We left deep suburbia earlier than most, moving to East Conshohocken in 2017. After a lifetime of lawn care and seeing the same four people at the local Giant, my husband and I decided it was time for a change of scenery.
Conshohocken was founded in or around 1830. The name derived from a Native American word meaning “pleasant valley.” Which, as an aside, is much easier to spell and say than Conshohocken. Just ask any customer service agent ever.
Over the years, the borough has been significantly developed, and though our town offers big city conveniences, much of Conshohocken is still comprised of small businesses and restaurants, many of which have been here for decades.
We ultimately chose Conshohocken for its urban vibe and ideal location – specifically its close proximity to restaurants and bars. Since many people do come here for the food (and I was no different) moving to Conshohocken is truly a gift – because I hate to cook.
I usually start with dessert – and I love a good cannoli. Conshohocken Bakery, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, makes the best cannoli I have ever had. And trust me … I have eaten a lot of cannoli. Sometimes I eat them for breakfast. 79 Jones St., Conshohocken
Fayette Street Oyster House offers buck-a-shuck on weeknights for those times when your bank account is drained. If you are not an oyster fan, Fayette Street still has a great happy hour. Try the clams and bucatini and the seasonal blueberry pie. 128 Fayette St., Conshohocken
Deli On 4th looks like an old-school deli from the outside, but is basically a baby DiBruno Brothers. Deli On 4th has custom-made sandwiches, a full breakfast and lunch menu, plus outdoor dining. The owner of Deli On 4th is also the proprietor of the local juice bar Shack In The Back. They help me to detoxify with some green juice when I’ve been on a particularly bad cannoli bender. Shack In The Back also has açaí bowls, smoothies and homemade granola. Deli On 4th, 326 Fayette St., Conshohocken; Shack In The Back, 326c Fayette St. Corner of 4th Ave. &, Forrest St., Conshohocken
For classic Italian, go to Trattoria Totaro, which has been owned by the Totaro family for decades. Order the chicken parm or osso bucco. See if Donna Totaro is available; she is a virtual Wikipedia of all things Conshy. 639 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken
Across the river, The Gypsy Saloon offers live music, and a great bar scene with an extensive menu that offers something for everyone. The owners, Kim Strengari, Marianne Gere and Michael Golden, are truly the heart and soul of the Conshohocken community, heading up many charitable efforts that give back to the town’s residents. Drink the espresso martini and order the French fry board, which is just what it sounds like – a charcuterie board of French fries(!). The saloon also has outdoor seating in warmer months. 128 Ford St., Conshohocken
For days when I want to put on real pants and pretend I’m in LA, I love to order a Casamigos and a snack on the rooftop at Great American Pub. While you are sipping on your cocktail and watching all of the beautiful people, you may question if you are really still in Conshohocken. Yup, you are. 123 Fayette St., Conshohocken
Besides my aversion to cooking, have I mentioned that I hate to do laundry? A little further down Fayette Street is Town Valet Cleaners. The husband and wife owners have gotten me out of a dry cleaning/altering emergency more than once. Prices are reasonable and they pick up and deliver my laundry immaculately folded, so my closet looks like Marie Condo was there. Thanks to them, my closet looks pretty neat .. for now. 1200 Fayette St., Conshohocken
Though my domestic skills are lacking, one thing I’m great at is shopping. Sanctuary Blu is a treasure chest with an eclectic mix of vintage finds and unique gifts on the first floor. The upstairs offers reasonably priced trendy clothing and yummy sweats. 322 Fayette St., Conshohocken
Thirteen Circles, which I stumbled upon recently, is a new age holistic gift shop reminiscent of Harry’s World on South Street in Philadelphia. Lili, the owner, proudly identifies as a white witch (that’s a friendly one). The store’s offerings include all kinds of magical goodies. I just purchased intention candles in an attempt to halt my love of sugar. I’ll let you know how it goes. Tarot and palm readings are also available. 320 Fayette St., Floor 1, Conshohocken
Conshohocken is incredibly dog friendly and Ruh Ro’s Pet Shoppe is an independent pet supply store that, in my opinion, has the best looking patrons in Conshohocken. There are plenty of offerings for your best furry friend and the staff can answer all of your cat and canine questions. 30 East Ridge Pike, Conshohocken
I often bike or walk on The Schuylkill River Trail. There are plenty of family friendly and fun community activities, such as the iconic soap box derby, July 4th parade, Arts Festival and summer concerts in the park.
Whatever you do, definitely come visit. Conshohocken is truly a gem of a town.
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