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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 22 - Sept. 28, 2000.55 Leaf & Lantern to host grand opening ;pt. 30 in Milton By Esther Kernosh Michael and Garnet Rhue of Milto will host the grand open- ing of Leaf & Lantern, an eclectic collection of country merchan- dise, wildlife art and candles, col- lectible flags and other col- lectibles from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, in a renovated 1850s era farmhouse. The Leaf & Lantern shop will reside in the old Clifton farm- house, which has been in Michael Rhue's family since 1928. "We're .fortunate to have this house at this location," said Rhue, who has been spending most of his time lately renovating and improving MIc, bael Rhue photo The first 50 visitors who attend the grand opening at Leaf & Lawn will receive complimentary gifts from the shop that offers a variety of country-style collectibles and artwork. For directions or information, call 684 8373. Above right shows the shop at its shop on the southbound side of Route 1, north of Milton. Proprietors Garnet and Michael Rhue re- stored the old farmhouse once owned by the Clifton family, who owned Clifton Cannery in the early part of last century. the house, bringing it up to the standards expected of a commer- cial establishment. "Actually the house is very sound," said Rhue. "The oak beams are in great shape, the house has lots of neat characteris- tics which make it well-suited for this kind of business." The busi- ness the Rhue's are planning will be a mix of country merchandise, wildlife art such as waterfowl art and decoys, primitive decorations, candles, collectibles, seasonable merchandise like fresh herbs and flowers in the summer, and some of Michael's own local nature and rural photographs. "It will be exciting to have somewhat of a gallery to exhibit my work," said Rhue. Rhue worked as a photographer for the "Delaware State News," for a year and has an extensive background in photography. "Photography is my passion," said Rhue. Original- ly, the Rhues planned to open a framing and photo restoration service at the same location. They still plan to offer those services for anyone who needs them. The Rhues plan to utilize their farmhouse and bucolic setting to make Leaf & Lantern a premier country spot in Sussex county. The house is unusual for a farm- house of that era. It is big and has high ceilings and a large front room, great for displaying met- a wooded residential community ' RehobothBeath. Rarely will you find homes such as these in Rehoboth Beach. Introducing the Woods at Seaside, a premier community of three-bedroom single-family homes nestled in a beautiful area of mature trees adjacent to Rehoboth Beach+ The unique, home designs features an abundance of living and storage space; bright, airy floor plans; a roomy two-ear garage and an" master bedroom on the first even a clubhouse and a pool. It's truly single-level living at its finest was a special beach community, chandise. The house als0 abounds in nooks and crannies expected of a 150-year-old structure. A cabinet near the fireplace has a handwritten history of the house kept by the people who lived there. The farm was purchased by the Cliftons of the Clifton Can- nery in 1928, Clifton was Rhue's maternal grandfather. The house has been in the Clifton family since then. Michael Rhue's moth- er, Nancy, was one of nine chil- "dren born there. Rhue's grand- mother lived in the house until her death in 1995. "The big question was what will become of the house," said Rhue. The farm provides Leaf & Lantern with plenty of potential and room to grow. "Right now the business will be in the downstairs of the house," said Rhue. "Even- tually, we may move upstairs. One of the original barns - from Continued on page 56 HOME MORTGAGE America's Largest Lender Competitive financing available on all types of residential properties. Conventional Loans Purchase and Refinance - Primary, Second Homes & Investment Properties. (Rate-term and cash-out) Construction Loans for new homes Knowledgeable, Honest and Reliable No pre-sale requirements on newly constructed condominiums Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service 4321 Highway One Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Call Me Anytime for an Appointment Office (302) 227-5700 Toll Free (888) 217-5700 Fax (302) 227-5710 David Carey Home Mortgage ConsuJtant It's a dream come true! Live in one addresses and enjoy the ultimate in living and entertainment! The condominiums of Sanibel Village finest combinations of premium features you'll find in the Beach area! The innovative offer roomy walk-in closets, large living areas, and a private deck that overlooks a picturesque You'll also find such amenities as ..... tennis courts, swimming pool, , and, of course, one of the ...... east coast's freest beaches.