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Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2018 Critics' Choice: Goods & Services




Best Preppy Children's Apparel winner Gilbert & Evans.

Antique Accents

HOME-ology

From reclaimed wood headboards to spice cabinets to antique dishware, HOME-ology offers an extensive selection of antique accents, perfect for finishing the look of any historic home in the area.

712 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 500-9702, www.home-ology1.com.


Artisan Shopping Experience

worKS

This reclaimed space on a newly revitalized stretch of Walnut Street features over 15 artisan purveyors. The enticing mix of items ranges from leather and jewelry to vintage apparel and furniture—all of it carefully curated by Scout & Annie’s Tara Dugan for her second retail venture.

432 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-8586, www.workskennettsquare.com.


Book Clubs

Wellington Square Bookshop

Wellington brings like-minded readers together through its monthly book clubs in adult fiction and nonfiction. Find what you’re looking for online, then meet up in a cozy atmosphere mainstream sellers lack.

549 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 458-1144, www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com.


Budget-Friendly Boutique

Stile by Per Lei

Seasoned boutique maven Candice Caprice has her finger on the pulse of what’s hot. Her recently opened boutique—originally known as Élan—offers distinctive looks at affordable price points, with clothing and accessories under $150.

3555 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 356-3635, www.shopelanstyle.com.


Cool-Girl Style

Kirna Zabête

This one’s for you, trendsetters. Kirna Zabête is the brainchild of Chadds Ford’s Beth Buccini, whose New York location counts Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson among its superstar regulars. No less exceptional, the Main Line version has 3,000 square feet of space devoted to the industry’s top designers—think Balenciaga, Chloe, Zimmermann—and impeccable pieces.

915 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 581-7777, www.kirnazabete.com.


Corporate and Special Events Venue

Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center

With its spacious ballroom, crystal chandeliers and Greek Revival-inspired patio, Drexelbrook is the perfect spot for celebrating big life events. And pretty soon, you’ll be
able to stay the night, too: Look for the new 100-room Holiday Inn & Suites to open later this summer.

4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, (610) 259-7000, drexelbrookcatering.com.


Curated Showroom

Studio 882

The 13,000-square-foot showroom is a design guru’s haven. The furniture, lighting and rugs are carefully curated to showcase up-market brands like Chaddock and Lillian August. Be sure to take full advantage of the design center to get a clear idea of how everything will look in your home.

101 Applied Bank Blvd., Glen Mills, (610) 314-8820, www.studio-882.com.


Custom Chair Designs

Chairloom

Chairs don’t have to be functional and perfunctory—they can reflect an individual aesthetic. And this Ardmore shop can turn that reflection into something you can actually sit on, whether its reupholstering and modernizing existing pieces or creating custom benches and ottomans.

137 E. Spring Ave., Ardmore, (914) 484-5498, www.chairloom.com.


Day-to-Night Pieces

Delsette

If anyone knows transitional style, it’s Stefanie Lutzo, who stocks her globally inspired shop with a host of versatile options from contemporary designers like Brockenbrow and Giambattista Valli. The goal is always to build a wardrobe that can take a working woman from the office to a night of big-city fun.

47 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, (610) 642-2757, www.delsette.com.


Designer Consignment

Revivals Boutique

Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Gucci—the inventory at Revivals smacks of Rodeo Drive. It’s consignment shopping with a serious splurge factor. And there’s always staff on hand to ensure an informed purchase.

258 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 660-8119, revivalsboutique.com.


Diverse Swimwear Selection

Cameo Water Wear

For on-trend summer looks, look no further than Cameo. Styles range from chic bikinis to sophisticated one pieces—and everything in between. Save yourself some time and head here first.

925 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 140, Bryn Mawr, (610) 642-7990; 533 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 558-6010; www.cameowaterwear.com.


Edgy Weekend Style

Eaves

Ripped denim cut-offs? Check. Camo-printed clutch? Check. Retro graphic T-shirt? Check. It’s all here—impeccably curated by expert stylists.

