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December 6, 2019
Your Local 2019 West Chester Gifting Guide
The holidays are full of celebrations and opportunities to show our appreciation to the ones we love. It may be through a simple note, a homemade baked good, or a perfectly selected gift. This year, as you hunt for the perfect present, the ultimate party dress, and the thoughtful hostess gift, we ask you to make every choice deliberate and every dollar count.
Why shop local? It’s simple. You’ll find unique, quality gifts—many locally made—hand-selected by trusted business owners. Additionally, money spent in West Chester stays in West Chester, which does not only help our retailers, it makes our whole community stronger.
What makes West Chester so special? It’s not just the charming streets and the festive holiday decor—it’s a destination! Plan to spend a whole day savoring the magic of this Great American Main Street Award Winner. You’ll be welcomed by the creative mix of shop owners who open their doors every day with the mission to create the unique West Chester experience.
Gifted with flavor.
“Our personal shoppers can assist in creating a memorable gourmet gift this holiday season.”
There’s no better way to entertain this season than with a gift from Carlino’s. Gift baskets and cookie tins are perfect to satisfy the gourmand on your list. Their seasonally-decorated gourmet gift baskets are handmade to order and suitable for any occasion. Head to the newly released gifting guide on their website for more holiday gift ideas.
Gifting Ideas | Signature gift baskets, olive oil & vinegar sets, cookie tins.
For more great gifts, visit Carlino’s in-store or online.
The 5 Senses
“We like to shop in West Chester because of the great selection of locally made items in almost all the shops, items that can’t be found in mall stores.”
Representing North American & regional artists, fair trade products, funky finds & unique gifts for every occasion.
Gifting Ideas | Locally made pottery, crafted jewelry, locally made candles.
Visit The 5 Senses for more wonderful gifts.
Unwrap something unique.
“Downtown shopping is a privilege that I don’t take for granted because we now have so many great stores to choose from!”
Find endless gifting options this holiday season. Specializing in unique clothing, artisan handmade jewelry, eclectic gifts and accessories, and baby items.
Gifting Ideas | A luxurious and cozy winter sweater, a handmade, statement piece of sterling jewelry, an artsy, colorful fair trade scarf & hat set.
For more cozy and stylish gifting ideas, visit Kaly in-store or online.
“There is so much thought that goes into it, from the shop owners choosing wares to handpicking special items for loved ones, and it feels much better than clicking.”
Come on an adventure in the land of a thousand hills. Rwanda’s friendly people will welcome you as you explore the open plains, woodlands, and lakes of Akagera National Park before continuing your safari to track wild chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park and the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National.
Gifting Ideas | Weekend getaway to The Lodge at Woodloch, family vacation to Ireland with a private car & driver and a castle stay, multi-generation cruise aboard Regent Seven Seas to Alaska.
For more, visit Whirlaway Travel today!
Balance Hair Spa Studio
Extraordinary holiday hair care.
“You can make a day of it in West Chester, starting with getting your hair and make-up done at our studio. Then taking an easy walk through town visiting the shops and restaurants that make West Chester an original.”
This boutique salon features expert hair and cosmetic services. Choose from their extensive collection of 100% vegan hair care products—perfect for holiday gift giving! Balance is known for having a team of well-educated beauty professionals who can help choose the perfect collection of products for you.
Gifting Ideas | Aromatherapy oils & candles, AVEDA holiday gift set, Balance Hair Spa gift card.
Stop into Balance Hair Spa Studio today for more gift ideas.
The centerpiece of every celebration.
“Small business owners really care about taking care of their customers’ needs and making them feel welcomed!”
Yori’s bakery creates made-from-scratch baked goods for your family or holiday gathering. Choose from custom cakes, fresh pastries, cookies, donuts, and custom trays of festive treats.
Gifting Ideas | One pound Christmas cookie boxes, two-pound cookie trays, German stollen bread or yule logs, gingerbread houses & ginger people.
For more delicious gifts, stop by Yori’s Bakery today.
Iron Hill Brewery
“It’s great to do business with those who do business with us to keep the borough thriving.”
Gifting Ideas | Gift cards, beer, apparel.
For more, stop by Iron Hill Brewery!
Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry
Adding sparkle to your season.
“All the local businesses and the level of care and detail that everyone puts into their stores and merchandise is what makes shopping local special.”
Ivan, Lisa, and Evan Kaplan, of Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry, have a passion not only for jewelry, but also the custom experience. As a family-owned business for 41 years, they are known for providing a personal service that makes each purchase as special as the occasion it celebrates. Whether an heirloom piece for future generations or a special moment in the making, make Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry yours this holiday season, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day.
Gifting Ideas | Rough cut diamond jewelry, stud earrings, custom jewelry.
“Shopping local and in smaller businesses builds our community, and growing up in West Chester I love to see this happen!”
Gifting Ideas | Locally made jewelry & pottery, perfect hostess gifts beautifully wrapped, fun holiday decor.
Stop by Giunta Furniture in-store to see more.
Sunset Hill Jewelers
Make the holiday unforgettable.
“The tradition of personalized service with a real shopping experience.”
The ladies at Sunset Hill Jewelers are ready to help you choose the perfect gift for that special someone!
