What a year this has been! As December nears, let’s look forward to some festive time with friends and family and immerse ourselves in the joy and traditions of the holidays. Check our events column for all the fun things to do this month.
To make it even more enjoyable for you, we’ve compiled a list of shops, restaurants and services—everything you’ll need to complete your list, whether it’s holiday shopping or finding just the right piece you’ve been looking for to spruce up your home. Make a day of it and visit the truly unique and talented merchants County Lines country has to offer.
For our part, we wish you the happiest of holidays and, as always to our readers and advertisers, our most heartfelt thank you. Happy New Year!
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Loch Nairn Golf Club is a “Jewel In The Country.” Offering fine dining in The Farmhouse, a charming 17th-century farmhouse featuring excellent food and service. Serving lunch on Saturdays and dinner Thursday–Sunday, including Prix Fixe Menu each Thursday and Sunday (excluding holidays). You’ll find casual fare in the Greathouse, including hearty comfort foods and craft beers. They have a sports bar and fireplace. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 514 McCue Rd. 610-268-2235; LochNairn.com.
The perfect gift awaits at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Shop the unique selection of gifts inspired by art and nature, including notecards and art reproductions featuring the iconic works of the Wyeth family, handcrafted jewelry, exclusive silk scarves and accessories, toys for children, a unique selection of books and more. Don’t miss the annual Critter Sale, December 2-4. Located on Rt. 1. 610-388-2700; Brandywine.org.
Moore’s Furniture has been helping families furnish their homes for over 54 years. They specialize in custom ordering furniture and they offer quick delivery of stock items for every room in your home. Their knowledgeable and friendly sales associates can help you find just what you’re looking for. They have two convenient locations: 90 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, 610-458-8001 and 3291 W. Ridge Pike, Pottstown, 610-495-5252; MooresFurniture.com.
Relax for an afternoon or a full day at Eden Day Spa and Salon. This award-winning suburban oasis is dedicated to pampering and beautifying experiences in an inviting environment. With warm stone massage, Keratin hair smoothing, expert Brazilian waxing, and world-class skin care, Eden assures that your time there will make you or that special someone feel balanced and beautiful. 378 W. Main St. 610-489-0800; EdenDaySpaAndSalon.com.
If the hearth is the heart of the home, Chester County Hearth and Home will warm your home’s heart with their quality products and services. With products from Regency, Marquis and Enviro, the shop features a variety of stoves, inserts and fireplace accessories as well as custom fireplace designs. They also provide CSIA and NFI certified chimney and gas fireplace services. Make your chimney safe for Santa! 19 Park Ave. 610-913-0730; ChesterChimney.com.
Deck the halls this holiday season with 18th-century through Victorian era original and reproduction furniture, lighting fixtures and furniture hardware. Visit Ball & Ball, 463 W. Lincoln Hwy. (Rt. 30), to find unique gift ideas including candlesticks, bookends, lanterns and fireplace accessories made on premises in brass, tin, copper, pewter and hand-forged iron and bronze. All perfect gifts this holiday season. Open Mon.–Fri., 8 to 4:30; Sat. hours, October–March, 9 to 1.
Gift cards to new trendy restaurants; best-selling novels, unique toys and games; elegant home décor … these are a few of our favorite things. Satisfy all your holiday needs this year as you shop amongst the twinkle lights and cool crisp air in beautiful Eagleview Town Center, 510 Wellington Square. EagleviewTownCenter.com for more information.
There’s no place like Ron’s Original Bar & Grille this holiday season! Come and indulge in some “Real Food, for the Health of it.” Offering a family atmosphere, Italian fare, live music and some of the best craft beer around, they invite you to stop in for a bite, enjoy some take-out or delivery, or call them to cater your next event! 74 E. Uwchlan Ave. 610-594-9900; RonsOriginal.com.
Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, highlighting the northern region of Italy, La Verona is committed to making your meal a memorable one, with professional service in a welcoming, vibrant, social atmosphere. They have a private dining area for parties up to 65, and they invite you to join them for Happy Hour, Mon.–Fri., 4 to 6. Come and join them in celebrating their 5th Anniversary. 114 E. State St. 610-444-2244; LaVeronaPA.com.
