Easter Essentials and Holiday Dining in Doylestown

Easter is Sunday, April 4, and if you’re starting to gather Easter items together for the holiday or you’re looking for Easter dining options, you can find all this and more in Doylestown.

Here are some spots to buy Easter-themed gifts and make plans for holiday dining:

Easter Candy and Holiday Gifts

If you’re looking for Easter candy and other gifts for the holiday, here are some Doylestown shops to visit:

  • Raymer’s Homemade Candies: Solid chocolate bunnies, chocolate chicks, and Easter-themed chocolate lollipops are just a few of the sweet treats you’ll find at Raymer’s Homemade Candies in town.
  • Olive Oil Etc.: Stop by Olive Oil Etc. to buy an Easter basket or tin to fill with candy and Easter decorations. And be sure to stock up on some olive oils and balsamic vinegars for your holiday meal, too.
  • Evolution Candy: Evolution Candy is your one-stop shop for all your favorite Easter treats for friends and loved ones. You’ll probably leave with a few candy items for yourself as well!
  • Mercantile at Doylestown: Peruse the products offered by the wide array of vendors at the Mercantile at Doylestown and pick out your favorite Easter items while you’re there.
  • Something Else: Visit Something Else and check out the Easter item selection, including Easter-themed candles.

Easter Dining Options

Whether you want to dine out on Easter Sunday or would rather enjoy takeout at home, these Doylestown restaurants have you covered:

  • Water Wheel Tavern: Indulge in a delicious Easter brunch at the Water Wheel Tavern from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can choose your favorite items from the full brunch menu. Call the restaurant to make your reservations today!
  • Chambers 19: Order breakfast from Chambers 19 with the restaurant’s Easter Pancake Pickup event. The meal includes three pancakes and three turkey sausage patties or three French toast slices and three turkey sausage patties for $12. Side dishes are also available for an extra cost. Best of all, 10% of all proceeds directly benefit the Doylestown Fire Company! Call Chambers 19 today to reserve your Easter pancake breakfast.

Easter Bunny Run

On Saturday, April 3, the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance in Doylestown Borough from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Easter Bunny will be driving through the borough and visiting neighborhoods to say hi to the kids along the way. Discover Doylestown will post the route as the date approaches. After the drive through town, the Easter Bunny will be hopping around the borough and offering Easter greetings.

Start your Easter shopping and begin making your holiday dining plans today. And be sure to keep checking back to Exploring Doylestown as this list will be expanded on as more Easter spots are announced!

2020 Doylestown Holiday Shopping Guide

If you’re still crossing names off your holiday gift list, don’t panic, there’s still time to pick up some amazing gifts from Doylestown stores and restaurants. From gift cards at local restaurants to unique products on the shelves of Doylestown shops, you can easily finish your gift buying thanks to the extraordinary businesses here in town.

Here are a few gift ideas to get you started:

Cozy Clothing Gifts

From warm, fuzzy sweaters to soft, cozy socks, comfortable clothing gifts never go out of style. Here are some spots to find warm clothing items for all the gift recipients on your list:

Sensational Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are just as important as the larger gifts, so make sure you put a smile on your gift recipient’s face with unique and creative stocking stuffers. Here’s where you can get started finding the perfect stocking stuffers in Doylestown:

Unforgettable Gifts for the Kids

You’ll find the best gifts for the little ones on your gift list this year when you shop in Doylestown. Some gift ideas for the kids on your list include:

Gift Cards for Everyone On Your List

Always remember to keep gift cards in mind as excellent gift options. You can buy gift cards for everyone on your gift list and give them the opportunity to select their own items from their favorite stores or dine at their go-to restaurants. It’s also a great way to support Doylestown shops and restaurants this year!

Here are some Doylestown spots offering gift cards (and many of these can be purchased online!):

Finish your holiday gift shopping by visiting these spots and all of the other wonderful Doylestown businesses! Our local businesses need our support now more than ever. And with all the fabulous products and dining options they provide, it’s easy to support these establishments which offer so much to the community.

