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November 11th, 2018

Out & About, The Bungalow on 2nd, Lifestyle Boutique, Lewes, Delaware, Shopping, Shop Local, Small Business Saturday, November 24th, Delaware Beaches, Historic Lewes, Holiday Shopping

 

I was out and about with a friend on Second Street in Lewes, Delaware.  The Fall is the time for us “locals” to get out and see what is new.  A relaxed way of discovering the town.  No parking, which makes a big difference. My friend, Madelon, and I loved the storefront of this boutique that we had not noticed in the past.  It is called The Bungalow on 2nd.  Second Street is really Main Street in Lewes.

I am sure some of you will disagree but I find boutique shopping the most comfortable way to shop.  These shops in small towns all over the United States give clients the opportunity to get to know the store owners. You get a one on one service.

The young woman behind the counter I had to engage in conversation.  If you were in a big mall that usually does not happen.  No time for small talk, really.  Her name is Kaitlin and she has been opened for just about 6 weeks or so.  The shop is adorable; so very well appointed.  The store is not crowded and she has done a great job in redoing the shop.  Before starting this new venture she was a 9th grade teacher.  It would be great for you to stop by and welcome her to the community.  The Bungalow on 2nd is located at 142 2nd St., Lewes, DE 19958.  Tel. 302-644-1544

You can find clothing, presents for friends and family and, of course, a little indulgence for yourself, as well.

There is nothing like the right accessory to enhance an outfit.  You can find necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for all tastes.

Clean looks, napkins, table runners, candles, home accents…..all very pretty and affordable.

November 24th it is called Small Business Saturday.  Obviously, we live in small coastal towns and promoting the local businesses is something a lot of us find dear to our hearts.  We wish Kaitlin much success and look forward to stopping by again.

Until then, have a good one!!

 

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December 20th, 2015

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Shop Local

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I big shout to Doggies at The Beach for taking such good care of my little Diva, Miss Addy.  Doggies at the beach is a 3,500 square foot indoor, cage free doggie day care.  It is Miss Addy’s home away from home.  While visiting Doggies at the Beach she met Santa.  I know what her expression is telling me, but I am glad she went along with the program.  Doggies at The Beach is located at 18806 J. Williams Hwy. in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-644-8200.  They have 24 hour human supervision and even web cams so that you can follow your precious pooch.  Grooming is also available.  They are on Facebook, as well.  Check them out because they are always hosting events and very much involved in the community.  Jim and his staff are very caring and obviously they love dogs!!  Please visit http://www.doggiesatthebeach.com.

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This would be a great stocking stuffer for your dog.  Your pooch will love these Tail Bangers made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, eggs, canola oil, fresh ground peanuts, honey, cinnamon, with a vanilla yogurt coating.  Tail Bangers are made in Millsboro, Delaware, about 1/2 hour from Rehoboth Beach.  The company has gone big, a success story.  I have not visited but can’t wait to do so.  You can find Tail Bangers at Doggies at The Beach, Candy Kitchen, Pet Stores in the area and even the UPS store at the Safeway Shopping Center.  I took them as a gift to my friend’s dog, Dale, in Bluffton, South Carolina and they were a big hit.  So, I decided to try them myself.  They smell so good.  I took a bite and they were not bad at all.  After all they are made with all natural ingredients.  Tail Bangers is located at 24546 Betts Pond Rd., Millsboro, DE 19956   You can find them on Facebook and Twitter. Website?  www.tailbangers.com.

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Another great stocking stuffer for those that love to cook and for your favorite foodies are these Sea Salts made right here on the coast by SoDel Concepts.  There is the Bay Spice, the Summer Lemon Zest, and the Black Pepper Fennel.  You can get these salts at any of SoDel Concepts Restaurants from Lewes to Fenwick Island.  For the locations of the restaurants, please visit http://www.sodelconcepts.com.

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Another perfect gift….a book, the perfect companion.  Truddi Chase was from Maryland.  Her story was made into a movie years ago, base on her first book When Rabbit Howls.  The movie was called Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase.  It was an autobiography about her experiences after being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.  Truddi was interviewed by Oprah.  Her story is a fascinating one of survival after been sexually abuse from age two.  She coped by developing 92 personalities.  She never integrated them so she lived with them all of her life until she died in 2010.  Her second book has just come out thanks to her daughter, Kari, who lives in Lewes.  This second book is more whimsical.  All art work is by Truddi and the different personalities.  The name of the book is The Creature of Habit.  You can get it at http://www.truddichase.com

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Or, you may also get it at http://www.amazon.com.

