With the New Year here, the urge to kickstart a resolution has probably crossed your mind once or twice, but getting started can be a challenge in itself. With over 200 retailers, businesses, and 29 restaurants, one area of the city could have everything you need to do just that.
There are a few ways to kickstart some creativity in 2021 in Chestnut Hill. Philadelphians can peruse through both Artist and Craftsman Supply (7926 Germantown Ave.) and The Knit With Yarn Shop (8226 Germantown Ave). Both storefronts hold an assortment of tools and supplies to help with any artistic expression. The Supply shop has a fully stocked selection of state-of-the-art painting, drawing, printmaking, and other studio and craft materials with every level covered from beginner to advanced. The Yarn Shop, on the other hand, will have everything you need for knitting and crocheting with over 700 different specialty yarns and a wide selection of patterns. The latter also offers curbside pickup and shipping options as well.
Home Renovation and Organizing
There are a few different businesses in Chestnut Hill that have just what you need if you’re in the mood to spruce up your home. Antique lovers will find a ton of unique options at Kilian Hardware (8450 Germantown Ave.) The old-fashioned hardware store is stocked with items that will help you with your renovation or upgrade projects as they specialize in stocking those hard-to-find antique items for historical homes. There’s also a spot in Chestnut Hill where you can profit for the old items in your home for decluttering. The nonprofit Bird in Hand Consignment Shop (8419 Germantown Ave.) accepts china and fine houseware, art, and jewelry and is staffed entirely by volunteers. To make the shopping there even more meaningful, each month, a portion of the proceeds are also donated to various nonprofits, such as Face to Face Germantown, Meals on Wheels, and Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library.
Another beneficial way to spruce up your home comes from from Greene Street (8524 Germantown Ave). The storefront is an alternative to modern retailers with consignment options available. Shoppers can browse through clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories, all from luxury brands like Chanel, Anthropologie, Lululemon, Free People, and Lilly Pulitzer—all at affordable prices. If you’d rather just skip the fuss, however, Chestnut Hill Cleaning Company (8220 Millman St.) offers a variety of cleaning options for your home or business, including in-house deep-cleaning, carpet and window cleaning, commercial kitchen deep-cleaning.
Food is a huge part of the city’s cultural scene, and if you want to expand your culinary palette, there are a few ways to achieve that in Chestnut Hill. If you’re in the market to get some new appliances, Kitchen Kapers (8530 Germantown Ave.) is your spot with hundreds of kitchen wares like big-name brands like Le Creuset, KitchenAid and Cuisinart. Another tasty option for beginning foodies is from Evergreen Cheese (184 East Evergreen Ave.). The hotspot has a wide assortment of gourmet cheeses, as well as an extensive inventory of charcuterie, pate, fresh caviar, variety of breads, pastas, savory spreads and more. Curbside pickup is available at the latter.
The world around us is in a bit of disarray, so why not surround yourself with some beautiful art and maps? One very unique way to do this is with Borrelli’s Chestnut Hill Gallery & Frame Shoppe (One East Gravers Lane) on Gallery Row. This storefront allows shoppers to frame a recent holiday gift, family heirloom, and anything in between. Borrelli’s also showcases work from local artists on top of having rotating art in the storefront window that can be purchased. Palladio Custom Framing (8623 Germantown Ave.) is another stop with similar offerings. Palladio specializes in custom framing and interior designs, but they also offer a unique specialty service. With their popular Bank & Surf Custom Maps, all shoppers have to do is choose their map from over 450 locations, choose your colors, size, and customize your map with personalized locations.
Pampering For Yourself or Loved Ones
There are a few ways to treat yourself in the New Year in Chestnut Hill. For all of your pampering needs, Philadelphians can head to trendy MIXD.Salon (8614 Germantown Ave.), and Coco Blue Chestnut Hill (8611 Germantown Ave). MIXD is a full-service salon with hair, skin, and body treatments, while Coco Blue relaxing manicure, pedicure, or massages and other spa services. Philadelphians can also head to DanceFit’s (98 Bethlehem Pike) boutique dance fitness studio. Sweat out 2020 during one of DanceFit’s virtual classes, which includes Zumba, Hip Fit, and Ballet BarreFit. The classes are offered at various intensity levels, with more information on the studio’s site. For furry friends, Philadelphians can also head to The Bone Appetite (8517 Germantown Ave.) to shop in person, online, or call ahead for curbside pickup of specialty pet food, accessories, treats, and toys.