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April 20th, 2014

Destination? The Coffee Mill, Daily Addiction, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Happy Easter, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Happy Easter!!  No better place than being in Rehoboth Beach.  Church and a visit to Downtown Rehoboth was a must on this windy and chilly day!! Breathing the salty ocean air….definitely reinvigorating and a must!

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It was early and a few were already walking their pooches and exercising.  Michael and I decided that we needed to visit Mel at The Coffee Mill, located in the Rehoboth Mews on 127 Rehoboth Ave., Suite B.  It is the oldest coffee shop in Rehoboth Beach and to tell you the truth, it is the best! Let’s say it is a daily addiction.  Website?  http://www.coffeemillrehoboth.com.  You can follow The Coffee Mill on Facebook, as well.

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My Breve was exactly what was needed.  The Coffee Mill has available seating outside, as well. But, we took ours to go; not before a few photos were taken.

Meet Mell.  He is the owner.  A passion for photography, for his shop, and for coffee.  Always a smile on his face; loves taking care of his customers.

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You can enjoy more than coffee at The Coffee Mill.  They serve tea, baked goods, and a light lunch.

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Rehoboth Beach has been very crowded this week-end, and pretty soon the summer residents and visitors will be here….parking meters, crowds, etc. etc.  So, I am loving walking, strolling, eating in Rehoboth Beach in the Spring.

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April 18th, 2014

Destination? Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Events, Friday, 4/18, Kite Festival, Saturday, 4/20, Alley-Oop Egg Scoop, Easter Egg Hunt Canalfront Park, Georgetown Chamber Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Hunt The River, A Wesleyan Church

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What’s Going On?

Friday, 4/18 – LEWES -  THE 46th ANNUAL GREAT DELAWARE KITE FESTIVAL – Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes – Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and the competitions will begin at 10:30 a.m.  I should be warmer by then.  No entry fee for competitors.  Three age categories.  No charge to watch, but enrance fees willl apply when entering the Park which will be collected at the entrance.  $4/car for Delaware license cars and $8/car for out of state tags.  The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at not cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot.  Handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.    Don’t have a kite but want to participate?  Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on site selling a wide variety of kites.  You can practice ahead of the competition at 10 a.m.  There will food vendors, a face painter, and community organizations.  More info?  Please visit http://www.leweschamber.com/event/great-delaware-kite-festival.

EASTER EGG HUNTS

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Saturday, 4/19 – DEWEY BEACH -  6th ANNUAL ALLEY-OOP EGG SCOOP – New Orleans Street.  $3.00 online, but $4.00 on Saturday.  Ages 5 and under at 10 a.m., ages 6 – 8 at 11 a.m., and ages 9 – 11 at noon.  To register online, please do so at http://www.eventbrite.com, or visit the store at 2000 Coastal Highway in Dewey.  Tel. 302-227-7087.  Website?  http://www.alleyoopskim.com.  Note:  Please arrive early for parking and check-in.

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Saturday, 4/19 – LEWES – EASTER EGG HUNT CANALFRONT PARK – Front Street in Lewes.  Photos with the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m.  Hunt begins at 11 a.m.  $5/child.  Reserve your space online at http://lewescanalfrontpark.org.  There will be face painting, balloon artists, music.  Hidden Eggs! Treats!, Surprises!

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Saturday, 4/19 – GEORGETOWN CHAMBER ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT – Location?  Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 S Bedford Street in Georgetown.  Tel. 302-856-1544.  11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Various age categories with up to 12 years old.  Over 7,000 candy filled eggs will be hidden n the Museum grounds.  In addition to the free egg hunts, for $3 kids can enjoy unlimited bounces on the moon bounce, the clown magician, train rides on Georgetown’s Lil Toot, and face painting.  Pictures taken with the Easter Bunny are $5.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Visit http://www.georgetowncoc.com.

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Sunday, 4/20 – FRANKFURT -  EASTER EGG HUNT – THE RIVER, A WESLEYAN CHURCH.  Location?  35175 Roxana Rd, Frankford, DE 19945. Moms and Dads enjoy the 10:30 service while the kids have fun with their volunteer staff.  Special Prize Eggs will be sponsored by the Clayton Theater, Millsboro Bowling Alley and Midcoast Gymnastics.

Have a great day!!

April 17th, 2014

Lunch, Happy Hours, Dinner, Papa Grande’s, Restaurant, Taqueria, Matt Haley Companies, Review, Fenwick Island, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, En Este Restaurante se Habla Espanol!