Have a good one!!  TTYL

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July 4th, 2014

Shopping! Basic Concepts, Downtown, Rehoboth Beach, Tees, Capris, Pants, Hats, Sweaters, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Love Shopping Local

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Do you have your red, white, and blue attire for this evening’s Fireworks in Rehoboth Beach? Remember, The Funsters will be at the Bandstand before and after the Fireworks, entertaining the crowds.

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Basic Concepts has been in Rehoboth Beach since 1973.  It is one of the few stores in Downtown Rehoboth that have seen the ups and downs of the economy through the years and can say they have become iconic in town.  Basic Concepts is located at 149 Rehoboth Avenue in the Village-By-The-Sea Shops.  Tel. 302-227-8685 Website?  http://www.basicconceptsrehoboth.com.

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When visitors come to the beach, one of the attractions is the fact that we have a pretty relaxed lifestyle.  Basic Concepts have stayed true to that idea and carries brands and accessories that show off that you can wear casual clothing and still look very good.

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After a morning of stormy weather, it is brighter this afternoon.  So…..ready to shop?

Before & Again – Love this brand of clothing.  Light colors and materials. Long and short tees.  Dresses, as well.

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Brighter colors this summer, with orange being the new black!

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M. Mac – Cover ups and casual dresses….add sandals, bangels and you are ready for a night on the Avenue.

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Lu-Lu B – Cottons, textures, and designs.

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Easy shopping a Basic Concepts begin with Patti…She is so friendly and knows her brands so well.  I forgot to take her picture…next time.

In the meantime, stop by and say hello.  She has great prices….tax free shopping!

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Have a great week-end!!

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December 24th, 2013

Shopping! Sea-La-Vie, Historic Berlin, Maryland, Home Accessories, Gifts…Shop Small Town U.S.A., Worcester County

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For those of you who are still doing those last minute shopping….New shop opened just recently in Historic Berlin, Maryland.  Sea-La-Vie is owned by two sisters.  It is located on 11 Artisans Way, Berlin, MD 21811.  Tel. 443-513-4768.

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The building is as cute as it can be.  Sea-La-Vie offers home accessories, gifts, and much more.  Pick up some local art, a hostess gift, a birthday present.  Or, something that might catch your fancy.

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Children’s present…and don’t forget your pet.

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Historic Berlin has plenty of charm.  It is a great town to visit any time of the year.  This town is surging in the Small Town poll, so stay tuned because Budget Travel’s “Americas Coolest Small Town 2014” will be announced in mid February.

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In the meantime stop by Sea-La-Vie.

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Merry Christmas!! Talk to you later.

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December 13th, 2013

Shop TaDa, Historic Berlin, Maryland, Gift Shop, Local Art, Painted Glassware, Jewelry, Children’s Apparel, Art Stroll, Friday, December 13th, Shop Small, Shop Main Street, Worcester County

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TaDa will open today, Friday, December 13th at 10 a.m. and will stay open until 8 p.m.  It is the 2nd Friday Art Stroll in Downtown, Historic Berlin, Maryland.  TaDa is located at 18 N. Main Street.  Tel. 410-641-4430.  Website?  http://www.berlintada.com.

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Historic Berlin, Maryland is part of the Maryland Main Street Community…they support traditional main streets and neighborhoods throughout Maryland.  Getting the residents and visitors to stroll, shop and live Main Street.  So, tonight Main Street Historic Berlin will not be this quiet.  On the contrary….this town is a destination for shopping, antiquing, dining, and entertainment.

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Blair Parsons is the shopkeeper of this gift shop where personal attention is of most importance.  Friendly and knowing her merchandise well, Blair’s customers have become friends.  TaDa looks beautiful and fully prepared to help you shop for everyone on your list.  Gift giving is part of the Holiday Season….TaDa’s painted glassware and art by Patty Falck is collected by many.

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Shop, stroll, meet with friends…..TaDa is a must!!

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December 9th, 2013

NEST, Historic Berlin, Maryland, Home Decor, Accessories, Furniture, Gifts, Shop Small, Shop Local, Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll, December 13th, Worcester County

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For me, shopping small and local has always been something that I have enjoyed.  I have plenty of friends that love going “mall” shopping….not for me.  I like that up close and personal kind of service.  Which brings me to NEST, located at 11 South Main Street in Historic Berlin, Maryland.  Tel. 410-629-1030.

