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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 - 53 Take your pick of furniture,, craft,s at . Berry Patch Reproductions m Coolsprmg By Jen Ellingsworth Nestled in a shady nook of Coolspring is Berry Patch Repro- ductions, a woodworking business specializing in the reproduction and restoration of antique furni- ture. Owners Bob and Mary Lou Berry started the business in 1989. Bob, a Dewey Beach police sergeant, retired from Hodgsen Vo-Tech in 1990 after a 17-year teaching career. A millwright all his life, he served his apprentice- ship under his father and still has the original lathe on which he was taught. He said the Berry Patch busi- ness was booming almost right from the start, and he and Mary Lou, a retired school nurse, had to expand their work space to ac- commodate the demand. The craftsmanship takes place in the shop behind the Berry's home." The telltale smell of saw- dust fills the air and the signs of hard work are evident when you walk through the shop. The businesses' retail operation is a small building near the edge of the highway, where the Berrys have displayed'some of their work. The items on display inside Jen EIIingsworth photo Mary Lou and Bob Berry sit on the steps outside their shop in Coolspring. The Berrys began their business, Berry Patch Reproductions, in 1989. the store are only a sampling of what the business is all about, though. From the Delaware Plain furni- ture originated by casket-making Quakers in the early days to the more elegant Queen Anne, Chip- pendale and Hepplewhite pieces, the Berry Patch is noted for its ac- curacy of representation. The shop is filled with works in progress, including both restora- tion and reproduction pieces. Bob said most of his work is reproduc- tion, while about 30 percent is- restoration and 10 percent is craft work. Both restoration and reproduc- tion processes are time-consum- ing and require extensive knowl- edge of furniture history and craftsmanship. Bob's ability to create such work is a hands-on Continued on page 54 THE TEAM TO HANDLE ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS BED & BREAKFAST OR SiX BEDROOM SINGLE FAMILY HOME Contemporary Victorian in City Limits of Historic Lewes. Original structure from 19OO, vastly remodeled with a large new addition. Bay views and only a short walk to the town center of Lewes. Great floor plan for Bed & Breakfast or Single Family Home. Asking $299,000 Please call for an appointment or further details. I CROWLEY ='-= ..... ...... " ...... il ASSOCIATES "to a better way" REALTY, IN(" Rehoboth Beach - Bethany Beach, Delaware National Listing System 302-227-6131 800 242-4213 e-mail at crowleyr@dmv.com Member Broker NEW LISTING 1997 Skyline Mobile Home with many upgrades. Beautiful home and easy to show. 6" interior walls, wrap around deck, concrete walkway, asphalt drive, cathedral ceilings, sliding glass door off kitchen, mirrored LR wall and upgraded insulation. Priced below replacement cost at $38,800! YOU CAN'T GET ANY CLOSER TO THE BEACH FOR $165,000_ Sand at your steps, two decks facing the ocean, 3 BR, 1.5 BA, furnished, outside shower, heat and air conditioning, private parking, excellent income. Call today for an appointment. ] DEVELOPERS RENTALS SALES 4129 Highway One Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 P.O. Drawer C, N. Pennsylania Avenue at Route One ny Beach, Delaware 19930 SHOWN WITH PRIDE II 4 BR, 21/2 BA home with everything and more! m First floor master suite with fireplace, jacuzzi lub II & sliding doors to the deck, breakfast room II overlooking the canal, floor to ceiling brick fire- II place in LR and so much more. $369,000. II I ANGOLA BY THE BAY Lots of room in this recently painted 3 BR, 2 BA split foyer home. H/P, screened porch and ready to finish basement are just a few of the pluses, Close to pool and community area. $114,500. I HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MILTON is the location of The Harbor Cafe. This i large 2 story brick building contains the restaurant, coffee shop, several offices, a 2 BR apartment plus the old movie theater. This turnkey opportunity can be yours for $149,500. i READY TO OWN YOUR OWN HOME? Shipbuilder's Village in Historic Milton offers this rare find. A 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA town- home with H/P, rear deck and close to area businesses. Community with pool and tennis courts. Hurpj! $68,000. YOUR SEARCH IS OVER! 3 BR plus Idft, 2 BA Salt Box with H/P, gas fireplace, large utility room with storage, hardwood floors in living room, screened porch and room to add a garage at the back of the house. A great house at a great price. $139,500. Awwage A Hor A Minuw" top--nil in lerl$ band  Ill horw bgt oc =rid rough CENTURY t fclmm dmng 1904. 019 C4mtuey 21 Real EJMe ?oqx)ndion and = - Inmdu1$d o# QmUy 21 RUl Eslale Corpraa. F.qual Howling Oppeeluly ECH (E IS INPEHgrITLY OWIED 0 GPA'I'ED.