66 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-4466; 105 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-4466, www.shopeaves.com.


Estate and Antique Jewelry

Sunset Hill Jewelers

Jewelry lovers with a passion for nostalgia will find plenty of inspiration at Sunset Hill. Covering vast swaths of history, from the Victorian era to the 1950s, the selection is strikingly diverse. We’re obsessed with the Art Deco rings and watches and the intricate pins and necklaces.

23 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 692-0374, www.sunsethilljewelers.com.


Facials

Cole Wellness Spa

Refresh with one of Cole’s myriad facials, whether it’s a classic treatment or one that pinpoint issues like rosacea. The spa also offers options tailored to men and teens, along with indulgences like a caviar facial.

101 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-7546, www.colewellnessspa.com.


Florist

Valley Forge Flowers

Noted philanthropist and award-winning gardener Dodo Hamilton’s legacy lives on at Valley Forge Flowers, the shop she entrusted to Barbara King, who has expanded and solidified its status on the Main Line. With its ornate options, exotic arrangements and extraordinary attention to detail, it’s the go-to florist for special occasions and, well, just because.

503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 687-5566, www.valleyforgeflowers.com.


Handmade Women’s Leather Bags

Arden + James

Bri Brant blends modern sophistication with industrial and craft design in her Pennsylvania vegetable-tannery-sourced handmade leather bags. The hand-drawn etchings make them at once effortless and elegant. Available at the Chadds Ford Barn Shops, worKS and other retailers.

www.ardenandjames.com.


Hotel Reinvention

The Desmond Hotel

This family-run hotel has transitioned from Old World elegance to modern with a nod to the past. Its partnership with Doubletree by Hilton combines the best of both worlds, while retaining already high culinary standards and a commitment to first-class service.

1 Liberty Blvd., Malvern, (800) 575-1776, www.demondgv.com.


Intimate Theater

Hedgerow Theatre

Steeped in history, from its early days as a mill to its current status as a community arts staple, Hedgerow exudes intimacy. With fewer than 200 seats, there’s no bad place to sit, and patrons are treated to an up-close high-quality performance experience that’s hard to find anywhere else.

64 Rose Valley Road, Media, (610) 565-4211, hedgerowtheatre.org.


Men’s Casual Clothing

Trove General Store

With its mountain-town feel, Trove has struck a cord with Main Line men—and the women who shop for them—thanks to its everyday essentials, high-quality work wear and “heritage lifestyle” accessories—all of it striking the perfect balance between rugged and stylish. The denim selection alone is enough to warrant a recommendation.

19 Paoli Shopping Center, Paoli, (484) 320-8626, www.trovegeneral.com.


Ballroom at Ellis Preserve

Best New Wedding Venue winner Ballroom at Ellis Preserve. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

New Wedding Venue

Ballroom at Ellis Preserve

The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve is as intimate as it is elegant. The striking columned structure was built in 1932 as part of the Charles E. Ellis School for Girls. Now, it has all the amenities couples want—bars, a bridal suite, a stage, a flower wall and more.

3821 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (484) 315-8539, finleycatering.com.


Nonprofit Bookstore

Second Reading Bookstore

Purchase something from Second Reading’s extensive selection of books and DVDs, and proceeds benefit the West Chester Area Senior Center.

929 S. High St., West Chester, (610) 431-2117; 32 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 692-6756; wcseniors.org/bookstore.


On-Demand Hair Service

Concihairge

Concihairge brings the full-service salon to you, offering blowouts, cuts, extensions, color and more. You can even tack on cuts for the hubby and kids. Appointments typically fill up three to five weeks in advance, so book early.

(877) 725-6601, www.concihairge.com.


