Rural Southern Chester County formally opened its doors to customers at three new stores in London Britain Township on Friday. Although the Salon Jalore, Saffron and Technology Concierges have all been in business since early in the summer, they officially greeted the public on a rainy afternoon last week.
All the stores are at the Shoppes at London Britain, a small mall located on Route 896 just south of Kemblesville.
-Salon Jalore owner Lori Ednie and her daughter, Aimee, took over a facility that had formerly been a beauty shop as well. She said it was in nice shape when they moved in -- needing only some redecoration, a few coats of paint and some new equipment. They offer hair styling and face treatments and expect to have a skin specialist on site soon. On Tuesdays they are offering men's cuts for $15, and on Wednesdays children 12-and-under can get their hair trimmed for $12. And always, Lori said, the give senior discounts of 10 percent.
"We want to be the best and give first class service here, Lori Ednie said.
-Saffron was the name chosen for the cafe that sits in the middle of the modest roadside mall. It was so named to reflect one of the herbs used often within, said catering coordinator Son Walters.
Saffron is a place where people can eat in, take out or contract for catering.
All the foods are homemade and use local produce and -- in the near future -- local meat. Week by week the specials change, and customers can make their choices from the windowed, refrigerated cases that greet them when they come in. Some of the favorites, Walters said, are tuna-stuffed tomatoes, baked peppers, lasagna, meat loaf sandwiches, cranberry chicken salad and two-day marinated London broil. The coffees are Morningstar brand, and the teas are from Mighty Leaf.
Owner Kelly Snavely said many of the customers are local residents, and they come in most often to buy sandwiches, which are always accompanied by a choice of side dishes.
On the weekends, they are opened for breakfast and feature oatmeal crème brulee, egg sandwiches and a special London Britain omelet.
Snavely, who has a background in catering said she has operated several restaurants, but this is the first one she has opened to the public on her own. She added that she chose the London Britain location because she grew up "just down the road."
-Technology Concierges is the new extension of the same name of a shop in Hockessin, Del. Sitting alongside Salon Jalore, it offers computer sales, service and repairs. They provide in-home and office technology as well as network design and installation. Owner Joe Panchisin also can help with copying and fax services as well as business cards, booklets and binding services. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.