Say Hello to Some Good Buys
A handful of new or expanded shops and salons bring even more excitement to the local shopping scene.
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“If something like this will work, it will work in Lewes,” Mason says. She curates the books so customers can find the quirky and the interesting. A trade/credit program and a consignment option for rare books leads to a regular influx of products. In addition to out-of-print or hard-to-find books, she also carries a card line unavailable elsewhere at the beach and book-related accessories. Because the shop is intimate, she’s intentionally keeping the collection small “but dynamic.”
Dynamic is the word for Biblion’s former neighbor, Josephine’s Daughter. The shop started in Milton, jumped to Lewes and in spring moved to Rehoboth (129D Rehoboth Ave., 260-9577, josephinesdaughter.com). Why so many moves? “We kept growing,” says co-owner Deb Wilkins-Schiffer. “I wasn’t interested in having multiple locations so, in each case, we found a better spot to accommodate our growth.”
Wilkins-Schiffer is enthusiastically delving into the local art scene, featuring 15 artists and devoting her second floor to art and creative home furnishings. With four times the space of the Lewes store, she’s also expanded her jewelry and fashion accessories offerings.
Shiffer joins a community devoted to style. Witness the fall 2010 opening of Jane & Georgie (419 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 727-5135, janeandgeorgie.com). Sisters Kate Chambers and Lisa Thomson named the shop for their grandparents, with whom they spent summers in Lewes.
The shop, the original home of Bad Hair Day, is a proper homage to the couple, who were celebrated for their sense of style. Lines include Kenneth Jay Lane, Lauren G. Adams, Minnie Rose, Shoshanna and Alice & Trixie.
Chambers is a retail veteran, having worked in the industry for the past 10 years, including stints at Tickled Pink and J. McLaughlin in Bethesda. “I decided it was time to go out on my own,” she says. “I tried to talk my sister into it, and I finally got her.” Thomson, an artist, is responsible for the fetching window displays.
Chambers calls the shop a “nice little boutique,” offering special occasion dresses, accessories and some children’s shoes and swimsuits. “You’ll be able to find fun gifts you won’t find anywhere else,” she says.
There is no shortage of clothing stores in outlet-happy Rehoboth, but one area was woefully underrepresented. Brides could find plenty of places to get married but not many bridal shops. That changed in January with the opening of Brides 2 Be by Hope Mitchell (17605 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, 645-2485, brides2bebyhope.com).
Mitchell visualized her career at an early age. “My sister got married when I was 8, and it was such a beautiful experience, I decided that when I grew up I wanted to be a bridal shop lady.” Many customers are beach brides who live full time in Wilmington or Philadelphia or daughters or beach vacation homeowners. They’re thrilled that they needn’t lug their dress back and forth. The pale lemon chiffon-colored shop also offers tuxedos.
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