Downtown Profiles: Easton’s Remaining Traditional Men’s Store Still Stands Tall

There was a time, not so long ago, when every town of a decent size would have a high-quality haberdashery. While cities like Washington would have such prominent stores as Thomas & Lewis Saltz, the Georgetown University Shop, or Raleigh’s, smaller towns like Easton would have solid equivalents such as Blades on Washington Avenue.

But now the vast majority of these classic traditional men’s stores have shut their doors, while national chains like JoS. A. Bank’s and Men’s Warehouse also face the risk of extermination as business wear has been replaced by casual attire in the corporate world as internet sales increase.

And yet a steady few of these specialty stores are still standing, and one of those is none other than Berrier’s on Dover Street. And if you asked its owner, Bruce Berrier, how his business was going, he’d say, “just fine.”

The Spy was intrigued by how this unique men’s specialty store, with such items as $400 cashmere sweaters and $40 fine wool stocks, could remain competitive in the face of a radically different marketplace and changing standards in men’s clothing needs.  So we spent a few minutes with Bruce to talk about the sustainability of Berrier’s as someone who has spent his entire career in the trade, first at the original Blades, then as a manufacturer representative for the distinguished men’s suit maker Corbin, and finally starting his own business in Easton twenty-five years ago.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about Berrier’s please go here

Looking Back: A Conversation with Shore Bancshares Chair Chris Spurry

When Chris Spurry was appointed to be the chair of the board of the Talbot Bank in 2006, he felt both honored and excited to take on this role during a time in banking when, as he recalled it, “a blind chicken could get fat.” The economy in general, and real estate in particular, was hitting historic highs in value and returns on investment. To be part of this extraordinary moment in Delmarva prosperity could not have been more fulfilling for him.

The St. Michaels native also saw this new role on the board of this highly regarded community bank as another positive outcome of his decision to move his a manufacturers’ representatives firm to Talbot County in 1983 after over thirty years serving in senior leadership positions with a Fortune 500 manufacturing corporation and food equipment supplier based in New York City. With Spurry (now Spurry-Curren and Associates) operating out of Easton, Chris was able to return home to the Mid-Shore he loved and directly particulate in its economic future.

But when troubling financial smoke signals were popping up in 2007, which later unfolded the following year into the country’s most significant economic collapse since the Great Depression, Scott and his fellow board members realized quickly that within this short period, the entire future of the Talbot Bank, Centreville National Bank, Avon-Dixon Insurance, and Wye Financial & Trust were now being severely threatened.

And as a result of this perfect storm, the Talbot Bank directors oversaw one of the most dramatic and sweeping corporate reconfigurations in the commercial history of the Eastern Shore.

In short order, the board was strengthened, a new senior management team was hired, banking operations were consolidated, as well as dozens of other operational changes required to cope with this new economic environment as well as an unprecedented wave of fiduciary regulations.

Now, after nine years of hard work and significant cultural change, Shore Bancshares is safely out of the woods and thriving.

The Spy caught with Chris at the Shore Bancshares corporate headquarters last month to talk about this extraordinary time in banking history as he steps down from being one of Shore Bancshares’ longest-serving board Chairs.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about Shore Bancshares please go here

 

Robin Deputy Celebrates 25 Years with Shore United Bank

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Robin Deputy for her 25 years of service. Ms. Deputy began her career in December of 1992 as an administrative assistant to the President. She has also held positions as a teller, loan coordinator, human resources manager, chief operating officer and corporate secretary. Robin is currently the Branch Manager at the Camden, Delaware location.

Ms. Deputy attended Delaware Technical and Community College with a major in Administrative Office Systems. In addition, she has also completed several classes through the American Institute of Banking including Principles of Banking, Law & Banking Principles and Personnel & the Law.

Robin Deputy is a member and officer of the Felton Community Fire Company Auxiliary. She enjoys reading and gardening.

Ms. Deputy resides in Felton, Delaware with her husband, Donald. She has 3 children, Jordan, Lauren and Ryan, and 2 grandchildren, Avery and Colton.

Lisa K. Rosengren Celebrates 25 Years with Shore United Bank

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies is proud to recognize Lisa Rosengren for her 25 years of service. Ms. Rosengren began her banking career in December of 1992 as a Loan Coordinator and Senior Loan Administrator to her present role at Shore United Bank as a Senior Loan Assistant in Credit Administration.  Ms. Rosengren is responsible for reviewing the credit quality of commercial loans in our Delaware Region.

