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Miss Pixie's By The Sea opens in Rehoboth

DC-based home furnishings satellite store open in Rehoboth Mews
By Molly MacMillan | Mar 17, 2014
Photo by: Molly MacMillan Miss Pixie's At The Beach store owner Pixie Windsor, left, browses vintage postcards with Rehoboth Mews neighbor Megan Churchman.

Miss Pixie's By The Sea owner Pixie Windsor said she felt confident she found the right spot for her vintage home accessories and design store when she opened this winter in an early 20th century home on Baltimore Avenue.

With original hardware, trim and flooring, the old beach house at 40 Baltimore Ave. fits well with the vintage, cottage-y and modern styles of merchandise Windsor acquires at auction to stock both her flagship Miss Pixie's location in Adams Morgan, N.W. Washington, D.C. and now, her Rehoboth Beach location as well.

The new store is filled with stylized items recovered from these auctions like small furniture, prints, luggage racks, tables and chairs and a few new and unique items like pine tables made to order, handmade cards and pillows or textiles.

"It's a little bit of everything, vinyl, used design books," Windsor said "It will change in the summer and we will get a new inventory every couple of weeks."

Kitchen Cupboard owner Megan Churchman said in the short time Miss Pixie's At The Beach has been open in Rehoboth Mews, she's already found treasures for the decor at her restaurant, The Bramble and Brine.

According to Churchman, she feels like she lucked out when Windsor brought Miss Pixie's to town.

"This place was an open unit," she said. "I feel so lucky it's been filled with something so iconic from our neighbors in D.C. She's kind, sweet. She's an icon."

A native of Cambridge, Md., Windsor said she's always been a design enthusiast and Rehoboth has been her favorite beach resort town since she first visited as a child.

Much like everyone else with Rehoboth roots that extend into youth, Windsor's latest gig in Rehoboth will be far from her first.

The vintage store owner said she spent summers in Rehoboth through college and owned a larger furniture store on Wilmington Avenue for a period of time.

During college, Windsor said she worked at Dolle's and keeps a tray of saltwater taffy at the Baltimore Avenue location partly in homage. At the D.C. store, Windsor said she makes bite-sized chocolate chip cookies for shoppers and extended the hospitality with a beach treat for Rehoboth.

Now, she said her employees from the flagship store are eager for their own opportunity to work in Rehoboth.

"At this point, a few of my employees in D.C. are fighting to work here," Windsor said.

With her current weekend hours extending to Friday and Monday in the coming weeks meaning extra shifts and work, she may be able to accommodate that request soon enough.

For more information about Miss Pixie's By The Sea, call 302-226-8171 or go to www.misspixies.com.

Miss Pixie's... At the Beach now offers vintage and re-purposed items for the home in a classic converted beach house off Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Mews. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
A tiny staircase leads to the upstairs loft sales floor, stocked with vintage design and cookbooks along with vinyl albums. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Customers can try out Miss Pixie's vintage album collection on a record player in the loft and peruse the bookshelves before purchases. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Most of the merchandise at Miss Pixie's is acquired at auctions throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
The home furnishings store also carries a variety of handmade greeting cards. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
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