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Handcrafted custom furniture, kitchens and flooring, from authentic reclaimed barnwood and select hardwoods

3561 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Intercourse, PA 17534 (717) 768-7227 • www.braunfarmtables.com  

Make Éclat Chocolate one of your family’s tr adition this Holiday Season

24 South High St., West Chester, PA 19382 610.692.5206 • www.eclatchocolate.com



Holiday Happenings in the Brandywine Valley

The Brandywine Ballet

The Gift of Art


Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop The Perfect Piece

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Kitchen Kettle Village

Home for the Holidays

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Crave Magazine Pennsylvania Published by Volare Publishing Editor in Chief: Maria Santory Graphic Designer: Ryan Scheife Assistant Graphic Designer: Colleen Popko Cover Design by Colleen Popko

Resident Theatre Company

Editors Kerry Brown Art Editor: Lele Galer Karen Myers

Photographers Dave DiRentis Cover Photo by SStajic

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Holiday Happenings in the

Brandywine Valley

Longwood Gardens

A Longwood Christmas runs Thursday, November 22, 2018–Sunday, January 6, 2019. This year A Longwood Christmas pays homage to the Christmas tree with an imaginative display featuring traditional favorites and inspiring new twists to the iconic holiday symbol. From festive firs suspended from above to towering tannenbaums adorned in unique ways, uncover the magic of the Christmas tree reimagined this holiday season. Tickets are available now at longwoodgardens.org.

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Yuletide at Winterthur

Runs Saturday, November 17, 2018–Sunday, January 6, 2019. Yuletide at Winterthur will showcase Henry Francis du Pont’s ancestral home in seasonal splendor from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Perennial favorite, Winterthur’s magnificent dried flower tree, is complimented with a royally inspired tree display. Special events such as a live performance, Yuletide Wine & Jazz series and more will help to make your season bright! winterthur.org/exhibitions-events/yuletide/

Brandywine River Museum of Art

A Brandywine Christmas runs Friday, November 23, 2018–Sunday, January 6, 2019. The museum celebrates the season with fabulous holiday displays including an extensive O-gauge model railroad, antique dolls from the collection of Ann Wyeth McCoy and thousands of whimsical “critter” ornaments on holiday trees. For more info: brandywine.org/museum/exhibitions/ brandywine-christmas

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A Taste of Britain can serve all of your catering needs, from showers to corporate events to memorial services, at your work place or your home. We serve Afternoon Tea along with a full lunch menu by reservation seven days a week. Come in for a cup of tea or browse our market for unique gifts and groceries. We'll put the kettle on.

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Open Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm • Eagle Village Shops

503 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087 • atasteofbritaininwayne.com • 610-971-0390

1584 Main Street Warrington, PA 18976 215.792.7610 Coming Soon to the Village at Newtown 2841 S. Eagle Road Newtown, PA

Visit any of our 16 locations to buy in store or visit www.theturningpoint.biz to buy online

written by Kerry Brown photography by Dave DiRentis

Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop DOYLESTOWN, PA Delightfully sweet, without the wheat


t Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop in Doyles­ town, dessert deprivation is a thing of the past. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, helps baked goods hold together. Some people are allergic to it or have trouble digesting it, so have to avoid many desserts. At Sweetah’s, owner/ baker Beverly Berkeley uses premium gluten free, soy-free flours, and mostly organic ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, to turn out glorious gluten-free baked goods even those with sensitive tummies can enjoy. Sweetah’s custom cakes can be adorned with locally sourced organic flowers and herbs from Studio Sprig and Blue Moon Acres. In addition to gluten-free treats, Sweetah’s also offers a variety of lip-smacking vegan confections.

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Beverly has a knack for creating melt-in-yourmouth favorites for her grateful customers. “People thank me because they are able to eat an apple cider donut, carrot cupcake, or brownie again,” she said. Her foray into baking started because she personally felt better on a gluten-free diet. She turned her hobby into a business when career burnout left her feeling ready for a dramatic change. “Since I always loved to cook and eat gluten-free and vegetarian meals, Sweetah’s is an extension of that passion,” she said. Started in 2016, Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop quickly found a fan base of support at local farmers markets. Beverly soon opened a retail space inside a local bed and breakfast. In August, Sweetah’s moved into its first independent bake shop on East Oakland Avenue, conveniently located right around the corner from the B & B. Her decadent desserts tempt even those who don’t have to avoid gluten to stop in for a yummy treat and steaming cup of organic coffee. If you’re not in Doylestown, a wholesale program makes Sweetah’s gluten-free and vegan bakery items available at select area retail outlets. The more Beverly learns about her customers’ dietary needs, the more passionate she becomes about developing new recipes. She responds to customer feedback, so look for savory items and sugar-free options to join the mix soon. Take note: Sweetah’s is now taking pre-orders for holiday desserts. Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop 20 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown, PA www.sweetahs.com  

