Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2017 Critics' Choice: Goods & Services
Marché in Kennett Square
SoulCycle’s high-energy spin classes are powered by sweat, muscle and infectious dance music. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
2 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (484) 434-2200, www.soul-cycle.com
No matter how much you practice, your hair will never look as good as it does after a professional blow dry. We love outsourcing the chore to these pros. The result: super-shiny, perfectly coiffed hair.
110 S. Union St., Kennett Square, (484) 291-1090, www.vagaro.com
Owner Susan Ahn nudges you out of your preppy comfort zone with edgier styles from designers like Isabel Marant and IRO. Ahn’s growing client base prompted the opening of a second location last summer in Suburban Square.
66 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-4466; 105 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-4466; www.shopeaves.com
Boutique for Trendy Pieces
Whether you're looking for a cold-shoulder top, frayed denim or tassels-on-everything accessories, Tish's helpful stylists will direct you to the most flattering options.
138 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 692-7500, www.tishstyle.com
Even the most toned centers will be tested by the Sweatlana resistance-based machine. You can’t speed through a workout where you build lean muscle by holding positions, much like Pilates. Prepare for pain—and great results.
915 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 254-6916, www.solidcore.com
From cards to invitations, this low-key yet elegant spot offers classy watercolor wedding invites, birth announcements with a decidedly modern twist, and so much more.
575 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 687-1979, www.kramerdrive.com
Custom Wardrobe Solutions
The organizational masterminds at Closets By Design can accomplish nothing short of a miracle with even the most challenging closets.
Start in the tub room, then move to a massage table. Continue with a body scrub and a facial, and finish with a rice-milk-and-honey manicure. Pure Zen.
111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne, (610) 995-2631, www.amesalonandspa.com
Designer Consignment Shop
This luxury-fashion treasure trove boasts the likes of Gucci, Fendi, Givenchy, Prada, Chanel and YSL among its well-curated inventory—all of it in pristine condition.
258 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 660-8119, www.revivalsboutique.com
Deneen Marcel applies each eyelash extension strand by strand, customizing length, weight and curl to every client.
828 W. Lancaster Ave., Second Floor, Bryn Mawr, (484) 655-8438, www.dmlashes.com
3000BC staff zeroes in on the problem areas. Choose from the tempting facial menu, or let the spa’s pros make the call.
8439 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, (215) 247-6020, www.3000bcspa.com
Studio 882’s massive showroom encompasses everything from top-of-the-line furnishings to accessories and lighting. For those less sure of their vision, they provide personalized design services.
101 Applied Bank Blvd., Glen Mills, (610) 314-8820, www.studio-882.com
With its innovative equipment and Game of Thrones-style approach, Warrior’s Path is not for the faint of heart. But it’s great for cross-training devotees who want to release their inner gladiators. Where else in the area can you work out with a steel mace?
1572 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, (484) 402-6232, www.warriorspathgym.com
Group Workouts in the Western Suburbs
Looking for one class that works every problem area? These sessions do exactly that. Workouts include cardio, strength building and a variety of equipment. Everyone moans and groans in unison—and they keep coming back for more.
Multiple locations, (484) 879-6008, www.fitbodybootcamp.com
Group Workouts on the Main Line
Thirty minutes of cardio (running, rowing, spinning), 30 minutes of strength training (free weights, bands, TRX), and 15 minutes of yoga. Could you do it on your own? Sure. Will you? Probably not.
707 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-8714, www.unitefitness.com
Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne
You’d never know it from the name, but VFF boasts an impressive selection of décor, from elegant vases to versatile carpets and pillows.
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 687-5566, www.valleyforgeflowers.com
Colorful accents abound at the Blue Octagon—all matched with a combination of equally vibrant pieces. You’ll find bold table lamps, candles and pillars, the perfect accent chair, and much more.
335 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 640-2684, www.theblueoctagon.com
Hot Yoga Studio
At first, it feels as oppressive as the hottest day of summer. But less than halfway through the 90-minute class, muscles relax, the mind centers, and breathing steadies. Expert teachers guide students through 26 poses, offering the sort of encouragement and corrections that make all the difference.
511 Old Lancaster Road, Berwyn, (610) 640-9642, www.bikramyogamainline.com
As brick-and-mortar bookstores continue to go by the wayside, the local holdouts seem all the more significant. Wellington’s vast selection, cozy vibe and convenient café make it a must for bibliophiles.
549 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 458-1144, www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com
The styling mavens behind Concihairge always arrive at your home or office in a super-friendly mood. That puts clients at ease—and the finished product always looks spot-on. Plus, they never get frazzled when your toddler is in meltdown mode mid-cut, or if you have to pause mid-highlight to answer a call.
Billed as country clubs for fitness buffs, Life Time gyms boast an astonishing array of amenities. The KOP club has pools, a café, a spa and plenty of kids’ activities. Coming soon, Ardmore’s version promises to be even more posh.
750 E. Swedesford Road, King of Prussia, (855) 430-5433, www.lifetimefitness.com
Whether you’re looking to prep for a night out or simply need advice on a new color palette, the Houppette staff is happy to oblige. With a wide selection of high-quality products, it’s the go-to spot for makeup.
101 W. State St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-8451, www.houppette.com
With such decadent offerings as vanilla-and-wild-plum hydration therapy and a chamomile-and-mint soothing treatment, you’ll be glad you upgraded to a specialty manicure and pedicure. The comfy chairs and complimentary drink won’t spoil the mood, either.
