Josephine Keir Ltd. to Open Milford Location

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A historic landmark in downtown Milford is under new ownership and has been undergoing significant renovations in preparation for a new retail store. Josephine Keir Ltd., on Walnut St, will offer fine oriental, tribal and contemporary rugs in addition to other types of floor coverings, including Dash & Albert, Company C, sisal, sea grass and wool sisal options.

“The store will eventually be set up as a design center for designers and their clients,” said Milly Pederson, owner of the store which also has a location in Lewes. “We will carry the full line of Thibaut furniture options and fabrics. We work with the best fabricators, upholsterers and paperhangers. In the upholstery lines, we strive to support the best in American manufacturing. The same can be said for our case goods. Fine original art will remain a mainstay as it has been for the past 28 years, complimented by an artisan-made steel side, console and drink tables.”

Ms. Pederson said that opening the store in Milford made sense as the location was central for shoppers in Dover and Wilmington. She said that the company wanted to own their own building as it is difficult as a small business in the current economic climate without owning the space where the building would exist. Ms. Pederson chose a historic Milford landmark for her new location and the space has been undergoing major renovations for the past few years.

 

 

 

Originally built by Col. George H. Hall in 1878, the building housed a dry goods store. The building had a distinctive cupola mounted at the corner over the entrance, making it a distinctive landmark in the downtown area. In 1920, Robert Arthur “Buck” Derrickson opened Derrickson’s Men’s Clothing Shop, a clothing store that operated in the location for another 60 years. The store is mentioned in the history of the Carlisle Fire Company, as one of the first items of business the newly formed company attended to was the “purchase of their first uniforms and caps from Derrickson’s Men’s Store in Milford.” Eventually, Tom Derrickson, Buck Derrickson’s son, took over operations of the store. The cupola was removed from the building in 1930. In 1995, the building was renovated by William Graves for a uniform shop, although many residents of Milford remember it as the location of Heishman’s, a screen printing company.Josephine Keir Ltd. to Open in Historic Milford Location

A historic landmark in downtown Milford is under new ownership and has been undergoing significant renovations in preparation for a new retail store. Josephine Keir Ltd., on Walnut St, will offer fine oriental, tribal and contemporary rugs in addition to other types of floor coverings, including Dash & Albert, Company C, sisal, sea grass and wool sisal options.

“The store will eventually be set up as a design center for designers and their clients,” said Milly Pederson, owner of the store which also has a location in Lewes. “We will carry the full line of Thibaut furniture options and fabrics. We work with the best fabricators, upholsterers and paperhangers. In the upholstery lines, we strive to support the best in American manufacturing. The same can be said for our case goods. Fine original art will remain a mainstay as it has been for the past 28 years, complimented by an artisan-made steel side, console and drink tables.”

Ms. Pederson said that opening the store in Milford made sense as the location was central for shoppers in Dover and Wilmington. She said that the company wanted to own their own building as it is difficult as a small business in the current economic climate without owning the space where the building would exist. Ms. Pederson chose a historic Milford landmark for her new location and the space has been undergoing major renovations for the past few years.

Originally built by Col. George H. Hall in 1878, the building housed a dry goods store. The building had a distinctive cupola mounted at the corner over the entrance, making it a distinctive landmark in the downtown area. In 1920, Robert Arthur “Buck” Derrickson opened Derrickson’s Men’s Clothing Shop, a clothing store that operated in the location for another 60 years. The store is mentioned in the history of the Carlisle Fire Company, as one of the first items of business the newly formed company attended to was the “purchase of their first uniforms and caps from Derrickson’s Men’s Store in Milford.” Eventually, Tom Derrickson, Buck Derrickson’s son, took over operations of the store. The cupola was removed from the building in 1930. In 1995, the building was renovated by William Graves for a uniform shop, although many residents of Milford remember it as the location of Heishman’s, a screen printing company.

The building is a two-story brick corner building with a southwest corner entrance and large plate glass windows. The first floor is stucco over brick, and it was originally built with a mansard roof. Ms. Pederson said that the Derrickson building was well-suited for their store, especially since it was a carpet and furniture store around 1900. She said she even chose to hang the sign for her store in the same location that the original carpet and furniture store placed theirs. Josephine Keir Ltd. is also relocating their Lewes store from the current canal location to Five Points Square behind Walgreens.

“We hope to open in early December with a grand opening in early spring or late winter,” Ms. Pederson said. “We are looking forward to all of these changes as we enter our 28th year.”

The building is a two-story brick corner building with a southwest corner entrance and large plate glass windows. The first floor is stucco over brick, and it was originally built with a mansard roof. Ms. Pederson said that the Derrickson building was well-suited for their store, especially since it was a carpet and furniture store around 1900. She said she even chose to hang the sign for her store in the same location that the original carpet and furniture store placed theirs. Josephine Keir Ltd. is also relocating their Lewes store from the current canal location to Five Points Square behind Walgreens.

“We hope to open in early December with a grand opening in early spring or late winter,” Ms. Pederson said. “We are looking forward to all of these changes as we enter our 28th year.”