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Special guest blog by West Chester Business Improvement District Communication Specialist Elle Steinman
The vision of the West Chester Business Improvement District is to celebrate and encourage engagement in the features that make West Chester special, including history, outstanding architecture, public art, walkability, inclusive culture, contribution to performing arts, shopping, and cultural events.
Carlino’s Italian Market (pg. 6)
Carlino’s Makers & Purveyors of Italian Food provides a gourmet experience to any shopper looking for a fresh selection of grocery products and homemade Italian specialties. Enjoy cold brew coffee on tap (a fan favorite), fresh baked goods, snacks and carry-out trays, family dishes to-go, all-natural fruits and produce, meats and cheeses, and a salad bar with delicious toppings to choose from.
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (pg. 13)
The Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is downtown’s newest public theater bringing cultural, economic, and civic life experiences to the West Chester community through live theater, music, dance, and film. With eight resident companies and three separate performance spaces, Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center has quickly become a community destination for events and gatherings, professional theater, and educational growth.
Resident Theatre Company (pg. 15)
RTC is a professional theater company working to create a thriving, inclusive creative community where people can discover theatre, interact with artists, find people with common interests, and take part in their downtown community. RTC produces musicals and plays using a blend of local and non-local actors and designers, as well as children from local schools as part of their outreach program. So, why travel all the way to the city when you can enjoy professional theater right here in downtown West Chester?
Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery (pg. 24)
Family-owned for over thirty years, Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery has become a staple to the downtown shopping district by providing customers with antique, modern, and customizable jewelry pieces to suit any style. Owner Sandra Riper creates valuable relationships with her customers and takes pride in restoring family heirlooms, repairing sentimental pieces, and helping to create memories that will last a lifetime.
On the second floor, you’ll find an elegantly decorated Fine Arts Gallery featuring the work of local artists. Check out their website for current exhibit information.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (pg. 25)
Serving casual, upscale and distinctive cuisine in a beautiful newly renovated setting, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant prides itself on being a scratch kitchen and local craft brewery all in one. Try their famous Light Lager, their award-winning White Iron Wit, their seasonal Pumpkin Ale – or all three when you order a flight!
Old Soul Decor (pg. 28)
Old Soul Décor showcases a uniquely curated home collection of eclectic design, vintage and antique decor, mid-century modern, artworks, rugs, lighting, jewelry, and more. Choose from a wide variety of gift items – perfect for any occasion – or, ask about their styling services and interior design! They’re the ultimate destination for any lifestyle.
Balance Hair Spa (pg. 29)
Enjoy top hair and makeup services performed by a highly trained team of hair design professionals in a chic, relaxing environment downtown. The uplifting decor of the studio, along with the fashion-forward color and design, friendly and knowledgeable stylists, and customer satisfaction is what gives Balance Hair Spa their name – because sometimes, it’s all about finding that perfect Balance in life.
Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry (pg. 30)
A diamond on both the inside and out, Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry is a family legacy that fully understands the values of trust and loyalty within a business. Known for their hand-crafted custom jewelry, Kaplan’s makes it easy for customers to receive the piece they’ve always been dreaming of!
Tesoro Design (pg. 32)
Created in 2013 as a custom only leather handbag company, co-owners Brittany Reed & Emily Pisano have since grown Tesoro into what it is today: a shopping destination. The duo strives to empower other women (#girlboss status), minimize their carbon footprint, and raise awareness on the leather industry’s damaging effects. To learn more about what they do and the services they offer, stop by their new storefront/studio at 230 W Market St!
Yori’s Bakery (pg. 33)
It’s difficult not to drool as you walk by Yori’s Bakery on any given morning of the week. The smell of powdered sugar and freshly baked cookies radiates the air as people stroll through town on their way to work. Owner David Yori can be found inside – baking of course – which he’s been doing since he was fifteen years old. With his passion for baking, David often encourages his staff to use their creativity to create new and unique treats for others to enjoy. Stop by to try their delicious seasonal treats, cakes, cookies, and more!
Visual Expansion Gallery (pgs. 33 and 48)
Visual Expansion Gallery has been presenting works from local artists, producing high quality custom picture framing, and offering professional art services such as restoration conservation since 1975 – so it’s no wonder they’re so good at what they do. Owner Mary Manning along with her staff have combined many years of experience, passion, and their love for the community to offer a diverse collection for the people of Chester County to choose from. No matter what your taste may be, you’ll be sure to find something you love at Visual Expansion Gallery!
Mainline Men’s (pg. 34)
Every man deserves a suit that makes him look and feel his very best self – and that’s what Mainline Men’s Custom Clothiers is known for! Find the highest-quality materials in business suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, pants, shoes, ties and more – plus receive expert tips from owner Larry as you search to find what works best for you. Their timeless styles and classic features suit any customer, from a young professional just starting out his career, to a seasoned businessman looking for something to freshen up his professional wardrobe.
Bove Jewelers (pg. 35)
Bove Jewelers combines small town charm with modern, state of the art service and selection. With designer and custom jewelry in platinum, gold, specialty items adorned with diamonds, pearls and gemstones, and superior watches and giftware – they are quickly becoming a go-to destination for many shoppers, local and beyond.