Happy Holidays!

Last Minute Finds in Doylestown to Add to Your Thanksgiving Table

It’s Thanksgiving week and even though your holiday gathering may look a bit different this year, there are still ways to make your dinner festive and delicious. Here are some items you can add to your Thanksgiving table, thanks to the wonderful Doylestown businesses that sell these products:

Chocolate Turkeys from Raymer’s

No matter who you’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving with this year, you can easily put a smile on everyone’s face by giving them a chocolate turkey from Raymer’s Homemade Candies. In addition to these must-have treats, you’ll find a wide array of other sweet candy items to include at your Thanksgiving meal.

Macarons from Le Macaron

If you have yet to try macarons from Le Macaron, now’s the perfect time to do so. Pick up some of these tempting items to have for dessert or order a few boxes to drop off to friends and loved ones if you’re unable to see them on Thanksgiving.

Savory Side Dishes from Altomonte’s

You might have the turkey all set but need a little help in the side dish department. If this sounds like your current situation, don’t worry, Altomonte’s can help! Visit this Doylestown Italian market for a sensational array of side dishes, including stuffing, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and more. You can even peruse the Italian wine selection, too.

Thanksgiving Meal To-Go from Quinoa

If you’d like to take the day off from cooking entirely, never fear, as Quinoa has you covered. Order your Thanksgiving Pollo to Go meal from this popular local Peruvian restaurant and spend the day indulging in the culinary delicacies of Quinoa. Simply place your order 24 hours in advance and you can count on a delicious Quinoa meal for Thanksgiving.

Let Siren Records Help You Set the Mood

Since any holiday is always better with music, stop by Siren Records and pick up some new music to enjoy throughout the day and night. From vinyls to CDs, blues to rock, no matter what type of music you’re searching for, Siren Records has it for you.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Now Open in the Doylestown Shopping Center: Turning Point Restaurant and The Mercantile

Have you heard the good news? Two new businesses have recently opened their doors in the Doylestown Shopping Center. Turning Point Restaurant and The Mercantile at Doylestown are the latest businesses to open up shop in town.

Turning Point Restaurant

The Turning Point Restaurant is your new go-to breakfast and lunch spot in Doylestown. Located at 460 North Main Street, this new Doylestown eatery offers an impressive menu. Some of the items included on the breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu include:

  • Salted caramel waffle
  • Lemon blueberry dream pancakes
  • Veggie omelet
  • Classic Benedict
  • Garden frittata
  • Turkey Reuben melt
  • Pavo Cubano
  • Cranberry walnut chicken salad wrap
  • And so much more!

The restaurant also offers tempting handcrafted beverages. Order your favorite coffee beverage, from a cappuccino to French press coffee, or indulge in a freshly-prepared smoothie.

Turning Point has indoor dining and covered outdoor dining, so you can decide whether to enjoy your meal inside or alfresco. The restaurant also offers contactless curbside pickup and delivery through Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.

Turning Point Restaurant is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m., daily.

The Mercantile at Doylestown

The Mercantile at Doylestown, located at 444-446 North Main Street, recently opened its doors at the former Fox & Holly location. This new expansive retail shop offers a collection of local artist and vendor goods where individuals can shop for the perfect item for everyone on their gift list.

Here are just a few of the many wonderful artists and vendors who are selling their products at The Mercantile at Doylestown:

The Mercantile at Doylestown is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Explore all that Mercantile at Doylestown has to offer and start (and finish!) your holiday shopping with ease this year.

Spend the day shopping and dining at the newest spots to open in the Doylestown Shopping Center!

Now Open in Doylestown: Le Macaron French Pastries

As you stroll through the center of Doylestown, a new business is certain to catch your eye. Located on the corner of Main Street and Oakland Avenue you’ll find Doylestown’s newest eatery, Le Macaron French Pastries.

