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!

Coming Soon: Native Cafe in Doylestown

Doylestown is gaining a new dining destination starting tomorrow, Thursday, February 6: Native Cafe! Located at 12 South Main Street, Native Cafe will soon be your go-to spot for coffee beverages, sweet treats, and an eclectic breakfast and lunch menu.

When Native Cafe opens its doors tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a wide array of culinary items including:

Once open for business, the new cafe will offer the following hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; and, Sunday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Be one of the first customers to explore the culinary items at Native Cafe and welcome the Native team to Doylestown!

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!

Fabby-Do Caters to the Imagination and Creativity of Children In a Place Where Fun Is a Given

Welcoming. Vibrant. Fun. These are just a few words which can be used to describe Doylestown’s creation boutique for kids, Fabby-Do.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Fabby-Do and chat with owner Robin Brackbill, or “Miss Robin” or “Miss Fabby” to the kids, about what makes Fabby-Do such a popular spot for children, a locale where they can let their creativity shine and have a fabulously fun time while doing so.

Myrtle Gertrude Carousel Horse Fabby Do

Situated at its new location at 64 South Main Street, Fabby-Do exudes a vintage, 1950’s feel, where brightly colored pastel colors fill the room and eye-catching décor is at every turn. As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll find yourself greeted by the Fabby-Do mascot, Myrtle Gertrude, a 1940’s carousel horse, which kids young and old adore.

Fabby-Do provides over 100 different crafts for kids to partake in and caters to children, from age 2 through the early teen years. Some of the craft options include jewelry making, nail painting, makeup application design, hair extensions, dolly hairdo fun, a pillow tie craft, sand art, t-shirt design and more. From single craft options to complete creativity packages, your options are wide and varied at Fabby-Do.

In addition to offering walk-in options for those who are searching for activities to keep the young ones entertained during the day, birthday party festivities are also available, which can be held in a separate party room, accommodating up to 30 party guests. For those who wish to have the Fabby-Do party come to them, Robin offers in-home Fabby-Do parties as well as outdoor party options, thanks to the Fabby Bus, a lovely pink and mint vintage VW bus, with its own photo booth.

Fabby Do photo Wall of Creativity

As if all of these wonderful inclusions aren’t already enough to make you start planning your next visit to Fabby-Do, there will be two new additions to the shop in the very near future: a candy wall and novelty ice cream offerings!

Regarding how Fabby-Do came to fruition, I wanted to learn more about Robin and her journey into becoming a small business owner in Doylestown. It is important to note that Fabby-Do is not new to the borough, although it has only been at its current location on South Main Street for approximately two months. Prior to that time, Fabby-Do was located in a smaller, yet equally as inviting, shop on East State Street, across from the County Theater, however, the business originally was founded as a mobile business in 2010. Fast forward to present day, acknowledging the need for a larger storefront (and parking as a plus!), Fabby-Do moved to South Main Street in September of this year.

Fabby Do Party Room

So, how did the concept of Fabby-Do take form?

“The concept was inspired by my grandmother, Dorothy, who was a 1950’s mom and a woman who was so full of love and hospitality, and who really loved kids,” states Robin.

“I’m the oldest of ten kids and I grew up in a large family, a family where everyone was creative in some way,” she continued. “I wanted the shop to revolve around kids, fun and creativity.”

And, creative and fun Fabby-Do certainly is. No matter what type of activity a child may be interested in, this shop offers multiple options, allowing children to use their imagination and create in a myriad of ways.

As for what kids enjoy most about Fabby-Do, Robin feels it is the overall experience which draws children (and parents) into the shop and keeps them entertained time and time again.

“It’s an experience,” states Robin. “It transports you somewhere, you feel nostalgic here.”

Fabby Do Gifts

The Fabby-Do team is getting ready for the holidays by preparing a number of events and special deals. The first holiday event will be held on Black Friday, November 23, when Mrs. Claus visits the shop. A few weeks later, Santa Claus will be spending time at Fabby-Do during the Breakfast with Santa event (date TBD). As for holiday deals, one of the upcoming specials will consist of a package of art creation experiences, available at a discounted rate.

In addition to being your go-to spot for arts and crafts and other activities revolving around imagination and creativity, Fabby-Do is a boutique offering clothing, toys and other items which your children (and those on your gift list) are certain to love. Gift certificates will also make ideal holiday presents for the younger ones on your list.

If you have yet to visit Fabby-Do, or are overdue for a return visit, now is the perfect time to do so. The hours of operation change seasonally and are currently as follows:

Tuesday–Thursday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Closed on Mondays

In addition to the posted hours, Robin offers after-hours appointments.

Stop in today to experience all that Fabby-Do offers in the way of creative kid’s activities and shopping options of a wide array. And, don’t worry about finding a spot to park on the street, as Fabby-Do has six convenient parking spots behind the shop and easy accessibility for all!

Photo credit: Creativity products photo: Fabby-Do; Remaining photos: Exploring Doylestown

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring Doylestown: Highlighting All That This Wonderful Location Has to Offer

Exploring Doylestown was created to act as a go-to site for everything Doylestown-related. From events to shopping options to must-visit dining spots, Exploring Doylestown will highlight new locations in addition to tried-and-true spots around town.

Throughout the year, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is alive with activity, whether it’s the annual Memorial Day parade, which also happens to be the oldest Memorial Day parade in the United States, the popular tree lighting ceremony which gathers local residents and visitors in the center of town for this festive occasion or another welcome Doylestown event.

As the county seat of Bucks County, Doylestown is a wonderful place in which to live, visit and work. With spectacular restaurants, quaint boutiques and plenty of entertainment to go around, Doylestown has it all!