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The Main Line Parent Community’s 2020 LOVE Award Winners and Family Favorites

This year's Best for Families picks, chosen by the community!

We have been building community with Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family since 2010 and our annual LOVE Awards celebrate the BEST local resources for families, thanks to thousands of nominations our team received from our Main Line Parent Community.

BEST ACUPUNCTURIST, Dr. Meredith Murphy: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

healingpointonline.com | @thehealingpointacu

Main Line Parent community member, Iris H. shared: “I have been going to see Dr. Meredith Murphy for acupuncture for thirteen years. She’s helped me with so many things and gotten me off medication for migraines, allergies, acid reflux, nausea, muscle pain and inflammation, and overall stress. The atmosphere is beautiful, clean and conducive to the treatment. Dr. Murphy spends time before each treatment to see how I’m doing and if anything new has come up. 

I’ve recommended many people to her, some who didn’t get results with their own acupuncturists, and others who didn’t believe in it. Without exception, they all thanked me and were extremely happy with their results. Plus, she’s just so nice and down to earth and kind, in addition to being extremely knowledgeable in her field. I very highly recommend her!”

Family Favorite Acupuncturist: Healing Lotus Acupuncture

Main Line Parent community member, Amanda L. shared: “Lei is amazing! She is incredibly knowledgeable about traditional Chinese medicine and she has guided me to be a better person. She is an incredibly valuable resource and the private acupuncture sessions are 100% worth it.”

Family Favorite Acupuncturist: Village Wellness

Main Line Parent community member, Sharon W. shared: “Everyone is loved, accepted and cared for at Village Wellness. It is a loving community of wellness and acceptance, compassion, friendship, support – all wonderful things! The practitioners are well trained, kind, caring and so effective. Lance is amazingly talented and has crafted a wonderful community.”


BEST ART EDUCATION, Wayne Art Center: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

wayneart.org | @wayne_art_center

Main Line Parent community member, Judy K. shared: “Wayne Art Center has a variety of creative classes and workshops in painting, drawing, clay sculpture, mixed media, culinary and music for all ages. The staff and instructors are like one big family with deep appreciation for the arts, and for the community that takes classes and comes to see the exhibitions that run throughout the year. We see that and feel welcome every day.”

Family Favorite: Main Line Art
Family Favorite: Center on Central
Family Favorite: Sky Soup

Main Line Parent community member, Anne C. shared: “Have to send a huge thank you to Heather at Sky Soup Art Center who made my son’s bday party so thoughtfully planned and so fun. There were lots of *spirited* children there, age 2-9, and Heather ran the show, never flustered or frustrated, so I could relax a bit. She even had a pre-activity to keep kids busy while we waited for everyone to arrive. The space is wonderful and interactive, and Heather has lots of options to customize an art project for the party. Colorful plastic plates, cups and cutlery are provided so you only have to bring food (and booze if you choose, which we did). I even left behind a bowl and serving spoon, and when I came by a few days later to pick them up, they had been cleaned with care. Heather puts everyone at ease, and is an absolute pleasure!”

BEST ARTS CAMP, Appel Farms Art Camp: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

appelfarmartscamp.org | @appelfarmartscamp

Main Line Parent community member, Cara C. shared: “Appel Farm opens their arms to LOVE all the artistic children and families in the tri-state area!”

Family Favorite: Wayne Art Center
Family Favorite: Main Line Art

BEST BAKERY, Nothing Bundt Cakes: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

nothingbundtcakes.com | @kimawright

Main Line Parent Community member Lou N. shared: “My wife and I served Nothing but Bundt Cakes at Thanksgiving, Christmas and most recently a Super Bowl party! The quality is outstanding.”

Family Favorite: Clays
Family Favorite: Delice et Chocolat
Family Favorite: Bakery House

BEST BOOK STORE, Children’s Book World: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

childrensbookworld.net | @childrensbookworld

Main Line Parent Community Member, Lisa B. shared: “Children’s Book World is a gem! Whether it was a gift suggestion for a baby shower, a next series recommendation for my own child, or must-haves for our school library that I needed, the employees at Children’s Book World always come through for me. They are so knowledgeable and easy to work with. I can’t say enough wonderful things about them. If you haven’t shopped there, do yourself a favor and take some time to check them out.”

Family Favorite: Main Point Books
Family Favorite: Character Development

BEST CAMP FOR TEENS, Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

jkcp.com

“I have been going to JKCP for six years now, and the counselors are so friendly and supportive. One of the counselors offered to help tutor me in mathematics and that got me through class much easier. I go for tennis, and my game has increased far faster than it would have with any other coaches. I did cooking once and we made great food and the cooks are really nice and chose fun and tasty food. The head of the camp, Julian Krinsky, occasionally takes campers out to eat at neighboring restaurants. Overall, JKCP is the very best camp to go to because of their extremely friendly counselors and staff, large variety of sports and education classes, and the most beautiful campuses.”

