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.
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.