Bells are ringing! Carolers are singing! Aromas of cinnamon and ginger are wafting through the streets. Candles, ornaments, freshly-cut pine … Santa has been spotted making appearances around the town.
Local shopkeepers are smiling, welcoming you to their stores. All newly filled, stocked with treasures both large and small. Shop windows are splendid, offering but a hint of what’s inside.
This Window Shopping Guide also will help. Save time. Save gas. Save your sanity as you shop local.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Searching for a unique gift for your family and friends? Chic and Simple Resale may have just what you’re looking for. They offer a wide array of designer clothing and accessories as well as home décor items and quality furniture. Many items are brand new with tags, while others are “lightly loved” by their previous owners. There’s something new every day, so you might want to make several trips this holiday season! Open Mon.–Sat., 10 to 5. 573 Lancaster Ave. 610-993-3300; ChicAndSimpleResale.com.
With the New Year approaching, why not treat your house to a new look? With a few expert tweaks from Heritage Design Interiors, your dream home could become a reality. From custom draperies, valances and shutters to bed ensembles and floral designs, these accessories will help morph your house into a haven. Color and design consultations are another option to enhance your home or even your workplace. Gift certificates available and check Facebook for specials and events. 1064 Main St., New Holland (Rt. 23, next to the bank). 717-354-2233; HeritageDesignInteriors.com.
The perfect gift is waiting for you at the gift shop at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. From art reproductions and books to handmade “critter” ornaments and jewelry, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list. Or, consider giving the gift of membership, which includes free admission to the Museum, shopping and dining discounts, and more, all year long. Don’t miss the annual “Critter Sale,” Dec. 6–7. Located on Rt. 1. 610-388-2700; BrandywineMuseum.org.
Limoncello Ristorante, 499 Uwchlan Ave. 610-524-3112; LimoncelloCS.com. See entry under West Chester.
Holiday shopping stressing you out? Relax for a day at Eden Day Spa and Salon, named the 2014 Best Day Spa in the Philadelphia region by Philly HOT LIST. This suburban oasis promotes well-being through relaxation, pampering and beautifying experiences in an inviting and calming environment. From Warm Stone Massage and Keratin Hair Smoothing to expert Brazilian Waxing, the spa offers a wide range of specialty services designed to make you feel balanced and beautiful. 378 W. Main St. 610-489-0800; EdenDaySpaAndSalon.com.
Shere-E-Punjab, Drexelline Shopping Center, 5059 State Rd. 484-452-8041; ShereEPunjab.com. See entry under Media.
There’s no place like Country Home Furniture, especially around the holidays. See their selection of beautiful, quality American-made and solid wood Amish furniture at fair and reasonable prices. With hundreds of stylish products with traditional, transitional, modern and country looks on the floor, there is something for everyone on your holiday gift list and every room in your house. Open Mon. & Fri., 10 to 7; Tues.–Thurs., 10 to 5. Located in the original smorgasbord building at Shady Maple. 1352 Main St. 717-354-2329; CHFS1.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 on 19 Park Avenue 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 to make your home safer and more energy efficient. Consider them if you want to make your chimney safe for Santa! 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 Highway (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. 610-363-7300; BallAndBall.com.
Yoga and fitness classes; bestselling novels and puzzles; a makeover or a spa treatment; gourmet dinner, delectable breakfast; or elegant lamps … 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 at the Eagleview Town Center, 510 Wellington Square. InEagleview.com.
Shere-E-Punjab, Concordville Towne Center, 301 Byers Dr. 484-841-6345; ShereEPunjab.com. See entry under Media.
Specializing in extraordinary finds for you and the ones you love, Eleanor Russell Ltd. offers a fabulous assortment of home accessories, exquisite gifts, items for entertaining, gourmet teas, honey & candy, plus adorable items for pets. From whimsical British fox prints, to items with an equestrian flare, to their signature ‘wall of pillows,’ you’ll find the unusual, the practical and the beautiful. Open Tues., Wed., Sat., 10 to 5:30; Thurs. & Fri., 10 to 7. Ludwig’s Village (Rte. 401 & 100). 610-321-2777.