228 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, (610) 688-8000, www.sageandgreynails.com
Men’s Casual Clothing
True to its name, Trove is a treasure trove. Find everything from casual kicks to classic American sportswear for you man—all perfect for the weekend and after-hours.
19 Paoli Shopping Center, Paoli, (484) 320-8626, www.trovegeneral.com
This store makes buying for your significant other, dad or brother so much easier. From fishing and hiking books to rugged apparel, Out There outdoes itself when it comes to the great outdoors.
123 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-6383, www.outthereoutfitters.com
New Home Décor Store
Marché’s Instagram-worthy inventory includes an abundance of custom décor, ranging from high-end furniture to elegant accents—all for that perfectly staged home. You’ll also find a surprisingly cute selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories.
123 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-1452, www.shoppemarche.com
New Women’s Clothing Boutique
Already the rage in SoHo and elsewhere, Beth Buccini has filled the racks of her Main Line shop with many of the designers that grace her flagship NYC location, including Saint Laurent, Chloé, Céline, Stella McCartney and Aquazzura.
915 Lancaster Ave., Suite 102, Bryn Mawr, (610) 581-7777, www.kirnazabete.com
On-site Makeup Artists, Wedding
Want to avoid the stress of heading to a salon on your big day? The Elegance Artistry crew will come to you instead, delivering soft, romantic looks and sultry, smoky eyes on the go.
2 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (267) 614-5540, www.eleganceartistry.com
No harm done here. Mitch’s hometown feel inspires without intimidating. Folks of all fitness levels are comfortable sweating it out in a variety of classes. And their personal trainers get results with tough routines and equally tough love.
322 W. Market St., West Chester, (610) 918-2900, www.mitchsgym.com
Incline Running in Haverford
This boutique studio is changing how runners train with its tricked-out treadmills and classes suitable for all skill levels, whether you’re looking to upgrade your power-walk routine or find your edge in next year’s Broad Street Run.
519 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (484) 380-2412, www.inclinerunning.com
There’s nothing owner Lisa Choi and her team of tailors can’t handle. Before you deem a garment unfixable, allow Choi to try her hand
at it. Suit alterations, inseams, vintage dresses—nothing is out of her league.
201 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, (267) 971-2070
Shoe lovers rejoiced when ViVi G. recently relocated to more spacious digs in the Eagle Village Shops. Now, the popular boutique has an even more impressive selection of high-end styles from the likes of Tory Burch, Sam Edelman and Stuart Weitzman.
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-6732, www.vivigshoes.com
Sneaker Store for Kids
A 90-day exchange policy on kids’ sneakers? That and other perks are available to parents who pay the low-cost annual fee. All the best brands are here, as is expert—and patient—guidance from the store’s pros.
155 Village Drive, King of Prussia, (484) 322-2570, www.roadrunnersports.com
Tableware is anything but an afterthought at Home Grown. Glass platters in the shapes of flowers, pedestal serving bowls, feather-shaped plates, and marble cheese boards abound. Also find cool decanters and other barware.
393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (610) 642-3601, www.homegrownpa.com
Tough-as-Nails Cross-Training Workout
HIIT enthusiasts love Orangetheory’s cardio-centric, strength-building classes. To build motivation through competition, everyone wears heart-rate monitors while they work out on treadmills, rowers and other high-intensity devices.
Multiple locations, www.orangetheoryfitness.com
Rocking horses, stuffed animals, puzzles and puppets—some kids’ toys just need to be made with love. Everything in this Ardmore jewel box exudes an essence of magic, wonder and the pure joy of childhood.
35 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, (484) 466-2067, www.puccimanuli.com
Fully equipped with machines and a roster of classes, Anytime Fitness is bright, clean and, yes, open 24 hours a day. Apparently, some of us do work out at 4 a.m.
Multiple locations, (484) 427-7862, www.anytimefitness.com
Vintage Home Furnishings
Vintage is having a moment, and this Paoli-based gem can help even the greenest fans of the red-hot aesthetic incorporate a few unique retro pieces into their homes.
83 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 251-2155, www.vintagehomepaoli.com
Has that next-level workout been eluding you? Well, this 10,000-square-foot gym has a full-scale “American Ninja Warrior” course, plus rock climbing, a Parkour section with trampolines and foam pits, and obstacles from Tough Mudder and other endurance competitions.
300 Lawrence Drive, West Chester, (484) 887-8607, www.icore.ninja
Workouts for New Moms
This new wellness center assembled a team of fitness and medical experts to make life a little easier for pregnant and postnatal women. Trimester-based yoga and strength-building classes are mommy and baby friendly, and there’s a real camaraderie among those who attend them.
250 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (484) 367-7671, www.hatchmotherhood.com
Yoga for Athletes
For some, yoga is more about stretching muscles after a workout. Bulldog obliges with flexibility-focused, high-energy classes set to danceable music.
775 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, (610) 525-3299, www.bulldogyoga.com
Yoga for Kids
The recently relocated YogaLife is now bigger and better. “Mommy and Me” classes are divided into two categories: Newborns to Crawling and Crawling to Age 3. No one expects the kids to be perfectly behaved, but they are surprisingly good at warrior and tree.
860 E. Swedesford Road, Wayne, (610) 688-7030, www.yogalifeinstitute.com
Hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga? Yes, yes and yes. This ombelievable studio also offers outdoor classes and aerial yoga with hammocks. Or try one of the retreats to Rehoboth Beach and other locales for water yoga done on paddleboards.
1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, www.yogaundergroundlove.com