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April 21st, 2019

Ish, Shop, Apparel, Home, Beauty, Baby!! Ocean City, Maryland, Ish is Opening in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

A couple of weeks ago my friend, Sharon, and I stopped by Ish. This boutique is located at 3408 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, MD 21842. Website? http://www.ishshop.com

The owner of Ish is Christina Lawson. A very dedicated and fun young woman who is taking this boutique to a different level. It is basically, a women’s boutique but she has a little bit for everyone….almost every woman could find something here for her, for the home, gifts and even for babies.

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Here is Christina with my friend, Sharon. It was the opening for the 2019 season. Ish is opening in a few weeks in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at 403 Rehoboth Ave. Already, as I drive by the store in Rehoboth it looks like it is getting ready. The light and airy lifestyle of our beaches is something that will be seen throughout the store.

Make sure you check out the website because they do offer online shopping.

Look at some of the things we found at Ish in Ocean City.

Over the years I have always said that there is nothing better than the personal touch of a boutique. Stay in touch and keep because I believe the opening is the week-end of May 3rd.

Anyway, at least stop by and say hello. You will fall in love with her.

Until next time….I hope your Easter Sunday is grand.

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March 27th, 2019

United By Blue, Coffee Shop, Retail Store, Accessories, Apparel, Camping, Online Shopping, Old City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,


A coffee shop experience is different for most everyone. I remember when I used to be petrified of going into Starbucks. How in the world do you order? I learned quickly…..A Venti, Cafe Mocha, Extra Hot, No Whip. That is my standard.

People watching is a must. Some are relaxing checking their texts. Others are rushing by.

When I was young I remember my grandmother always had coffee in the balcony in Puerto Rico, accompanied by the neighbors. It was a time to relax and talk. Really talk! You had to. There were no portable phones yet. Not even in the imagination of us mortals.

I was in Philadelphia last month and this city is perfect for foodies. It is also a paradise for good coffee shops. Are you a coffee snub? Then you are in the right city.

United By Blue started in Philadelphia in 2013. My son told me he was taking me to a very interesting coffee shop. Indeed it was! It is located at 205 Race St., Old City, Philadelphia 19106. Tel. 267-457-3114. Website? https://www.unitedbyblue.com/pages/flagship

United By Blue is local, so you probably won’t see too many tourists yet. Another location on Walnut Street.


Their coffee was excellent. You can do a little online shopping if you want to try something delicious.

A Breakfast sandwhich with home fries. The menu is online, as well. It was perfect for a cool morning in the City of Brotherly Love.

We all call our planet home and United By Blue is doing its part to help keep it clean. Their Mission? “For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our World’s ocean and waterways.” To find out why please log onto the website above referenced.

Besides being a coffee shop, it is also a retail store. Apparel for men, women, including shoes. Camping gear too.

In the store there is copperwear to buy. I particularly liked the straws. I think you can see them in the following photo, inside the mugs.

Very interesting indeed. Read about them, join a cleanup and check past cleanups as well.

In the meantime, if you are in Philly and want to really be a neighborhood local, by all means stop by. Remember this company offers coffee, food, retail shopping but in their hearts it is an “enviornmental conservation organization”.

Follow them on Instagram ubb_phila and on FB as United By Blue.

Have a great day.

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December 15th, 2017

Wharton’s, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Landscaping, Garden Center, Christmas Shop, Holiday Shopping, Trees, Wreaths, Gifts, Homemade Pies, The Holiday Spirit, Shopping Local, Southern Delaware

“Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal.  Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air.  It’s an inspiring time of the year.”  marlo thomas

When you think about it Christmas gives us an opportunity for reflection.  Another year has gone by and next year is full of promise.

