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Visit Centreville to Discover Quaint Charm and Unique Shops

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Photos by Joe Del Tufo

Centreville is abuzz with visitors exploring the town for new and unique places to shop, gather and dine in Delaware.

On a stretch of Kennett Pike just south of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the storied village of Centreville, Delaware, still possesses the quaint charm of its 18th-century days. Perhaps best known to outsiders for the popular Buckley’s Tavern, Centreville Café and Garrison’s Cyclery (once drawing many area cyclists before it relocated to Yorklyn), the picturesque hub offers historic architecture, a scenic park (now with a new playground), diverse shopping and a monthly “wine walk.”

Resident Alan Livadas had always considered purchasing and renovating property here. “I have a vested interest in the community and cleaning it up a bit,” he says. “It’s one of those things where after retirement, you finally get to do it.” Livadas’ first undertaking was a historic structure perched on the corner of Route 52 and Owl’s Nest Road (housing DMG Marketing); last August, he purchased The Shoppes at Centreville Barns, formerly called Fredericks Country Center, after the family that had owned it since the turn of the 20th century.

He enlisted esteemed architect Richard Buchanan of Archer & Buchanan to research the enclave—comprising the old Chandler– Dixon House, a barn and what was originally a slaughterhouse. Long-term, the pair plan to restore the house to its original character and “historic grandeur,” Livadas says. Short-term, they’re repairing the grounds and other outposts, which house almost a dozen merchants. “The idea is to create a village within Centreville Village,” he says. “It’ll be even more of a walking community with pathways and places for people to sit.”

From left: Merchants Frank Vocum, Sally Hunsinger, Karen Helme and Gerald Young.

Crystal’s Vintage and Costume Jewelry

If your fashion motto is “more is more,” you’ve come to the right place. Featuring every kind of costume accessory—from classic hoop earrings and delicate scarves to oversize handbags and bedazzled headbands—Crystal Young’s got you covered for any and all occasions. Our favorite find: a collection of colorful beaded statement necklaces.

655-7450

Found

Since 1999, Karen Helme has offered interior design services through her eponymous firm. After years of jointly operating an antique shop above Centreville Café, she “found” a new home next door in 2009. “The Shoppes at Centreville Barns is a really special little spot,” Helme says, where she and co-worker Henry—a handsome 5-year-old golden retriever—house period antiques, vintage furniture and the occasional new item. There’s a reason for the traditional bent: “Classic pieces stand the test of time. A mahogany chest of drawers, for example, whether made in 1780 or 1980, will go with you to each new home.”

777-3463 | @foundantiquesde

Grooves & Tubes

Carrying everything from rhythm and blues to classic rock and Christmas tunes, this groovy record shop has been buying and selling old LPs and equipment here for “12 years and counting,” says owner Gerald Young (Crystal’s husband). Need something repaired? They also service record and CD players, tape decks, speakers and much more.

652-3140

Linda Harris Reynolds — Fine Art Studios

For 32 years, award-winning portrait artist Linda Harris Reynolds has painted some of Delaware’s finest in her Centreville barn studio. (Recent works include Delaware’s First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, to be hung at the Governor’s Mansion in Dover.) Blending classical realism and impressionism serves to enhance her subject’s personality. The Centreville Art Students’ League, established by Reynolds, is a private atelier teaching classical portrait and figure painting classes seasonally.

655-6970

Michael Gunselman Antiques

Nestled in the old barn, this joint venture between Gunselman and Richard Worth combines traditional antique furnishings and décor with early American toys. In the market for an ornate French apothecary cabinet? How about a Belgian zinc picture frame, cast-iron street lamps or a collection of 20th-century toy cars or trains? Here, you’ll find it all—and a lot more.

750-0154 | @michaelgunselmanantiques

Salon 926

This might be a small town, but Salon 926 brings cutting-edge training and big-city style to your personalized cut and color. Stylists specialize in both dry and razor cuts for bespoke face-framing and ideal movement of the hair, as well as balayage, creative coloring and retexturizing. Tweezing, tinting and men’s grooming services are also on the menu.

426-9926 | salon926@verizon.net | @salon926

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Shish Interiors

For Sally Hunsinger, interior design has long been a passion. “Over time, it morphed into a business,” she says. Opening Shish in Wilmington in 2013, she showcased her talents alongside beautiful furnishings and décor. (“When my daughter was 2, we got her a fish and she said, ‘I always wanted a shish’…and I always wanted one too!”) In 2018 she relocated to Centreville, drawn to its warmth, accessibility and “the great community of merchants and customers.” Her spacious front studio (in March, she moved from a smaller space in the back) features furnishings, home accoutrements and rotating artist works. Her motto: “Design should be personal. My job is to tease how people want to live in their space and then create that atmosphere within their budget.”

540-9843 | @shishinteriors

Yocum Shutters & Blinds

In a tiny town, everyone often knows everyone’s business. Want to turn down the gossip? Since 1950, this shop—located on the first floor of the Chandler–Dixon House—has been helping people stay private with a fine offering of window shades, blinds, custom draperies and more.

888-2000

Related: Centreville Café Gets a Delectable Update With a New Chef and Owner 

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