Local businesses to host first Shop Hop

MILFORD — Looking for something new? The owners of Not Too Shabby, Farmhouse 302 and Vintage 614 hope customers will bounce over to their stores Saturday, Sept. 15 for their first ever Shop Hop event.

Those who visit with each of the three businesses will earn a coupon for a free cookie from Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop located in downtown Milford.

“The hope and goal is to make people realize that Milford has a great community, and there’s lots of opportunities to shop, enjoy local artisans and all that,” Don Vaughn of Not Too Shabby said.

His business has been open for just under a year and is already bursting at the seams with products and new creations.

“We take furniture we find at really cool places, update it, paint it, destress it and make it into some really cool pieces,” Mr. Vaughn said.

Some of the items found inside Not Too Shabby’s walls at 301 S. Rehoboth Blvd. include updated vintage radios large and small, candles, hutches and other furniture pieces.

“We even have Milford stuff,” he said. “I wouldn’t really refer to us as like an antique shop. Someone truly looking for antiques is going to look at our shop filled with painted items and freak out. We try to update everything or sell items as do-it-yourself pieces. We even sell the paint we use.”

To find the items in their shop, Mr. Vaughn says they search in some unique places.

“We do something called boogaloogin — that’s going out and finding stuff, being on the search for good stuff. We were talking about it with Jenn from Lifecycle and her grandpa used it — it’s just a fun word. People love it. I think that’s the best description of it,” he laughed.

Boogaloogin and using their knack for finding unique pieces to sell in their shop in Milford has helped Not Too Shabby grow over the past year. Now, the owners want to help other businesses thrive by joining forces to host a Shop Hop event.

The owners of newly opened Farmhouse 302 on Del. Route 1 at 10322 Coastal Highway in Milford say they are excited to take part in the Shop Hop.

The two-store farmhouse built in the 1800s is packed full of items from gifts to furniture and everything in between. Thirty-one vendors currently occupy the space, offering an eclectic variety of antiques, do-it-yourself items, jewelry, hair bows, photography, artwork and furniture to name a sampling of products.

“I don’t think there’s anything they don’t have,” Mr. Vaughn said of Farmhouse 302.

Many of the pieces found are from Milford-based vendors or artisans hoping to share their talents.

Vintage 614, located across from the Carlisle Fire Company at 614 N.W. Front St., is also participating in the Shop Hop.

Inside its walls, customers will find a variety of furniture pieces, candles and clothing to name a few items.

“If you can’t find what you’re looking for at one of our shops, you’re not looking the right way. And the great thing about it being on a Saturday is customers can enjoy the farmer’s market, eateries and everything else Milford has to offer. There’s people from out of state who can’t wait to come out to shop,” Mr. Vaughn said.

“If I didn’t do this as a business, this Shop Hop would be a thing I would enjoy. There’s so much here [in Milford], and people don’t realize it. I’m like: ‘Have you been here?’ ‘Nope.’ Well, where have you been is what I want to say. Milford is not just one street. There’s just so much Milford has to offer.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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