Our Delaware Beaches are full of visitors still.  It has been so many years when these beaches used roll up their sidewalks on Labor Day.  They are true year-round resorts.  Shopping local and getting into the Christmas Spirit took me the other day to Wharton’s, located at 19385 Old Landing Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  It is by WalMart.  Tel. 302-227-0913. Website? www.whartonslandscaping.com

It is a one stop shop at this time of the year.  Besides offering landscaping services, Wharton’s has gorgeous Christmas trees, wreaths and everything you can imagine to get your home ready for the holidays.

If you come at the end of the day, Wharton’s is illuminated.  From the outdoors you can enter the shop.

Lots of photos on this post because we are so visual, and pictures are worth a thousand words, plus this place is beautiful.  Gifts for the entire family, including your pet.

Perfect customer service.  Some of you visiting might see some familiar faces.

Inside, the shop is well appointed, displaying a wide variety of home decor.

Having guests over and no time for baking pies?  Say no more….A variety of pies that you can bake the night before are ready to go, as well. The Apple Brown Betty was delicious and so was the Chicken Pot Pie.

It is never too late to add something to your holiday shopping….maybe pamper yourself a little.  Merry Christmas!!

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December 13th, 2015

The Churches on My Travels, Historic Churches, The Church of The Cross, Bluffton, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday is a Day of Worship

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“Rooted in The Past, Sheltering the Present, Reaching out to the Future, Empowered by the God of the Ages.”  Visiting  my good friend, Anita, in Bluffton, South Carolina….discovering a new city in the South; Anita took me to this beautiful church.  Unfortunately, we could not get inside.  It is an Anglican Church.  It also 161 years old.  Since 1975 The Church of The Cross has been in The National Register of Historic Places.

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The location is beautiful, right on the May River.

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If you would like to read more about the church, please visit http://www.thechurchofthecross.net/history.

Magical Sundays I call them….There is something about this day of the week.  Some go to church, others put their feet up and read a book.  And most probably do nothing at all.  They say that 1 in 5 Americans identify themselves as spiritual but not religious.  Spirituality is an emotion and soothes.  Visiting the churches on my travels bring me peace and it does not matter what denomination they are.  They have heard our prayers and our thanksgivings.

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One church I fell in love with last February was St. Michael’s Catholic Church located at 71 Broad St. in Historic Charleston.  It is a National Historic Landmark.  Pewes are made of native cedar and remain the same as they have always been.  I visited this church once again last week.  The chancel rail is made of wrought iron.  It dates to 1772.  George Washington worshipped at Governor’s Pew #43.

St. Michael’s Church is one of the few city churches in America that has retained its original design.  Last March I wrote a post on this church.  If you would like to see it just click on the month of March 2015 on AboutMyBeaches and scroll down to the 8th.

If you get a chance to visit the beautiful churches of Charleston, please do so because they are amazing.

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Have a Great Day!!

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August 20th, 2015

24 Hours, New York City, The High Line, City Park, Friends of the High Line, Walk it, Jog It, Love It!!

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Walking the High Line meant that my friend, Cindi, and I would be walking all those “indispensables” New York City has to offer…from Str-eat food to fine dining, and a few cocktails along the way.

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The High Line is a New York City Park, maintained and supported by the Friends of the High Line, http://www.thehighline.org.

In 1934 as part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line opened to trains.  It was designed to go through the center of blocks, rather than over the avenue, carrying goods to and from Manhattan’s largest industrial district.

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In 2002-2003 the High Line’s preservation and re-use began.

In 2005-2006, the City accepted ownership of the High Line which was donated by CSX.  The groundbreaking was celebrated in April, 2006.

On September 21, 2014 the third and northernmost section of the park, the High Line at the Rail Yards, opened to the public, with a celebration for a successful 15 years of advocacy to preserve the entire structure.  For more info., please visit http://www.thehighline.org/visit/#/access.

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The High Line is open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.  There are public tours on Tuesday and Saturday from May through September.  Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.  The location?  Gansevoort St. entrance, on the High Line at Gansevoort St.  More info?  Please call 212-500-6035.

