Best of Delaware: Shopping and Services in 2023

The Best of Delaware category for best shopping and services includes all of our readers’ favorite stores, spas, inns and more.

Accessories Boutique

Editors: Peter Kate

The boutique has long been a resource for designer shoes, bags, jewelry and other accessories, as well as apparel. The bonus is savvy advice on styling. Which sunglasses define your personality? Which bag will take you from the office to happy hour? Building relationships with clients leads to building wardrobes that help women to define and refine their look.
Wilmington; peterkate.com

Accessories Boutique: Peter Kate (pictured here: Lizzie Fortunato earrings and necklace)
Accessories Boutique: Peter Kate (pictured here: Lizzie Fortunato earrings and necklace)

Bed & Breakfast

Downstate, Readers: Canalside Inn
Rehoboth Beach; thecanalsideinn.com

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Upstate, Readers: The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa
Wilmington; montchanin.com

Bike Shop

Downstate, Readers: Lewes Cycle Sports
Lewes; lewescyclesports.com

Upstate, Readers: Wooden Wheels Service, Repair & Sales
Newark; woodenwheels.bike

Bohemian Beachwear

Editors: Water Lili Boutique

Lili Oller wanted to create a place where women of all ages could find clothing that makes them feel confident. At her eclectic and stylish shop, garments are sourced from across the world and offer a different take on resortwear. On your next vacation at the beaches, everyone will be asking who you’re wearing.
Bethany Beach; waterlili.com

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Boutique with Best Beauty Brands

Editors: Houppette

With friendly staffers who help patrons look better every day, Houppette is a destination for high-quality brands. Think Laura Mercier, Natura Bissé, Jane Iredale. Shoppers will find everything they need to build beauty from the skin up: cleanser, toner, exfoliants, serums, moisturizers and more. The cherry on top: great makeup and expert advice on how to use it, plus the ultimate place to get a makeover for the special occasion.
Greenville; houppette.com

Consignment Shop

Downstate, Readers: Peddlers Alley
Dagsboro; facebook.com/people/Peddlers-Alley/100063655356054/

Upstate, Readers: Designer Consigner
Hockessin; designerconsignerde.com

Day Spa (Manicures, Pedicures, Facials, Etc.)

Downstate, Readers: Bad Hair Day
Rehoboth Beach; badhairday.biz

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Upstate, Readers: La Belle Studio
Wilmington; labelle-artistry.com

Florist

Downstate, Readers: Windsor’s Flowers
Rehoboth Beach; windsorsflorist.com

Upstate, Readers: Flowers by Yukie
Wilmington; flowersbyyukie.com

Florist: Windsor’s Flowers
Florist: Windsor’s Flowers

Gift Store

Downstate, Readers: Browseabout Books
Rehoboth Beach; browseaboutbooks.com

Upstate, Readers: Heart & Home
Newark, Wilmington; heartandhomede.com

Hair Salon (Men)

Downstate, Readers: Bad Hair Day
Rehoboth Beach; badhairday.biz

Upstate, Readers: Beauty Bar by Kristina Ruggerio
Wilmington; shopkristinaruggeriocosmetics.com

Hair Salon (Women)

Downstate, Readers: Bad Hair Day
Rehoboth Beach; badhairday.biz

Upstate, Readers: Ash & Gold Salon
Middletown; ashandgoldsalon.com

Historic Seaside Inn

Editors: Addy Sea Historic

Oceanfront Inn These cozy accommodations on the coast are a hot destination for weddings, romantic rendezvous and weekends when you just need to get away. The inn features a parlor, dining room and wraparound veranda where you can relax before or after a day in the sun. For additional privacy, book the guesthouse, which includes four guest rooms and access to a private oceanfront great room and sundeck.
Bethany Beach; addysea.com

Jeweler

Downstate, Readers: Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists
Smyrna; sayersjewelersandgemologists.com

Upstate, Readers: Michael Gallagher Jewelers
Bear; michaelgallagherjewelers.com

Linens and Other Fine Things

Editors: Blüm

When entrepreneurs Minh Cao and Nick Qaabar discovered a gap in the market for home goods that were natural, durable and sustainably sourced, they decided to fill it. At Blüm, you’ll find understated luxury bedding, bath towels, clothing and dining accessories—all made from linen or cotton, or a blend of both—as well as other beautiful tabletop accoutrements. The partners offer more than just products; it’s about a lifestyle committed to thoughtful practices and meaningful items that last a lifetime. designedbyblum.com

