Brandywine Valley: Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in the Brandywine Valley

Just a few hours from Manhattan and close to Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is known for illustrator N. C. Wyeth and son Andrew, who drew inspiration from the rolling green hills. Spend the weekend strolling more than 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, museums, restaurants, wineries and local shops.

The 12 mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy. The continued allure is evident with the announcement of of the hugely successful Clover Market coming to Kennett Square {mushroom farming capital of the U.S.} on Sunday June 18th {Father’s Day}. Voted best market to shop by Philadelphia Magazine, the open-air market will feature dozens of food and beer vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques {see complete list of vendors}. Clover Market has been pleasing shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill and Collingswood for years with its spring and summer schedule of outdoor markets. The one-of-a-kind market will be located at 600 S. Broad Street.

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With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood Gardens is regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens of the region. The Main Fountain Gardens return May 27th after a two year renovation. Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this 5-acre masterpiece was created by Pierre S. du Pont, in the early 20th century.

Visit the Brandywine River Museum often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine.

Enjoy touring eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Wine Trail, including Penns Woods Winery, where owner Gino Razzi create wines made 100% with Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Extend your stay and enjoy Winterthur and Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware just 15 minutes down the road. Where to stay? The Inn at Montchanin Village was once home to the workers of the du Pont powder mills.

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Creativity abounds at WorKS in Kennett Square (432 S. Walnut Street), open Friday – Sunday the concept store offers 10 new artisans vendors, in addition to vintage finds. Founded by vintage maven Tara Dugan as a curated group of high-end purveyors of artisan, designer, and one-of-a-kind goods. “The creative offerings that Clover Market brings to Kennett Square fits perfectly within our efforts to create an attractive and eclectic retail pop-up experience alongside worKS and the Creamery.” said Tara Behan. For several years, Clover Market founder Janet Long and manager Pat Norton, had been looking at Kennett Square as a potential future destination.

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The Creamery pop-up beer garden is located at 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square and will be debuting their second season starting Memorial Day through October, 2017. Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, The Creamery is a community gathering space and pop-up beer garden for the whole family in the heart of Kennett Square. A setting that’s rooted in Kennett Square history, The Creamery is committed to re-purposing and re-vitalizing a once-industrial space into a unique environment for the whole family. Nestled on historic Birch Street, The Creamery offers a variety of food options through rotating food trucks, craft beer, lawn games and live music, making it a destination for both Kennett Square residents and visitors alike. With a distinct focus on highlighting the many local talents of Kennett Square’s active art and music scene, the Creamery truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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A few of our favorite shops include: houppette, No 109, Scout & Annie, Ashley Austin, Terrain at Styers, and Talula’s Table {owned by Aimee Olexy, one of the most recognized personalities in the Philadelphia dining scene}.

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photo: Little Nest Photo Glen Mills, PA

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Blo Wilmington: A New Name In Greenville

There is a new blow dry bar in town! Blo Wilmington has officially opened it’s Greenville location and we had the pleasure of stopping in for a quick pamper sesh. Needless to say, we will be back! Blo Wilmington (Image Via)
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As a client, you are greeted with warm smiles and hellos from a friendly, professional team of stylists and we can’t forget about the champagne! Their main goal is to make you feel beautiful and fabulous from start to finish. Whether you are coming from the gym, taking a break from shopping, or glamming up for a black tie event, there are a variety of styles for your perfect blow out!

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“A blow-out is terrific for special occasions, but has also become a regular part of many of our clients’ weekly routines, since our styles can last anywhere from 3-5 days”, says owner Kerry Welsh (pictured below). “When you come to Blo, not only will you leave looking and feeling fabulous, but with champagne, good music, and a clean, modern environment – we provide much needed “me time”. And with appointments available as early as 7am (and walk-ins starting at 9am), many clients have found styling on the way to the office or after an early workout to be a perfect way to save time in an otherwise hectic day.”

