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Dallying in Devon

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Not just the site of the world-famous Horse Show, Devon has other attractions to lure visitors to its doors. For one, there is the Lancaster Farmer''s Market where you can catch a glimpse of wealthy main line matrons shopping for fresh produce and meats while their chauffer carries their shopping bags. (For many of them . . . they really think they ARE at a farmer''s market!) There is an ultra trendy shopping district ("mall" is not the word) where dress shops, restaurants, home fashion stores, and other specialty shops beckon the shopper with one-of-a-kind wares. Restaurants the calibre of "Le Mas Perrier" (Georges Perrier''s suburban answer to "Le Bec Fin") entice the shopper and commuting crowd from Philly with elegant, haute cuisine menus. Pining for a taste of Britain? Devon has that too in its outstanding tearoom, "Taste of Britain," where shoppers can enjoy a selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, and other tasty treats from across the pond. Another wonderful place is Waterloo gardens, on the corner of Waterloo and Lancaster avenues. Their outdoor displays of plants, trees, shrubs, annuals, etc. is rivaled only by the selection of gardening accessories, furniture, gourmet foods, etc. available in their gift shop. Their newly expanded seasonal shop contains an unbelievable display of artificial trees, ornaments, collectibles, and features top-of-the-line outdoor furniture during the off-season. Of course there are antique shops in Devon, right on Lancaster Ave, but they are not the #1 attraction in this historical town. Stop in at Fresh Fields for the ultimate in gourmet grocery shopping; its selection of organic produce and take-out delights rival any restaurant''s. You could easily spend a day in Devon . . . and come back for more!

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