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Plan Your Visit to West Chester!

wctimelapseStart planning your trips to West Chester to enjoy the multitude of year-round events in the historic setting of the Borough. New this year is the West Chester WinterFest, February 14-16, 2014, a three day festival with carriage rides, ice sculpting, retail sales and restaurant specials along with musical performances at select venues. Head over to Downtownwestchester.com to see a full list of events happening throughout Downtown West Chester the year.

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Reserve Your Spot At Talula’s Table

Everyone knows that to book a table at Talula’s Table, in Kennett Square, you typically have to call a full year in advance. There are only two tables in the restaurant per night: the Farm Table (seats eight to 12 diners) and the Chef’s Table (seats two to eight patrons). However, currently there are a few rare openings and the opportunity to score a coveted reservation. If you would like to reserve one of these rare seats call Mary Ellen at (610) 444-8255, before it’s too late! For more information visit talulastable.com, below are the openings available:

Farm Table Openings

  • Wednesday, February 12
  • Thursday, February 13
  • Friday, February 21

Chef’s Table Openings

  • Sunday, February 2
  • Wednesday, February 26


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West Chester Story Slam Returns

The West Chester Story Slam will celebrate the launch of its fifth season on Tuesday, January 14th with a story slam themed “Firsts!” Anyone can take the stage and tell their five minute true story based on the night’s theme. Three judges are selected from the audience and the storytellers will be given scores based on content and presentation. The winning storyteller wins a coveted West Chester Story Slam coffee mug and, more importantly, a slot in the 2014 GRAND SLAM! Here’s how the theme “Firsts!” is described on the West Chester Story Slam website:

The theme “Firsts” could be about your first love, first job, first wife, first husband, first car, first bicycle, first child, first pet, etc. You get the idea! We want to hear your memorable moments – good and bad – and what you learned from your first ___________!

The Story Slam is held on the second floor at Side Bar and Restaurant, located in Downtown West Chester, PA. The show begins at 8:00pm but people often arrive around 7:00pm for dinner. For more information or to reserve a seat click here or visit www.wcstoryslam.com.

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Snow covers the Chester County area

A snow storm moved through the region Thursday, closing schools and wreaking havoc with roads and traffic. According to the National Weather Service, here’s how much snow the region got on Thursday night and Friday morning:

Chester County

  • East Nantmeal: 8.0 inches
  • West Caln Twp.: 7.0 inches
  • East Coventry Twp.: 6.5 inches
  • Exton: 6.3 inches
  • Thorndale: 6.1 inches
  • Devault: 5.7 inches
  • West Chester: 5.5 inches
  • Nottingham: 5.5 inches
  • Warwick: 5.4 inches
  • Marshallton: 5.3 inches
  • Chester Springs: 5.0 inches
  • Atglen: 4.6 inches
  • Glenmoore: 4.5 inches 
  • Chadds Ford: 8.0 inches


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West Chester Winter Growers Market

Don’t miss the West Chester Growers Market this Saturday January 4th, 2014. They are now offering their Winter Market Season with select vendors at the corner of Chestnut and Church Streets. The Winter Market Season continues on the first and third Saturdays through April, rain or shine. The event takes place between the hours of 10am to 12pm. For more information on the West Chester Growers Market visit the official website, westchestergrowersmarket.com.

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Ring in the New Year Locally!

Christmas is over and the New Year is quickly approaching! What are your plans for New Years Eve? If you haven’t already made plans check out some of these awesome places in Downtown West Chester, for more information visit http://www.figwestchester.com.

  • Iron Hill Brewery | 610.738.9600: Take advantage of Iron Hill’s special Celebration Menu December 28 to 31, with choices like Crispy Seared Sea Bass, Baked Blue Point Oysters and Pear Financier!
  • Kooma | 610.430.8980: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Sushi and Sake! Call to reserve your ticket to Kooma’s NYE Special; $60 per person includes Sushi and Appetzer Buffet, House Sake, House Wine and Domestic Beers. A DJ will be spinning from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Limoncello | 610.436.6230: Ring in 2014 with a memorable meal! Enjoy a three-course dinner with choices like Clams Oreganato, Lobster Ravioli and Chocolate Souffle. Call for reservations.
  • Social Lounge | 610.738.3948: Yell “Happy New Year” as you nosh on a special menu and dance to live music from local rock band, VCR. No cover!
  • Teca | 610.738.8244: Plan a special night for two! Choose from three dinner seatings and enjoy special featured menu items like Branzino, Ossobucco and Chocolate Mousse.

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Events Happening This February Weekend

There are a ton of events happening around the West Chester area this weekend. Instead of sitting inside all weekend waiting for the Super Bowl, get out and enjoy the first weekend of February in style!

