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Bethany Beach

Most of the shopping in Bethany Beach is along or near Garfield Parkway, with a few shops on the boardwalk. They're generally open daily from 10am to 5pm, with extended hours in summer.

Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Pkwy. (tel. 302/539-2522), is the perfect place to pick up some beach reading. For your sweet tooth, head to the Fudge Factory, 3 Town Center (tel. 302/539-7502), or follow your nose to the delectable aromas at Fisher's Popcorn, 108 Garfield Pkwy. (tel. 888/436-6388 or 302/539-8833).

Stop in Alice H. Klein, on Garfield Parkway (tel. 302/539-6992; www.tkodirect.com), for delicate, handcrafted jewelry. Bethany's premier boutique is the eclectic Japanesque, 16 Pennsylvania Ave. (tel. 302/539-2311), which carries a wide selection of Japanese jewelry, home furnishings, and books.

Fenwick Island

Shopping in Fenwick is limited, but if you like country items, visit the Seaside Country Store (tel. 302/539-6110). This big, red store on Route 1, surrounded by strip malls, has room after room of merchandise with a country feel -- from gifts and clothing to home decor to candy. It's closed December through February. Pottery Place (tel. 302/539-3603) has lots of beachy nature, but those in the know show up at 7am for their first cup of joe. The coffee bar in the back of the shop has famous coffee, including those fattening wonderful coffee drinks. It's open at 7am for your caffeine fix year-round.

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