Lloyd’s isn’t just a place to buy groceries. The Lewes store connects customers to a simpler, and perhaps more satisfying, time.
By Chris Beakey | Photograph by Kevin Fleming
Should you find Libby Lynch, who was born in Beebe Hospital 90 years ago, sitting on her porch at Market and Third streets in Lewes, she’ll be happy to reminisce about “the old days” when locals bought most of their clothing, home goods and groceries in town.
It might seem like those days are gone forever — unless you’ve visited Lloyd’s Market on Savannah Road, which has been owned and operated by Lloyd and Dottie Purcell since 1971. The market today is much as it’s always been, with quaint signs on the large front windows advertising specials, chickens turning on a rotisserie next to the fisherman’s cooler where fresh crabmeat and oysters are kept on ice, and four cozy aisles where a cart can be loaded with a week’s worth of groceries in short order.
“I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have that store right here in town,” Lynch says after a recent shopping trip, where Lloyd’s staff and a neighbor who arrived at the same time lent her a hand. “I think I’ve known everyone who’s worked there — they’ve all been really good people.”
Photos of many store employees are prominently displayed near the entrance. Some have worked at Lloyd’s for decades, forging strong connections to customers and to the Delmarva farmers who supply more than 90 percent of Lloyd’s produce during the summer months. Among those farmers are 10-year-old Cailan Wilkinson and his 5-year-old brother, Aiden, the unlikely purveyors of Brothers Organic Produce. The boys’ family began growing vegetables at their Mulberry Street home in Lewes in 2012 before moving to a larger property on Gills Neck Road last year. Today, the Wilkinsons count on Lloyd’s as a first stop when they bring their harvests to market.
For years, Cape Henlopen High’s field hockey team has set the standard for excellence. What’s the secret of Cape’s success? An unbeatable combination of ingredients: coaching, preparation, family support — and players’ commitment to give their all.
By Jack Rodgers | Photograph by Dan Cook
From the September 2016 Issue
The attacks always came from the sea. The raiding parties traveled to all points of the compass, pushed by winds from the frigid lands of the north. Their longboats plowed through the waves, and upon landfall issued ax-wielding invaders, against whom defense was impossible. For centuries, coastal inhabitants would hope against hope for deliverance from the Norsemen’s wrath.
To the modern day opponents of Cape Henlopen’s vaunted field hockey team, an arriving bus carrying the feared Lady Vikings might seem akin to a longboat of yore, given the steep odds of defeating Cape on the field of battle. Their sticks are not sharpened, but, deftly handled, they can strike a ball with authority and accuracy.
Yes, the metaphor may be too grand, but coaches whose teams have never beaten the juggernaut from coastal Sussex County ruefully remember the brutal defeats. Most painful of all are surely the near misses — games when a luckier bounce here or official’s judgment there could have tipped the balance their way.
“Cape,” notes former Lady Vikings coach Nicole Hughes, “is everybody’s rival!”
She’s right. In today’s world of scholastic field hockey, Cape Henlopen is the team to beat. The current edition is riding a wave of five straight state championships, which is unprecedented in the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. It is a proud history, this Cape field hockey dynasty, replete with legendary tales such as the 1995 state title game that took an unbelievable 168 minutes, eight overtimes and stretched over two days to complete. The fact that such a triumph was not recorded in runes makes it no less historic or dramatic.
A Question of Character
Some Rehoboth Beach residents say the trend toward building massive homes — what they call ‘mini-hotels’ in residential areas — degrades the neighborhood feel of the town. But other property owners contend that the new houses — with swimming pools, modern high-end amenities and room for 20 or more people — fit the resort’s identity as a tourist destination.
From the August 2016 issue
Summers at the Myers vacation home in The Pines section of Rehoboth Beach aren’t as nice as they used to be. The house is no longer in a quiet neighborhood, says Lynne Myers, who owns the property with her husband, Donald.
Last summer, her grandchildren had trouble sleeping, and Myers says she couldn’t sit in her backyard and read.
The difference: Two new homes that have been built nearby, each of which has a pool. “Mega-homes,” Myers calls them — houses that she asserts were constructed strictly with renting in mind.
“They are beautiful to look at, but they are built to accommodate the maximum number of people.”
And with the pools right there, the renters often stay at home instead of walking the block and a half to the ocean. “They congregate and they party and even when they are trying to be considerate, they have to talk over the water fountains,” she adds. “It’s so loud.”
The Myerses were among the Rehoboth Beach residents who pushed last year for new zoning laws to curtail the construction of such homes. They wrote a letter to the editor of the Cape Gazette, which appeared in the Oct. 30 edition. “[Our] tranquility was shattered when two large rental homes were built behind our house,” the couple wrote. “Each has a swimming pool that generates constant noise — children shouting, parents and family trying to talk over the noise, and music blaring from loudspeakers and boomboxes. The noise and commotion are nonstop.”