Hollywood, MD – For five years running, the smaller businesses in the Wildewood Shopping Center have used their advertising funds for promotion of their businesses, but never lost sight of their community.

The Wildewood Business Network was formed by: Dr. Jay Lipoff (Back At Your Best Chiropractic & PT, now located in the Anderson Building past the Rt 235/Rt4 Wawa), Ed Tully (Tantaztic Tanning) and Dana Rebarchick (DB McMillan’s, now at Blue Wind Gourmet); to decide how to use these funds.

These other businesses: Painting Place, Dr. Schneider Orthodontics, Images by Darren, Evolve Yoga Sprint, The Shipping Store, H&R Block, Mattedi Gallery, Just Between Kids, Pink Beach, Ultra Clean Cleaners, Wildewood Wine and Spirits, Okada, Black Belt Academy, St Mary’s Dance Academy, Yo-Kool Yogurt, Tantaztic Tanning, Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design, Jazzercise, AJ’s Barbershop, All About Beads, Diamond Nails, Sparkle Salon, GNC, BB&T, Shah and Associates and Wildewood Medical Care; have also helped fund and support events for the public.

They have brought the community; fundraising events for sick children, fun contests for kids, health fairs, brought Halloween back for the kids and regularly collect gifts for the Toys for Tots program.

Although still collecting toys this month, some of the money this year has been used to purchase books for the children at Johns Hopkins. These story and activity books will be delivered by the volunteers of Foundation 4 Heroes, who have teamed up with Exelon, to bring pajamas and books to Hopkins this Friday.

Also joining in the holiday spirit are the great folks at Dollar General, who once again have displayed a Foundation 4 Heroes box to accept your donations.
A cast of Holiday-themed, Star Wars and superhero characters will visit the children and present these wonderful gifts to make their holiday extra special. But this can’t happen without your support of the small, local businesses there.

As the holiday shopping season nears, try to shop local and buy a gift or gift card from these little business owners. They can only exist with customers like you. Happy Holidays!