by Claudia Bordo
Ahhh, Autumn The air is so cool and crisp, the aroma of logs burning in fireplaces is so pleasant, but best of all are the trees. Chestnut Hill has some of the best old trees, and they are currently performing their magic. You don’t want to miss the show. The colors are fabulous. Put on one of your cozy sweaters, get to the Avenue and check out these shops.
The Tangled Web
This is a bright and happy place. You can feel the good energy from the creative and productive people who gather here. The Tangled Web is a hub for a whole community of fiber-loving enthusiasts. The first floor walls are lined with vibrant colored yarn of various degrees of softness. The second floor has a lounge with two comfortable couches where customers can relax and knit. Next to the lounge there is a big table where classes for all levels are held. I especially like the class called “First Friday Block of the Month Afghan.” At the end of the year you have a wonderfully warm self-made creation to keep forever. Private lessons are also available. Owner Mary Spratt learned to knit from her grandmother at the age of 8 and eventually went on to study weaving design at Textile. She recently added Barbara Russell needlepoint canvases, and the shop is now having a trunk show. Mary also carries needlepoint supplies. Learn to knit before you lose your wit! Hours are Tue!
Chestnut Hill Flower & Garden
Located on the edge of Chestnut Hill, this little spot has a lot to offer. It’s owned by Jeff and Justine Ocelus, who own and operate O & F farms in Worcester, PA. Some of the fresh produce they sell here is grown on their farm and some is grown in nearby Lancaster. The prices are very reasonable. There are at least five different varieties of apples, all for 99 cents a pound. They carry milk and orange juice from Merrymead Farms, also organic eggs, apple cider, seasonal decorations (adorable) and cut flowers. Chestnut Hill Flower & Garden will do your flower arrangements for weddings, funerals and other occasions. You can pick up a nice hostess gift here too, like candles, soaps or body butters. At Christmas time, they will sell Christmas trees and poinsettias. Eat fresh produce everyday, and keep the doctor at bay! Fall hours are Monday to Friday, 9 to 7 p.m. and weekends, 8 to 7 p.m. 7639 Germantown Ave., 215-247-3060.
It’s easy to miss this neat little shop nestled down the Hill, but you really shouldn’t. It’s full of high-fashion women’s clothes and accessories, shoes and boots, handbags and jewelry. This is a designer resale store that carries Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and more. Ayana Mitchell is the owner, and from an early age she loved fashion. She is locally born and bred and was a lifer at The Springside School. Her good taste is obvious as soon as you walk into her place. Ayana says that her shop is like Madison Avenue at a fraction of the cost. Consigners get 50 percent, by appointment only. You won’t fail if you shop resale! Open Tuesday to Saturday; 12 to 6 p.m., 7906 Germantown Ave. 215-247-3868, www.fashion4resale.com