People In Profile First Quarter 2016 New Castle

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Linda Bellin

Every woman dreams of having her own shop, and hardworking, energetic Linda Bellin is no exception. From her start working at (and helping select gift items for) her sister’s farm stand (the famous Filasky’s Produce in Middletown); Linda learned both retail and the importance of taking good care of loyal customers. Her travels in Europe inspired a lifelong love of elegant design.

Linda is no stranger to a drill gun and paintbrush. She loves to find, repair and refinish to-die-for antiques, including enormous gilt mirrors, vintage doors and ornate display tables. Linda’s first shop, Tattered Treasures in Chesapeake City, featured beautiful classical antiques and architectural salvage with French or Italian flair, gift items and jewelry.

That shop gave way to the first CHICK’S, a full-fledged women’s designer apparel shop, always one of the most popular businesses in beautiful Chesapeake City. One step inside and you’ll feel the European flair for great design. CHICK’S uses the coolest display pieces you’ll ever see, from the baby grand piano at the center of the store to creative repurposed display pieces worthy of their own Pinterest page!

As Linda says, “Come and ‘CHICK’ us out . . . and then have everyone else ‘CHECK’ you out!” You can keep CHICK’S as your personal style secret, or share it with your friends.

Linda, whose faith in ‘putting God first’ inspires all of her life and work, lives in Maryland with her husband Jim and daughter Alexandra. Their son Dennis and his wife Danielle care for their beloved grandchildren Zachary and Zoe.

Profile written by Katie Aiken Ritter, Creative Content Writing and Editing, Project Management, Database Design

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Melisa Ferriola

Melisa Ferriola began her career in makeup at Pennsylvania State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Quantitative Business Analysis with an additional emphasis in theatre. Melisa studied and applied stage and special effects makeup for the university theatre company.

In 2006, after a 20-year corporate career in the Delaware banking industry, Melisa switched careers to pursue her life-long interest in makeup and beauty by opening Lasting Looks – a permanent cosmetics studio, lash bar and day spa located in Hockessin, Delaware. The Lasting Looks mission starts with the desire to empower women to take charge of their appearance and to put their best image forward. As owner and operator, Melisa personally ensures that every client receives private, exclusive care. Her artistic skills and attention to detail show through in every service she provides.

Melisa also teaches workshops in eyelash extension application privately and at area cosmetology schools, where she is frequently a guest lecturer encouraging young people in their pursuit of success in the beauty industry and the importance of empowering women to look and be their best.

Melisa is a licensed Aesthetician and Certified Permanent Cosmetic Artist and serves as Secretary and Membership Chair on the Board of Directors for the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. This international organization sets high standards for the industry, certifies the knowledge of technicians and facilitates two conventions per year providing continuing education workshops for permanent cosmetic professionals worldwide.

Visit Lasting Looks online at for a complete listing of our services. We are also on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The Lasting Looks Spa is located at Hockessin Corners next to the Back Burner Restaurant and Jennifer’s Bridal.

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Roberta Kozak

Roberta Kozak is the Owner of the Jewelry Exchange of Delaware, Inc. with stores in historic Lewes and stately Greenville, Delaware. Jewelry had always been a passion of Roberta’s. Following successful careers in other fields and raising three children, she finally found her passion and niche in jewelry. Roberta opened her first location in 1997 in Chadds Ford, Pa in a small shop next to the Chadds Ford Inn that once was occupied by her friend and Jeweler, Don Pywell. This first shop started with not much more than her personal jewelry and that of a few of her close friends that shared the value and excitement in estate jewelry. From the humble beginnings of the Chadds Ford store, Roberta’s vision progressed over the next 20 years with locations in Centreville, Lewes and Hockessin, De.

In 2009 her son Nick Dellaquila joined the business and with the opening of their flagship store in Greenville they cemented their position as one of the states farthest reaching, most capable jewelry stores. In 2011, Queen Roberta Kozak’s daughter, Princess Corey Grabowski joined the business and they now have developed a successful bridal business in addition to specializing in buying, selling, trading, designing and redesigning estate jewelry. In addition Roberta holds a United States Patent for her design “Mothers Perpetual Heart” that is for Mothers who had to endure the pain of the loss of a child.

Roberta says that she loves going to work. It’s her second home. She enjoys all of her clients and feels so lucky and blessed to have both of her locations, and being able to work with her children.

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Erica Suppa

Erica Suppa is the owner of Fresh Faced Skin Care. Erica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and Master’s education from Drexel University. Prior to opening Fresh Faced Skin Care, Erica was a cancer research scientist for over thirteen years.

