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Shore Things at Rehoboth Beach: Where to Eat, Where to Shop

In summer, Bethesda’s Nancy Duber trades in her busy schedule and heads to Rehoboth Beach, where her family—husband Marc and their three sons, ages 22, 19, and 16—have had a home for seven years.

Duber is known for her style—from the impeccable philanthropic events she oversees in Washington to the Hermès Birkin bag often on her arm to the bubblegum-pink bike she rides around Rehoboth.

Here she shares her favorite places to shop at the shore.

Distinctive decor: Mark Showell Interiors, 59 Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-2272. Duber loves the mix of antiques and designer finds at this interior-design shop. “Mark is very well traveled,” she says. “If you’re looking for something specific, he will find it for you.”

Unique style
: Anything Goes, 149 Rehoboth Ave.; 302-227-2960. This shop—which has a sister spot in Bethany Beach—stocks small European designers and one-of-a-kind buys. Says Duber: “I find things here I’ve never seen anywhere else. When I wear them back in DC, people always ask, ‘Where did you find that?’ ”

Teen fashions: Hula Sue, 149-D Rehoboth Ave.; 302-227-1012. Duber takes all her teenage guests to this local favorite, which is stocked with young, trendy, reasonably priced pieces, including sundresses, tank tops, and accessories.

Artsy accessories
: Blair Elizabeth, 110-D Rehoboth Ave.; 302-227-3363. Says Duber: “It has the most fabulous jewelry and accessories—unusual, beachy pieces that are very eye-catching.”

Children’s gifts and more
: Sole Boutique & Sole Kids, 110 Rehoboth Ave.; 302-227-6500. These side-by-side shops, Duber says, are great places to grab gifts for kids—or yourself: “The children’s side is full of adorable items. The clothing side has chic labels such as Theory and Diane von Furstenberg—like a little slice of Bloomingdale’s at the beach.”

Heirloom-worthy jewelry
: All Saints’ Antique Show, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave.; “I’ve uncovered some amazing vendors at this annual antique show,” Duber says. “My favorite is the jeweler Crawford DePrince & Co.—they have a knack for finding the most amazing antique pieces.” This year’s sale is July 31 through August 2.

Beach reads
: Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave.; 302-226-2665. This store’s mix of books, gifts, and friendly service has made it longtime favorite.

Tasty gifts
: Nicola Pizza, 8 N. First St.; 302-227-6211. “I love to bring back gifts from the beach you can’t find anywhere else, and one of my favorites is a Nic-o-Boli rolled pizza. It comes half baked and frozen for easy transport.”

Delicious desserts: Double Dippers, 11 N. First St.; 302-226-1374. Duber has sampled the ice-cream shops around town, and this is her favorite: “At this point they don’t even ask what I’d like—they just hand me a cone of coconut vanilla almond.”

Everyday essentials
: Lingo’s Market, First St. and Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-7072. A local institution for groceries, locally grown produce, and other essentials. Duber recommends its house-made fruit pies.

Saltwater taffy
: Snyder’s Candy, 60 Rehoboth Ave.; 302-227-0668. This taffy stop earns Duber’s raves for its flavors and mom-and-pop camaraderie. A new second location is on the same block as Lingo’s.

Elegant dinner: Nage, 19730 Coastal Hwy.; 302-226-2037. This modern eatery, the sister spot of the newer DC location on Embassy Row, is her favorite place for a nice dinner out. The cuisine is French-inspired American; she vouches for the seafood stew and mango mojitos.

Light meals and lunches: S.O.B.’s Deli, 56 Baltimore Ave.; 302-226-2226. If you don’t feel like budging from the beach, this sandwich spot will deliver your lunch to you by scooter. At night, it’s a casual, New York–style eatery with outdoor seating for prime people-watching.