Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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Best Shoe Store for Women
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | ViVi G.
587 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., (610) 459-5848
July is the pre-fall season at ViVi G. New styles roll in mid-month, so the big summer sale around July 5 means you get great deals on summer shoes. Marching in for fall: Loeffler Randall boots and leopard booties, Tory Burch rain boots and flats, and Delman pumps and boots. Marilyn Monroe wore them for the famous sidewalk grates shot. Audrey Hepburn popularized the flats.
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Bunny Junction
103 S. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, 328-8404
The folks at Bunny Junction have everything for horse and rider. If they don’t have it in stock, they’ll round it up for you. “You don’t have to own a horse to dress like a cowboy,” says manager Michael Chambers. The Junction carries fringe jackets, cowboy hats and boots, and Wrangler jeans. And don’t forget that huge Montana Smith belt buckle.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Chick’s Discount Saddlery
18011 S. Dupont Hwy., Harrington, 398-4630
Not sure what to wear to the Brad Paisley concert? At Chick’s Discount Saddlery (across the highway from the fairgrounds), find the snazziest Western wear around. Black and pecan-colored hats by Bailey are best-sellers around fair time, but dressy bull-hide lids and cooling straw hats are also popular. Chick’s carries Abilene boots, Country Girl fashions and tons of accessories. This ain’t Chick’s first rodeo. It’s been in business for almost 30 years.
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Best Day Spa
(tie) READERS, UPSTATE | Pagavé Salon
1601 Concord Pike, Suite 35, Wilmington, 765-0134
and READERS, UPSTATE | Michael Christopher Salon and Day Spa
2006 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 658-0842
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Made Ya Look! Salon and Spa
20831 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1400
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Cielo Salon & Spa
600 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 575-0400
The Cielo Salon & Spa folks have some nerve claiming “Heaven on earth is here.” It’s nervy, that is, until you do A Day in the Clouds. This little excursion offers a deep tissue massage, enzyme facial, manicure and pedicure, blow-dry and style, make-up application and a spa lunch. Heavenly? You bet.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Toppers Spa
1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 857-2020
If you can’t relax at Bali-inspired Toppers, you can’t relax. Licensed aestheticians, hairstylists, nail designers and makeup consultants offer indulgences such as the full-body Bali Massage with the Jamu Spa line of organic oils, lotions, bath salts, aromatherapy spray and shower gel. The spa is in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, so after your European facial, manicure and pedicure, try the slots.
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