4 new businesses join downtown scene in Dover, another expands

DOVER — Five formerly empty storefronts in downtown Dover have become home to four new businesses and an expansion recently, bringing a wide variety of items of goods such as tasty treats, vintage clothing, sneakers and Islamic garb for sale to the community.

Tina Bradbury, operations and program manager for the Downtown Dover Partnership, said she is excited to see new business owners taking a chance on the city’s downtown shopping district.

“I see this as a great advancement in our economic development and progression to other new businesses wanting to open downtown,” Mrs. Bradbury said. “We have our next round of ‘Unlock the Block’ (business development program) starting soon and so this, along with our great Downtown Development District incentives, should make for an excellent opportunity to start or expand a business here in downtown Dover.

“We are in business to help new businesses and ready to welcome them to our neighborhood. Great things are happening here in downtown Dover and we want everyone to know.”

Monique Walker, owner of Sweets & Treats, opened her shop full of yummy treats at 147 S. Governors Avenue in May. She previously operated a kiosk at the Christiana Mall where she sold out of inventory most weekends.

“I brought to Dover all the best sellers and more,” Mrs. Walker said, “including ice cream and milkshakes, banana pudding, cookie dough and strawberry crunch cupcakes and frozen drinks at special pricing on Thirsty Thursdays!”

Mrs. Walker also sells her desert specialties at the Capital City Farmers Market on Wednesday’s at Loockerman Plaza.

Tina Hudson-Beamer, owner of Tina’s Timeless Threads, has secured a “pop up” lease for three months and will confirm by September if she plans to take a long-term lease at her 111 W. Loockerman Street location.

Tina’s Timeless Threads features a variety of authentic clothing and accessories from the 1940s to the ’80s.
Her store also sells vintage albums from the 1950s to the ’80s

“Some items are new, vintage-inspired pieces with labels of Rebel Love, Heart of Haute and Pretty Retro,” said Mrs. Hudson-Beamer. “Each piece is unique and the true vintage items are authentic and dated as close as possible to the actual period they originated in.”

Co-owners Tammy Robinson and daughter Ashley have expanded The Wedding Boutique from S. Governors Ave. to 125 A W. Loockerman Street.

Their award-winning shop features wedding and ladies formal wear, jewelry and accessories, as well as tuxedo rentals for men.

The Robinson’s said their customers have consistently remarked that they are especially pleased about the excellent customer service that they receive when shopping at The Wedding Boutique.

Just down the street, Aaron Foreman celebrated the opening of Sold Out Sneakers on June 7 at his location at 305 W. Loockerman Street.

His business has a different twist on shopping for sneakers.
“Shoppers can bring in their used sneakers and receive a credit toward a new pair,” Mr. Foreman said.

His inventory consists of the latest fashions in sneakers. For those looking to re-live their “glory days” he also sells mint condition pre-owned sneaks.

The fifth shop to open in downtown recently is That Ish Boutique, located at 235 W. Loockerman Street.

Owner James Owens sells unique fashions and Islamic garb and he continues to expand his product lines into the multi-room space.

Mr. Owens’ formal grand opening will take place soon, but he welcomes shoppers into “Dover’s fashion center” now because they are “open for business.”

Anyone interested in opening or expanding a shop in downtown Dover should contact Mrs. Bradbury of the DDP at 302-678-2940 or Tina@DowntownDoverPartnership.com.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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