Erica opened Fresh Faced Skin Care because she wanted to offer a specialized business that only performed facial treatments. She offers a unique approach to skin care by utilizing her scientific knowledge of skin biology and cosmetic chemistry to produce unparalleled results.

Clients at Erica’s studios in both Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and Historic New Castle, Delaware receive free consultations to determine the best customized treatment plan for keeping their skin healthy. Each client receives private, individual attention with Erica. She uses her own unique professional products clinically proven to deliver highly effective results.

Erica is also the creator of Fresh Faced by Erica makeup and skin care products. She specializes in acne and acne scarring and has developed strategic protocols that help clear adult and teen acne. Erica’s success rate is so high that even dermatologists refer their acne patients to Fresh Faced Skin Care.

Erica is often asked to speak about skin care at conferences, women’s groups, and seminars across the country. She truly has found her passion and loves to help others achieve their best skin ever. Erica is a native Delawarean, growing up in Bear, DE. She now resides in New Castle, DE with her husband, Carl and son, Andrew.

For an appointment or for additional information, call 302.689.3223, email [email protected] or visit

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Gwen Anderson

Hi, I am Gwen Anderson, my husband and I are the owners of Anderson Travel Services Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. After having our third child I left the corporate world and decided to follow my passion, helping people plan their vacations. After completing course work for travel, I began working with a local storefront travel agency. After a year I left to work with another agency for about five years. In 2005, Austin and I decided to develop our own travel agency.

We have traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Mexico, Alaska and across the USA for our travel experience and education. In addition, we have participated in ship and land inspections and continue our education by completing travel courses given by the major Cruise lines, Amtrak Vacation, and Sandals Resorts.

Many of my clients spent hours searching the internet gathering information for their vacation, as a travel consultant I help them sort out the information overload. I enjoy organizing group trips to Broadway/Musical shows followed by dinner, I arrange group cruises, land vacations, weekend get-a-ways and full-filled day trips.

As a business owner I wear many hats; business manager, sales, marketing, accounting, and record keeping. To improve the quality and efficiency of our services in 2010 we joined Avoya Travel Network as affiliates. This affiliation has helped us to better manage our business through professional development that allows for improved service delivery for our clients.

Please visit my website at www/AvoyaTravel/Expert/GwenAnderson


“Very helpful and patient offered a very good deal.” Marlene R.

“Very lovely lady, Gwen, helped us save on a cruise.” Barbara S.

“Gwen was really helpful and worked to get us the best deal, Go Gwen.” Ruthie D.

“Gwen was very professional.” Roger H.

“Gwen responds quickly and gets us the information that we need.” Sharee V.

“Great travel agent, got answers on all of my questions quickly. Booking was without any problem.” Yosef R.

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J Christian

J Christian discovered his passion for the industry as a teenager in Queens, NY. The event that sparked this lifelong career came when as a young teenager his uncle invited him to experience the International Beauty Show at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, NYC. From there he successfully graduated in 1977 from the Michael Anthony Cosmetology School of New York.

Early in his career, J Christian worked as an educator for various product companies, but wanting a much broader experience, and after meeting Michael O’Rourke of Sexy Hair, J Christian knew he wanted to work alongside one of the best in the business and eventually became an International Platform Artist and Master Educator for Sexy Hair.

In 2007, J Christian opened his hair studio in Hockessin, Delaware, J Christian Studio. The salon opened with a dual mission: exemplary service of course, but also a significant focus on philanthropy.

Philanthropic productions range from catwalk shows, to pajama glam parities, and living mannequins for special events. The Studio has raised well over $500K for charities guaranteeing the funds are spent only here in Delaware in local communities.

“The salon takes nothing from our events. All money is handled by the charity. We produce the shows; use our influence to create awareness, and drive contributions.”

J Christian is often a guest speaker and educator at local hair academies and technical institutions, he teaches around the globe, and through Fear The Shear replicates and instills the philanthropic characteristics in other salons and stylists throughout the USA.

J Christian founded Fear The Shear in 2014. The MAIN objective: RESTORE THE POWER of the PROFESSIONAL back to the industry. Fear the Shear focuses on manufacturer independent education, business consulting, restoration, and advocacy.