Family Favorite: Summer Discovery: Pre-College Enrichment Program (Penn)
Family Favorite: Philly Rock Gym

BEST CHIROPRACTOR, Experience Chiropractor: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

experiencechiropracticnow.com | @experiencechiropractic.wayne

Main Line Parent Community member, Molly e. shared: “I had serious back problems for almost 6 months. I went from doctor to doctor and got countless MRIs, X-rays, and ultrasounds, but nobody could figure out the problem. After being at Experience for almost three weeks, I went from a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale to no pain. This practice and Dr. Eric and his awesome crew have been lifesavers!”

Family Favorite: Strafford Chiropractic

Main Line Parent Community member, Daniel S. shared: “Dr Hartman is an outstanding practitioner understanding patient needs from treatment to prevention. She helped me, my wife and my teenage son for the last year with injuries that we had. I came to Dr Hartman after trying other doctors in the area. Others treated the symptoms and were more in and out while Dr Hartman took her time to understand what has caused the injury and then treated above and beyond our expectations. She is truly interested in addressing patient’s need with a comprehensive outlook. She is approachable, always makes the time to accommodate even last minute or weekend requests. Highly recommended.

Family Favorite: Ultimate Health & Chiropractic
Family Favorite: Dr. Cara Hillwig

Main Line Parent Community member, Marlene B. shared: “I respect the work Dr. Hillwig does with me and with many community members. She is highly trained and applies her knowledge with warmth. She is also highly principled and has an awesome work ethic. She’s my chiropractor because she’s the best.” 

BEST CLEANING SERVICE , JS Services: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

Find JS Services on Facebook

Main Line Parent Community member, Karen M. shared: “I lost my husband in February of 2018. I have three children: a son who will be thirteen in March and twin daughters who will be ten in March. I work full-time and I needed help managing daily tasks and at the top of that list was maintaining my home. JS Services was recommended to me by my sister-in-law and I couldn’t be happier. Before the cleaning services began Lauren came to my home to meet me because she feels that’s an important part of the process in maintaining a professional yet very friendly relationship with her clients. Our visit was wonderful. Lauren listened to my story and was more than ready to jump in and help me. I could feel her compassion towards my family. Lauren is accessible through phone, text, or email. She’s flexible and will do her best to make the schedules work. The little extra touches she leaves behind after a service just puts a smile on my face. JS Services is the definition of a LOVE Award.”

BEST COOKING CLASSES, Crafty Chef Academy: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

thecraftychefacademy.com | thecraftychefacademy on Facebook

Main Line Parent Community member, Fran s. shared: “Most children love to cook, if given the chance. The Crafty Chef Academy teaches children to cook healthy foods and have fun while making their masterpieces. It’s a very helpful and unique program for children! They learn good eating habits at a young age.”

Family Favorite: Kitchen Wizards

BEST COUNSELING, ABC Therapies: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

abctherapies.com | @abctherapies

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “Ashley provides a safe and supportive space for those who need it most. She really focuses on the whole person and helps provide practical tools to deal with the everyday in a way that makes what otherwise may be overwhelming seem manageable and possible!”

Family Favorite: Milestones Psychology & Wellness (Dr Margo Burke)

BEST DANCE STUDIO, Ballet 180: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

ballet180.org | @ballet_180

Main Line Parent Community member, Sibel M. shared: “Kelly and her team not only teach ballet and dance techniques, they focus on developing our kids’ characters by teaching kindness, gratitude, and self-awareness. They have such a positive effect on my daughter and her other classroom friends.”

Family Favorite: Philadelphia Dance Academy

Main Line Parent Community member, Danielle K. shared: “Philadelphia Dance Academy has helped my daughter learn and grow tremendously. Their love of teaching shines through her skills. Their dance recitals are top notch and I’m so thankful that we’ve had the opportunity to be part of this amazing dance studio.”

Family Favorite: Angela Bates Dance Academy

BEST DAY CAMP, ESF Summer Camps: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

esfcamps.com | @esfcamps

Main Line Parent Community member, Alex R. shared: “Lots of opportunities for campers of all interests. They’re very inclusive of everyone and truly love my kids! I always feel like we are part of the family.”

Family Favorite: Blue Bell Camp

Main Line Parent Community member, Craig S. shared“They treat us like family, really care about all campers, will spend hours on the phone, provide advice about going to OTHER camps, and so much more.” 

BEST DENTIST, Dr. Amy Shoumer: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

dramyshoumer.com | @amyshoumerdmd

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “Dr. Shoumer and her staff make dentistry almost fun (almost!), because they are efficient, friendly, thorough, talented, and easy to work with. They’re great about preventive dentistry, and take time to explain any procedures.”

BEST DOULA , After the Stork: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

afterthestork.info | @afterthestork_

Main Line Parent community member, Allie C. shared: “We had an absolutely wonderful experience with After the Stork! We were not anticipating needing Postpartum Doula services and Georgette was kind enough to arrange care for us at the last minute. All of the doulas at After The Stork are nothing short of wonderful. Very trustworthy, very kind. I would be happy to recommend them to anyone!”

