WESTMINSTER — The Big Iguana, which sells Guatemalan and South American clothing and accessories, opened Sept. 16 in Cranberry Mall.
Merchandise includes sweaters, shirts, dresses, bags and purses and handmade jewelry.
The Big Iguana has stores in Fells Point, Annapolis, Hunt Valley,Harborplace and Columbia.
Also at the mall, The Hair Cuttery recently expanded to include 11 haircutting stations, three shampoo stations and a larger reception area.
The store's color scheme has beenchanged and new personnel have been added.
STORE OWNER FINED
The county liquor board has fined Leon Holzman $1,250 and suspended his liquor license for two days. Holzman is the owner of the Corner Package Goods store in Eldersburg.
The board ruled last week that Holzman bought beer from a business other than a licensed manufacturer or wholesaler and that he did not keep completerecords.
His license will be suspended Friday and Saturday.
Liquor board administrator J. Ronald Lau had charged Holzman with buying 20 cases of beer from Salerno's restaurant on Liberty Road Aug. 1 and 2 and with not properly recording one of the purchases in his records.
Holzman was fined $750 for buying the beer and $500 for improperly recording the purchase.
Holzman said he bought 10 of the cases for his own use and that the former manager of the store authorized the purchase of the other 10.
MINING PLAN NEEDS TIME
A citizens committee drafting a mineral mining plan has requested that a moratorium on building activity in Wakefield Valley be extended through February.
The moratorium, imposed to give the Mineral Resources Advisory Committee time to write a plan, was supposed to end in November.
The committee of nine citizens has been working on the plan since January and is running one month behind schedule, said K. Marlene Conaway, assistant director of the county Department of Planning.
The plan, meant to protect mineral resources while minimizing the effectsof mining on neighbors, will be presented to the county Planning andZoning Commission Oct. 15, she said.
A public meeting to answer questions about the moratorium will be at 3 p.m. Oct 16 in Room 309 ofthe County Office Building with planning staff members.
A public hearing to take formal testimony will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 07of the same building with the Board of County Commissioners. The commissioners then will vote on whether to extend the moratorium.
Themoratorium prohibits further subdivision and mining expansion in thearea but doesn't stop landowners from obtaining building permits on land that's already been subdivided.
The mining committee will meet for the last time Oct. 9, Conaway said.
After the planning commission reviews the plan, it will be available for public comment for 60 days, Conaway said.
Three mining companies own land in the county. Lehigh Portland Cement Co. operates a quarry in Union Bridge and has plans to expand in New Windsor. Genstar Stone Products Co. operates a quarry in Medford. The Arundel Corp. owns land adjacent to Genstar's and has plans to dig a quarry there.
HATS OFF TO BUSINESSES
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce saluted the achievements of several local companies at a "Hats Off" breakfast Sept. 24.
Pharmacist James A. Miller, the newly elected executive director and board member of the largest pharmacy-buying group/PPO in the tri-state area, also was recognized for opening a new branch of Carroll Care Pharmacies in Taneytown.
Miller, a native countian, isco-owner of three independent pharmacies and of Carroll County Medical Supply Inc.
Frank Wanken, public affairs representative, was saluted on behalf of Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., which is celebratingits 175th anniversary this year.
Recognized for its 5th anniversary was Fountain Valley Analytical Laboratory Inc., 1413 Old TaneytownRoad, Westminster, the only state certified water testing laboratoryin the county.
The firm's president, Charles Moonshian, laboratory director, was elected to the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Environmental Laboratory Association this year. He said the firm's business has increased 100 percent since its 1986 opening.
Local florist Eileen Dutterer Gist was honored in absentia for her recent election as one of 16 national directors for Florists Transworld Delivery.
Her husband, Ken Gist, accepted her award while she was out of town on FTD business. A second-generation florist, Eileen Gist is owner of Stewart N. Dutterer Flower Shop in Westminster.
The Strouse Corp. of Finksburg, which specializes in the design and fabrication ofpressure-sensitive products, was honored for its 5th anniversary. Dale S.S. Chambers, president, accepted the award.
A surprise Special Chamber Salute went to Larry Wilhelm, owner of Friendly Farm Restaurant of Westminster, for his service, dedication and commitment to education as demonstrated by his work and contributions to the annual Outstanding Teacher's Banquet and donations to scholarship funds.
The "Hats Off" program is designed to spotlight achievements such as expansions, milestone anniversaries, new services or changes, such as new officers. Chamber membership is not a requirement for an award.
To nominate businesses and individuals for future salutes, write the chamber office at 229 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157, or call 848-9050 or 876-7212.