One-of-a-Kind Décor

The Velvet Shoestring

Both a studio and a consignment shop, the Velvet Shoestring is great for sellers—and even better for buyers. You’ll find decorative lanterns, Asian lamps, crystal decanters, plus furniture for nearly every room in the house.

155 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 995-0300, www.velvetshoestringmainline.com.


Online Fitness Experience

Bulldog Yoga

Now, even relentless multitaskers can find their happy place. With its streaming online classes, Bulldog Yoga brings the downward dog to your living room, your office or even a nearby park.

775 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, (610) 525-3299, www.bulldogyoga.com.


Outdoor Apparel

Trail Creek Outfitters

Whether it’s the rugged Alaskan wilderness or the rolling Brandywine Valley hills, Trail Creek Outfitters has you covered. Knowledgeable staff will accommodate all of your gear needs, from hiking boots and camping gear to waterproof everything.

487 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 558-4006; 120 W. State St., Kennett Square, (484) 731-4968; trailcreekoutfitters.com.


Outdoor Living Space Creation

Wallace Landscape Associates

When it comes to taming the great outdoors just outside our back door, leave the concepts and execution to the pros. Wallace Landscape Associates will take your outdoor space to the next level with lush gardens, stunning water features, fully loaded kitchens and other first-class amenities.

1598 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 444-6161, wallacelandscape.com.


Preppy Children’s Apparel

Gilbert & Evans

The little ones deserve an eclectic wardrobe, too. From bow-accented dresses for girls to pastel seersucker shorts for boys, preppy abounds at this Suburban Square shop.

92 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, (610) 645-8332, www.shopgilbertandevans.com.


Professional Theater Company

Resident Theatre Company

Producing artistic director Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell spent years performing and producing in New York, and she brings her skills and talent—along with many Broadway-caliber performers—to West Chester’s beautiful Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. If it’s accomplished first season is any indication, RTC has a long and fruitful run ahead.

(610) 356-2787, www.rtcwc.org.


Riding Apparel and Accessories

Rick’s Heritage Saddlery

Novice and experienced riders alike rely on Rick’s for its ample selection of top-notch gear, from helmets and boots to breeches, belts and show coats.

1340 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, (610) 431-3272, www.saddlesource.com.


Gwyn Meadows Farms

Best Riding Day Camp winner Gwyn Meadows Farms. 

Riding Day Camp

Gwyn Meadows Farms

The abundance of land surrounding Gwyn Meadows Farm makes it the perfect summer camp locale. Here, kids develop their confidence with horses in weekday sessions. Once comfortable, they embark on trail rides appropriate for their skill level and even play riding games.

2064 Shearer Road, Lansdale, (610) 584-8361, gwynmeadowsfarm.com.


Riding Lessons

Cairn O’Mount Stables

At Cairn O’Mount Stables, riders looking to excel in dressage, showjumping and cross-country racing learn from experienced eventers, including international rider Susie Beal.

289 E. Boot Road, Malvern, (610) 220-8084, www.comstables.com.


Ronnefeldt Tea Selection

Mrs. Robinson’s Tea Shop

Duck into this charming nook and choose from among 150 boutique blends most commonly found in luxury accommodations and dining establishments abroad. Popular picks include chai, Japanese cherry and morning dew.

129 E. State St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-8140, mrs-robinsons-tea-shop.myshopify.com.


Running Studio

Incline Running

Whether you’re lacing up for a marathon or looking to start a beginner’s regimen, Incline can meet you where you run. Its coaches offer tips on form and pacing, and the Woodway 4Front treadmills are state of the art.

519 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford, (484) 380-2412, www.inclinerunning.com.


Seasonal Barn Sales

Life’s Patina

These seasonal pop-up events at Willowbrook Farm are a must for anyone seeking out genuinely unique home décor items. Depending on the season, you’ll find everything from ornaments to vintage tools to locally crafted pieces. And it all takes place in a lovingly restored 19th-century barn.

