Shop Talk

Putting Mead Back on the Map

For millennia, mead was enjoyed by all—royalty, laborers, merchants, paupers and pirates. According to Clear Skies Mead, coming soon to 325 Main St., “mead is possibly the oldest fermented beverage we humans have enjoyed.” Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water and a variety of additional ingredients, including fruits, spices, grains or hops. Clear Skies’ goal is “to bring mead out of the historical shadows into the modern era.”

Clear Skies Mead Executive Vice President Yancy Bodenstein reported that demolition is nearly complete and construction is well underway. “We’re starting to gather the necessary permits to begin putting up drywall and finalizing the fermentation space in the basement. Once the fermentation space is completed, we are hoping to get state and county approval (we’ve got
federal approval!) to use and occupy the space so we can start fermenting our first batches,” he noted.

Clear Skies Mead plans a soft opening toward the end of the year, and will begin hiring experienced bartenders and managers by the end of October. Resumes can be sent to

Sonia Vee’s Cupcakes Moving Toward Opening

Sonia Vee’s Cupcakes, coming to 344 Main St., is now in the permitting process, according to owner and baker Sonia Vee
Ekonomo. The cupcakery does not have an exact opening date yet, but all sorts of delights are in the works—cupcakes,
mini-cakes, cake-pops, cupcake cones and more. You’ll even find a selection of homemade candles and gifts, some scented
like cupcakes and other baked goods.

Occasions Gift Store Opening Next Month

According to the store’s Facebook page, Occasions Gift Store anticipates an early October opening at 113 Market St. in Kentlands Market Square. This is a second shop for owner and Lakelands resident Stephanie Menick. The original Occasions Gift Store is located in Cabin John Village.

Cinepolis Kentlands Opening Soon

A September opening is planned for Kentlands’ new luxury cinema. According to Cinepolis spokesperson Bryan Hansen,
“We do not yet have an update regarding a grand opening date for the location.”