Brush Factory offers unique items in Lewes

Mercantile shop seeks variety in its vendors
June 24, 2017

There’s a little something for everybody at the new Brush Factory on Kings. 

Operating out of an old brush factory on Kings Highway, the mercantile shop features nearly 20 vendors offering a unique mix of items, from vintage furniture and beach-themed decor to homemade candles, local art and clothing. 

“These are people who live, work and play in the area,” said Christine Chura, owner of the Brush Factory. “We think it’s important to give them an avenue to do something.” 

The Brush Factory officially opened June 15 in the former RISE Fitness + Adventure gym, across from the First Baptist Church of Lewes, though passersby dropped in weeks earlier as vendors began setting up. 

“We’re looking for this to be a hub, especially once the season dies down and people are looking for something to do or a place to be,” Chura said. “We want them to be here.”

This isn’t Chura’s first foray into the retail world. In the early 1990s she owned and operated Chelsea and Crew, with a store on Second Street in Lewes and another on First Street in Rehoboth Beach. When looking to open the Brush Factory, she said, she thought about all the things she loved about those stores and sought out people who could offer beautiful and unique things. 

Sharyn Santel, owner of ArtSee Glass, checked all the boxes. A former art therapist for 27 years, Santel said she started her tumbling glass as a retirement project. It evolved into a business where she creates, among other items, memory mirrors, where a loved one brings personal items, such as jewelry, and she artistically incorporates them into the mirror. 

“I decided to take on this trade where I tumble old bottles, old ashtrays, and it’s eco-friendly,” she said. “It’s not beach glass, but it certainly looks like it, and it gives the impression of it.” 

Rolanda Leonardo also offers something unique. Leonardo owns Mulberry Street Candles, which is set to open a brick-and-mortar shop on Third Street in Lewes soon. 

“I beachcomb and I use all the shells and sand from our beaches to make it more part of the Lewes experience,” she said. “I started making them, and it evolved into this little business.”

Her candles are natural, made with slower-burning soy with no toxins and no metal in the wick. 

Many of the vendors at the Brush Factory are multigenerational, with several mother-daughter teams. Chura's two daughters, Shelby and Abby Thomas, are also involved. 

“This a really, really good exercise in how business works,” she said. “It’s also a good way to learn that you have to work hard and follow through with it.”

As if 20 vendors weren’t enough, the Brush Factory has also dedicated indoor space in the back of the building for two pickleball courts. With their own dedicated entrance and parking, pickleball players will soon be able to reserve time on the courts. The only rule, Chura said, is “they have to play nice or go home.” 

The Brush Factory is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. To learn more about the business, visit them at 830 Kings Highway, Lewes, or like them on Facebook at

“I’m just really blessed,” Chura said. “Not only with my children and my husband, but the community as well has been extremely kind.” 


Clay and Cloth on Kings -
Judy Demeno - Clothing, handmade pottery made by Judy and unique gifts
Beach Uniques - Travis Schafer/Stacey Doney -Repurposed architectural artifacts into one of a kind furniture and accessories
Robin's Nest - Robin Callahan - mix of vintage, antique, wholesale and handmade gifts/furniture
Northwest of Naught and ReDone - Cheryl and Beth Anthony - handmade signs, furniture and accessories
Local Matt Burton - award-winning carver and carpenter - decoys - canvas and wood, vintage fishing lures and small furniture pieces
Evie McPhee - Antique and vintage items for your home and garden
ArtSee - Sharyn Santel - Sea glass/sea shell art using vintage windows and mirrors. Sea glass mulch for your garden
Michael Patrick Antiques & Accessories - Lynette and Michael Palen - Beautiful antiques and unique decorative accessories
KAM Productions - Keith Mosher - Custom-designed shirts, tanks and hats - rawhide and drums - awesome 302 design
Bill Tieman - Vintage and antique furniture and smalls, many from Sussex County
Painted Lark - Carolyn Claypoole - Custom-painted furniture and vintage accessories
Eastern Seaboards - Kathy and Gerry Bryan - Rescued materials and furniture made into signs, frames and other unique accessories for your home 
Paintiques - Sherry Biele - Artist and creator of one of a kind art and painted furniture
Fabulous Finds - Judy Sansone and Lori Precht - A blend of primitive, industrial, farmhouse and coastal furniture and accessories
The Great Marsh Carvings - Local Scott Belote - Award-winning wildfowl carving, wood turnings and handmade furniture
Michelle Colbert - Unique and unusual vintage and antique books, smalls, paintings and furniture
Proof Boutique - Beth and Maddie Millholland - Lovely women's clothing, jewelry and small home accessories
Karen Apostolico Gallery - Artist - Painting of local areas and wildlife on old wood surfaces as well as small furniture pieces
Mulberry Street Candles - Rolanda Leonardo - Handmade soy candles, terrariums and gift baskets made in Historic Lewes 
Delaware Rays - Emily Gofus - Selected produce, succulents, herbs and handmade concrete planters and stepping stones
Lewes Lettering Company - Katy Ackerman - Calligraphy for your special events, cozy home and thoughtful gifts
Drift Lewes - Virginia and Christine Lewis and Chelsea, Shelby and Abby Thomas - Furniture, original paintings, unusual and unique objects and folk art

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