Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2011: Shopping & Service

Main Line Today’s readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Happy Hour for You and Your Pooch >>> The Bark Avenue Boutique
It’s a toss-up over who’s having more fun—the dogs or their owners—at The Bark Avenue Boutique’s weekly Thursday-night “Yappy Hour.” The “Bowser Beer” and “Fine Wine for the Canine” (both nonalcoholic, of course) start flowing at 5:30 p.m. Pooch-friendly appetizers include snacks from the boutique’s “Barkery.” It’s BYO for the owners, who can mingle with other dog lovers. 37 Coulter Ave., Ardmore; (610) 642-4495,

Health Food Store >>> Lionville Natural Pharmacy
Owner Ben Briggs was touting natural therapies and healthier living long before terms like “integrative medicine” found their way to the mainstream. Gluten-free products are big here—but so are cooking essentials like organic spices and herbs. Lionville’s inventory is like a mini-history of the wellness industry, so it’s no wonder that the place has been described as the ultimate convenience store for local health-food lovers. 309 Gordon Drive, Exton; (610) 363-7474,

Home Accessories >>> Hob Nob Home Interiors
Hob Nob has loads of stylish accessories under one roof. Chances are you’ll find just the right lighting option, furniture piece or artsy accessory, along with experts to help you visualize how it will work at home. If you don’t, one of the many in-house artists and craftsman can customize something to your specifications. 308 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-1290,

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