Top Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving and Where to Find Them in Doylestown

Whether you’re headed to a family member’s house for Thanksgiving or going to a Friendsgiving celebration, make sure to bring along a hostess/host gift to thank them for their hospitality. From beautiful plants to lovely scented candles, you’ll find plenty of gift options at the fabulous shops around Doylestown!

Shop Vintage Alley

Shop Vintage Alley Candles and Aromatherapy

Shop Vintage Alley has a wide array of lovely hostess/host gifts, perfect for any holiday gathering. From perky plants and plant accessories to scented candles and aromatherapy goodies, you’ll find the ideal gift to bring to any and all upcoming holiday soirees thanks to the impressive selection at Shop Vintage Alley.


Allora specializes in gifts and home decor items, offering lovely products ranging from air plant terrarium items to holiday decor. Whether your host or hostess loves holiday-themed gifts or home decor items suitable for year-round use, you’ll find it at Allora.

Lotus Apparel and Home

Lotus Apparel and Home Bowls

At Lotus Apparel and Home, plentiful hostess/host gifts await you. Some of the items which are sure to put a smile on the face of your friend or loved one include bowls with eye-catching designs, ornate thank you notes, delicately crafted pens, scented candles, and more.

Something Else

If you’re headed to the house of a family member or close friend, there are other hostess gifts you can take to the upcoming dinner other than home decor items. The special lady of the home is sure to adore some warm winter gear, such as a cute pom hat, or jewelry from Something Else. Hostess gifts can be as personal as you want them to be and buying a gift with that specific individual in mind is never out of style. And, don’t forget, starting on November 29, Something Else will be offering men’s items when they open up the new section next door!

The Paper Unicorn

At The Paper Unicorn, hostess gifts are bountiful. Some of the items you’ll find lining the shelves at The Paper Unicorn include Crabtree and Evelyn bath and body products, decorative canvas totes, environmentally-friendly hand towels, locally-made customized pillows, and so much more!

Raymer’s Homemade Candies

Raymers Homemade Candies

Candies and chocolates always make nice host and hostess gifts. When you bring these types of items your host can decide whether to put them out for guests or keep them for themselves for later. Raymer’s Homemade Candies offers an extensive array of decadent chocolates and candies for you to bring along to your upcoming holiday meal or party.

These are just a few of the Doylestown shops that will help you to be the perfect holiday guest this Thanksgiving!

Feature photo and Shop Vintage Alley photo courtesy of Shop Vintage Alley



Opening Soon: Nomad Supply Company in Doylestown

The big day is quickly approaching! Nomad Supply Company will be opening its doors for a soft opening on Monday, November 25.

Nomad Supply

Starting Monday morning, you’ll be able to shop all of your favorite skate and surf clothing and accessory items at the new shop located at 137 South Main Street. With brands such as Volcom, Obey, Brixton, and more, you’ll find something for everyone at this new store. But, that’s not all you’ll find at Nomad Supply Company. Be ready to peruse and purchase handmade jewelry, home decor items, unique pennants from Oxford Pennant, and other hard-to-resist items.

The store is built on the notion that they can find inspiration in everything they are a part of. And, this is a sentiment we can get behind!

Nomad Supply Company

And, be sure to visit Nomad Supply Company on Saturday, November 30, from noon–5 p.m. for the grand opening celebration. Enjoy live screen printing, food from Empanada Mama, music, drinks, raffles, and much more. And, this day also happens to be Small Business Saturday, so stop by and show some love for the newest small business in Doylestown!

Congratulations to the Nomad Supply Company team on the upcoming opening!

Photos: Nomad Supply Co.

Factory Donuts Sets Opening Date for Doylestown Location

The time has arrived! Factory Donuts has announced its opening date for the Doylestown location in Cross Keys Place Shopping Center, located at 4367 West Swamp Road.

