Well, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Photos by Timlyn Vaughan
Great holiday shopping, a spectacular parade and dining destination all year long.
You may have heard that Santa visited West Chester early this year with the gift of the Great American Main Street Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors. Presented last May by the National Main Street Center, this designation provides downtown West Chester with yet another reason to celebrate. The livability of the community is preserved through its historic and cultural heritage, while the downtown continues to transform itself into a shopping and dining destination.
Yes, it is the complete package!
West Chester continues to aspire to a higher standard with the opening of a new Visitors & Information Center at the corner of High & Chestnut Streets. This collaboration between the West Chester Business Improvement District and Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, among others, will make West Chester even more vital and attractive. The final touches are scheduled for mid-December, when the center should be up and running. Stop by and see for yourself.
Mark you calendar now for holiday fun! The QVC West Chester Christmas Parade, downtown’s grandest parade, takes place Friday, December 1, starting at 7:15 p.m. Once again it promises to be the highlight of the winter holiday season with marching bands, cold air balloons and performance groups. Singer/songwriter Ashlee Keating will release a brand new song to kick-off the parade.
This year’s Holiday Village on High Street will offer some unique experiences. Visitors can look forward to very special photo opportunities in a human-sized Snow Globe sponsored by QVC and then head for the world’s largest Rocking Horse, courtesy of Wells Fargo Bank. Both stops make picture-perfect souvenirs for holiday memories.
Starting at 5 p.m., dozens of other events surround the parade, including complimentary hot chocolate from First Resource Bank. So come downtown early and immerse yourself in the glow of West Chester’s Christmas spirit—all presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.
During the rest of December, holiday carolers will be singing seasonal favorites at several locations throughout the downtown district. Check the West Chester Christmas page at DowntownWestChester.com for the best times to see—and hear—them.
Another fine tradition returns for its second year after its revival— the Chester County Historical Society Volunteer Organization’s Greens Sale & Holiday Crafts. The event offers a stunning array of beautiful and affordable locally handcrafted wreaths, ornaments, garlands and floral arrangements. And for the do-it-yourselfer, there are generous bags of greens and holly.
The Historical Society volunteers will also sell luminaria kits (no sand needed) that are reusable year after year. The sale runs December 8 & 9: on Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Chester County Historical Society, High & Chestnut Streets.
Shopping small is BIG
There are more than 150 small shops and restaurants that are independently owned by friends and neighbors in downtown West Chester. Since Thanksgiving weekend, #ShopSmallWC has been encouraging patrons to shop and eat locally, where our neighbors work.
In addition to your long-time favorite shops and boutiques, there are six retail shops new to the downtown retail district offering items you won’t see anywhere else.
For those looking for personal and home accessories to express their individuality, VK Veruzka’s Store (113 N. High St.) is intended to enrich your lifestyle with art, style, culture and creativity. Their pieces have a worldwide influence with items created by artisans from North and South America, Asia and Africa.
Searching for something serene? Tracey Wang Stuligross was born in China where her family owned a tea house, and from their business she became an expert in all aspects of tea—from selecting the best leaves, proper brewing techniques, and the connection between tea and the Zen approach to life. Tracy now brings her love and knowledge to West Chester with the opening of TranquiliTEA Temple (127 N. Church St.). Her shop offers tasting and a wide range of loose tea to bring comfort to a busy life.
When Bob Strehlau became the new owner of Bove Jewelers, he already had 15 years of experience with the now 88-year-old jewelry store. Even more notable, Bob’s family has been in the jewelry business since 1879! Yes, Bob knows jewelry. Whether it’s custom design or repair, Bove welcomes customers to their new West Chester location (113 W. Gay St.).
Walk into Modern Tribal Arts (148 W. Gay St.) and the first thing that hits you is the beauty and craftsmanship that only the highest quality luxury carpets can provide. Owner Adam Corson has developed strong relationships in the international hand-knotted rug industry. His carefully curated selection of rugs offer collections exclusive to Modern Tribal Arts such as Thibaut Van Renne, Wool and Silk Rugs, Sahar Carpets, Ariana Rugs and Paulig Teppiche. Find a magic carpet perfect for your home.
There’s no question that style thrives in West Chester. So why wouldn’t La Chic Boutique expand with a second location in the heart of downtown (14 W. Gay St.)? Owner Alysha Martinelli personally selects each designer item, from belts to dresses, to suit the desires of both working and trendy customers.
Looking for something that’s not just American made, but West Chester made? Despite rapid growth of Tesoro, co-owners Brittany Reed and Emily Pisano chose to stay in downtown West Chester, where they design and manufacture high quality leather goods. Better still, now they have a storefront (230 W. Market St.) where you can choose hand-made leather products that never go out of style. “We believe features such as a reversible option and removable/adjustable straps will take you from the boardroom to a cocktail party,” say Brit and Emily. “Style should never be sacrificed for functionality, and our bags prove that it’s possible.”
Yes, the Christmas parade is a top reason to visit West Chester for the holidays, but there are more things on the holiday fun list. The West Chester Railroad, which began running in 1858, presents Santa’s Express. This popular Chester Valley excursion runs through December. Check availability at WestChesterRR.net.
On Saturday, December 9 at 2 p.m., the wildly hilarious Story Pirates will collect audience members’ ideas for an impressive improv show that validates the power of human imagination! At Madeleine Wing Adler Theater (817 S. High St.). Information at DowntownWestChester.com.
And finally, what’s Christmas without a Charles Dickens holiday classic? A Christmas Carol comes to life as the Resident Theatre Company re-enacts a live 1940s radio broadcast complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects. Performances at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 N. High St.), December 15–31.
