Best of Delaware 2018: Retailers & Services Upstate
WJBR morning deejay Michael Waite and cohost Jessie Micchelli hold a post-show review at Brew HaHa! in Greenville.//Photo by Leslie Barbaro
PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO KNOW
Alternative Live Music
Editors, upstate: Quirky Oddity Bar received national attention last summer when it appeared in singer-songwriter Kesha’s music video for her song “Woman,” which also featured plenty of Oddity patrons—proof that the place draws crowds from near and far for live music Thursday through Saturday. Regulars on stage include The Bullets, who have been blasting the rockabilly in Delaware for 30 year,s and Cadillac Riot, a mix of rock and blues backed by the power of punk.
500 Greenhill Ave., Wilmington, 668-1078
Editors, upstate: An end-of-summer tradition, the Brandywine Festival of the Arts is better than ever, with plenty of live music and great food and drink vendors in beautiful Brandywine Park. But it’s the quality of artists and crafters, such as local photographers Jennifer Beers and Keith Mosher and beloved painter Larry Anderson, that keeps people coming back year after year. This year's event takes places Sept. 8-9.
Brandywine Park, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, 690-5555
Readers, upstate: Blue Hen Bed & Breakfast
1202 Nottingham Road, Newark, 737-9504
Photograph courtesy of Kategory 5
Band to Watch
Editors, upstate: New Castle County’s Sleep Under the Stars in October ain’t exactly a wilderness experience, but it is a ton of fun, with hundreds of families camped around the ponds and pastures of Carousel Park & Equestrian Center. There are food trucks, stage shows, inflatable amusements and bonfires everywhere, and when the sun starts to sink, kids start trick-or-treating from tent to tent. And it’s all free.
3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 995-7670
Readers, upstate: Delaware Burger Battle at Cauffiel House
1016 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 533-8336
Golf Course (Private)
Readers, upstate: Wilmington Country Club
4825 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 655-6171
Golf Course (Public)
Readers, upstate: Back Creek Golf Club
101 Back Creek Drive, Middletown, 378-6499
Hot Rod Shop
Editors, upstate: Take one glance at a roadster that’s passed through the giant doors of One Off Rod & Custom and it’s obvious just how talented the folks there are. Owner Gary Corkell is the heart and soul of this custom fabrication company, and he surrounds himself with people who possess a similar passion. One Off’s projects are often featured in top hot rod magazines, and the company is respected throughout the industry, having been named a Detroit Autorama Ridler Great 8 Finalist with its 1941 Ford pickup project called The Gold Standard. Take it from us—it was a sick build.
118 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Middletown, 449-1489
Iteration of an Andrew Wyeth Exhibition
Editors, upstate: Will we ever tire of the Wyeths? Not when the Delaware Art Museum can spin out new exhibitions such as “Eye on Nature,” which compares the work of Andrew Wyeth with nature painter John Ruskin, a Brit 100 years his senior. Times may change, and art may change with them, but “Eye” captured something timeless and transcendent in the styles of both men. As with all exhibitions at the museum, we can’t wait to see what the curators will do next.
2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, 571-9590
Local Sports Hero
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Readers, upstate: Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen
270 E. Main St., Newark, 737-2931
Outdoor Lunch Break
Editors, upstate: An easy walk from almost any office building in downtown Wilmington, Rodney Square is large and bright, with a constant parade of humanity that never gets boring. Bring your brown bag, pick up something on the way, or visit on Wednesdays for the farmers market, then relax with a fresh meal under a shaded table.
Editors, over the line: What else can we say about Jelly Roll? They rock. They jam. They have horns—really good ones. And they’ve played the White House. This high-energy party band is well versed in R&B, pop and rock favorites and never fails to get people on the dance floor and keep them there all night. Keep on funkin’.