The new eatery will open its doors at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 23. Soon you will be able to enjoy delicious donuts of a wide array, including cookies and cream, chocolate-covered strawberry, nutty chocolate, and so much more. Factory Donuts will also offer a variety of beverages to sip alongside your donuts, including coffee (hot and iced), tea, and bottled beverages.

Factory Donuts Pumpkin Cream Pie Donut

Looking for some sweet treats to add to your Thanksgiving feast? Factory Donuts will be open on Thanksgiving, from 7 a.m.–noon, and accepting pre-orders for party trays and large orders. Pre-order your Thanksgiving sweets by contacting the store at (215) 337-3163 and leaving a message. The Factory Donuts team will get back to you ASAP to take your order.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the offerings on the Factory Donuts Facebook page and enter their contest to throw your name in the running to win a small party tray for Thanksgiving.

We’re looking forward to meeting the Factory Donuts team when the doors open this month!

Photo credit: Factory Donuts

Sip and Shop at 15 Fabulous Doylestown Boutiques Today, Saturday, November 9

Start your holiday shopping today, Saturday, November 9, from noon–5 p.m., at the Girls Day Out Sip ‘N Shop event in Doylestown.

Grab your friends and head into the borough for an afternoon filled with cocktails, light culinary bites, and sensational deals and specials at 15 participating locations including:

It’s the perfect day to stroll through Doylestown and sip and shop the day away!

Meet Mrs. Doylestown International 2020: Emily Kenniston

Doylestown residents and visitors know this town is filled with fabulous dining establishments, exceptional shops and boutiques, and tons of entertaining things to see and do. But, did you know that we also have a Mrs. Doylestown?

It was such a pleasure to make the acquaintance of Emily Fitzpatrick Kenniston, Mrs. Doylestown International 2020. Representing Doylestown, Emily will compete for the title of Mrs. Pennsylvania International in April 2020.

Read on to learn more about this extraordinary woman who is representing Doylestown as Mrs. Doylestown International 2020.

Emily Kenniston official photo credit Ruth Thomas

Exploring Doylestown: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is Mrs. Doylestown International 2020?

Emily Kenniston: I’m a happily married Christian wife and mother who is honored to be part of a community as wonderful as Doylestown. I’m married to my college sweetheart, Dillon, and in January we will have been together for 12 years! I’m a mommy to one little girl, Brielle, who was born last January at the fabulous Doylestown Hospital.

As for my education and professional background, I’m a Penn State Berks graduate and have a degree in elementary education. I was a full-time teacher before deciding to leave that field and be a stay-at-home mom when my daughter was born. While being a mommy is my full-time job, I do have several side “hustles” as well: I work for an online clothing boutique, The Curated Closet, as a brand rep and model, model through Look Models and Actors Agency in town, work at the Chaddsford Winery at Peddler’s Village, and teach a class at a homeschool co-op/private school hybrid in Newtown.

What made you decide to compete for the title of Mrs. Doylestown International 2020?

While I have long been interested in the fashion and beauty industries, what really attracted me to participate in the International Pageant system was the chance to make a difference through my chosen platform, which is Birth Trauma and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Awareness and Assistance. In addition to this aspect, I was excited to get the chance to volunteer in and around the community that I love so much, and to promote local small businesses during my time as Mrs. Doylestown International.

What was the process like?

The process to become Mrs. Doylestown International consisted of an initial online application. Once that was approved, I had to complete a phone interview where I spoke with the pageant director about my chosen platform. The pageant director made it clear that the phone interview was an important first step, as the interview portion of the actual pageant is 50% of your score as a contestant! Once I passed the initial interview, I was awarded a local title, Mrs. Doylestown International 2020, and I received my sash and tiara.

How do you fulfill your role as Mrs. Doylestown International 2020?

The most exciting part for me with regard to fulfilling this role is the chance to be active in my beloved community of Doylestown. I love promoting small businesses in this area and I’m eager to/looking for ways to volunteer in the community. I appeared at the Doylestown Arts Fest, which was a fun experience, and I’m looking forward to making other appearances at upcoming events as well as volunteering in the community, especially as the holidays approach.

