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Eastern Shore businesses team up to expand this summer
By Amanda Winters /
July 22, 2019
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Three Eastern Shore business leaders are teaming up and moving into a 16,000 square-foot shared space in the Gateway to Easton development this summer.

Jamie Merida, owner of the Bountiful interiors family of brands, and Turnbridge Point owners Rob Griffith and Steve Konopelski, will move into the facility after renovations are completed. The space is located on Goldsborough Street near the corner of US Route 50, across the street from the privately-run Country School.

Currently located in two different locations within the Talbot Towne Center, the Bountiful brand family includes Bountiful Home, an award-winning retailer of home décor and furnishings; Bountiful Flooring, a flooring, carpet, tile, and stone retailer; and Jamie Merida Interiors, an interior design firm known throughout the Mid Atlantic region and beyond and whose work has been featured in several home design publications. The freshly-renovated space will provide an open floor plan for each part of the business, including showrooms for large furniture and flooring selections, and a design studio.

“We are thrilled to have found the perfect location at the Gateway to Easton,” said owner Jamie Merida. “This year is our twentieth anniversary, so we have a lot to celebrate! It was the right time for us to buy a property that is large enough to house the entire company under one roof.”

Rob Griffith, Steve Konopelski, and Jamie Merida

Turnbridge Point co-owners Rob Griffith and Steve Konopelski will operate Turnbridge Talbot, an expansion of their flagship bakery in Denton. The new bakeshop and café will provide daily fresh-baked pastries, cakes, coffee, and lunch items. The original Turnbridge Point bakery, bed and breakfast, and catering will continue to operate without interruption.

“Since starting our business, we’ve witnessed a true desire for quality baked goods,” said Chef Steve Konopelski. “We are very excited about expanding the Turnbridge brand, and bringing more of our from-scratch pastries to a greater portion of the Eastern Shore.”

The new location will also include a studio and production space for Chef Konopelski’s wedding and special occasion cakes, and a seated area for guests to eat, relax, and view the cake decorating room. Chef Konopelski was previously featured on several Food Network baking challenges and was named the winner of 2018’s Haunted Gingerbread Showdown.

“This expansion is coming at the perfect time to meet the escalating baking demands that our current kitchen is experiencing, and we couldn’t ask for a better business group to share the space with,” said Rob Griffith.

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