Ilka Evans’ candle and apothecary company is the perfect antidote to daily stressors. Her minimalistic designs put the focus on scents that are anything but ordinary. Think cucumber and wild mint, squash blossom, vintage denim, and ginger and citrus.
346 E. King St., Malvern, (484) 320-2920.
Nestled in a patch of trees just on the edge of the West Chester borough, this red brick inn offers a modestly elegant first impression with its fountain and quaint covered porch. A farm-to-table breakfast and fireplaces in select rooms await guests, who might be tempted to stay long past checkout.
699 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester, (610) 436-5788.
After studying at New York City’s Parsons School of Design and working for some of the industry’s biggest labels, Unionville High School grad David Ferron returned to his roots. Under the Unionville Saddle moniker, he crafts beautifully thought out garments for his clients. Look for his debut line this year.
1712 W. Doe Run Road, Kennett Square, (610) 470-1254.
Boutique on a Budget
With its curated selection of dresses, denim, jumpsuits, tops, bottoms and accessories, Nich offers fun, flirty clothes that won’t break the bank. There are even stylish duds for dudes.
161 Market St., Collegeville, (484) 902-8853.
The King of Prussia-based company has become the new go-to resource for any creative event planner. Make a statement with a lighted marquee, giant flower archways, mirror sequin backdrops and more.
AMC Photography Studios
Looking for the perfect mix of candids, portraits and detail shots to memorialize a special moment of any size? Ann Marie Casey’s team of photographers will make it happen.
22 Summit Grove Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 519-1890.
Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center
Multiple ballrooms, award-winning cuisine and top-notch service make Drexelbrook the region’s first choice for weddings, mitzvahs, showers, galas and meetings of all kinds. And the new adjoining Holiday Inn & Suites—with its sleek, comfortable rooms and elegant bar and lobby area—makes last-minute stay-overs a cinch.
4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, (610) 259-7000.
Pop Fit Studio
Bungee, barre, ballroom and belly dancing are among the many offerings on Pop Fit Studio’s schedule, which is packed with challenging classes that get you dancing, jumping and sweating.
1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, (484) 453-8533.
Global Beauty Treatments
AME Salon and Spa
A forward-thinking approach made AME Salon and Spa an early adopter of different modalities. Clients can rove the world with an international menu of massage treatments like Mu-Xing (with bamboo), Himalayan salt stone and the Japanese shiatsu, among others.
111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne, (610) 995-2631.
Colorful beads, textural shells, crosses, hamsas, evil eyes and Buddhist tassels all combine to make this Newtown Square designer’s necklaces spiritual works of art.
Intimate Events Venue
White Manor Country Club
Wow guests with sweeping views of the golf course, plus first-class culinary creations and hospitality. Situated in the rolling hills of Hunt Country, White Manor is perfect for small gatherings and celebrations.
831 Providence Road, Malvern, (610) 647-1070.
Inn at Whitewing Farm
You can fish, play tennis, lounge in a spring-fed pool and Jacuzzi, or simply enjoy nature at this exceptional inn—
and you don’t have to leave Chester County. The property was once owned by William Penn, and the tastefully decorated rooms reflect a bit of history. Just a few miles from the iconic Longwood Gardens, it’s the perfect place to escape for a weekend.
370 Valley Road, West Chester, (610) 388-2013.
New Gift Store
With original artwork, MOMA-worthy housewares, handmade jewelry, high-end CBD products and family-friendly games, Trace has a unique gift for every host, holiday, birthday and anniversary.
80 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (484) 413-2793.
New Party Venue
Modernity flirts with elegance within Maximalist Studios’ 8,500-square-foot event space. Soaring ceilings and exposed white brick create a sophisticated canvas.
501 W. Washington St., Norristown, (610) 590-5082.
A stylish mix of glam and comfy-chic fashions line the shelves of Refinery Company, the boutique of choice for local fashionistas.
131 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 302-5519.
Private Events Space
Several years ago, Meg Veno and her husband transformed the barn on their picturesque Chester County property into a cozy and elegant events space. There, she hosts seasonal pop-up shops loaded with treasures. More recently, the space was equipped to host celebrations and events amid its rustic beauty.
1750 N. Valley Road, Malvern, (610) 952-2254.
Housed in a converted 19th-century carriage barn, this low-key but productive Delaware County studio is the handiwork of Derek Chafin. He began his musical journey as a 12-year-old with the Pennsylvania Opera Company and has since become an accomplished musician and producer whose expertise and interests span classical, rock, folk, jazz and even Brazilian music. With its superior acoustics and recording equipment, BarnSound is a comfortable place where artists can let loose—and sound amazing doing it.
All Kinds of Fast
Inspiring employees are the nucleus of the fit tribe at this Phoenixville outpost. The sports store hosts a slew of events engineered to keep customers running—and challenged.
214 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-9203.
Ellie Main Line
Bursting with bold new looks and classic favorites, this Wayne boutique offers an array of styles perfect for the office, the red carpet and everywhere in between.
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 293-6822.
Blazers, blouses, camisoles and cardigans are just a few of the options at Grove 1.2.1, where the selection is as upscale as the personal styling.
821 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 380-2540.
In a temple-like room, under the gaze of a benevolent Buddha, Purenergy’s expert yoginis lead a comprehensive program that includes aerial, alignment, hatha, power, vinyasa and yin yoga for adults and kids.
21 Plank Ave., Paoli, (610) 993-9933.