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Miscellaneous Retail & Service

Antiques Shop

Readers, upstate • The Zeppelin & The Unicorn  400 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 792-0555

Art Gallery

Readers, upstate  Station Gallery  3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-8638

Gift Store

Readers, upstate  Heart and Home  108 E. Main St., Newark, 737-8980  230 Peoples Plaza, Newark, 392-8980  4770 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 999-8980

Gifts and Fashions in One Place

Editors, upstate • Whether you’re looking for new baubles, a cool cardigan or a birthday gift, Bloom is it. Owner Mimi Sullivan, a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design, describes herself as “visually obsessed,” and it shows. She carries lesser-known clothing lines such as Bobeau, and she was one of BB Dakota’s first wholesale orders. At Bloom you can find the work of more than 70 American jewelry designers in styles that range from amazingly wearable basics to fun, vintage-inspired pieces. Sullivan goes with her gut when shopping for Bloom. So far, it seems to be spot on. • 165 E. Main St., Newark, 454-7266  1725 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 510-4990

Gifts for the Bride-to-Be

Readers, upstate  Heart and Home • 108 E. Main St., Newark, 737-8980  230 Peoples Plaza, Newark, 392-8980  4770 Limestone Road, Wilimington, 999-8980

Party Supplies

Readers, upstate  Fulton Paper & Party Supplies • 1219 Quintilio Drive, Bear, 392-2195  438 E. Main St., Middletown, 449-2100  334 Suburban Drive, Newark, 368-1440  1006 W. 27th St., Wilmington, 594-0400

Pet Store

Readers, upstate  Concord Pet Food & Supplies  326 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear, 838-4300  697 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, 234-9112 • 340 Main St., Middletown, 376-1616  287 Christiana Road, No. 2, New Castle, 324-0502  1450 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark, 737-8982  2818 Pulaski Hwy., Newark, 836-5787  312 Suburban Drive, Newark, 368-2959  3703 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8966  1720 Faulkland Road, Wilmington, 995-2255  1722 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 477-1995

Physical Therapy Center

Readers, upstate • Performance Physical Therapy and Fitness  720 Yorklyn Road, Suite 150, Hockessin, 234-2288  4331 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 764-2288

Fashion & Beauty

Bridal Boutique

Readers, upstate  Claire’s Fashions  1312 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 798-1312

Consignment Clothing

Readers, upstate  Designer Consigner  7185 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-4034

Custom T-shirts

Editors, upstate  Noah Merenda and Dave Sanchez—friends since the age of 14—have very different artistic styles. Merenda loves vintage. Sanchez “is not afraid to push the limits.” Together they make up Spaceboy Clothing, a custom clothing boutique that sells hand-printed T-shirts emblazoned with their original designs, like a tee that simply reads “Wilmington expletive Delaware” in bold white lettering. The duo takes custom orders, too. They even created comedian Amy Schumer’s world tour shirts last summer. Not bad for a little shop on Market Street. • 711 N. Market St., Wilmington, 225-9781

Day Spa

Readers, upstate • Pagavé Salon and Spa  1601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 765-0134

Kids Clothes

Readers, upstate  First & Little Baby Boutique • 49 W. Main St., Middletown, 562-8976

Lingerie/Intimate Apparel

Readers, upstate • Bare Essentials  4009 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-4888

Makeup Artist

Editors, upstate • Someone who has been doing makeup since the age of 20 could be washed up, but not Tonia Marisa of Ooh La La! The Makeup Studio. Her career includes makeup for pageants, the runway and film, and her work has been published in beauty and fashion magazines. Her motto: “Beauty is about the individual.” She is especially good at customizing a special look, whether for a brow, benefit or bride-to-be. • 5800 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 622-9425

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, Wilmington, 656-4409

Salon/Barber for Men

Readers, upstate  Pagavé Salon and Spa  1601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 765-0134

Editors, upstate • Gentlemen, discover what women seem to have always known: The salon is about more than styling—it’s a place to relax. The capable staff members of Studio One Eleven will cut your hair. They’ll color it, too. But you can also book any number of massage services. You’ll go back to the office refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the week. Other grooming services include nail care and waxing. Don’t worry—we won’t judge you. We’re converts. • 1313 N. Market. St., Wilmington, 225-8365

Salon for Women

Readers, upstate  Pagavé Salon and Spa  1601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 765-0134

Shoe Store

Readers, upstate  Peter Kate  3830 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-7463

Women’s Business Attire

Readers, upstate  entreDonovan • 222 Delaware Ave., Suite 105, Wilmington, 543-8054

Women’s Casual Clothing

Readers, upstate • Nicole J Boutique  423 N. Broad St., Suite. 2, Middletown, 376-7393

The Sin City Band//Photo by Leslie Barbaro

Owner Nicole Hinton hand-picks the styles available at Nicole J Boutique, winner of Best Women’s Casual Clothing
upstate.//Photo by Leslie Barbaro

Women’s Evening Attire

Readers, upstate • Claire’s Fashions  1312 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 798-1312

Home & Garden


Readers, upstate  Flowers by Yukie • 916 N. Union St., Wilmington, 658-8292

Furniture Store

Readers, upstate  Pala Brothers Furniture  1800 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 994-0141

Garden Center

Readers, upstate • Gateway Garden Center  7277 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-2727

Home Furnishings

Readers, upstate  Somethings Unique  3834 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 426-1950


Readers, upstate  Borsello Landscaping  720 Yorklyn Road, Suite 5, Hockessin, 472-2600


Public Radio Station

Editors, upstate  How do we love thee, 90.9FM WHYY? We can’t count the ways. There are two broadcasts of “Fresh Air” each weekday. There are “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” local classics like Marty Moss-Coane’s “Radio Times” and new shows such as “1A.” And that’s just a portion of the weekday programming. In short, there is more smart news and talk on WHYY than almost any other NPR member station in the country.

