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Beer Program: Two Stones Pub 

It’s difficult to impress beer lovers in Kennett Square—a borough with one of the best brew fests in the area. But Two Stones Pub does the job, with 20 rotating craft beers on tap. Bartenders are always happy to help you choose, even from the extensive bottle-and-can list. Local beers are discounted during happy hour.

843 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, (610) 444-3940, www.twostonespub.com.

Butcher Shop: Country Butcher Fine Foods Market 

For over 30 years, high school sweethearts Dan and Dorothy Boxler have been offering local meats and poultry out of their friendly, family-run store. Selections from the attached gourmet market, cheese shop and deli make this an exceptional one-stop shop for mealtime prep.

145 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-5980, www.countrybutchermarket.com.

Culinary Pacesetter: Aimee Olexy 

After the Center City success of Django, Aimee Olexy set her sights on the Mushroom Capital of the World. Almost a decade later, there’s no stopping this visionary’s impeccable win streak, fueled by her cutting-edge reliance on local farms and artisan purveyors.

Talula’s Table, 102 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-8255, talulastable.com.

Ice Cream Flavors: La Michoacana 

At this hidden gem, you’ll find 35 flavors offered daily, including staples like chocolate, mint and cookies ’n’ cream. But it’s such authentic Mexican flavors as corn, avocado and rice pudding that set this place apart. Accompaniments like cinnamon and chili powder enhance the offbeat experience.

231 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-2996.

Restaurant Hospitality: Byrsa Bistro

Ahmed Chraga leads a staff of friendly, unobtrusive servers at his Mediterranean-style bistro. Chraga truly believes in connecting with his customers, and the authentic cuisine and Tunisian décor add to the homey atmosphere.

102 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-3277, www.byrsabistro.com.

To-Go Gourmet Meals: Chef-a-Topia  

Chef Raymond Maxwell’s classical training translates into upscale take-out for two. Highlights include filet mignon, chili-lime salmon, shepherd’s pie, vegetable lasagna and Asian noodles. Just grab a knife and a fork, and reheat. 

148 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 925-3800, chefatopia.com.

Ice cream treats from La Michoacana//photo by tessa Marie images