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Signs encourage shopping small

From the moment restrictions were placed on small businesses and restaurants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local artist Abraxas Hudson was worried about the sustainability of the local economy. Now, nearly nine months later, his concerns are as strong as ever.

As the Cape Region moves into the holiday shopping season with strict restrictions still in place, he’s started a grassroots effort to encourage shopping small to help keep locally owned businesses afloat until life returns to normal. It also serves as a protest of the state’s restrictions.

So far, he’s strategically placed about 350 signs featuring Uncle Sam and the text “Small businesses/You are all essential!” across the state, from Fenwick Island up to the Pennsylvania border. Many are placed at high-traffic intersections, while others have appeared near big-box stores.

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Keep it local this gift-giving season! Your favorite foodie will love it

By Bob Yesbek
The ghost of Christmas presents is here yet again, and the fabulous foodie in your life deserves the best. Since foodies often tend to vary in width throughout the year, they certainly don’t need clothes as gifts. And you can easily shop local to make the season something they can sink their teeth into.

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Deck the halls with handy ideas!

Still struggling to get in the Christmas spirit? Cape Gazette's holiday publication has plenty of inspiration. For example, try making the Holiday Sand-dollar Cookies recipe on page 93.

"Here is a beach-themed holiday cookie recipe from my grandmother’s cookbook. Connie made literal buckets of these wafer thin cookies. The festively decorated tin pails lined the stairwell of her house waiting for friends and family to stop by and receive their annual quota," said Ted Deptula, Culinary Director of Crooked Hammock.

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Cape Region holiday event schedule
Salvador Dalí exhibit to start Dec. 4
Mandala class offered online Dec. 4
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus show set Dec. 4
Cape Artists to host open house Dec. 5
Lewes Lions' food drive at Lloyd’s Dec. 5
Holiday greenery sales in Milton Dec. 5, 12
Holiday Village & Market set Dec. 6
Goshen chili presale orders due Dec. 6
Expanding the Delaware Story Dec. 7
Total Home Decluttering begins Dec. 8
Holiday earrings class at RAL Dec. 8
DHA benefit set Dec. 9 at Mill Pond Garden
Heidi Lowe Gallery holiday market Dec. 10
‘Dear Santa’ screening through Dec. 10
Cookie walk and ceramics sale Dec. 12
Art market Saturdays, Sundays until Dec. 13
A Farmer’s Christmas open through Dec. 19
Operation Christmas CHEER seeks gifts

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Rehoboth’s Browseabout Books changes ownership

Colleen Bogan Murphy: Best Bookstore Ever!!! I cannot be in town and not stop in at least 2x during my visits. Browseabout has been a mainstay in my RB life - like Nicola’s!

Darlene Harding: Any visit to Rehoboth means a stop at this book store! Unique cards and gifts!

Bob Mitchell: Wishing you much success, Susan Kehoe. Love 'your' store and will be there to patronize your business in 2021!
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