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

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

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Critics' Picks

Art Gallery for Aficionados >>> Serpentine Gallery

Housed in a 19th-century brick building amid the borough’s vibrant restaurant scene, Serpentine may be the new kid on the block, but already, owner Sandra Retzlaff has touched a nerve with art patrons who’ve discovered that “Wyeth country” is an expansive term. Contemporary is the operative word here—be it the bright, colorful pop art of Jeff Schaller, the imaginative sculpture and paintings by the late Bill Freeland, or the mixed-media works by Belle Hollon. 138 E. Gay St., West Chester; (610) 344-3992,

Art Gallery for the Community Minded >>> Miner Street Arts
Housed in a former carriage house and tucked away on its namesake side street, this arts co-op (its managed and shared by working artists) is chock-full of charm and artistry. The jewelry makers alone prove that one-of-a-kind pieces are based on the individual approach to working in silver, copper, beads and stone. You’ll also find paintings, glassware, ceramics and more. 9 E. Miner St., West Chester, (484) 905-6619,

Baby Boutique >>> Nurture
Aptly named, Nurture provides an array of baby and toddler musts, from sippy cups and burp cloths to high chairs and car seats. You’ll find stylish clothes for infants and toddlers, along with toys for the bath and everyday play. Nurture’s “New Baby Checklist” is helpful for first-timers, as are workshops and classes like “Baby Proofing 101.” 19 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (610) 649-0424,

Banquet Facility >>> Drexelbrook Catering & Corporate Events Center
For more than 60 years, Drexelbrook has been a choice venue for weddings, proms, events and galas. Sophistication radiates from the chandeliers, the high, coffered ceilings, the Grand Lobby’s marble floors, and the charming outdoor gazebo and walking garden. Choose from five ballrooms, or opt for a more intimate space. 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill; (610) 259-7000,

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