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Simon Pierce is a premier designer and manufacturer of hand blown glass and pottery items located just west of West Chester PA.
If you have the time and are thinking of heading a bit further west toward Chester County, Simon Pearce is another great free attraction that you should consider visiting before everyone heads back to school.
Since 1971, Simon Pearce has been creating original products in glass and pottery - at first in Ireland and since 1981 in the United States. Today, they have a dozen stores and two restaurants spread across the US from their original location in Quechee, Vermont out to southern California. Simon Pearce is now headquartered in Windsor Vermont where they have both glass and pottery manufacturing locations with additional manufacturing facilities in Quechee and Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.
In 2000, Simon Pearce opened a restaurant and retail store in Pocopson Township Pennsylvania just west of West Chester on the banks of the Brandywine. Occupying the former Lenape Inn space, the facility has been completely renovated and now offers a glass blowing demonstration area on the first floor accompanied by a retail store and a fine dining restaurant on the second. Every table offers a relaxing view overlooking the Brandywine.
While visiting, you want to allow time to take the opportunity to learn the hand blown glass process in the exhibit area downstairs. Throughout the summer, glass blowing demonstrations are held Wednesday through Sunday on the first floor. They also have some great displays describing the materials and processes used. Even while working, the artisans are happy to answer questions on the process and share their knowledge of the products. It's a great chance to get up close and personal with an ages old craft.
Simon Pearce is located off Route 52/ Lenape Rd in Pocopson Township at 1333 Lenape Rd. The facility is just south of the Rt 52 bridge over the Brandywine. They are open daily from 10:00 Monday thru Saturday (11:00 on Sunday), and they close at 5:00 Monday/Tuesday, 9:00 Weds-Sat, and 8:30 on Sunday.
This is another great chance to venture out and experience all that the area has to offer and the demonstrations and exhibits are free so you can save some money for the store and restaurant.
As always if you have any questions, please contact me anytime.