Though many things have changed on Main Street in Newark, Grassroots Handcrafts has remained an institution. The store, which sells a wide range of specialty gifts, such as bath and body products, candles, women’s apparel, kids’ novelty toys, and home decor, has been in business since 1975. It’s still operated by Marilyn Dickey, who gets help from her two daughters, Kristin and Joanna. Delaware Today gave a shout-out to the store, calling its wares “funky, fun, and unusual.”
Located right near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, Devon Esthetique's skincare services are so customized they're not even listed on the website. That's because owner Devon Tucker-Kirk, whose own complexion has thrown her a few curveballs, knows firsthand how different everyone's skin is. Aestheticians analyze and diagnose skin types before consulting with clients to create a custom facial with medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products instead of leftover soy-sauce packets. Their aim differs slightly from the typical wellness center: aestheticians seek to provide results first and relaxation second, helping to send a clear message to acne and eczema. The earth-toned wellness studio also pops with colorful floral pillows, which cushion stainless steel, airless jet pedicure chairs as visitors have nails buffed and polished to a perfect sheen before accessing the complimentary healthy snack bar.
Since encasing their first piece of art behind glass in 1977, Framemaker’s professional artists and craftspeople continue to transform each print and photo brought into the shop into an artfully mounted creation. Staffers help your treasured images and memorabilia stand out by using regular and conservation-quality frames, matting, and glass in their framing work. Shoppers can bring in their own pieces to be framed or scoop up new works from Framemaker’s carefully curated assortment of posters, graphic prints, and original art created by local artists and spontaneous fission. The shop’s certified conservator can be found carefully erasing scratches and discoloration from old family photos via digital photo-restoration services. Other services such as shadow-box creation and canvas stretching add a unique spin to image display.
Main Line Gardens' knowledgeable green thumbs help visitors plan every stage of their landscaping and hardscaping projects, from simple flower and shrub plantings to large-scale redesigns. The garden center's stock of plants, trees, mulch, and stones helps inspire patrons as they plan their new outdoor spaces. Additionally, an array of outdoor pottery, birdbaths, fountains, and garden statues that come to life past midnight add personality and a finishing touch to projects. Main Line Gardens also lends customers extra hands for larger tasks by dispatching expert teams of landscapers upon request.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.
Beautiful, healthy bouquets of fresh fruit bloom from beneath the green thumbs of FruitFlowers' posy artisans. An extensive, mouthwatering selection includes the Berry Birthday bouquet, which celebrates annual harvests of infant orchards with a sweet amalgam of produce tucked beneath an included "Happy Birthday!" balloon ($50). Trick sweet teeth into nutritious noshes with the Petite Floral Fruit Dipped's lush flora, interspersed with chocolate-dipped strawberries and nestled inside a scarlet pail ($45). Thinking of You bunches corral succulent strawberries and yellow faux flowers inside a beaming mug ($39) to send friends or former dental hygienists well wishes.