one of the first artists who came to mind for the interior of our third Delaware location was fellow Philly-based friend, Ryan Psota. We've partnered with Ryan in the past, asking him to contribute a mural to our Front Street Walls, which he designed + painted in collaboration with in the Mural Arts Program. For our newest restaurant in Christiana, we gave Ryan two walls + asked him to make something bold + colorful. Needless to say, Ryan did not dissapoint.
the Newark Bike Project (NBP) has been providing affordable, healthy means for transportation to the relatively small town of Newark, Delaware since 2011. Accepting donations from residents, businesses + collecting discarded bikes from the University of Delaware campus, this nonprofit has cemented itself as a Newark staple, offering a fully stocked bike repair shop, riding lessons + other services to the community.
Paul + Tonya Romanick are two sculptors who've mastered their craft to create truly amazing creations out of clay. From intricate underwater scenes to polished dinnerware, the couple has created over 40,000 pieces (!) in their lifetime via their Newark business. We met with the Delaware duo to learn more about their pottery passion, their Newark, DE roots + how they have developed renewed interest in handcrafted goods with their line of custom growlers.
community + togetherness, with a side of some really, really good cold brew. That is the focus of Newark's small town coffee shop, Brewed Awakenings, and its owner, J.D. Willetts. Since purchasing the café in 2015, J.D.'s goal has been to create, maintain + expand a space where residents and students alike can gather, hang, talk things through and most of all — enjoy a cup of coffee, all without taking a cent for himself.
Tucked away in a tiny Newark alley, just past a colorful mosaic bulletin board mural, lies Rainbow Records. The shop, owned by Todd + Miranda Brewer, has endured and evolved along with the small Delaware town over the years, without ever losing focus of its goals—to provide the community with easy access to quality music + books while supporting local art of all kinds. We had coffee with Todd at the neighboring Brewed Awakenings [editor's note: blog coming soon!] to discuss the Newark music scene + how the shop has maintained a constant presence for over three decades.
originally founded, owned + operated by Jim Tunis in 1994, Newark skate shop SWITCH has always been a staple of the area—a hub for skaters, snowboarders + bands to meet and interact with one another. Now under new ownership + at a prime Main St. location [editor's note: right next to our new Newark location!], the shop aims to expand their brand even further. We met with Co-Owner, Tyler Jacobson, to discuss the Newark skate, snow + music scene as well as how Newark itself has transformed over the years.
After a host of "out-of-this-world" circumstances, it is with great pleasure that we proudly announce the opening of our eighth location today! Welcome to the honeygrow family Newark, Delaware!
we met with Christianna LaBuz, Director of Programming for World Cafe Live (both in Philadelphia + Wilmington) to learn more about what has made The Queen such a historic + prominent venue in Wilmington, DE for the past five years.
hg: could you share with us a bit of the history of World Cafe Live?