Treat yourself and your partner to a romantic getaway for the holidays at the Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village. Take a trip that’s just far enough away from home, and stay in one of their Historic Main House rooms, spacious Homestead Suites, or in the ultimate Jacuzzi Grand Suites. When you’ve settled in, indulge in services at their Luxury Spa or enjoy an En-Suite Couples Massage in the privacy of your own suite. Afterwards, take a stroll on the grounds or check out the historic village of Intercourse. 3542 Old Philadelphia Pk. 800-664-0949, 717-768-2626; Inn-Spa.com.
Enjoy a glass of wine and watch the snow fall from the comfort of the heated front porch at The General Warren Inne. Newly renovated but retaining every ounce of historic charm, this country inn, circa 1745, still offers its much-loved table-side classic dishes. But lighter, healthier choices are now available, like short rib flatbread, chicken roulade and quinoa tacos. A holiday treat. Lunch, Mon.–Fri., 11:30 to 2:30; Dinner, Mon.–Sat. 5 to 10. Live Music Thursdays in the Warren Tavern. 9 Old Lancaster Rd. 610-296-3637; GeneralWarren.com.
Mark your calendar for Malvern Retreat House’s Art Show 2015, on February 4-8, 2015. Here you will find original juried artwork by more than 100 professional artists. Come to the complimentary wine and cheese reception, Friday, Feb. 6, 5 to 8 p.m. The show will be open Wed. through Sat. 10 to 7, Sun. 10 to 4. A portion of the sales benefits Malvern Retreat House. McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center, 315 S. Warren Ave. 484-321-2562; MalvernRetreat.com/ArtShow.
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 who dare to be different and stand out from the crowd. 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.
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 out all sorts of whimsical and inventive items that will delight everyone on your list! Their artists see possibilities everywhere and create amazing works from a variety of reclaimed materials. You will 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. 215-704-7410; TheMerchantOfMenace.net.
If you’re a fan of Indian food, we have just the restaurant for you—newly expanded and now with a full bar at the Media location! With a family of chefs and over 20 years’ experience, Shere-E-Punjab in Media (plus Drexel Hill and Glen Mills), boasts fragrant spices blended in a centuries-old craft. Savor classics like flavored naan and roti flatbreads, chicken tikka masala and lamb korma along with vegan/vegetarian dishes. Just the place to warm up with a soul-satisfying meal this winter. 208 W. State St. 610-891-0400; ShereEPunjab.com.
There’s nothing better than wrapping up in a cozy quilt after Christmas dinner, so give the gift of warmth this year. No two quilts are alike at Witmer Quilt Shop, 1076 W. Main St. Choose from over 100 creative options or get your own custom designed quilt. Emma Witmer, owner for 34 years, hand sews and designs authentic Pennsylvania Dutch quilts. And because each quilt has a story, Emma will surely tell you when you visit her charming shop. Mon. & Fri., 8 to 8, Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 8 to 6. 717-656-9526.
Exceptional gift baskets and luscious fine chocolates are two great reasons to stop at Christopher Chocolates, celebrating more than 28 years of making life sweeter! They have a great selection of gourmet foods, candies and fine chocolates to create a customized gift basket to delight all on your gift list. Pick up a brochure for your gift-giving needs. They ship and deliver. 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’s offers a selection that will have your home looking greener and even better than last Christmas. The Christmas Shop features trees, wreaths, poinsettias and more. You’ll even find garden accents, ornaments and accessories to delight anyone on your shopping list. Mostardi is dedicated to providing avid gardeners and everyday homeowners with plants for every season and every reason. 4033 West Chester Pk. (Rt. 3); 610-356-8035; Mostardi.com.
