If people in Philadelphia never knew of Kennett Square before, they certainly do now after two stores were named Best of Philly by “Philadelphia Magazine” for 2014.
As the edit staff described when searching for the best of the best, they “drove to East Jabib (i.e., Kennett Square) to discover what might possibly be my new favorite vintage furniture store.”
That store just so happens to be Scout & Annie Vintage Homegoods, located on East State Street.
“I’ve been in this location for exactly three years now and Friday, we’re celebrating our annniversary,” said owner Tara Dugan. “I specialize in mid-century, modern furnishings and accessories. About a year and a half ago, Francesca Rudin came on board and she brought with her all kinds of pillows and throws and dishware - some new items to add into the mix of all the primarily vintage stock.”
Also winning the Best of Philly is bedbugzz..., also located on East State Street.
“We opened in 2005 and it was kids’ decor for their rooms and it sort of morphed into kids’ clothing and I went with what customers were asking for and finding cute stuff while I was out shopping as well,” said owner Kathleen Caccamo. “Items are hopefully made in America, but are designed and well-made clothing and furnishings for kids. We go from newborn up to size 8/9 in boys and 12 in girls clothing to give kids a hip, different look.”
Neither of these stores are new to the accolades as Scout & Annie was named Main Line’s Best Vintage Home Boutique 2013 and bedbugzz... was named Main Line’s Best Kids Bedding & Gifts 2011 and Main Line’s Best Pint Sized Clothes 2013.
Dugan left her original career as an attorney, which she did for 18 years, to put all her focus and attention into vintage furniture and the store.
“I’ve always been interested in it,” she said. “It seemed like the right time to just go for it full force.”
Caccamo’s collection in the store continues to grow as the needs arise. On top of the children’s clothes and furnishings, she also carries a maternity line and items for the breast-feeding mother.
“As the customer keeps requesting stuff and we find what the needs are in the area that they can’t find elsewhere, we try to fill those needs,” she said.
The news of being named Best of Philly came as quite a surprise to both Dugan and Caccamo - even with the way the news was delivered to them.
“I found out we got the Best of Philly in a tweet,” Dugan said. “It was really exciting and really fun.”
Dugan and Caccamo never expected the news to break in such a way.
“It wasn’t a phone call, it wasn’t an e-mail ... I got a tweet,” Caccamo said. “That was the most exciting tweet I’ve ever had.”
It’s a huge honor for both store owners to be named to the Best of Philly and as much as they appreciate the spotlight and the congratulations, it might not have been possible if not for the Kennett Square community of stores.
“It’s a tremendous honor, but frankly, it’s more about Kennett Square than it is about my shop,” Dugan said. “Kennett has this tremendous mix of independent retailers and certainly the restaurants. I think Kennett started to really get noticed with Talula’s Table and it has only built from there. It’s a collective of everyone downtown instead of one or two individual shops.”