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.

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!

Coming Soon to Doylestown: Makers Off Main

Have you heard the news? Makers Off Main, a new Doylestown store, will be opening its doors once state restrictions have eased and the shop is up and running.

Located at 224 North Main Street, Makers Off Main will offer a collaborative collection of items from local area vendors. From tempting scented candles to eye-catching wall art, you’ll find plenty of products to add to your must-have list. The shop is currently offering online ordering and you can become acquainted with the artisan vendors prior to the brick-and-mortar grand opening. Some of the Makers Off Main vendors include:

  • Home Again Studios
  • Riverwick Candles
  • BeCe Bags
  • JM Creative Art
  • The Napping Gnome
  • Seven Pines Apothecary
  • Champagne on Wednesday
  • And more!

Ready to start shopping from the comfort of your own home? Visit the Makers Off Main website and Facebook page to view the current available items. Many vendors will offer delivery in the Doylestown area, which makes it even more convenient!

Makers Off Main is hoping for a July opening. And, in the future, the store will be offering workshops and rental options for its BYOB event space where you can host special event gatherings with a creative twist.

Start your shopping adventures today and order your favorite products online from the Makers Off Main collection.

 

 

Doylestown Farmers Market Opens May 2

With a slightly delayed opening due to the current health crisis, the local community will be happy to know that the new opening date for the Doylestown Farmers Market is just a few days away. This year’s Doylestown Farmers Market season will start on Saturday, May 2!

With social distancing rules and other requirements in place, the organizers of the Doylestown Farmers Market and vendors have found a way to offer fresh, local produce and artisan goods to the public while keeping safety and health at the forefront.

The market will be open from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., same as prior years, but there will be hour entry times as follows:

  • 8–9 a.m.: Customers who are 60 years of age and older
  • 9–10 a.m.: Customers with a last name beginning with the letters A-H
  • 10–11 a.m.: Customers with a last name beginning with the letters H-P
  • 11 a.m.–Noon: Customers with a last name beginning with the letters P-Z
  • Noon–1 p.m.: Open to all customers

Other health safeguards will include having one entrance and one exit as well as barricades surrounding the market. And only 25 people will be allowed in the market at any given time. In addition, although the Doylestown Farmers Market usually welcomes dogs, during this time they ask that you please leave your pups at home.

Ready to see what vendors will be there on opening day? Here is a list of the farmers, food vendors, and product vendors:

To learn more about what each vendor will be offering on May 2 as well as their payment options, view the latest Doylestown Farmers Market newsletter for details.

Support local farmers and vendors by shopping local at the Doylestown Farmers Market!

 

 

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!

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!