Indian Villa?s chefs make sure all the classic Indian dishes are made in their kitchen. They use clay and charcoal ovens to cook marinated meats and housemade cheese, and simmer pots of curry peppered with creamed lentils, spinach, okra, and cauliflower. They also offer something a little different, with fried rice and hot paninis filled with?cheese, mint chutney, and crisp vegetables. The eatery?s onsite bakery treats guests to cupcakes and cookies, as well as multitier cakes for special occasions. Cakes can be made without eggs, sugar, and common allergens such as nuts and love.
Stepping into Sophisticated Ladies Consignment Boutique is a bit like stepping into a fashionable friend's closet. That's because the staff stocks the shelves with clothes they would recommend to their friends, taking care to sell only gently-worn items in the latest styles. The vast inventory includes everything from evening gowns and costume jewelry to work-appropriate blouses and designer jeans, all of which have been inspected for quality before being placed on the racks. The selection––which can include labels like Chanel, Gucci, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton––varies day to day, but it's not unusual for customers to come across sample pieces and occasional sample pieces from New York designers and even high-end handbags.
Beautiful, healthy bouquets of fresh fruit bloom from beneath the green thumbs of FruitFlowers' posy artisans. An extensive, mouthwatering selection includes the Berry Birthday bouquet, which celebrates annual harvests of infant orchards with a sweet amalgam of produce tucked beneath an included "Happy Birthday!" balloon ($50). Trick sweet teeth into nutritious noshes with the Petite Floral Fruit Dipped's lush flora, interspersed with chocolate-dipped strawberries and nestled inside a scarlet pail ($45). Thinking of You bunches corral succulent strawberries and yellow faux flowers inside a beaming mug ($39) to send friends or former dental hygienists well wishes.
Artifact's chandelier-lit showroom teems with a rotating array of contemporary women's clothing and accessories for $60 or less. Classic rectangular countours, zippers, and decorative straps adorn a persimmon-toned handbag ($49), which encompasses sundries and lassos runaway dining companions with a detachable shoulder strap. Wooden hangers host blouses, skirts, and dresses, such as a ruffled white strapless dress cinched with a thick black sash ($52). Cascading diagonal stripes in complementary tones of fuchsia, gray, black, and red dapple a one-shouldered tunic dress ($39), and slinky black mesh imprinted with sparkling polka dots casts a demure silhouette over a short sweetheart frock ($42). Damask tapestries flank Artifact's mint-green walls, where mirrors hung with ribbons invite customers to admire new ensembles, and an exposed-brick wall ensures all garments color-coordinate with mortar.
Blink is a charming, female-focused boutique showcasing a regularly updated roster of designer dresses, denim, and T-shirts. Accent addled appendages with House of Harlow by Nicole Richie accessories (most $25–$55), outfitting wrists with bright, beaded bangles to distract the palm reader from a lifeline re-pathed in ballpoint pen. Customers can costume themselves in summer-ready striped or solid T-shirts from Splendid ($45–$69) or infuse their closets with something flirty with scooped-back mini dresses from Frenzii ($88). A colossal collection of denim is also available, including flares, skinny jeans, petite sizes, and more.
Downingtown Running Company adorns sidewalk sprinters with all manner of athletic apparel, sporting more than 100 sundry kicks from such top shoesmiths as Asics, New Balance, and Saucony. Safeguard stompers from rough pavement and treadmills made of sandpaper with stylish foot-forts for men and women including Saucony’s Guide 4, Brooks' Adrenaline, and New Balance’s Minimus Trail or Rode ($100 each). Lady trotters can drape torsos in the form-fitting Epiphany sports tank ($38) and legs in the ultra-comfy two-in-one shorts from Brooks ($38) or the relaxed fit of Nike’s Tempo shorts ($25). Nike Run’s men’s singlet ($25) ensconces torsos in breathable, aerodynamic material that gives runners a competitive edge over jogging cubes wearing snowsuits. Downingtown’s shoe sultans eagerly assist customers in the search for a new sneaker, employing a cadre of expert fitters to adroitly ensure toes and soles have optimal breathing room.