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!

Outdoor Dining in Doylestown to Begin June 5

With Bucks County entering the yellow phase of reopening on June 5, restaurants will be allowed to start offering outdoor dining with certain restrictions in place.

Restaurants that offer outdoor seating will have to adhere to certain guidelines. Some of these guidelines include:

  • Indoor areas must be closed to customers, except to allow them through to the outdoor seating area
  • Maximum occupancy limits
  • No reusable menus
  • Condiments by request only
  • No self-service stations

In addition to these state-mandated requirements, restaurants may enact their own requirements to ensure the safety of employees and diners.

Doylestown restaurants that have just announced their upcoming outdoor dining service include Penn Taproom and Genevieve’s Kitchen.

Keep checking back to the Exploring Doylestown Facebook and Instagram pages for updates as to the latest restaurants offering outdoor dining in Doylestown.

In addition to supporting local restaurants when they offer outdoor dining, the Doylestown community can continue to lend a hand to local restaurants and businesses by ordering takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup from these establishments.

Support Doylestown Businesses by Shopping Virtual Small Business Saturday (Apr. 25)

The coronavirus pandemic is troubling for all individuals but especially small businesses that are shut down or on limited service capabilities due to the current situation. The Doylestown Business and Community Alliance organization dba Discover Doylestown is hosting Doylestown Virtual Small Business Saturday on Saturday, April 25.

This daylong virtual shopping and dining event is a way for Doylestown stores and restaurants to come together collectively and offer their products and services to the community via curbside pickup, takeout, or even gift card purchases to be used at a later time. It’s also a way for individuals near and far to support Doylestown businesses at a time when support is so desperately needed.

In addition to offering their products online for shipping or pickup, many Doylestown businesses will be offering sales and specials. Here are some of the shops and restaurants from the list of 50+ participants:

  • Monkey’s Uncle: Free shipping for all online orders plus 10% off with code: LOVEYOURLOCAL (Photo above is of a t-shirt created by Peace Alley and sold at Monkey’s Uncle).
  • Lotus Apparel and Home: All clothing is on sale and delivery options include shipping, curbside pickup, and local delivery.
  • Doylestown Bookshop: Order your favorite books online and have them shipped directly to your door.
  • Native Café: Open for curbside pickup and takeout. eGift certificates available for purchase.
  • Heather Bleu Home: Shop the selection on Facebook and pay via Venmo or Paypal. Curbside pickup available. Gift cards available for purchase.
  • Artistic Pizzeria: Full menu available for curbside pickup or contactless delivery. eGift cards available on website.
  • Busy Bee Toys: Customers can set up an appointment for FaceTime shopping with the owner. Peruse the store virtually and place an order.
  • And more! View the current list of shops, restaurants, and deals here!

Show your love for Doylestown and the wonderful business owners that make this such an extraordinary place to live, shop, and dine!

Local Restaurants Offering Easter Sunday Takeout Options

As Easter approaches, many of us are wondering how to prepare an Easter dinner and still practice social distancing. Fortunately, local restaurants and food vendors are making it easier on the community by offering Easter Sunday takeout meals. Here are some of the Doylestown-area locations where you can order your meal:

  • Just Food: Just Food is offering Easter dinner to-go for curbside pickup or delivery. You can order a fully prepared Easter meal that you can heat and serve for your holiday meal. Today is the last day to order, so be sure to reserve your dinner ASAP!
  • Baci Ristorante: Baci Ristorante is offering takeout for your Easter dinner. Larger orders must be placed by 8 p.m. on Friday evening to ensure there’s enough time to prepare the order. Curbside pickup and delivery is available, Thursday through Sunday, 4-8 p.m.
  • Water Wheel Tavern: Water Wheel Tavern is offering an Easter brunch to-go. Choose from cold tray offerings, hot tray options, and full brunch items. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Friday and picked up on Easter Sunday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • M.O.M.’s: Maxwell’s on Main (M.O.M.’s) is cooking up Easter dinner for you. Each family-style Easter dinner feeds a family of four and is complete with your choice of items.

To find out more about the individual offerings at each restaurant, please visit their website/social media pages and contact them today to help make your Easter meal planning a whole lot easier.

What’s Open, What’s Closed in Doylestown Amid COVID-19 Concerns

As COVID-19 cases and concerns grow, many individuals and entities, including government officials, business owners, and organizations, are taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While some institutions are being instructed by the government to close, others are taking the initiative to close to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Alternatively, some businesses are keeping their doors open so individuals will have access to food plus other necessities.

Here are some of the businesses and entities in Doylestown that are open, closed, or postponing/canceling events (call before you go as recent updates may have occurred since the last page update):

*Updated 12:30 p.m. March 17*

Open:

Closed:

Cancelling/Postponing:

This is just a starting list and highlights some openings/closings/cancellations in Doylestown. The list will be updated continually as changes are noted. And please feel free to note any additions in the comments below.

Thank you to all who are lending a hand to the public during this uncertain time, including our first responders, medical professionals, restaurant and shop owners and employees, and additional individuals who are helping others. Be safe and stay well, Doylestown friends!

Tonight: Bucks Heroes Event at Maxwell’s on Main

Head over to Maxwell’s on Main (M.O.M.’s) in Doylestown tonight, Wednesday, February 5, for the Bucks Heroes fundraiser, an event organized to raise money for the Families Behind the Badge Children’s Foundation (FBBCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

From 5–8 p.m., the upstairs level at M.O.M.’s will be filled with members of the Doylestown community gathering together to raise money for the families of fallen and severely injured first responders from the Greater Philadelphia area and South Jersey. Enjoy drinks, raffles, giveaways, and more as you watch guest bartenders serve up sensational cocktails, all for a great cause: to support the Ben to the Shore Bike Tour that raises money for FBBCF.

Guest bartenders of the evening will include Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, attorney Mike Parlow, former Bucks County Clerk of Courts Mary Smithson, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia, and former Philadelphia Phillies player Tommy Greene.

20% of all proceeds from bar sales during the fundraiser will go directly to support the Ben to the Shore Bike Tour and ultimately the FBBCF. In addition, 20% of the proceeds from M.O.M.’s takeout orders throughout the day will also go to the organization.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out and help to raise money to support the families of those who lost their lives protecting the community!