Historic Ninth Street Fashion District Delights Wilmington Homeowners

Wilmington’s 9th Street Fashion District

How about shopping this weekend in a gorgeous historic district full of trendy clothing boutiques, high-fashion jewelry, great leather goods, bath and body products, and that impossible to find book… and do it all tax free!

That’s Wilmington’s Ninth Street Fashion District, only minutes from Darley Green, a 67-acre master-planned community of tree-lined streets and wide open spaces with exquisite yet affordable townhouses in Wilmington.

The Ninth Street Fashion District is the brainchild of the state Economic Development Office, working hand in hand with creative entrepreneurs to develop a vibrant and diverse Wilmington commercial district. On the Register of National Historic Places, it encompasses twenty-eight buildings includingItalianate and Colonial Revival stylesin an area of town developed in the early 20th century.

The revitalization program gave new or established Delaware business owners an opportunity to move their shops into charming renovated buildings with the added perk of three months free of rent.

Wilmington preservation program entices entrepeneurs

This caught the eye of savvy owners like Carolyn Douglas, a former investment banker, and her husband Nathaniel, who brought their edgy apparel and boutique accessories store, Douglas Exquisite Fashions, to Ninth Street. Carolyn offers beautifully painted floral headbands and well-priced leatherette pencil skirts, while Nathaniel shows off ultra-stylish bow ties and ascots to the fashion-forward male.

The Ninth Street Bookshopgets high marks on the web from book mavens who call it one of the best independent bookstores they have seen. Nzingah’s Cultural Collection is an African inspired clothing and accessories boutique that also draws a nice crowd. 

Trend Settaz offers urban clothing in an historic setting and Lisa Lorraine Fine Lingerie, owned by Lisa Mosley, carries French and Brazilian fashions like brocade satin corsets starting at $45 and fishnet body stockings for $30.

There is Solid Gold Jewelers, a trusted maker of beautifully crafted wedding and engagement rings, Soaps Gardenwith natural soap products, and Tasmiyah with Africentric natural bath and body products.

The 9th Street Fashion District and the nearby LOMA (Lower Market) District are examples of the attention being paid to Wilmington’s economic development and its unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, and a sense of community which is very much the essence of downtown Wilmington.

Darley Green’s Wilmington condos a great home base

After some serious retaill therapy at the Ninth Street shops, you are just 10 minutes away from Darley Green, your maintenance-free retreat from which to explore the vibrant history and local attractions of Delaware.

Located just five minutes from downtown Wilmington and 20 minutes from Philadelphia, our neighborhood was designed for today’s discriminating homebuyer with convenient accessibility to the area’s best tax-free shoppingexperiences.

To learn more about our affordably-priced Wilmington condosand townhouses for sale, please call Amy Maluski at 302-655-2600.