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 Home Furnishings
READERS, UPSTATE | Pala Brothers
1800 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 994-0141
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Johnny Janosik
2311 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 697-7799
U.S. 13, Laurel, 875-5955
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Somethings Unique
3834 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 426-1950
Imagine an upscale country house crammed with the most eclectic combination of furniture and home accessories you’ve ever seen. The “somethings” at Somethings Unique include contemporary and traditional living room and dining room furniture, rugs, mirrors, lights, knob stoppers, planters, urns, artwork and more.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | J. Conn Scott
27 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3780
6 Church St., Selbyville, 436-8205
Decorating should be a joyous experience. If it isn’t, consult brothers Richard and Robert Scott of J. Conn Scott, the third generation to run the business. You’ll never leave guessing about fabrics, colors or styles. The brothers oversee a 35,000-square-foot showroom packed with upscale accessories and furniture, as well as a design library that represents fabric houses such as Brunschwig & Fils, Lee Jofa, Scalamandre and Stroheim & Romann. Furniture collections include Henredon, Century, Sligh, Chelsea House and Ralph Lauren.
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Doug’s Trains, Toys & Hobbies
2907 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-7733
Packed wall to wall, Doug’s Trains, Toys & Hobbies thrives even in this techno era. Young and old still love handmade model trains, plastic models, Pinewood Derby kits, die-cast cars, model rockets and kites. Owner Doug Arnold, former manager of the model railroading department at Mitchell’s Department Store, is stocking new materials for making and detailing doll houses.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Gidgets Gadgets
123 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4434
Now in a new, larger space, Gidget’s Gadgets offers an “over-20 line” for adults in need of racy key chains, mugs and ice cube trays. Owner Steve Fallon accommodates “that slightly twisted adult lifestyle” by selling off-color greeting cards that are so funny, people have been known to buy 20 at a time. Fallon is also on top of the bacon craze, stocking bacon belts, watches and other pork-inspired products. The Lego area is bigger, but Fallon’s vintage toys remain the bread and butter.
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