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The Insiders’ Guide To Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr Houses
19 Reasons We Love Bryn Mawr

by Carole Felton Shore

From Lancaster Ave. to Bryn Mawr Ave. to Rosemont Square, Bryn Mawr is where hip and artsy meet sophistication, all of it grounded in local history. 

“The town is always incorporating new ideas, sensibilities and trends,” said Hank Wilson, president of the Bryn Mawr Civic Association and Bryn Mawr Beautiful, which maintains the town’s seasonal plants and flowers. He also owns Creative Way Needlepoint located in the heart of the town. “This influx of new ideas and progress enhances the heart of the town — families who have lived here for generations. When people come here, they see it’s special.” 

Bryn Mawr Day, a celebration of the town by local businesses, restaurants and institutions is September 10. And don’t miss Bryn Mawr Night on September 23. They are great opportunities to stroll through the colorful mosaic of shops that feature fashion, furnishings and cuisine with shops and sips, and special shopping incentives.

Ready to plan a day trip to Bryn Mawr? Here are our top picks for the arts, dining and shopping. 

The Arts

Music fills the air throughout the summer at Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts held at the Bryn Mawr Gazebo near Ludington Library. Co-produced by Point Entertainment and Ardmore Music Hall, the concerts start at 6 pm and are open to the public. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Bring a lawn chair and some pals! Coming soon: Christine Havrilla Duo, Livingston Taylor and Trout Fishing In America. 

Ava Grabar and Rose Weathers, seniors at Harriton High School, started Singer Songwriters of the Main Line three years ago. They reach out to high schoolers in the area who have written and produced original songs for spring and fall concerts held at Gazebo Park. Donations are requested and subsequently fully transferred to WXPN Musicians on Call, which perform bedside at area hospitals.

Bryn Mawr College
Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr College

Wolf Performing Arts Center keeps musical performances going all year, showcasing younger community members’ talent. Performances of The Missing Button, Matilda and Annie are on tap for the fall. 

Every week, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church hosts concerts featuring talented musicians who play the bell system. Known as Carillonneurs, they come to the church from around the world. Concerts start at 7 pm. Check the website for the full schedule. 

Shopping

The family-owned and operated, century-old Camera Shop has expanded from selling camera gear and equipment to signage, graphics, scanning and restoration services. 

Clover Market Bryn Mawr
Clover Market in Bryn Mawr

Clover Market and the weekly Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farmers’ Market feature local artisans, farmers and merchants who bring the world to Bryn Mawr through their baking, crafts and produce. 

Ten Thousand Villages is appropriately in Bryn Mawr Village. It is a fair-trade store with hand-crafted items from different countries. It is the ideal place to find that one-of-a-kind gift.

You won’t want to miss Grove 1.2.1, an award-winning boutique that focuses on personal styling. If you want a wide variety of offerings, Skirt is perfect for you with diverse labels and styles. And for all the hottest, young and fresh styles made for all ages, take a stop by Kindred Collective

flat lay photo of katsu tea set and bowl of ramen
Photo by Vincent M.A. Janssen

Dining

Everyone’s talking about the hottest restaurant of the summer: Fiore Rosso. Located in the former (and much loved) Tredici Enoteca, Fiore Rosso is award-winning chef Marc Vetri’s latest Main Line venture. Open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday, the restaurant specializes in pasta and other Italian dishes. 

Avalon Bistro offers new age French-Italian, and a unique brunch selection on Sundays. Looking for European fusion? Head to The Choice. Greek classics are available at Lourdas, and Ekta has a menu full of Indian culinary favorites. Arrowroot Farmacy & Cafe is dietary restriction-friendly, with gluten-free and vegan options.

And for something sweet, check out The Bakery House. They’ve been making delicious treats for 33 years. Owner Sandy Stauffer said whether they bake a cupcake or multi-tiered wedding cake, they “take enormous pride in everything they bake.” 

Carole Felton Shore is the creator of Bryn Mawr Night. She sits on the board of the Bryn Mawr Business Association. 


Want to see more activities in the area? Check out some of the best outdoor concerts our area offers this summer, and everything you can try at the Wayne Farmers Market.

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