Mother and daughter Sherry Allen and Lindsey McGraw created Rainbow Soap Company to bring handmade and healing products—free from toxins, and full of color—to Kennett Square.
When Sherry Allen discovered that her infant daughter was allergic to red dye, she soon also discovered how ubiquitous red dye is. “It’s in shampoos, clothes, paint, body wash—everything,” she says. “You don’t realize how much red, pink, and orange is in the world until you try to find products that are free from it.” From Christmas to Valentine’s Day to high-school color wars, every occasion was a potential source of harm.
“I lived in a world of blue for a long time,” Lindsey, now 27, says.
Kennett Collaborative is excited to join forces with Kennett Community Grocer for the next KSQ Speaker Series event. Author and speaker Jon Steinam will talk about "Building a Better Community with a Community-Owned Grocery Store." He'll discuss what food co-ops are, how they help the community, and why it’s important to support them. You can read more about Jon and the event on April 13th here.
Whether you’re already a member-owner of KCG or simply curious to learn more, mark your calendars and spread the word for this event on Thursday, April 13th, at 6pm. You can find event details and RSVP here.
One of our new Collaborators, Debbie Beley, loves living in the Borough because of the sense of community and harmony. She enjoys walking through town (often with her granddaughter Ireland, pictured here during a shopping spree on State Street!).
On her morning walks, Debbie says, “I marvel at the people coming and going—delivery men, shop clerks, restaurant workers, people grabbing coffee. Usually there are smiles or glimpses of smiles or a ‘hey’ or ‘good morning’ as you pass each other on the street. Living in Kennett Square is humanity working toward each other for a better place.”
Please consider joining Debbie and other community members investing in this better place by becoming a Collaborator. Find more details here.
Honeymoon Farm owners Liz and Gary Hopkins (“mushroom farmer marries suburban girl turned chicken farmer”) wanted fresh, delicious ingredients—“and the grocery store just wasn’t cutting it,” they say. So they started Honeymoon Farm.
Their aunt Ann brings a beautiful variety of Honeymoon's fresh mushrooms to the KSQ Farmers Market every week (occasionally assisted by her daughter Abby). Their top sellers are crimini mushrooms and maitake mushrooms.
Like most vendors at the KSQ Farmers Market, Honeymoon Farm is a small business and a way of life for Liz and Gary (and baby Mary), and not just a “side gig.” They depend on income from selling their products at market, and the winter market is important because it helps them with cash flow to make necessary purchases and upgrades before the main season begins.
With captivating stories and beautiful cinematography, the films at this year's Wild & Scenic Film Festival will enlighten, encourage, and equip viewers to bring restoration and a hopeful future to Earth, human communities, and the next generation.
When you attend the Unionville Community Fair’s “Spring Shindig” fundraiser, you not only enjoy a great evening with dinner and dancing. You also support this vital community event, now in its 99th year, which features the largest display of local agriculture, agribusiness, and handicrafts in southeastern Chester County.
Watching the 5-minute online tour is guaranteed to get you excited about how these rooms will facilitate personalized learning, creativity, and building new skills. Children and adults will have access to spaces for language and academic tutoring as well as opportunities to try technology like 3D printing and laser cutting.
Did you know that Kennett Square was once the junction of two electric trolley routes that enabled residents to travel to other towns, larger cities, and to recreation destinations such as Lenape Park and Brandywine Springs Park?
We’re excited that the Kennett Heritage Center will launch its new history-themed speakers series, “Speaking of History,” on Sunday, April 16th at 3pm in the Kennett Friends Meeting House. Local historian Donald McKay will share more about this unique, albeit short-lived, chapter of Kennett Square history. Click here to find dates and topics for the rest of the series.