Spring it Up
Wilmington home stores and garden centers are teeming with thawing shoppers recovering from at least 15 days of 40 degree highs and a winter with actual snow. With temps near 80, locals are threatening an early obsession with home staging, interior sprucing, and dirt digging. So, we thought we’d add to the craze by passing on a few local shops sure to step up your game.
Hubbard Kitchen, Bath & Lighting – Fairly hidden, but super-accessible, family-owned Hubbard Kitchen, Bath & Lighting has a warehouse and showroom on S. Kerr. And, they have Tiffany. Quick tips upon arrival: take a deep breath (it’s a back-to-back fixture fantasyland); and, always ask for Tiffany (showroom coordinator).
Ethan Allen – For the finer the things. Craftsmanship, superior style, and generational enjoyment are guaranteed. Quick tip: EA offers free interior design services.
Transplanted Garden – Tom and Allen, what can we say? TG’s lively owners are reason enough to head to one of the quaintest garden shops in Wilmington. For plants, local garden tips that border sorcery, and an art and garden gnome selection beyond your wildest dreams, head to S. 16th St., a few blocks from Market. Quick tip: Ask Tom anything. If it’s garden-related, he’s on it.
Uptown Market – Think 12,000 square feet full of home décor, vintage furniture and fixtures, antiques, garden art and pottery provided by dozens of merchants for your shopping pleasure. It’s hard to believe it until you see it. Uptown Market is in Porter’s Neck across from Walmart. Quick tip: Plan to do nothing else the day you go.
Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors – Nest has the flare and style one would expect in The Forum. Find that piece or painting your entryway is missing. Quick tip: Don’t forget to shop for essentials, like insulated, bottle-shaped champagne coolers.
Eclipse Artisan Boutique – Just off Racine adjacent to Blue Moon Gift Shops, Eclipse houses work from local and regional artisans. It’s a gallery of fine art, home goods, and functional art for the home and garden. Quick tip: DO test the Alpaca Bedding line.
Photo Credit: Hubbard Kitchen, Bath, & Lighting