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You better believe it when I say they speak Spanish.  Arriving at Papa Grande’s…I stepped inside and this is what I saw…pork tacos coming out.  First impression?  Huele bueno!  It means smells good!  It was like coming into a home and you can smell the food cooking.  Yum.  So, I said:  Que tal como estan?  A look and then:  Hablas Espanol muy bien.  Pues claro.  Adriana introduced herself.  From Veracruz.  When you visit Papa Grande’s ask for her.  She was friendly, and knew her menu well.  I mention this now instead of later in the post because she was that good of a server.

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Papa Grande’s opened in Fenwick Island, Delaware, last year.  The location is 38929 Madison Avenue.  It is only a mile and a half or so from Coastal Highway on Rt. 54.  Tel. 302-436-7272.  Website?  http://www.papagrandes.com.  This restaurant is the 7th restaurant opened by restauranteur and philanthropist, Matt Haley.  Matt Haley is the recipient of the James Beard 2014 Humanitarian Award!! Papa Grande’s sits right behind a sister restaurant called Catch 54.  But, wait, coming in May, Papa Grande’s arrives in Dowtown Rehoboth Beach.  It is the first time one of Matt Haley’s restaurant is being duplicated.  All his restaurants are different.  But, one thing that is consistent…all use fresh ingredients and the best Southern Delaware has to offer.  The food is simple; not fussy.  What you see is what you get.  That’s what we, customers want.

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We were having a late lunch….almost close to their happy hour which begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.  They open Sunday – Thursday from 11:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  It was that in between time, when it was not crowded and we could relax and take in the views.

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On the first floor, there is plenty of sitting, booths or individual tables.  This dining area is quiet.  The bar is upstairs.

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Upstairs, the bar takes center stage with tables and booths also around the bar.  The deck is the most sought after spot.  Plenty of scenic views.

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I don’t know what it is with me…the moment I saw the menu, I knew what I was going to have.  I see scrapple and I have to have it.  So, I did, but first I had their Shredded Brussels Sprouts.  I am also hooked on this dish.  At Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth Beach, another of Matt Haley Companies, they are amazing.  I wanted to taste these ones, as well.  They were so different that I can’t tell you which I like better.  The Papa Grande’s brussels sprouts have a roasted corn vinaigrette, red onion, pepita, and cotija.  Pepita is pumpkin seed, and cotija is a hard, crumbly white cheese made from cow’s milk; more pungent than queso blanco.  I thought the brussels sprouts were very refreshing and both Cindi and I agreed that it will be a great summer starter.

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Ordering my Scrapple Apple Tacos….they came just like I ordered them….well done, meaning crispy.  A side order of rice.  The combination was great.  I just don’t know why I have not thought about this myself in my own home.  If you like scrapple, then order them!

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Cindi’s soup was a Mexican Crab Crema Soup.  It was on the special that day and she thought it was rich, creamy with the right amount of heat.  It is still chilly at the Delaware Beaches, so it was perfect.

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We did not have dessert even though they were offered.  Another time, perhaps.  Cindi and I just sat there…it was almost time for happy hour.  The customers were arriving.  We just chatted away.

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So, please remember….Papa Grande’s is coming to Downtown Rehoboth Beach!!  Nos Vemos y Buen Provecho!

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Not Matt’s self-portrait, I believe…these are for sale at Papa Grande’s!

April 15th, 2014

Fund for Women, Fashion, Fun & Philanthropy Show, Fundraising Event, Independence Hall Club House, Millsboro, Delaware, Bringing Together the Collective Philanthropy of Women

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My friend, Jody, invited me to go to Independence for a Fund for Women Fashion Show and fundraising event.  Did not know where Independence was and did not know about Fund for Women.  Arriving at Independence on a beautiful Sunday, last week-end, I was so surprised to find this 55+ community tucked away on Rt. 5 near Millsboro.  Independence Hall Club House is located at 29762 Oliver Wolcott Dr., Millsboro, DE 19966.  And, what a beautiful club it was.

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As it usually happens, when women get together with a purpose, then something does get done.  It happened that way when in 1993 16 women who became First Founders vowed to recruit 1,000 Founders, each contributing $1,000 to fund a $1 million endowment to be held at the Delaware Community Foundation.  The goal was reached and now more than 1,300 women and men have become Founders.  Since 12/31/13 the endowment has surpassed $3.1 million.

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When you donate $1,000 to this organization, you pledge to pay $200 for 5 years.  So, you don’t have to pay it all at once.  The Founders love to hear the bell ring every time a new Founder has joined.

