Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs: Goods and Services
Top-notch, high-end boutiques and home furnishing shops that make the grade.
Accessories Posh Collections The stylists at Posh stand by the mantra that an outfit isn’t complete until it’s properly accessorized. That explains their vast selection of jewelry, scarves, belts, hats and more. 103 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 644-7220, www.poshcollections.com.
Art Classes Main Line Art Center Thanks to recent renovations, MLAC has added even more expertly taught classes for creative types of all ages. Jewelry, ceramics and digital media are among the offerings, and family workshops make for project-specific fun. Special kudos for its special-needs classes. 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, (610) 525-0272, www.mainlineart.org.
Art Restoration Pennsylvania Art Conservatory For four decades, this unassuming shop has proven that paintings—much like jewelry— need periodic cleanings and damage control. With an emphasis on “conservatory,” the shop begins with a careful evaluation, They’ll tackle yellowing varnish or a battered canvas. They can even rebuild a hand-carved gilt frame. 636 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 644-4300, www.paconservatory.com.
Boutique for Customer Service Frey Boutique Helpful but never pushy, honest without being condescending, the ladies at Frey always know the right thing to say. Consider them the fairy godmothers to your Cinderella. 294 Main St., Exton, (484) 872-8826, www.freyboutique.com.
Boutique in Chester County Ashley Austin Kennett Square a fashion destination? Well, thanks to Ashley Palandrani, it’s now a fact. Her boutique is comparable to a huge closet filled with enviable clothes and accessories from DVF, Ella Moss, Kendra Scott and more. 106 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 925-5900, www.ashleyaustinboutique.com.
Boutique With a New York Edge Eaves Break out of your fashion rut at Eaves, where you can mix-and-match high-end designers and still manage an effortless look. Combine a Rag & Bone T with distressed Frame Denim boyfriend jeans and a strappy, Italian-made heel. Pure perfection. 105 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-4466, www.shopeaves.com.
Custom Clothier SewRob Rob Nikpour, the man behind SewRob, first made a name for himself locally with his impeccable tailoring of high-end women’s jeans. Turns out he’s a perfectionist in other ways, whether he’s creating fitted white blouses for women and dress shirts for men, or conceiving eye-catching gowns for epic society events like the Academy Ball. Eagle Village Shops, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-3424; 339 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, (610) 649-8718, www.sewrob.com.
Dresses for the Bride-to-Be Tish Boutique Let’s face it: Your wedding gown is just one of several dresses you’ll need for that buildup to the big day. There are the engagement photos, the bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner, the honeymoon ... No worries. Tish has you covered. 138 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 692-7500, www.tishstyle.com.
Eco-Friendly Clothing Store Element Six How can it not feel good to shop at the only Main Line boutique fully committed to selling sustainable, ethically traded clothing? You’ll feel even better knowing you won’t have to sacrifice style for the cause. The inventory is, in a word, amazing. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-1519, www.elementsixclothing.com.
Gift Baskets Bella Oliva Taproom Let the experts do the work at Bella Olivia. They’ll select the oils and vinegars, throwing in sea salts, spices from around the world, and even imported Italian sauces and pastas, to bulk up your basket. 113 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-6844, www.bellaolivataproom.com.
Home Accessories Isabella Sparrow We envy anyone who has the time to scour the vintage marketplace or to travel to various locales in search of farmhouse-chic inpiration. Which is why we envy Isabella Sparrow owner Hillary O’Carroll, who takes the legwork out of finding unique treasures with a personalized touch. 1012 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (717) 327-7285, www.isabellasparrow.com.
Home Furnishings Willow From accent lighting to sleek consoles, Willow’s Jen Fuller has an eye for the just the sort of pieces you need to complete your space. 385 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 642-6555, www.willowhaverford.com.
Kids’ Clothing Hatch One spin around this boutique, and you’ll see why owner Brittany Bollard was once a celebrity stylist. Hatch is a mecca for the modern mom and her fashionable little ones. 12 E. Butler Ave., Suite 119, Ambler, (215) 646-1907, www.shophatch.com.
New Boutique Ella’s Grove Ella’s has been nothing less than a breath of fresh air for Bryn Mawr’s stagnant retail scene, thanks to owner Fran D’Ambrosio’s irresistible mix of coveted designers (Zac Posen, M Missoni, Robert Rodriguez) and more casual brands (Frye, Goldsign). 876 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 380-2051, www.ellasgrove.com.
New Furniture Showroom Studio 882 We want to live in this showroom—it’s that gorgeous. Deftly displaying top names like Baker and CR Laine alongside work from celebrated artisans, each vignette looks as if it’s been plucked from the pages of a high-end interior-design magazine. Studio 882 also offers full design services. 882 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 314-8820, www.studio882.com.
Personalized Scents Silvanus This all-natural apothecary is all about creating signature scents from essential oils mixed on-site. The homemade soaps are equally intoxicating, with ingredients such as seaweed, cucumber and organic tea-tree oil. 121 W. Market St., West Chester, (484) 319-6215, www.silvanusonline.com.
Place for Culinary Hostess Gifts A Taste of Olive With so many artisanal regions represented — from Modena, Italy’s smooth balsamic to the spicy oils of Málaga, Spain — sampling is encouraged at A Taste of Olive. You’ll also find seasoned sea salts, rubs and specialty foods. 26 S. High St., West Chester, (610) 429-0292, www.atasteofolive.com.
Place to Learn to Cook Wayne Art Center Art enthusiasts, stand aside. Now, the culinary-minded can find their niche with intimate classes taught by reputable Main Line chefs. The best part? Eating what you make. 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-3553, www.wayneart.org.
Tabletop Selection Home Grown This Main Line fixture is a top choice for local brides-to-be. Home Grown’s mix-and-match dinnerware alone can easily prompt an all-or-nothing impulse purchase. Thankfully, the staff is always happy to steer you in a more selective (read: practical) direction. 393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 642-3601, www.homegrownpa.com.
Toy Store pucciManuli You won’t find the same old stuff at pucci-Manuli—and that’s precisely the allure for both kids and parents. A toy boutique in every sense, it carries a carefully selected inventory of handcrafted items from around the globe, along with classics like spinning tops, life-size stuffed animals, and the sort of games that require nothing more than an active imagination. 35 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, (484) 466-2067, www.puccimanuli.com.
Women’s Denim Shop Sixty Five Linda LaRosa put her original Doylestown boutique on the fashion map with an extensive denim bar. And, lucky us, we now have a version on the Main Line. Shop Sixty Five’s fit experts can size up a shopper within minutes, matching her to the most flattering styles from Hudson, 7 for All Mankind, J Brand and more. 342 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, (484) 417-6675, www.shopsixtyfive.com.
Women’s Jewelry Menagerie Sure, there are plenty of statement necklaces and bold earrings to choose from at this boutique. But it’s the handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry by owner Kate Lawson that typically stops shoppers in their tracks. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 971-1769, www.ajeweledmenagerie.com.