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

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

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Consignment Shop for Eveningwear >>> Sophisticated Ladies
Consignment devotees will attest that a shop is only as good as its inventory. Sophisticated Ladies takes its name seriously, making the most of its upscale locale and window-lined display rooms to showcase the best in women’s fashion. Along with designer labels like Prada, Ralph Lauren, Talbots and Coach, you’ll find lightly worn cocktail dresses (tags dangling), over-runs and samples from New York designers. 1 Station Way Road, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-0811,

Cooking Supplies >>> Sur La Table
Sur La Table is the go-to home, bar and kitchenware destination for items with the sort of style and flair that’s tough to find elsewhere. This summer, pick up a vibrantly hued ice cream maker, a canary-yellow burger press and a vintage-inspired apron to make even the most casual backyard cookout a memorable occasion. 690 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia; (484) 612-0040,

Custom Flip-Flops >>> Posh N’ Preppy
Thanks to the creative gals behind Posh N’ Peppy, you’ll never have to wear boring flip-flops again. The idea is genius: Take a ladies’ summertime wardrobe staple—colorful Havaianas flip-flops—and embellish them with color-coordinated bows and crystal rhinestones. Our current favorite is the Princess Kate, a navy-blue flip-flop with a rhinestone accent that looks remarkably similar to Kate’s sapphire engagement ring. (610) 613-7835,

Custom Jewelry >>> Brian M. Smaul Jewelery
For more than 20 years, Brian Smaul has traveled the world to find the most unique options for his clients. And while we’d love to have his air miles, we’ll settle for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 687-1266,

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