Family Favorite: Well Born Baby

Main Line Parent Community member, Sara K. shared “Nikki assisted with the birth of my first son, and five years later Christina assisted with the birth of my second. The caring support they provided was immeasurable. Their communication, support, knowledge and positive energy was crucial in allowing me to have the birth experiences I chose to have. I can not thank them enough!” 

BEST CHILDCARE, Kids Clubhouse of the Main Line: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

kidsclubhousemainline.com | @kidsclubhousemainline

Main Line Parent Community member, Mike B. shared: “Our family has had absolutely wonderful experiences with Angela and her team at Kids Clubhouse of the Main Line over the past year. The facility is incredibly well-designed and maintained, and the staff is warm, engaging and attentive to kids across a variety of ages. We’ve been fortunate to use Kids Clubhouse for both pre-planned days off and unexpected “emergencies.” In either case, Angela and her team have been incredibly supportive and accommodating. Most importantly, our boys have yet to have a full day there and leave without asking “when are we going back to the Clubhouse?” Always the sign of a great day for a 3 and 5 year old! I cannot say enough great things about this place and highly recommend it for both partial or full-time child care needs.”

BEST ELECTRICIAN, Farryn Electric: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

farrynelectric.com | @farrynelectric

Main Line Parent Community member, Jeff B. shared: “Dan and his team provide excellent work, a fair price and outstanding customer service and follow-up. In 2018, the Farryn team installed a generator at our home. In 2019, Farryn installed beautiful outdoor lighting. We highly recommend Dan and his team and are pleased to nominate them for this much-deserved award.”

Family Favorite: Muscatello Electrical
Family Favorite: DeCenzo Electrical

BEST EXTERIOR REMODELING, Rutter Roofing: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

rutterroofing.com | @rutter_roofing

Main Line Parent Community member, Matt C. shared: “Rutter Roofing is an amazing organization and company committed to an elite level of craftsmanship. Not only are they amazing with their work, I love how committed they are to community and charitable initiatives. I see them all over the Delaware Valley engaging people, participating philanthropic endeavors and helping those in need. They are a company built on compassion, caring and support.”

Family Favorite: Impriano Roofing
Family Favorite: AMDG

Main Line Parent Community member, Sarah T. shared: “AMDG did a fantastic job with our whole exterior renovation (roof, siding, etc.) I was blown away by the experience. I came away with a very positive experience for something that could have been incredibly stressful. On top of the job they did, they are genuine people who care about our community.” 

BEST FACE PAINTING, Bad Girl Designs: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

Bad Girl Designs on Facebook

“Stefanie is a super talented artist. She’s professional yet outgoing, funny, and great with kids. We’ve used her for kids birthday parties, and attended events where she was face-painting. Everyone who has experienced her work has been happy and amazed by her talent.”

Family Favorite Face Painting: Stacey’s Face Painting

BEST FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER, Julia V Photography: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

juliavphotography.com | @juliavphotography

Main Line Parent Community member, Jennifer B. shared: “From my first infant shoot with Julia six years ago, she instantly put my children at ease, and made them comfortable and giggly. They immediately fell in love with her, as did we. Her style and charm and unmatched. Incomparable!”

Family Favorite Family Photographer: Annie Whittington Photography

Main Line Parent Community member, Kathy G. shared: “Annie Whittington took great care taking photos that provide lasting memories for our family. The suggested location in Tyler Arboretum gave us many places for beautiful photos, and gave the kids fields to run in between poses. Annie takes care to get the kids early in the shoot while they are fresh and not tired. Her editing results in beautiful photos that we will always cherish. Annie is talented, patient, creative and fun to work with!”

Family Favorite Family Photographer: Diana Smyth
Family Favorite Family Photographer: Becky Gardner

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER, Entrust Financial: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

entrustfinancial.com | Entrust Financial on Facebook

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “Mckenzie Frankel has an easy, relaxed personality that comes in handy when dealing with stressful topics like money and financial planning. I love that she specializes in entrepreneurs and small businesses because there are so many things a new/small business owner has to deal with and she truly understands that as a business owner herself.”

BEST FITNESS STUDIO, Fuel Cycle Fitness: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

fuelcyclefitness.com | @fuelcyclefit

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “I have been going to cycling classes for years now and the last year and a half I have spent at FUEL has been the best! The cycling classes are a great workout. The instructors and owners do a great job and are nice too!”

Family Favorite Fitness Studio: Barre3 Rosemont

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “A studio that goes above to treat everyone like family. Their sweet and welcoming demeanor makes everyone feel supported and cared for. Child-care is top-notch and the classes are challenging, with plenty of options to ensure everyone feels successful.”

Family Favorite Fitness Studio: Club La Maison

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “Great gym for family! Staff is terrific, knowledgeable, and motivating.”

Family Favorite Fitness Studio: Grounded Ariel

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “They conduct awesome fitness bungee classes!!!!”

