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 Museums to Reopen to the Public July 23

Doylestown museums have been closed for the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, good news! The Mercer Museum and Michener Art Museum will be opening their doors once again and welcoming in the public on Thursday, July 23.

Mercer Museum

Starting July 23, the Mercer Museum will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. There will be ticketed, timed entries, so that all guests can safely explore the museum with social distancing in mind. Plus, for the added health and safety of guests and staff, the Mercer Museum will be closed each day between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for cleaning.

As an added bonus, if you’re a member of the Mercer Museum, you can get advance admission to the museum Monday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 22.

Ready to reserve your tickets for the Mercer Museum? Visit the website and reserve your spot today!

Michener Art Museum

If you’re an art lover and can’t wait to explore the lovely collection at Michener Art Museum again, you’ll have your chance starting on July 23. As with the Mercer Museum, there will be timed tickets that you must reserve in advance. Each ticket will allow a two-hour visitation period.

The museum will be open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; and closed on Mondays. If you’re a Michener Art Museum member, you can obtain timed tickets for a special members-only preview, Monday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Don’t delay! Reserve your tickets today and get ready to explore the Michener Art Museum once again.

And if you’re eager to get back to Fonthill Castle, you’ll get your chance when it reopens on Monday, August 3!

 

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!

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.

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!