Friday, 24 November 2017 05:45

Holiday Window Shopping

Written by  County Lines Magazine

Puppy on a couchWell, it’s that time of year again!

The season we all look forward to, welcoming
family, friends and the traditions we hold dear.
The perfect time to gather together and head to one of the many events featured in this issue or plan a day of visiting some of the unique shops you’ll find right here.

We think not only the giving but the shopping itself should be a pleasure, so make a day of it. Browse the shops on these pages, stop in a museum, be inspired by the artistry of fine handcrafted furniture and accerssories and be sure to schedule
in a festive lunch or dinner, too. Maybe a happy hour to
celebrate the goodies you found. You’ll be glad you did!

At County Lines, we want to convey our sincerest gratitude.
To our readers and advertisers, we say a heartfelt thank you. We wish you the happiest of holidays. This season, we hope, will bring you great joy.

Happy Holidays!

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Pennsylvania

 

Avondale

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 a 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.

 

Chadds Ford

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, November 30–December 3. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd. 610-388-2700; Brandywine.org.

 

Chester Springs

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 Pk., Chester Springs, 610-458-8001 and 3291 W. Ridge Pk., Pottstown, 610-495-5252; MooresFurniture.com.

 

Exton

Deck the halls this holiday season with 18th-century through Victorian era original and reproduction furniture, lighting fixtures and furniture hardware. Visit Ball & Ball 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 Monday–Friday, from 8 to 4:30; Saturday hours, October–March, 9 to 1.
463 W. Lincoln Hwy. (Rt. 30). 610-363-7300; BallAndBall.com.

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.

Celebrate the season with old world elegance at Vickers Restaurant + The Plantation Ballroom. Sip champagne fireside in the refurbished 1820s farmhouse and enjoy dishes like Steak Diane and Bananas Foster, flambéed tableside. Four private dining rooms are perfect for holiday celebrations. Open for lunch, dinner and happy hour and on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Gift certificates available online. 192 E. Welsh Pool Rd. Phone or see website for hours. 610-363-7998; VickersRestaurant.com.

 

Kennett Square

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, Monday–Friday, 4 to 6. 114 E. State St. 610-444-2244; LaVeronaPA.com.


Drawing fans in Kennett since 2011 is Lily’s Asian Cuisine, Sushi & Grill. This stylish, modern Asian restaurant serves Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes insisting on high quality food, freshly prepared with the 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. 104 W. State St. 610-925-3700; LilySushiAndGrill.com.

 

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Paradocx Vineyard
, a 100-acre farm nestled among the rolling hills of southern Chester County, combines current technology and handcrafted secrets to create unique wines from estate grapes and selected growers. By selecting only the finest fruit, they are able to provide their winemaker, Gabriel Rubilar, with the best start for a premium wine. Paradocx Vineyard offers four retail locations: 1833 Flint Hill Rd., Landenberg, The Market at Liberty Place, Westtown Amish Market, and Booths Corner Farmers Market. 610-255-5684; Paradocx.com.

 

Marshallton

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.

 

Newtown Square

Gourmet gift baskets and luscious fine chocolates are two reasons to stop at Christopher Chocolates, making life sweeter for more than 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. 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.

 

Paoli

This holiday season Walter J. Cook Jeweler has once again curated a collection of unique gems designed to fit many styles and price points—just in time for gift-giving season. Visit them for fine jewelry, artisan gifts and collectibles. With over 70 years on the Main Line, their knowledgeable staff will help you select the perfect gift for someone you love. Located in the Chestnut Village Shoppes, 36 Chestnut Rd. 610-644-5347; WalterJCookJeweler.com.

Gie Gie Lingerie 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 of everyday life. 36 Chestnut Rd. 610-296-7626; GieGieLingerie.com.

 

Pottstown

Moore’s Furniture
3291 W. Ridge Pk. 610-495-5252; MooresFurniture.com. See their listing under Chester Springs.

Deck your halls this holiday season with exclusive, one-of-a-kind hand-painted vintage furniture, chalk paints and trendy home decor from Salvaged Furniture Co. You’ll find unique gifts from local artisans, from hand-lettered signs and globes to hand-crafted jewelry. They do custom work, deliver and will either provide their furniture or custom paint yours. Monday–Saturday, 11 to 6; Sunday, 11 to 3. 2311 Pottstown Pk. 484-985-8135. On Facebook, Facebook.com/SalvagedFco.

 

Wallingford

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. 1–9. Special shopping events include a preview party and holiday happy hours. 414 Plush Mill Rd. CACHolidaySale.org.

 

West Chester

To add sparkle to the holidays, visit the ultimate jewelry store—Big Diamond Importers & Fine Jewelry, 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 2018. Italian designer jewlery is available in all price ranges. They are also a full-service jeweler, including in-house repair, custom design and appraisals. 15 W. Gay St. 610-692-7707; BigsDiamonds.com.

Walter J. Cook JewelerSince 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 lifestyle. 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.

KALY is an eclectic women’s boutique in beautiful, historic downtown West Chester. They focus on clothing that is unique, beautiful and made in the USA and gifts that are sustainable and produced by fair trade and environmentally conscious manufacturers. Their jewelry is created by artisans and is both high-quality and unique. Baby items are the newest addition to their wonderful mix! 37 W. Gay St. 610-436-8272; KalyClothing.com.

Stop by The Lincoln Room and enjoy a quiet lunch or a cozy tea for two (or more) in the lower level of the circa 1833 Lincoln Building. Select from the extensive menu of holiday or specialty teas, sweet and savory scones, quiche specialties and leave room for their signature dessert—Croissant Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise. BYOB. Private parties, Sunday–Tuesday; lunch and Tea offered Wednesday–Saturday from 11 to 3. Reservations suggested. 28 Market St. 610-304-9576.

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.

Looking for the perfect gift for the men in your life? Check out Phineas Gage, located in downtown West Chester for a great assortment of men’s contemporary clothing and accessories. They carry everything from outerwear, sweaters, wovens, denim to socks, belts and wallets! Let them help you pick the perfect gift to outfit your man from head to toe! 29 S. High St. 484-266-7344; Phineas-Gage.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, Monday–Thursday, 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.

Finding the perfect gift for that special someone is part of the holidays. Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery is ready to help with beautiful jewelry for everyone’s taste and budget and an Art Gallery filled with miniature paintings of all styles by 25 area artists. A trusted jeweler in Chester County, they have a kind and knowledgeable staff with years of experience to help you make the perfect choice. 23 N. High St. 610-692-0374; SunsetHillJewelers.com.

 

Delaware

 

Middletown

If you’re planning a holiday get-together, or any other event, Thousand Acre Farm, located in tax-free Delaware, is the ideal place. With sweeping waterfront views and a convenient location, this picturesque, 110-acre farm sits near the Reedy Point Bridge and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The barn seats up to 180 people inside and unlimited outside. 260 S. Reedy Point Rd. 302-893-3510; Thousand-AcreFarm.com.

 

Wilmington

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 8 and 9. 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.