Thursday, November 30 2023 10:23

Brandywine Valley Holiday Window Shopping

Written by Marci Tomassone

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To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of shops, museums and restaurants — everything you’ll need to complete your shopping.



National Iron & Steel Museum’s online auction offers gifts for everyone on your list. Come out for their Open House, December 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., to enjoy refreshments, live music, luminarias lining the pathways plus Santa, who’s waiting for the lists from eager children. Benefits the museum’s mission, providing education and community involvement. 50 S. 1st Ave., Coatesville. 610-384- 9282;


Glen Mills

Team Toyota of Glen Mills wants you to drive safe this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, you’ll find it there. They also have service specials to keep you on the road this winter. Visit in store, 1050 Baltimore Pk., call 484-845-7921, or at



Deck the halls this holiday season with 18th-century through Victorian-era original and reproduction furniture, lighting fixtures and furniture hardware. Visit the showroom at Ball & Ball to find unique gift ideas including candlesticks, bookends, lanterns and fireplace accessories made on the premises in brass, tin, copper and hand-forged iron and bronze. All perfect gifts for this holiday season. Open Monday–Thursday, 8 to 4:30; Friday, 8 to 1. 463 W. Lincoln Hwy. (Rt. 30). 610-363-7330;

There’s no place like Ron’s Original Bar & Grille this holiday season! Offering a family atmosphere, Italian fare and some of the best craft beer around, they invite you to stop in for a bite, enjoy some takeout, delivery or curbside pickup, or call them to cater your next event. Eat Clean. Live Well. Feel Good. 74 E. Uwchlan Ave. 610-594-9900;



The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time of year. Let Tonino’s Pizza & Pasta Co. take the worry out of planning your holiday gatherings with custom party platters featuring all your Italian favorites. You can also order a seven fish dinner for two available for pickup on Christmas Eve. Tonino’s offers private holiday dining, and gift certificates make a great gift that you can pick up at the restaurant. Delivery and curbside pickup are always available. 235 Lancaster Ave. 610-240-9566;



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;



Newtown Square

Get your holiday plants and flowers at Mostardi Nursery. Featuring distinctive plants for every season, Mostardi’s offers a selection that will have your home looking fresh, green and festive. The Christmas Shop features trees, wreaths, poinsettias, garden accents, ornaments and accessories. Mostardi’s 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;



At Dubarry of Ireland, you’ll find an Irish Heritage brand that has been expertly crafting premium performance footwear, clothing, bags and accessories since 1937. No matter the weather or occasion, they have you covered from head to toe with their all-weather timeless collection. Visit their holiday pop-up shop at Yuletide at Devon or shop online. 106 W. Christine Rd. 1-866-658-3569;




Walter J. Cook Jeweler is proud to continue providing signature personalized customer service. Their exquisite collection of exceptional jewels from around the world are personally curated by owner Michael Cook. Dazzling diamonds, elegant one-of-a-kind colored gemstones and lustrous pearls in both classic and contemporary styles are artfully displayed in the showroom. Handcrafted gold and silver designs complete the collection again this year. Chestnut Village Shoppes. 610-644-5347;


Peach Bottom

Looking to redecorate for the holidays? The Barnyard Boys is a hidden gem in southern Lancaster County and has been offering reclaimed lumber and antiques to Chester County for the past 23 years. Shop for antiques, reclaimed lumber, antique house flooring, barn beam fireplace mantels, sliding barn doors, butcher block countertops, farmhouse tables, custom built furniture and so much more. Open Monday–Friday, 6:30 to 4:30, and Saturday, 8 to noon. 740 Nottingham Rd. 877-548-8855;



Foresta’s Market has all your holiday favorites. Rib roasts and filet roasts using the tastiest Certified Angus Beef. Honey Baked Hams sliced to your liking, made with their homemade glaze, topped with a pineapple ring and cherry. For those in the mood for a holiday bird, Foresta’s has Jaindl Grand Champion turkeys, ducks and geese. 1098 W. Bridge St. 610-935-1777;



Comedy of Errors is a fictional autobiography of author George Rothacker and growing up in Upper Darby during the 1950s –1970s with handicaps that might have led to failure, but instead propelled him to a successful career in cartooning. It’s a story of persistence, passion and survival and available by searching the author on Amazon, or from Main Point Books in Wayne.