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3801 Kennett Pike, Suite E-123, Greenville, Delaware

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worKS Kennett Square

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Creativity abounds in Kennett Square! This past fall Tara Dugan, owner of vintage home goods boutique Scout & Annie, opened worKS Kennett Square! “I created worKS to deliver a new shopping experience to Kennett Square, both in terms of location and concept.  Shoppers will discover authentic, handcrafted, curated and high quality goods, proudly presented by some of the region’s top makers and dealers,” says Dugan.

The concept store, located in a restored 1950’s garage a few blocks away from The Creamery (a beer garden that opened this summer), features a curated group of artisans and retailers who offer handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind goods. Dugan says, “The artisans and makers who call worKS home are part of a larger community of Philadelphia area makers and dealers whose products stand above the rest. I had worked with many in the past, and was anxious to have them in the dealer mix at worKS.  Their different specialties are what makes worKS special, and their collaborations are fantastic!”

The vendors at worKS are…

Alessandra Manzotti – An Italian photographer that captures everything from portraits to luscious seascape images.

The American Collector – A Philadelphia-based antique shop that re-purposes salvaged items for another generation.

Arden + James – Arden + James founder Bri Brant creates totes, crossbody bags and clutches from raw, natural materials like leather, waxed canvas, and dyed linen. Every aspect of each piece (from the hammered copper rivets to the etched designs) is handcrafted by Bri in her home studio. Named Best Of Philly 2016.

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Chairloom – A custom furniture designer from Ardmore, Pennsylvania who specializes in sourcing vintage and antique seating which we offer for sale along with expert reupholstery and restoration services.

Conversion – Philadelphia-based shop that carries an array of US made home goods, gifts, and furniture along with an ever changing variety of vintage pieces.

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+Details By Inside Lines – A charming retail shop that combines vintage and contemporary style to create unique and beautiful accessories and home décor.

Eastcote Lane – A vintage furniture supplier based in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Kindred Postal by Merely Mere – A line of beautiful cards from talented calligrapher and artist Mere Langer.

Jabberwocky & The Boys – One-of-a-kind jewelry made from the classics of sterling and stones, but also a variation of metals held together by lost wax casting techniques.

Malena’s – Well-curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories.

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Pam Lau Ceramics – Domestic handmade ceramic work by Pam Lau of Lincoln University.

Pyknic – Pyknic is a quirky food-centric apparel and quality lifestyle goods brand featuring graphic t-shirts, socks, mugs, and more.

Vinewoods Forge – Spectacularly crafted pieces to light up your home or garden, made from metal, wood, and stone.

Zoet Bathlatier – Zoet Bathlatier is a line of artisan candles and apothecary products who’s goal is to provide a sense of renewal and well-being.

432 S. Walnut Street Kennett Square, PA 19348 – Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.

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Giving Local with honeygrow & Challenge Program

When honeygrow announced it’s expansion into Delaware, we were ecstatic. The Philadelphia start up offers fun and fresh “fast” food with locations in and around the Philly, New York, and Washington D.C. metro area. It approaches it’s menu with high quality, healthy food in mind. They’re dedicated to sourcing locally and even create in-house dressings.

In addition to the food, we love the authentic, industrial, and modern feel of honeygrow. In Delaware, you can see original photographs by local artist, Carlos Alejandro.

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At their headquarters in Fish Town, Philadelphia, some of the furniture is handmade by the Challenge Program, which is an organization in Wilmington, Delaware, which provides vocational training for at-risk youth. The program seeks to empower them with the confidence and skills in order to help them achieve greatness. In addition to assistance in earning a high school diploma or GED, the Challenge Program offers on-the-job experience working with local restaurants and The Mill to create gorgeous, one of a kind pieces.

The Challenge Program created the coffee table at the honeygrow headquarters:

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Trainee from the Challenge Program working on a project:
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photos by Carlos Alejandro

As a result of their great effort, honeygrow has chosen the Challenge Program in their Giving Local Program. All day on Friday, February 17th, honeygrew will donate 20% of your check to the Challenge Program when you present this flyer at the Newark or Market Square locations.

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