2016 Main Line Parent LOVE Awards: Best for Families Guide
There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around the Main Line, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies, as seen in our latest issue.
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Best Auto Mechanic / Collision Repair
Berwyn Collision is a complete auto repair shop that repairs damaged cars to pre-accident state and restores select vintage automobiles. With a loyal customer base on the Main Line built by word of mouth, this shop knows that trust is paramount and will provide you with the answers you need and the service you deserve.
“We enjoy treating families of the community who use our services as our own family,” says Maddie Hammond, vice president or marketing and business relations. “We use only the best parts, repair their automobiles like it never happened, and are grateful for referrals from our families along the Main Line.”
991 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; berwyncollision.com
228 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; classicoachwork.com
15 Holland Ave., Ardmore
Best Consignment Shop/Sale
Just Between Friends
Ready to clear out the cute dresses she wore once or the bouncer that he’ll never fit into again? The Just Between Friends sale in Oaks is the area’s largest children’s and maternity resale event, featuring more than 1,200 consignors – local moms and dads — who bring tons of like-new items to sell. Or maybe you’ve got another on the way, and want to stock up for less? Families are able grab everything they need to clothe and entertain their children at a fraction of retail pricing. Interested? The five-day event takes place twice a year at the Greater Phila Expo Center.
“The best part about running this is knowing that we make a difference,” says franchise owner Tracy Panase. “For some parents, selling their items at JBF means they can make a car payment twice a year while for others, it equates into a trip to Disney – it’s all relative but meaningful nonetheless. It’s a pretty powerful thing to see the impact of moms helping moms.”
Greene Street Consignment
Locations in Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, West Chester; greenestreetstores.com
Twice as Nice
250 Haverford Ave., Narberth
Best Family Photographer
MnM Family Photography
A moment in time saved forever can come from an iPhone, sure. But one that also is worthy of the fireplace mantel or the annual holiday card? MnM Family Photography, LLC, is a portrait photography studio based in Chester Springs that specializes in capturing images of your family as you grow and experience life together.
“I put my heart and soul into every aspect of my business,” says owner and photographer Marisa McGovern. “I always want my clients to be happy with their experience with me. It would appear that this is the case due to the high amount of repeat clients that I have. Families in this area truly understand the importance of capturing all of life’s milestones with photo sessions. It’s a privilege to run a business here!”
Bonnie Raley Photography
Laurie Carrozzino Photography
Best Hair Cuts for Kids
Hairs To You
Kids have a reputation for not holding still. If they can’t do it when watching TV, how will they ever get through a hair cut. Thankfully there’s Hairs To You, a family-friendly salon that can master that first clip of baby fuzz to your teen’s complex styling requests. Offering organic color, cutting, styling, makeup, and on-location services for weddings and special occasions, the pros here have been styling Main Line families for more than 30 years.
“At Hairs To You, we love being able to provide really quality services in a friendly environment, at an affordable price,” says owner Paige Lewis “If your kid cries during his first haircut (or maybe you do) — we don’t even notice. Need to nurse the baby while your older one gets a haircut? Be our guest. You can rest assured that we have quality products, skilled artists that are passionate about continuing education, and that we truly care about our clients and their families.”
219 Exton Square Mall, Exton; snipits.com
400 S. State Road, Suite 5, Springfield; hairsalon4kidsdelawarecountypa.com
Best Hair Salon
Need to keep an eye on a playdate, cook dinner, and finish up work emails all while getting your highlights done? Easy. Concihairge is a mobile service that brings modern salon services and products right to you.
“Our clients are comforted knowing that our stylists come to them with exceptional experience in the hair industry, a comprehensive background check, and training in the latest trends and cutting/coloring techniques,” says owner Stephanie Cleck. “As a CEO and busy mom myself, time is perhaps the most valuable commodity I have, and being able to provide a better work-life balance for both our clients and our employees is one of our greatest sources of pride as a company.”
29 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; salontrue.net
12 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; pageboyhair.com
Best Home Goods Store
83 Lancaster Ave., Paoli; vintagehomepaoli.com
201 Lancaster Ave., Wayne; deconstructedliving.com
The Little House Shop
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; littlehouseshop.com
Best Independent Bookstore
Children’s Book World
17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford; childrensbookworld.net
Chester County Book Company
967 Paoli Pike, West Chester; chestercountybooks.com
Main Point Books
1041 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; mainpointbooks.com
Best IT Help
Ralston Technical Solutions
Running a small business has enough ups and downs – no one needs to deal with frozen computer screens and website viruses. That’s why so many on the Main Line have Rick Ralston on speed dial. Offering all the IT help you could need – from virus protection to PC cleanup and repair to data software management – he helps provide the support every business needs for the budget you have.
“The best part about this is keeping clients and their families safe online, while teaching them how to keep themselves and their children safer at the same time,” he says.