Kathy Kiernan was greeting guests.  She was with the Development Dept. of Fund for Women.  All are volunteers!  You can find more about Fund for Women by visiting http://www.delcf.org/ffw.  If you have any questions, please email:  TheFundFor Women@yahoo.com.

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We arrived with enough time to take part in the raffle, and get a few bites to eat.

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The caterer was Patty’s located at 517 South Bedford St. in Georgetown, DE 19947.  Tel. 302-253-8692.  Website?  http://www.pattys.comcastbiz.net.  They were finishing setting up and had available all kinds of light bites and tastings.

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The Runway was ready, but before the Fashion Show, there was some shopping to be done.  The shops in the Fashion Show also had their tables around the room where we could do some shopping at great prices.

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Introductions were made and Cheryl Mitchell from Lunch with a Purpose was the Moderator.

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Through the course of the Fashion Show we learned more and more about Fund for Women.  It is managed by a Board of Trustees made of women from all three counties of Delaware.

Their beliefs:  “All women and girls have intrinsic value.  We believe in giving back.  We accomplish more collectively than as individuals.  We believe in the responsibility of women’s philanthropy.”

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With that in mind, the music started, the women, were dancing on their seats, and the models were great.  It was so much fun with a lot of impromptu “runway acting”.  The ladies modeled clothing from Azura, Candlelight Bridal, CraZy LadyZ, Deanna’s, Josephine’s Daughter, Coolspring Cottage, Lady Fenwick, Twila Farrell, and Simply Dressed.

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The afternoon ended with the special occasion dresses from Candlelight Bridal in Millsboro.

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Note:  The next event will be Art from My Collection to Yours on May 1st at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, Delaware.   The Fund for Women and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts will be partnering for an art auction event.  FFW Founders and local community members are invited to donate, from their own collections, works of art such as framed paintings, sculpture, ceramics, hand-made jewely, and more.  The proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit both organizations.  Want to donate or want more info?  Plese contact Ginger Ward, Next Million Chair, at Ginger.Ward@ubs.com.

Southern Delaware…..you are amazing!  Ring, Ring, Ring….the bells kept ringing!

April 13th, 2014

Destination? Dewey Beach, Delaware, Sunny Days, Blue Skies, Rusty Rudder Opens Season 2014….Chili Cookoff!!, Event, Free, For the Whole Family, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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It was 1979 when the Rusty Rudder opened its doors.  It was the place to go and be seen.  Open air decks, plenty of music, food, and drinks….the summers came and went and the Rusty Rudder then became an institution.  Guess what? It still is.  The setting is beautiful.

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Rusty Rudder is located at 113 Dickinson Street and the Bay.  The Atlantic Ocean is on one side and the Bay is on the other, making Dewey Beach a playground for adults day and night and the best of both worlds for the young ones.  A lot of work has been done inside just for the new season ahead.  For more info., please visit http://www.rustyrudderdewey.com.  Or, call tel. 302-227-3888.

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Arrive by car and you will find plenty of parking available; otherwise come by boat and there are plenty of slips, as well.

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Rusty Rudder was opening on Saturday, 4/12, and what a gorgeous day this coastal town had.  Plenty of shorts and flip-flops, local attire found in Dewey.  The opening of Rusty Rudder brought numerous customers, including Shelley, Mrs. Levinson and myself.  There was a Chili Cookoff and we were ready to try and vote for the best.

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Surrounding the Rusty Rudder’s deck we found restaurants and individuals that were set up with their prize chili.  The conversations heard were, tasty, spicy, ground beef vs. steak chili….You went around sampling all of them.  By the time you were finished, a bowl of chili was probably devoured.

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Lisa Abel’s Chili was very good.  A traditional taste full of flavor…she was the winner.

One of my favorites was prepared by Jimmy’s Grille.  It was a white chicken chili.  It really was good with just the right seasonings.

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Ivy had a pretty good one too.  Those I have mentioned were my top picks, but to be honest, I did not try them all.

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Big Hat No Cattle was starting to play….entertainment for everyone.  They got the crowds going and some of us were able to dance the chili off.

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A big shout to the Rusty Rudder for sponsoring the table full of information on Alzheimer’s.  A devastating disease in many families causing so much despair.  For more info. on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, please visit http://www.alz.org/10signs.  Save the Date:  “I Walk to End Alzheimer’s” It will be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Saturday, October 4th.  And, on October 18th, the walk will be in Wilmington, Delaware.  Please call 800-272-3900, or visit http://www.alz.org/desjsepa.

