The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best Toy Store
Critics, upstate: Poppiti was a fan of Mitchell’s Trains, Toys & Hobbies, which, sadly, closed last year. “Fortunately, Joe and Emily Mitchell have opened up Yo Yo Joe’s Toys & Fun,” says Poppiti. “It’s quickly become a family favorite.” Joe’s unique offerings appeal to him, like the ballerina hand puppet he bought for his daughter. Yo Yo Joe’s sells many of the toy lines that Mitchell’s carried, plus new toys that are hard to find in Wilmington, including an exclusive Jon Rob signature yo-yo called The Pure. (Jonathan Robinson, aka Jon Rob, is from Wilmington.) Another popular Delaware-made game is “You’ve Been Sentenced,” by McNeil Designs. The store is stocked with puzzles, art supplies, stuffed animals, balls and lots of educational toys. Poppiti’s son, like most young buccaneers, loves the pirate ship that commandeers the store. Joe’s brother, Nate Piper, who helped build the present-day Kalmar Nyckel, built the pirate ship in New England. (3654 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8386)
Critics, downstate: For toys and games that value imagination over dexterity, there’s still no place better than Kids Ketch. “I like it because it has unique items, great service and if you’re looking for something special, they’ll find it,” Kelli Meoli says. “They’ll gift wrap, too, so it’s perfect for a last-minute gift.” Find everything from science kits to pipe-cleaner crafts to board games, puzzles, puppets, kites, hobbies and more. There are toys for babies and toddlers, too. (132 Second St., Lewes, 645-8448)