Get Your FEST On, Parkmobile, and So Much More!
Hello Readers! It’s almost time to get your FEST on, Women’s FEST that is—April 12-15! Everything from poker to Zumba to golf to dancing, great comics and more! It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!
Musical stores and new arrivals continue in downtown Rehoboth. Symmetry has reopened on Rehoboth Avenue, and The Anita Peghini-Raber Gallery is going into the former Symmetry space on Baltimore Avenue. Across the street in the shops at Village by the Sea, Proud Bookstore moved into the CoCo & Company space. Taking over the space left by Proud is Fusion, offering “Sassy Fitness Apparel for Stylish Individuals.“ Love that! Hula Sue’s moved into the space vacated by The Pelican Loft. Opening in the huge space vacated by The Mizzen Mast and the old Hula Sue’s will be Lingo’s Seafood Market and Bakery (the Original Lingo Market on First Street will reopen as well).
Back out on First Street, Kay’s Kitchen will open in the former Pop Pop’s Donuts space next to the original Nicola Pizza.
On Rehoboth Avenue, Tornado Fries will not return, but a new eatery, Modern Mixture, nabbed the space and will offer salads, sandwiches, and burritos. Rumor has it we may get a Mediterranean restaurant in the old Seaside Thai place, but I don’t have any confirmation of that just yet.
Out on Route 1 in Dewey, Whiskey Beach Barbecue has opened in the former Ponos space. WBB serves up dry barbecue, allowing patrons to customize their own dish with several different BBQ sauces. Back in Rehoboth, On March 8, the Charcoal Deli women will reopen as the Charcoal Grill (next to Food Lion) according to the Rehoboth Foodie site.
The two stores next to Outlet Liquors have been snatched up and will be Touch of Italy’s fourth location and the upcoming Nage Marketplace. This Touch of Italy location will include a salumeria (Italian deli), pasticceria (Italian pastry shop), a wood-burning oven, pizzas, calzones, other Italian entrees and handmade mozzarella. (Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard!) It will be similar to the downtown Lewes location, but with more seating. Outdoor seating will be available for both eateries.
Continuing north on Route 1, Merle Norman cosmetics will open in the Shoppes of Camelot and Bonwich Café is now open next to Poker at the Beach, offering breakfast, sandwiches, and everything from ribs to meatloaf to chicken parmesan.
Sleepy’s will be opening a second location in the space next to Marshall’s. Pat’s Pizza has opened in the former Lewes Five Guys space (their salads are great, BTW) and in that same plaza where Barista Café used to be, will be Sushi Heaven or Haven, depending on your source!
In Lewes, the newly expanded Cottage on Second Street is now open so I have twice as much space to indulge my addiction to their fabulous jewelry, accessories, and goodies! And the Rose & Crown, a former favorite downtown pub, will reopen in the vacated Beseme space.
It’s official. Parkmobile is coming to Rehoboth Beach and will be available at all on-street meters. This system allows you to “feed” the meters via your cell phone, even if you’re lying on the beach. All the meters currently allowing credit cards will be removed and there will be no increases in parking fees this year. Oh happy day!
Before a company can build on a site, they have to present their conceptual plans to the Sussex County Zoning Office for approval. Even if those plans are approved, it’s not a guarantee that the business will move forward and build. Currently, Kohl’s, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle and Olive Garden have submitted site plans to the County. Chick-fil-A considered the old A&W space, but they couldn’t get the access they wanted through the Shoppes of Camelot parking lot. They’ve since submitted plans for a restaurant in part of the K-Mart parking lot. Kohl’s and Olive Garden are looking at the site by Tomato Sunshine. Rumor has it that Kohl’s was approved, but that Olive Garden decided they would not move forward. We’ll just have to wait and see!
Deb Griffin is a real estate agent living full time at the beach with her honey bunny, Greer, and two Jack Russell terrors. Email Deb Griffin