Welcome to the Around Ardmore blog. My name is Meagan Manning, and this is the spot where I share news, history, and stories about my hometown of Ardmore, PA. I’m a writer, and I also run the marketing group for a sports and entertainment ticketing company.
Get the inside scoop on my bustling town here. You can learn a little more about me on this page. For more on Ardmore, check out the Where is Ardmore, PA page. For links to local sites, check out the Ardmore Links page.
After living in Pittsburgh for several years for college and work, my husband and I decided to relocate back to the Philadelphia area, where we both grew up. We lived with my mother-in-law for a few months while we tried to pick a place in the area to settle down.
It was an exciting time. We could choose anywhere in the Philadelphia area to live, as long as we could get to work in a reasonable amount of time. And we’d never chosen a place to live together, someplace that would make us both happy, so we wanted to make sure we took some time to pick the perfect spot. On weekends, we would take drives to different towns, including Ambler, West Chester, Narberth, and a few others, to find the place for us.
When we spent a Saturday in Ardmore, walking around and visiting some stores and a bar or two, I knew we’d found it. It was close to the city, it was a place where we could walk to the post office, restaurants, and other spots, it was affordable to live, and it seemed alive, thriving and busy. And it had a good vibe as we spent time in town. We were hooked, and shortly after, we got an apartment right near the center of town.
We’ve lived in Ardmore for eight years now, and I still love it as much as I did when we got here. It’s a special place that offers so many conveniences and an active community. We bought our first house three years ago in Ardmore, and I’m thrilled to own a little piece of my town. And I look forward to being here for many more years.
There are so many things I love to do in Ardmore, so it’s impossible to pick just one perfect day. From a walk through town on a beautiful day to dinner at a local restaurant to shopping in town, there’s always something fun to do. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite kinds of days.
Thrift Store Shopping: Ardmore has so many nice thrift stores where you can find the perfect used item for home, and you can walk to all of them from the center of town. I like to start at Milkboy on Cricket Ave. for a coffee and a baked treat and then head down the street to Athens Ave. I stop at the Browse Around Thrift Shop, hit the Nearly New Thrift Store and then head up Rittenhouse to the Pennywise Thrift Store on Lancaster. I’ve found so many good things at these stores—a side table for my bedroom, Philadelphia-themed paintings for my dining room, and antique glassware that I’ve given as gifts.
Sports Games at John Henry’s Pub: I used to live pretty much right across the street from John Henry’s, and I’ve spent many a game there. I was there the night the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, jumping up and down and screaming at the top of my lungs with the packed crowd. It’s one of my favorite memories in town. I love to walk from my house through the neighborhoods in South Ardmore to John Henry’s to watch a game with my husband and hang out with neighborhood friends. Throw in a beautiful, sunny summer or fall day, and I’m in heaven!
Farmer’s Market at Suburban Square: I love that I live in a town that has a farmer’s market. I’ll admit that it can be a little pricey, and it’s not somewhere I shop all the time for that reason, but it’s a great spot if you’re looking for nice food for a special night. Some of my favorite stands are Pallante’s Pasta Company (get a whole pizza cooked in the brick oven—you will love it!), Ardmore Produce, and Ardmore Seafood. And it’s fun to just browse the stands and maybe pick up a treat or coffee, even if you don’t want to buy.
I always tell people that Ardmore is such a great find, and here’s why:
- It’s on the prestigious Main Line, but it doesn’t have the snobbishness that some people associate with the area. Whether that association is right or wrong is up for debate, but Ardmore is a welcoming, down-to-earth place.
- It’s affordable and has lots of housing options for both renters and buyers.
- It’s convenient to public transportation. You can hop on the SEPTA train and be in Philadelphia in 20 minutes. You can also hop on the AMTRAK and take a direct train to New York City’s Penn Station and be there in two hours.
- If you live and work in Ardmore or the city, you really don’t need a car. My husband and I share one car because I work from home, and I can walk anywhere I need to go.
- It’s a historic town with many old homes and a lot of character.
- It has great schools.
- It has a great mix of young people, families, and older folks, so it has a great community feel.
- There are really no “big box” stores in town. Downtown Ardmore is full of local small businesses. The fact that it’s an old community with existing storefronts and a thriving business district limits the chance that you’ll ever see a Home Depot or Target right in town.
- Spend a day here to see Ardmore for yourself. You will love it. Trust me!