Linens and Other Fine Things: BLÜM
Linens and Other Fine Things: Blüm

Luxury Apparel

Editors: Cashmere

Gardens Justin Brown’s vision of a luxury boutique that blends high quality with sustainability is distilled in meticulously curated capsule pieces—clothes women will wear year after year—that appeal to stylish individuals of all ages. It’s also a destination for emerging and leading-edge styles that show ethically produced clothes are always in fashion.
Rehoboth Beach; @cashmeregardens on Instagram

Med Spa

Downstate, Readers: Aesthetic Center
Lewes; aestheticcenter.com

Upstate, Readers: Mint & Needle Aesthetics Boutique
Middletown; mintandneedle.com

Pet Daycare

Downstate, Readers: Fur Baby Pet Resort
Milford; furbabypetresort.com

Upstate, Readers: Dogtopia of Wilmington
Wilmington; dogtopia.com

Pet Groomer

Downstate, Readers: Fur Baby Pet Resort
Milford; furbabypetresort.com

Upstate, Readers: Summit Bridge Veterinary Hospital
Bear; summit-vet.com

Place to Take 5 Years Off Your Face—Naturally

Editors: Currie Hair Skin and Nails

An extensive menu of customized facials offers the latest in products and technologies to reduce fine lines and improve the texture and clarity of skin. The Jan Marini Advanced Custom Facial harnesses glycolic acid to reduce pigmentation and diminish signs of aging. The Lunch Time Peel gives skin a smoother, more youthful appearance in 30 minutes flat.
Multiple locations; curriedayspa.com

Quirkiest Vintage Books

Editors: Biblion Used Books and Rare Finds

Find a brand-new story, an old childhood favorite or a rare read from a bygone era at this shop packed with personality. A curated collection of old and new books sit beside original art, literary gifts, unusual stationery and journals. But there’s more to this little bookshop than meets the eye—around back, you’ll find the Vintage Underground, a second floor below the store filled with treasures like old records, vintage clothes and fun gifts. It’s always a smart idea to call ahead to make sure they’re open during the off-season, but Biblion is open every day during the summer.
Lewes; biblionbooks.com

Stress-Busting Massage

Editors: Zen Spa Fenwick

Owner Stacey Wetzstein knows how to rub people the right way. A licensed massage therapist since 2004, she isn’t afraid to think outside the box. Services include the Good Karma CBD Massage to reduce body inflammation, a headache massage and Zen Concentrate, which targets the head, neck, shoulders and back. “Stacey W.” also owns Studio Z Blowout & Color Bar.
Selbyville; zenspafenwick.com

Surf Shop

Statewide, Readers: Dewey Beach Surf Shop
Dewey Beach; deweybeachsurfshop.com

Swimwear

Downstate, Readers: Pineapple Princess Swimwear
Rehoboth Beach; pineappleprincessswimwear.com

Upstate, Readers: The Swim Shop
Wilmington; theswimshopde.com

Tattoo Artist/Shop

Downstate, Readers: Tough Luck
Lewes; tough-luck.business.site

Upstate, Readers: Poppycock Tattoo & Piercing
Wilmington; poppycocktattoo.com

There’s No Way You’re Leaving Here Without a Kitten

Editors: Faithful Friends Animal Society

Faithful Friends has just moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility in New Castle. It features cat condos with big windows overlooking the woods, which are laced with quiet paths where volunteers and staff walk the dogs. Faithful Friends is also a free pet food bank, a place to get obedience training for your pet, a community veterinary clinic and a group that advocates for animal welfare. With milder winters and increasingly warm weather, kitten season is no longer confined to spring—babies are available year-round now, and there are plenty to choose from. Adopting pets rather than shopping for them is beneficial for the environment, the community and for you, as you go home with the knowledge that you’ve helped a special someone in need of a family.
New Castle; faithfulfriends.us

Wedding Venue

Downstate, Readers: The Clubhouse at Baywood
Millsboro; baywoodweddings.com

Upstate, Readers: Hotel Du Pont
Wilmington; hoteldupont.com

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Delaware