by Paula M. Riley

Host, Old City location

Chestnut Hill Retail Partners, a newly formed collaboration between Doug Reinke, owner of Host, and Bowman Properties, Ltd. announced on Tuesday that they will open two new retail stores in Chestnut Hill this month.

Just in time for the Home & Garden Festival on May 1, the two stores will complement the high quality products available at Host, a contemporary home furnishing and accessories retailer at 8236 Germantown Ave.

The first new store will be called Earth: “Garden Inspired Living,” and will be located at the former home of Cobblestones, 8433 Germantown Ave. The store will feature earth friendly home décor inspired by nature and gifts and tools for the indoor and outdoor gardening enthusiast.

Just down the Avenue in the former home of Lemons & Limes, Linen: “Boutique Bedroom and Baby,” will feature several bedding lines, including Serena and Lily, Pinecone Hill and Dwell Studios, along with custom upholstered beds and a nursery and baby collection.

“In the five years I have owned Host,” Reinke said, “I have appreciated what a special community Chestnut Hill is. I felt very strongly for some time that Chestnut Hill has an importance place in the modern economy, not by trying to compete with box stores and malls but by enhancing its inherit uniqueness that lifestyle centers try so hard to emulate.   With this mind, I decided to expand beyond my current store and open a series of specialty businesses that offer quality products that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Reinke had been searching for an opportunity to use his creative energy to bring more retail offerings to the neighborhood, while retaining the focus of HOST.  Earth and Linen allows him to expand product offerings in their own unique boutique settings.

For the last few years, Reinke has been a tenant of Bowman Properties, owned by Richard Snowden.  “Bowman Properties is proud to partner with an experienced retailer like Doug Reinke who will bring vibrant and desirable home stores to the Avenue, potentially making Chestnut Hill a home décor destination perfectly designed with the needs and wants of our commercial district shopper in mind,” said Bowman Properties Director of Leasing/Property Manager Jessica Orso.

Reinke has high hopes for the impact his stores will have on Germantown Avenue as well.

“Each of these three businesses will be based on something that greatly expands the shopping opportunities for our local residents and also positions Chestnut Hill as an even stronger destination for tourists to shop, dine and explore this wonderful neighborhood,” he said.

His commitment to the expansion of Chestnut Hill retail development continues this fall when HOST will relocate to a larger showroom in the 7900 block of Germantown Avenue.