U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will visit Milford on Tuesday to tour five small businesses.

You might bump into U.S. Sen. Tom Carper if you're out and about in Milford tomorrow.

The Democrat is scheduled to visit at least five small businesses in town on Tuesday.

"Each time I'm in Delaware I like to visit businesses and talk to owners and employees about what we can do to create a more nurturing environment for business," Carper said Monday. "That's what I hope to do tomorrow with this small business tour through Milford."

His first stop will be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Studio 14, a family-owned, full-service salon at 360 MIlford-Harrington Highway, slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.

"Of course, we're excited," said salon manager Alex Loffreda, whose father, Cosmo, opened the business in October. "We've invited our friends and all our stylists will be here. It should be fun."

Afterward, Carper will head over to Betty Lou's Restaurant at 319 S. Rehoboth Blvd. for lunch.

"I think it's really neat he's interested in small businesses," restaurant owner Betty Lou Schidenhelm said Monday. "I hear he's a really nice man."

Carper also is scheduled to visit Lou's Bootery at 48 N. Walnut St., Dolce Bakery at 36 N. Walnut St., and Bikes, Etc. at 3 N. Walnut St.

Carper's visit comes just a week after U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) toured manufacturing plants in Milford, including Dentsply Caulk and Baltimore Aircoil Company.