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The circa-1928 retail village Suburban Square in Ardmore
The circa-1928 retail village Suburban Square in Ardmore now has more than 65 shops and restaurants, enough to spend a full day treasure hunting, plus a courtyard for enjoying a leisurely lunch alfresco. If you want to stop that long, that is.
Update your guest room at Maleka Fine Linens & Home Decor (33 Coulter Ave., 610-896-7181), where owners Art and Louise Howard keep a steady supply of Anichini and Sferra linens, Michael Weems dishes and vases, and True Grace candles. Reward yourself for being such a good host with Lady Primrose bath products (the gorgeous glass bottles can be reused).
Empty walls beckoning? Stop in the Merritt Young Gallery (103 Coulter Ave., 610-645-9945) for original oils and acrylics on canvas by the likes of Alice Pritchard and Marshall Noice, and photography prints. Bring in your own artwork for custom framing and be sure to ask about dates for the gallery’s upcoming trunk shows, where you can find one-of-a-kind vintage posters.
Across the street at Redux Memories (76 Coulter Ave., 610-645-5570), owner Charles Firestone can furnish your rec room with vintage pinball and Coca-Cola machines, original movie posters dating back as far as the 1930s and old-fashioned tin signs (Budweiser 15¢). Not ready to buy? Most of the larger items are available for party-night rentals.
The sunny patterns of Lilly Pulitzer’s splashy sundresses decorate bedspreads, towels, linens and bath accessories at this flagship store (95 Coulter Ave., 610-658-0387). The ceramic bathroom accessories will look picture-perfect alongside monogrammed towels and linens, a new service available at the store.
Hungry? Head to Plate Restaurant (105 Coulter Ave., 610-642-5900) for some steamed Prince Edward Island mussels or a seared salmon burger. Or take your pick of fresh produce, baked goods and seafood at the Ardmore Farmers Market (120 Coulter Ave., 610-896-7560), and grab a bunch of daisies for the table, too.