BEST HAIR SALON, K Loren Hair Studio: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

klorenhairstudio.com | @kloren_hairstudio

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “I started seeing Kaila in a local salon, and when she moved to open her own salon, I followed. She’s a highly trained stylist and colorist, and has a lot of positive energy. Her ambition and connection with her clients have already resulted in growing success after opening her salon this year. She has added two associates, and she has great plans for her business! Look at her Facebook page or website and you’ll see why!”

Family Favorite Hair Salon: Concihairge

BEST HIGH FLYING ADVENTURE

2020 LOVE Award Winner: Treehouse World
Family Favorite: Elmwood Park Zoo Treetop Adventures
JL Entertainment Designs, Best In-Home-Audio-Visual LOVE Award Winner 2020

BEST IN-HOME AUDIO-VISUAL, JL Entertainment Designs: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

jlentertainmentdesigns.com | @jlentertainmentdesigns

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “We recently had a flat-screen TV installed in our family room by JL Entertainment Designs. From the first point of contact, assessment of the space, and discussion of options, Joe was fantastic! He is so knowledgeable about products, understanding about needs and wants, professional, and accommodating. The proposal included several option packages based on our discussions. It was so smooth to pick an option, get questions answered and concerns addressed. The scheduling was easy and the installation was a breeze. We love the finished product – so clean, streamlined, and classy! Joe also ensures that he is available for questions, concerns, tweaks, additional add-ons, and upgrade options post-installation. I would definitely recommend JL Entertainment Designs for any and all electronic needs. Thank you to Joe, Frank, and Michelle for all your beautiful work!” 

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT, The Golden Hand: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

thegoldenhands.com | @thegoldenhandman

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “We had our kitchen renovated in June and July of 2019. We had a good friend who recommended Alix and The Golden Hand, and after seeing her kitchen we knew we did not need to look any further. From the first phone call to the final walk-through, Alix and his team were always kind, professional, thorough and diligent. Alix provided his original estimate in January 2019, he gave us a start date and gave us a six-to-eight week window to complete the job. He started two days after the original start date and was all done in seven weeks. After hearing nightmare stories about home renovations and contractors delaying work or taking more time than expected, I was beyond impressed how accurate Alix was with his timeline, especially six months out. He was able to do this based on his extensive experience, desire to do an amazing job and make his clients happy. His team was always punctual, worked extremely hard, always left my home spotless – just all around really nice guys! You can tell that each of the team members really enjoy their job and take pride in their work. Overall a great company and great team that deserve this recognition!” 

BEST HOME ORGANIZER, Carrie’s Essential Services: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

carriesessentialservices.com | @carriesessentials

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “Carrie has given me great advice that I have been able to execute, and turn my house from a stressful place into a relaxing place. She is careful, considerate, and full of knowledge and experience. In addition, she gives back to everyone she meets. She is forever promoting any small business she uses and supports many charities and organizations. She truly is a community gem.”

Family Favorite: Life Simplified
Family Favorite: House of Turk

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “I had the absolute honor of working with Kate on two organization projects in my apartment bedroom. The first project she did was to redo and makeover my bedroom closet, and in the second project she transitioned my closet from my winter to spring wardrobe. She is unbelievably talented in designing, clearing out, and then organizing ANY space into a simplified and more beautiful version of its former self. I honestly could not recommend her skills and services any more!” 

BEST IN-HOME MUSIC LESSONS, Leading Tone Lessons: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

leadingtonelessons.com | @leadingtonelessons

Main Line Parent Community member, Craig B. shared: “Absolute best music lessons on the Main Line. Amazing teachers who are more than just musicians, they’re inspirations to both my kids. The organization sends teachers to your home (old school!), and they’re super flexible.”

Family Favorite: Traveling Musician

BEST INFANT SWIM LESSONS, ISR Emily Morrison

emilymorrison.infantswim.com | @isremilymorrison

A Main Line Parent Community member shared: “Emily is AMAZING! Through Emily’s patience and skill – my 18 month old son can now float on his back and go from a full somersault in the pool to orienting himself with his face out of the water should he ever inadvertently fall into a body of water. I am SOOOO thankful for everything she had done! We will definitely be continuing with Emily as long as we can!”

BEST INSURANCE SERVICES, Peterson Insurance: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

petersoninsurance.com | @peterson_insurance_services

“After intense negotiations that carried late into the evening, I struck a deal to lease my first car. When I presented my family’s insurance information, I learned the coverage was inapplicable because the policy was not registered under my name. At this point, the car deal was rescinded. This prompted an urgent call to Ashley Quin at Peterson Insurance. Ashley quickly reassured my concerns and said she handles similar situations all the time. Not only did Ashley create a policy well after working hours, she even spoke with the dealership’s salespeople on my behalf and totally diffused the stressful situation. As a result, I was able to drive off in a brand-new car! Ashley and her team deserve the 2020 LOVE Award for their dependability and impeccable customer service. I cannot thank Ashley enough for her responsiveness, expertise, and genuine care for her clients.”

Family Favorite: Element Insurance- Sarah Todd

“Sarah is the best insurance agent. Our car window was smashed while we were on vacation and she was able to guide me through the process of getting it fixed. She responded immediately and made a stressful situation manageable. She’s always so responsive — for example, she’s been able to quickly email me my proof of insurance card the morning of my car getting inspected when I couldn’t locate the card myself.”

