A Pre-Broad Street 5K for Non-Broad Street Runners: Heroes on the Hill

chestnut hillFor the beginner or casual runner, the idea of running 10 miles can be more than a little intimidating. Or, if you’re me, just the thought of it makes you feel out of breath without even leaving your desk chair. And with the first weekend of May right around the corner, Broad Street hype is bigger than ever.

But what if you still want to get in on the running (or walking!) action that weekend without all the mileage? Fear not; I have the solution for you.

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Your Shopping Game Plan for Sunday’s Clover Market


Attention: Clover Market is back in Chestnut Hill, Shoppists. This Sunday, April 13th, from 10am to 5pm,  the much-loved flea market will be setting up shop all along Highland Avenue (at Germantown Avenue) and in the large parking lot at 25 West Highland Avenue with their usual array of more than 100 vendors selling vintage/salvage furniture, new and vintage accessories, jewelry, clothes and handmade goods. It’s basically a treasure trove of the coolest stuff you can find—at much lower prices than if you were to find them at a brick-and-mortar.

Like all flea markets, though, it can be a tad overwhelming. To help you find the best stuff, we’ve compiled a Clover Market game-plan. Because smart shoppers are prepared shoppers.  Click here for our tips on maneuvering the market!

Retail Report: Tons of New Store Openings

Screenshot of  the former Ligne Roset at 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Screenshot of 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Earlier this year we noted how North Third Street had lost two neighborhood staples with the closing of the Three Sirens Boutique and Ligne Roset. But like warm weather sneaking in day by day, so too has new retail been springing up around the area.

Old City: Erdon and Philadelphia Independents
Ligne Roset’s former spot, 162 North Third, is now taken by Erdon, whose owner tells Shoppist the space is a tad small. But hey, with the included storage area, they’re sure to figure out where to put the extra merch. Some three blocks down, Philadelphia Independents, which will carry repurposed furniture and miscellaneous home decor, among other things, is moving in at 35 North Third (pictured above).

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Metropolitan Bakery’s New Chestnut Hill Location Opens Today

MetropolitanBakerylogo2Metropolitan Bakery which closed up after a fifteen year run on Germantown Avenue is opening today in the Market at the Fareway, behind the Chestnut Hill hotel.

Metropolitan’s breads, cookies, cannelle, cake and other confections will be available at the new location. Hours at the new Metro will mirror the market’s:

Thursdays and Fridays, 9-6
Saturdays, 8-5

Metropolitan Bakery [Official]

A Brook of One’s Own at Chestnut Hill’s Hollowood

This is the perfect day on which to muse about lush gardens on a verdant, three-acre “miniature” estate. Hollowood is a daydream of springtime spread over three 19th-century buildings tucked into a leafy hillside in Chestnut Hill.

A restored carriage house serves as the main residence at Hollowood, featuring three large bedrooms as well as three full baths. The guest house offers an additional bedroom with one full and one half bath as well as a soaring library with skylights and a kitchenette. The property also features a greenhouse studio with a reflecting pond and a wood stove. There are flagstone and brick terraces throughout the grounds.

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Sold At Last: Chestnut Hill’s Famed Copperwood Estate

crefeld estate

With 17,900 square feet spread over seven bedrooms, the French Norman Copperwood estate was never going to be an easy sell. But this Chestnut Hill property had everything going for it, starting with pedigree: It was owned by Eleanor Widener Dixon and renovated by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer.

And what about all the goodies inside? A false bookcase that leads to a speakeasy bar; a bowling alley; a gaming parlor; a ballroom with paneling from a King James Hunting Lodge; conference space; and a surfeit of wood detailing and molding you wouldn’t believe.

Outdoors, five acres of land offer flowering trees, a walled courtyard, a garden fountain, a tennis court, and a pool.

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Mica Is Now Open for Weekend Brunch

Photo by Samuel Markey

Photo by Samuel Markey

In 2014, getting brunch at Mica is going to be a lot easier. in 2013, Mica participated in Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday food and shopping events but now the Germantown Avenue restaurant will be open every Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Expect brunch standards like eggs benedict, fritattas and pancakes. For something different, check out the spaghetti carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, black pepper and topped with a fried egg.

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Beautiful Chestnut Hill Property Owned By “The Kindest Man I Ever Knew”


When David Mallery died in 2010, he was lauded for his 60-year career as a leader in independent schools, and as a mentor to generations of educators. But he was also described with a striking degree of feeling and tenderness in countless online tributes. An essay, “The Kindest Man I Ever Knew,” by teacher Chris Teare reads: “In almost 52 years on the planet, I have never met a kinder person. I suspect he will remain the kindest person I will ever know.”

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