By Carol Kinsley

Thirty-four years ago, Alan Littleton and his wife, Kim, launched a tackle business, A&K Enterprises, in Laurel, Del., just south of the Central Avenue Bridge. From there, the shop at 301 North Central Avenue evolved into a gift shop with a broader inventory. “We got into crafts, furniture, custom pieces, custom signs and custom shirts,” Kim said. 

The couple also works closely with Laurel schools to provide school uniforms, including “spirit wear” for Fridays. Kim explained students can wear tops that have something to do with Laurel along with the official uniform bottoms on Fridays. They carry jackets that are approved to be worn in school all day, as well as hoodies and other jackets. 

Crafts, which are handmade, include signs for all seasons, ornaments, mesh wreaths, decorative wine glasses, decorative flags and garden flags. They stock Keeper of the Light candles in various fragrances. 

Cornhole boards and bags are custom made, and replacement bags are available if mice — or in one case, a bear — dines on your corn-filled bags during the winter. 

Christmas candies are due to arrive in early November. These are the candies her grandparents enjoyed, Kim said, including homemade fudge, orange slices and bonbons. 

In the spring, there will be specially made Easter eggs. 

A&K Enterprises is family owned and operated by native Delawareans. The Littletons’ daughter, Sarah Hastings, helps out with graphic design and printing. Customers rave about the treasures they have found, the great atmosphere, great prices and friendly service. 

The shop is open at 7 a.m. every day except Monday, closing at 5 p.m. weekdays; and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 302- 875-5513 for more information, or visit on Facebook.