It's always satisfying to stumble upon places with character. That's the charm of supporting small businesses; Owner(s) standing there, arms outstretched, offering patrons their passion, tinged with heart, sweat and creativity, and hoping it is met with equally inspiring spirit. Last weekend's visit to Malvern presented just that; inspiring spaces. First I stopped into Malvern Buttery, a bakery/coffee shop/eatery, followed by a pop up barn sale at Life's Patina at Willowbrook Farm, an architectural beauty that holds seasonal pop up shops of new and restored home goods.
Malvern Buttery offers a casual experience of fresh baked breads and pastries, delicious coffee options, and an eatery that changes day to day, based on fresh ingredients. On this particular Sunday, the menu included sunnyside up eggs atop grains and asparagus, sweet potato and parsnip soup (pairs well with their fresh, crusty bread), and greens with beets, nuts and goat cheese, tossed in a delicious vinaigrette. In the multiple times I have been there, the baristas are friendly and attentive and the chefs in the open kitchen are passionate about their culinary creations. With tables, stools, and couches, this is the perfect spot for both meeting friends and cozying up solo to knock out some work on your laptop.
With full bellies and caffeine in the bloodstream, I caught the last day of the Summer Sale at Life's Patina at Willowbrook Farm, just a few miles away. Life's Patina offers home decor, new, antique, and repurposed, all staged in an old stone barn. There is so much character in an old barn where beams meet stone under the spotlight of high rafters, and the timbers of the sides wear age that lets the light seep through in all the right spots. Add to this, unique accents for home and events, and creative inspiration is abound. (See Below, drawers made from vintage cream cheese boxes). Life's Patina has a pop up shop each season with special events and sales intermittently. Check the upcoming events here (next one is June 9).