Client Spotlight: Caffé Gelato

Delaware native and University of Delaware grad, Ryan German, discovered his love of gelato while traveling Europe during his college years. Main Street in Newark lacked an ice cream parlor and few Americans ever tasted genuine gelato so German brought gelato to Newark. German and his father spent months renovating the location themselves until all that was left was the perfect gelato recipe. He traveled to Italy and attended trade shows which allowed him to establish the import connection that would set Caffe Gelato apart. Caffe Gelato ingredients are imported from Italy to create the perfect and authentic gelato. German also saw the opportunity to staff a full kitchen and capitalized.

While the gelato is amazing take a break from walking Main Street for lunch their new Fall menu has everyone talking.  The Fall Menu designed by German and Chef Jeovany Vale has everyone talking. Caffé Gelato has a relaxed atmosphere, vibrant bar, Wine Spectator award winning wine cellar, great food, delicious homemade gelato and homemade pasta. Ordering take-out has never been so easy ad they do deliver. Make sure to check for monthly specials {for a limited time, receive 2 appetizer size salads and 2 entree size pastas for just $29}

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Stop in for lunch or dinner any day of the week, but come the weekend it’s a popular brunch spot. If you are picturing a standard diner breakfast try again. Their brunch menu features both savory and sweet crepes, French toast, poached eggs with lobster, filet mignon or even with mozzarella and Roma tomatoes, elevated omelets, and variety of sharable small plates. Wear your University of Delaware gear on a Saturday and receive 50% off! Parking is available in the back lot for 3 hours free when you dine in!

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On October 29th Caffe Gelato is hosting a 10 Miler, 5k Run and 2 mile walk to benefit the Friendship House in Newark. Register now online until the Thursday before the event.

Use their online system or call them directly at (302) 738-5811 to make a reservation for your next dinner, reserve a party room, or catering.

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Giving Back: E-Racing the Blues for Mental Health

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The Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) is a nonprofit founded in 1932 with a focus on education, support, and advocacy for mental health issues. Mental Illness is a public health issue that affects one in five Americans through depression or anxiety every year. This means more than 100,000 Delawareans are affected yearly!

Since exercise has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression, the MHA hosts an annual 5K run/walk called E-Racing the Blues for Mental Health. This October marks the event’s 15th anniversary. Members of the community participate in honor or in memory of loved ones, to support the cause, and/or to exercise for their own mental health. Last year the event raised $75,000 and, if this years goal is met, the MHA will reach a total of $1,000,000 raised from the yearly 5K.

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Sunday, October 29th at 8:30am come out to the Wilmington Riverfront to show your support! Your registration fee and donations all go directly to the Mental Health Association in Delaware. Not a runner? Don’t worry, you are more than welcome to walk the 5K, volunteer, or donate to the cause!

Social Stylate co-founder Lauren Golt is participates in this event every year in honor of her father, who passed away from suicide in 2011. This event and the organization is very close to our hearts and we appreciate any support you can give! (To donate to Lauren’s team, For My Pops, click here.)

 

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Kirna Zabete Founder Beth Buccini Calls the Brandywine Valley Home

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Kirna Zabete’s founder Beth Buccini in her shop’s new location in Bryn Mawr. All photography by Jim Graham

Written for The Hunt Magazine by Lauren Golt

If you’re a fashionista, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Kirna Zabete, the high-end Soho boutique (and online store) where women can discover the latest designers and shop their favorites. What you may not know is that Kirna Zabete is owned by Brandywine Valley resident Beth Buccini, who graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar’s December issue in a spread appropriately named “The Fashionable Life.”

Buccini moved to Chadds Ford five years ago with her husband and four children. “I basically left Manhattan kicking and screaming,” she says.

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After nearly 20 years there, the quiet countryside was a big change. But Buccini admits it has grown on her. “I can’t believe how much I enjoy the peace. I feel like I can take a deep breath,” she says. “It’s so beautiful and magical; I’m always happy to be home.”

Being a wife, a mother of four under the age of 13 and a business owner sounds taxing, but Buccini has it down to a science. She cites being “psycho organized,” a 5 a.m. wakeup time, and multi-tasking conference calls with school pickups as just a few of the ways she makes it all work. “I color code my calendar to correspond with each of my four children’s schedules, work appointments, and personal events,” she says. “Having the visual cue for what I need to be doing and where I need to be going really helps keep me on track.”

When a prime storefront location popped up on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, only 45 minutes from home, Buccini jumped at the opportunity. “My kids go to school on the Main Line and whenever I’d talk to other moms it would always circle back to fashion,” she says.

The right demographics, an amazing space and the hunger for style gave Buccini the push she needed. “The store used to be a SEPTA station garage, so the ceilings are high and there’s great natural light,” she says.

Buccini hired interior designer Steven Gambrel—who designed the Soho store as well as her Chadds Ford home—to do the Bryn Mawr’s chic and sophisticated interior. “Steven really understands my spirit,” Buccini says.

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Black chandeliers, vibrant pops of color (including Kirna Zabete’s signature red), a plush pink shoe room and exposed ceiling beams give the space a fun, modern flair. It’s the perfect place to house designer pieces from Stella McCartney, YSL, Celine, Gucci and more.

