Wednesday, November 16 2022 12:55

Holiday Window Shopping in the Brandywine Valley

Written by Marci Tomassone

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It’s the time of year when we look forward to making special memories with family and friends — 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 boutiques and galleries you’ll find right here.

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 accessories, and be sure to schedule in a festive lunch or dinner, too.

At County Lines, we wish you happy shopping! And the happiest and most wonderful of holidays! To our readers and advertisers, we say thank you. Your season, we hope, will bring you great joy.


Glen Mills

Team Toyota

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


Ball & Ball

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 this holiday season. Open Monday–Thursday from 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. Ron’s. 74 E. Uwchlan Ave. 610-594-9900;


The Merchant of Menace Re-Imaginers Gallery

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. They also offer private holiday dining. Tonino’s 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 out 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;

Christopher Chocolates

Newtown Square

Gourmet gift baskets and luscious fine chocolates are two reasons to stop at Christopher Chocolates, making life sweeter since 1986 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;

Mostardi Nursery

Get your Christmas plants and flowers at Mostardi Nusery. 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;


Walter J. Cook Jewelers

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;

Foresta’s Market

Foresta’s Market has all of 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;

West Chester

The 5 Senses

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;

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;

Pine + Quill

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 to wall art, jewelry and reclaimed wood creations. Black Friday weekend kicks off holiday shopping and celebrates two years in business. Shop Tuesday–Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, 11 to 5. 23 N. Walnut St. 610-692-0374;

Sunset Hill Jewelers

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 almost four decades and renowned for attentive service, Sunset Hill Jewelers is trusted for their expertise and integrity. 23 N. High St. 610-692-0374;



Delaware Museum of Nature & Science


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, plush animals and more. Or, give the gift of membership to the newly-renovated museum! 4840 Kennett Pk. 302-658-9111;

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