West Chester

The 5 Senses hosts a collection of functional art objects chosen to satisfy one or more of your five senses. Located in historic downtown West Chester, The 5 Senses opened in the spring of 2005. Their focus is on North American handcrafted functional items, including 25 local artists. They pride themselves on providing insight into each artists’ work. 133 W. Market St. 610-719-0170;

For more than 40 years, Halco Grills & Fireplaces has carried top-of-the-line fireplace and outdoor grill products and accessories. They have a fully stocked showroom with the most popular high-end outdoor grills, electric fireplaces, firepits and gas fireplaces. They offer in-house installation services for all of the gas fireplaces and local delivery service for all products. 1151 McDermott Dr. 610-430-7717;

Matlack Florist is an award-winning gift shop offering an ever-changing selection of seasonal and unique gifts and home decor items. With a focus on local artisans and vendors, their customers can find one-of-a-kind gifts to suit any taste or occasion. 210 N. Chester Rd. 610-431-3077;

Pietro’s Prime is an upscale yet casual steakhouse and martini bar in the heart of downtown West Chester, known for their quality cuisine and remarkable service. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone event or just looking for a delicious meal, Pietro’s Prime is the place to go. 125 Market St. 484-760-6100;

Kick off your holiday shopping at Mimi’s Tea Cottage. After you enjoy a delightful assortment of tea sandwiches, house-made soups, scones and, of course, eclectic desserts, check out the gift shop. Brighten your loved one’s homes with unique gift ideas including specialty tea pots, seasonal aprons, candles, organic honey and jams, Mimi’s tumblers, thoughtfully sourced tea and more. Thursday–Sunday, 10:30 to 4. 30 S. High St., West Chester. 484-355-0970;

Pine + Quill, located in downtown West Chester, has all your holiday favorites. From home decor to gifts, furniture and art, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list — including yourself! You’ll find a lot of locally sourced items, from hand-poured candles, wall art, jewelry and reclaimed wood creations. Black Friday weekend kicks off holiday shopping and celebrates three years in business! Shop Monday–Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, 11 to 5. 23 N. Walnut St. 302-383-9759;

Beautiful jewelry is a gift from the heart, precious and personal. This holiday, create a meaningful memory with the gift of fine jewelry from Sunset Hill Jewelers. Family owned for four decades and renowned for attentive service, Sunset Hill Jewelers is trusted for their expertise and integrity. 23 N. High St, 610-692-0374;



Happy Holidays! Adorn Goods welcomes you to enjoy the destination and experience the joy of in-person shopping this holiday season. A modern general store located in Centreville, Delaware, Adorn Goods is a charming, small shop environment for all your perfect gifts and fine goods. Truly unique and something for everyone. Stop in … shop … stay for a while. 5712 Kennett Pk. 302-575-9657;



Stroll through the Delaware Museum of Nature & Science’s new ecosystem-based exhibits, then shop in the Museum Store for gifts inspired by the galleries, featuring an expanded inventory with a wide variety of books for all ages, science kits, rocks and minerals, science-themed apparel and accessories, plush animals and more. Or, give the gift of membership to the newly renovated museum! 4840 Kennett Pk., 302-658-9111;

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy a relaxing shopping experience at Hagley’s Museum Store. You’ll find a thoughtful assortment of gifts for friends and family with a one-of-a kind selection of holiday tea towels, handcrafted jewelry, hot toddy mixes and toys. After shopping, be sure to enjoy the “Treasures and Traditions” of Holidays at Hagley, including their sixth annual Gingerbread House Contest. Shop free, 10 to 4 daily. 200 Hagley Creek Rd. 302-658-2400;


Chesapeake City

Get exactly what you want this holiday season. Gallorette Boutique offers a variety of fine art, high-end clothes and equestrian wear. Riders and non-riders alike will find something they can’t leave without at this beautiful equestrian boutique. Located in historic Chesapeake City, MD, the fashion you’ll love is closer than you think. 222 Bohemia Ave. 267-374-5265;

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