Fashion accessories take a shine to shine.
Photograph by Luigi Ciuffetelli
Â Silver headband, $5, at Piccolino, Lewes
Lucite bangles (left to right) silver with rhinestones, $131; squared bronze, $68;silver-blue, $50; squared gold, $68, all by Alexis Bittar, at L Boutique, GreenvilleÂ Â
Orchard phone case by Brighton, $53, at Lady’s Image, Wilmington and HockessinÂ Â Â
Handbag by Thrival Handbags, $18, at Piccolino, LewesÂ Â
Silver peep-toe pump by LuLu Guiness, $345, at Peter Kate Shoes, Greenville
Affairs crackled gold pump by Poetic Licence, $102, at Hula Sue, Rehoboth BeachÂ Â Â
Silver clutch by IrÃ¡ Salles Bahia, $210, at Peter Kate Shoes, GreenvilleÂ Â
Silver-ringed and leather-strapped belt, $150, at Honey Kamali, GreenvilleÂ Â
Leather belt with silver Lucite buckle by Alexis Bittar, $ 345, at L Boutique, Greenville
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Â Mary Walls of Milford cared enough to send the very best, so she created a few greeting cards in October 2006. Then everybody wanted one. Within a week, Walls was selling the cards in a
Whirlwind success like that could swell an ego, but not Walls’. “We’re farmers,” she says. “We live out in the country. All this stuff doesn’t faze me a whole lot because I’m just not that kind of person.”
She is the kind of person, however, who can ride the tide. Next month, her three card collections—Primitive Expressions, Seaside Edition and Classic—will be featured at her simplynicegifts.com. New products—custom invitations, party favors, napkins, paper plates, candles and magnets—will also debut.
Customers won’t be able to buy online, but the site will list the stores they can buy from—40 in
And it all started with a watercolor of an apple and a cider jug that Walls had painted for her mother. When other family members took notice, they requested she duplicate the image. Walls scanned it, added text, printed laser copies, then cut and folded what became her first card. She was as surprised as anyone that it became a lucrative business.
Walls’ process hasn’t changed, but she has had to put her graduate studies at
Walls also travels to trade and craft shows to promote Simply Nice Gifts “We’ll just have to wait and see if I need to go bigger,” she says. “It’s only been a year, so we’ll just take everything as it comes.”Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â —Maria Hess
Delaware Made General Store
Keeping it Local
Â Be honest: The only person who really wants a
Roadside produce stands offer a rich bounty of Delaware’s agricultural products during the growing season, but you can find a full range of local jams, jellies and local honey at Delaware Made General Store (214 S. State St., Dover, 736-1419), where co-owner Tom Smith is always on the lookout for items of local interest. The store also features just about every Delaware-related and -inspired piece of sculpture, painting or item of clothing imaginable, as does the Delaware Visitor Center & Galleries (
Though coffee is by no means native to Delaware (let alone the United States), Delaware City Coffee Company (704 Fifth St., Delaware City, 832-3303), custom roasts its own beans (many of which are fair-trade varieties) and makes them available to retailers in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
, 684-1000) and Nassau Valley Vineyards (
The products of Delaware craftspeople, meanwhile, are widely available, thanks to the state-sponsored Delaware By Hand initiative and affiliated galleries like The Stepping Stone (107 W. Market St., Lewes, 645-1245), Newark Arts Alliance (100 Elkton Road, Newark, 266-7266) and Heidi Lowe Jewelry Studio (328 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, 227-9203).
Can’t shop without buying a T-shirt? Visit Marsha’s (