Radio Deejay

Readers, upstate • Nancy Johnson with Joe Alan of The Wake-Up Crew on 93.7 FM WSTW

Nancy Johnson, assisted by WSTW Wake-Up Crew partner Joe Alan, was chosen by readers as Best Radio Deejay
upstate.//Photo by Leslie Barbaro

Radio Station for Music

Readers, upstate  93.7FM WSTW

Radio Station for Music During the Workday

Editors, upstate • Billed as the station that plays “the most music for your workday,” 99.5FM WJBR provides the soundtrack to our lives. We still recall the days when the station played easy listening music and JBR stood for “Just Beautiful Radio.” Now the format is adult contemporary and features favorites from the 1980s to the present. One minute we’re enjoying Maroon 5’s catchy tunes, the next Madonna is taking us back to our high school days. Fun fact: JBR is actually the initials of the station’s founders—but it’s still just beautiful radio to us.

Radio Station for News

Readers, upstate  1150AM WDEL, 101.7FM WDEL

Radio Station for Sports

Readers, upstate  1150AM WDEL, 101.7FM WDEL

Radio Talk Show Host

Readers, upstate  Rick Jensen of 1150AM WDEL and 101.7FM WDEL

Television Personality

Readers, upstate  Tim Furlong of NBC-10

Places to Go; Things to Do & See

5K Fundraiser

Editors, upstate  The 11:30 a.m. start of the John D. Kelly III Memorial Kelly’s Logan House 5K is a blessing for those who have spent the weekend getting their Irish on for St. Patty’s day. The run benfits Parkinson’s research. It begins and ends at the famous watering hole. Need we say more? • 1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 652-9493

Fundraising Festival

Readers, upstate • Wilmington Flower Market

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

Musical Group

Editors, upstate  The Sin City Band  Read more about The Sin City Band here.

The Sin City Band//Photo by Leslie Barbaro


Readers, upstate  Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen  270 E. Main St., Newark, 737-2931

Party Band

Editors, upstate  With a broad repertoire of tunes that ranges from jazz to pop, Jellyroll has kept the dance floors packed at weddings, galas—even the White House—for years.

Place to Cool Off

Editors, upstate  The outdoor pool at the Siegel JCC—the biggest in Wilmington—has something for swimmers of every ability, including a wading area and a separate toddler pool. There is a big water slide and, on the deck, places for sun worshippers and shade lovers. No running. • 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington, 478-5660

Place for a Drink Outdoors

Editors, upstate • Everyone loves to gather at the canopied bar under the big sycamore at FireStone Roasting House, and every seat on the patio offers a view of the Christina. Great drink specials, a full schedule of live music and a friendly clientele make it the place to be. • 110 S. West St., Wilmington, 658-6626

Place for Live Music

Editors, upstate  During the day, The Nomad Bar looks abandoned. But when the sun goes down, the music blaring from inside proves that you should never judge a book by its cover. Enjoy a variety of musical genres, from jazz to soul to funk to bluegrass to blues. Owners Dave and Linda Vandever never charge a cover, which is another reason why this cozy haunt has become a haven for music lovers of all ages. • 905 N. Orange St., Wilmington, 547-1912 

Place for Music with Your Dinner

Editors, upstate • Funky, friendly Bellefonte Café hosts live music every day it’s open (which is every day except Monday). Hear acoustic blues, bluegrass, folk and more by faves such as Betty & the Bullet and the Boy from Boston most Sundays and guitarist Roger Girke. • 804 Brandywine Blvd., Wilmington, 761-9175

Public Garden

Editors, upstate  There is no place else we’d rather be when the dogwoods start to blossom. Mt. Cuba Center is a beautiful example of nature gently guided to something even more beautiful. From formal gardens to woodland paths lined with wildflowers to meadows to ponds to expansive views across the stunning estate, Mt. Cuba’s native flora wows at every turn in every season. • 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, 239-4244

State Park

Editors, upstate • More than 35 miles of trails cross a variety of Appalachian Piedmont terrain at White Clay Creek State Park. Opt for easy walking on a cindered trail along the creek, or go wild on more rugged trails. In its most secluded areas, the park feels primordial. Cycling is allowed in some areas. The trout are calling anglers in early spring. The nature center entertains young and old. • 750 Thompson Station Road, Newark, 368-6900

Wedding Reception Site

Readers, upstate  Hilton Wilmington-Christiana  100 Continental Drive, Newark, 454-1500

Yoga Studio

Readers, upstate  Empowered Yoga  20 Montchanin Road, Suite 70, Wilmington, 654-9642  230 E. Main St., Unit 329, Newark, 738-9642