Driving to Berlin from Rehoboth Beach, takes about half hour.  No big deal, it is the Second Season so there is no traffic.  Strolling a historic town, checking what’s new during the holidays is pretty nice, so Jody and I did just that.

I think Petey is really the Mayor of Historic Berlin.  He is such a hard working little dog.  I have featured him before and once again here he is…..greeting the customers and making sure that Dee gets up and gives us that personal attention we were looking for.  Now, you tell me…where would you find something like this in a “mall”?  You gotta love it!!

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Dee has been quilting.  Her remnants have become quilts.  The reverse of the quilts is soft and warm.

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Dee calls her handmade handbags Boppyowl.  She offers 2 sizes and they are made with beautiful rich fabrics, lined with contrasting colors.

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NEST is an eclectic and funky shop.  Every time you shop, there are surprises; local artwork, jewelry, home accessories.  At this time of the year the shop is fully stock.  Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll will be on Friday, 12/14, so make sure you make NEST one of your stops.

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NEST carries unwined candles from Unwined Candle Co., located in Sykesville, Maryland….from recycled wine bottles.

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NEST opens year-round.  Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday from 12 until 4 p.m.  You can find NEST on Facebook, as well.

Merry Christmas!!

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November 15th, 2013

Shopping! Basic Concepts, Casual Clothing, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Pants, Sweaters, Jackets, Accessories….A Must Stop Shop in Dowtown Rehoboth Beach, Shop Local!!

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An institution!!! If you have survived the ups and downs of the economy for 37 years anywhere, you know you are offering your customers something that keeps them coming back.  That’s how I feel about Basic Concepts, located at 149 Rehoboth Avenue at the Village-by-The-Sea Shops in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-8688.

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Our lifestyle at the Delaware Beaches is casual and relaxed.  You can wear clothing during the day, add a little accessory or two and you are good to go to the restaurants, bars, and music venues.  Rehoboth Beach is a destination for dining, and shopping, as well.  In Downtown Rehoboth Beach, the shopkeepers are friendly and you can walk from one store to another with ease, especially, this time of the year.

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Last year I bought an easy to wear jacket from Basic Concepts by a California company called Focus.  Every time I wear it, people notice and pay me compliments.  Wanting to continue on that trend, I decided to stop by and visit Patty Watson, the owner and operator of Basic Concepts.  She had new colors and styles….she was also decorating for the Holidays.  Basic Concepts opens every day.

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Accessories…

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I love Before + Again tees….they are made in the U.S.  They wear so well; throw them in the wash, then the dryer and they look like brand new.

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So, as you visit Rehoboth Beach….make sure you Stop & Shop Local…and Tax Free!!

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Have a great week-end!!

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November 7th, 2013

Shop Small, Shop Local, Downtown Delray Beach, Florida, Village by The Sea, Palm Beach County, South Florida, November, 2013

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Some coastal resorts like Rehoboth Beach, and all the Delaware Beaches, are now in their Second Season, while others, like Delray Beach, Florida, become a winter’s destination for many you want to escape the colder weather ahead.

Pretty soon these will be every day scenes in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Delray Beach is one of those towns in South Florida that is very accessible.  Two major airports, are close to this Village by the Sea.  Known also as the most small fun town in the U.S., Delray Beach offers its visitors amazing beaches, completely unobstructed, a downtown full of shops and restaurants and plenty of music and entertainment, as well.

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Shopping local in these towns mean that you support the local economy.  The merchants in Delray Beach and the artists are the heart of the community.

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Shop Small is a movement to celebrate small businesses every day and to help communities thrive.  Delray Beach invites you to Shop Small throughout the month of November.  On Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday.  With over 400 small businesses in Downtown Delray Beach, you will have plenty to choose from….the holidays are fast approaching.

Delray  Beach is also a town of many festivals….so stay tuned!!

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Thursday, 11/7 there is a Grand Opening Celebration for Ginjer Boutique from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  The shop is located at 133 E. Atlantic Ave.  Tel. 561-272-1033.

Friday, 11/8 – Free Friday Night Concert from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Outdoor Pavilion at the Delray Center for the Arts at 51 N. Swinton.

Looking for restaurants in Delray Beach?  Check http://www.downtowndelraybeach.com/dining.

You can do as much as you want to, or as little….that’s its beauty!!

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