Drawing fans in Kennett since 2011 is Lily’s Asian Cuisine, Sushi & Grill, 104 W. State St. This stylish, modern Asian restaurant serves Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes insisting on high quality food, freshly prepared with finest ingredients. Meet friends for lunch, have dinner with family or come for a celebration. All-you-can-eat sushi on Tuesday, with hot starters. Enjoy the comfortable ambience, delicious food and excellent service in Lily’s. BYOB. 610-925-3700; LilySushiAndGrill.com.
The Museum Store of LancasterHistory.org offers an unequaled selection of gifts by local artisans including art, crafts, books and holiday items. You’ll find fraktur, scherenschnitte, pottery and distinctive decorations for the holidays as well as gifts for children and everyone else on your list. Two Lancaster locations: 4 W. King and 230 N. President Ave. on the Campus of History. Unusual. Distinctive. Different. They’re ready for the holidays! Are you? 717-392-4633; LancasterHistory.org.
Paradocx Vineyard, nestled among the rolling hills of southern Chester County, combines current technology and handcrafted secrets to create unique wines from homegrown grapes and from selected custom growers. They have over 100 acres and 30 of those are under vine. By providing only the finest, they are able to provide their head winemaker, Gabriel Rubilar, with the best possible start for a quality wine in the bottle. 1833 Flint Hill Rd. Also in the Market at Liberty Place in Kennett Square. 610-255-5684; Paradocx.com.
There’s something special at Nota Bene Boutique for you and other style-lovers on your Christmas list! They offer clothing, gifts and accessories for women of all ages. Treat your friends and family to something as beautiful as it is unique. Stop in at their downtown boutique and enjoy a fun day of shopping in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. 117 W. King St. 610-644-5016; NotaBeneBoutique.com.
Give yourself a treat this holiday season and stop in to Tonino’s Pizza & Pasta Co. to savor the freshest ingredients in their authentic, homemade Neapolitan pizza, pasta and signature Italian dishes. This family-run business invites you to come in and dine, BYOB, or call for delivery. Having a party? Their party trays make the planning easy—perfect for holidays and celebrations at home or at work. 235 Lancaster Ave. 610-240-9566; ToninosPizzaAndPasta.com.
This holiday season, why not introduce some creativity, art, innovation and fun to your gift-giving? Visit the Merchant of Menace Re-Imaginers Gallery and check the whimsical and inventive items that will delight everyone! Their artists see possibilities everywhere and create amazing works from a variety of reclaimed materials. Find furniture crafted from New England barn wood, animal sculptures made from antique tractor parts, jewelry created from silverware and much more! 1351 W. Strasburg Rd. 215-704-7419; TheMerchantOfMenace.net.
Gourmet gift baskets and luscious fine chocolates are two reasons to stop at Christopher Chocolates, making life sweeter for 30 years as a family-owned and operated business. They have a great selection of gourmet foods, candies, sugar-free items and fine chocolates for a customized gift basket to delight all on your list. They ship and deliver. Open daily from Thanksgiving to Christmas. 3519 West Chester Pk. (Rt. 3). 610-359-1669; Christopher-Chocolates.com.
Get your Christmas plants and flowers at Mostardi Nursery. Featuring distinctive plants for every season, Mostardi offers a selection that will have your home looking greener and even better than last Christmas. The Christmas Shop features trees, wreaths, poinsettias, garden accents, ornaments and accessories. Mostardi is dedicated to providing avid gardeners and homeowners with plants for every season and every reason. 4033 West Chester Pk. (Rt. 3); 610-356-8035; Mostardi.com.
This holiday season Walter J. Cook Jeweler marks 70 years on the Main Line with fine gifts designed to celebrate life’s special occasions. Browse the newest collections specializing in unique designs with alternative metals, diamonds in all colors and a multitude of gemstones. Visit them for fine jewelry, artisan gifts and collectibles. Located in the Chestnut Village Shoppes, 36 Chestnut Rd. 610-644-5347; WalterJCookJeweler.com.
