had a perfect view of the area where Pamala was to perform. Our party looked around the room and marveled at all the Barbie dolls on display on the shelves in the room. The decor was casual and comfy, and we immediately relaxed and cooled off from the intense summer heat.  Read More

Arena’s Deli & Bar

Peter Beck

On a beautiful August afternoon, I was about to entertain three friends for lunch. Even though I had plenty of time to put together a marvelous feast, I just didn't have the energy to fuss, and I thought it would be easier to order sandwiches and avoid the hassle of cooking. Since my guests included two vegans and two carnivores, I knew that I needed to find a great deli that would meet our demands.  Read More

The Stitching of An Award-Winning Conscious Luxury Lifestyle: Cashmere Gardens!

Mike Edelin

Cashmere Gardens seamlessly styles some of the region’s most fashionable (wo)men. The luxury boutique, located in Hotel Rehoboth, is all about sustainability, with a focus on timeless fashionable pieces for those of all ages. Cashmere Gardens is an RBMS member, located at 247 Rehoboth Avenue. Cashmere Gardens was recently named “Best Upscale Women’s Wear Store” in the state by Delaware Today Magazine.   Read More

News from Rehoboth Beach Businesses

RBMS Ribbon-Cutting Held for Addictive Tacos

Addictive Tacos is a new RBMS Green Partner, serving up locally sourced, all natural, organic fish and shrimp tacos. Always fresh/never frozen/wild caught—the most addictive fish tacos in Rehoboth Beach! Located at 33A Baltimore Avenue. Phone: (302) 278-7768. For more information, please visit https://addictivetacos.com/.

RBMS held a ribbon-cutting for Addictive Tacos on August 12. Pictured center is Andrea Neal, Owner, and, left to right, RBMS Board Members Jerry Filbin, Terry Kistler, Cindy Lovett, Jill Dunham, and Richard Byrne.

Benevolence Night Held at Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats

Benefit: Rehoboth Beach Main Street

On Wednesday, August 24, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats hosted a Benevolence Night in honor of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. 10% of the evening’s proceeds were donated to RBMS. Thank you to our friends at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an RBMS Blue Partner!

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.

RBMS bid farewell to our summer intern, Alex Whitford, with a luncheon held in Grove Park on August 11. (See story on Alex in the July 2022 issue of the RBMS Newsletter.) In attendance were several RBMS board members and volunteers, Executive Director Dan Slagle, and Alex’ Dads. We are thankful for the excellent work provided by Alex during the 2022 Summer and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Alex returns to school in Farmville, Virginia, where he will be a senior in the School of Business at Longwood University.  

NOTE: The work of the RBMS committees is integral to meeting the mission of Rehoboth Beach Main Street: promoting downtown Rehoboth Beach as a year-round beach town with a vibrant commercial area, attractive signage and storefronts, a full calendar of events, and economic programs benefiting the business and residential community. We are seeking volunteers to work on these committees, including Rehoboth In Bloom (part of the Design Committee’s work). You can put as much time into your volunteer work as you have available. Come join us!

RBMS Celebrates Downtown Businesses

Rehoboth Beach distinguishes itself from other resort communities with an engaging mix of eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences for locals and visitors alike. Join us at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 9:00am on Wednesday, September 7, as Rehoboth Beach Main Street (RBMS) celebrates downtown businesses. In recognition of our many downtown Rehoboth Beach success stories, RBMS has identified companies that have been in business for 25 years or longer and is hosting an event to honor them. 

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An Appreciation

Happy Anniversary, Dan!

August 26th marked Dan Slagle’s 3rd anniversary as Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Executive Director and only full-time employee! We are so grateful to have Dan steering our ship. His hard work has resulted in the amazing growth of RBMS over the last 3 years, both in membership and the services we provide to our members and the community. Dan grew up in Cecil County, Maryland and, seeking a fresh start, came to Rehoboth Beach in 1998 to open the Hidden Treasure B&B. Dan started with RBMS as a volunteer on the Promotions Committee while he was still the manager at the Spice and Tea Exchange on Rehoboth Avenue. Dan says he was excited about RBMS’ mission and was delighted to pitch in as a volunteer. But then, Dan was encouraged to apply for the opening as RBMS Executive Director. Amazing things happen when the right people, right place, right time, and right mission come together!  Read More

RBMS Cottage & Town Awards


Rehoboth Beach Main Street would like to congratulate the winners of the RBMS 2022 Cottage and Town Awards!

