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Stepping Stone earns national award Thefitepping Stone in Lewes was nan'aeclgne of the top-100 re- tail of American craft at an awards ceremony, July 12, during the Buyers Market Of American Craft at the Pennsylvania Conven- tion Center in Philadelphia. More than 18,000 professional craft artists from throughout the United States and Canada were polled by "Niche r magazine, Craftmark Group ranked 48 sponsor of the awards program. Criteria for selection included treating artists with courtesy and respect, paying on time, promot- ing and marketing American crafts, giving back time and ener- gy to the craft community and mentoring emerging artists. Near- ly 1,000 galleries, retail stores and museum shops from 50 states and the Virgin Islands were nominat- out of 100in metro area ed, with 31 states represented as the top retailers in American craft. "I am honored to present this year's top retailers and nomi- nees," said Wendy Rosen, pub- lisher of "Niche" magazine. "Through their strong commit- ment to cooperation and partner- ship, the time-honored tradition of American crafts will continue to carry forth the ideals thai have made our industry so stQlg,' The Rosen Groffl'r"s the The Craftmark Group was ranked 48th out of 1130 of the largest pri- biannual Buyers Market of Amer- Vately held companies in the Washington MetropolitanS:' ican Craft, the world's largest 2002's annual revenue totaling $247 million.  .:based wholesale arts event and publishes homelde r, composed of and Craftmark Homes, was the top both "Niche," the exclusive trade residential h0mebthe list. - publication for fine American ;The largestprivate companies list is published annually by "The craft retailers and "Ameri- Washington Business Journal" and focuses solely on businesses in the canStyle," a consumer lifestyle Washington metropolitan area. For more information, contact Ken magazine for collectors of Ameri- Malta, president, at 703-734-9855. :, can art. nevelonment want to* good.00gh0000, anO ,II-F It Jt.J Ik golf course fails, it must remain we Wt open space too." Continued f#om page 34 open space. : : Postal Lane neigfibors in the Derrickson shortening the course "We think it's fair and reason- Sandy Brae development voiced 1,000 yards, comparable to an ex- able, and that'l we're asking," concern about summer traffic. ecutive-length course, said Derrieln in November. During the summer, cars can The course will remain a nine- "We will definitely7 never build stretch the length of Postal Lane hole course. However, the plan- anything else in that golf course while trying to merge onto Planta- ners said the golf course must re- land, ever. tions Road, said some. main open space as a condition "It will remain open space. We They also noted the poor physi- cal condition of Old Postal Lane, which connects from Route 1 be- rtatmg"-"--S benefitingCatin institutionS.from thisOthersale projectsinclude fore the Bob Evans restaurant on- the Delaware City Library, Blades to Postal Lane. Continued from page 34 Marina and farmland preservation menting cost-cutting measures initiatives across the state. without drastically cutting citizen "By issuing these bonds, the services. Thisis rare in other state of Delaware is making a sig- states." nificant investment in education Secretary of Finance David W. and in the future of generations to Singleton noted representatives of come," said Minner. "That is two of the rating agencies had vis- something many states do not ited Delaware this spring to attend have the luxury of doing at this DEFAC meetings, time." "Both of them told me their vis- Delaware has been widely rec- its gave them even greater respect ognized for its strong financial for the thoroughness and inde- management. pendence of DEFAC," Singleton "Governing" magazine ranked said. Delaware as having the best roy- More than 81 percent of the enue system of any state, and proceeds from this $120 million "USA Today" recently found dollar sale will be dedicated to Delaware and two other states to capital improvement investments be the "best financial stewards" in in public schools and higher edu- the country. BOINES Horns, INC.00 276 HIGHWAY ONE, LEWES, DE 19958 Phone: 302-644-7333, Fax: 302-644-7401 Visit us at: Email: CAPE GAZETI, Friday, Aug. 8"-'A/g, I4; 2003 - 39 Andrew Keegan photo Lou and Gavin Braithwaite, proprietors of The Stepping Stone in Lewes, are among the top.lO0 retailers of American craft in the nation. They were honored by 'qqiche" magazine at a recent convention. BRUCE W. 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