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

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

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Treasure Trove >>> Harry’s Treasures & Collectibles
Harry Althouse runs a pretty tight ship when it comes to obtaining the best selection of antique furniture, estate jewelry and vintage household collectibles. The sheer volume and range of his inventory—including items that look as if they were stolen from the set of Mad Men—demand a quick turnaround. Or, as Harry likes to remind customers: He’s not running a museum, so please take it off his hands. 22 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 642-4775.

Unusual Items for the History Buff >>> Military History Shop
It’s not easy to be a landscape painter while running a store devoted to all things military, but Matthew Reinert manages to do both well. Books on military history and DIY model kits are the bookends of a collection of merchandise that also includes authentic reenactor clothing, vintage wartime artifacts, prints and maps. In honor of his own childhood passions, Reinert also stocks an impressive array of hobby supplies, including paints in military colors for toy soldiers. 204 E. State St., Kennett Square; (610) 368-4513,

Valet Parking >>> MedPark
It would certainly be enough to perform the requisite duties of a valet service, but MedPark goes the extra mile to ensure that its staff doesn’t neglect even the smallest details. Its recipe for client satisfaction includes everything from friendly attendants and flawless service to emergency battery-jumps. 1380 Bartlett Road, Wayne; (610) 647-3130,

Wedding Boutique >>> Van Cleve Collection’s Wedding Pavilion
Everyone should look beautiful on a wedding day. That’s why Van Cleve specializes in everything from showstopping bridal gowns and gorgeous accessories to attire for the mother of the bride and bridesmaids—plus eveningwear by famed designers like Alberto Makali. Even so, the shop’s expert team shines brightest for its brides, with exceptional alterations and custom-designed gowns and jewelry. 68 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli; (610) 647-5055,

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