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Along the way you will see the Hudson on one side and the City on the other.

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While visiting check the landscaping, and the railroad ties that are still seen and have been preserved on purpose throughout the walk.

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It was a little hot last Sunday but you can take your shoes off and cool off.

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Plenty of benches to take a break and the trees are now grown, giving shade on hot summer days.  You will also find vendors selling cool refreshments….one of my favorites the Shaved Ice or Piraguas as they are called in Puerto Rico

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The Mural…Love Is The Answer

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You can’t miss it.  Portraying Albert Einstein’s literal words.  The street art is by Bansky, known for his social and political art commentaries that pop up around NYC.

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Come Build With Us…The Collectivity Project will be at the High Line until September 30th from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  This is an installation of 2 tons of white LEGO bricks that features an imaginary cityscape conceived and designed by the public.  Visitors are welcomed to play with the installation, building and rebuilding the structures over time.  More info?  Please visit http://www.art.thehighline.org.

So, if you are visiting the Big Apple, this is a must do activity!!

Have a good one…TTYL

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May 28th, 2015

Day Tripping, Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, Maryland, Talbot County, Casual Outdoor Dining, Fine Dining, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Teas, Dinner, Open Year Round

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Oxford is one of Maryland’s oldest towns.  It was the first and only port-of-entry on the Eastern Shore mandated by the Maryland legislation back in 1694.

Oxford is such a charming town.  Sailors, cyclists, kayakers enjoy the scenery and the peace emanating from this quaint town.  It is picture perfect and streets are lined with beautifully manicured, elegant and historic homes, framing the banks of the Tred Avon River.

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On the road for the day with my friends, the two Debbies, it only took us about an hour and a half from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Our destination was the historic Robert Morris Inn.  It is 300 years old!!  Located at 314 North Morris Street (Main St.).  Tel. 410-226-5111.  Websiste? http://www.robertmorrisinn.com.  The Inn serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas (by reservation) and dinner.  It is open year-round.

There are 14 historic bedrooms located on the second and third floors.  Adjacent to the Inn they have the Bottle Cottage…..two modern, waterfront rooms.

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On this day the temperatures were a little warm but the cool breezes kept us very comfortable.  Oxford is very walkable.  Park your car, cycles and just walk and enjoy the beautiful town.

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Robert Morris was known as the “Financier of The Revolution”.  He arrived in Oxford in 1738.  President George Washington was a friend.  A part of Robert Morris’ residence is incorporated in the Robert Morris Inn.

A little trivia?  James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake, at the Inn.

The Robert Morris Inn has been enlarged several times since its time as a private home.  The murals in the dining room were made from wallpaper samples used by manufacturers salesmen, 140 years ago.

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The Tavern has a slate floor that came from Vermont.  Timber beams, panelled walls and open fires.

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This fireplace is from the 1800s and the spot for many to have their photos taken.

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It was great to see my friend, Susan Campbell.  She joined our small group for an outdoor lunch.  Her family owns Campbell Boatyards with 3 locations in Oxford.  They are a full service, high quality marine and boat building facility.  Please visit http://www.campbellsboatyards.com.

We were looking forward to the offerings of Celebrity Chef, Mark Salter, of Scottish descent.

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Spring Pea & Mint Soup with Crispy Shallots was served warm.  It had the perfect consistency. The peas paired with mint…a pretty good combination of flavors.  I think this soup could also be served chilled in the heat of summer.

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The Grilled Asparagus Salad with Panko Crusted Goat Cheese, organic greens, toasted walnuts, dried fig chutney and a blackberry balsamic vinaigrette was a signature salad dish.   Perfect for summer and for those trying hard to keep their girlie figures.

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Chef Salter is Scottish…so, Fish n’ Chips is another signature dish offered at this time of the year.  Battered Cod, buttered peas, remoulade and shoestring fries.  It was awesome!!  Not in the least greasy!!  Light and perfectly seasoned.

