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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Whether you’re seeking a bridal up-do or beach-proof hair, you have two new salons to consider. Last October, Tom Archino opened ThomasDavid Salon in Paynters Mill (16388 Samuel Paynter Blvd., Suite 101, Milton, 827-2466, thomasdavidsalon.net). The salon focuses on hair, from cuts to the balyage highlighting technique. Archino, formerly with Bling and Bad Hair Day, spotlights colors and cuts that are affordable and approachable.
Also new is Salon LaRoc (310 Rehoboth Ave., 727-0040, salonlaroc.com), owned by Peter DiRocco and Lauren Lewandowski. The stylists always wanted to operate their own salon, and when the old Bead Therapy space became available, they jumped on it, opening in just 30 days.
“We’ve had a great turnout,” says Lewandowski, formerly of Robert Cris Salon in Greenville. “Peter is a curly hair specialist, and he’s been extremely busy.” (Tip: many coastal girls are showing off their curls, not straightening them.) Nail technician Heather Marowski is also on board.
Why should humans get all the glam? Cat Hotel of Rehoboth, (34697 Jiffy Way, No. 5 Lewes, 645-2287, cathotelrb.com) offers grooming services and boarding just for felines. “I didn’t see any boarding facilities for cats where they weren’t boarded in the same facility as dogs,” says veterinarian-owner Dr. Jaine Weise, who also runs a house-call service. “We wanted a place that was serene and stimulating, and everything is made for cats.”
Consider the five-level, 12-foot-high “condominiums” for boarders. Twice a day, the cats come out for exercise, during which they can sit in a window and watch birds eat at a feeder. Brushes are mandatory. Weise knows too well how matted cats get without daily grooming. Soothing classical music eases the nerves of kitties that chafe under the brush.
Whether you walk on four legs or two, life is evidently a beach along the Delaware coast. But for many residents and visitors, it’s not enough to be near the water. They want to be on the water. Enter DelMarVa Board Sports Adventures (39084 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, 301-651-0542, delmarvaboardsportadventures.com), which recently opened a waterfront location next to Harpoon Hanna’s.
Owners George and Janice Markopoulos share their passion for stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing via lessons, excursions, even yoga. (Wave action adds an interesting dimension to bow pose and cobra.)
DelMarVa takes its services to parks like Cape Henlopen, where it offers sunset paddles and paddleboard yoga, and to Assateague for saltmarsh eco-tours, complete with pony sightings.
The shop offers try-before-you-buy equipment sales and rent-with-the-option-to-buy policies. “Our goal is to make stand-up paddleboarding accessible and affordable to all who want to try it,” Janice Markopoulos says.