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

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




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Floral Designer >>>
Best Floral Designer: Petah Bashano Event & Wedding Design/Studio Florist. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Petah Bashano Event & Wedding Design/Studio Florist
When it comes to flowers, Petah Bashano is an unabashed creative genius. His talents surpass mere floral arranging to embody a more comprehensive grasp of the role flowers play in the overall atmosphere of any occasion. It’s about beautiful bouquets—and so much more. Lawrence Park Shopping Center, 1991 Sproul Road, Broomall; (610) 356-7300, alvinsflowers.com.

Furniture Makeovers >>> Chairloom
When it comes to breathing new life into stuff that looks like its headed for the trash, Molly Andrews is a makeover genius. She has an expert eye for indentifying exactly what makes a piece worthy of that second chance, employing a variety of contemporary and traditional fabric lines. As for what comes next, Andrews relies on her colorful, can-do personality to reinvent everything from turn-of-the-century sofas and chairs to antique daybeds and benches. 38 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore; (914) 484-5498, chairloom.com.

Garden Accessories >>> Waterloo Gardens
Waterloo Gardens is a much-loved Main Line mecca for all things “outdoor living,” from statuary and trickling fountains to birdfeeders and first-class dining sets. You’ll also find a dizzying array of plantings, including annuals, perennials, bulbs and more. Wanna really make your über-competitive neighbors jealous? This is the place. 200 N. Whitford Road, Exton, (610) 363-0800; 136 Lancaster Ave., Devon, (610) 293-0800; waterloogardens.com.

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