When it comes to her personal style, Buccini, who was voted “best dressed” in high school, says, “I love to push my fashion boundaries, while remaining appropriate.” She cites Lee Radziwill (Jackie O’s sister) and London-based stylist Julia Sarr Jamois as her style icons and says she’s loved fashion for as long as she can remember. “I can tell you what I was wearing for every major event in my life, and in high school I used to write down every outfit I wore,” says Buccini.

When asked about upcoming trends, she says, “I hate the idea of trends. Fashion is about finding your own personal style and knowing what looks best on you.”

The past few years have been a whirlwind for Buccini and Kirna Zabete. First, she bought out her business partner of 17 years, Sarah Easley, becoming the sole owner. Next, she opened a pop-up shop in East Hampton, which, after a hugely successful season, is now a year-round boutique. Last fall, Buccini opened Kirna Zabete in Bryn Mawr and this fall she plans to open the doors on a Palm Beach location. Meanwhile, Buccini also completely revamped her website to grow her e-commerce business which she calls “a natural extension” of the brand. (We’d be remiss to not also mention that Kirna Zabete created capsule collections with three big retailers: Target in 2012, Nine West in 2013, and Gilt.com in 2015.)

With so much competition in the retail space, how does Buccini keep Kirna Zabete fresh, relevant and oft-visited? “Since opening in 1999, I’ve had the same mission: to have the best edit of the most important designers of today and tomorrow,” she says.

Buccini is known for talent-scouting, having first discovered labels like Thakoon and Veronica Beard when they were unknown designers. A great selection of clothing and stellar customer service is what Buccini believes sets her apart from other stores. She also believes that shopping is an experience and she strives to make her stores a destination women want to visit. “Everyday you have to put clothes on and you want to feel great,” she says. “I want customers to look and feel their best.”

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While Buccini is known to dress celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz and pal around with Jessica Seinfield, she leads a more low-key life when she’s home in Chadds Ford. The weekends are usually spent on lockdown with her family. Buccini loves to stay in and entertain, horseback ride with her children and visit her favorite local shops and restaurants. “My husband and I love La Fia in Wilmington and Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square. We also love to take the kids to Ravanesi Pizza in Glen Mills. It’s definitely the best pizza in the area,” she says.

For the perfect gift Buccini visits Wild Thyme in Centreville. (“The owner, Laurie, has the best taste.”) For home décor and a dose of inspiration she loves Terrain. (“I’ve been asked 3 different times for my company ID, so clearly I’m there a lot.”)

What does the arrival of summer mean for Buccini? “My goal is to be in a bathing suit as much as possible,” she says. “I love a great cover-up. I also love the idea of a summer dress. You pair one with flats for day and heels at night, throw on a pair of fabulous earrings, and you’re all set.”

Buccini’s upbringing in Virginia Beach is the reason she loves the surf and sand. “I just love being near the water,” she says.

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Boss Lady: Jennifer Steiner

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Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Jennifer Steiner, co-founder of Adorn Goods boutique in Centreville, Delaware. Jennifer shares with us what it means to empower women to live positive and organized lifestyles along with advice for future #bossladies.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career.
I studied Communication and Art History in college. Everything I’m about and ever known has one theme…aesthetics. I was lucky to grow up with a father who is a mastermind of 18th century architectural design and lover of Philadelphia high style antiques and a mother whose house was always a home and was impeccable. I learned quickly quality over quantity.

I started working on the curatorial staff at Delaware Art Museum as an intern right out of college. I remember my first project was to design a rug out of garden hoses. I thought if I can make a rug made of hoses look good…well I may have potential. From there I went on to special events and then advertising. After I was married, I decided to start the interior design program at Moore College of Art and Design. Then came children and all my time went to them! I feel so lucky to be able to own a business and still pick up my kids from school.

2. What prompted you to start Adorn Goods?
A love of all things beautiful…whether it’s a gorgeous vase, an essential oil that brings you a few moments of relaxation and mindfulness, or the most delicious jar of homemade jam you are so proud to serve your friends and family.

3. How do you decide what brands/lines to carry?
Everything we carry we love and want for ourselves. It’s hard to find the unique, but that’s what we strive for! We want people to love everything and find something they love…truly enjoying their shopping experience.

4. As a retailer, what lessons have you learned that you didn’t know prior to opening the store?
The time it takes to keep things energized and fresh!

5. How do you make your store stand out against competitors?
By offering unique lines with a mix of nostalgia and passion.

6. Where do you hope to see Adorn Goods in 5 years?
The addition of an online store, increased event space and hopefully doing what we are doing now, with the same amount of passion.

7. As a working mom, do you have any tips on creating a balance?
Do the best you can…it’s all good!

8. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
It’s simple, being in nature and mindfulness.

9. What advice do you have for those looking to go from employee to entrepreneur?
There’s always a way…especially for women business owners. Join a support group or local women in business club.

10. Who is a #BossLady that inspires you and why?
My friend Debi Brooks, who runs a major non-profit, she also a mom, a cook, baker and everything maker : )

Just for fun…

Your happy place is: Anywhere in nature.
The one item you can’t live without it: Salt and chocolate.
Favorite Instagram account to follow: Ugh….
The last show you binge-watched: Big Little Lies!
Cocktail of choice: Dirty Martini
Song you could dance all day to: Crazy In Love by Beyonce and September by Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Trend you wish would disappear: Any trend…I alway try to stick with the classics.

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