BEST KEEPSAKES, Once Upon a Time Creation: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

onceuponatimecreation.com | @onceuponatimecreation

“Jen was so wonderful to work with. She and her team created three memory blankets and six keepsake ornaments from my deceased husband’s clothes. My family and I treasure these everyday. I highly recommend Once Upon a Time Creation.”

Family Favorite: Multimedia Masterpiece

BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN, Gwendolyn Johnson: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

 

gwendolynjohnsondesign.com | @gwendolynjohnsondesign

“The gardens that Gwen designed for us keep looking better year after year. She is a wonderful resource for even small ideas and fill-ins, and her free newsletter is more informative than some of the paid magazine subscriptions I read!” 

BEST LICE TREATMENT, Center for Lice Control: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

www.centerforlicecontrol.com | @ilenethelicequeen

“They helped take care of my daughter who had lice. She was embarrassed! Ilene made her feel comfortable, and explained the cycle of lice so that she could understand what was happening and how she was going to get rid of it. The salon is a warm, friendly, clean inviting environment. I would highly recommend this business. They are totally deserving of a 2020 Love award!”

BEST MARTIAL ARTS, Dragon Gym: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

dragongym.com | @dragon_gym_mainline

“Dragon Gym is the best martial arts studio on the Main Line! It teaches kids how to become confident, proud of who they are, hardworking, and kind to others. When you join Dragon Gym, you become part of a community of parents dedicated to helping these kids be the best they can be. The classes are taught by experienced teachers who are great role models. They teach by example, always displaying the values of kindness, hard work and discipline while making it fun at the same time. Plus parents get highly informative emails each week which lots of parenting tips to help build kids up. Our son joined three months ago and his coaches at Dragon Gym have already made such an impact on him. He is excited to go to class each week and he has matured a lot in such a short time. This martial arts studio is the best!”

Family Favorite: My Karate Place

BEST MATERNITY and NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER, Veronica Paluch: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

veronikapaluch.com | @veronikapaluchphotography

“Veronika captured newborn photos of my daughter Poppy that my husband and I will cherish forever. Her at home studio was relaxing and welcoming, and I was so grateful for the option to wear dresses from her gorgeous studio wardrobe. Shopping for a new dress postpartum was not high on my list of priorities, so this was a huge plus! She let us take our time during the shoot to nurse Poppy as needed, so we didn’t feel rushed at all. We took note of the calming techniques she used on Poppy when she was fussy (which worked like a charm) and have started using them ourselves. She’s truly a baby whisperer!

We also received our edited photos so much quicker than expected. Originally I was going to choose one of the smaller packages, but I was so happy with the photos that I upgraded to the package that included the entire gallery. We look forward to working with Veronika again on future family photo shoots!”

Family Favorite: Jessica Catherine

“We received our photos from Jessica and couldn’t be happier with them! She is so great at what she does, you can tell this is her passion. As new first-time parents, Jessica made sure we were super comfortable the whole time. She is such a natural with babies and I even learned a thing or two about calming my son when he was getting fussy. I can’t wait until we receive our art piece, it’s going to be our first family photo on the wall with our baby.” 

BEST MEAL PLANNING, HomeCooked: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

homecooked.net | @homecookedpaoli

“Cooking as a single parent is a challenge. Knowing that I have a fresh and delicious meal waiting for me when I get home with no hassle is such a relief. Takeout is expensive and unhealthy, and knowing that I am supporting a local business and eating a well-balanced meal is really the best of both worlds. Not only is the food beyond expectations but their dedication to their customers is what keeps me coming back. I truly feel LOVE in every bite!”

Family Favorite: Home Appetit

“Superior quality food, hands on customer service, and time-saving is huge for me and my family!”

BEST MUSIC CLASSES, Music Training Center: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

musictrainingcenter.com | @musictrainingcenter

“They have a true passion for their work and have a great rapport with the students. My daughter has been taking classes here for six years and had a positive experience with each instructor.”

Family Favorite: Sally’s Music Circle

BEST ORTHODONTIST, Phamily Orthodontics, 2020 LOVE Award Winner

phamilyorthodontics.com | @phamilyorthodontics

“We have had three children that have been under Phamily Orthodontics care. As a result we have three beautiful smiles! Great care and attention!”

Family Favorite: Costa Orthodontic Specialist

“They are the best. My daughter had an awful and traumatic experience at another orthodontist. Dr. Costa was so patient with her, didn’t even charge us for the visit to discuss what we would do, didn’t charge us to remove the orthodontic appliance that caused the issue and we stuck with him for 3 more kids and many years because he is simply the very best and most kind.”

Family Favorite: Foote Orthodontics

“I was an adult apprehensively seeking advice on Invisalign to save my teeth. The Foote Orthodontic office atmosphere was so welcoming. The staff is wonderful, friendly, soothing, and so accommodating. I was so impressed with the office overall that I immediately forgot about the other orthodontists I was seeking. My insurance was professionally handled without a glitch. My visits are on time and precise. Everyone there smiles. It is a terrific atmosphere for any age.”

