Best of Delaware 2018: Retailers & Services Downstate




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Art Sale

Editors, downstate: August marks 45 years of the Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show on the beautiful, wooded campus of The Homestead. You can see and buy the work of about 125 artists and artisans from across the country, including the finest in the region. This year’s event happens Aug. 4-5 and Aug. 11-12. Don’t forget to tour the galleries and visit the Dogfish Head beer garden.

12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres, 227-8408



Readers, downstateAddy Sea 

99 Ocean View Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 539-3707

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Band to Watch

Readers, downstatelower case blues

530-0920, Rehoboth Beach



Editors, downstate: You have your pick of tent site, RV site or cabin at Killens Pond State Park, but no matter which you choose, you have access to a true playground: paddling, fishing, playgrounds and the big splash park, with its pool and towering slide. There’s more than enough to keep the family occupied for days.

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5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton, 284-4526


Gala-Fundraising Festival

Readers, downstateWinter Wonderfest at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal 

43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, 727-0221


Golf Course (Private)

Readers, downstateKings Creek Country Club

1 Kings Creek Circle, Rehoboth Beach, 227-7172


Golf Course (Public)

Readers, downstateBaywood Greens

33267 E. Clubhouse Way Long Neck, 947-9800


Local Sports Hero

Donte DiVincenzo • Read more about the athlete who’s been dubbed ‘Delaware’s Michael Jordan.’ 



Readers, downstateThe Starboard

2009 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-4600


Outdoor Lunch Break

Editors, downstate: The shady Dover Green, a short hop from downtown or the capital complex, offers pleasant coolness during summer, plus a taste of history. Bring a bite from nearby La Baguette Bakery or Good News Natural Market.



Place for Live Music

Readers, downstateBottle & Cork

1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-3888


Radio Deejay

Readers, downstateBill Sammons and Denise Harper at 88.7 The Bridge

Milford, 422-6909


Radio Station for Music   

Readers, downstate88.7 The Bridge 

Milford, 422-6909


Radio Station for News

Readers, downstate92.7 WGMD

Lewes, 945-2050


Radio Station for Sports

Readers, downstate92.7 WGMD

Lewes, 945-2050


Radio Talk Show Host

Readers, downstateValery Cordery at Delaware 105.9 WXDE

Milford, 668-1078


Reason to Get Dressed Up

Editors, downstate: The weekend before Thanksgiving, hundreds of people gather to dine and dance in their best designer duds all in the name of cardiovascular health. The annual Beebe Ball—which just celebrated its 30th anniversary—brings together local doctors, community supporters and even Beebe patients for an evening of celebration. Mark your calendars for Nov. 17 at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.

Lewes, 644-2900


Simulated Golf Experience

Editors, downstate: When the weather doesn’t cooperate or tee times are booked at your favorite course, visit Out of the Sand, where sophisticated sensing equipment monitors your swings and strokes as you play in a simulation of courses such as Heron Point in South Carolina or Fontainbleau in Canada. There are 40 dream courses to choose from.

18675 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 200-9777


Maureen Botti, owner of Aquamarine at 114 in Lewes, entices shoppers with her eye-catching window displays.//Photo by Leslie Barbaro

The Dogfish Inn in Lewes is across the street from the town’s dining and shopping district.



Editors, downstate: If your ideal vacation day begins with a sunrise kayak tour or yoga on a stand-up paddleboard, the Dogfish Inn is perfectly located a bike ride away from the Delaware Bay. It’s also across the road from Lewes’ dining and shopping district, an easy jaunt to the namesake brewery in Milton and a stone’s throw to Cape Henlopen State Park and a network of scenic multi-use trails. Contemporary, but still a throwback to the 1950s, kinda kitschy while still modern and comfortable, it has a vibe all its own.

105 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-8292


Place to Take Your Out-of-Town Guests

Editors, downstate: For 25 years, the Biggs Museum of American Art has housed a remarkable collection of classic furniture and art gathered by the namesake himself. And it has hosted amazing exhibitions, such as “John James Audubon and His Influence Today,” which will open Aug. 4. A robust schedule of special events, such as a birding day at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with the Audubon exhibition, make it a center of the community. Schedule your visits accordingly.

406 Federal St., Dover, 674-2111


Tattoo Artist/Shop

Readers, downstateTough Luck Tattoo

17728 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-8001


TV Personality

Readers, downstateJimmy Hoppa at WBOC

Dover, 734-9626




Bridal Boutique

Readers, downstateBrides 2 Be by Hope Mitchell

19160 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 645-2485


Gifts for the Bride-to-be

Readers, downstateThe Wooden Indian Ltd.