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written by Karen Myers photography by Dave DiRentis

Kitchen Kettle Village INTERCOURSE, PA Old-Fashioned Holiday Shopping in Pennsylvania Dutch Country


or cherished home decorations, delightfully unique gifts or a day of therapy-shopping, Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA, offers over 40 shops, restaurants, and lodging. The talent of local artisans contribute to this trove of one of a kind items. “2019 is our 65th year.” Lisa Horn, Director of Fun, shares the village’s history. “Our Jam & Relish Kitchen started in the Burnley’s 2-car garage and just kept growing. And the Village is still a family-run business.” The store’s open kitchen showcases local workers making the delicacies the old-fashioned way. As Lisa says, “Samples are all over the store— you have to taste how good everything is.” Distinctive decorations line the shelves at Grand Place. There is a large assortment of personalized ornaments. The collection of nativity scenes includes rare Amish nativities. In addition, the shop has a beautiful selection of music boxes and clocks. The

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delicately decorated eggs feature a bride and groom cake-topper in a carriage worthy of a princess. Village Quilts has an extensive selection of contemporary and traditional quilts, locally made, hand-quilted and signed by the artisan. In addition to full size quilts, check out the smaller quilts, pillows, table runners and wall hangings. Refresh your holiday décor with exclusive ornaments, accent pieces and bright potholders. For a break in shopping, try Waltz Vineyards tasting room. Sip their national award-winning wines, made from French varietal grapes in the finest European tradition. Local cheeses and chocolates are on the menu, or bring food from one of the village’s restaurants to enjoy with your wine. “We are all about the shopping experience,” Lisa points to more shops in the village. “You can sample before you buy, watch fudge being poured or learn more about how pottery is made. All in one place.” The Village goes all out for the holidays. Holiday entertainment includes bands and carolers, a tree lighting, breakfasts with Santa and dinners with Mrs. Claus. So whether you need high-quality unique gifts or want to recapture the charm of the

holiday season, add a trip to Kitchen Kettle Village to your holiday calendar. 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA Open Monday-Saturday 9-5 pm (on Friday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Village stays open until 9pm); Closed Sundays kitchenkettle.com  

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ften referred to as one of the most beautiful farms in Chester County, Whitewing Farm is hidden on a country road, quietly nestled in the historic Brandywine Valley adjacent to the world-renowned Longwood Gardens and just minutes away from Winterthur and Brandywine River Museum. The Inn at Whitewing Farm is perfect for a couple’s get-a-way, family reunions, business retreats and girlfriend’s weekend. Guests can enjoy relaxing by the spring fed pool, playing tennis day or night on the Har-Tru tennis court & take in nature while fishing at our catch and release pond.

Adjacent to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA 370 Valley Road, West Chester PA 19382 (610) 388-2013 innkeeper@innatwhitewingfarm.com

Photo by Sandrien B Photography


Written by Karen Myers

Resident Theatre Company WEST CHESTER, PA A New Professional Theatre Company in Town


f your ideal Broadway experience includes a short drive, easy parking in well-lit garages, a relaxed meal and reasonably priced tickets for a New York quality musical or play, your ideal has found its home in West Chester, PA. Under Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Resident Theatre Company, Broadway style theatre is now local. Kristin brings over two decades of New York theatre experience to Chester County, first as an actor, then a director. “With over 65 eateries in West Chester alone, this is the ideal place for high-quality theatre. It is so easy to have a great meal here, come to a performance and then go out for after dinner drinks or dessert.” Last year’s “Spamalot” opened with a splash—it was a complete sell-out. The 2018-2019 shows are “Evita” in October, “Lend Me a Tenor” for the holidays and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” in April. Kristin auditions for talent in both New York City and Philadelphia, choosing actors, set designers, choreographers and costume designers with professional experience. “We cast three local teens in Evita as well,” Kristin explains, clearly pleased with the local

