Get it for a Steal
Even when the economy is tip top, everyone loves a great price. These days, we like bargains even more. Here’s your guide to the best sales and everyday deals on clothing, food, gifts and more in the state.
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FOOD AND DRINK
Owner Tom Poor and the crew at Bin 66 (3712 Highway One, Reboboth Beach, 227-6161) host complimentary wine tastings every Saturday from May through December—with great food. If you miss out, sign up for the store’s wine club. Members receive 20 percent off a dozen specially selected bottles every month: three reds, three whites, three Pinots Noir and three Cabernets handpicked by the staff.
Black Lab Breads (812 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-1307) offers delicious, freshly baked bread, from Italian to pumpernickel to raisin challah. November through March, the shop offers BOGOs (buy one, get one) on various breads, including fabulous baguettes. Sniff out occasional sales on almond or anise biscotti, oversized cookies, cannoli, tomato pie and focaccia. Gift boxes are available with 48 hours’ notice.
Monthly wine packages at Collier’s of Centreville (5810 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 656-3542) allow oenophiles to purchase 12 bottles (five reds, five whites, one bubbly and one dessert wine) for $99.99. The wine list is extensive, so consult cellar mistress Linda J. Collier. She’s always happy to share her knowledge of fine wines from around the world.
At Frank’s Union Wine Mart (1206 Union St., Wilmington, 1-800-AT-FRANKS) a select varietal is offered at a discount every day. For the complete menu of markdowns, see www.frankswine.com. At the website, guests can check out when the store will host tastings and sponsor wine dinners at Caffé Gelato in Newark.
At Good For You Natural Market (28841 Lewes-Georgetown Hwy., Lewes, 684-8330), Southern Delaware’s greenest grocer dispatches monthly flyers to tip customers about the latest in organic and natural groceries. Saturday afternoons are a good time to hang around, when free samplings of the latest haul from Lewes Farmer’s Market can be had. Catch executive chef Gretchen Hanson during free in-store cooking demos, plus every Thursday night at the Lewes Senior Center.
Pop into Good News Natural Foods (739 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 730-1910) on Saturdays for free samples on new and popular product lines—things such as organic snacks, gluten-free goodies and organic teas and coffee. Co-owner Marcia Collins says she passes along savings to customers when wholesalers sell for a reduced price. Everything from organic peanut butter to corn chips has seen drastic markdowns.
Harvest Market (7417 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-6779), a natural foods store that carries local produce, grains, dried fruit, nuts, organic and vegetarian foods, vitamin supplements and personal care items, doesn’t do standard sales. Instead, owner Bob Kleszics provides the everyday opportunity to order 12 cases of most products at 20 percent off the retail price. If the product is a supplement or a personal care item, customers can order six cases at 15 percent off the retail price. New to Harvest Market is Last Minute Savings, a section in front that offers daily discounts on items such as peanut butter, applesauce and packaged products.
Lewes Gourmet (110 Front St., Lewes, 645-1661), a haven for tough-to-find international foodstuffs (snacks, oils, vinegars, cheeses, cookies, teas and teapots and tons more) runs a $5 coupon in the circular Entertainment Book. Stop in on weekends for free samples.
At Magpie Tea Garden (1715 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 654-2911) homeopathic medicines are big sellers. Ask for rebates on the popular Dr. Hauschka line. A perk: A pot of hot water and 15 tea samples are ready for sipping at all times, and there’s always a Tea of the Week discount on one of the 200 varieties sold there. Special orders are treated graciously.
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