Winner of Best Renovation/Restoration

Jim Williamson and Nicholas Somers, Owners

119 Columbia Avenue


Winner of Best Commercial Construction

Bob Suppies

Drift on Baltimore Avenue


Winner of Best New Construction

Robin Dole, Owner

503 Jones Lane

Winner of Best Landscape Design/Re-Design

Bellmoor Inn and Spa

Honorable Mention Renovation/Restoration

Coopers Cottages on New Castle Street

Owner: Sam Cooper


Honorable Mention Renovation/Restoration

Tom Kelly

Lincoln Street Cottage, formerly on Rehoboth Avenue

Each of these award winners have maintained the character and charm of Rehoboth Beach while bringing their buildings and landscapes into 2022. An award ceremony was held on August 28 at the Bellmoor Inn and Spa in the courtyard. We thank Turnstone Custom Homes for sponsoring the RBMS Cottage and Town Awards and the Bellmoor Inn and Spa for hosting the awards ceremony.

When History and Tech Combine: Experience Rehoboth Beach in a New Way this Fall!

There’s a new way for visitors and locals alike to discover, or rediscover, the history of Rehoboth Beach.


Rehoboth Beach Main Street (RBMS) has partnered with Built Story to launch a new app-based self-guided tour that lets visitors explore downtown Rehoboth Beach at their own pace, either in-person or remotely. The Rehoboth Then and Now tour will guide visitors to 15 stops throughout the downtown commercial area. Tour takers will learn about the 19th Century religious summer camp, how fires and storms shaped the community, the transformative impact of the railroad, and the illustrious citizens who made Rehoboth what it is today. 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 Rehoboth Beach’s fine retailers! Individual tickets are $75.00 for the catered luncheon, prepared by The Pines, and the runway fashion show. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Robyn Rosenfeld Aburrow 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 go on sale September 11th at www. downtownrb.com/ontheavenue

We Are Excited to Announce a New Benefit for Members of Rehoboth Beach Main Street!

Paul Swiderski (RBMS Economic Vitality Committee Member) is the owner of Microbiz Accounting Financial and Business Services, LLC, in Lewes, DE, a full-service accounting firm specializing in small business. Through his firm, Paul is offering a new benefit for RBMS Members! 

To learn more about this benefit, which includes 'house calls' by The Business Doctor and free tax analysis: Read More

Water, Water, Everywhere

A Workshop Presented by Save Our Lakes Alliance 3

Saturday, September 10

9:30am to 1:00pm at Rehoboth Elementary School

500 Stockley Street


We love living in our coastal communities surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the lakes, and bays. These natural resources contribute to our economy, environment, and quality of life. But, they also threaten our community as the result of dangerous conditions created by global warming, climate change, and sea level rise.


At the workshop you will learn about environmental threats that we can no longer avoid. You will also learn:

  • Strategies to prepare for these dangerous threats;
  • How to build sustainable communities;
  • How to protect your property, health, and safety; and
  • How our lakes are regulated.

Mark your calendar now! For more information, contact JKONESEY@GMAIL.COM.

Save the Date

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

September 2–3

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

Friday, September 2: The Fabulous Hubcaps—50s–70s Rock and Roll

Saturday, September 3: Still Surfin—Beach Boys Tribute Band

Clear Space Theatre Company

20 Baltimore Avenue


September 2-4

Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic Black mother and her card-sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume... Read More

Tickets: https://clearspacetheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S2M00000NfQq0UAF

Other Desert Cities

September 15-18, 22-25

Other Desert Cities is a 2011 play by American playwright Jon Robin Baitz. The play premiered Off-Broadway in January 2011 and transferred to Broadway in November 2011, marking the Broadway debut of a Baitz play. Set in Palm Springs, California, Other Desert Cities follows well-to-do, aging Republicans Lyman and Polly Wyeth as their daughter, Brooke, a liberal-leaning writer, threatens to expose a disturbing family secret... Read More

Tickets: https://clearspacetheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S2M00000NfQpgUAF

Clear Space Theatre Company Annual Gala

Sunday, September 11, 6:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Country Club

221 West Side Drive, Rehoboth Beach

'It's a Grand Night for Singing.' Join friends of Clear Space Theatre for an evening of dinner, cocktails, entertainment, silent auction, and the reveal of the 2023 Season. Benefits Clear Space Theatre Company. Semi-formal attire. Tickets: Click here. Visit Clear Space Theatre’s website: www.ClearSpaceTheatre.org  or call 302-227-2270.