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talent she found. “It’s exciting to see them work with a professional cast.” In this community, Kristin wants to bring Broadway even closer to home. “The closest most people get to actors in New York is standing outside the stage door to get an autograph. Here we host events where the public can meet the actors.” Opportunities for close encounters of the theatrical kind include hosting an out of town actor during rehearsals and the shows run as well as attending after parties and other events. Even with an ambitious season in front of her, Kristin bubbles with ideas for the future. “Definitely children’s theatre. And a master class for aspiring Broadway actors.” The Resident Theatre Company allows local residents to enjoy an intimate theatre experience, with professional talent close to home. Check online for more information, tickets, subscriptions and senior/group rates. All performances at: The Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center 226 N. High Street, West Chester, PA www.RTCwc.org  

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photography by Susan Royce


The Nutcracker


oin us this December for the holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Set to the famous score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this ballet tells the story of Clara in a small German town in the late 19th century as her family prepares for a traditional Christmas Eve party. Soon the guests and Clara’s mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer appears at the party and presents her with the most wonderous toy she has ever seen, a Nutcracker! As the party ends and Clara is sent to bed, thoughts of her beloved Nutcracker dance in her head. Carrying the doll, she leaves the safety of her warm bed and tiptoes downstairs. There she is drawn into a frightening nightmare; the intrusion of huge mice led by the vicious Mouse King! Soon her beloved toy, The Nutcracker comes to life as soldiers enter to declare battle on the Mouse King. The soldiers win this fierce competition led by the heroic Nutcracker. Clara and the dolls are saved! Slowly snow begins to fall as Uncle Drosselmeyer turns the living room into a beautiful snow scene. The Snow Queen and King dance with what appears to be hundreds of snowflakes. The Snow Queen then directs Clara to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy as a reward for killing the evil Mouse King. In

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celebration, the Sugar Plum Fairy welcomes Clara and requests that dancers from all over the world entertain them. Clara is much appreciative and all ends well in an exquisite celebration with Clara and all her friends in the magical Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This performance is one of Chester County’s signature holiday events, and features original, traditional choreography by David Kloss and Donna L. Muzio, integrated with new choreographic elements by Nancy Page. Brandywine Ballet’s eight-performance run of The Nutcracker continues to delight audiences each December with a tour de force of beauty and elegance. Performances are likely to sell out so plan your holiday in advance! December 7–10 a.m. December 8–12 p.m. & 4 p.m. December 9–2 p.m. December 13–10 a.m. December 15–3 p.m. & 7 p.m. December 16–5 p.m.

Tickets: www.brandywineballet.org • (610) 696-2711 Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall 700 S. High St., West Chester, PA 19383

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Gift Art of

Written by Lele Galer

Meghan Bergman Ceramic Sculptor www.meghanbergman.com

Meghan Bergman is a fine art ceramic sculptor who also makes handcrafted pottery and commissioned pieces for local breweries and coffee houses. Her sculptural vessels are statuesque earthly forms full of sculpted caverns, imprinted textures, and subtle coloration. Meghan’s sculptures are inspired by nature, resembling barnacle incrusted ocean artifacts. Her works command a presence, unique and powerful, whether in a gallery or in one’s home. Some pieces are very large, almost three feet tall, while others are smaller-sized and can have utilitarian purposes as vases or terrariums. Her light-filled new studio in Kennett Square is now open to the public by appointment.

Ellen Catanzaro Textile Designer www.ellencatanzaro.com

Ellen Catanzaro is a fine arts painter and creator of very popular textile designs. She specializes in large atmospheric abstraction art depicting landscapes, seascapes and clouds that are evocative and stormy in nature. Her painted rhythms of color are captured and magnified beautifully as abstract textiles in the form of pillows, fabric yardage and wallpapers. Ellen Catanzaro is naturally warm and friendly, and enjoys working closely with her clients to help them pick from her existing art and textiles, or work with them to create beautiful custom nature-scapes that complement the look and feel of their home.

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Mark Dance Fine Art Painter www.markdance.com

Mark Dance is a fine arts oil painter in the tradition of the masters of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement, Childe Hassam and John Twachtman. His artistic heritage goes back to artists, illustrators and architects from the 1700s, and those historic ties help confirm his own deep connection to the Brandywine Valley, where the arts have been inspired and flourished for centuries. Mark’s beautiful sketches and oil paintings reflect and respond to the beauty and rhythms of the Brandywine Valley landscape. His colorization and technique hark back to an earlier time; full of quiet beauty, deliberate, thoughtful brushwork, lovingly composed in reverence to the timeless beauty of our historic environment. Mark exhibits rarely, but when he does, there is magic in the room. The viewer is transported to a place in nature that is calm, inviting and full of possibilities.

