Terrain at Styers in Glen Mill, PA November 10 2013, 0 Comments
This past weekend I road tripped up to Pennsylvania from North Carolina to visit a good friend of mine. She and I both have a love and appreciation for well thought out, creative and inviting environments that inspire, so I was overly excited to explore the area with her! As most of us know, the URBN group of companies is brilliant. If you aren't familiar, this includes Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, BHLDN and Terrain. No matter where I am traveling, I always seem to find myself moseying around an Anthro store. The stores are each decorated differently, sticking with an overall, general theme (which changes frequently) between the stores and using recycled and vintage mediums. The space allows you to explore and sparks creative ideas. I have been following the Terrain store through emails and blog entries, but as there are only two locations in the country, I hadn't yet had the pleasure of visiting this lovely establishment.
We set a reservation for Saturday morning brunch. Arriving at Terrain was greater than I had imagined. Meandering through the outdoor plant nursery, I noticed vendors setting up booths and signs reading "Brooklyn Flea". The Brooklyn Flea (from Brooklyn, NY of course) now also operates out of Philadelphia and were hosting a special, scaled down flea market this morning at Terrain. I was in heaven. Terrain AND a flea market! I couldn't have asked for more. Hand crafted leather boots, vintage apparel and home goods, block printed stationery, local cheeses, craft beer and cider all lined the outdoor garden space. A fire was burning and a man wearing flannel was popping corn kernels over the flames. The smell of the wood burning, fresh greenery and the crisp fall air were exuberant.
We made our way into the cafe, which was in the renovated greenhouse. Succulents and hanging plants lined the glass walls and ceilings, reclaimed wood and steel tables broke up the space into little eating nooks and large rolls of kraft paper with beautiful penmanship adorned the walls noting the specials and local french press coffee selections. Band of Horses played through the speakers as we walked in. The menu was seasonal and included ingredients harvested from the surrounding area. We brought our own champagne which was accompanied by the cafe's pitcher of orange juice. Brunch was scrumptious. We then explored the boutique, only a few steps from the cafe, and once again wandered the outside area, browsing the Brooklyn Flea vendors, sampling pumpkin beer and carmel apples. It was a lovely morning, and I already cannot wait to return.
"Terrain transforms the local garden center into a celebration of nature. Inspired by the idea of merging house and garden to create an experience for the senses, our garden centers...cater to our customer with a curated assortment of plants for all seasons, as well as inspired items for the home and garden. Situated on luxurious indoor-outdoor environments, our on-site nurseries are each flanked by a cafe and garden terrace, providing the ideal environment to host events and workshops." Terrain's company profile at URBN.com
Hand made Peanut Almond butter from Big Spoon Roasters, made right in my home of Durham, NC. I was happy to see that the store stocked specialty goods from small mom and pop ventures. I buy this from the Durham Farmer's Market from the craftsmen himself.