CAMP Rehoboth Sun Festival


A two-night event featuring headline entertainment and the return of SUNDANCE!

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

229 Rehoboth Avenue

CAMP Rehoboth is excited to announce the line-up for SUNFESTIVAL, its annual Labor Day celebration. You are invited to their biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps raise necessary funds for CAMP Rehoboth’s essential health, wellness, arts, and advocacy programming.  Read More

Browseabout Books Event

Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble

September 4, 11:00am to Noon

123 Rehoboth Avenue    

In Yes I Can Say That, comedy veteran Judy Gold argues that "no one has the right to tell comics what they can or cannot joke about…. Laughter is a unifier. It's the best medicine. It's also the most palatable way to bring up seditious, subversive topics.” For Gold, nothing is more insidious than enforcing silence and repressing jokes—the job of a comedian is to expose society's demons and confront them head-on, no prisoners allowed. In ten impassioned polemics, she frames comedy as a tool of empowerment, a way to reclaim hateful rhetoric and battle the democracy-crushing plight of censorship. Read More

Rehoboth Beach Piping Out Boardwalk Parade

September 5, 5:30pm

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum is again leading the historic tradition of Piping Out the Summer on Labor Day! Bring your musical instrument and join in the fun, beginning at 5:30 in front of the Henlopen Hotel, sponsor of the event. Reservations are not needed. For more information, go to www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org or call 302-227-7310.

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays: September 6, 13, 20, & 27, 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 see you for the Farmers Market’s 16TH SEASON!! Stay tuned for more details on the Farmers Market Facebook page

RBMS Celebration of Downtown Businesses

September 7, 9:00am

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand


Join RBMS for a celebration of businesses that have been in Rehoboth Beach for 25+,

50+, and 75+ years. (See article above for details.)

Rehoboth Museum Beach Ball

September 10, 6:30–10:00pm

Kings Creek Country Club

1 Kings Creek Circle, Rehoboth Beach

Join friends of the Rehoboth Beach Museum to celebrate the 17th year of the best bash in town: the Rehoboth Museum Beach Ball. If you have not yet attended this great night of fun at Kings Creek Country Club, you are urged to do so. Delicious food and great dance music will make this one of the most popular events in the area. Beach Chic attire and open seating make this event casual and relaxed. This is the Museum’s biggest fund raiser of the year! Tickets start at $150 for members. For ticket information and sponsorship and volunteer information, please call the Museum at (302) 227-7310. You may purchase your tickets online at https://rehobothbeachmuseum.org/index.php/2022-beach-ball 

AIDSWalk Delaware

September 17, 9:00am check-in

Step off: Grove Park (10:00am)

AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium will jointly present AIDS Walk Delaware, an in-person event with walkers stepping off on September 17 at Grove Park as well as the Brandywine Park in Wilmington. This year's theme is Step Up, Step Out: Remove Stigma, Eliminate HIV, Improve Lives. To register, donate, and collect donations, walkers and those who simply want to fundraise without attending in person may go to AIDSWalk-Delaware.org. Walk is free.

CAMP Rehoboth Presents: Fay Jacobs

Aging Gracelessly: Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me

September 23, 7:00pm

CAMP Rehoboth, Elkins-Archibald Atrium

37 Baltimore Avenue

Rehoboth writer and sit-down comic Fay Jacobs will be at CAMP Rehoboth with a new show, new stories, new advocacy, and new laughs. She will premier Aging Gracelessly: Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me. Tickets are $25 at


Mayor’s Cup Mid-Atlantic Volleyball Tournament

September 24–25

On the Beach

Mid-Atlantic Volleyball is hosting a two-day tournament for men's, women's, juniors, and coed teams. Play will take place on the beach from Wilmington Avenue to Prospect Street. Saturday check-in between 7:45 and 8:30am at Atlantic Jewelry Shop on Laurel and the Boardwalk. Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Volleyball. On the beach in Rehoboth starting at 9:00am each day. Fee to participate, free to watch. Info: www.mavolleyball.org or email mav@mavolleyball.org

Editor’s Note

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.