“Springtime” oil on canvas 36" X 36"

Heather Davis Oil Painter www.heatherdavisart.com

Brandywine River Museum in Snow” 18 x 24 oil on canvas

Heather Davis is an extraordinary representational oil painter who without doubt will be one of the most recognized artists of our time. With steadfast attention to detail, superhuman defiance of all of nature’s cataclysms (she has painted in snowstorms, in the middle of the Brandywine River, and faced more than a few curious creatures) Heather braves every impediment to recreate the natural image that she wishes to represent on canvas. With a monumental show at Chester County Art Association “Admiration of Souls” November 8–November 29, of 2018, Heather painted 9 situational portraits of area art giants, done in her characteristic high chromo colorization with such extraordinary detail that it defies earthly explanation. Heather is that most rare artistic genius, and we are lucky enough to have her here in Chester County.

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Frank DePietro Oil Painter www.frankdepietro.com

Frank DePietro is a celebrated oil painter who specializes in closeup portrayals of nature, minimalizing the background to create incredibly powerful graphic images of magnified flora. Highlighted as this year’s Featured Artist at the November 2018 Unionville Art Gala, Frank also has an upcoming solo show at Station Gallery in Greenville slated for April of 2019, and shows in many local galleries and exhibitions in Chester County. Frank’s floral paintings are all about immediate impact and float the line between graphic and abstraction, even as they adhere to the constraints of natural representation. Water Lilies Number 46 Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"

Lele Galer Painter and Steel Sculptor www.lelegaler.com

Lele Galer is an abstract oil painter and steel metal sculptor whose art reflects her passion for texture, rhythmic line and color. She is drawn to subject matter that recreates a sense of wonder: deep forests, ancient temples, angels, love and creative freedom. Thanks to a workshop with famed metal sculptor Stan Smokler, she has become increasingly fascinated with the strength and fluidity of steel metal. Her sculptures range from very large outdoor pieces to small table-top works that are a mix of classical inspired imagery and abstract, expressive line. Her work is exhibited in many local shows and galleries, and at her winery in Kennett Square, Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery.

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Gallery 222 Fine Arts Gallery and Art Studio Space www.Gallery222Malvern.com 222 King Street, Malvern Pennsylvania

Gallery 222 is a beautiful light-filled contemporary fine arts gallery located in a charming two-story cottage in downtown Malvern. The Gallery has monthly changing exhibitions and art openings featuring celebrated artists in each of its three galleries. The outdoor brick-lined garden area as well as the interior galleries also function as private event spaces for businesses, community and family gatherings. The second floor and adjoining buildings offer rental spaces for local artists to create and teach. For more information about the art exhibitions, plein air competitions, workspaces and event rentals, go to www. gallery222malvern.com.

Lauren Litwa Painter www.LaurenLitwa.com

Lauren Litwa is an award-winning life-long painter who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she won the William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship Award. Lauren writes that “wildlife and nature become a part of my expression which flows through me onto the canvas.” Lauren Litwa has exhibited her paintings extensively in galleries and museums including The Delaware Art Museum, The Noyes Museum, and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. She lives and paints in Oxford and English Center, Pennsylvania, and has an upcoming show at the Main Line Unitarian Church November 2nd to December 4th 2018. “Earth Energy with a Box Turtle” Oil/Canvas

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Al Moretti Painter and Jazz Musician www.almoretti.com

Al Moretti is a painting jazz musician, trumpeter, and composer. His musical experiences influence his subjects and style. Moretti aims to merge the language, theory, form, structure, and feeling of musical composition into his painting. “When I play music I think of color, and when I paint I think of sound. Sound is light heard, and light is sound seen.” Though his musical and artistic accomplishments stretch back to the 1970s, Moretti is creating exciting new works in acrylic medium in his West Chester studio: painting musical icons who have influenced his life and career. “Dancers from the Rite of Spring” 2018 Acrylic on Canvas Wood Panel 36"x48"

Laurie Lamont Murray Painter and Steel Sculptor www.laurielamontmurray.com

Laurie Lamont Murray’s background as an architecturally-​ trained interior designer are built into her paintings and metal sculptures. Her abstract oils and acrylics are recognized for their geometry and strong sense of design. She is drawn to rich colors and visual surprises achieved through texture, layers and line. Laurie’s metal sculptures often express her sense of humor, interpreted through dumpster-diving found materials. She has won numerous awards in juried shows throughout the greater Philadelphia region, and her work is included in corporate and residential collections across the U.S. She has a solo show at Uptown in West Chester through the end of 2018. “In My Travels”—Acrylic, 32" by 32"

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Rachel Romano Fine Art Oil Painter www.rachelromanofineart.com

Rachel Romano is an allegorical figurative oil painter who paints her own mythology and ideology. Her paintings have whimsy, with a touch of darkness, which gracefully reveal the universal story that lies within our hearts. Rachel’s lovingly painted women and animals are immersed in a mythic world that inspires unspoken possibilities, and age-old questions about ideology, humanity and meaning. Rachel Romano’s paintings are collected internationally, and she has solo show at Cerulean Arts in Philadelphia for January of 2019.