J Christian and his salon have received numerous awards:

Top Six Hair Icons in America, 2015, The Method Alliance

Better Business Bureau of Delaware Torch Award, Marketplace Ethics

Talk of the Town, Excellence in Customer Service Award consecutively since 2009

Five Star Rating on Salon Voices since 2009

Signature Magazine’s A List

Sexy Hair Exceptional Artist of the Year 2010



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Joanne Graves

Joanne Graves started her career in the spa industry as the only esthetician and massage therapist at a salon focused on nail services.  She saw a need for a day spa in the North Wilmington area and opened Sanctuary over a decade ago with a desire to nurture women (and men) and to create a place to relax, have fun and feel wonderful. Sanctuary was the first in the area to offer exclusive spa services, choosing not to offer hair salon services in an effort to remain true to the spa experience.

As a woman who loves a spa treatment herself, Joanne had encountered spas with an aura of pretentiousness, leaving her with a less than satisfactory experience. She created an atmosphere at her spa where everyone feels welcome on his or her visit. Sanctuary was created as a haven of relaxation where each guest that walks through the door is made to feel comfortable and is guaranteed to receive the finest services available.

Sanctuary Spa is genuinely ‘a hidden gem’ in North Wilmington. Located in Plaza III at 1847 Marsh Road, the classically elegant décor immediately draws you in to the atmosphere of a stress-free paradise.   She later added a stylish lounge to allow time for relaxation both before and after treatments. As a leader in the Spa industry of North Wilmington, Joanne is constantly focused on the improvements she can make to her business to ensure both its success, and her clients satisfaction.

Sanctuary is the day spa in North Wilmington for an unparalleled spa experience. Enjoy a relaxing Spa Pedicure or Classic Spa Facial, spend time unwinding in the lounge or pick up a unique gift in the spa boutique.  Joanne invites you to make Sanctuary Spa your own destination for relaxation and is excited to welcome new friends into her hidden oasis, right in your backyard.


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Eivind Hansen

Set in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, Mendenhall Inn has been serving patrons from Delaware County and the surrounding area for over 40 years. Their award-winning restaurant & newly renovated dining room creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening after touring the historic Brandywine Valley. Known for their menu selections from French to New American cuisine, dishes such as Prime Rib, Roasted Duck and Snapper Soup highlight the menu. The table-side Bananas Foster Flambé is always a well-praised dessert from diners. The new “Alexander’s Lounge” features live entertainment on Friday nights, an outdoor fire pit and carries an impressive cocktail menu; ranging from a vast selection of craft beers to their signature Root Beer Martini.

Eivind Hansen, recently appointed General Manager, has been working for Mendenhall Inn and the Hionis family for over two years. “It has been wonderful working for the Hionis family. The entire staff here is a pleasure to work with; from our Director of Operations (Steve) and Chef (Charlie) to our Wedding Coordinators (Ashley & Dottie) and Maître D’ (Mario), it is like a family here. Although my role has changed here, I still make sure that I get out there to do some table-side bananas foster and specialty coffee for our guests. I am excited about the recent changes at Mendenhall Inn and love serving our customers each and every day.”

Mendenhall Inn is a top choice for the couples looking for the very best in wedding receptions and ceremonies. The elegant, all-inclusive wedding packages are one to consider for all bride and grooms-to-be in the area, winning the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award as well as being named Best Wedding Venue by Reader’s Choice Delaware. Their two spacious and uniquely decorated Ballrooms hosting up to 275 guests paired with the exquisite menu of Mendenhall Inn is a combination you’ll need to see (and taste) for yourself! The captivating Grand Ballroom showcases a breathtaking spiral staircase while the Gold Ballroom proudly displays an exquisite outdoor patio.

For more information on Mendenhall Inn, visit their website at or visit their Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Restaurant Hours

Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday: 3:00pm – 12:30am, Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Open for Lunch December 1st – 23rd: 11:30am – 3:00pm

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Carol Harvey

Carol Harvey graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Social Work. She moved to Wilmington, DE in 1976 with her husband and three children. A lifelong collector, she had her own antique business for the next 25 years. She taught classes on antiques, gave speeches, had Victorian Teas in her home and sold antiques on consignment. That business taught her to be selective, look for good quality, appreciate fine workmanship and to buy fewer but better things.

She brought those same qualities to Hansel and Gretel when she bought the store in 2001. Carol was to fully realize her passion for clothing, business and people in this business.  Carol faced many challenges in retail but went on to become Delaware’s No. 1 Children’s Boutique under her steady guidance. The boutique has held that title for the last 15 years. The store has always stood for classic quality children’s clothing and now celebrating its 50th year as Hansel and Gretel Children’s Boutique.

