Unique shopping experiences await in Daleville
By Jan Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
While there are no shopping malls in the “City of Possibilities” there are some distinct shops in Daleville for consumers to find a wide variety of items for a large span of budgets.For 35 years, Wings Aviation has been in Daleville. It is in the same location–990 N. Daleville Ave., just before the Fort Rucker gate—as it has always been. Currently, Al Guzman, an instructor pilot on the army base, is the owner. He has had the shop since the 1990’s.Retail Manager Kaylah Stirneman said, “We have tons of stuff. All sorts of helicopter merchandise—apparel, license plates, cups, mugs, artwork, mahogany model airplanes/helicopters—and we carry things that even the general public can enjoy like unique flashlights, decals, survival gear, kids toys—primarily helicopter-related—bags, stationary” and more.Wings is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.Just across the road is Floral Delights. The florist is the only one in Daleville and they offer gifts, plants and flowers.Heading up Daleville Avenue away from the base shoppers will find that Salon Envy and More has a small boutique area with affordable costume jewelry, hand-painted decorative bottles, make-up and hair décor. Next door to that salon is The Hanger, another business focused primarily around the aviation business.Also on the bustling avenue—thousands of cars travel the road during the week as people make their way onto and off of Fort Rucker—a thrifty shopper can find numerous consignment and used furniture/appliance/etc. stores including Steve’s Used Furniture and Appliances and Golden Eagle Pawn.Travel a little further down and you see a beautiful old house—The Donnell House—with a picture of a pink poodle on its sign. While the sign has nothing to do with animals, per se, the unique name gives a clue as to the uniqueness of the shop. The Pink Poodle has been open in Daleville for three years and is owned by Cue McCollister. “As a resident of Daleville I wanted to support my community. We needed a place to shop for a quick gift or something special for yourself,” she said.The shop offers “something for everyone. We have jewelry, apparel, college items, soy candles, baby items, household items, home decor, gourmet foods and more,” McCollister said, adding that her most unique items include custom made jewelry and crosses “because no two are alike.” There is also a retro-fashioned beauty salon inside the building.The Pink Poodle has become a trendy place to shop in the city and McCollister finds it difficult to choose a “most popular” item. “We have so many lines that are popular. Jewelry is probably our number one seller,” she explained and added that the store’s habanero sweet pickles and pepper jellies are popular too, as are the new apparel lines.The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.Need a little something special for nighttime? Daleville is also home to the The Lingerie Boutique Company. The exclusive shop is owned by Nancy Garner and has been in business for nearly four years. The store carries lingerie, adult novelties, costumes, exotic dancewear, and massage products. Customers to the shop come from the military base, Ozark, Dothan, Daleville, and Enterprise, the owner said, adding that her shop is basically the only shop of its kind between Panama City Beach and Montgomery.The store is restricted to customers over the age of 19 and is open all days except Sundays and Mondays.Also located on Daleville Avenue is Kaufman’s Gun and Gold Exchange. Primarily, the store is a pawn shop but is also a licensed gun dealer.Take a right onto Alabama Hwy 134 you will find an oriental grocery and Sunny’s Wig Shop on the right. Across the road, the Mission Bargain Center and Dollar General can be found.Going back out to Daleville Avenue, take a right and travel a short distance to Lee’s Flowers and Gifts on the right. There you will find an assortment of items from flowers to wigs to gifts.Down even further, on the left, is Ingrid’s Jewelers inside the well-known castle. There, you can shop for beautiful pieces of jewelry and have an authentic German lunch in the café. Across the street on the right, next to Grocery Outlet, shoppers will find a Family Dollar Store.At the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 84 and Daleville Avenue, turn left and travel just about a quarter-mile to find the Ordnance Depot and Gun Range on the right. Just a bit further down on the left shop for fresh-baked German bakery items from Karl’s German Bakery. The bakery has always been located in Daleville—a staple of the area for more than 25 years. Open to the public on Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the bakery specializes in German bread, sweet puff pastries, premium layer cakes and pound cakes.Heading back west on Hwy. 84, just beyond the intersection, Center Drugs is located on the left and has a well-stocked gift section. Then, on the right, Fred’s has household items, clothing, appliances, electronics, furniture, food and more.All-in-all, this small Dale County town has quite a bit to offer those living near or in it, plus those traveling through. Certainly, many unique items can be found in Daleville that one can’t find easily elsewhere.