Here's What's New on the Beach Shopping Scene

Get the skinny on the latest stores and services.


Motivated by the surge of new full-time residents and visitors along the coast, many enterprising entrepreneurs are opening new establishments or expanding. Here are a few to check out. (Don’t see a website? Look for the business on Facebook.)

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The Lewes Historical Society has been busy. It plans to open a new museum this summer in the old Lewes Public Library site on Kings Highway. The main campus near Shipcarpenter Square has undergone improvements, and the gift shop has moved to the Ryves Holt House on Second Street from the old Zwaanendael Club on Savannah Road. The society enlisted the help of a museum store consultant to design the space, which now features local artists’ work and gift items. Books are the shop’s bestselling items. | 302 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-7670,

The Ryves Holt House, part of the First State National Historic Park, is being outfitted for interpretive purposes. At one time, it was a 17th-century tavern, and it might resemble one again.

Speaking of books, the new Lewes Public Library is now open off of the Theo C. Freeman Memorial Highway (the road to the ferry terminal), though you can enter through the old library off Kings Highway. There is a roster of events, including health and wellness seminars, Spanish and French conversation groups, and book clubs, including a group for cookbooks. This was also the site of Teller Wines’ annual expo. | 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, 645-2733,


There have been quite a few changes at Tanger Outlets. Frequent shoppers have noticed the facade improvements at the Surfside (formerly known as Midway Outlets). At Tanger Seaside, a new lane with direct access to the north end of the shopping center is under construction. It should be finished in October.

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Tanger Seaside’s shopper services and public restrooms are being renovated and expanded. (During construction, shopper services are by American Eagle Outfitters. Restrooms are near the Calvin Klein outlet.)

Tanger Outlets’ first Tori Burch store opened in April in Surfside near Kate Spade—a win-win for shoppers since there is a clear crossover between the two brands’ customers. For the guys, Madda Fella Key West also opened in April. Adidas is scheduled to open in June.

Spaces in the Rehoboth Tanger locations are in high demand. The outlets boast a 99 percent occupancy rate. |


Anytime Fitness, which opened this year in The Villages of Five Points in Lewes, has the expected equipment (treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights and circuit systems) and personal trainers. Gym members also have access to virtual classes. | 17400 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes, 212-6151,

The Max Challenge opened in April. The approach combines fitness classes, nutritional counseling and personalized motivation. | 17437 Ocean One Plaza, Lewes, 703-1188,

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Ocean One Plaza is also the new home of Dimitra Yoga, which has a heated and non-heated yoga room. | 17437 Ocean One Plaza, Suite 1, Lewes, 645-9100,

Dimitra Yoga also has a new location in downtown Rehoboth, which offers heated, non-heated and aerial yoga classes. Other services include massage, shamanic healing, Ayurvedic treatments and reiki. | 43A Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3450,

If your exercise routine has left you out of whack, note that Pro Rehab Chiropractic moved into new offices last year. Along with adjustments, services include cupping, massage and cryotherapy. | 105 W. Fourth St., Lewes, 652-2225,

On the highway, some see Lefty’s Alley & Eats as a dining destination. For many, the main attractions are the 16 bowling lanes, an arcade, an Atlantis-themed laser tag area and four oversized screens broadcasting sporting events. The “EATertainment” center also hosts meetings and parties. | 36450 Plaza Drive, Lewes, 864-6000,

Sea Barre Fitness last year opened a location in Tenley Court in Lewes near Matt’s Fish Camp. This spring, the company opened Sea Cycle Indoor. | 34410 Tenley Court, Lewes, 927-2800 (Sea Barre), 927-2801 (Sea Cycle),

Shell We Bounce, which opened as an inflatable bounce house paradise on the Forgotten Mile, is planning to move this summer to new digs off Del. 9. The 26,600-square-foot space will include a trampoline area, dodgeball courts, a foam pit area and bounce houses for younger children. Until it opens, visit the Forgotten Mile site. | 20699 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 727-5416,

RISE Fitness + Adventure is now in a 24,000-square-foot location off Del. 1 in Rehoboth. Services include a complete fitness circuit, a free-weights area, 40 group fitness classes, cardio and power-lifting equipment, personal trainers, a Rouge-equipped open gym, a 34-foot-tall indoor rock wall, a 14-foot-tall bouldering wall and showers. | 35770 Airport Road, Rehoboth Beach, 567-2122,


Yarn & Bone, a pet supply store, has opened in downtown Rehoboth Beach to sell healthy American-made foods, organic treats and toys. (This is an offshoot of a Camden location.) | 3 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 278-7845,


Alpacas provide the wool for clothing and yarn at TaCaCo Alpacas of Delaware in Rehoboth, which also sells gift items, Peruvian Pima cotton clothing and jewelry. (TaCaCo’s herd is kept in Laurel.) | 33 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 236-7950,

Beach Boutique has moved from downtown Rehoboth to the same center as Safeway on Del. 1. The women’s apparel store carries accessories, scarves and handbags. | 19266 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1480,


There’s something about the salt air that inspires the nesting instinct, and retailers are happy to respond. The latest is Best Nest Home Furnishings in Rehoboth Beach, owned by John Selway and Nikki Shroeder. (Selway previously owned C&E Furniture in Selbyville.) The shop specializes in items with a coastal flair. Services also include interior design. | 403 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6578


The Hocker family’s G&E Supermarket has closed on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, and the 50,000-square-foot G&E Hocker’s Supermarket has opened in Bethany Beach. Those who had lamented the loss of Harris Teeter are happily pulling their carts up to the curb. | 695 Bethany Loop, Bethany Beach,  539-5255,

Nikki Schroeder and John Selway own Best Nest Home Furnishings in Rehoboth Beach.//Photo by Maria DeForrest

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