After 150 years of going unrecognized, organizers of Juneteenth events are making up for lost time. By some counts there are over 40 events planned in Chester County over the coming weeks. I talked to author and Chester County Community Foundation Community Engagement Officer Malcolm Johnstone about the role West Chester played in the lead up to the events of 1865. Plus, a list of recommended events to help you celebrate.
Is it possible we are once again inundated with the news of so many new West Chester dining establishments it is worthy of another roundup? Could it be the West Chester dining scene is growing even more robust during a year when many so establishments were forced to close their doors?
Well, yes, my friends, I believe we are and it is.
You may have arrived home this weekend to find a door hanger breaking down the benefits of a community-owned grocery store. Benefits like walkability, healthy, local food options, and convenient hours. This has long been a goal of the West Chester community, yet results remain elusive. Now six years after forming, the West Chester Co-op is ready to make some moves. See what’s next in our quest to shop local.
Once upon a time for Valentine’s Day, I did a post on Instagram accounts I love. In full support of virtual escapism, I thought I’d revisit the topic with some West Chester newcomers (or newly found) who are doing their best to help us live vicariously. It’s not exactly easy to keep content fresh during a pandemic but these pages keep chug, chugging along.
As the world sweats the restaurant business, West Chester is looking at five new establishments on the horizon. One is already here, another is coming soon and two to three more could be open by spring. So, loosen up those pants and get ready to try someplace new (and of course, continue to support all your old favorites.)
Up on the side of the building at 119 East Market Street lines are drawn. Large angular shapes are now visible. Vote is sketched loud and proud. Soon color will be added. Downtown West Chester’s first mural, in who knows how long, is coming together.
In February, I announced seven new restaurants were coming to town. Most of which were planning to open in March, then the pandemic hit. It’s been a brutal time for established businesses, so how could a new restaurant survive? With the closing of Gay Street, I followed up to see who’s open, who’s not, and how things are faring under COVID-19 guidelines.
We just learned that starting on August 3, Gay Street will be closed to through traffic and open as a pedestrian mall. We also know that masks will be required at all times. Now imagine you are halfway to town to check out said open air marketplace, when you realize you forgot your mask. You can’t go into a store and buy a new one so looks like you are heading back home. Except, wait… one West Chester couple just may have a solution to all your PPE needs.
A couple of weeks ago PhillyBite put out their list of best bars in West Chester, and it raised the question, “have they ever been here?” So our friends at Drunks of West Chester came up with their own list. These are in order.
It’s Halloween night – where do you go? Stay in the borough or head to one of the neighboring sub-divisions? Location is key when it comes to a successful Halloween night. Find out what it takes to be the best.