Family Favorite: West Chester Orthodontics

“Dr. Ferrell is an amazing person. She is kind, fair, and compassionate. She is heavily involved in her community and sponsors many local sports teams, organizations, and health events. She visits schools dressed as the tooth fairy and every month gives out a Teacher of the Month award to a local teacher! She supports anything West Chester and truly loves her community. She is an incredible orthodontist and is always treating her patients as if they were her own family.” 

BEST PAINTER, Artisan Painting & Carpentry: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

artisanpaintingandcarpentry.com | @artisanpnc
Family Favorite: John Neill Painting

BEST PARENTING CLASSES, Main Line Family Education: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

mlfed.com | @mainlinefamilyeducation

“Nicole is a golden resource for any family who is bringing a new baby into the world. She has built an amazing team of trusted advisors to help parents navigate one of the most exciting and demanding jobs we will ever have. Thank you for helping us build and sustain our village!

BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST, Pediatric & Adolescent Dentisty of the Main Line: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

pdmainline.com | @pediatricdentistofthemainline

“Everyone works really hard there and every experience has been fantastic. I’m almost jealous how comfortable our kids are with the doctor! We love this place. These dentists are artists with the cosmetic part (three broken front teeth!) and extremely gentle with the drilling our kids’ six cavities, and they never saw or FELT the needle!”

BEST PEDIATRICIAN, Gordon-Klinow Pediatric Associates: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

 

“I have three children and have used this practice for the last fifteen years. The staff, doctors and nurses have all always been helpful and professional. They return calls and get you in on the same day for sick visits. Every doctor is strong clinically. Being a nurse myself, I appreciate everything they do, I wish I could see them!”

Family Favorite: Nemours Villanova- Dr Michelle Karten

“Dr. Karten is caring, dedicated and amazing with my children. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a pediatrician!”

Family Favorite: Advocare Broomall Pediatrics

“Broomall Pediatrics goes above and beyond every time I call and every time I bring my child into the office. They are respectful of my time and do their best to accommodate my schedule. They are open  seven days a week and most evenings. The front desk staff is the friendliest around and I could not be happier with them. My children actually look forward to their visits.”

BEST PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMMING, West Chester Studio at Uptown: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

westchesterstudio.com | @westchesterstudio

“West Chester Studio had been a huge part of my children’s lives since they were little. Therese and her teachers have instilled a sense of self-confidence and kindness in my children that I don’t think they would have learned anywhere else. Therese has taught them so many things that are far beyond singing and acting, making my kids feel safe, confident and empowered. How to be a good, kind human, to always be prepared, and respect for others. We have worked with Therese for almost 7 years. She loves all of the kids she works with and shows patience and respect to each and every one of them.”

Family Favorite: Wolf Performing Arts Center

“Wolf PAC is an incredible place to grow and learn. All children are accepted into this loving community. Wolf PAC does an especially notable job welcoming kids of all abilities and helping them to experience the joy of theatre. They put on incredible productions with a group of talented kids who love and support each other. There is no better place to gain an amazing community and experience theatre.”

Family Favorite: SALT Performing Arts Center

“SALT is a fabulous family-friendly theatre that embraces all walks of life. They provide excellent theater in Chester County and they provide a warm, caring environment that is unmatched in the area.”

Family Favorite: The Springer Studio

“Mary Jo has created an environment for my two children to learn and grow and develop a love for musical theater. When my children were younger we attended her musical theater shows and were always amazed at the talent she was able to develop and the shows she could pull off in a few weeks. Now having been part of it and also trying other theater studios we know she is different and special – she really brings out the best in the kids. She gives them confidence. She teaches them all aspects of a theater production and has them hands-on learning and helping to create the costumes and sets and learn the songs and lines, etc. she’s so passionate about what she does and she really believes in these kids. My children have learned so much from her and we are excited to continue to be part of her studio as she moves into a new location and offers more classes to the community.”

BEST PERSONAL CAR SHOPPING, Phoenix Preferred: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

phoenixpreferred.com | Phoenix Preferred on Facebook

“I have used Eric for about 9 car deals. Eric is like a car genie. He protects his clients from bad dealerships and always exceeds what you ask for. The best part is he LOVES what he does and actually gets as excited about you buying a car. I adore Eric and Phoenix Preferred and would never shop without him for a car.”

BEST PERSONAL TRAINING, Ali Jackson (Never Give Up): 2020 LOVE Award Winner

nevergiveuptraining.com |@nevergiveup_manayunk

“Ali has trained my husband and me since last summer. When we started we were completely out of shape, but Ali is always the perfect balance of patient and motivating. My husband has lost over thirty pounds, and my clothes fit better and I’m stronger. We can’t say enough about her!”

