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Western Tire and Auto

Whether you are a seasoned boater or a fist time cruiser, Western Tire and Auto can help with all your boating needs including do-it-yourself parts, tools, accessories and advice. With access to six different vendors, they are certain to find exactly what you need or help you if you are not sure. They can ask the right questions to suggest just the right part so you can be in, out and back on the water enjoying your boat.

“We can help, give advice and provide parts for boats from one end to the other,” says Kevin Bard, who heads up their marine team and has been with the company for over a decade. Their team of marine experts has extensive knowledge and experience in all things boating, mainly because they are boaters themselves. “Everyone here is involved with boating in one way or another,” says Kevin.

Started in 1997 and locally-owned by Doby Middleton and Maurice Sanger, this family-run business is dedicated to customer satisfaction and fast, friendly service. Their marine department offers a full line of major brand boat products including batteries and paint and trailer products including tires, rollers, lights and hitches. They also can perform trailer repairs and inspections.

New this year, Western Tire and Auto added a service for customers to obtain the necessary boat permits for both Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. They also have maps of all of the area ramp locations, helping you find just the right location for your boat.

Western Tire and Auto will be at the Bay Bridge Boat Show April 19-21st. Stop by, meet the team and get special boat show pricing on marine products. Open seven days a week, you can visit the store at 1406 Main Street in Stevensville or call 410-643-5572. They are also on the web on Facebook and at www.westerntireandauto.com.

Area Businesses Join Together to Encourage Shopping Local

The Cellular Connection, formerly Pagetronics, has been located in Kent Town Market in Chester since 1997. The company is the only locally-owned and operated Verizon premium retailer in Queen Anne’s County. Manager Will Sauers has been with the company since 1997 and visibly lights up when asked about what he enjoys most about his job…his customers. He works closely with the community by providing individual attention to each and every customer. Whether it is the young teenager with a new cell phone, the grandmother who doesn’t understand modern technology, or the local businessman with up to 100 lines, each one receives the same attention, knowledge and support for which The Cellular Connection has become known. When it comes to community support, The Cellular Connection is always eager to make a generous donation, which includes sponsorship of the Grasonville VFD Softball Team and the local Adopt-a-Bear program. The staff is eager and enthusiastic to ensure that you are enjoying the best cellular/internet service available at a price you can afford. Feel free to bring your current cellular and internet bills in for a free comparison to what The Cellular Connection has to offer.
Photo – Jeff Watcheski and Manager, Will Sauers (not pictured – Owner, Bill Fleishell)





Drop in most any day to Western Tire and Auto in Stevensville and one of the first people you will almost surely run into is owner Doby Middleton. Doby has been a familiar face at Western Tire and Auto since 1979, when at the young age of 19 he was hired as manager of the store. In those days, it was much like the local Sears, carrying a variety of items from toys to appliances to automotive supplies. Through the years, the store has increased the number of service bays from five to ten and the number of employees from seven to 24. Doby has remained at the same location during all these years, moving up from manager to co-owner in 1985. Doby is not the only one with longevity. Craig Clendaniel, the service manager, has been there for 40 years and his son Brian has been there for 20 years. Today Western Tire and Auto is very proud to say they are a 100% independent and family-owned and operated business. Doby’s wife Linda and his brother Kevin also take active parts in the business. Second and third generation Kent Islander’s are the heart of Western Tire and Auto’s customer base. When asked what he thinks has helped him stay in business and continue to grow, Doby replies “we just keep our focus on outstanding customer service, going above and beyond what other competitor’s offer. We always come out ahead.” Just one visit inside and you will know why this business is celebrating its 45th anniversary. With people like Doby and his dedicated team, it is a business Kent Islander’s have come to depend on for loyal customer service, years of knowledge and competitive pricing.
Photo is entire staff.



Lowe’s Bayshore Nursery & Garden Center located on Kent Island in Stevensville is one of the most beloved and trusted family-owned nurseries on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The nursery was founded in 1966 by Cliff Lowe, Sr. and his wife Olive, one of the oldest families on Kent Island dating back to the 1700’s. In the mid 1960’s, Mr. Lowe, an ex-Naval Commander and Annapolis graduate, retired from his military career. To keep himself busy, he followed his passion and began growing trees in a field near Love Point, in turn selling them from the old farmhouse next to where the current nursery now stands. Today Cliff Lowe, Jr., his wife Barbara and their daughter Adrienne, the garden center’s owners, draw on over 90 years of professional experience and on the knowledge passed down by the late Cliff Lowe, Sr. Their patience and understanding of Queen Anne’s County unique soil and growing conditions have made them experts about the Eastern Shore’s specific flora, terrain, soil types, weather conditions and other garden and growing-related matters. Customer service is their top priority, still serving generations of Eastern Shore customers. Many remember Cliff Lowe, Sr. himself paying them a visit to make sure all their nursery items were correctly planted and gently nursing unhealthy or diseased foliage back to health. This family-owned business has extended its heart and arms to the community many times over, drawing in all who visit the Love Point location and making them feel like family. When you visit the nursery, don’t forget to pet the adorable kittens, puppies and other animals available for adoption.


Western Tire and Auto, Service with a Personal Touch

By Avra Sullivan

While immediately recognizable from the well-known TV Show, in an area where small businesses are the building blocks of the community it often applies as well. Western Tire and Auto is one of those businesses. Started in 1967 and locally owned by Maurice Sanger and Doby Middleton, this family run business offers not only auto and tire supplies but “everyday maintenance” products and “do it yourself” repair tools for boaters as well. They can help with trailer repair, boat painting supplies and offer a full line of major brand boat products. They also have a “Marine Team” which specializes in boating, so you can always find answers to your questions by people who know and love boats, including Doby’s brother, Kevin Middleton, a licensed Captain. His wife, Linda, also joins the team as the office manager. Committed to quality, their service department, headed by Craig Clendaniel and his son, Brian give over 60 years’ experience. Knowledge is great, but customer service is key. After so long in the area, Doby says his staff “usually knows the face of the customer when they walk through the door.” Great prices don’t hurt either and to celebrate their 45th anniversary, they will be having a week long sale the week of Father’s Day with the lowest prices all year. You can visit the store at 1406 Main Street in Stevensville, or call 410-643-5572. They are also on the web on Facebook and at www.westerntireand auto.com