At North East Adventure Paintball, adventure is a family affair. Charles Narvel, his son Austin, and his nephew Shawn opened the 6.5-acre facility in May 2008 with the goal of providing a safe venue for exhilarating rounds of paintball. Before the grand opening, the trio parceled the acres into six themed fields and dotted each landscape with matching obstacles: Old Castle field has a stone fortress with multiple levels and a tower; Civil War field features simulated headquarters and trenches.
Today, players 10 or older sprint across the six fields in games of elimination, respawn, Alamo, sharpshooter, and capture the flag. Eco-friendly, oil-free paint splatters against protective gear as players duck behind shelters or leap over barriers. Lower-speed paintball guns are available for younger players whose reflexes have not evolved into cats just yet. After an adrenaline-fueled battle, players can eat food they've brought with them at shaded, sheltered picnic tables, or purchase food and drink at the concession stand. Party packages include a referee. Players can earn rank and points and compete at national events in organized military-simulated games.
Shop inside K. Scott Jewelers' storefront or click through its online market place to find snazzy stones and alluring alloys and to choose from a variety of diamonds and colorful gemstones. The diamond and sterling-silver pendant, a sparkling entwinement of serpentine silver, lends esophageal regions an air of elegance ($39), and blue topaz and sterling-silver earrings add a bright beryl pop to sparse sound scoopers ($69). On Valentine's Day, inventive admirers can surprise sweethearts by baking an amethyst and diamond ring ($79) or diamond heart pendant ($299) inside a meatloaf shaped like the patron saint of love, William McKinley.
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.”
Yogoberry's self-serve machines swirl 10 types of yogurt into cups before guests shower the frozen peaks with a choice of more than 35 toppings. The all-natural yogurts are free of fat and contain live and active cultures, which can help boost intestinal health and ward off digestive-tract infections as effectively as swallowing a No Trespassing sign. Yogoberry's staff regularly swaps 32 flavors in and out of rotation, treating taste buds to choices such as cheesecake, peppermint stick, and pomegranate. Toppings range from seasonal fruits to sweet bits of candy. Pink, blue, lime, and lilac hues coat the vibrant dining room, where visitors devour their creations atop mod barstools grouped around circular tables. Yogoberry is located at the heart of the University of Delaware, and the store takes pride in nourishing students and locals alike.
Gecko Fashions dresses trendy ladies in high-quality garb and chic lingerie and sells locally made jewelry and artwork. The flirtatious Next Level one-shoulder bubble hem top ($24) flaunts any figure and pairs deftly with the handmade "OHM" necklace ($41). Those hoping to intimidate rivals at Tuesday-night bingo may opt to wrap up in a cotton tee such as the locally designed "If You Can't Win Fair, Play Naked" V-neck ($9.95). Socially minded shoppers will appreciate the opportunity to support local artists through purchases and the fact that Gecko donates five-percent of proceeds from all Save the Ta-Tas gear, such as tanks ($24) and buttons ($2), to breast-cancer research.