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The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware

Photos: The historic Circle (top), home of the Sussex County Courthouse and Sussex County Administration Building, and Market Street (below), the town's downtown shopping district.

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Let's play a game. I'll say a word and you say the first thing that pops into your mind.


"Lawyers, judges and politicians."

Not bad, but downtown Georgetown also offers great shopping, too. This should not surprise you. Georgetown has many great things to offer both residents and tourists alike. However, parking is still tricky, so try one of the side streets. It is worth the walk.

The newly brick-lined sidewalks add to the charm of Georgetown and give the feeling of yesteryear. Once you start popping into the many shops with merchants, who take pride in serving you, you will be pleased.

The best place to begin your shopping day is along the north side of East Market Street. Start in front of Given's Flowers and Gifts. Given's opened in 1981, providing personal service and a variety of arrangements and gifts.

While you are here, you can send someone a fresh or silk arrangement. (That someone could even be you.) If the flowers are not that little something you want, do not miss the Yankee Candles in every size from tea lites to those that burn up to 110 to 150 hours.

You can even take a piece of Georgetown with you by purchasing one of the historic buildings. The buildings sold by the Cat's Meow that is. Givens has an entire line of wooden cutouts that look like some of the older historic buildings in Georgetown. They also carry cutouts of other historic places.

With just a little wrapping paper and a card also sold by Given's, you are ready to make someone's day brighter. They also carry some Amish furniture.

Now, continuing your walk along East Market Street, head towards The Circle.

This would be a good time to check your mental list and see if you need any parts or accessories for your car. Manlove Auto Parts has everything you would expect in a parts store but it offers some services that may surprise you, like mixing automotive paints and machine shop work.

If you have skipped breakfast at home -- and I recommend you do -- drop into Smith's Family Restaurant. Everything is homemade and the portions are large but the prices are not. The Smith family has operated this business for four years.

Denise Smith proudly states that nearly all the restaurant's fare is made from scratch. Smith's is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Although Smith's is well-known for its chicken and dumplings, Smith said its seafood platters are quickly growing in popularity. Daily lunch and dinner specials may tempt you to try other dishes, too.

However, if you have come to Georgetown at lunch-time, two other places can equally satisfy your palate. In that case, it is just a matter of what you want to eat.

Al Casapulla's Sub, Steak and Pizza Shop, an award-winning restaurant, offers Italian subs that are made with Proscuitto (Italian meat). Yet, Casapulla's also has roast beef subs, pizzas with your choice of toppings, and steak sandwiches that will make your mouth water as it cooks.

Al Casapulla's is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

Georgetown Deli features daily lunch combos of a sandwich and either a cup or bowl of soup, and makes subs and sandwiches to order. In addition, it has tempting desserts, fresh fruit, snack foods and deli pickles. A local favorite is the homemade iced tea with or without fresh lemon. The deli sells both sweetened and unsweetened.

Georgetown Deli is open weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is closed every day the county offices are closed.

The Georgetown Antique Market is a multi-dealer antique shop that deals mainly in "primitives," according to owner Stephanie Harper. She provides 30 layaways on selected purchases and offers a 10 percent discount to dealers.

Market Street, Georgetown, Delaware

Georgetown Antique Market has old cardboard tea boxes, tins, furniture, dolls and jewelry. Stephanie has a selection of vintage clothing and hats that would be great for the Return Day parade. She also carries a wide variety of collectibles.

Georgetown Antique Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are still in the mood for some great antiques and collectibles, go next door to Collectors Corner and Pawn Shop. Owner Rich Baker enjoys the opportunity to show off some of his distinct collectibles, such as a Davey Crockett record still in its original paper sleeve, or any of the exceptional pieces of antique jewelry.

For bottle collectors, Baker has an assortment of soda and milk bottles. He also has a large medley of electronic items.

Baker offers almost everything from a single item to complete estates. He also operates a pawn shop. Stop by and see what he has to offer.

Collectors Corner and Pawn Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

An absolute must stop is along The Circle. Chardon LTD is a fine jewelry and gifts shop that offers services that are somewhat hard to come by. Donna R. Koskey, proprietor, is pleased to assist customers with choosing a gift.

Chardon offers engagement rings, custom designed jewelry, anniversary and executive gifts. She has baskets that have metal tags for engraving. This makes them useful as well as decorative.

Chardon LTD is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It is time to tour the south side of East Market Street to check out Cullum's Women's Apparel. This shop has been serving the women of Georgetown and Sussex County for 10 years. It carries women's sizes 6 to 18, petite sizes 4 to 16, and Plus sizes 12 to 20.

Cullum's has clothing for the professional woman, evening wear and sports wear. It also sells swimsuits for real women. They are attractive and give women with less than perfect figures the confidence to hit the beach or enjoy the pool.

In addition, Cullum's has a fabulous selection of hats, scarves and an assortment of unique jewelry. Cullum's carries outerwear and printed umbrellas, too.

Cullum's has shoes and handbags to meet almost anyone's taste, and it offers some infant clothing and gifts, as well.

Customers are number one at Cullum's and they put it in writing. On the counter in front of the cash register, there is a sign that tells customers just how important they are to the storeowners.

Georgetown is a fabulous place to visit, and it has more to offer than lawyers, judges and politicians.

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