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Maybe before the mailman slid the January 2014 issue of Hudson Valley magazine into the mailbox he looked at the cover. If he did, he’d have seen a stack of pancakes highlighting the magazine's breakfast feature. Maybe he raised his eyebrows—intrigued—and checked around to see if he was being watched as he flipped to the story to explore.

For the last 40 years, each issue of Hudson Valley magazine has delved into the area’s newest restaurants, shops, entertainment, and travel destinations. The editorial staff prides itself on digging deep to find the most compelling content and creating polished, sophisticated copy on local trends and issues. Some months, articles might include a Best Of list to give readers a quick taste-making guide to the hottest spots. Other months, it might include a page-turning profile of a local actor, chef, architect, artist, or Sasquatch.

3301 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington,
DE
US

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) is a non-profit organization that promotes knowledge and appreciation of gardening and horticulture by maintaining community gardens, beautifying public landscapes, and providing educational programs for children, teens, and adults. Members enjoy free admission to TheDCH’s gardens and horticultural library, and can take advantage of all activities and events. They also receive free admission and/or discounts at botanic gardens, arboreta, and conservatories through the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. Quell gardening queries with a complimentary subscription to The Gardener newsletter 45% more accurate than a magic 8-ball.

1810 N Dupont St
Wilmington,
DE
US

Boasting one of the area’s only master goldsmiths, Stephen’s Jewelers crams its displays with everything from watchstraps and batteries ($30–$60) to fine gold, silver, and platinum finery, as well as custom-designed pieces. The knowledgeable staff can help shoppers find something to cover naked appendages and pet bonsai trees in the boutique's selection of sterling-silver rings and pendants by Lilly Barrack, Sherry Tinsman, and Pam Ingersall ($75–$150). Custom rings, pendants, and other jewelry crafted in-house run the gamut from engagement-worthy bling to diamond-encrusted eye confections ($200+).

5613 Concord Pike
Wilmington,
DE
US

Mortgage Network is a private mortgage banking firm established in 1988. We specialize in providing exclusive service to each and every one of our customers. We provide experienced knowledge to guide you in finding the loan program that is right for you.

2383 Limestone Rd
Wilmington,
DE
US

Drawing on his culinary background working in East Coast bistros and stately hotel kitchens, Mile High Steak & Seafood’s Executive Chef David Robinson crafts a rotating menu of upscale steakhouse cuisine. Robinson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, refuses to cut corners with his ingredients, going so far as to fly in fresh seafood and grass skirts overnight from the Honolulu Fish Company. He only chooses aged certified Angus beef for his steak-centric entrees, and he revs up traditional sandwiches and appetizers on the bar menu with high-end items such as shaved prime rib, artisan cheeses, and lobster. These gourmet bites pair palatably one of the bar’s signature cocktails or glasses of wine.

Even in his down time, Robinson keeps his culinary skills sharp, coordinating charity events for the Chester County SPCA and the Brandywine Hospital Strawberry Festival. But even with his busy schedule and impressive resumé, he’s still thankful for landing his “dream job” at Mile High Steak & Seafood.

1102 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills,
PA
US

Operation Warm works with manufacturers to obtain new, quality winter coats at the lowest cost possible, and distributes them to children from low-income backgrounds across the country. Its goals are both to keep children warm and foster self-esteem by providing a first-hand garment in a way that helps preserve their family's dignity. The coats are specifically kid-friendly too, with deep pockets, detachable hoods, an emphasis on durability, and a permanent label that says, "Made Especially for You!" Since its inception, Operation Warm has distributed more than 1.2 million such coats to children in 41 states. It has partnered with groups and organizations such as firefighters, Rotary clubs, universities, and corporations to connect with the children in the greatest need as well as volunteers to help distribute the coats.

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1653 Brinton Bridge Rd
Chadds Ford,
PA
US