“PARAMOUR” 60" x 48" (crop detail)

Monique Sarkessian Fine Art www.MoniqueSarkessianart.com

Monique Sarkessian is an exuberant, prolific, expressionistic painter whose painterly application of rich colors and brushwork reflect a vibrant connection to the natural world. This experience brings the viewer into the spiritual essence of the flower or person portrayed and reveals her heart to the world, and that world responds by collecting her works in abundance, making Monique Sarkessian one of the most popular and most collected artists in Chester County. Monique also presents painting workshops here and abroad and exhibits in solo and group shows throughout the year. “Provence Theatre Boitillo,” Oil, 36"x 36"

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Denise Sedor Oil Painter www.denisesedor.com

Denise Sedor is a Chester County painter that interprets the natural world with layers of luminosity and depth applied in broad paint strokes, selected, minimalized imagery, in subtle autumnal tones. Frequently showing in galleries and exhibitions throughout Chester County, Denise’s imagery is both evocative and restrained, with an overall tonality that leans to an almost abstract composition of color and form in her landscapes. Denise also enjoys closeup personality portraits of animals, human figures, and flower still lifes. Denise will be in Yellow Springs Annual Art Show in April 2019 and will have a show at Cerulean Arts in Philadelphia in June of 2019.

“Rosebuds in Green Glass” Oil on Panel

Rob Sigafoos Fine-art blacksmith Vinewoods Forge www.vinewoodsforge.com

Rob Sigafoos is a Chester County metal sculptor with over 30 years of experience in blacksmithing and wood working. Using heavy pipe, rods and thick sheet-metal, Rob bends, hammers and welds solid steel into fluid, beautiful, nature-inspired forms for outdoor and indoor installations. Rob hosts the celebrated biennial “Magic of Metal” sculpture show at his studio in Kennett Square, and is represented by Cerulean Arts in Philadelphia. While awarded sculpture projects around the country, Rob’s local public sculpture installations can be found in downtown Kennett Square and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

‘94 Dodge Forged steel from a 1994 Dodge pickup truck’

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Stan Smokler Steel Sculptor www.stansmokler.com

“Landscape” 32 x 32 x.4

Stan Smokler is a world-famous steel metal sculptor who creates works made from reclaimed metal elements that are joined together to create entirely new, contemporary sculptural masterpieces. Stan exhibits in galleries and museums all over the country and leads an extremely popular weeklong steel sculpture workshop every summer at his studio in Kennett Square. He is the sculpture-mentor to most of the metal sculptors of Chester County, and is on faculty at a local university. Stan writes, “Making sculpture for me is an ongoing exploration of how material effects the space it occupies. I am always searching for new ways to invent and organize space. I strive to breathe new life into discarded material to create forms which deliberately deny their past history in order to serve a new formal purpose.“ Stan Smokler is one of the greatest, most influential sculptors of our time, right here in Chester County Pennsylvania.

Square Pear Fine Art Gallery www.squarepeargallery.com 200 State Street, Kennett Square Pennsylvania

The Square Pear is a walk-in gallery with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere which is located in the shopping district of historic Kennett Square. The Square Pear displays original artwork by emerging, mid-career and professional artists in a variety of media, genres and styles. At the gallery you will find an array of high quality artwork ranging from oil, watercolor and pastel paintings, to sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Exhibits are curated based on a monthly theme so there is always something new to discover.

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Photo by Dave DiRentis

Walter J. Cook Jeweler PAOLI, PA

A Carefully Curated Collection— A Mix of Classic and Modern


he showroom of Walter J. Cook Jeweler welcomes you with cases filled with a dazzling array of jewelry. Growing up in his father’s jewelry store, Michael Cook has an aesthetic that is both classic and versatile, resulting in a selection that you won’t find in other jewelry stores. “We choose our items based on design, quality and price,” explains owner Michael Cook. “I have a simple philosophy, jewelry should make you feel special.” With that sentiment in mind, every piece in the store is curated by Michael Cook. The careful selections are made to ensure options for a range of clients. “We have a variety of pieces for every budget, from children buying a gift for mom to custom-designed engagement rings.”