Gie Gie Lingerie, 36 Chestnut Rd., supports all women, in every phase of life, to feel feminine and confident, able to experience a custom fitting in an environment where her feelings and consciousness are important. Besides their inventory, they are known for their compassionate and supportive style in helping women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Their sales team provides great conversation, laughter and a refuge from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. 610-296-7626; GieGieLingerie.com.
Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers create authentic reproductions, custom furniture, beautiful antique American-inspired furniture, and many types of cabinetry. They will add crown molding to existing cabinets, do cabinet door upgrades and built-in cabinetry units. They work closely with each client to bring their ideas to life, create exacting replicas, or modify a piece to meet a modern need. 484-764-6956; GPFurnitureMakers.com.
Moore’s Furniture 3291 W. Ridge Pk. 610-495-5252; MooresFurniture.com. See their listing under Chester Springs.
Owner Cathy Calhoun of Calhoun Jewelers and her staff are ready to make your best moments even more memorable. The team works to provide a pleasant experience from your first step into the store to the moment you slip on your new jewelry and beyond with their private collection, custom designs, signature collection, estate jewelry and jewelry repairs. 500 Main St. 610-948-8515; CalhounJewelers.com.
Make it a handcrafted holiday. Community Arts Center and the Potters Guild present their Holiday Sale featuring functional and decorative ceramic, mixed media, fiber art, jewelry, papier-maché, flowers, wood, soaps, baskets, metal and holiday décor from over 60 artists, Dec. 2–10. Special shopping events include a preview party and concert with Cartoon Christmas Trio. 414 Plush Mill Rd. CACHolidaySale.org.
In a free-standing Road House at the crossroads of Rts. 202 and 252, Black Powder Tavern is a friendly, casual restaurant serving traditional and modern versions of American comfort foods, including seasonal small plate offerings, plates to share, and homemade desserts. Black Powder Tavern’s broad offerings of beverages includes an extensive list of craft beers on draft and in bottles, quality libations, and extensive wine list. Gift cards—perfect for the holidays! BlackPowderTavern.com.
To add sparkle to the holidays, visit the ultimate jewelry store—Big Diamond Importers & Fine Jewelry, 15 W. Gay St., specializing in Ideal Cut Diamonds, engagement rings and wedding bands at wholesale prices. See their big and unique engagement rings and fashion jewelry collection for 2016. They are also a full-service jeweler, including in-house repair, custom design and appraisals. Receive 30% off on all in-store jewelry for mentioning this article. 610-692-7707; BigsDiamonds.com.
Since 1933, the Jane Chalfant shop has provided casual fashions in a friendly atmosphere. Today, Jane Chalfant / Kiki Boutique features sweaters, pants and jackets for your everyday life style. Everyone is pleasantly surprised by the size of the shop, which enables them to carry a great selection including fun, fashion accessories. It’s worth the trip! Free parking behind the shop at 123 N. High St. 610-696-0290; JaneChalfant.com.
Emily Alice boutique salon and day spa, at 29 S. High St., is beauty redefined, taking a holistic approach and providing organic enzyme peels, one-on-one makeup lessons, custom hair painting, Pilates, and more. In addition to individual services, they are a destination for private groups, bridal parties and girls’ night out events. Come in for a tour, browse their product selection and learn more about what may make you look and feel better. 610-696-3990; EmilyAlice.com.
Touch … Sight … Taste … Smell … Sound … The 5 Senses. You can find something for everyone on your shopping list for any occasion (and a little something for you as well) at this shop. They offer North American and Fair Trade, handmade, functional works of art, from pottery to candles to jewelry and gift art. They also have a large selection of all-occasion cards. 133 W. Market St. 610-719-0170; The5Senses.com.
Experience a fiesta you won’t forget at Más Mexicali Cantina. Fresh, organic ingredients in their sizzling fajitas, tantalizing tacos and brag-worthy burritos—more than your typical meal. Looking for a fun, unique place to host your next event? The second floor Tequila Bar/Velvet Lounge and West Chester’s only rooftop dining destination can host as few as 10 and as many as 500! Three floors—one great place! 102 E. Market St. 610-918-6280; MasMexiCali.com.
