I am writing early in the morning, coming down from the high of a great Skippack weekend, trying to get back to a state where I can return to work calm and level headed. Spring in Skippack is something wonderful to experience, a time of fresh opportunities and beautiful beginnings.
The songs of birds start each morning, flowers poke their heads above the soil, and if one is of the mind to partake in a little romance, this is the season to “just do it.” Time to turn off the TV, get up off the couch, go out the door, and enjoy the village. Take a friend to one of our wonderful outdoor restaurants. Open your eyes to the beauty of Skippack Village.
There many wonderful events this time of year in Skippack. Still to come are: more First Fridays, Summertime Festival, the Summertime Concert Series, new productions at Playcrafters, and our wonderful July 4th Parade. But there are some more new beginnings, equally exciting, of which you may not be aware.
Farmer’s Market of Skippack
The Skippack Farmer’s Market is being revived for 2014 and now takes place each Friday, beginning at 4 pm and continuing until around 8:30 pm. The location is the same as last year, in the Farmer’s Market lot across from the WaWa, next to the mall that includes Chiaro’s Pizzeria, Skippack Pharmacy, and Lim’s Cleaners, near the corner of Route 73 and 113.
My friend Jason Brown, owner of the Love Hot Dog Company, a gourmet mobile food truck which provides weekday lunches in Skippack, is the new manager of our farmer’s market and has been working hard to create a vibrant and diverse market for 2014. He is bringing in exciting new vendors as well as some of the best vendors from last year’s market. Walking from booth to booth and learning from the vendors, and sometimes sampling their products, such as organic produce, natural honey, gelato, green smoothies, baked goods, sausages, fair trade coffee, and much more, is a treat.
Last week, Jason brought in some excellent live entertainment by a talented young musician named Tyler Hunsberger. Tyler sings and plays country music with a warm, down-to-earth feeling that is perfect for a Farmer’s Market. Tyler is planning to return for future farmer’s markets.
With my friend Jason at the helm, the Skippack Farmer’s Market has the leadership it needs. It will emerge as market worthy of Skippack Village, with that special mix of small town genuineness and creative spark that defines our local events.
Little Ducklings Baby Boutique
This is also a time of exciting expansion for some of our well-established Skippack shops. The Wooden Duck has opened a new boutique for the youngest members of society: Little Ducklings Baby Boutique. Located inside the existing Wooden Duck Shop, the Little Ducklings Baby Boutique is open for business. It features unique clothing styles for newborns through 12 months, accessories, bedding sets, books, and one of a kind baby items not found in big box stores.
The first months of a child’s life are a magical time for parents and grandparents and the enchanting items available at Little Ducklings will make that time even more special and memorable; gifts worthy of the preciousness of new life.
Skippack’s landmark gardening shop, Floral & Hardy, has grown enough to spin off a new sister store called Blossom. which opened for business May 31. Blossom is an entirely separate entity housed in the same building as Yarnings, which is located at the bottom of the Floral & Hardy parking lot, at 4007 Skippack Pike S.
“It’s completely different than Floral & Hardy,” explains Lowell Steinberg, who owns both shops, “it offers indoor and outdoor home decor, with a garden theme, but no live plants.”
When you think about serious gardening, think Floral & Hardy. But if you want home decor or gifts with a green or floral flair, think Blossom.
Lowell explains that some gift and home decor items, such as jewelry, have moved from Floral & Hardy to the new shop. Floral & Hardy in turn has room for more items associated with hard-core gardening, such as bird feeders, garden tools, and garden equipment.
Shoppers who visit Blossom may see some familiar faces; Catherine Green, former co-owner of Hearts Desire, a beautiful Skippack shop now closed for business, and Christina from Floral & Hardy will be running the new shop.
Each time I walk to Floral & Hardy, I gain a new appreciation for the loveliness and serenity of the this Skippack landmark. If Blossom is anything like its mother store, it will indeed be beautiful.
Village Wine Cellar
This summer, the Village Wine Cellar will expand to become a full restaurant. Owner Tara Shiffert is adding a commercial kitchen and a brand new dining room where a tapas-inspired menu will be served.
“We hired an experienced chef who is very excited to work for us,” explains Tara. “He’s creating the menu himself. He gets an opportunity to use his creativity to the fullest. The kitchen is new so he gets to arrange it himself and work with all new appliances.”
The Village Wine Cellar will be serving lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. The menu will include beef, pork, fish, pasta dishes, and many vegetarian options. And, of course, all dishes pair perfectly with wine.
The Village Wine Cellar is located at 4038 Skippack Pike,in a home-like structure with a beautiful wraparound porch, also home to After5 Gifts, another store owned by Tara. Sitting on the porch and enjoying a light meal with a glass of wine as the evening falls is destined to become one of the great delights of summer in Skippack.
Great events, expanding shops and restaurants, Skippack spring is in full swing: the only addition we need is you, your uniqueness, your personality. Come to Skippack this spring and summer and make it more special.