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!

Support Doylestown Businesses on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is finally here! It’s so important to show your support for Doylestown businesses at all times, but especially on a day that’s dedicated to the local businesses that make this town so great. From the sweet treats of Evolution Candy to the must-have clothing and accessories of Lotus Apparel and Home, there are so many extraordinary shops in our town.

As you walk around town today, pop into your favorite stores and newly discovered shops to see what they offer and start checking names off your holiday gift list with ease.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Monkey’s Uncle: Stop by Monkey’s Uncle at their new location of 123 South Main Street and pick up local sports apparel and other gift items. You’ll also find specials on a Gritty shirt, Penn State sweatshirt, and, my favorite, the “Love Doylestown” t-shirt.
  • Something Else: You can complete gift shopping for quite a few recipients on your holiday list by shopping at Something Else. As you explore the extraordinary selection of men and women’s clothing and accessories, you’ll also find some great deals and giveaways.
  • Makers Off Main: Visit Makers Off Main for one-stop shopping where you’ll find items offered by a wide array of local vendors. From handcrafted holiday wine racks/Advent calendars to eye-catching wall decor, you’re going to love exploring the selection.
  • ShopVintageAlley: Find all your favorite vintage and Bohemian goods at ShopVintageAlley. Whether you’re looking for some lovely plants and plant stands to dress up your home or buying unique clothing and accessories for the favorite people on your gift list, ShopVintageAlley can help you with those goals. Plus, you’ll get 10% off your entire purchase and 20% off rattan plant stands and ottomans today!
  • Allora: If you want to wow family members and friends with their holiday gifts this year, stop by Allora. You’ll have a great time exploring the creative and fun products Allora offers, plus you might even get a free reusable tote or “shop small and local” pin (available while supplies last).
  • Fabby-Do: The kids are going to love holiday gifts from Fabby-Do. Visit this creative boutique for arts and crafts kits, stuffed animals, toys, and more.
  • Raymer’s Homemade Candies: Chocolate and other types of candy make excellent holiday gifts and Raymer’s has you covered in this department. From dark chocolate candies to milk chocolate delicacies, you’ll find something special for everyone on your list at Raymer’s.
  • Lotus Apparel and Home: Stop by Lotus Apparel and Home for women’s clothing and accessories as well as eye-catching home decor items. You might even be tempted to pick up something for yourself, too!
  • Evolution Candy: Whether you need to get some holiday gifts or desire a sweet treat pick-me-up while shopping, Evolution Candy is the place to go. Add some sweet holiday gift items to your must-have list this year and make sure to try one of their handcrafted milkshakes while you’re there!
  • Nomad Supply Co.: It’s Small Business Saturday and also Nomad Supply Company’s one-year anniversary, so this should be a definite stop on your shopping excursion today. Grab 10% off skate items and 20% off everything else in the store!
  • Wildflowers Boutique: Head over to Wildflowers Boutique and buy gifts for the lucky women on your list. From sweaters to jeans to accessories, Wildflowers Boutique is the place to go.

These are just a few of the many extraordinary shops around town. The best shopping plan for today is to start walking through Doylestown and stop into as many shops as possible to buy your holiday gifts and show some love for our local businesses. And don’t forget about our local restaurants as gift cards make an excellent gift for all!

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.

Explore Artwork Displays Throughout Doylestown

There are so many wonderful reasons to appreciate art, from applauding the talent of the artist to embracing how it makes us feel simply by looking at a piece of artwork. Doylestown is filled with many art appreciation avenues, including being home to the extraordinary Michener Art Museum. In addition to visiting the Michener, which has reopened with timed visitation tickets, there are other ways to appreciate art throughout Doylestown.

Paint Dtown Outdoor Art Exhibit

The Michener Art Museum, with funding through Art Bridges, has installed an outdoor art exhibit, Paint Dtown, at 16 locations around town. The exhibit features reproductions of 16 pieces in the permanent collection at the Michener Art Museum. Art aficionados can view the map of where the art pieces are located around Doylestown borough and enjoy the visual presentations in person. You can also refer to the QR code on each piece and listen to an audio presentation about the artwork at the various locations. The exhibit will be available for viewing through the end of October.

Art Installation at Nomad Supply Company

You’ll also find that Doylestown shops and restaurants display a wide array of unique and eye-catching artwork on their walls. Nomad Supply Company, located at 137 South Main Street, recently added a new artwork piece created by local artist Matthew R. Volpe. This beautiful piece of artwork is sure to be appreciated by Nomad Supply Company shoppers. Don’t miss out on seeing this impressive art creation in person. Visit Nomad Supply Company for must-have men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing and accessories and be sure to check out the artwork while you’re there!

 

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.

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!

Doylestown Outdoor Marketplace Event Begins Tonight (June 13)

With stores starting to open up for in-store shopping, Doylestown is helping the process along by organizing an outdoor marketplace event under their Operation Doylestown plan. Operation Doylestown is a Doylestown borough initiative put into motion to help local businesses regain their momentum and offer new ways for customers to enjoy their offerings.

The Operation Doylestown initiative includes helping businesses find ways to offer expanded outdoor seating, sidewalk shopping, and outdoor marketplaces. All of these offerings will help businesses get on the path to recovery after the COVID-19 shutdowns.

The first outdoor marketplace will take place tonight, Saturday, June 13, from 5–8 p.m., at the Hamilton Street parking lot. Shops will be offering a wide array of products for shoppers to purchase. Participants at tonight’s outdoor marketplace include:

Additional upcoming outdoor marketplace events are currently on the schedule, including Thursday, June 18, 4–7 p.m., and Sunday, June 21, 1–3 p.m., with participants to be announced for each event.

When you attend the outdoor marketplace, just note that current health guidelines will be in place including designated entrance and exit and safe social distancing practices. All participants and shoppers must wear a mask when they attend and there will be hand sanitizing stations available.

Come out to Hamilton Street parking lot tonight from 5–8 p.m. to support our local businesses and pick up some excellent products in a safe, outdoor shopping environment.