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An order of the Chicken Salad Sandwich….except no bread, so it became a Chicken Salad entree with lettuce, tomato, celery, red onion, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds. Homemade chips!!

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Thanks for such great service and suggestions!!

Friends are the best, and sharing a meal with them is always priceless!!  No dessert…..heading towards the Scottish Highland Creamery on Tilghman St.

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Note:  Some info. was taken from the Robert Morris Inn’s brochure.

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May 23rd, 2015

Delaware Boardwalks, Ocean City Boardwalk, Summer 2015 is Open for Business

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Gates have opened and visitors have been arriving since Thursday evening.  A beautiful day in Delmarva with blue skies, slightly cool temperatures, and no humidity….So perfect and hard to believe that there is no rain in the forecast for Memorial Day!!

Boardwalks are the center of the coastal towns of Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Ocean City, Maryland.  Early in the a.m. joggers, bikers, walkers….pooches too, are seen enjoying glorious days at the beach.

Hard to believe that the 3 mile long Ocean City Boardwalk, was once rolled up and stored under porches during high tide.  Please visit http://www.ococean.com.

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Stop by Dolles for some amazing Sea Salt fudge…love it…among other sweet sensations.  Every morsel is made in-house.

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Summer in Bethany Beach, Delaware, revolves around the Boardwalk.  This boardwalk is not as long as the other two, but offers so much to its visitors….entertainment or just the fact that you can take a seat on those iconic benches and look out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Please visit http://www.townofbethanybeach.com.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is also known as The Nation’s Summer Capital.  The award-winning Boardwalk is a mile long.  Just make sure that when you get to the end on both sides of the boardwalk you touch the railing….it’s a local’s thing.  The entertainment begins on the Boardwalk every week.  Check http://www.rehobothbandstand.com

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Lucky for the coastal towns that do have boardwalks.  They are successful commercial districts and tourist attractions for the whole family.

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April 14th, 2015

Destination? Sawgrass North, Schell Brothers Community, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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I never miss an opportunity to see real estate.  I guess that went with the territory for many years…my late husband, John, was a Broker and owner of his own real estate company in Bethany Beach.  So, when my neighbor, Chris, asked me to go check Sawgrass North I jumped in her car ready to go.  Sawgrass North is located at 35546 Betsy Ross Blvd., on Old Landing Rd. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Sawgrass North is a Schell Brothers community.  It is private, gated, and just by Rehoboth Bay.    It has a clubhouse, pool, fitness, tennis and basketball courts.  And….lawn maintenance is included.

Meet Adam Pettengell….He is the Community Sales Manager at Sawgrass North.  Cel. 302-228-2719.  Website?  http://www.schellbrothers.com Email:  adam@schellbrothers.com.  His personality comes through as friendly, knowledgeable about real estate and what he is selling…and most of all a good sense of humor.  Even though I could have taken his photo on site, I decided to use the portrait of Adam in the Master Bedroom.  With that kind of personality, he can sell anything.

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This 3,300 sq.ft. model home was already sold,  completely decorated.  Schell Brothers has an in-house designer.

The Tour…

The house has beautiful colors.  The people that are moving to Sawgrass North are those that are completely new to the Delaware Beaches, and also those that are downsizing…so tired of the up-keep of a much larger home.  They want more time to play and less time to spend working on the home.

If you do want to do some business from home, this area is perfect!!

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The Kitchen is very open and conducive to entertainment.

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The Living Room is spacious.  Two views; from the first floor and from the loft area on the second floor.

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Master Bedroom, First Floor.

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If you would like to dine indoors…love the table and the finished look.  Otherwise, outdoors on a beautiful day is the way to go.  Outdoor entertainment!!

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Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  They are beautifully decorated, reminding us that we are at the beach and fresh colors set the moods.

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Bathrooms are comfortable and laundry room has everything needed.

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Stop by and say hello to Adam….he really is so nice!!

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