You know the name, of course: Carl Doubét Jr. Jewelers. You know the store, nestled on Kennett Pike in Greenville. And you know the history: a family business that’s enjoyed success for more than 100 years.
But do you know the man?
That would be Carl Doubét Hendry, and he’s refreshingly laid back and unimpressed with himself—and his closet.
“Honestly, I just pick up whatever catches my eye,” says Hendry, the fourth-generation owner and designer at Carl Doubét Jr. “I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping with the thought of one thing in mind. If I see something, and I dig it, I buy it and reason, ‘Eventually this will work its way into the wardrobe rotation.’”
That rotation runs the gamut, from Goodwill steals to Armani suits. “There’s no rhyme or reason to my style,” he says with a shrug. “I just enjoy pieces.”
The 32-year-old takes his fashion cues from an eclectic trio: director Ed Wood, journalist Hunter S. Thompson and his great-grandfather Carl Doubét—“The dapper jeweler,” Hendry says—who ran the family store in Pennsylvania “back in Chester’s heyday.”
“I go from suits to this,” he says, gesturing to his casual T-shirt, no-frills military-influenced khaki jacket and newsboy cap. “I’m far more impressed with the name on the door than the label on my clothes. The store is like an extension of myself. People find their outlets in different ways, and this is my canvas.”
This particular canvas is swathed in simplicity. That idea is the influence behind his newest line, Taku, which features one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings and earrings.
“People enjoy having a piece like that, something that no one else can have,” he says. “These are organic shapes that you see in the landscape on your daily travels. This is a line for the 17-year-old to the 77-year-old.”
On Hendry’s business card, his official job post is Director of Inspiration. The wording may be unorthodox, but it’s a mission he takes to heart.
“My great grandfather had his own style and flair. Same for my grandfather and mother,” Hendry says. “Now, as the fourth generation of Doubét, I’m able to inject my style and look for the next generation.”
Page 2: Scarf Them Up | Local crafters create neckwear that is both fashionable and functional.
Local crafters create neckwear that is both fashionable and functional.
From Left: Chenille scarf by Karen Smith of Off the Hook! Creations, $20 at www.othcreations.biz. Victorian floral scarflett, $26, and cranberry scarf, $40 both with vintage pins, by Samantha Bird of Nest In Bloom at www.MissesBird.etsy.com. Handwoven silk scarf by Deborah Lewis-Idema, $85 at www.delawarebyhand.org.
Page 3: Don’t be a Wise Glass | But it’s OK to sip from one. A new line of drinking vessels mirrors your every mood.
But it’s OK to sip from one. A new line of drinking vessels mirrors your every mood.
When Stacy Gatti and her friends resorted to matching lipstick colors to the smudges on their wine glasses to tell them apart during a dinner party, it occurred to her there could be a better way—adorning the glasses with amusing phrases.
Thus WiseGlass was born. The new Delaware-based business offers everything from coffee mugs to wine glasses etched with labels such as Drama Queen, The Boss and Desperate Housewife.
Stacy started the project with her husband, Peter, after they found the family glass-etching business they’d inherited to be a bit lackluster. Now they’re hosting get-togethers with renewed purpose: testing new phrases.
And the novelty shouldn’t wear off, Stacy says, because for every occasion, guests can choose a phrase to match his or her current state of mind.
Coffee drinkers can choose mugs labeled Gossip Queen or stating “I Love Caffeine” and “I’m Awake Now.” The Gattis plan to expand the line with beer mugs, highball glasses, champagne glasses and cups for children.
The couple is also looking into partnerships with local breweries and restaurants.
Prices are $48 for a set of four premium crystal glasses. Custom phrases, monograms or logos can be ordered. The minimum of 12 glasses costs $144 plus shipping. For more, visit www.wise-glass.com.
Page 4: Rod Hot Currie | Salon owner Randy spices up the Riverfront with a new place.
Salon owner Randy spices up the Riverfront with a new place.
Randy Currie is striking while his curling iron is still hot.
Having opened three locations of Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, he’s styling in a big way. This month he’ll open a fourth salon at 317 S. Justison St., on Wilmington’s Riverfront.
The businesses already serve 8,000 clients in Glen Mills and Kennett Square, as well as AstraZeneca in North Wilmington. Currie expects the Riverfront shop to draw about 1,000 clients within six months.
“The Riverfront is blossoming,” Currie says. “The critical part was getting people to live there. Thanks to The Buccini/Pollin Group, we have Christina Landing’s apartments and condos, plus Justison Landing town homes. There’s a great River Walk, a children’s museum coming, and lots of restaurants, including Delaware’s Big Fish Grill (slated to open in May).”
Currie’s 3,400-square-foot Riverfront salon will mirror the Glen Mills spot. Hair services will include cuts, straightening and relaxing, color and glazing. Skin services will include micro-dermabrasion, pumpkin enzyme peels, glycolic or lactic exfoliation, lip blooming, warmed scalp massage and vital leg relieving. Facials, manicures and pedicures will be top notch. Various types of massage will include relaxation, sports, pregnancy, stone therapy body massage and reflexology.
The Global Salon Business Awards named Currie Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year four years in a row. He’s received many other industry honors.
“We spend a great deal of money to educate our employees so they can study everything from facial services, hair cutting, color—even blow drying,” Currie says.
For more, call 777-7755 or visit curriedayspa.com.