CFHS Barn and Visitors Center 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford - The Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) Barn and Visitors Center was designed in 1991 by architect John Milner and will be open from 1:00pm to 6pm during the Candlelight Christmas Tour. Stop in to purchase your tickets, get you map and start the tour!
John Chads House-circa 1725 - This stone home built for John Chads by John Wyeth Jr, was constructed around the year 1725. The style and appointments of the house as we know it today suggests moderate wealth. Its simplicity reflects Chads Quaker heritage. In 1729, about 4 years after the house was completed, Chads married Elizabeth Richardson, and the house of Brandywine bluestone became their home. John died in 1760, leaving his widow the use of the house and 40 acres. Although Elizabeth never had children, her nieces and nephews were attentive to her needs. The widow Chads stood fast during the Battle of the Brandywine, “burying (sic) Her Silver Spoons Daily in her Packet 9pocket0 until the Danger was over.”
The Sanderson Museum - This Amazing Museum houses over 200 years of American history. The Sanderson Museum has a rich collection of objects relating to life in Chadds Ford as well as an extensive collection of memorabilia representing the American experience. Visitors to the museum will uncover artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars, and learn about the Battle of the Brandywine along with local lore. Chris Sanderson and the Wyeth family shared a love of the chads Ford area. See original sketches from N.C.Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Peter Hurd and other Wyeth family members.
2 Chadwyck Lane - A private drive welcomes you to this gracious Tudor that sits atop 5.57 acres with incredible views of the rolling hills of historic Chadds Ford. Meticulous details were carefully planned and executed combining old world charm with split timbers and a beautiful flowing floor plan including today's amenities in this 9300+ square foot estate. Outside includes beautiful views and multiple stone patios.
Walker House - At the corner of Chandler and Pocopson roads in historic Pennsbury Township lies an original 1850's farm that is a historically unique 21st century family estate. The property includes a modernized stone farm house with a pasture view and a charming stone spring house that provided the farm water. Portions of an original barn foundation remain along with a renovated poultry barn that is a large workroom and is used for equipment storage. An aquifer fed pond has fish, croaking frogs and a beautiful island for swans. The farmhouse features a modernized kitchen with beamed cathedral ceilings and abundant sunlight and a charming mud room. A Great room with bar, bath and fireplace opens to a deck overlooking serene view of the pond and springhouse..
Barns-Brinton House, 1714 - In the early 1700’s, blacksmith William Barns foresaw the need for a tavern on “ye Great Road to Nottingham” which was then a major highway between Philadelphia and Maryland. So in 1714, he built a spacious brick building that was to become a tavern. With a diamond-patterned gable and Flemish bond brickwork accentuated with black headers, the handsome building was aptly fitted for use as a tavern. There was a private side for the Barns family and a barroom with sleeping quarters above for weary travelers. Further evidence of the buildings use as a tavern exists in the cellar. Barns received his first license for a Tavern in 1722 and operated it for “yea accommodation for man and horse” until his death in 1731. The house changes owners several times after Barns death. In 1753, the house and farmland were purchased by James Brinton, grandson of William Brinton, one of the earliest settlers in the area. He was the owner in 1777 during the Battle of the Brandywine.
Daniel Pierce House, circa 1702 - This lovely stone farmhouse was built by John Hope and is one of the earliest buildings in Pennsbury Township. A harmonious blend of old and new, the residence sits on four sprawling acres. By 1714, Quaker Farmer John Hope had amassed 700 acres on the Great Nottingham Road. The main house, known as "The Daniel Pierce House", in addition to, the tenant house on the property and the Pennsbury Inn were known as The John Hope Complex. The main house was sold to Quaker Joshua Pierce in 1769. The tenant house was sold to doctor and purveyor, Joseph Pierce in 1769.
The Fairville Inn, circa 1800’s - The Fairville Inn Bed and Breakfast, with its elegantly appointed rooms and suites is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Fairville Historic District in Pennsbury Township. Although the historical records are inconsistent, the Inn's Main House was most likely built between 1825 and 1837. The original summer kitchen with root cellar remains as well. The Inn has been home to members of many of southern Chester County's early families, including Mendenhall, Pyle, Trimble, Sharpless, and others. James Trimble was a relative of Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe. His wife was sister to Ellwood Mendenhall, a prominent figure in the town that bears the family name.
The Cameron House, 1929 - In 1929 Major K. K. V. Casey bought 50 acres on the Kennett Pike on which to build his home. At that time, his friend H. F. DuPont was building his country house at Winterthur using the nationally known architect Albert Ely Ives. Major Casey decided to use the same architect. The main wing of the Tudor Revival house is of stucco with window surrounds and corners of limestone. Secondary portions are built in exposed timber and stucco in Tudor style, or of red brick, all covered by terra cotta roofs. Most windows are leaded glass. Major Casey later sold his property to the Bond Family who remained in it until the 1980’s. The house then had several owners who sold off parts of the property and the house had deteriorated.
When the Cameron family bought the property in 1997 the 50 acres was now 4.7 and the house was not in good condition. After many years of restoration done by the Cameron Family members, the house has become a free venue for local non-profit organizations’ benefits which include the Kennett Symphony, the Bayard Taylor Library and the Chadds Ford Historical Society.
Pennsbury Mill, 1919 - The charming Mill was constructed in 1919. A hydroelectric mill, it was built by the Danby’s to supply electric to the house. According to the Danby’s, Thomas Edison, who was a relative of Mrs. Danby, played some part in the construction and design of the Mill. The original meters and controls remain intact inside a dining room cabinet of the Williams property. The mill was donated to Pennsbury Township by the former owners and later restored.