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.
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.
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.
While I do think the idea of a local corporation 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.
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.
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.
914 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Open everyday, 9 am to 7 pm