Visit Matlack Florist for all your holiday needs. Centerpieces and fresh flower arrangements make a great holiday gift. The Greenhouse is bursting with Poinsettias, Noble Trees and Holiday Garden Baskets. Fruit and Gourmet Baskets with local items are sure to please. Stop by the gift shop for a wonderful selection of home décor items, accessories and holiday giftware. Same-day local delivery is always available. 210 N. Chester Rd. 610-431-3077; MatlackFlorist.com.
Holidays are notoriously busy. How about giving the gift of time? Merry Maids allows you to focus your energy elsewhere, giving you time just to breathe and relax. Whether a gift for yourself or someone else, they will customize any cleaning for your specific needs. Do you need help on a regular basis or for a party? Call Merry Maids West Chester, 610-436-6243 to arrange services or Gift Certificates.
Deck the halls this holiday season with unique home décor and gifts from Old Soul Décor, 119 W. Market St. Showcasing eclectic design, vintage home décor, and affordable giftables, this is a one-stop-shop for your holiday needs. Seasonal items include Thymes Frasier Fir candles, hand soaps and lotions, limited edition handblown glass ornaments, grain sack and burlap stockings, Creative Women handmade table runners, jewelry and more! 484-983-7311; OldSoulDecor.com.
Custom shutters add beauty and elegance to every home. Shutter Tech, Inc. has been specializing in custom interior shutters for over 40 years, built locally in their West Chester factory at direct factory prices. Give them a call or visit their showroom, Mon.–Thurs., 8:30 to 4, to see the many looks you can give your home with shutters. Park Valley Corporate Center, 1155 Phoenixville Pk., Suite 105. 800-272-9934; ShutterTech.com.
At tish boutique, 138 E. Gay St., you’ll find an ideal mix of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories. Touting designers such as Vince, Rebecca Taylor, BCBG Max Azria, Sanctuary, Suncoo Paris, Bella Dahl, Ecru, Cupcakes & Cashmere and many more. Find the perfect gift for her this holiday season. Open 7 days a week, and late on Wednesday nights. Gift cards available. 610-692-7500; TishStyle.com.
WCU Ram Shop, West Chester University’s official off-campus gift store, at 134 N. High St., is decked out for the holidays with a wide selection of Golden Ram hoodies, crew necks, tee shirts and baby clothing, along with logo chairs, genuine leather tote bags and alumni license plates. Blankets, winter hats and scarves will keep you warm this winter. Stop and shop for your students, parents, alumni or all the ram fans on your list. 484-887-8111; WCURamShop.com.
For the artsy friends and family members on your shopping list, the Delaware Art Museum is sure to offer something unique just for them. Browse a selection of treasures, including handcrafted jewelry, vases, ceramics, textiles and books in the Museum Store or during the Winter Arts Festival, December 10 and 11. Visit their website to find out more about festive holiday offerings, events and special exhibitions for all ages. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. 302-571-9590; DelArt.org.
For those interested in live theater, Delaware Theatre Company is the place to be. Located on Wilmington’s beautiful Riverfront, it’s the only theater in Delaware that develops new works for Broadway. In the last three years, celebrities such as Michael Learned, Peter Strauss, Duncan Sheik, Donna Pescow and Sheryl Crow have worked on their stage. This December, see the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. 200 Water St. 302-594-1100; DelawareTheatre.org.
When you’re liquidating an estate or just downsizing, remember that Whitten’s Fine Jewelry is always looking for fine vintage jewelry and watches. They also purchase diamonds that need a new home. Whitten’s Fine Jewelry has access to over 250 dealers around the world who specialize in different facets of the jewelry industry making them able to evaluate and determine value. Stop by for a free appraisal and offer to purchase. Midway Shopping Center, 4719 Kirkwood Hwy. 302-995-7464; WhittensFineJewelry.com.