Boutiques & Brunches Make Sundays in West Chester Special
There is no better place to spend the last day of the weekend than downtown West Chester.
by Ronna Dewey, Dish Works | October 17, 2014
West Chester PA -- Whether you’re itching for that brand-new dress, on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind gift, or just deserve a day of retail therapy, Sunday is the perfect day to discover downtown West Chester. Shopping and dining at locally owned businesses makes such a positive impact on our local economy. For every $100 spent in our locally owned stores, $68 returns to our community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. So, get shopping.
With hundreds of stores and restaurants within a few-block radius, you can seal the deal on your weekend by hitting the borough to shop and support local businesses—and, enjoy a delicious meal too. The official "Sunday secret" in downtown is that parking is free, so drop your car in one of West Chester’s convenient garages or lots and take a stroll through town to treat yourself to shopping, sipping and brunching.
WEST GAY STREET
Where to Shop:
Malena’s Vintage Boutique – Malena's buys and sells vintage wearables and most pieces are under $50. The boutique specializes in finding special items that are both trend-conscious and drool-worthy whether made by Chanel or someone’s ultra-hip seamstress granny. Sunday hours: 12–4pm; 101 W. Gay St; 610-738-9952; MalenasBoutique.com.
Acorn Cottage Style – Owner Zena Croydon uses her years of education and experience in the art world to create a store that specializes in both antique and modern floor coverings, furniture, textiles, jewelry and more. Acorn Cottage Style also provides interior design and home staging. Sunday hours: 10am–5pm; 14 W. Gay St; 610-430-3316. AcornCottageStyle.com.
Artifact – Looking for a trendy top or a stylish skirt? Artifact has all the latest styles for women and every piece is guaranteed to be under $60! Artifact also has a variety of gift items and accessories including jewelry, handbags, shoes, belts, and specialty painted glasses and kitchenware. Sunday hours: 12–4pm; 200 W. Gay St; 610-431-7111.
Fairman's Skate Shop – Established in 1977, Fairman’s is one of the East Coast's oldest and most respected skate, snow and surf shops. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can guide you through the hundreds of boards, a wall full of shoe styles and accessories like sunglasses, watches, hats, backpacks and belts. Sunday hours: 11am–5pm; 43 W. Gay St; 610-344-9959; Fairmans.com.
Green Eyed Lady – Peek into every nook and cranny of this vintage store so that you don’t miss any of their mostly one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, accessories, collectables and trendy clothing for girls. Green Eyed Lady also specializes in authentic signed jewelry from designers such as Weiss, Trifari, Sarah Coventry, Vendome, Florenza and Tiffany. Sunday hours: 12–4pm; 132 W. Gay St; 610-431-2474; ShopGreenEyedLady.com.
May 23 Clothing & Accessories – Shop for unique apparel and accessories for women, men, kids and even your pets. The sale rack is not to be missed to find the best deals in town. Sunday hours: 12–5pm. 117 W. Gay St; 484-356-1008; May23online.com.
Taylor's Music Store & Studios – Taylor's Music Store is West Chester's oldest retail business and has served the musical requirements of its clients for over 80 years. Whatever your needs, from sheet music, band or string instruments, guitars, drums, PA equipment, keyboards, music software, pianos, organs, and more, let the music experts on staff be your guide. Taylor's also has 25 studios serving 500 students per week. Sunday hours: 12–5pm; 116 W. Gay St; 610-696-1812; TaylorsMusic.com.
Where to Eat:
Penn's Table – Serving breakfast all day, enjoy an omelet, pancakes, eggs Benedict or a Belgian waffle topped with fresh blueberries and whipped cream. Interested in lunch? Try the roast pork with provolone and peppers or a down-home platter of hot turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes. No matter what you order, the friendly staff at Penn's Table will serve you with a smile. Sunday hours: 7am–3pm; 100 W. Gay St; 610-696-0677; PennsTableRestaurant.com.
Kildare's Irish Pub – Enjoy an authentic full Irish breakfast (bangers, rashers, beans, roasted tomato, eggs, black and white pudding, toast) at Kildare's every Sunday for brunch. Not your style? No worries as you can choose from pancakes, the omelet of the day or corned beef hash and eggs, too. Don’t miss the complete Bloody Mary bar or better yet, order a perfect pint of Guinness. Sunday brunch hours: 11am–3pm; 18-22 W. Gay St; 610-431-0770. WestChester.KildaresIrishPub.com.
EAST GAY STREET
Where to Shop:
Tish Boutique – Offering a comprehensive list of brands and designers, the staff at Tish believes that every woman should feel and look their best at any age, size, or income level. Tish chooses unique and special pieces from each brand, blending the latest trends with classic pieces. Shopping for that perfect outfit has never been so simple. Sunday hours: 12–4pm; 138 E. Gay St; 610-692-7500; TishStyle.com.
Where to Eat:
Roots Cafe – Grown from an ambition to provide local, organic, sustainable and affordable food to their guests, Roots offers a broad menu that serves vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The menu changes seasonally, but diners can always get an inventive "bennie" like the smoked pork belly with grilled peaches, poached eggs, Hollandaise and corn bread or an omelet with local Kennett Square mushrooms. Sunday hours: 8am–3pm; 133 E. Gay St.; 610-455-0100; RootsCafeWC.com.
