The Saturday after Thanksgiving, small town shopping districts come alive for Small business Saturday. With many downtown districts now participating, there’s no reason not to browse the charming shops of Delaware’s small towns. You’re sure to find that special something for the one you’re shopping for, or even something just for you. Check out the list below to find some of Delaware’s great small businesses where you can always shop tax-free.


Main Street is Newark’s one-stop-show with everything you could need all in one place. Find the perfect knick-knack for the home at Grassroots or Heart & Home or Pick up the latest bestseller at Liebermans Bookstore and sift through old favorites and new releases at Rainbow Records which has everything vinyl. Don’t forget to try one of the great local restaurants like Home Grown Café or Iron Hill, where you can try an awesome local brew.


In quaint downtown Smyrna, you’ll find the perfect colors and textures for the knitter in your life at Smyrna’s Yarn Maven on West Commerce Street and cute trinkets for the difficult-to-shop-for friend at Smyrna Cards and Gifts. Stop for lunch at the Lemon Leaf Café.

On Loockerman Street, you’ll find boutiques like My Roots, Bel Boutique, The Loocke and Blu Vintage, along with specialty gift shops like Suds and Company and Forney’s Too. If you can’t make it on Small Business Saturday, try the Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 1, 2018.

Make a stop on Walnut Street where you’ll run into stores unlike any other. Milford Antiques & Friends is the place to find hidden treasures, while Irish Rose will save you a trip across the pond for the best Gaelic gifts. If you’re looking for women’s clothing and accessories, you can’t miss Blooming Boutique or the Hidden Gem Boutique located close by on Front Street. Try lunch at Georgia House, serving up regional comfort food.


Head to downtown Lewes’ Second Street for rare finds at Biblion Used Books, Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery and The Vintage Underground. Find fashionable attire and accessories at Aquamarine Boutique, Blooming Boutique and Twila Farrell Clothing and Accessories. Don’t forget to indulge in some of the wonderful local cuisine from restaurants like Nectar, Agave or Striper Bites.

The main drag of the small beach town, Rehoboth Ave., and its surrounding blocks have an abundance of locally owned businesses that you’ll feel great supporting. For women’s clothing and accessories, head to Sharee’s Fashions, Sunshine Octopus, Lei Lula. Don’t forget gifts for your furry friends – Yarn & Bone and Critter Beach have you covered.

Rehoboth Ave. is also a great place to satisfy the art-lover in your life at galleries like Creative Impressions, Tideline and Scénique Fine Art.

The open air, European-inspired mall Penny Lane just off Rehoboth Ave. is where you’ll find the perfect gift for the kids, or the young at heart at Fun for All! Browse eclectic treasures from Electric Fish, Gifts of Serenity and Peace Frogs. If you’re in need of coffee or a snack, be sure to stop at Café Papillon.

Garfield Parkway is Bethany Beach’s top shopping destination. Quaint shops which are the favorites of beach-lovers every summer remain top destinations for shoppers year round. Top clothing retailers include Lizzy’s Resort Wear, Gypsy Teal, Treasure Island Fashions and Palms at Bethany, while Kite Tails & Toys and Tidepool Toys & Games have all the fun things kids could ever want.