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So now that the Season 2014 is open…..we are patiently waiting for summer!

Talk to you later.  Have a good one!!

April 12th, 2014

Shopping! Simply Dressed, A Ladies Boutique, Dowtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Beach Chic in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Simply Dressed is not even a month old and customers are finding that this ladie’ boutique has the essentials when you are at the beach.  Our casual lifestyle is so comfortable and relaxed.  Spending a day at the beach, walking, strolling, wining and dining….if you don’t call that relaxing, then give me another word for it.  Summer 2014 is around the corner and Simply Dressed is inviting to stop by, say hello, shop local and stay awhile.

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Simply Dressed is located at 33 Baltimore Avenue, in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. 302-227-2874.  Website?  http://www.simply-dressed.com.  If you are looking for a particular designer, please visit the website for a list of designers that they exclusively represent at the beach.  Are you ready for some shopping?

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It was great to see Simply Dressed opening on trendy Baltimore Avenue.  This street in Downtown Rehoboth Beach is full of restaurants, gourmet shops and unique boutiques with the award winning boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean just a few steps away.

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Vacation, sun, sand, and the beach.  I am usually looking for comfortable fabrics; clothes that are light and effortless.  I think you will be impressed with Simply Dressed.

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Casual selections that can flatter a woman’s body.

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Accessories can enhance your look and Simply Dressed carries beautiful jewelry for that purpose.  You will find in the website a detailed description of the jewelry featured in the store.

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Arm Candy to carry all those beach essentials, from daytime to nightime.

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One stop shopping….they also have intimate apparel.

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The final touch of putting ourselves together is makeup.  Simply Dressed carries a brand of natural makeup called Pure Cosmetics.  To know more about them first check the website http://www.purecosmetics.com and then stop by the store to see them for yourselves.

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The perfect lipstick or lip stain.  It can be applied in any light.  It has a lighted wand!!  Check the photo.

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So, as you can see this unique boutique has it all!!  Talk to you later!

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April 11th, 2014

Destination? Lewes, Delaware, Tulip Festival, Friday, 4/11, Events, The First Town in The First State, Delaware Beaches, TGIF!

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TGIF, that’s for sure and what a gorgeous day it is in the Delmarva Peninsula.  Over the years, Lewes has been holding their Tulip Festival around this week-end.  So many events are planned for the visitors that migrate to our beaches during the Spring to view these beautiful flowers.  I think the tulips might not be blooming yet….you know it has been a hard winter.  Nevertheless, enjoy the many activities this Friday has to offer in this historic town.

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Visit the Lewes Chamber’s website at http://www.leweschamber.com.

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10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. – Visit the Dutch exhibit at the Zwaanendael Museum.  It will include Dutch Delft Blue pottery.

10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. – The Lewes Historical Society’s Ryves Holt House and Gift Shop will be open for tours.

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10 a.m. until Noon – Lewes Historical Society’s U.S. Life Saving Station opens for tours.  This is a great tour.

11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Photography Contest Exhibit at Zwaanendael Museum Park tent.  Vote for the most popular.  There are ballots available.

Commemorative photos – “Your Dutch Faces Here” Cutout at Zwaanendael Museum Park.

11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Lewes Historical Society’s Cannonball Maritime Museum will open for tours.  Great tour, as well.

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11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Spring Flowers Quilt Exhibit by Mare’s Bears Quilt Shop at 528 East Savannah Rd. in the lobby of the Beacon Motel.

11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. – Tulip Trolley Tours depart from bus stop on Market Street & Second Street.  Purchase tickets for $10 at Visitor Center at Zwaanendael Park.

1:00 p.m. – Flower arranging demo at Flowers by Mayumi on 128 Second Street.

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April 10th, 2014

Shopping! M Squared, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Accessories, Home Decor, Jewelry, Fun Stuff, Kids’ Stuff, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

The window caught our attention as Jody and I strolled the Avenue…we were in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  This store is quite big and it is full of fun stuff for the whole family.

It is called M Squared, located at 146 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971  Tel. 302-227-6626.  Website?  http://www.m2rehoboth.com.

Stop by because they have great prices.  I love accessories and their earrings are all $12!!!

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Open their website for online shopping.  All the above earrings and others are all on the website.

I have friends that just had twins.  I thought these were great.

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And for the newlyweds, I thought this was a clever idea.  Leave them your best wishes in a personal note.

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The stores in Downtown Rehoboth Beach are getting ready for Summer 2014!!

Have a good one!!

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