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    Darlene's Shells is the wholesale arm, and The Pearl Nautilus Shell Shop at the Red Barn Flea Market is the retail arm.

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Darlene’s Shells capitalizes on unique business niche

Shells, souvenirs, and novelties, but mostly shells, has been Palmetto wholesaler Darlene’s Shells stock in trade for more than three decades. The company sells its wares around the country, and operates a bustling retail outlet at the Red Barn.

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Rewarding customers is crucial to success

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Incentivized: Manatee County encourages job creation at Motorworks

The Manatee County Economic Development Program agreed to provide $30,000 in incentives to Motorworks Brewing for job creation. Though the added employment at the brewery is a plus for Manatee County’s economy, a City of Bradenton noise ordinance has complicated the brewery’s business situation, owners say. Since the brewery opened in February 2014, neighbors of Motorworks, 1014 9th St. W., have struggled to deal with effects from live music, dog-friendly events and outdoor activity held in the brewery’s beer garden. Now Motorworks is contemplating leaving Manatee County.

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Do not be held hostage by an employee

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