Family Favorite: KatFit – Kathrine Bright

“Kathrine has been transformational in my life and my thinking about fitness. I started working with her because my core strength and fitness level overall had taken a nose dive after donating a kidney to my daughter and working through all of the components of her care. I had put myself last for many years and it showed. Kat has helped me strengthen my core and my body overall without any judgement. She is encouraging, kind, and wise. While accompanying my mother on a trip recently, and hauling and hoisting all of our luggage, I was shocked to notice how much easier it was to do than it had been the previous year. I’m feeling better about myself and excited about continuing to grow.” 

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, Daniel Foster Creations: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

daniellefostercreations.com| Facebook Page for Daniel Foster

“Danielle and her staff are friendly, affordable, and trustworthy! From family photographs to Santa and Easter Bunny pictures every year she can do it all! Her work is truly priceless. Once you’re a customer at DFC, you’re officially family. Such a fantastic experience.”

Family Favorite: Bonnie Raley

“Wonderful to work with, from birth through my son’s first birthday! I can’t wait to do photos with Bonnie again.”

Family Favorite: ME Photo and Design

“Meagan did photos for us with our twins this spring. They were 20 months at the time and it was so hard to get a photo of them together. She tried every trick she has and got some incredible shots of them displaying their personalities. She was so patient and kind and able to see our vision and what we wanted! Her work is amazing.”

Family Favorite: Ivory Tree

“My portraits look amazing! The staff was warm and friendly and so good with my two little boys. It can be hard to get them to cooperate, but Michelle and Lara did an amazing job and captured their true smiles and personalities!! Love this studio!!” 

BEST LEARN-TO-SEW PLACE, Christine Shirley Sewing & Design Studio: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

christineshirleydesigns.com |@christineshirleydesigns
Family Favorite: The Handwork Studio

BEST PLAY SPACE, Charming Star Playroom: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

charmingstarplayroom.com| @charmingstarplayroom

“The staff is so friendly and accommodating. My daughter had her birthday party there. Kids were crying when the party was over because they did not want to leave, that’s how much fun they were having!”

Family Favorite: Lulu’s Casita

“Love the way they treat everyone like family!”

Family Favorite: Chatter Splatter

“We love Chatter Splatter and find it to be the best play place in town! It’s family run, spacious, clean, and keeps my wild son entertained for hours!! We’ve had and attended multiple birthday parties there as well as BYOB night and always had a blast. Nykee and her mom are excellent at what they do. They work so hard and keep chatter growing, expanding, and safe for our kids!” 

BEST REALTOR, Nicole Klein: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

brynmawr.yourkwoffice.com| @nicolekleinrealestate

“Nicole and her team are without peer! They take what can otherwise be a daunting venture, and make it enjoyable. I would recommend them without pause to anyone – old, young, investor, first time buyer, etc!”

Family Favorite: David Barrett

“We learned about David Barrett through a postcard in the mail and contacted him for help on selling our investment property. Not only did David sell our home fast but he also helped us get the best deal. David’s knowledge and patience makes him the best person to work with. We will for sure hire David again and highly recommend him!”

Family Favorite: Sagal Realty Group

“The caring shown to their employees, students, customers, and budding family is extraordinary. Always on target, always a smile. Exceptional persona and interest in the community.”

BEST SYSTEMS SERVICE PROVIDER, Adam Mechanical: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

www.adammechanical.com | Adam Mechanical on Facebook

BEST SLEEP CONSULTANT, Confident Parenting: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

beaconfidentparent.com |@beaconfidentparent

“Erica is a fountain of knowledge coupled with an innate warmth. She brings both of these assets to every client she meets. Each time I observe her work with a family, it is obvious how much she cares. Erica’s programs and experience are superior because of the different types of sleep challenges she has corrected for so many children of varying ages and stages. She never offers a one-size-fits all approach, she works hard, she puts her clients first, and she is a true collaborator in every sense of the word.”

Family Favorite: Tiny Transitions

“We had serious problems once we transitioned our toddler out of his crib. We tried everything. It wasn’t until we found Tiny Transitions that we found a sleep training plan that actually worked! Courtney was amazing – always available, always kind, always with insightful tips and tactics.”

Family Favorite: AM Smiles

BEST SPA, Essent Spa: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

essentspa.com | @essentmedispa
Family Favorite: AME 

BEST SPORTS MEDICINE, Premier Orthopedics: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

premierortho.com | @premierorthousa

“Keli Donnelly helped my son when he had a fracture in his elbow. Very helpful office staff and doctor!”

Family Favorite: Bryn Mawr Sports Rehab

BEST SPORTS PROGRAMMING, Next Level Sports, 2020 LOVE Award Winner

nextlevsports.com |@nextlevelsportsffl

“A wonderful association that shows a lot of caring about kids in multitude of arenas. They have a wonderful presence, and have treated me, my children, and family with the utmost of respect. They make me feel privileged and increase the appreciation in watching my children play and be challenged to improve their skill sets.”

Family Favorite: Happy Feet
Family Favorite: Young Sports

BEST SWEET TREATS, PBJ Soft Serve: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

www.pbjsoftserve.com | @pbjsoftserve

“Best ice cream truck! Made our event so much better. All the guests loved it.”

