When Steve Eisel retired from a career at DuPont in 2018, he knew he wanted to start a small business. He laughs as he recalls writing in his notes as he planned this new venture, “not retail.” But as his thoughts developed—and when the Sears in Kennett Square went out of business and he grew tired of making the trip to Lowes—he found himself not only reconsidering retail but growing excited about the prospect of owning and operating an Ace Hardware store in the community he calls home.
Eisel smiles as he describes his desire for the store to be a great experience for the community. “I want everyone who walks in the door to know that we’re glad you’re here,” he says.
The Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade gets better every year—and the 2023 parade will be no exception. It takes an army of volunteers to put on such a great event for our community. If you'd like to honor our veterans with your service, please click here to see available volunteer opportunities!
Regardless of whether you're able to volunteer, please join us on May 29 at 10am as we honor our veterans and celebrate the freedoms they fought for. The Kennett Square Parking Garage will offer free parking and, new this year, there will be free parking at Unionville High School with a shuttle into town.
In case you missed it last week, you can read the inspiring stories of this year's Parade Grand Marshals here.
Stop by the Second Saturday Makers Market today between 10am and 2pm to find beautiful and unique Mother's Day gifts and treats. Vendors will include Tat's Yummies, Bee Hobby Crafts, Jenny Wood Arts, and Appleville Treats (for dogs), as well as makers bringing jewelry, flowers, herbal healing salves, and more—and, while you're there, don't forget to enjoy some fresh-brewed chai!
Join walking artist Ken Johnston for "Pilgrimage to Freedom" at Kennett Friends Meeting House on June 11th at 3pm. Johnston will share stories of the places he passed through and the inspiring people he met on his journey tracing Harriet Tubman's journey to freedom from Maryland to Canada.
This free presentation is the second in Kennett Heritage Center's Speaking of History series. Seating is limited. Reserve your place here.
This season's Kennett Square Clover Market will be held from 10am to 4pm at 600 S. Broad Street on Sunday, June 4th. The market will feature 100 carefully curated vendors, who will bring a wide variety of handmade and vintage goods, in addition to food trucks, live music, beer and wine, and free kids' crafts.
Click here for more information and a full list of vendors. You can also follow Clover Market on Instagram and Facebook for vendor sneak peeks the week prior to the Market.
Did you know that The Kennett Library Seed Library offers a wide selection of seeds available for free to the public? The Seed Library is popping up every Friday in May at the KSQ Farmers Market to share seeds for everything from vegetables, herbs, and grains to gourds and flowers. Most of the seeds come from sources committed to maintaining open-pollinated, heritage, non-gmo seeds produced through organic, sustainable practices, including some locally wild-harvested native species.
We're really looking forward to seeing you all at the first Third Thursday of the season this Thursday, May 18th! Third Thursdays return May through October this year, with outdoor dining, live music, children’s activities, food trucks, pop-up vendors, and more. Cheers to an awesome outdoor season supporting our incredible merchants and restaurants! Be sure to follow Kennett Collaborative on Instagram as a map of participants and activities will be released early this week.