Sun, Sand and Shopping
It’s as important as the beach itself. Here are the season’s crop of great new places.
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Some stores have been on the move. Barr’s new location is the former home of Aquamarine Boutique (114 Second St., Lewes, 644-4550), which now resides next to Jerry’s Seafood. Owner Maureen Botti-Eschbach relishes the two big windows, the hardwood floors and built-in shelves, installed after a fire in 1922 gutted the building, to display her fashions.
The Rose Garden moved to a new location (26 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 539-5288). The new home has two floors with attractive swimsuits, apparel, jewelry, shoes and handbags. “We’re like a little department store,” says owner Andrea Forte. She still has her Rehoboth Avenue location (240 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-9988) as well.
Something Comfortable (122 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6180) moved during the first snowstorm in February from its old location at 70 Rehoboth Ave. Because the stores were so close, nine workers put clothing on racks and wheeled them down the street. “It was the bra and panty parade,” says owner Sue Petty, who is known for her beautiful and functional bras and her expert fittings. You’ll also find sexy and fun lingerie, pajamas and loungewear.
As for men, it’s been a good year for Shorebreak (115 Savannah Road, Lewes. 645-8488), a men’s apparel store owned by Josh Barr, which opened last July. Barr specializes in outdoor clothing and sports clothes, which are ideal for the beach. Lines include Royal Robbins, Southern Tide and Columbia. He carries Sanuk and Reef sandals.
Change is good at Tanger Outlets Center, a mecca for shoppers on Del. 1 between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. “A healthy changeover is about 2 percent,” notes general manager Amy Norgate. In part, that is because a designer or brand that is hot now might not be so hot in five years. Among those designers, Michael Kors (645-2600)—of “Project Runway” fame—Kate Spade (644-2543) and Kenneth Cole (644-2072) are new additions to the Midway location. Shoe magnet Cole Haan (644-6874) is another upscale newcomer.
Over at Seaside, Express Last Hurrah (226-9223), the outlet venue for Express stores, is scheduled to open next to Bose Factory Store. Yankee Candle (227-7908) has been open about a year. Aerie (227-1087), an outlet for American Eagle Outfitters, carries pajama and casual gear. Call the offerings “cool dorm wear.” The new Crocs Outlet (227-2590) has had a “phenomenal year,” Norgate says. Another newbie, Icing (227-4943) is a division of Claire’s, which is known for its trendy accessories.
The Bayside plaza features Champion (227-7182), a sports apparel company owned by Hanes. Yet Tanger is not all about national stores. Tiger Lili (226-0400) is independently owned by local Lili Kohr. The store, which features women’s clothes, accessories and jewelry, moved from Midway to Bayside in March.
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