Heart-wrenching and inspiring stories of courage, quirky, surprising new food offerings, exclusive items on boutiques and fitness programs, features on students and schools, and coverage of issues with a huge impact on neighborhoods and quality of life are what most captured your attention in 2018. And, of course, the kind of crazy small world/small state stuff that only happens here.
You’ve liked interviews with celebrities, authors, artists and directors, news on neighbors who are innovating how they do business and help those in need and tales of history and culture unique to old D-E.
As we wind down the year, today and tomorrow we’ll be sharing the top stories of the last 12 months – the pieces and reporting that ‘got the most eyeballs’ as we say in the trade.
The consistent thread? Local. Community. Neighborhoods. People. Delaware.
Oh – and some great sourcing, reporting, writing and photography, if we do say so ourselves.
Judging by the traffic and engagement at TSD this year, the need and appreciation for community-focused media has never been stronger. Thank you for your loyalty and your support. Keep on visiting and keep on sharing your story ideas – we aim to please, but we also can only continue to thrive with your tips and direction. That’s what makes this so fun and, hopefully, successful.
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OK, enough with the preamble. Without further ado, here are #s 10 through 6 in our countdown:
#10 – 141 Road Construction. We fibbed about ‘one more thing’ above … you also need to know that some of our Top 10 are going to combine a few stories on the same topic that all drove significant traffic. This is one of them. Rte. 141 was under serious, mind-numbing, traffic-inducing construction all year, and this exciting story on the opening of the long-disabled north-bound exit ramp off of I-95 led TSD’s coverage of several stories on the road work that got a lot of hits this year.
#9 – It’s Miller Road Time. The first full-production brewery to do business in the City of Wilmington in 60 years – the aptly named Wilmington Brew Works, opened their taps this summer and TSD was fortunate to get a sneak peek/sip or two before they went live. If you haven’t been – do yourself a favor and get over to their 1917 Spanish Revival Style-home on the northside, and take a tug on a 20 oz. “Superfluous Nomenclature” pale ale, our favorite.
#8 – We break our own rules again with this one – a combination of two top-20 pieces on new fitness programs taking the First State by storm. Christy Fleming authored both, kicking off the year with a review of local Pure Barre and Orange Theory offerings, and in September covering the introduction of a new cycling program called “Cycology 202” by longtime fitness business pro Ellen Spell– can you guess where it is? Read the article here.
#7 – A couple of college guys found the perfect location for their summer business: the ample driveway of the historic – and choicely located – Greenville estate/farm known as Twin Lakes. Our July story on Will Gatti and Parker Swanson’s Kennett Pike farmstand also got a lot of “traffic.” ha.
#6 – Wilmington’s fashion fortunes soared this year with the arrival of two new ladies boutiques – and Delaware first learned about both on TSD in the early spring: Trudy in Trolley Square and Blythe in Greenville. Apparently there are plenty of savvy shoppers among you, because these two articles – on Lisa Fragomele’s Trudy here (March) and Ashley Murphy’s Blythe here (April) – were flying off the shelves.