Business Briefs

August 15, 2004

Port City Java

Port City Java, a specialty coffee and espresso chain based in North Carolina, has announced the opening of its first full-service Maryland franchise in Hagerstown.

The caf will be in the Long Meadow Shopping Center and is expected to open in early September.

Port City Java offers artisan-roasted espresso as well as a wide variety of international coffees roasted daily at its North Carolina roastery. It also offers fruit smoothies, frappes, shakes and premium teas

The caf also offers food items, including authentic Panini grilled sandwiches, wraps, fresh baked goods and salads. It also offers a drive-through window and both wired and wireless Internet service.

Additional information may be found on the company Web site at

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC recently joined the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center for CPA firms.


The center is a national community of CPA firms that demonstrate a commitment to employee benefit plan audit quality and raise awareness about the importance of employee benefit plan audits.

Axline and Associates Inc.

SMITHSBURG - Axline and Associates Inc. recently joined the Penn-Mar Association of Realtors.

Axline and Associates has been in Smithsburg since May 1999 and is owned by Barbara C. Axline, who has been a licensed real estate broker since 1972.

Comfort Keepers

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -The Fayetteville office of Comfort Keepers received the company's President's Award for the third consecutive year.

The award is given to Comfort Keepers offices that have high quality operating standards, a high volume of business and are among the top 25 out of the 442 Comfort Keepers franchised offices in the United States and Canada.

Terry and Bob Guberman, owners of the Fayetteville office, received the award in May at the company's annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital recently received accreditation following an evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association.

The evaluation included a quality assessment review of the hospital's facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health-care management.

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