“Where is a great place to eat?”
“Where can I get my hair done?”
“Where’s the bathroom?”
Although these are all questions locals might not think to ask, they – and hundreds of others – are on the minds of first-time and even seasoned vacationers to Bethany Beach. What better way to answer the call than with an information station?
Enter Lisa Daisey of Eco-Bay Kayaking.
Daisey, who was looking for a way to get her own business more out in the public eye and also to better utilize her knowledge of the area and her love of talking to people, has set up shop under Mango’s restaurant adjacent to the Bethany boardwalk. For a fee, sponsors can have their logos plastered on her stand, as well as having their information and brochures handed out to inquiring passers-by.
As a seasoned traveler herself – she has held boat jobs from Hawaii to the Caribbean to Bali – Daisey has used such information stations to get the scoop on who was hiring and where to go, so she knew it would be only an asset to her hometown turf of Bethany Beach, itself a resort destination to many.
She can call attention to the many Eco-Bay Kayaking Adventures that she provides, such as the four Kids Camps she’ll be holding this summer or her full-moon tours or special Ladies Weekend tours. In addition to those, she can hand out information telling people where to do yoga, what they can eat at Sedona, Surf’s Up, Cottage Café, Matteo’s Salsa Loco or any other of her other restaurant sponsors; or that they can get their hair done at Studio 26; or she can offer them the tide chart from Hook ’Em and Cook ’Em Bait and Tackle or information on fishing aboard the Judy V.
Daisey emphasizes is that, although she runs the booth with support by sponsors, her goal is to help the consumer, no matter what.
“I’ll cater to what they are inquiring about,” she said. “I’m not just going to push them one way or another.”
Daisey said it was a natural extension of what she was already doing while giving people tours while kayaking.
“The whole time I’m out there, in addition to teaching them about the environment and the area, I’m telling people where to eat and what to do,” she said.
She started the venture on Memorial Day weekend and has already started keeping a record of the many types of questions she gets – some simpler than others.
“People say, ‘Where’s the bathroom,’ and I say, ‘Behind the bandstand,’ and then they say, ‘Where’s the bandstand?’ she said with a laugh, adding that it’s conversations like those that let her know the information station is a necessary thing – not that her sponsors need to be convinced.
Marion Parrot, owner of Sedona restaurant, said it’s an asset to the town to have someone like Daisey.
“For businesses slightly off the beaten path, it’s wonderful to have someone direct them toward us,” she said of her restaurant, which sits on Pennsylvania Avenue, just one block back from the boardwalk.
“It’s been great,” said Daisey of her start. In setting up this past weekend for the second time, she said she had many types of passers-by utilize her services and pick up brochures.
“People come by and get one of everything, to stock up their beach houses. I’ve had nothing but a positive response.”
That information station will be manned on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until Father’s Day and after that, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. After Labor Day, it will go back to weekends from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the month of September.
For more information on the stand, or to become a sponsor, or for information on Eco-Bay Kayaking Adventures, contact Lisa Daisey at (302) 841-2722 or email@example.com.