Chestnut Square (pg. 46)
Downtown West Chester’s newest luxury apartment building offers an edgy elegance to their tenants – along with over 65 restaurants and 75 retail boutiques all within walking distance to choose from, exceptional service and amenities, a friendly and helpful staff, and a Starbucks coffee machine right in the lobby! The apartments are refreshingly modern, sophisticated, and (if you so choose) decorated immaculately. And if that’s not enough to convince you yet, just ask for a guided tour!
The 5 Senses (pg. 49)
Representing North American and regional artists, The 5 Senses offers a range of useful and affordably priced items. The knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions about their featured artists, and many pieces are made one-of-a-kind. Find the perfect birthday, wedding, engagement or anniversary card or gift, or treat yourself to something fun and unique! From Woodstock Chimes to yard ornaments, there’s always something unique to be found at The 5 Senses.
Tish Boutique (pg. 50)
Blend the latest trends with classic pieces to create your own personal style at Tish Boutique! Browse through the most luxurious fabrics, premium denim, comfy casual tees, and handmade jewelry – perfect for any age, style, and budget. Owners Ashley and Tonda take pride in selecting unique and fun pieces each season to satisfy the needs of each and every type of customer. Tish is always on the lookout for new fashion trends, and they love to share their finds with their customers – so be sure to check out their Website for current designers they carry, updated sales, promotions, and more!
Artistic Eyewear (pg. 51)
Specializing in a wide array of boutique eyewear options, Artistic Eyewear carries distinctive frames from European designers using only the best digitally cut HD lenses to provide customers with the best experience possible. Find designers like Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Alain Mikli and more! Artistic Eyewear’s knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you “find a look that is all about who you are and who you want to be.”
Kaly Clothing (pg. 52)
Kaly Clothing specializes in unique women’s clothing, artisan handmade jewelry, eclectic gifts, accessories, and baby items – many of which are handmade, local, and fair trade. From one generation to the next, Kaly has been pleasing customers with their extraordinary merchandise for over 25 years!
Love Again Local (pg. 54 feature)
Downtown’s newest Vegan restaurant offers a variety of 100% plant based, clean, healthy, and delicious sandwiches, salads, snacks, and daily specials for customers to choose from. Whether you’re Vegan, Vegetarian, or neither – their carefully crafted menu features options that even the hungriest of meat-eaters will find satisfying. With plant-based GMO free meats, cheeses, dressings, and veggies, you can be sure that when you eat at Love Again Local, you’re not only supporting the community, but you’re also nourishing your body with the highest quality (and best tasting) Vegan food around!
Rai Rai Ramen & Hawaiian BBQ (pg. 56 feature)
After 20 years of success in Hawaii and 10 years in North Jersey, owner Vincent and his brothers decided to introduce their unique combination of Asian and Hawaiian cuisine to a new crowd. Now, only five months in, Rai Rai Ramen & Hawaiian BBQ has become the talk of the town! Their delicious homemade ramen noodles, fried rice, specialty combos, and melt-in-your-mouth BBQ platters have reviewers buzzing about their new favorite lunch or dinner spot.
CCHS/Adrian Martinez (pg. 56 feature)
The Chester County Historical Society inspires, informs, and builds community identity by preserving and sharing the remarkable story of Chester County and its people. Through the work of acclaimed Chester County artist Adrian Martinez, visitors catch a glimpse of the world of eighteenth-century botanist and West Chester native, Humphry Marshall. Martinez’s exhibit (which runs through December 2017), showcases the richness of early Pennsylvanian history, presented through a series of twelve recently completed paintings, along with artifacts that depict the revolution of Chester County from frontier-land to farmland.
TranquiliTEA Temple (pg. 56 feature)
With a background in ancient Chinese culture, owner Tracey Wang is excited to welcome the downtown community into her newly opened tea room/Zen paradise! By carrying high-quality tea leaves and blends available for customers to enjoy in-store or at home, Tracey hopes to enlighten customers about the many qualities and benefits tea has to offer. In addition, TranquiliTEA Temple carries a variety of authentic Chinese toys, candies, statues, and crystals.
Dawn Harkins Life Coaching (pg. 57 fresh face)
Dawn Harkins is a Certified Christian Life Coach, counselor, teacher, speaker, and mentor helping clients to identify and tackle the daily struggles of life through hope, fostering personal growth, and religious passage. She commits herself to helping people of all ages find their true identity and purpose in life, and her welcoming personality and cozy office space makes it easy for clients to open up and feel comfortable in her presence.
Hotel Warner (pg. 66)
The ideal spot to stay for any overnight business trip, leisurely weekend getaway, or group event – Hotel Warner is downtown West Chester’s only full-service hotel within walking distance to more than 65 restaurants, 75 retail boutiques, art galleries, professional services, and much more! Enjoy the historic charm laced throughout the hotel’s features in the art-deco style lobby, quaint & cozy rooms, quiet bar/lounge, and relaxing garden area!
Rize Pizza (pg. 67 fresh face)
With a light and airy crust, toasted sesame seeds on the bottom, and delicious homemade ingredients, it’s no wonder Rize Pizza is elevating food standards to the next level. But it doesn’t stop there, Rize also makes it their goal to spread positive energy and enthusiasm throughout their space to create a better atmosphere for the customers they serve.
Phineas Gage (pg. 70)
If you’re looking for men’s contemporary and casual wear clothing and accessories, then Phineas Gage is the place to be! With dynamic styles and brands that were chosen based on their values and production, each piece of clothing is made with the finest fabrics and craftsmanship. Each season, owner Jaime Weisbrot strives to bring new brands and classic styles to the male consumer.