If you're craving a shopping expedition with all-American charm and a quaint, small town vibe, then plan a day trip to Haddonfield, New Jersey. A straight shot over the Ben Franklin Bridge into New Jersey, Haddonfield is just a twenty minute drive from downtown Philadelphia.
Over 200 shops, art galleries, and restaurants dot the town's picturesque landscape along Kings Highway and its adjacent side streets; colonial architecture, wooden benches, and old-fashioned lamp posts add to the wholesome, family-friendly aesthetic.
Here, The Feast/Shop presents its top five reasons to make Haddonfield this weekend's shopping destination.
It's a Breath of Fresh Air (Literally): Ladies in-the-know forgo the Cherry Hill and King of Prussia Malls for Haddonfield's outdoor shopping. Get your fill of sunlight-supplied Vitamin D as you shop the town's eclectic mix of apparel and gift boutiques. Check out Maxwell James for contemporary labels (Velvet, BB Dakota, Joie, Melie Bianco); fill your gym bag with athletic apparel from Lululemon; pick up a pair of new undies at Georgie Girl; peruse the women's apparel and accessories from Moda Liz; try on shoes from Benjamin Lovell and funky, hand-embroidered boots from Z's Treasures.
Also stop by the mom-friendly gift and baby boutiques, like Serendipity for Vera Bradley bags; The Paper Trail for stationery; Duross and Langel for handmade soaps; and Jamaican Me Crazy for unique gifts.
Extended Business Hours on Fridays: From April through October, the shopping corridor hosts a "First Friday" event on the first Friday night of the month. Businesses stay open late, until 9 p.m., and offer special in-store discounts, promotions, and complimentary refreshments. Outside, artists and entertainers line Kings Highway, delighting passersby with original artwork and live music.
More Options Than Your Standard Food Court: Whether you're craving a spicy Indian curry or a slice of pizza, Haddonfield has your tastebuds covered with over thirty restaurants and cafes, coffee shops and ice cream parlors. Make a pit stop at The British Chip Shop for some fish and chips, then balance out the greasy meal with an antioxidant-rich berry smoothie from Amino Juice.
Brides-to-be can Sneak in Some Gown Shopping: Engaged? Keep your eyes peeled for Haddonfield's four bridal and special occasion salons: Beaute Ange Boutique, Angel Bridal, Jay West Bridal, and Country Way Bridal. The stores stock wedding gowns from popular labels like Casablanca, Justin Alexander, Jim Hjelm, Marisa, and Alfred Angelo. (There's even an entire website dedicated to Haddonfield's community of bridal and wedding services.)
Your Vintage Coach Bag Has Seen Better Days: Boasting nine vintage and consignment boutiques, Haddonfield's a must-see destination for lovers of designer duds. Specializing in upscale designer resale, Born to Shop, Raks Thrift Avenue, Nifty Thrifties, Cottage Resale Shop, and Stardust Memories are just a few of the shops to mark on your to-do list. Scour the racks for high-fashion labels like Marc Jacobs, Fendi, and David Yurman.
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