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Walter Cook started the family business in Bryn Mawr in 1946 serving customers up and down the Main Line. Today, Michael continues the tradition of providing generations of families with classic designs in his Paoli showroom. In some cases Michael works with the third generation of his father’s original clients. Over the years, tastes have changed as well as reasons for buying jewelry. As Michael points out, “Today people are buying jewelry to wear every day, not just to special events.” Michael keeps his inventory fresh by adding to it throughout the year, carefully selecting artisans that represent his evolving client base. Walter J. Cook Jeweler’s bridal selection is meticulous. Working with prospective grooms often starts with a photo on a phone. “Today, it’s customary to create engagement rings in a variety of settings— from vintage to classic to the popular non-​tradi-

tional gemstone and diamond ring. I am very careful to work within established budgets to create a stunning ring that she will love.” Something for every taste—throughout his showroom, Michael has selected diamonds, one of a kind colored gemstones, pearls both classic and contemporary. Wonderful gold items as well as mixed metal artisan jewels help complete the collection. Like his father, Michael Cook offers personal attention, repair services and independent appraisals. Walter J. Cook Jeweler welcomes clients to linger over their jewelry offerings. It is a place where Michael’s creativity thrives, and a place he finds joy. “After all,” he says, “I am helping people select jewelry to celebrate life’s precious moments.” Walter J. Cook Jeweler Chestnut Village Shoppes 36 Chestnut Road, Paoli, PA 19301 walterjcookjeweler.com Store Hours Tuesday through Friday—10 am to 5:30 pm Saturday—Hours vary by season.

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Lisa Leonard Connected by Reminders of Hope

We live life together. We laugh, we sing, we explore, we’re silly. But we also cry and scream and fall apart. We apologize and give each other grace. Lots of grace. We say it’s okay to be honest and imperfect. This is brave. This is love. This is brave love.


—Lisa Leonard

o Lisa Leonard, this is the very embodiment of brave love—the unapologetic, unflinching stamina of hope. Lisa’s desire to share hope in a broken world manifests itself through her artisan jewelry and custom pieces. Lisa forms each new product from raw, precious metals and gemstones, building into them the essence of purpose, and giving meaning to each piece. From there, each person will add their own story and cherish their ring, necklace, or bracelet for its personal significance. “People tell their stories through our products,” says Lisa. “Our pieces are a reminder of hope and a way to cherish loved ones and fond memories forever.” Stephen Leonard, the company’s President and CEO, recently launched a men’s line with original

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pieces that share words of strength, truth, resilience, and perseverance. Stephen David Leonard, an eclectic line of products, was born from a resounding call from a community of customers and friends wanting customized products for men. Stephen, an avid cyclist and former pastor creates pieces that bring focus to inspired and purposeful living, and encourage men to take risks and live bravely. Many of his pieces can be customized with favorite verses, names, phrases, or dates. The husband and wife team shares their hearts, thrust wide open, with their village when they write their blogs. They share their adventures in parenting their two teenage boys—one who has special needs. They share their struggles, their hopes, and their inspiration with this close-knit community they have built. Her first book, Brave Love, which hits store shelves January 29, 2019, shares Lisa’s struggle to find her voice, overcome her identity as a people pleaser, and uncover who she was really meant to be. To shop for meaningful pieces, visit: www.lisaleonard.com or stephendavidleonard.com

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written by Karen Myers

M arinella Jewelry WEST CHESTER, PA

Making Jewelry Meaningful


arinella started in jewelry by making custom pieces for a wedding. Believing in a unique approach to weddings, she created head pieces and jewelry for the bridal party with an emphasis on originality. She uses the bridesmaid’s dresses and their personalities to guide her creation of unique jewelry for each attendant. It’s important to her that her creations are worn on more than just the big day. “The best compliment I get is when a bride tells me she ran into a member of her bridal party and she was wearing the jewelry I designed.” Over the years her work has grown considerably and she creates bracelets, necklaces and earrings for both everyday wear and special occasions. Her work often combines traditional pieces with modern material to create a statement that gets worn. “I take unused items from the back of a jewelry drawer, which never see the light of day, and repurpose them into pieces which can be worn daily. They are fashionable, yet bursting with memories of our loved ones.” Blending the traditional with modern, she takes a classic look like freshwater pearls, intersperses

