Good Life: Main Street Shopping: West Chester
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, grandifloragifts.com.
[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, malenasboutique.com.
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, fairmans.com.
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, shopnich.com.
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, plainjaneboutique.com.
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, shopblink.com.