For a tasty and educational adventure for you and the kids, visit Herr’s Free Snack Factory Tour. Watch in awe as the potato chips you’ve enjoyed since childhood are made before your very eyes. Sample tasty chips, fresh and warm from the cookers, and share family fun during guided tours. Stop and shop at the gift shop—as well as in your local grocery stores—and check out Chipper’s Theater for the inside scoop on the history of Herr’s. Good for groups; handicap accessible.
285 Old Baltimore Pk. 610-932-6516; 800-637-6225; Herrs.com.
Specializing in fun and trendy fashions, Polka Dots is dedicated to making every woman feel special and look fabulous. With all types of clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories at attractive price points, this boutique has that special look for everyone, whether for polo matches, soccer sidelines or holiday parties. This award-winning shop makes customer satisfaction their primary mission—so you know you’ll find what you’re looking for. 29 Leopard Rd. 610-640-2714; Stores.ShopAtPolkaDots.com.
For fine jewelry, artisan gifts and collectibles, visit Walter J. Cook Jeweler in Paoli. This season everything sparkles with SUNA Brothers’ beautiful heirloom quality diamond and colored stone jewelry, Italian jewelry designer, Mattioli, and the newest collection from Lika Behar and William Schraft. Michael Cook and his knowledgeable staff will help you select the perfect gift for a person near and dear to your heart. Serving the Main Line area since 1946, Walter J. Cook Jeweler is located in the Chestnut Village Shoppes, 36 Chestnut Rd. 610-644-5347; WalterJCookJeweler.com.
Rejuvenate, refocus and remove the knots and stresses holiday planning has caused you this season with a visit to Mindful Body and Soul. The spa offers a variety of services from craniosacral therapy to reiki to yoga classes, and, of course, traditional massage therapy. Treat someone special to one of Mindful Body and Soul’s events this coming New Year and relax and recharge together. Finish up your holiday shopping at their gift shop. 321 Bridge St. 610-933-6563; MindfulBodyAndSoul.com.
Get an early start on your New Year’s Resolutions by updating your home’s look with some key new pieces of furniture. Alegacy Furniture offers Amish hand-crafted hardwood furniture, guaranteed to last for decades. There are plenty of opportunities to customize the size, height and finish of their American-made furniture. You can even bring in a sketch, and Alegacy Furniture will recreate the piece. Visit the showroom at 1486 S. Hanover St. 610-970-4340; AlegacyFurniture.com.
Give a one-of-a-kind holiday gift from the Wayne Art Center. Stop by for the 20th Anniversary of Craft Forms and Living with Craft exhibitions and sale, and browse the selection of jewelry, ceramics, glass, silver and hand-crafted furniture. Along with the show craft pieces, the Gallery Shop offers hand-made clothing, jewelry and accessories, plus you’ll find even more at the Holiday Shopping event, December 13, 10 to 4. Art class gift certificates are also available for family and friends. 413 Maplewood Ave. Mon.–Sat. 9 to 4. 610-688-3553; WayneArt.org.
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, all at wholesale prices. Come see their big and unique engagement rings and fashion jewelry collection for 2015. They are also a full-service jeweler, including in-house repair, custom design and appraisals. You will also receive 30% off on all in-store jewelry for mentioning this article. 610-692-7707; BigsDiamonds.com.
For a memorable Italian meal you won’t find anywhere else, Limoncello Ristorante has exactly what you’re yearning for. With satisfying Southern Italian cuisine and a full-service bar, these popular family-owned restaurants in West Chester and Chester Springs will have you coming back for more. Their award-winning lunch buffet (Mon.–Sat, 11:30 to 2) is a favorite, and Happiest Hour specials are a hit. If you don’t stay for dinner, you can bring their special menu right to your home or preferred venue with their catering service. 9 N. Walnut St. 610-436-6230; LimoncelloWC.com.