As you walk inside Le Macaron, you’ll be greeted with the sights of a vibrant pink-and-black interior décor and welcomed in by the friendly owners. Also sure to grab your attention is the extraordinary display of macarons. The macaron selection is quite impressive, ranging from Madagascar black vanilla to Belgian chocolate. No matter what flavor piques your interest, you are sure to appreciate the wide array of macaron offerings.

In addition to approximately two dozen different types of macarons, you’ll find many other decadent desserts to indulge in. Some of the sweet delicacies include eclairs, chocolate croissants, tarts, and other French pastries. Le Macaron also offers a tempting gelato selection, if you’re craving something cool and flavorful.

And if you’re looking for a beverage to accompany your Sicilian pistachio macaron or chocolate topped éclair be sure to try a handcrafted cappuccino or robust cup of coffee alongside your dessert of choice.

Le Macaron is the perfect spot to stop by on a whim for a much-needed sweet treat and espresso beverage. It’s also an excellent place to order special culinary gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and the upcoming holidays.

Le Macaron is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stop by Le Macaron French Pastries at 4 West Oakland Avenue and explore all that this new Doylestown patisserie has to offer!

Enjoy the First Weekend of Fall in Doylestown

It’s the first weekend of fall and there’s plenty to see and do in Doylestown to start the season off right. From the weekly Doylestown Farmers Market, filled with all your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies, to the Pedestrian Zone setup on South Main Street, you’re going to want to fill your weekend calendar with as many events as possible.

Here’s what’s happening in Doylestown this weekend:

Pedestrian Zone on South Main Street (September 25-26)

On Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26, from 5-11 p.m., South Main Street, between State Street and Oakland Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic to provide an expanded outdoor area for Doylestown residents and visitors to enjoy. Restaurants and shops in that area will be able to offer dining and shopping options to the public in this larger setting. It’s a great time to get out and support local businesses while having a fun time doing so.

Doylestown Farmers Market (September 26)

Visit the Doylestown Farmers Market on Saturday, September 26, for all your favorite farm-fresh produce items and artisan goods. The farmers market will take place on Hamilton Street, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Masks are required, so be sure to grab yours before heading out the door.

Volunteer Cleanup Event at Fonthill Castle (September 26)

If you want to lend a hand to a great cause this weekend, help Fonthill Castle keep its woodlands looking beautiful by taking part in the volunteer cleanup event on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. Visit the Mercer Museum/Fonthill Castle website to sign up to volunteer.

Pop-Up Pedestrian Zone and Sidewalk Sale in Doylestown (July 24-26)

A few weeks ago, Doylestown borough explored setting up a pop-up pedestrian zone on West State Street in keeping with the recent Operation Doylestown initiative. The program was developed to help local businesses during these uncertain times. The results were so positive for business owners, residents, and visitors, that the borough officials have decided to do it again.

Doylestown sign

On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, North Main Street will be closed to vehicles between State Street and Court Street, from 5–11 p.m. Businesses located along this route will be able to put out vendor tables and set up outdoor seating along the sidewalks and parking lanes. The center of the roadway will remain clear for pedestrian traffic to provide optimal social distancing.

Another Doylestown event set to take place this weekend is the Doylestown Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, during the day and evening hours. Participating stores will offer items outside their storefronts and special deals throughout the weekend. Some of the stores taking part in the weekend sidewalk sale include The Doylestown Bookshop, Monkey’s Uncle, The Yellow Door, and so many other fabulous Doylestown shops. 

Doylestown Sidewalk 2

Head out in Doylestown this weekend for dining and shopping options galore! And, don’t forget to bring your mask to have on hand when you head inside stores and to wear while in restaurants and not seated at your table.

Heirloom Doylestown Grand Opening Set for July 22

Doylestown is filled with sensational restaurants and shops and now there’s one more fabulous option to add to the list: Heirloom Doylestown!

Heirloom exterior

Heirloom held its soft opening this past week and diners were treated to a tempting glimpse of what they can expect when the restaurant celebrates its grand opening on Wednesday, July 22.

