JJ's open

JJ’s Deli & Liquors opened its doors Monday, Dec. 22, in the former location of C-town Liquors & Deli. JJ’s is is still working on its deli, though, which is expected to be open in February.

CHESTERTOWN — JJ’s Deli & Liquor opened Monday, Dec. 22, in the former C-Town Liquors building at 511 Washington Ave.

Owner John Thompson said the liquor store is open now, but the deli will not be open for another month or so.

Like its predecessor, JJ’s offers a variety of beer and spirits, along with sandwiches, soups and more. However, the two stores aren’t entirely the same.

“We did things a little bit different,” Thompson said.

He said on the alcohol side, the stores feature a large selection of craft beer, along with a growler station.

In addition to its standard menu, the deli will offer hot dinner selections on Thursdays to Saturdays. JJ’s will sell Boar’s Head meat, along with homemade cold salads.

Thompson said he wants to make sure everything is operational and running smoothly before the official grand opening, which is set for February, when the deli is expected to be finished.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 443-282-0091.

In Other News:

• On Jan. 1, 77,000 Maryland workers got a raise, as the minimum wage in the state increased 75 cents to $8 per hour, according to a news release from the Maryland Working Families.

An additional 94,000 workers will be indirectly affected as higher wages at the bottom of pay scale will push up salaries for those who earn slightly more than the minimum, the release states.

This month’s raise affects 6.5 percent of Maryland’s workforce, creating $84 million in increased wages for the state’s lowest paid workers and will boost consumer spending by $55 million, according to research from the Economic Policy Institute. Workers will get an additional 25 cents per hour on July 1, 2015 as the state’s minimum wage eventually rises to $10.10 per hour by 2018, Maryland Working Families said.

“Workers, families and businesses across the state will immediately benefit from the raise in the minimum wage. That’s a win for all of us,” said Charly Carter, executive director of Maryland Working Families, the organization behind the successful Raise Maryland campaign, which lobbied for two years for the higher wage. “At the same time, we recognize that affected workers will not earn the full $10.10 until more than three years from now and that tipped workers will not benefit from this increase because legislators froze their wages at $3.63 per hour. That’s why our legislative agenda for the coming session includes measures like establishing paid sick days and other proposals that will make families more economically secure and able to flourish.”

• A pre-session legislative breakfast will be held 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Heron Point in Chestertown. Those attending will hear from local General Assembly members about what will go on in the 2015 session.

Hosted by the Kent County Chamber of Commerce, the admission price is $12 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. To RSVP, visit www.kentchamber.org or email kentchamber@verizon.net. The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 7.

• SCORE’s Upper Shore Chapter 670 has announced it will hold a five-part series of free workshops from January to May, in the conference room at the Chestertown branch of the Kent County Public Library.

The workshops are designed for those interested in starting or developing their own businesses. The series is supported by the U.S. Small Business Association and sponsored by Kent and Queen Anne’s counties’ economic development offices.

The first workshop “Starting Your Own Business” will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. To register, call 410-810-2968 or email kentchamber@verizon.net.

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