Shop Owners Shop

New Castle County

Nzinga Debrick
Nzinga’s Cultural Connection

“I’m not much of a shopper for clothing because I own my clothing store and it dresses me well,” Debrick says. “But for shoes, I go to Footprints on Kirkwood Highway. It’s a fun place to shop because they offer so much variety, have a quick turnaround, and always show new styles.” She also shops at Catholic Charities in Wilmington for household items.

Sally Prendergast Somethings Unique

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Prendergast shops Peter Kate Shoes—next door to her store—for “its unique selection of new styles and soon-to-be-discovered designers.” At Bloom in Newark, she finds “great gifts and wonderful Christmas ornaments, the types of presents you won’t find anywhere else.” For special occasions, it’s Lolita in Greenville. “I love its clothes and the fact owners always feature young, fresh designers.”

Will Minster
Minster’s Jewelers

“When I shop, I choose the independent owner rather than the big box because I’m an independent owner myself.” Minster buys his always-stylish suits at Wright & Simon in Wilmington “for the quality, service and great fit.” An avid reader, he buys books from Ninth Street Book Shop in Wilmington. And when he needs sneaks, he strolls to Sports Connection on Market Street.


Kent County

Ellen Sayers
Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists Smyrna

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For the latest styles in work fashion, Sayers hits Talbots in Dover. It’s Johnny Janosik for furniture and Paul Edwards Complete Carpet Service for carpets. When she isn’t buying gifts from her own store, Sayers heads to Heart of Smyrna or The Gathering Place. “We try to reciprocate with people who shop with us.”

Tom Smith
Delaware Made Dover

Smith is partial to downtown Dover. He likes Beyond Dimensions for handcrafted glass, jewelry and pottery, and Bell, Book & Candle for herbal teas, candles and personal products. He turns to Forney’s Ltd. for jewelry, Forney’s Too for Vera Bradley and Cat’s Meow, and the Dover Army Navy Store because “you never know what you’re going to find there.”

Linda Chick
Chicks Discount Saddlery, Harrington

Chick heads to Byler’s Country Store west of Dover for the variety. “I usually come out of there with odds and ends, stuff you can’t find anywhere else,” she says. For organic meats, there’s no other place than Sam Yoder’s Farm and Store in Houston. “It’s out in the country, but it’s only a few minutes from Harrington, and their meats are so good.”

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Sussex County

Lili Kohr
Tiger Lili
Rehoboth Beach

When she’s not running around between her four Tiger Lili boutiques, Kohr loves taking her family to Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach. “For me, I just love all the books, of course, and all the smelly stuff and cards. My kids love to check out all the toys and games, and there’s just always something to be entertained by. My family could spend hours in there.”

Jay Stein
Stuart Kingston Rehoboth Beach

Tech-junkie Stein heads to the Sony Outlet—part of the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth—to dig on home entertainment gear. “Sony is one of the best. They just have everything, computers to flat-screen televisions. For one of my guest bedrooms, I recently bought a 50-inch flat-screen TV, and it is just great, I love it. Stein says the low outlet prices simply can’t be beat.

Maureen Botti
Aquamarine on
Market, Lewes

True to her eclectic Aquamarine on Market, Botti is a connoisseur of “different, funky, and bohemian” fashions. She enjoys shopping at Sole Boutique in Rehoboth for the amazing fashion-forward clothing lines it carries. Nearby Hula Sue and Azura Clothing Company make the cut when it comes to fun and trendy accessories and jewelry “at reasonable prices.”


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