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A Winter Wonderland at Terrain

I’ve heard good things about Terrain, a store and cafe in Glen Mills, PA. My brother raved about the coffee; my sister-in-law sent me iPhone photos of the home decor; a friend ranted about the seasonal offerings in the cafe; and my mom found her bliss in their white Cinderella pumpkins.

The husband and I traveled the scenic route through the Delaware and Pennsylvania countryside and arrived at Terrain’s busy parking lot in only 30 minutes. As we walked through the entrance, lovely Christmas firs in charming metal buckets greeted us. Christmas was everywhere–wreaths with pine cones and white flocking, neat rows of Christmas trees, and white bulbs with a vintage flair.

Garland and lanterns decorating the air

Garland and lanterns arranged overhead

So many vignettes!

Christmas vingette

The whole place spoke of organized haphazardness. And I felt like I’d seen it before. A quick google search confirmed my suspicions–Terrain is a chain of stores owned by URBN Inc.– the same company that gives us Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. In fact, Terrain is like the landscaping version of Anthropologie with all its old fashioned charm and artfully perfect displays.

This shed has curtains. How charming in an Anthropologie kind of way.

This shed has curtains. How charming in an Anthropologie kind of way.

Still life for sale

Still life for sale

Dining in a shed never looked so rustically elegant

Dining in a shed never looked so rustically elegant

I will admit that I was a little taken aback. After all, I’m an advocate of local food, local products, and local businesses. I’m not into this local thing because it’s the new trend. I believe in it. Nevertheless, I decided to reserve my judgment until after lunch. The menu at Terrain boasts local ingredients and thanks the farmers for supplying those ingredients.

Styer's Garden Cafe

Styer’s Garden Cafe

The dining room is like a giant terrarium filled with seasonal plants and sunlight

The dining room is like a giant terrarium filled with happy diners, plants and sunlight

Pot o' Bread to start. THE. BEST. BREAD. I'VE. EVER. HAD.

Pot o’ Bread to start. THE. BEST. BREAD. I’VE. EVER. HAD.

Local Cheeses, many from nearby Pennsylvania farms

Local Cheeses, many from nearby Pennsylvania farms

My date for the day

My date for the day with his Movember beard

Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Oil. Silky and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness.

Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Oil. Silky and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness.

Terrain's version of  a salad - kale and brussells sprouts with walnuts and pumpkins seeds

Terrain’s version of a salad – kale and brussels sprouts with walnuts and seeds

Organic half chicken with apple and cabbage slaw and fingerling potatoes. I can't even talk about this without crying happy tears.

Organic half chicken with apple and cabbage slaw and fingerling potatoes. I can’t even talk about this without crying happy tears.

While I do think the idea of a local corporationΒ is an oxymoron, Terrain exists as a local corporation in the best sense of the words. They take their corporate vision and use local products to create an ambiance and experience unlike any other.

Lunch was divine. Walking the grounds was like stepping into a Winter Wonderland.

Christmas Tree Lane

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

The marketing geniuses over at URBN Inc. sucked me right in. I even felt a little sheepish as I sipped my fair trade coffee out of my entirely compostable cup and lid while watching a mustached and flannel clad employee trim the wayward branches of a Balsam Fir.

Even their wood piles are artfully displayed

Even their wood piles are works of art

All the fixings for a perfect terrarium

All the fixings for a perfect terrarium

Happy, yellow watering cans

Happy, yellow watering cans

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

All sheepishness aside, I’ll be back. Not to spend $35 on a birch tree branch I can get from my dad’s yard for free, but to enjoy their carefully crafted brand of local ambiance. And the cheese plate. I’ll definitely be back for the cheese plate.

This is me after eating that cheese plate. Bliss.

Easiest entrance to a tree house I’ve ever seen. They think of everything at Terrain.

Terrain

914 Baltimore Pike

Glen Mills, PA 19342

610-459-2400

Open everyday, 9 am to 7 pm

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18 comments

  1. Ohhhh this place looks fun! We have a nursery that’s local and reminds me of this. They don’t have QUITE as much stuff, but it’s run by a retired couple, their daughter, their granddaughters, and some very well-mannered canine family members that roam around. We go almost every weekend. Found them at our farmer’s market and I’ve never had so many reasons to visit a nursery! But they don’t have a restaurant. I should tell them to work that out.

    • Sounds lovely! Local places run by families are always THE BEST! Our local farmstand/nursery closes for the winter months, so I’m having withdrawals!

      I’m sure if they did serve food, it would be divine–the best food is simple and made with local, fresh ingredients!

  2. Oh man. Just LOOKING at that cheese plate is making me all tingly in my special places. What? I’m talking about my belly! What were YOU thinking. Just cuz my blog is naughty today, doesn’t mean I am as well. πŸ˜‰

    But seriously, that bread and cheese . . . oh man. I hate my diet right now, so hard. Grrrrr.

  3. This is the first time I have heard of “local corporation”, but I do like the concept. At least they are helping local farmers by providing a place for them to share their goods. I hope more corporates will do this sort of thing.

  4. A Dog With Fleas

    You had me at “Pot ‘O Bread!” And after that, I know I have to visit and eat everything else you took pictures off. I’m in NJ, so not to far away. Will definitely keep this on my radar!

    • It’s worth the drive. You could easily spend an entire afternoon here, eating and checking out the store and the grounds. But still worth it even if you visited JUST for the Pot o’ Bread and the honey butter that went with it.

  5. You know, Rachel? I just so love the juicy detail and delights you put into your posts. Really. You are quite good at this! Yellow watering cans, pot o bread, all of it really.

    PS — Loving the WP app for my new iPad! Now, if I can just learn how to better thumb type. LOL

      • It is pretty awesome, but I prefer to interact on my laptop (with a keyboard). I just type way better with a keyboard than thumbs. I’m such an old-school typing-class kinda gal!

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