NEW SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS IN BERLIN, MD: An update on the changes
While I was taking a blogging break this summer, the town of Berlin just kept right on going. Here are the newest businesses that have sprung up in town and it’s not just on Main Street.
The Beez Kneez Boutique
At the corner of Pitts Street and William Street you’ll find this newly opened boutique that offers a variety of handmade goodies for pampering your body. Among other things you’ll find soaps, hair products and body scrubs. Plus…..
handmade soaps, hair products, scrubs and what I will call body desserts. Body desserts include cupcake bath bombs which look just like cupcakes. I mean truly edible looking! But they are bath bombs. What a great gift, they make you feel good but there are no guilty calories! There are even soaps for kids. I love the little soaps that look like Legos. The Beez Kneez offers more than soap. There are fun socks and scarves, soft, soft organic towels, jewelry and some great throw pillows. In other words make sure you add this spot to your list of places to visit whether you are looking for a gift for a friend or a gift for yourself.
Kudos for the signage too. That bee has style!
101 William St, Suite 1
You can also find them on Facebook.
Art in the Fields
This place is on Main Street. South Main that is. So to all you folks that visit, don’t stop walking at the Atlantic Hotel or you’ll be missing some of our town’s treasures! Plus a little extra walking is good for you. Art in the Fields is Berlin’s own little art gallery.
I recently stopped in to check out some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. Other artists were on display as well and I found a new artist to love, Marcel Mouly. His art is full of blocks of bright color that just sing to me. I am very excited about the upcoming Erte exhibit. Erte is famous for Art Deco art work. All the pieces are for sale, but all are welcomed to come on in and just look and see what sings to you.
It’s so nice to see this boring old once empty building looking freshened up and open for business. Check out their website for other artists you can expect to see.
6 South Main Street
hours: everyday 12:00pm- 4:00pm and sometimes longer
Heart of Gold Kids
This adorable kids clothing shop is a little off the beaten path, but a very short walk from Main Street. The infant through youth clothing is cute and unique and everything feels so nice to touch! The most amazing thing to me is that even the boys clothes are cool.
There always seem to be a million choices for good looking girls clothing, but the boys things you see in the stores come up short on style. Heart of Gold Kids is the answer to that problem! The absolute coolest thing I saw was a Jimi Hendrix onesie. It looked just like an old school baseball style concert shirt. Not into Jimi Hendrix? Go for Johnny Cash instead. You’ll also find “America’s Coolest Small Kid” tee shirts. What else would you expect from America’s coolest small town? The store offers a large collection of tights in great fabrics with shirts to go with.
But wait, there’s more. Knit hats with matching socks, plastic plates and kid friendly forks and spoons, raincoats and matching umbrellas. Plus, stuff for new Moms. This is where I will come for the next baby gift I need to pick up! Take those extra steps off of Main Street and see for yourself. You can check them out on Facebook too.
116 Broad St Suite 3
Hungry after all that exploring?
On the most southerly point of main Street, right before you have to hop on to Rt .113, you will find Berlin’s newest restaurant Crush N Crab. It’s a bit of a walk from downtown, so you might want to hop in your car to get there. Crush N Crab serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the place in Berlin that you can go to sit and eat some steamed blue crabs or you can take them out if you want. In fact the full menu is available as carryout. They also offer other seafood, fried and jerk chicken dishes and a few other standard dishes.
When Brad and I were there we both had the steamed crab and fried chicken combo platters. The crabs were good and the fried chicken was really good. We had only two complaints. One was flies. There were plenty of them, but it was summer in Berlin. The second was that our waitress didn’t seem to know anything about the beers on tap nor did she seem particularly interested in finding out about them for us. In her defense, we went not long after the grand opening so it was all new to her and it was crowded, so she was busy.
If you are not hungry and just want to stop for a drink and to watch a game, the bar area is big and has it all, not just beer. They have Burley Oak beers on tap, which always makes Brad happy. Or if you just want to take the kids out for a treat, you can grab an ice cream cone made with yummy Chesapeake Bay Farms ice cream.
525 S. Main St.
Leaky Pete’s Oyster and Chop House
This restaurant has been open for a while, but since I was on blog break I hadn’t said much about it. So here’s the low down. The menu offers local seafood and a nice selection of oysters. But if you are not into seafood you can have a steak, pork chops, a burger or even mac and cheese. Personally, I really enjoy many of the appetizers especially the Chili Dusted Olive Bowl and the edamame.
And although it is not truly traditional style, I really like the Maryland crab soup – chock full of goodies. You can even get deviled eggs here if that’s your thing.
My friend Rosa and I had a great little happy hour at the upstairs bar one rainy afternoon. We got an oyster shucking lesson and enjoyed the company of the very friendly staff. We were introduced to their oyster shooter, an oyster, a little hot sauce and some Natty Boh. I highly recommend that one!
Sometimes you can catch some live music at Leaky Pete’s. But be careful when you come because they are closed Sundays and Mondays….although I swear I have noticed them open sometimes on a Sunday afternoon. So my recommendation would be to call ahead and check their most recent hours.
119 N. Main St.