Heirloom co-owners include executive chef Tim Pervizi and his wife Aly who will be introducing an expansive menu at the newly redecorated eatery located at 54 East State Street when the restaurant officially opens on July 22.

Visit Heirloom for indoor and outdoor dining with breakfast and lunch served on the weekdays, brunch featured on Saturdays and Sundays, and dinner offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. Plus, weekday takeout will be available, so be sure to keep this option in mind as well.

Heirloom entree

Some of the enticing items you’ll find on the Heirloom menu include the Heirloom Benedict; open face focaccia sandwich; Heirloom caprese salad; stuffed zucchini; crab cake sandwich; vegan burger; and the H burger.

The hours of operation for Heirloom will be as follows:

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; 5–9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; 5–9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Monday: Closed

Heirloom interior

Starting Wednesday, head over to Heirloom to show your support for the newest restaurant in town and indulge in a wide array of must-try culinary bites at the same time.

Congratulations to the Heirloom Doylestown team on your upcoming opening!

Photo credit: Heirloom 

Doylestown Introduces Pedestrian Area Pilot Program

The Borough of Doylestown just launched its pedestrian area pilot program last night, Friday, June 26, in the center of Doylestown.

The borough closed West State Street to vehicle traffic between Hamilton Street and Clinton Street and opened it up to pedestrians as an area for individuals to stroll, dine, and shop. The borough put the initiative into motion to help local restaurants have more space to offer seating for outdoor dining and enable stores to offer outdoor shopping opportunities.

This pilot program will run Friday and Saturday nights of this weekend and next weekend, 4 p.m.–midnight, to see how it works. This will allow Doylestown residents and visitors to have an expanded place to enjoy outdoor dining and shopping while supporting the local businesses.

The borough will assess how this pilot program goes, along with input from local businesses and the public, and then possibly continue and/or expand the program. During the pilot program and beyond, social distancing practices should still be followed.

Head out to West State Street tonight to explore the latest program set up by the borough and show support for local Doylestown businesses!

In-Store Shopping and Outdoor Dining Underway in Doylestown

Now that we’ve entered the yellow phase of Governor Wolf’s reopening plan, in-store shopping and outdoor dining options are in full swing in Doylestown. Yesterday, store owners were able to open their doors and welcome in shoppers eager to buy items from local stores and show support for the area businesses that have been on a hiatus since March. In addition, local restaurants who have access to outdoor dining space welcomed in diners for alfresco offerings.

Dining in Doylestown: What You Need to Know

Jules Thin Crust

For those individuals who can’t wait to be seated at the table of their favorite Doylestown eatery, here are some details to keep in mind as you make your way to the restaurant of your choice:

  • Make sure the Doylestown restaurant offers outdoor dining options: Not all restaurants have the space for outdoor dining, so not all eateries will be offering this option. However, many Doylestown restaurants have been offering takeout and delivery services and will still continue to do so.
  • Ask about reservations: Since outdoor seating is limited for most restaurants, call your dining spot of choice to see if you need to make a reservation to enjoy a meal there.
  • Ask about menus: Some restaurants will be offering full menus while others will have a limited menu at this time.
  • Additional restrictions: Each restaurant may have individual restrictions in place, such as wearing a mask when waiting for a table or time limits for dining, so be sure to ask in advance.

Some of the Doylestown restaurants that are offering outdoor dining include:

Shopping in Doylestown: What You Need to Know

Lotus Apparel and Home

Shop owners in Doylestown enthusiastically threw open their doors yesterday, welcoming in shoppers to peruse and purchase. With safety precautions in place, Doylestown businesses are making it possible for patrons to support the business, purchase what they want and need, and do so safely. Masks are required inside of the establishments and rules regarding the maximum number of in-store shoppers are in place.

Ready to visit your favorite Doylestown shop? Here are some of the stores that are now open for in-store shopping:

Support Local Doylestown Businesses

As more and more stores and restaurants reopen to the public, it’s a great time to show support for local Doylestown business owners. Let’s show these fabulous individuals that we’re behind them 100% and ready to buy their products and enjoy their food!