Gifting Ideas | Diamonds, unique earrings, redesigned heirloom jewelry.
Sterling Pig Public House
“West Chester provides a unique small-town shopping experience with owner-driven shops.”
Gifting Ideas | Locally brewed craft beer with seasonal specialty batches, comfort food including slow-cooked bbq & southern-inspired classics, weekday bar specials.
Stop by Sterling Pig Public House for more!
“West Chester is a unique urban town rich with culture and small boutique shops that radiate an artistic vibe.”
Gifting Ideas | Unique sunglasses, European boutique eyewear, interesting eyeglass cases & accessories.
For more unique gifts, visit Artistic Eyewear in-store or online.
“We think West Chester is special because of the small-town charm. Tish Boutique is grateful to be one of the 100+ independently-owned businesses that downtown West Chester has to offer.”
Gifting Ideas | Beautiful jewelry, cozy hats & scarves, holiday candles.
The Brow Bar by Tara Giorgio
“Shopping locally not only helps support the community, but also the small businesses creating the unique merchandise we have to offer!”
Gifting Ideas | Handmade retail, cards, accessories & home decor, holiday promo gift certificates.
Stop by The Brow Bar for more gifting ideas!
“Shopping or dining in West Chester is special because you are supporting small businesses and their families when you purchase or dine at their establishment.”
Gifting Ideas | Gift certificates to local restaurants.
Visit the Spence Cafe to pick up a gift certificate.
Side Bar & Restaurant
“We love how the restaurant and business community in West Chester all work together to try and make a better West Chester.”
Gifting Ideas | Gift cards, growlers, beer to-go.
Stop by the Side Bar & Restaurant today for more gifts!
H. Rose Boutique
“West Chester is a magical town, especially during the holidays, filled with family fun and some of the most unique shopping experiences—truly a one-stop-shop town!”
Gifting Ideas | Mommy, me, & sibling coordinating outfits, Hostess giftables, locally made bracelets from True by Kristy.
Visit H. Rose Boutique in-store or online for great gifting ideas.
“Shopping in West Chester is like shopping with friends! We love our customers and knowing what they love makes it so much fun!”
Gifting Ideas | The perfect cozy sweater, leopard, snakeskin or tie-dye anything, Blink gift card, the easiest gift to give or get!
For more stylish gifts, visit Blink in-store!
“What we love about the holiday season is seeing family and friends getting together with out of town guests, and also seeing all the holiday cheer in town; it’s such a special feeling. ”
Gifting Ideas | Gift cards, baked goods, housemade tomato sauce, the gift of brunch & time together.
Visit the Classic Diner for delicious food and gift ideas.
Kildare’s Irish Pub
“Great, good quality, hard to find items and it supports local independent businesses.”
Gifting Ideas | Gift cards, a mixed six-pack of craft beer to go, Kildare’s merchandise, including t-shirts & Adidas track jackets.
Stop by Kildare’s for more gifts!
“We’re proud to be celebrating 90 years of service in downtown West Chester.”
West Chester’s oldest retail store, Taylor’s has served as the center for musical instruments and music education in Chester County for almost 90 years. Offering everything from guitar picks to grand pianos, and music from Bach to rock, Taylor’s Music Store is truly your one-stop shop for making music.
Gifting Ideas | Ukuleles, music lessons, sheet music & lessons.
Jane Chalfant/Kiki Boutique
“We are honored to be celebrating 86 years of fashion in downtown West Chester.”
A legacy in fashion, Jane Chalfant offers a sought-after brand known for being sophisticated cozy. Discover a beautiful selection of sweaters, from cotton to cashmere, featuring sizes extra small through extra large. Ideal for gift giving or to pamper yourself.
Gifting Ideas | Fashion jewelry, scarves & wraps, warm sweaters.
Visual Expansion Gallery
“We like the small-town friendly feeling when you shop in West Chester.”
The Visual Expansion Gallery has been offering local art, archival framing, and art restoration since 1975.
Gifting Ideas | Interesting art, framed favorite family photo, local ornaments.
“West Chester’s close-knit community is great to be a part of. You can have an authentic Italian dinner and get all your holiday shopping done on the same street!”
Plan your next event in the cozy and versatile wine cellar room which is available for groups of up to 50 guests. Perfect for private parties, rehearsal dinners, or business meetings.
Gifting Ideas | Romantic night out, gift cards.
Stop by Mercato for more.
The Master’s Baker
Custom wedding cakes as unique as you are.
“Family business is everything to us and after 50 years we find West Chester to be all family!”
The Master’s Baker is a nationally recognized and multi-award winning bakery that creates scratch-made and masterfully decorated cakes. Call to schedule an appointment where you’ll discuss your dream cake and indulge in a tasting experience hosted by an in-house cake design expert. Baking classes offered seasonally.
Gifting Ideas | Custom cakes, holiday pies, mini desserts.
“Shopping in West Chester is so special because I know the products in each store are unique, high quality products that I’m excited to give. You are also getting a level of customer service that you don’t find in the malls.”
Gifting Ideas | Cashmere blend sweaters, unique accessories, tailored clothing.
Visit Phineas Gage in-store or online for more quality gifts.