What causes are near and dear to your heart?

I chose my platform of Birth Trauma and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety and Awareness (a mouthful, I know!) because I am a traumatic birth survivor. I will be forever grateful to the incomparable doctors, nurses, and staff at Doylestown Hospital who saved my life and cared for both my daughter and myself so diligently after her birth. As someone who has experienced the isolating agony of postpartum depression and anxiety, speaking about these issues so that women who experience them do not feel alone is something about which I am passionate.

It is also important to me to discuss ways that women who are suffering in these ways can practice self-care techniques to help themselves heal.  I know how lonely PPD/PPA can feel and I realized that having someone who was in the public eye speak about these issues on a public platform would have helped me feel less isolated.

I’m passionate about the fact that every pregnancy, every baby, every mother, and every birth story is worthy of being spoken about. I’m in the process of trying to create a documentary featuring local women sharing their birth stories and struggles. It’s my hope that this documentary can be used in hospitals and counselors’ offices to help women who struggle in these ways.

How does Mrs. Doylestown International 2020 give back to the community?

Any way that I can! Since 2015, I have run a volunteer group called “The Pennsylvania Princess Project” that recruits actors to portray princesses, and occasionally superheroes, at local hospitals, parties, and events. I do this as a ministry; I always tell people who ask “how much we cost” that if they feel led to donate they can, but I have no set prices since I believe every child has the right to meet their favorite princess, regardless of parental finances. I have had the chance to do a couple of local events recently and I’m excited to do more.

What is the next step as Mrs. Doylestown International 2020?

In April 2020 I will be traveling with my husband to Altoona, Pennsylvania for the pageant weekend. I will have to complete an in-person interview, as well as take part in activewear and evening gown competitions. I am competing against some incredible women and I am excited to see which one of us takes home the crown!

Thank you to Emily Kenniston, Mrs. Doylestown International 2020, for sharing your wonderful story and representing our town. We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming Mrs. Pennsylvania International pageant in April 2020!

Photo credit: Ruth Thomas, Captured Photography

Something Else Boutique to Expand Its Doylestown Location

Something Else just announced the exciting news that it would be adding on to its offerings by expanding the Doylestown shop to include the retail space next door.

The new portion of the store will offer men’s clothing, additional fabulous women’s wear and accessories, home decor items, and so much more. Something Else is known for its stylish, fashion-forward clothing and accessories suitable for all ages. Some of the brands that Something Else carries include Free People, Six/Fifty, Quay, and other must-have fashions.

Something Else Clothing

Now, with the expansion, trendsetting men’s clothing will be included in the boutique inventory as well as eye-catching items for the home.  The new section will also include additional women’s clothing and accessory items while the original side will continue to be stocked with the latest fashions.

The expanded portion of Something Else will be up and running starting on Black Friday, November 29, just in time for all of your holiday shopping!

Congratulations to the Something Else team on this exciting expansion and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

Photo credit: Something Else

Now Open: Rakkii Ramen in Doylestown

It was announced a few weeks ago that Doylestown would be gaining two new restaurants in one convenient location at 52 East State Street: Cup O’ Rakkii and Rakkii Ramen. Cup O’ Rakki opened its doors mid-October and now it’s Rakkii Ramen’s time to wow the Doylestown dining crowd.

Rakkii Ramen Cuisine

Rakkii Ramen is now open for business and serving up delectable ramen dishes in their new location. As the restaurant is still in its soft opening stage, they are currently only open for dinner hours and exclusively serving ramen dishes. This is the perfect time to explore the ramen delicacies and then savor the additional menu items once the restaurant expands its hours.

Stop by Rakkii Ramen tonight (or any night this week) and warm up with some delicious ramen offerings!

Photo credit: Rakkii Ramen