July 14, 2011 | by Peter Schott
‘Today’ show anchors to visit Rehoboth
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‘Today’ anchor Hoda Kotb (right) stopped by gay-owned Coffee Mill in Rehoboth Beach last month. (Photo courtesy of the Coffee Mill)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Popular “Today” show anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford are scheduled to visit Rehoboth Beach on July 23 to take part in a special day honoring Kotb.

Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue is promoting “Rehoda Beach Day” and in addition to both Gifford and Kotb signing copies of their respective books, other local businesses will be offering special gifts.

Steve Crane, owner of Browseabout, which has been a staple at the gay-popular beach resort for more than three decades, said, “there will be lots of surprises that day including a Kathie deLeecious Ice Cream treat, prepared by a local ice cream emporium. The day will likely include a visit to a favorite spot of Hoda’s, The Coffee Mill.

The “Today” show featured the gay-owned Rehoboth coffee shop on its show on June 13. Mel Damascena, an owner of the Coffee Mill, presented coffee to Kotb and Gifford during a segment in which Kotb identified her favorite places.

The Coffee Mill is the longest continually operated gay-owned coffee shop in Rehoboth Beach, having served coffee at its current location in Rehoboth Mews since 1992.

Damascena and his partner Bob Cartwright purchased it from two lesbian couples in November 2009, and now sell more than 100 varieties of organic coffees.

Damascena said Kotb’s mother, a regular summer visitor to Rehoboth Beach, is a long-time customer of the Coffee Mill and introduced her daughter to it.

“Hoda loves this place so much that she is known to spend hours talking to customers and generally enjoying the ambiance,” he said.

1 Comment
  • Is this story about the visit or gay business owners? Was it really necessary to point out that he was gay, and he bought the store from lesbians? Rehoboth is a lovely little beach town that Hooda and Kathy Lee will be visiting and hopefully they will enjoy the town filled with people from all walks of life!

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