Best New Shopping District
Move aside, Lambertville: Along Gay, Market and High Streets, the brick sidewalks of the village of West Chester are suddenly lined with modish little antiques stores and home and fashion boutiques. And one Thursday each summer month stores are open 'til 9 pm, and bands play in the streets.
At Acorn Cottage, we browsed for vintage brown-and-white transferware pottery, toile napkins, embroidered pillows, French iron garden benches and walnut dining room tables - (14 West Gay Street; 610-430-3316). At preppy-stylish Lily Pad, owned by Dawn Mitchel and Holly Craig, baby gifts (sushi-printed bibs!) are surrounded by funny, elegant cards and invitations, and the moneyed mom's favorite William Arthur baby announcements (104 East Gay Street; 610-719-6008). Grandiflora is a shop we'd like to nap in, with giant antique beds dressed in crisp European linens, as well as fragrant Votivo candles, soaps, and a luxuriant heap of fresh-cut flowers for sale (138 East Gay Street; 610-918-4880)
Home Works Design & Supply has large-scale antiques and reproductions (love the sexy silver chest of drawers in the window), and serious paintings on the walls (109 West Gay Street; 610-430-7337).
DragonFly is a mine of handmade jewelry, including designs by Elaine Tse, the Philly jewelry whose work ranges from delicate silver strands to glamorous ropes of beads (29 South High Street: 610-692-2560).
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West Chester Receives National Recognition.
2006 Leaders of Distinction Award.
West Chester Among Best Places.
BID Receives State Recognition.
West Chester Makes Top 100.