Good Life: Main Street Shopping: West Chester

This quiet, historic town has movie-set appeal and gets a steady dose of fresh energy thanks to its local university

Gourmet teas, locally made bracelets, breezy Pine Cone Hill PJs, handmade greeting cards, keepsake baby gifts and bath products are just a few of the items in this tranquil gift shop, where you’ll want to buy all the goodies … for yourself. 122 East Gay Street, 610-918-4880,

[sidebar]Malena’s Vintage Boutique
The treasures in this store (’50s cocktail dresses, ’20s beaded handbags, Gucci, Dior) keep colorful customers coming back, and have vintage naysayers in shock: Pieces are chosen with trends in mind, so a visit feels less like dumpster-diving and more like wardrobe-­amping. 145 West Gay Street, 610-738-9952,

Fairman’s Skate, Snow & Surf
This skateboard shop opened in 1977 — which gives it street cred and has created a loyal community of skating, boarding and surfing heads to boot. It’s also the place to outfit your little surfer dude — or dudette — in-the-making with fly threads (Volcom, Billabong) and gear. 43 West Gay Street, 610-344-9959,

We love affordable stores that don’t have the words Old and Forever in their names. That’s why we adore Nich, where guys can indulge in denim and button-downs, and ladies in colorful cardigans and standout, but never bank-breaking, dresses. 29 South High Street, 610-436-8181,

Plain Jane
The bright walls, buzz-­worthy lines like Fresh and Buddha Nose, and in-store events at this ­beauty/everything store are miles from cold department-store cosmetics counters. And the adorable owner helps you find the perfect products and shades. 128 East Gay Street, 610-918-0230,

Tiny, apparel-stuffed Blink may be girly, but its mix of casually classic brands (French Connection, Susana Monaco) with lesser-known designers (Jenny Han) gives it weight. Bonus: Blink only orders six of any one piece — reducing the chances of bumping into someone in your ­outfit. 136 West Gay Street, 610-431-2212,