Eric and Lee Miller started their own winery in 1982. They found a stretch of land in the appropriately named Brandywine Valley, collected vines and grapes, and opened the doors of Chaddsford Winery for business. Today, winemaker Jim Osborn continues to run the business in their stead, growing some of his own grapes in the winery's private vineyards, maintaining lots on promising soil as far away as Washington, and sourcing grapes from growers around the country. He puts his own spin on familiar varietals like chardonnay, and also produces an artisan series including a noiret, a relatively new hybrid grape developed by Cornell University. He, of course, continues to make many of the winery's easy-drinking favorites, such as the spiced apple wine.
Osborn and the rest of the winery staff host tastings in a rustic room abutting a patio and beautifully landscaped gardens, where visitors can enjoy drinks in the shade of a table's umbrella or a tree's branches. They're open for such tastings often, giving samples of 8 to 10 wines that range in flavor from grape to different grape.
CrossFit West Chester's seasoned, certified coaches shepherd pupils through the multifaceted CrossFit curriculum, which combines elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular exercise to bulk up and burn fat without wearing out individual muscles. Amid a friendly yet motivational environment, members complete a rotating lineup of intense drills, such as lunges, pull-ups, and climbing oil-slicked ropes dangling from moving helicopters. Though varied in structure and specific tasks, each workout is designed to boost endurance, agility, and balance and can be scaled up or down to fit any fitness level. The supportive staff also offers personal training and nutritional advice to help bolster wellness regimens and avoid biting into stale barbells.
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.
Main Line Gardens' knowledgeable green thumbs help visitors plan every stage of their landscaping and hardscaping projects, from simple flower and shrub plantings to large-scale redesigns. The garden center's stock of plants, trees, mulch, and stones helps inspire patrons as they plan their new outdoor spaces. Additionally, an array of outdoor pottery, birdbaths, fountains, and garden statues that come to life past midnight add personality and a finishing touch to projects. Main Line Gardens also lends customers extra hands for larger tasks by dispatching expert teams of landscapers upon request.
Kelly's Sports, recognized by Team Insight as one of America's best team dealers, outfits athletes of every type with a trove of quality equipment and functional apparel. New inventory from brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, and New Balance arrives daily, and apparel from favorite football and baseball teams keeps fans appropriately garbed. Partake of America's favorite pastime, second only to listening to jazz music on hold, with a Louisville pro stock wood bat ($49.95) and a 32-inch Mizuno catcher's mitt ($54.95), replete with a ParaShock palm pad and a soft lining to keep young hands comfortable when catching a speedy strike. Field-bound fleet feet receive consummate cushioning in a range of game wear, including Nike Land Shark football shoes ($44.95) and Adidas samba classic indoor soccer shoes ($49.95), and a range of supplies for basketball, tennis, hockey, and other endorphin engagers keeps games running smoothly. In addition to match merchandise, Groupon holders also receive a Nike "Camp" T-shirt, forged from gray heavy-duty cotton and emblazoned with the Nike logo, much like the night sky.
Named Best Vintage Gear in Philly by Philadelphia magazine, Malena’s Vintage Boutique outfits fashionistas in high-end women’s apparel and accessories forged between 1920 and 1980. The staff hand selects each piece in the boutique to stand the test of time and complement any wardrobe. A swing skirt ($48) from the 1950s beautifully layers golden glitter over black felt, and a 1960s pink nylon nightgown ($52) tastefully accentuated by a tiny blue bow is sure to impress special someones and discerning fence-hopping sheep. Smart belts, such as a vintage Tony Lama ($32), dot the shop’s fabric-filled landscape, along with an array of well-aged handbags. Like a candy shop or self-loathing piñata, Malena’s supplies itself with new goodies on a constant basis, updating its Facebook page with new wares so shoppers can scope before they shop.