Family Favorite: Kilwins

“Kilwins loves children! The store is a place that takes you back to an old-fashioned chocolate and ice cream shop. Every Saturday kids can make their own chocolate treat for $10, a wonderful fun activity. They also give out free samples of ice cream and fudge and will make a basket or box of chocolates for any fundraiser within the community. Kilwins also offers great birthday parties for adults, children, and families. We love Kilwins!”

Family Favorite: Sweet Trading Company
Family Favorite: Raw Monje

“Monica puts a lot of love into the goodies she bakes. They’re delicious and very beautiful! She also is working on building community in her area by holding a book club and offering classes. I really think she should be recognized for all of her effort, and of course, because her treats taste great!”

BEST TOY STORE, Monkey Fish Toys: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

monkeyfishtoys.com | @monkeyfishtoys

“From holding our school fundraisers to my kids’ birthday bin wish-lists to just being the best place for my little boys to go and play, the store and staff is beyond fantastic. They will answer any questions you have (and if they don’t know the answer they will find out!) Monkey Fish is not only local and a small business but is just truly all around AWESOME!!!”

Family Favorite: Puns Toys
Family Favorite: Lucky Duck Toys

BEST TRAVEL AGENT, Cassandra Doyle Must Love Travel: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

mustlovetravelgroup.com/cassandra |@sassycassytravel
Family Favorite: 2 Disney Chicks

“They organized our trip to Disney World a year ago and they couldn’t have been easier to work with. They were extremely accommodating, planned the trip around our needs, prompt communicators, and showed exemplary customer service all around. We plan on using them for our next trip in 2021!”

Family Favorite: Whirl Away Travel
Family Favorite:  Twice as Nice

“Sarina is flawless. From making recommendations and ensuring that all of our families needs are met – food allergies to physical disabilities – she follows up during the trip and if there are any issues, she handles them immediately. She’s friendly, courteous, prompt and thorough. She provides an excellent travel package and lots of useful resources. She follows up after our trips for feedback and improvement for our next trip. She makes sure a single detail is not missed.” 

BEST TUTORING, Between the Lines: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

tutorbetweenthelines.com | Facebook Page for Between The Lines

“Carrie tailors her sessions with each student, to the exact needs for the assignment, and is specific to the goals of the student. The subject may change (language arts, history, science lab report, film analysis) but Carrie continues fine-tuning the student’s skills and is consistent with her teaching to challenge the student’s writing ability in the differing formats. Carrie is flexible on time. She even will Facetime if your student is home sick! You know she is aces when your student texts Carrie their grade before the parents!”

Family Favorite: Fick Educational Services

“After years of trying to work with the school on our own while our child was struggling in school and in life, we were finally connected with Fick Education. What a difference this has made! Our child was connected with a tutor who encourages, celebrates the small wins, and gets school assignments done during weekly sessions. Our educational consultant helps us manage the IEP and helps the school see how to support our child effectively. The results? Improved grades. More importantly, improved confidence and sense of self-worth!”

Family Favorite: Educational Services 

“We signed up with Education Services for our junior who was preparing to take college entrance exams. They are so well organized, student-oriented, very friendly to work with and our child actually enjoyed the whole process. From start to finish they were able to help him raise his score. We were very satisfied with their work and recommend them to everyone who asks.”

BEST PEDIATRIC URGENT CARE, PM Pediatrics: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

pmpediatrics.com |@pmpediatrics
Family Favorite: CHOP Urgent Care, King of Prussia

“CHOP Urgent Care has been there for us time and again over the first two years of our son’s life. From late-night colds and coughs, to making arrangements to get him to the hospital just days before Christmas this year, the team are amazing. The nurses and check-in staff are always helpful, patient, friendly, and smiling. I always feel safe having my son get examined or treated by one of the CHOP Urgent Care doctors, they are some of the best in the business. I can’t say enough good things about the CHOP Urgent Care team. They are amazing!” 

BEST WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE, Lifecycle WomanCare: 2020 LOVE Award Winner

lifecyclewomancare.org |@lifecyclewomancare

“Lifecycle WomanCare is celebrating their 40th year of providing excellent support to new and growing families. I have worked there as a midwife for six years and feel so lucky to have such supportive colleagues and a boss who truly cares about my welfare both at work and away from work. It’s one of very few places where a midwife can provide full scope care in a true midwifery model. I’m also a two time birth client and so have experienced the love and support that laboring clients feel as well – respect, encouragement, excitement, and reverence from the staff supporting me through both of my labors and births. LWC is both a great employer as well as a birth center and place for gynecological and well-woman care.”

Family Favorite: Gathered Birth

“Amazing classes and community support – like an extension of home. From prenatal yoga to birth classes to postpartum and newborn support, this community birth gathering spot is a beautiful example of why and how it takes a village to raise our families and support our mamas.”

Family Favorite: David Ufberg

Founder & CEO, Family Focus Media | Creator of Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family | Instagram & Twitter: @sarahbondfocus | Email: sarah@familyfocus.org.

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