25 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8331


Wedding Planner

Readers, downstateElevee Events

204 Bayard Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 212-2112


Wedding Reception Site

Readers, downstateThe Clubhouse at Baywood

33267 E. Clubhouse Way, Long Neck, 947-9800





Readers, downstateChristine’s Consignments

200A Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1126; 42 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 829-1425


Kids’ Clothes

Readers, downstateKids’ Ketch

132 Second St., Lewes, 645-8448


Lingerie, Intimate Apparel

Readers, downstateSomething Comfortable

122 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6180


Men’s Business Attire

Readers, downstateCarltons

31 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7990


Men’s Casual Clothing

Readers, downstateCarltons

31 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7990


Women’s Business Attire

Readers, downstateCarltons

31 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7990


Women’s Casual Clothing

Readers, downstate (tie)Blooming Boutique • 107 Second St., Lewes, 644-4052; 102 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-7479; 216B Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1900; Silicato Drive, Millsboro, 945-5700; 33A N. Walnut St., Milford, 422-8540 • The Loocke • 123 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 241-2023


Women’s Evening Attire

Readers, downstateCarltons

31 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7990




Furniture and Home Accessories

Readers, downstateJohnny Janosik World of Furniture

4719 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 697-7799; 11151 Trussum Pond Road, Laurel, 875-5955


Garden Center

Readers, downstateEast Coast Garden Center

30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro, 945-3489



Readers, downstateRSC Landscaping

30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro, 945-5853


New Home Store

Editors, downstate: Mix clothing, art, furniture and decor all in one massive space and you get The Brush Factory on Kings, a shopper’s delight. The mercantile shop houses nearly 50 vendors that sell new and vintage goods. Vendors include Kam Productions handmade art and apparel, Indigo Bleu women’s fashions, ReDone home decor, and Beached & Rescued body, hair and skin products. We defy you to leave empty-handed.

830 Kings Hwy., Lewes, 745-2229




Day Spa

Readers, downstateBad Hair Day?

20 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4247


Gym/Fitness Studio

Readers, downstateRISE Fitness + Adventure

35770 Airport Road, Rehoboth Beach, 567-2112


Kim Aigle and her mother handcraft clean and simple artisan skincare products at Suds & Company in Dover.//Photo by Leslie Barbaro


Organic Beauty Products

Editors, downstateSuds & Company is much more than mere soap. Chemist Kim Aigle and her mother, Aggie, handcraft clean, simple and honest artisan skincare products that include body butters, oils, beard oils and soy candles from natural ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter—ideal for dry, sensitive skin. Best of all, everything is affordable (prices range from $6.50 to $22).

31 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 674-1303


Salon for Women

Readers, downstateBad Hair Day?

20 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4247


Salon-Barber for Men

Readers, downstateBad Hair Day?

20 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4247




Antiques Shop

Readers, downstateAntique Alley of Bridgeville

18208 Sussex Hwy., Bridgeville, 337-3137


Art Gallery

Readers, downstateKevin Fleming Photography

239 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4994



Readers, downstateJen-Mor Florist

2109 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 697-3273


Gift Store

Readers, downstateThe Wooden Indian Ltd.

25 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8331


Pet Store

Readers, downstateConcord Pet Foods & Supplies

15 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 672-9494; 135 Aerenson Drive, Milford, 424-8373; 26209 John J Williams Hwy., Millsboro, 945-2113; 19287 Miller Road, Rehoboth Beach, 226-2300; 22836 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, 628-1001; 599 Jimmy Drive, Smyrna, 653-1515


Surf Shop

Editors, downstate: Here’s a little secret: Surf shops are hidden gems for those looking to score chic summer styles. Case in point: Sierra Moon Surf & Skate has some of the coolest clothing, kicks and accessories on the avenue, including a selection of tees by Jetty Apparel Co., easy-breezy Roxy and Billabong sweaters, dresses and bikinis, and plenty of sandals and sneakers. Of course, there is a range of skateboards by Sector 9 and floaty surfboards that are perfect for small summer waves.

16 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3622


Toy Store

Readers, downstateKids’ Ketch

132 Second St., Lewes, 645-8448


Window Display

Editors, downstate: Maureen Botti admits to being a bit of an insomniac. Ideas for her wildly vivid displays at Aquamarine at 114 usually come to her at 3 a.m. During the holidays, she decked out the store windows for “The Twelve Days of Christmas” disguising a new mannequin as a milkmaid, a lady dancing—even a swan—every day. For Valentine’s Day, friends, family and customers wrote about serious—and silly—things they love on multicolored Post-its, which she then arranged into hearts for passers-by to read and admire. (“I love vodka!” read one.) The result: Botti’s favorite window in years.

114 Second St., Lewes, 644-4550

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