While we continue to wait for a final decision from PennDot on the Borough’s plan to close Gay Street, I am happy to report the t-shirts that will help fund the initiative are now for sale. 

Available in heather grey and plucky red, the shirts come in men’s and women’s cuts and retail for $20 ($23 for extended sizes). All proceeds will be going to the Main Street Strong project thanks to Sunset Hill Jewelers.

“100% of proceeds go to supporting the open air marketplace thanks to a generous start-up donation from Sunset Hill Jewelers,” said Mayor Dianne Herrin in an email.

“Being an established business for 40 years, I try to be as supportive as possible,” said Sandy Riper, owner of Sunset Hill Jewelers. “I did this with two hats I wear; first, as a concerned business owner of Sunset Hill Jewelers and as the sitting board chairman of the West Chester BID (Building Improvement District).”

Shirts can be ordered online or save the $8 shipping charge and pick up downtown at Kaly or 5 Senses

While many are excited for this project to get under way, the idea behind the marketplace is not to draw crowds. As Sandy put it, “It’s not to fill up the space, but to give people more space.”


Stay up to date on the latest Gay Street developments and all West Chester news, with the West Chester Roundup a weekly newsletter-style recap of everything that happened during the week. Follow the blog to get the next issue.

Leave a Reply