Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2019 Critics' Choice: Goods & Services
WorKS in Kennett Square is this year's winner for Best Artisan Shopping. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.
With its exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and imaginative displays, this labor of love from artist/designer Krystal Reinhard oozes chic comfort. Compiling her impeccable inventory from estate sales and dealers, Reinhard knows how to deliver the goods, whether it’s a set of mid-century modern chairs, a unique ottoman, one-of-a-kind light fixtures, or an offbeat piece of vintage jewelry.
119 W. Market St., West Chester, (484) 983-7311, oldsouldecor.com.
Aquatic Fitness Classes
Crosstrain in the water with innovative classes like Aqua Zumba, Aqua Bootcamp and Aqua Zen (a combination of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi). There’s also a competitive swim team and lessons for all ages.
1020 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (484) 227-7999, mainlinehealthfitnessandwellness.com.
This reclaimed garage’s open floor plan affords plenty of room for local artisans to show their stuff. A typical mix might include handcrafted leather bags from Arden + James, an array of flowers and plants from the Farm at Oxford, vintage threads from Malena’s, antique housewares from Scout & Annie, and delicate pieces from Whim Jewelry.
432 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-8586, www.workskennettsquare.com.
No man buns here. With its hip décor and a dude-friendly vibe, Philly Bloke offers top-notch products and expert stylists who specialize in modern cuts.
123 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 644-3984, www.phillybloke.com.
Ballroom Dance Classes
Here, experts break down steps into easy-to-follow patterns. After a few lessons, you’ll be foxtrotting and waltzing your way around any dance floor with confidence and ease.
1245 N. Providence Road, Media, (610) 800-8182, salsainthesuburbs.com.
Hirsuite doesn’t have to mean haggard. The pros at Men’s Loft will wash, trim, outline and shave your facial hair to symetrical perfection. Other option include ear, nose or brow waxing and camouflage treatments for those pesky grays.
Various locations, avantesalon.com.
Fuel Cycle has one of the most comprehensive boxing programs in the region, offering excellent instruction on superior equipment. Soon enough, you’ll know the difference between a speed bag and a double-ender—and you’ll also know what to do with both.
53 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 844-4900, fuelcyclefitness.com.
Standing in an ultra-cooled chamber has become a trendy way to reduce inflammation and improve athletic performance—especially for NBA stars How cold? We’re talking -200 to -240 degrees. The key ingredient is liquid nitrogen, and treatment times range from 30 seconds to three minutes. Hey, if Al Roker can stand the chill, so can you.
379 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, (610) 410-0093; 205 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 341-9300; www.restorecryosauna.com.
Designer Consignment Shop
At this quintessentially Main Line consignment shop, you’ll find the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Gucci. The operative words here are upscale and couture.
258 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 660-8119, revivals.boutique.
Always on point, the well-curated Tish lineup includes DL1961 Premium Denim, Ecru, Free People, Nicole Miller and Rachel Zoe, plus local designs from Lisi Lerch and Marlyn Schiff Jewelry.
138 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 692-7500, www.tishstyle.com.
From teens to 80-somethings and everyone in between, Cole Wellness Spa’s extensive menu of facials caters to the needs of clients’ changing skin with organic products and expert clinicians.
101 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-7546, www.colewellnessspa.com.
Sue Davis delivers a serious dose of rustic-chic romance, from simple arrangements for corporate events to sweeping wedding arches to boutonnieres and bouquets that will leave you swooning.
(610) 459-1608, www.freshdesignsflorist.com.
Whether you’re looking to increse volume or length or disguise hair loss, you want someone with serious skills and a variety of attachment methods and customized colors. The experts at Salon Amar have all of that, plus a deep sensitivity to the needs of their clientele.
2 Town Place, Bryn Mawr, (484) 380-3853, www.salonamar.com.
High-Intensity Interval Training
Healthplex has incorporated the high-intensity theory into other fitness activities to create HIIT boxing and cycling. No boredom here, just lots of sweat and calorie burning.
194 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, (610) 938-2555, www.healthplex.net.
We dare you to walk into Studio 882 and not feel inspired. The expansive Glen Mills showroom’s 10,000 designer fabrics and perfectly curated room displays will have you itching to switch up your style.
101 Applied Bank Blvd., Glen Mills, (610) 314-8820, www.studio-882.com.
Kids’ Fitness Classes
Boys and girls as young as 7 can get on the mix-and-match action of a popular adult fitness trend. With CrossFit Kids, they can jump, climb ropes, do push-ups and pull-ups, and run relay races. Classes are taught in multi-week sessions like other youth sports.
