“Fun For All” Will Make You Smile

Fun for All is the name of the new store that opened at 32 West Street in the former location of a la Mode.. This new store has nothing to do with lingerie. It is all about candy and toys. Owners Jessica and Mark Clampitt have a sister shop in Lewes, Delaware and Mark told me how thrilled he has been with the local response to his new venture. Of course Boat Show weekend is a great time to launch a new downtown business, with all the foot traffic, but this store promises to be a favorite for all ages. I know I’ll be visiting it to purchase a few stocking stuffers for my family, even if they all are over the age of 17. When did you last see a game of Tiddly Winks or those little wind-up spinning rockets? And then there is all the old fashioned candy, including fire balls and the strings of licorice. I wonder if they have the bright red wax lips and Dracula teeth so popular at Halloween. I remember alternating between wearing the red lips and chewing on the sweet wax inside. Speaking of Halloween, I’m still accepting suggestions for how to utilize my TCO brace contraption as part of my costume. Currently I’m thinking of writing a serial number on my forehead and donning a crooked wig to portray a robot of some sort.
Each time I am out walking downtown with my husband Peter, inevitably we run into someone we know casually and they say ” Hello. How are you?” because that is the automatic greeting, not because they have any idea that I’ve broken my back or the other trials in tribulations in my life. Being someone thin, the TCO is not readily apparent underneath a few layers of baggy clothes. In a split second we make a decision, which is usually to return their smile and say “Oh fine” because it is so much easier. The last time I recounted all the details of my accident my neck started hurting intensely just reliving the event over again in my mind. It’s much better for me to write these things down. Thank goodness for blogs.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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