Her pragmatic side could be seen Tuesday night in the necklace she wore — a Peter Kate purchase that retails for less than $50. Having always been the kind of shopper who looks at price tags, she sometimes says, “‘Oh, maybe not today,’ like a lot of women do when they’re checking out or thinking about something,” Aerenson said.
Women’s fashion and lifestyle boutique Peter Kate has launched initiatives to make holiday shopping easy and stress-free.
Offerings include private, by-appointment, holiday shopping hours, a revamped website featuring a complete inventory for online browsing and purchase, and free delivery (within five to 10 miles of their Fairfax store). Curbside and in-store pickup and shipping are also available, along with gift wrapping.
The immuno-compromised and anyone concerned about exposure to throngs of shoppers can use their regularly updated website.
After being cooped up for months, people across Delaware are ready for June 1, when in-person activity can resume at 30% capacity for retailers, restaurants and other businesses. It marks Delaware's Phase 1 of the economic reopening.
"We have hand sanitizer everywhere, we have wipes, we're constantly in communication with the medical professionals and our customers about what's going on," said Aerenson.
“I am so blown away by this,” said Sissy Aerenson. “I am incredibly happy to be able to be officially open. I am, however, very disappointed in the fact that it’s just for curbside. I think the whole way this has been handled has been somewhat arbitrary.”
Aerenson’s business is located in the Fairfax Shopping Center, where several other small business retailers remained closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her fashions and accessories are available on her store’s website and on Instagram (@shoppeterkate).
"Our experience in the Greenville community has been exceptional," Aerenson said. "I’m hoping they’ll follow us for the products and services they’ve become accustomed to with us, but I’m also hoping to expand my reach to other customer bases."
Those customer bases include areas north of Wilmington as well as customers from Pennsylvania, who can now easily access Peter Kate when they travel down U.S. 202 in search of tax-free shopping.