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them with modern beads, leather or even another vintage piece to create a unique new piece that gets worn. Marinella calls this “Modern Vintage.” Her collection includes beautiful, artistic combinations of stones, vintage pieces and leather. A novel bracelet is made from old pearls and a chunky leather closure for a unique twist, or leather bracelets incorporated with vintage brooches. Her collection also includes a wide selection of protection bracelets. Prayer beads and stamped medallions embellish many of her pieces. These custom touches give the wearer a physical reminder of intentions they want to guide their day. A cross may signify a reminder to forgive for one client, a stamped wave a reminder of the need for balance for another. “The stones themselves can impact the wearer, agate is reputed to imbue wisdom and confidence.” Marinella taps her own protection bracelet for emphasis. “I make pieces that are perfectly imperfect, like life. I want people to be able to accessorize with ease and intent.” West Chester Home Studio (484) 354.4990 www.marinellajewelryshop.com Hours: by appointment  

Photo by Heather Cox

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Home Holidays for the

Written by Kerry Brown

photography by Dave DiRentis

A DORN GOODS CENTRE VILLE, DE A graceful blend of artisan mercantile & epicurean pantry


dorn Goods in Centreville, DE brings a fresh idea to the table: a one-of-a-kind, small-town shopping destination experience. Tucked inside a classic 1930s bungalow a stone’s throw from the PA border, owner Jennifer Steiner calls Adorn Goods a modern general store. Adorn Goods is an amazing resource for unique home décor and guest accessories, but there’s also a kids’ corner, pet items, and vintage candy jars overflowing with tasty sweets. A sprinkling of curated antique furnishings from Pennsylvania and Delaware mingle with contemporary artisan-made linens, tabletop items, and sparkling glassware. Sassy and savvy handbags and totes add a fashion component to the mix. There are gifts galore and signature giftwrap is complimentary. Pre-wrapped gifts to grab & go, and customized gift packages for business and personal giving are especially popular. Ready to be surprised? Adorn Goods also stocks luscious gourmet fare to carry out. Refrigerator and freezer cases are stuffed with prepared meals, cheeses, and ready-to-bake treats created by local chefs or specialty epicurean companies. When time is of the essence, grab a delicious casserole or entree to bring home. (These meals also make a thought-

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ful gift.) Beverages are available, too. Now that’s convenience. An ample supply of distinctive pantry choices abound. Pick up a few irresistible indulgences and never be without a hostess gift for spur-of-themoment invitations. “We take pride in showcasing wares and epicurean items not likely to be found nearby,” Jennifer said. The cherry-on-top is that all purchases are tax-free. What’s not to like? A sampling of Adorn Goods epicurean fare can be enjoyed at the shop. “We have a large farm table inside, and tables in the back yard in spring, summer, and fall. We have found food and retail to be a wonderful combination. Beautiful things create a nice atmosphere,” Jennifer said. Adorn Goods offers seasonal cooking classes and other store-hosted special events. The shop can also be booked as a venue for private events. “For a cocktail party, we can accommodate about 50 people,” Jennifer said. A shopping discount is extended to guests. Adorn Goods specializes in delivering an uncommon, synergistic shopping experience. It’s strength lies in its versatility, selection, and friendly personalized service.

Adorn Goods 5712 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 www.adorngoods.com  

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Photography by Sarah DiCicco

VA L L E Y F O RG E F LOW ERS WAYNE, PA ‘Tis the season for decoration and celebration


here’s no place quite like Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne for the holidays. The small village of shops is brimming with wondrous gift ideas and very merry experiences to add good cheer and warmth to the winter season. Gather with friends to nurture holiday creativity at one of Valley Forge Flowers popular wreath making, garland-making, or cooking classes. VFF designers lead classes for groups of ten or more. Fees start at $50 per person and include a 20% shopping discount. The joy brought to others through giving, returns tenfold to the giver. Make the giving season a triumphant one with the countless options at Valley Forge Flowers. Consider an impressive personalized gourmet gift basket stuffed with goodies from local specialty food vendors. Louis Sherry chocolates in decorative keepsake tins are the perfect hostess gift. Searching for the most festive tabletop and home décor? Discover Arte Italica holiday place settings and serving pieces at Valley Forge Flowers. Gleaming lanterns in all shapes and sizes enhance every style of interior and garden design. Not

