Salt + Stone owner Amanda Kane said she knows her store can come across as a hippie shop, but she said that’s not how she sees it.
“The vibe is supposed to be a place that’s warm and inviting, where a person can find little treasures that are sweet and will brighten their day, even if they’re flat broke,” said Kane.
Located in retail space of the Avenue Inn on Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth, Salt + Stone opened in September after a few successful years in Kennett Square, Pa. She said she and her husband decided to move the family to the beach area because they love it here.
‘My parents had a place in The Pines of Rehoboth when I was growing up, and we decided this past year to make the move permanently,” she said. “A lot of my friends are still around here.”
Kane’s shop has a wide selection of curated goods, but the focus is her hand-crafted jewelry. Along the back wall of the shop is her work space. She said she takes a raw sheet of precious metal, cuts it into shapes, and then molds the metal into rings, jewelry and bracelets. She said she used the shapes of the gemstones for inspiration.
Kane also takes old pawn jewelry and fixes it. These are pieces that aren’t made anymore, and it’s great to restore them to their former glory, she said.
Kane said she has been making jewelry since she was a child – she had $2 bracelets for sale in Rehoboth stores as an 8-year-old – but she said she got back into the art as a creative outlet to help cope with her oldest son who has autism. She had an IT career in Philadelphia, but she said when her son was diagnosed as a young boy, she left the corporate world and became a stay-at-home mom, spending all her time researching the disorder.
“I was going insane,” she said. “This started out as an emotional thing. It was something that was healthy for my mind and body.”
Under the name Vintage Faerie, Kane said, she began selling her wares. Shortly afterward, industry reps began reaching out to see if they could represent her. Overnight, it blossomed into something bigger, she said.In addition to her one-of-a-kind jewelry, the shop has hard-to-find perfumes, small gifts, local artwork and sage bundles.
After a slow winter, Kane said she’s looking forward to her first summer season on Wilmington Avenue. She said there may be a foot traffic problem, but she’s going to be hosting workshops and other events to bring people in. Sunday, April 28, she’ll host Mandie Stadler of Mandie’s Magical Marketplace.
“There’s a perception that there’s not much on Wilmington Avenue, but we’re trying to change that,” said Kane. “There are some great shops, with dynamic energy, on this street.”
For more information on Salt + Stone, 33 Wilmington Ave., go to www.saltandstone302.com or call 302-827-7258.