Take a break from the hubbub of holiday shopping with a soothing cup of tea at The Lincoln Room, now under the ownership of Amy Hamlet. The tea room features old favorites, like butternut squash soup, as well as new dishes: Boursin Cheese Spread and an updated Waldorf Chicken Salad. Fondue Fridays are back. BYOB. Call for reservations. Open Tues. through Sat., 10:30 to 2:30. Closed Sun. & Mon., but open for private celebrations. 28 W. Market St. 610-696-2012; LincolnRoomWestChester.com.
Experience a fiesta you won’t forget as you order from the extensive menu at Más Mexicali Cantina. With fresh ingredients that make flavorful entrées, their authentic Mexican dishes will make you glad you came. From flavorsome fajitas, tantalizing tacos and brag-worthy burritos, their enticing selection offers more than your typical meal. And with a Tequila bar, Velvet Lounge and West Chester’s only rooftop dining destination, Mas’s unique, lively atmosphere is a fitting complement to their flavorful cuisine. 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 gourmet 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 available throughout the holiday season and year round! 210 N. Chester Rd. 610-431-3077; MatlackFlorist.com.
You don’t want to miss Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery’s 16th Annual Miniature Show. This show features over 30 Chester County artists’ small pieces of art. There will be hundreds of paintings on display to purchase just in time for the holiday gift giving season. While you’re there, stop in to see Sunset Hill Jeweler’s unique collection of fine jewelry. Show runs through Dec. 24., 23 N. High St. 610-692-0374; SunsetHillGallery.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. This means Shutter Tech can offer you 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. Call for a free estimate, 800-272-9934; ShutterTech.com.
The holidays mark winter registration at West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts, with classes beginning January 10. Perfect your performing abilities with professionals, who provide high-caliber training to all ages in a nurturing environment. Classes this year range from Acting to Improvisation to Musical Theatre. There’s no better time than the holidays to encourage your performer to “Put their voice out in the world” with some new classes. 225 N. High Street. 484-995-2915; WestChesterStudio.com.
It doesn’t quite feel like the holidays without the festive decorations to match. And National Decorative Distributors can help you with all the seasonal and holiday items you can dream of … and more. With custom and pre-made arrangements, fresh plants and flowers, large display pieces and much more, this newly renovated treasure trove is sure to delight all who visit. Come see why it’s called “the best kept secret in Newark!” Holiday hours are Mon.–Sat., 10 to 8; Sun., 10 to 6. 200 Happy Ln. 302-366-1722; NationalDec.com.
For the artsy friends and family members on your shopping list, the Delaware Art Museum’s Store is sure to offer something unique to satisfy their standards this holiday season. Browse the Museum’s curated selection of treasures, including handcrafted jewelry, vases, ceramics, textiles and books. Visit their website to shop online or find out more about the Museum’s festive holiday offerings, events and special exhibitions for all ages. Don’t miss “The Art of Brian Selznick,” through January 11. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. 302-571-9590; DelArt.org.
Wondering what to get the young ones on your shopping list for the holidays? Hansel & Gretel has you covered. Specializing in fine high quality children’s clothing, they have the latest and best in fashion for all kids—from infants through size 12 boys and girls. They carry many unique, hard-to-find items for all your special occasions, including clothing, toys and gifts for the holiday. Open Mon.–Sat., 10 to 5. Concord Pk. and Silverside Rd. 302-478-0383; HanselAndGretelOfDe.com.
Looking for something to add sparkle and pizzazz to your holiday wardrobe? Visit Rags to Riches Upscale Resale, specializing in designer, luxury and vintage goods for women at surprisingly affordable prices. You’ll find just want you didn’t know you needed for all occasions—from casually elegant to black-tie sophisticated. The inventory comes from the area’s best dressed who shop in premier boutiques coast to coast and in stores from around the world. 5712 Kennett Pk. 302-654-5997; RagsToRichesResale.com.