1750 N. Valley Road, Malvern, (610) 952-2254, www.lifespatina.com.


Show-Stopping Hats

Tiffany Arey Millinery

Turning heads at equestrian events throughout the region, Tiffany Arey’s seasonal looks boast feathers, elegant sculpting and plenty of drama. She also offers rentals for local clients.

(484) 614-5342, www.tiffanyareymillinery.com.


Size-Inclusive Intimates

Giē Giē Lingerie

If you can’t find a bra here, chances are you won’t find it anywhere. Gina Mastrangelo and her staff are happy to share their expertise on everything from strapless bras to shapewear
to bridal options.

36 Chestnut Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7626, giegielingerie.com.


Tack and Saddle Selection

Malvern Saddlery

There are so many perks to living in the heart of horse country—and access to saddlery is one of them. This downtown shop offers bits, blankets, breastplates, bridles and halters, along with saddles for hunters, jumpers and dressage.

1 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 695-9980, malvernsaddlery.com.


Traditional Engagement Rings

Walter J. Cook Jewelers

Diamonds are a bride’s best friend—and Walter J. Cook has one of the area’s finest selections for traditional tastes. Think tasteful halos, solitaire and three-stone settings, and more.

36 Chestnut Road, Paoli, (610) 644-5347, walterjcookjeweler.com.


Trail Horseback Riding

Cloverleaf Stables

Cloverleaf’s extensive trail options are a great match for all experience levels. Sunset rides are a summer treat, and there’s a picnic area for those who want to make a day of it.

140 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, (484) 841-6230, cloverleaf-stables.com.


Unique Boutique

Tish Boutique

From funky sunnies to off-the-shoulder tops to chic dresses, there’s always something to surprise and delight at Tish. We’ve been eyeing up the latest from inventory additions from DL1961, Quay and Free People.

138 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 692-7500, www.tishstyle.com.


Unique Dog Treats

Giggy Bites Bakery & MarketPlace

Two words bound to make Rover salivate: liver brownies. Or how about some Jack’s beef or chicken jerky? Be sure to grab some frozen options for the long haul.

100 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 358-3647, www.giggybites.com.


Valet Service

Empire Valet

Whether it’s a backyard soiree, a wedding or a corporate event, Empire’s friendly VIP service will leave a lasting impression with guests. They’ll never hurry you out of the car—but they’ll always hurry to get it.

303 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 122, Wayne, (610) 567-3203, www.empirevalet.com.


Venue for Intimate Events

White Manor Country Club

Set amid rolling hills just across the road from Radnor Hunt, White Manor’s elegant ballroom can accommodate small gatherings for as few as 10 and as many as 250. The creative cuisine ups the ante.

831 Providence Road, Malvern, (610) 647-1070, www.whitemanorcc.com.


Video Production

Valley Creek Productions

Like a lot of things, you never know the value of a good videographer until you need one. Valley Creek Productions is equally adept at weddings and corporate events. The company also offers drone services and is licensed by the FAA.

1500 Grove Ave., West Chester, (215) 525-9904, valleycreekproductions.com.


Vintage Home Décor Selection

Scout and Annie

Tara Dugan fills her boutique with vintage furniture and accessories that span the modern, mid-century modern and mission styles. Her impressive inventory includes lighting, pottery, couches, tables and more.

432 S. Walnut, Kennett Square, (484) 732-8554, scoutandannie.com.


Wedding Floral Design

Fresh Designs Florist

Sue Davis’ elegant bouquets range from simple boutonnieres and rustic centerpieces to stunning swags and archways.

229 Llewelyn Road, Chester Heights, (610) 459-1608, www.freshdesignsflorist.com.


Women’s Shoe Selection

Ashley Austin Boutique

Want your kicks to make a statement? You’ll find the right pair at this downtown Kennett gem—from colorful Wellies to loafers and boots to on-trend sandals and flats (think pom-poms).

106 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 925-5900, ashleyaustinboutique.com.

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