Doc Magrogan's Oyster House – Travel back in time to a 1900s-style oyster house right in the heart of downtown West Chester and enjoy exceptional seafood in a warm, inviting vintage environment. For brunch, may we suggest the lobster and asparagus frittata paired with the Chesapeake Bloody Mary (Absolut Citron, Doc’s Bloody Mary mix with a Chesapeake oyster and Old Bay rim)? Sunday brunch hours: 11am–3pm; 117 E. Gay St; 610-429-4046; DocMagrogans.com.
Judy's Kitchen – If you want a healthy meal to fortify your shopping experience, then a visit to Judy's Kitchen is in order. You can be sure that a meal from Judy's doesn't pack in extra calories or artificial ingredients. Grab a fruit salad, egg sandwich or yogurt and granola to-go or sit down and enjoy some pancakes, French toast or an omelet. Sunday hours: 7am–3pm; 237 E. Gay St; 610-696-4814; JudysHealthyKitchen.com.
SOUTH HIGH STREET
Where to Shop:
Nich – Nich carries the latest styles in women’s clothing and accessories. Bringing a funky urban edge to West Chester at affordable prices, you will find looks that you’ve been searching for and styles that you didn't even know you were obsessed with until you walked through their doors. Every pair of sunglasses are just $10, too! Sunday hours: 12–4pm; 29 S. High St; 610-436-8181; ShopNich.com.
Where to Eat:
Side Bar & Restaurant – Side Bar & Restaurant has a casual atmosphere and focuses on excellent and affordable food and spirits. Snag a seat on the second floor that overlooks Gay Street or at one of the coveted outdoor tables during warmer months. Order the epic breakfast sandwich (two fried eggs, sausage, Canadian bacon, scrapple, bacon and cheese on French toast) to prepare for a full day of shopping or go light with a hummus platter served with feta, cucumber, tomato, olives, and toasted pita atop mixed greens. Don’t forget the Bloody Mary, mimosa or a beer from their stellar craft draft and bottle list. Sunday brunch hours: 10am–3pm; 10 E. Gay St; 610-429-8297; SideBarAndRestaurant.com.
NORTH HIGH STREET
Where to Shop:
Artistic Eyewear – Artistic Eyewear features the largest selection of unique and designer frames and sunglasses from around the world at prices to fit everyone's budget. The friendly, efficient and professional service will ensure that you look and see your best. Sunday hours: 12–4pm; 127 N. High St; 610-738-7150; ArtisticEyeWear.com.
Jane Chalfant – Offering beautiful clothing and accessories for women in West Chester since 1933, Jane Chalfont carries everything from denim to dresses. Offering a wide selection of accessories including scarves, hats, handbags, and fun fashion jewelry, let their expertly trained sales staff help you complete the perfect outfit for any occasion. Sunday hours: 12–5pm; 123 N. High St; 610-696-0290; JaneChalfant.com.
Where to Eat:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Specializing in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine, Iron Hill is the perfect spot to grab brunch before or after your shopping trip. The dining room has vaulted copper ceilings, rich mahogany furnishings and an open kitchen creating a casual, yet upscale atmosphere. Sunday brunch hours: 11am–2pm; 3 W. Gay St; 610-738-9600; IronHillBrewery.com/WestChester.
WEST MARKET STREET
Where to Shop:
The 5 Senses – If you are looking for an interesting, unique and affordable gift, a visit to The 5 Senses is a must. Find funky and boldly colorful, unusual, yet functional art for everyday living presented in a festive atmosphere with friendly and informative service. Items including wind chimes, candles, yard ornaments, metals, silver jewelry, pottery, clocks and so much more fill this one-of-a-kind store. Sunday hours: 11am–4pm; 133 W. Market St; 610-719-0170; The5senses.com.
Greene Street Consignment Shop – With an eye on reducing waste by recycling clothing, Greene Street offers women a chance to consign or purchase clothing that might otherwise end up in a landfill. The light-filled store mixes clean modern design with a keen focus on organization, allowing the shopper to find unique, recycled current brands from Gap to Gucci—with new inventory added on a daily basis. Sunday hours: 11am–6pm; 119 W. Market St; 484-947-5563; GreeneStreetConsignment.com.
Where to Eat:
Market Street Grill – Market Street Grill, a frequent winner in Main Line Today's yearly Best of the Main Line issue, is the perfect place to grab a bite with family or friends. Menu highlights include gourmet omelets, cinnamon swirl French toast, plate-sized pancakes and an assortment of eggs Benedicts. Lunch options like salads, wraps and specialty sandwiches are an excellent value, with all items under $10. Sunday hours: 7am–2pm; 6 W. Market St; 610-429-5328; MarketStGrillWC.com.
Nudy's Cafe – One of the region's most popular spots for breakfast and lunch, Nudy's Cafe offers signature menu items like their California Benedict (poached eggs, tomatoes and avocado, topped with hollandaise sauce served on an English muffin) and strawberry cheesecake French toast (two slices of thick French toast topped with sweet ricotta cheese cake filling, strawberries and whipped cream). Lunch options include a wide array of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Sunday hours: 7am–3pm; 300 W. Market St; 610-696-4550; NudysCafes.com.
La Baguette Magique – Discover why the French are universally renown for their breads and pastries. The selections are truly hand-crafted with a delicate touch of the magical hands of Catherine, the owner and baker of downtown's French bakery. She brings a little bit of the romance of Paris to West Chester with each delicate pastry. Sit outside and watch the world go by or inside and savor the many aromas. Sunday hours: 9am–2pm; 202 West Market Street. 610-620-4729. MagicBaguette.com.
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PARKING TIP --> Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Go to the Parking Tab for details. Download the updated downtown parking map. The Justice Center Garage is free after 5pm and on weekends.