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just for candles, lanterns can also showcase charming holiday-themed vignettes. The versatility of lanterns makes them a festive and unexpected gift, as well. Speaking of candles, the winter season isn’t complete without the ambiance of soft illumination indoors and out. Lucid brand candles, known as the forever candle, have a permanent wick and use clean-burning liquid fuel. These innovative real-flame candles are smokeless, odorless, and safe; the last candles you will ever need to buy. Since good things still come in small packages, Valley Forge Flowers has a wide variety of jolly stocking stuffers: moisturizing lip balms from Winky Lux, sparkly personal safety products from Bling Sting, and whimsical blue and white Chinoiserie ornaments from Tom Tom & Co. Lux scented candles add a touch of heavenly fragrance that no finely-appointed home should be without. A beautiful candle is always a welcome gift. Don’t forget your teacher gifts. When the crazy last-minute scramble hits, it’s Valley Forge Flowers to the rescue. For all the school teachers and extracurricular mentors in your children’s life, consider interesting pens in unique containers, red apple candles, and artistic glass trays featuring inspiring quotes and images from Ben’s Garden. Valley Forge Flowers 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA valleyforgeflowers.com  

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LOCATIONS Flagship Store: 148 E. King Street Malvern, PA. 484-320-2920 Hours: Thurs-Fri-Sat 10-5pm

432 S. Walnut St. Kennett Square, PA 484-732-8586 Hours: Fri-Sat-Sun 11-5pm


We are a tiny boutique/showroom housing our signature candles & apothecary line, focused on carrying quality goods, artisan brands, beauty, wellness & things we love!

SHISH INTERIORS specializing in functional elegance

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5714 Kennett Pike Wilmington, DE 19807 shishinteriors@verizon.net shishinteriors.com 302.540.9843 |

Miikana Cutting Boards

of Downingtown, PA

makes cutting boards, serving boards, bottle openers, and French rolling pins. Zack, the maker, uses lumber from local Pennsylvania sawmills and highlights local woods like Walnut, Cherry, Ash, and Maple, in most of his products. Zack’s goal is to highlight the natural beauty and figuring in wood through his work.

www.MiikanaWoodworking.com • Zack@MiikanaWoodworking.com

Our philosophy is that interiors should reflect the needs and lifestyle of each individual client. Interiors are about the people who inhabit them and each space is uniquely distinct. We are known for classic, well-edited spaces that are not only beautiful, but functional. Commercial | Residential | Renovations | Shoppe 246 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17603 Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30, Saturday 9:30-2:00, First Fridays Akinteriorsllc.com • (717) 872-6966 • FREE Parking     


Indwell is committed to recovering downed trees, salvaging architectural elements, and reclaiming wood to create fine furniture and décor. Materials are sourced locally, milled or disassembled in-house, and treated with environmentally conscious finishes.

Chadds Ford, PA • (302) 521-2501 • indwell-designs.com • indwell.llc@gmail.com


2301 Kentmere Pkwy | Wilmington, DE 302.571.9590 | delart.org

OCTOBER 20, 2018 – JANUARY 27, 2019

This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided by the Emily DuPont Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www. DelawareScene.com. Queen Butterfly (detail), 2017. Mirjam Seeger (born 1953). Painting on fused glass, 12 × 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Miriam Seeger.

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Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats opened in Oxford, Pa in November 2013. This location has many options for you when you visit us. Along with our wine list, we have a full coffee and tea bar. We sell PA Brews and Pa Libations. Along with our list of delicious beverages, we have gourmet baked goods, DiBruno Bros. handmade cheeses and meats, Christina Maiser Products, chips and salsa, cheese boards, small appetizers, soft pretzels and more. 33 S. 3rd Street, Oxford, PA 19363  •  (610) 932-9498 Tastingroom@flickerwood.com • www.flickerwood.com

Refined American Cuisine in an intimate setting. We offer our guests a high standard of cuisine and service with only 40 seats on our dining room floor. We source our products locally whenever possible and as we grow, we will present to our guests a continuous evolution in fine cuisine.

102 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (484) 732-7932  •  info@verbenabyob.com www.verbenabyob.com

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The Zen Den is a unique coffeehouse where our goal is to provide a homey, calm, and very welcoming environment for you to have your meetings, study for that exam, write that paper, have that very important chat, grab that drink you’ve been craving and dive into your book, or simply enjoy our live music by local musicians every weekend.

41 East State Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901 Zendencoffeeshop.com


Introducing the Next Generation of Care. We’re undergoing our largest expansion yet, implementing programmatic innovation to bring new possibilities for all who come to us for care. With 250,000 square feet of progressive design, we’re not only building a better space for healing, we’re defining the future of medicine in our community. Another reason your life is worth Penn Medicine.

See what’s coming. ChesterCountyHospital.org/Expansion




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