Carol, and her daughter Jen, make frequent trips to New York and Philadelphia each season to hand pick the most unique and fashionable clothing, shoes and toys for the store. Hansel and Gretel is serving its third generation of loyal customers under Carol’s loving leadership. The store supports numerous charities related to children as well as Delaware Humane and Faithful Friends.

Carol serves as President of Questers, the national organization for those interested in the study of antiques and history. She is an active Methodist and a grandmother to 5 children. Each day she meets the many challenges of her small business including the recession and the internet and is very grateful to spend yet another day in her beloved Hansel and Gretel.

For more information please visit, call us at 302-478-0383 or better yet, stop in and see us! We’re located in Talleyville Shopping Center at 3603 Silverside Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810.

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Carmella Gibellino-Schultz, Board Certified by A.A.M. & C.P.C.P.

Known for her thorough artistry and “magic touch,” Carmella Gibellino-Schultz’s passion for cosmetics began at a young age, propelling her career path. After becoming a licensed cosmetologist in 1978, Carmella dedicated herself to inspiring others and founded the Skin Care School and Center in 1996. Having trained over 700 estheticians in 8 years, Carmella then dedicated her career solely to the practice of permanent cosmetics in 1999.

Carmella’s perfectionist attitude and continued devotion to meeting every client’s needs has been the driving force behind the success of her practice, Permanent Cosmetics Studio by Carmella. As an expert in topical makeup application with a keen eye for detail, shape and color theory, Carmella’s skills are unsurpassed. She is a true artist and lifesaver to all she has worked with. You can contact Carmella at 610-883-0636 to book an appointment or to find out more about her Studio.

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Barbara P. G. Williams

Barbara P. G. Williams is passionate about the wedding flowers selected by her brides. With a degree in floriculture, Barb was a designer for many flower shops before becoming co-owner of Belak Flowers in 1997.

Barb moved to Wilmington from Lancaster, PA in 1983 beginning her career with Taylors of Penny Hill; she later designed for Flowers by Yukie, Gambles in Newark, Village Green Flower Shop in Greenville and later for European Gallery. While raising her daughters, Barb worked part-time for Wildflowers Wholesale Flowers.

Outside of her “floral life” Barb is on the Board of Directors of Brandywine Naaman’s Rotary where she has been a member since 2000. She is a past-president of First State Mothers of Multiples. Currently Barb serves on the Board of Directors of Sellers Senior Center in Bellefonte and on the Worship and Music Committee at St. Philips Lutheran Church.

“Being a preferred florist for many venues,” says Barb, Our brides come to us from as far away as Chicago, New York and Florida, but most are from the tri-state area.” In 2015 Belak Flowers created wedding flowers for over 145 brides and grooms.

Belak Flowers has won The Best of the Knot several times and has won The Wedding Wire, Couples Choice Award in 2015, 2014 and 2013. Barb’s wedding bouquets have been featured in many publications.


Thank You…

To Our Location

The Perfect Wedding…

Select Mendenhall Inn’s elegant and enchanted setting for the wedding of your dreams. Mendenhall Inn boasts 2 spacious, uniquely decorated Ballrooms hosting up to 275 guests. The captivating Grand Ballroom showcases a breathtaking spiral staircase while the Gold Ballroom proudly displays an exquisite outdoor patio. Discover the exceptional value of their comprehensive, all-inclusive wedding packages provide; as well as the finest accommodations and the exceptional service of their charming full service hotel. Located at 323 Kennett Pike. Route 52, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, Phone: (610) 388-2100, Fax: (610) 388-2460

To Our Stylists

This shoot was a group effort of our wonderful stylist from: J. Christian Studio and Amelia Paris Salon.

Hair styling & makeup application were provided compliments of J. Christian Studio, where hair and art perform. J Christian and his wife Marcy Wilkinson, own and operate J Christian Studio in Hockessin, Delaware. J Christian has over 37 years of experience in this industry and is an active international artist and master educator. The Studio is a full-service, upscale salon with expertise in hair, nails, makeup, executive and standard male grooming, as well as bridal services.

At Amelia Paris Salon & Spa we are inspired by your power to transform! Our mission is to insure that you not only meet, but also exceed your individual beauty goals. The award-winning stylists, colorists and technicians of Amelia Paris Salon & Spa at Brinton Lake travel annually throughout the world to be educated on the latest industry advancements and techniques. Our artisans provide you with world-class products and services in a friendly atmosphere free of pressures or pretention.