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

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

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Bookstore >>> Chester County Book & Music Company
While the Borders of the world hang on for dear life, this 29-year-old indie powerhouse keeps chugging along. Some 125,000 books, 30,000 CDs and DVDs, and more than 1,500 magazines and periodicals fill the 28,000-square-foot space, making it one of the largest independently owned bookstores in the country. It’s also home to one of the area’s best-kept culinary secrets, Cajun/Creole BYO the Magnolia Grill. A friendly, knowledgeable staff of voracious readers rounds out the experience. 975 Paoli Pike, West Chester; (610) 696-1661,

Best Boutique for Girlie-Girls: Kat Bradley Accessories. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Boutique for Girlie-Girls >>>
Kat Bradley Accessories

Kat Bradley is stocked with all the frilly stuff that makes being a woman fun, from affordable jewelry to sparkly purses. Bring in an outfit, and the ladies here will gladly help you accessorize your entire look. That’s what we call fashion-forward service. Eagle Village Shops, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 620, Wayne; (610) 726-1222,

Boutique on a Budget >>>
Boutique Wearhouse

This is the spot for women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry and more from upscale brands like Bread & Butter, Dolce Vita and My Tribe—all for up to 60 percent off retail. 5001 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; (610) 356-1566,

Clothing for Kids >>> Peanut Butter & Jane
Dressing kids should be fun, and Peanut Butter & Jane owner Theresa Benincasa makes shopping for kids’ clothing fun, too. Her Wayne boutique is filled with adorable outfits, from pretty party dresses for little girls to hip tees and jeans for the little guys. Her inventory is a fun mix of trendy, preppy, always age-appropriate apparel for the infant-through-elementary-school bunch. 200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 254-9300,

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