Martha Sharkey, Wyndmoor
Executive Director, Chestnut Hill Business Association, Business Improvement District and Parking Foundation
Martha Sharkey is the new girl in town … sort of. Once the manager for the Chestnut Hill Community Association, she’s now the new executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business Association, its business improvement district and its parking foundation. One of her top initiatives is to foster ties between retail and restaurant establishments in Chestnut Hill and those on the Main Line.
Favorite town on the Main Line: Wayne is a great place to visit for a fun day with the family or a day out with my girlfriends. Favorite Main Line event: I always look forward to the Clover Market. We’re now thrilled to feature this event in Chestnut Hill, as well. Must-do outdoor activity: A stroll or bike ride on Forbidden Drive along Wissahickon Creek, followed by lunch at Valley Green Inn. Favorite hobby: Handwritten notes are truly a lost art. I enjoy finding special stationery at The Paperia  (in Ardmore and Chestnut Hill) and writing notes to family and friends. Favorite Main Line restaurant: Teresa’s Cafe in Wayne. The last dessert she loved: My daughter’s third birthday cake from Night Kitchen Bakery . She requested a chocolate cake decorated with flowers. Favorite place to shop on the Main Line: For great gifts, home goods and furniture, I always enjoy visiting UpHome  in Malvern. Best-kept secret in Chestnut Hill: Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series. The perfect date night: Heading to the Avenue to enjoy dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in Chestnut Hill, followed by a theater production at the Stagecrafters Theater . If she had 30 minutes to herself, she would: Bake chocolate-chip cookies, eat a few, and give the rest away to neighbors so I do not eat the whole batch. Biggest challenge facing local storeowners: Increasing foot traffic. If she didn’t live here, she’d live in: Lititz. It’s a special town filled with unique businesses and a strong sense of community—just like Chestnut Hill and many communities along the Main Line.