Here's your chance to shop local from the comfort of your own home

It’s understandable if you get the itch to shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, but need some recovery time from your Thanksgiving turkey hangover. 

So we’ve created a list of nifty Delaware businesses that will allow you to shop online from the comfort of your own home as you recuperate.

1. Creations Gallery

Thoughtfully decorative art with a posh personality sums up the Creations Gallery in Hockessin.

The shop features contemporary works of over 150 American and Canadian artisans. Creations has steadily broadened its focus over the past 25 years to include a diverse selection of media including jewelry, glass, ceramics, metal and paper.

At the same time, some of the store’s popular items are crafted from wood. This includes new items like Peter Chapman’s three-dimensional animal-shaped pieces.

These works are created like jigsaw puzzles, said Creations Gallery assistant manager Nicole John.

Chapman’s pieces are both decorative and meant to be taken apart, as each one bears a surprise inside. There’s an owl piece, for instance, that features a mouse once deconstructed. Additionally, there are works shaped after a shark, gecko and rabbit.

John said another hot item at the store is its door harps by Bob Murphy, which are a holiday favorite. Door harps, crafted from wood, originated in Scandinavia and are intended to be hung on the back of doors.

“Those are popular around the Christmas season, probably because they don’t take up a lot of space,”

the assistant manager said. “They appeal to a lot of people in wood crafts and music; and you can tune the harp.”


Creations Gallery

HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., noon to 4 p.m., Sunday

ADDRESS 443 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin

PHONE (302) 653-9456


2. Delaware Store

The Small Wonder’s one-stop shop for just about any kind of state-themed gift can be found at the Delaware Store in Dover.

From locally-made honey to state flags, artwork, apparel (for all ages) and even Delaware shot glasses - you can find it all in the store.

A top seller is the store’s “Del-a-where?” t-shirts, said store manager Tom Smith.

To the store manager’s credit, musician Chadwick Stokes wore their Del-a-where shirt when he performed with his band Dispatch at Firefly in 2013.

“It’s a question people ask when you say you’re from Delaware. They look at you with a blank stare on their face and say, “you’re from Del-a-where?” Smith explained. “But it’s true.”

Outside of apparel, pewter license plates for the front of the car is another sought-after item customers can order online. And that’s no surprise, because Delawareans have an obsession with license plates.

But inside the Delaware Store’s physical shop is where most of its merchandise is sold.

Store owner Jan Crumpley said Small Business Saturday is one of the shop’s biggest days of the year for making money, more so than Black Friday.

“People really get into the shop local thing,” Crumpley said. “They’re sick of the big retailers. They want to keep their money in the community.”

With the popularity of Small Business Saturday, Crumpley said she’ll feature a secret sale at her shop that day. But customers will have to swing by the store to see what the promotion is.


Delaware Store

HOURS 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday

ADDRESS 325 S. State St., Dover

PHONE (302) 674-1787


3. Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists

When perusing Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists’ website, you’ll instantly notice it offers chic accessories that are both regal and a little whimsy, yet in an elegant fashion.

Whether it’s a 14-karat gold ring shaped like a gazebo, Madagascar ruby/ diamond earrings or a blue topaz necklace inspired by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci - there’s no lack of variety at this Smyrna business.

Those items, as well as many more, can be viewed online. But in order to purchase them, you’ll have to call the shop to place your order, Sayers said.

Inside the store on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, guests will find interchangeable Orbis Jewelry, which no other Delaware business offers, Sayers said.

What makes the jewelry interchangeable is that the rings come with a sphere that can be swapped out. Sayers said their rings come with six spheres, and over 500 can be purchased.

Sayers also specializes in making one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories.

“We make solid gold replicas of license plates to be worn as pendants,” the owner said.


Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists

HOURS 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday

ADDRESS 19 S. Main St., Smyrna

PHONE (302) 653-9456


4. Stubborn Soul

Southern hospitality with a northern Delaware twist is what new retailer Stubborn Soul is all about.

The Middletown store offers apparel for men and women, including Delaware-shaped necklaces, baseball caps, jeans and a line of Stubborn Soul shirts with designs that include anchors and guns.

The latter is an inspirational shirt with a quote on the back of it that reads: "Never Quit When All The Guns Are Against You." 

Stubborn Soul owner Sandy Dukes said their shirts have been a hit and will be featured in a Black Friday promotion.

The shop (which will be open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will give away a free Stubborn Soul t-shirt to the first 25 customers who spend $25 on Black Friday. Customers will receive $10 to $30 off for spending between $50 to $150 (and over).

On Small Business Saturday, the first 25 customers to spend $25 will receive a swag bag with nifty items. There will be giveaways and a Spin the Wheel promotion, where customers can earn 20 percent off their total purchase by giving a wheel a whirl.

To accent the country flair of the store, Dukes said she has a fun space in the shop where customers are encouraged to take selfies in front of a backdrop of cactus plants decorated in Christmas lights.

“You walk in and get a real homey, country feeling,” Dukes said about her store.

“It’s one of those stores where if you go to a shop in Tennessee, Texas or something like that, it’ll give you that same [Southern hospitality] feeling. Our store even has old wooden floors that creek.”


Stubborn Soul

HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday;

ADDRESS 21 W. Main St., Middletown

PHONE (302) 449-2323


5. Blooming Boutique 

Another business capitalizing on Delaware’s country roots is Blooming Boutique in Sussex County.

The business, which has multiple stores in Sussex, specializes in apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

A big seller online is its Simply Southern apparel, featuring cool sayings and positive messages, said sales rep Bernadette Henshaw.

Additionally, the store offers a number of Simply Southern-themed items, such as tote bags, hats, phone cases and more.


Blooming Boutique - Milford

HOURS 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed Sunday

ADDRESS 33A N. Walnut St., Milford

PHONE (302) 422-8540


Blooming Boutique - Lewes

HOURS 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

ADDRESS 107 Second St., Lewes

PHONE (302) 644-4052


Blooming Boutique Accessories - Lewes

HOURS 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

ADDRESS 102 Savannah Road, Lewes

PHONE (302) 645-7479


Blooming Boutique (Clothing) - Rehoboth

HOURS 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

ADDRESS 216-B Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach

PHONE (302) 226-3600