Ms. Rosengren has completed various classes and seminars through American Institute of Banking. “Lisa is a true asset to our team,” says Stephen Wright, Regional Manager at Shore United Bank. “She values our customers and what they mean to our company each day. We appreciate her dedication to the company and the communities we serve.”

Ms. Rosengren is an active member of the Felton Fire Company Auxiliary. She enjoys crafting and spending time with her daughter, Alicia, and granddaughter, Autumn.

Ms. Rosengren resides in Felton, Delaware with her four-legged “fur baby” Skyler.

For more information about Shore United Bank visit www.shoreunitedbank.com

Bilbrough Joins CBMM Board of Governors

Pat Bilbrough recently joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

Bilbrough has been a contributor to the community both professionally and charitably for most of his life. He leads the region’s largest “community bank,” as President & CEO of Shore United Bank. Having worked in the banking industry since 1995, he is a graduate of Salisbury State University with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting, and is also a CPA.

Bilbrough is active with the community in many capacities, including being a member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. As a director on the Board of the Benedictine School, he serves as the Finance Committee Chair and Executive Committee. He has also served on the Caroline Center Board, Choptank Community Health Services Board, Greater Salisbury Committee, Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development Committee, Habitat for Humanity, and Boy Scouts of Caroline County.

A former waterman for a decade, Bilbrough is a native of Caroline County. He and his wife, Ann, live in Trappe.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Shore United Bank Welcomes Tracy Berrigan as Branch Manager

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is excited to announce that Tracy Berrigan has joined the company as the Branch Manager of our Dover Street location in Easton, Maryland. Tracy joins Shore United Bank with 37 years of banking experience and management.

Ms. Berrigan is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and holds a degree in business administration. She has also attended several courses and seminars through the Maryland Bankers Association including, deposit documentation, bank regulations and loan underwriting.

“Tracy is a great addition to the team at Dover Street. Her enthusiasm and her love for helping people go hand in hand when it comes to her leadership style that she demonstrates in the branch every day” says Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I look forward to meeting and serving   the customers that visit our Dover Street location,” says Ms. Berrigan.

Ms. Berrigan serves on the Executive Board of the Talbot Chamber of Commerce, Board of Director for Friends of Hospice and the Brighter Christmas Fund and also serves as the Treasurer of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Denton.

Ms. Berrigan resides in Denton, Maryland with her husband, Tim.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com.

CBMM Announces Education Staff Promotions

From left: Jill Ferris, Director of Education, Matthew Engel, Lead Educator, and Allison Speight, Volunteer & Education Programs Manager.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently promoted three staff members in its education department. Jill Ferris of Stevensville, Md. is the new Director of Education; Allison Speight of Trappe, Md. is Volunteer & Education Programs Manager; and Matthew Engel of St. Michaels, Md. is Lead Educator.

“Expanding CBMM’s education programs is critical to our mission,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “These promotions help position CBMM for that growth, and with our role of helping children understand more clearly the history, environment and people​ ​of the Chesapeake Bay, ultimately more children will become stewards of the Bay.”

Jill Ferris is responsible for furthering CBMM’s mission by creating, evaluating, and managing innovative education programming of the highest caliber for diverse audiences of all ages. Ferris most recently served as CBMM’s School & Family Programs Manager, with prior experience as an eighth-grade teacher with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, where she received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Technology Award, and the 2014 Maryland History Day District Teacher Award. She was selected as a Master Teacher with Maryland State Department of Education in 2014 and 2015, where she instructed teachers and administrators on the implementation of inquiry learning in the social studies classroom.

Ferris holds a master’s degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, an academic division of the State University of New York at Oneonta. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with distinction in the liberal arts core curriculum from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor’s degree and History and Secondary Education Teacher Certification. Ferris received Colgate University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan from 2008-2009.

As the Volunteer & Education Programs Manager, Allison Speight creates, implements, and supervises programs and materials for families, students, and adults who use CBMM as a resource, including the CBMM Volunteer Program, and Lighthouse Overnight Adventures. Speight previously served as CBMM’s Education & Volunteer Coordinator, beginning her career at CBMM as an education intern in 2013. Speight graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a concentration in Chesapeake regional studies.