Winter Series Race

When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9:10 a.m.
Where:Athlete’s Closet 11 N. 5 Points Rd. West Chester
When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9:10 a.m.
Where:Athlete’s Closet 11 N. 5 Points Rd. West Chester
Why Go: This is the third race in the series of four. Free kid’s run at 9:10 AM and the kids will receive ribbons. Races go through the local neighborhood.
Cost: Kids free, Day of Race Adult: $20 with t-shirt and $15 without

Souperbowl 2013

When: Friday, Feb. 1 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Where: Good Will Fire Company 552 E Union St, West Chester
Why Go: Come taste the best soups and breads made by local chefs competing for the People’s Choice Award by category. Watch the viral Ads played during past Super Bowls. Proceeds will benefit the Chester County Food Bank. Westtown Goshen Rotary is sponsoring the event.
Cost: $50

Spoil Yourself Saturday

When: Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Waterloo Gardens, 200 N Whitford Rd, Exton
Why Go: Spoil yourself at Waterloo Gardens this Saturday and enjoy samples, raffles and more.
Cost: Free

First Friday

When: Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown West Chester
Why Go: Come downtown and see what new and what’s cool for the New Year. Stores open late offering specials and refreshments. For more information, please visit their website.
Cost: Free

The Winter’s Tale

When: Runs from January 31 – March 3
Where: People’s Light and Theatre Company
Why Go: Enjoy this tale of kings and queens, revenge and betrayal, spanning countries, seasons, decades, and generations. Inspired by the ancient pagan festivals, Winter’s Tale will be a viscerally-dynamic event featuring live music and acrobatics. Arrive a half hour early and enjoy warm cider, music and dance.
Cost: $25 – $45

Malvern Retreat House’s ArtShow 2013

When: Wednesday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. , 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun. Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.)
Where: Malvern Retreat House 315 S Warren Ave, Malvern
Why Go: ArtShow2013 is the showcase and sale of over 100 professional artists’ work including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and glass. ArtShow2013 also includes a Friday Night Social and Artist Demonstrations. For more detailed information about these events, please visit the event listing!
Cost: Free

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Winter in Chester County

Over the weekend I was able to shoot some photographs around the area; despite the below freezing temperatures. I had the film developed the other day and wanted to share some of the images. Even in the frigid terrible conditions Chester County is still looking as beautiful as ever this time of year.

Downtown West Chester | January 2013

Brandywine River | January 2013

Chester County Sunset | January 2013




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First Friday in Downtown West Chester

Come downtown and see what new and what’s cool for the New Year. Stores open late offering specials and refreshments. Downtown West Chester is a browsers paradise with more than 75 retail shops and boutiques offering a diverse and unique shopping experience. Apparel, jewelry, art, and gifts are among the items found in the quaint shops dotting the pleasant and walkable main streets. Below our a few highlights/specials occurring this coming First Friday, for more information visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or by clicking here.

The 5 Senses (133 W Market St – 610-719-0170) invites you to come in out of the cold during their Winter Doldrums Sale, with up to 60% off, beginning February 1.  Valentine’s Jewelry 15% to 25% off through February 14.

Ruby Slippers Boutique (18 N High St – 610-719-6040) has cozy Alpaca Socks to keep you warm during these cold winter days.  “New Lysse” Leggings and Jackets are in!

Bella & Betty (17 W Gay St – 610-719-3259) will be open late on First Friday and getting ready to celebrate their one year anniversary with a one time 25% off coupon on any item from 2/3–2/28.



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New Year’s Eve in West Chester

West Chester Dish has an awesome guide to everything happening in the West Chester area this New Year’s Eve. Check out some of the many events below and head over to http://www.WestChesterDish.com to see more!

Avalon will be serving a European Style Menu with multiple courses of smaller portions. The first seating is from 5:30-7:30 pm ($70 per person) and includes dinner and complimentary champagne. The second seating starts at 9:00 pm ($80 per person) and includes dinner, champagne toast at midnight and live entertainment from Steve Laret. Reservations required.

  • Barnabys15 S. High St., West Chester, 610-696-1400

On New Year’s Eve, kids eat free from 4 to 7 p.m. The downstairs is open with regular specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Upstairs, it’s Steak’s Annual New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets are $60 per person ($110 per couple), including a buffet, DJ, open bar from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight.

Bull Durham’s has two packages available-one with dinner and acoustic music by Johny Turk from 5 to 8 p.m. If you want to enjoy a two-course dinner with champagne and head home to celebrate ($29.95 per person). Package B begins at 8 p.m. with dinner, open bar and live music by the Mandells from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ($49.95 per person). Reservations are required by emailing lisa@bulldurhams.com.

  • Kooma151 W Gay St, West Chester, 610-430-8980

A $10 cover gets you a champagne toast with appetizers, featuring lots of tempting items like edamame, dumplings, spring rolls and more. You’ll also have access to $5 Stoli punches and $3 Heinekens, Coronas and Amstel Lites. A DJ will be spinning all night. Specials are from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

  • Mas102 E. Market St., West Chester, 610-918-6280

Ole! A DJ will be playing from 8 p.m. to midnight. All you can eat and drink for $49.99 per person, or receive a couples discount (buy one, get one half-off). Every hour on the hour, starting at 8 p.m., they will raffle off prizes. A champagne toast is offered at midnight.

  • The Note142 E Market St, West Chester

Ring in 2012 with local favorite Hoots & Hellmouth at their second annual New Year’s Eve party with Mason Porter. Hoots & Hellmouth creates new music for old souls. Their second full-length effort, “The Holy Open Secret,” continues to blaze a trail in the name of progressive revival. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 day of show. The show is for 21 and older only. Drinks and food are available a la carte.

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