8 Must-Stop Shops in Kennett Square
These chic boutiques are well worth the drive over the state line.
Arden and James//Photo via Bri Brant
Historic Kennett Square may be known as the Mushroom Capital of the World, but this bustling borough is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite shopping destination. From fashions to furniture, there are plenty of good reasons to pop over to Pennsylvania.
Who doesn’t love a good handbag, especially one that is customizable? That is the case at Arden and James, a business run by Bri Brant, who not only uses local material for the handbags, but also makes them entirely by hand. With an already thriving setup at worKS Kennett Square (a concept store that features a curated group of retailers) and a new shop opening on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Chadds Ford, Arden and James “offers a very satisfying and unique shopping experience for a wide variety of people.”
At worKS Kennett Square: 432 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square • 484-732-8586
New Chadds Ford location: Chadds Ford Village & Barn Shops, 1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa.
Does your vintage furniture need a makeover? Eastcote Lane will help you “re-imagine” your items and also “sells one-of-a-kind pieces, teaches paint workshops and offers custom painting.” Stop by their post at worKS Kennett Square to check out their home accessories as well as their no-prep, non-toxic furniture paints and products.
worKS Kennett Square, 432 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square • (484) 580-6421
Photo via Lauren Schwarz
Full of elegant, vintage women’s clothing and jewelry dating anywhere from the 1870s to the 1970s, Malena’s Boutique joined worKS Kennett Square 14 years after opening its original store in West Chester, Pa. Owner Malena Martinez, a graduate of Unionville High School, says that her store is “engaging to all age groups,” and with new inventory arriving everyday, you’re sure to find something wonderful for your wardrobe.
worKS Kennett Square, 432 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square • (610) 738-9952
Photo via Brianna Carlisle
Marchè opened in October of last year, and sells everything from furniture, to home décor to women’s clothing. Owned by Elizabeth Carter and Deanna Johnson, the duo hope to open an interior design center above the shop in the near future. Carter says, “word of mouth has been great” for the success of the store.
123 E. State St., Kennett Square • (610) 444-1452
Photo via Tara Dugan
Since 2011, Scout and Annie’s has been filling classic Brandywine homes with their assortment of mid-century contemporary and industrial pieces. Willing to individually select furniture and accessories to please everyone’s tastes, they offer, “a broad spectrum of one-of-a-kind finds.”
125 E. State St., Kennett Square • (484) 732-8554
Photo via Nicole Cole
If you wish for your home to resemble a “true piece of art,” you’ve found the right shop. Siblings Nicole and Luke craft handmade home goods out of their two studios in Philadelphia and Oakland, Calif. They sell their pieces, the goods from other artist friends as well as custom commission pieces, like cutting boards, dishes and vases. vestige HOME is also a vendor at worKS in Kennett Square.
432 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square
Photo via Megan Corey
Keep up with all the latest trends at this affordable women’s clothing and fashion boutique. Run by best friends, Megan and Amy, or “Mamie,” the store strives to bring trendy clothing options at prices that won’t break the bank. After almost a year since the opening of their Kennett location, the shop has “quite a bit of repeat customers” who are always looking for more opportunities to keep their wardrobe fresh and stylish.
116 Union Street, Kennett Square • (484) 732-8199
worKS Kennett Square is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 25, worKS will be celebrating its one year anniversary—head to the store between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for food, drinks, music and specials. To see the full list of vendors at worKS Kennett Square, visit www.workskennettsquare.com.
432 S. Walnut Street, Kennett Square • 484-732-8586