Matt Engel has been promoted to Lead Educator, after serving for more than two years as CBMM’s Shipwright Educator. As Lead Educator, Engel will continue to develop the Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program in addition to supporting school tours and programs.

Engel brings more than ten years’ experience in boatbuilding, project management, and training program development. In addition to founding his own construction company, Engel most recently served as Senior Programs Manager with All Hands Volunteers in Leyte, Philippines, where he managed and mentored program managers across multiple reconstruction projects. Engel learned the aspects of wooden boat construction at The Landing School in Arundel, Me.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and numerous indoor and outdoor exhibitions situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Willow Construction Launches New Website

Willow Construction is inviting visitors to explore its new, improved and redesigned website at www.willowconstruction.com. The new website provides enhanced navigation and user experience, and aims at showcasing the company’s best practices, completed projects, and value-added services.

Willow Construction’s new website is designed with all stakeholders in mind, including architects, engineers, developers, and the communities we serve. Visitors seeking to find the best in construction solutions can now quickly locate information with ease of access to project delivery methods, types of construction services, completed projects in the region, as well as stay up-to-date with the latest news, press releases, and upcoming events. Willow Construction’s primary objective is to be an online resource center for customers and prospects looking to learn more about the industries advantages and best practices when considering a construction project.

About Willow Construction:

Willow Construction is one of the largest and most trusted commercial construction firms and residential builders on Delmarva. Headquartered in Easton, Maryland, we’ve completed hundreds of projects throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Virginia, and the state of Delaware. Willow construction delivers quality construction and trusted services.

Hair O’ The Dog Supports CBMM Restoration Efforts

Hair O’ The Dog Wine and Spirits of Easton, Md., recently made a generous donation to support the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood. Through her re-launch at OysterFest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, $3 of every bottle of Boatman Red Blend wine sold at Hair O’ The Dog will go directly to CBMM. To learn about the Edna Lockwood restoration, visit ednalockwood.org. For more on CBMM, visit cbmm.org. Pictured in front of Edna Lockwood, from left, are CBMM’s Director of Development Liz LaCorte and Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman, and Hair O’ The Dog Wine Buyer Devon Harvey and Owner Joe Petro.

Shore Leadership Class of 2017 Graduates 23 Participants

The 23 participants of the 2017 Shore Leadership Class completed their nine -month program with a final Graduation Dinner on November 28th at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.  The class members were from Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico and Dorchester Counties and represented education, non-profits, financial services, government, agriculture and business.

Members of the 2017 graduating class are: Leisl Ashby, Kathy Clark, Paul Hagood, Tom Hutchinson, Robert Kelly, Michael Kiko, Denise Lovelady, Kim Magaha, Beth Mathis, Gretchen Messick, Robin O’Brien, David Plotts, Maria Reichart, Candice Schroepfer,  Same Shoge, Lee Ann Shortall, Derek Simmons, Renee’ Stephens, Owen Sutherland, Sara Visintainer, Bob Weber, Tami Weber and Derek White.

During the nine month program the class learned and practiced a variety of leadership skills and visited different counties on the shore learning about agriculture, education, tourism, manufacturing, opioid epidemic and rural health, environment and legacy, and technology and workforce development.

Shore Leadership Chair, Debra Rich of Shore Bancshares, welcomed everyone to the graduation and stressed the importance of keeping in touch with fellow class members and connecting with other alumni.  In coming Chair, Jim Crowley of Easton Utilities, gave a toast to the class, congratulating them on their accomplishments and encouraging them to stay engaged with Shore Leadership by participating in alumni events.

Derek White made a presentation on behalf of the class, to highlight what each class member learned throughout the program and the impact that each of the sessions had made on their personal or professional growth.  Dr. Joe Thomas, Leadership Facilitator, gave the graduation address highlighting the lessons reviewed during the year.

Program Sponsors this past year included:  University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Ms. Sue Simmons, Shore Bancshares, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, F3 Tech and Bob Rich, Advisor at SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, Easton.

Upcoming Shore Leadership events include the Annual Breakfast Meeting on January 17th at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center and LEADS (leadership development training) at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore on March 28, 2018.

For more information about Shore Leadership or to apply to the Class of 2018 visit www.shoreleadership.org or contact info@shoreleadership.org.