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

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

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Early American Antiques >>>
Best Early American Antiques: H.L. Chalfant Antiques. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)H.L. Chalfant Antiques
In navigating the Brandywine Valley’s world of antiques, it helps to have a guide like H.L. “Skip” Chalfant. A 40-year veteran who grew up surrounded by family heirlooms, Chalfant has a deep respect and knowledge of nearly every aspect of the business, from early decorative arts to late-20th-century paintings. In fact, his shop resembles a museum of key periods of American decorating styles. But it may be the early pieces—the beds, boxes, chairs, silver, chests, needlework and more—that best illustrate his belief that antiques should be used and enjoyed on a daily basis. 1352 Paoli Pike, West Chester; (610) 696-1862,

Eveningwear >>> Bedazzled Boutique
You’ll feel like you’re in a closet playing dress-up at Bedazzled Boutique, where you’ll find the latest styles from major names like Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka and LaFemme. Aside from gowns and cocktail dresses suitable for any special occasion, Bedazzled also has gorgeous shoes, purses, jewelry and more. 218 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square; (610) 359-1707,

Event Designer >>> Eventricity
From corporate meetings to mitzvahs, Phyllis Jablonowski and her team at Eventricity never waver from their commitment to enhancing the overall guest experience. They make sure every event—big or small—has the sort of wow factor that will keep attendees buzzing long after the last of the bubbly is gone. 4700 Drexelbrook Drive and Valley Road, Drexel Hill; (215) 886-0202,

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