Chadds Ford, (610) 624-2109
Place for Live Music
Readers, upstate: The Queen
500 N. Market St., Wilmington, (202) 730-3331
Radio Station for Music
Readers, upstate: 93.7 WSTW-FM
Radio Station for News
Readers, upstate: 1150 WDEL and 101.7 WDEL
Radio Station for Sports
Readers, upstate: 1150 WDEL and 101.7 WDEL
Radio Talk Show Host
Reason to Get Dressed Up
Editors, upstate: The Grand Gala draws the who’s-who downtown for The Grand Opera House’s largest fundraiser of the year. For 41 years, 1,000 people have donned their fanciest formalwear for this lively December event, which raises money for the theater’s arts education programs. Attendees enjoy an A-list concert (past performers have included Tony Bennett and Bonnie Raitt) and a posh after-party at the Hotel du Pont. Insider tip: Pack a pair of flats, because this party goes into the wee hours.
Editors, upstate: At your age, there is no way you attempt to do this, but the runs and bowls at Glasgow Regional Park will take you right back to 1977 and the birth of vert. Street skaters find their thrills via rails and boxes. Tempted as you may be, leave it to the kids.
2275 Pulaski Hwy., Newark, 395-5606
Editors, upstate: If your ideal vacation day begins with blissful quiet and maybe the Times crossword, a stay at the Hotel du Pont gets you out of the house without wandering too far from home. It’s a luxurious launch to Brandywine Valley attractions such as Winterthur, and its downtown location puts you in the neighborhood of a charming bakery, great restaurants, The Grand, The Queen and, right on-site, The Playhouse on Rodney Square. That’s not to mention white-glove dining in The Green Room.
42 W. 11th St., Wilmington, 594-3162
Place to Take Your Out-of-Town Guests
Editors, upstate: Nothing says Chateau Country like Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Show your visitors a quintessential Brandywine Valley landscape, as well as that famous collection of American decorative objects and furniture. We love the architectural follies currently on display on the property, as well as “Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table.” Young visitors will love the Enchanted Garden. And everyone will love feeling like American royalty for a few hours.
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, 888-4600
Readers, upstate: Poppycock Tattoo
115 W. Eighth St., Wilmington, 231-1685
Editors, upstate: On the eve of its 25th season, City Theatre Company continues to be on the cutting edge. From its humble beginning with “Three Short Plays (See How They Run): 73 Minutes of Uncertain Behavior” at the old O’Friel’s Irish Pub in May 1994, CTC moved onto more complex shows, only to become the eccentric company that we know and love today. We can’t wait to see what the season brings.
4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, 220-8285
Readers, upstate: Tim Furlong at NBC 10 Philadelphia
FOR THE BRIDE-TO-BE
Readers, upstate: Louis Marie Bridal
3 E. Main St., Middletown, 378-7800
Gifts for the Bride-to-be
Readers, upstate: Everything but the Kitchen Sink
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, 239-7066
Readers, upstate: Secretariat Wedding & Event Planning
P.O. Box 359, Wilmington, 654-4479
Wedding Reception Site
Readers, upstate (tie): The Farmhouse • 5600 Old Capitol Trail, Wilmington, 999-8477 • The Waterfall • 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 792-2600 • Hilton Wilmington/Christiana • 100 Continental Drive, Newark, 454-1500
FASHIONABLE FIRST STATE
Readers, upstate: Designer Consigner
7185 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-4034
Readers, upstate: First & Little
25 W. Main St., Middletown, 562-8976
Lingerie, Intimate Apparel
Readers, upstate: Bare Essentials
4009 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-4888
Men’s Business Attire
Readers, upstate: Wright & Simon
911 N. Market St., Wilmington, 658-7345
Men’s Casual Clothing
Readers, upstate: Wilmington Country Store
4013 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-4409
Women’s Business Attire
Readers, upstate: Claire’s Fashions
312 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 798-1312
Women’s Casual Clothing
Readers, upstate: Nicole J Boutique
17 Wood St., Middletown, 376-7393
Women’s Evening Attire
Readers, upstate: Claire’s Fashions
1312 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 798-1312
Furniture and Home Accessories
Readers, upstate: Somethings Unique
3834 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 426-1950
Readers, upstate: Gateway Garden Center
7277 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-2727
Editors, upstate: Looking for a cute centerpiece, a cozy throw or an eclectic pair of end tables? Shish Interiors has it all. Owner Sally Guare Hunsinger’s petite shop is packed with goodies, ranging from candles and cheeseboards to tables and chairs. If she doesn’t have what you’re looking for, she knows exactly who to call to have it made. She also sells crafts from local artists, including whimsical pillows from Pillowtalk Design Studio and hand-forged dishes and fine art from Chadds Ford artist Katee Boyle.
