BRISTOL BOROUGH >> The remarkable history, the picturesque scenery, the charming restaurants that overlook water are all wonderful but it’s the people who make it so special. It’s all about connections. Traditions connect the community. You’ll feel it at every corner.
Visit historic Bristol on the Delaware for another healthy dose of small town America.
The world we live in can often seem hurried, unsympathetic, and complex, so take “a moment in time” and yet another jaunty step and enter one of the places of visual refuge right on Friendly Mill Street.
“Make new friends, but keep the old. Those are silver, these are gold. Friendships that have stood the test- Time and change-are surely best.” - From a poem written by Joseph Parry [1841–1903]
Some favorite businesses include:
1. Another Time Antiques, 301 Mill Street, 215-788-3131.
Stop in and enjoy a refreshing chat with the store owner since 1978, Richard Peter “Rich” Vallejo, a former President of The Bristol Borough Business Association. He always carries great gift ideas or just a well-earned present for yourself and a wealth of great information. Rich knows quality and he most willingly shares his personally acquired expertise. Everything about his shoppe is classic.
Rich introduces the artwork of Carmen Lombardi, a self-taught impressionist painter, Philadelphia’s Best Unknown Painter who worked in obscurity for almost four decades. The late artist Carmen A. Lombardi, named after his mother, Carmen and known for street scene landscape oil paintings, was born July 16, 1922 at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia. Come in and witness his works that were discovered by chance after his passing and are beginning to receive critical acclaim. “The toughest job any of us on this earth will ever have to do is to make an honest appraisal of ourselves.” - Carmen Lombardi
2. Collector’s Corner Trading Post, 401 Mill Street, 267-980-6400 or 267-980-0001.
John and Norma Lodise are passionate about their virtual treasure trove of high-quality, intriguing items that they Buy * Sell * Consign. They are always on the search for and welcome even more collectible items! Come in and peruse their eclectic selections and incredible displays. Favorite finds are often pieces with a history. Collector’s Corner is a “snapshot of variety”, delightfully unique and filled with antique!
3. Café Bombay, 233 Mill Street, 215-788-4239.
Chef Gigi Eapen and his wife, Jancy have reopened their authentic Indian restaurant with new and innovative dishes. GiGi is proud of their café’s newest addition, his hand built “thattukada”, a replica of an Indian road side tea shop eatery that has become part of its night life. Some alternative “street food” will be introduced to the menu with a “to-go” tangy roll, adding variety and spice to fast food with a foreign culinary fad. Join the ‘thattukada wave’ and add a new dimension to your taste palette! Café Bombay is an affordable dining experience with quality food.
4. Bucks County Baseball Company, 237 Mill Street, 267-878-0222
Bucks County Baseball Cards offers an ultimate collector’s dream. James Paul Lutz, Jr. and his son, James Paul, “J.P” Lutz III made a business out of their passion and their combined expert knowledge gives them a significant advantage. Why the eternal appeal? Appears that only one out of every thousand players drafted will ever play on a major league field, so the signed book or sports memorabilia lets the collector own a piece of that famous athlete, a moment in time, and a tangible memory of players who have made and left their mark on a particular sport.
Got the Eagles fever? Wear your pride with a Super Bowl Championship hat! Or display it on your ride with an Eagles bumper sticker with a price of only two for $5. Their goal is that BCBC can become a destination point for sports fans all over Bucks County and beyond with their competitive prices on autographed items and cards.
5. Bristol Antiques Market, 329 Mill Street.
Despite the modern “IKEA” age of utter convenience, or perhaps because of it, enthusiasm for historic treasures remains undiminished. The Bristol Antiques Market has established a new home for nostalgic collections on an old footprint. In one of the spacious vendor areas, artist Fran Hopkins displays her “Altered Art”, handmade items she creates with made in the USA pieces, repurposing vintage jewelry. Her artistic ability is a potent attraction as Fran amuses, educates and re-tells a story with her crafted jewelry. Fran’s unique items are a conversation piece! The market features “artisans, makers, creators and curators exclusively selling one of a kind, antique, vintage, architectural salvage, up-cycled and handcrafted items” in a price friendly, family welcome, comfortable, enjoyable and eye pleasing environment, brimming with coveted treasures.
6. New Chen’s Kitchen, 407 Mill Street, 215-826-8027 or 215-826-8028
Hey, they DELIVER! Jack and Sophia Zou now deliver [$10 minimum order] their delicious Chen’s Kitchen selections. Customers may also opt to dine in or take out their food purchase. The food is delicious. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. But most importantly, Jack and Sophia aim to please every customer who walks through their doors. They will tempt you with the standards: Egg rolls, General Tao’s Chicken, Broccoli & Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Hot & Sour Soup, Wonton Soup, Chicken Chow Mein, Egg Foo Young, and of course Fried Rice, but dare to be adventurous. Side note… personal favorite No. 79 - chicken with mushrooms! “Preserve the old, but know the new.” - Chinese Proverb
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7. MAMA’S Income Tax Services, 400 Dorrance Street, 215-788-8047
Visit their new corner location on Dorrance and Pond Streets. “MAMA’S Income Tax Services” has been passed down, revived, and reinvented and continues to thrive and flourish for second and third generations. It is a dynamic presence in the income tax service industry! They are quick to credit the hard work of their previous generation yet speak humbly of their own contributions. This is incredibly refreshing in our modern gilded age. Then again, this family is about a lot more than just material success. They have a powerful sense of duty both to the past and to the future.
Historic Bristol is made for walkin’ and that’s just what you’ll do, to find a remarkable shopping experience, a perfect fit for you!
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