10 E. Athens Ave., Ardmore; 125 E. Swedesford Road, Wayne; (855) 879-9348, crossfitmainline.com.
Apps are great, but guided group meditation takes the practice to the next level. Experts at this studio teach a seven-stage method of mind clearing. First sessions are free, so there’s nothing to lose—except maybe stress, anxiety and negativity.
18 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore, (215) 782-8709, www.mainlinemeditation.org.
Mixed Martial Arts
Technique, stamina and upper-body strength form the foundation of owner Rodney Rappe’s classes. Mixing boxing with other martial arts styles and fitness tools, his full-body workouts are as effective as they are addictive.
104 N. Essex Ave., Narberth, (610) 420-1295, www.uppercutgymnarberth.com.
Endeavor Athletic is this year's winner for New Athletic Boutique. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.
New Athletic Boutique
The brainchild of former pro hockey player and Villanova native Colby Cohen, Endeavor made its Suburban Square debut this past December, offering stylish workout duds that withstand the sweat test.
24 Parking Plaza, Ardmore, (610) 413-2484, endeavorathletic.com.
On-Demand Hair Styling
You’re never too busy for a killer blowout or a cut and color thanks to Stephanie Cleck and her team of roving stylists, who can work around the busiest schedule by coming right to you.
(877) 725-6601, www.concihairge.com.
Tucked behind the Bryn Mawr post office at the end of an inauspicious driveway sits BodyX, a functional strength and conditioning studio offering group fitness classes, one-on-one training and cooking classes.
22 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, (800) 800-2639, www.bodyx.com.
Privé’s new Wayne location offers the same first-class beauty menu as its sister salon in Newtown Square, including color and styling, eyelash and hair extensions, and a range of waxing options.
167 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (484) 654-0500, www.privesalonandstylebar.com.
Seasonal Barn Sales
For one-of-a-kind finds, look no further than Meg Veno’s seasonal barn sales, which offer an array of home décor items. The rustic-chic selection looks downright picturesque in the elegant converted barn setting.
1750 N. Valley Road, Malvern, (610) 952-2254, www.lifespatina.com.
Sometimes you need something a little different to occupy the kids over the long summer months. Handwork Studio camps are perfect for beginners and advanced sewers alike. Older ones can make their own clothes, learn the art of “cosplay,” or even take up theatrical costume design.
35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth, (610) 660-9600, www.thehandworkstudio.com.
Student Athlete Training
Main Line parents swear by physical therapist Charan Chadha and his team. C4’s superior private coaching improves strength, speed and technique while maximizing performance and minimizing injuries.
300 W. Lancaster Ave., Devon, (484) 367-7633, www.c4perform.com.
|Purenergy Studios in Paoli is this year's winner for Best Studio Classes. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.|
Yoga, spinning, Pilates, barre, boxing, jiu jitsu and HIIT classes—all in one place? You bet. And Purenergy’s small classes encourage individualized attention.
21 Plank Ave., Paoli, (610) 993-9933, purenergystudio.com.
Founded in Wayne 14 years ago, Empire takes customer service seriously, offering one of the most extensive valet training programs in the region. There will be no second-guessing when you hand over the keys to one of their friendly professionals.
(610) 567-3203, empireparkingsolutions.com.
Venue for Corporate and Special Events
Already the go-to venue fro events large and small, Drexelbrook has just upped its game with a new Holiday Inn & Suites, featuring 84 rooms and 14 suites. The catering is first-class, too.
4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, (610) 259-7000, drexelbrookcatering.com.
Venue for Intimate Events
White Manor’s 171 acres are just across the street from Radnor Hunt, offering the same rolling hills and lovely views. Its sophisticated ballroom is an ideal spot for cocktail parties, corporate events, anniversary celebrations and small weddings.
831 Providence Road, Malvern, (610) 647-1070, www.whitemanorcc.com.
The Chadds Ford Barn Shops is this year's winner for Best Village Shopping. Photo by Tessa Marie Images.
At the Chadds Ford Barn Shops, you’ll find oil paintings from local artists, hand-tooled leather goods, freshly cut flowers, even a great cup of coffee. And there’s plenty of ambiance to go with it—especially if you tend to appreciate the quaint variety.
1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, www.chaddsfordbarnshops.com.
A hub for aerial yoga well before it found a high-profile home on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yoga Underground has always been ahead of the trends. From yin to Reiki rise to standard hatha, casual and serious yogis alike will find classes and workshops to suit their needs and experience levels.
1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, www.yogaundergroundlove.com.
Relax and recharge surrounded by pink salt from Northern Punjab, Pakistan. Many swear by its positive effects on the immune system, inflammation, skin conditions and respiratory ailments. Or you can forego the cave in favor of cupping, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology or a Swedish massage.
4671 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 290-2319; 1494 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, (610) 310-3884; himalayansaltnwellness.com.