1012 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 540-9843
Readers, upstate: Borsello Landscaping
720 Yorklyn Road, Suite 5, Hockessin, 472-2600
New Home Store
Editors, upstate: The Vintage Pantry Co. is a small but mighty shop that houses a highly curated mix of vintage decor and contemporary artisan-made items. The mother-daughter owner team is warm, gracious and even quick to recommend other local spots if they don’t have exactly what you’re hunting for.
1731 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 884-7575
Editors, upstate: If you're searching for dinnerware and decor that will make cooking and entertaining fun again, Adorn Goods is where it’s at. Owners Aubree Wellons and Jennifer Steiner have curated a collection of items anyone would covet, including vibrant Zafferano glassware, Laura Zindel ceramic dishes and woven placemats by Calaisio. The shop hosts cooking classes, too. Start planning your next dinner party now.
5712 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 575-9657
Readers, upstate: Beauty Bar by Saiko
1310 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-1400
Readers, upstate: Hockessin Athletic Club
100 Fitness Way, Hockessin, 766-7482
Organic Beauty Products
Editors, upstate: Kindred Skincare Co. founder and creator Frances Thrasher is a former materials science engineer who started making her own beauty products after she developed allergies to additives and thickeners, so the apothecary bottles in her shop are filled with all-natural ingredients such as aloe vera and coconut oil. Kindred products have become cult favorites of locals, as well as celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and Martha Stewart. Check out Thrasher’s latest creations, especially the Organic Lip Plump, and the super-hydrating Under Eye Treat.
5714 Kennett Pike, Suite N, Wilmington, 516-7726
Salon for Women
Readers, upstate: Sherif Zaki Salon & Oasis Spa
4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 232, Wilmington, 652-4902
Salon-Barber for Men
Readers, upstate: Delaware Hair & Co.
276 E. Main St., Suite 101, Newark, 266-4401
MORE RETAIL FUN
Readers, upstate: Aunt Margaret’s Antique Mall
294 E. Main St., Newark, 454-8007
Readers, upstate: Sommerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, 652-0271
Readers, upstate: Flowers by Yukie
916 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-8292
Readers, upstate: Heart and Home
230 Peoples Plaza, Newark, 392-8980; 108 E. Main St., Newark, 737-8980, 4770 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 999-8980
Readers, upstate: Concord Pet Foods & Supplies
326 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear, 838-4300; 697 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, 234-9112; 340 E. Main St., Middletown, 376-1616; 1450 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark, 737-8982; 2818 Pulaski Hwy., Newark, 836-5787; 312 Suburban Drive, Newark, 368-2959; 287 Christiana Road, New Castle, 324-0502; 2800 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8966; 1720 Faulkland Road, Wilmington, 995-2255; 1722 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 477-1995
Readers, upstate: Oranges & Lemons
3856 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 427-0323
Editors, upstate: The SoHo-esque Peter Kate boutique is definitely turning heads with creative displays. The mother-daughter duo of owners Kathy Savage and Sissy Aerenson recently moved the upscale women’s store from Greenville to a much larger space in Fairfax Shopping Center, where designer/merchandiser Mary Elizabeth Grant Walls assembled a fun and flirty butterfly motif for the grand opening. The window dazzled with big black and white butterflies dangling among wood-slatted doors, bare branches and mannequins dressed in eye-catching lavender and black.
2303 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 656-7463