Bringing the ‘wow’ factor

Pizzazz features unique décor and gifts in Fenwick

Date Published: 
Aug. 25, 2017

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay owner Victoria Thanner in her Fenwick Island shop.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay owner Victoria Thanner in her Fenwick Island shop.This tiny shop in Fenwick Island is living up to its name. Pizzazz by the Bay isn’t trying to be the ordinary gift shop. Visitors and locals are coming there to find eclectic gifts and home décor by local artists.

Never behind the counter for very long, Victoria Thanner greets every customer with a smile. She loves being right there, helping them find the perfect item, or picturing it in their home.

With so many people still building and renovating in coastal Delaware, “I want to do something different … showcase local artists and pieces,” Thanner said. “People are looking for that ‘wow’ piece.”

Some of the more striking sculptures begin with driftwood: a gentle curving sailboat, a rough sea turtle and tall lamps strung with Edison bulbs and ship’s rope.

Throw pillows are screened with lazy-afternoon photos of sailboats and the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Lights twinkle from inside painted wine bottles. Pottery, mirrors and wall clocks are ready to find their way into the right living room, den or bedroom. Pizzazz also features beach signs, shabby-chic furniture, wreaths and more.

“It’s all about the ‘wow’ factor,” whatever makes people realize this isn’t something sold in bulk online, Thanner said. “I’m fortunate to have talented, talented artisans.”

Having opened in May of 2016, Pizzazz is only as good as its artists, Thanner said. So she invites unique pieces and interesting gifts.

This is one-of-a-kind repurposed furniture and custom-made palate art. People can also order custom-carved monogrammed wall hangings for a wedding or housewarming gift.
Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay offers all kinds of gifts and home décor, as seen here.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay offers all kinds of gifts and home décor, as seen here.
Thanner also aims to offer U.S.-made products, from furniture down to the scented sachets and hand lotion.

People can also swing by for retail gifts, such as large handbags, beach bags, mermaid gear, mugs, scarves, jewelry and more.

Running a business is where Thanner is most comfortable. She’s had more than 20 years of experience in northern Baltimore County and Harford County, Md. After vacationing for years in coastal Delaware, she happily crossed “beach shop” off her bucket list.

Plus, it runs in the family. Thanner’s father was in automobiles, her uncle in manufacturing, and her son just opened a men’s clothing boutique.

Pizzazz by the Bay is open year-round. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call (302) 539-3229 or visit www.facebook.com/PizzazzByTheBayDE. The shop is located in Ocean Bay Plaza, 1300 Coastal Highway, Unit 3, Fenwick Island.