5 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 210, Malvern; ebernieinc.com
Thames Computer Consulting
Best Kids’ Boutique
Cheeky, sweet, trendy, and hip, the adorable duds offered on this online boutique will make your little one the talk of the playgrounds. Originally a brick-and-mortar shop in Ambler, Hatch is now all online and continually expanding their offerings to include the latest designers – many of whom are local as well!
Children’s Clothing Patch
163 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; childrensclothingpatch.com
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Best Maternity & Newborn Photographer
Chase & Ella
The don’t stay small forever, and those little baby feet are just so sweet. Freeze these fleeting moments with Chase and Ella Photography, who focuses solely on capturing these moments with timeless images. An all-inclusive newborn photographer (that means you never have to choose your favorite images, they are all yours!), owner Tina Nerelli is passionate about newborns and capturing life’s little miracles!
“I strive to make client satisfaction my number one priority and work with my clients to not only achieve timeless and beautiful images, but to make sure they are at ease and that they know their most precious gift is in the best hands,” says Nerelli. “I love helping families document the story of their babies.”
Shannon Lynn Photography
Aliza Shlabach Photography
Best Pet Boarding
What A Good Dog
When you’re headed out of town and Fido isn’t invited, finding a place he will feel just as relaxed as you will on that vacation is paramount. At What A Good Dog, the staff focuses on working with each pup on an individual basis, allowing the dogs to set the tone, choose activities, learn new skills, and rest in a calm and safe space.
295 Three Tun Road, Frazer, and 811 Newtown Road, Villanova; whatagooddoginc.com
Hickory Springs Pet Farm
1095 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville; hickoryspringsfarm.com
27 Spring Mill Dr., Malvern; wagsworthmanor.com
Best Pet Grooming
Unleashed Pet Spa
From a simple scrub down to spa treatments, this space has your pet’s best interest and looks at heart. No cages or stressed out pooches here – instead you’ll find doggie dressing rooms and post-treatment relaxation areas complete with cozy beds and plenty of chew toys.
7 Anderson Ave., Ardmore; unleashed-spa.com
Dogma Grooming Salon & Spa
107 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne; dogmadogspa.com
Lovely Rita’s Pet Salon & Boutique
1050 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; lovelyritaspetsalon.com
AME Salon & Spa
Relaxation awaits in the heart of Wayne at AME Salon and Spa, where the focus is on rejuvenating mind-body purification therapies. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the spa offers an alluring mix of traditional and one-of-a-kind spa services, like the Good CHI massage or rice and honey pedicaure.
“Being at this location for over 15 years, we love interacting with our AME families – watching their children grow up, celebrating special milestones such as a marriage or anniversary, and sharing in someone’s wellness journey,” says Cathleen Helmuth, marketing director.
111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne; amesalonandspa.com
Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon
243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; josephanthony.com
Toppers Spa & Salon
745 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; toppersspa.com
Best Toy Store
For gifts that will wow and become treasures, not just toys, head to pucciManuli. From wooden spinning tops from Austria and crafting projects from France to American-made mobiles and locally-made accessories, this shop offers a remarkable collection of finely crafted toys, games, and gifts for children of all ages.
“We specialize in the unique, exceptional, and authentic,” says owner Carrie Kohs. “Our customers know they can find a special gift for everyone on their list, from newborns to grandparents, we quite literally have something for everyone.”
35 Cricket Ave., Ardmore; puccimanuli.com
209 Haverford Ave., Narberth; characterdevelopment.net
Pun’s Toy Store
839 1/2 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; punstoys.com
Best Travel Agent
Mad Hatter Adventures
The magic of a Disney vacation can sometimes get blocked by all the planning that needs to go into it. An Authorized Disney Planning Agency (Earmarked), Mad Hatter Adventures books hotels, flights, dining, and more, plus offers concierge-level service including itinerary planning and Fast Pass selections. Plus, all services are free.
2550 West Chester Pike, Broomall; madhatteradv.com
2 Disney Chicks
26 W. Market St., West Chester; whirlawaytravel.com
Ruthie’s Eyes is a full-service studio specializing in eyelash Xtensions, waxing, make-Up application and lessons, airbrush tanning, and skincare. The staff of licensed estheticians provide one-on-one attention, flexible scheduling, and customized care.
115 N. Eagle Road, Havertown; ruthieseyes.com
31 E Wynnewood Road # 33, Wynnewood
European Wax Center
Locations in Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, Broomall, and Wayne; waxcenter.com
Best Women’s Boutique
Bright, colorful, preppy, and chic, the dresses on display at Louella make you want to make plans just so you have somewhere to wear them. From classic to contemporary, the sales staff at both locations will help you update your closet and look and feel your best.
227 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne and 335 E. King St., Malvern; louellastyle.com
103 E. King St., Malvern; poshcollections.com
931 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; shop-skirt.com