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Why is Skippack Special?

As corporate America and economies of scale rob the landscape in suburbia of flavor, one stalwart town outside Philadelphia stubbornly maintains a special character; mixing quaint and earthy, leaning toward sophistication without tipping over into the dreaded upscale foo foo. This is town that I have made my home: Skippack PA.

Skippack is unique from two directions. It defies the bland acres of endless suburban development that lie to the East. At the same time, it is more diverse and better suited to the good life than the rural Pennsylvania working towns that lie further West.

Our shops and restaurants are all owned by individual entrepreneurs.  Corporate ownership is forbidden: held back at the gate as if it were a form of leprosy. There is no Gap, no Best Buy, no Super Walmart, no Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. Our main street has authenticity as well as charm.

This is the type of place where one gets to know people. In the two years I have lived here, I have gotten to know shop owners, restaurant owners, bartenders, local politicians, housing developers, musicians and more. Meanwhile, current harsh economic circumstances are a looming threat over the town.

What makes Skippack special? Can the town survive, even grow and still retain its special character? Please come back to visit this blog and take time to get to know a unique place and the people who make it special. I hope you will love Skippack as much as I do.

Main street Skippack

A view of main street in Skippack on a midsummer evening

Mummers during July 4th parade

Mummers entertain at the July 4th parade 2010 in Skippack.

Author standing in front of car at Skippack Classic Car Show

Author of this blog entry standing in front of a car at the Skippack Classic Car Show.

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  1. July 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    never heard of skippack…but i like it already. i like the nostalgia of the place

  2. Mia
    July 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I am growing concerned over the number of “for rent” signs I have been seeing lately down in the village. I hope things are OK.

    We love the village..that is why we moved here. It is very quaint. Be sure to frequent the shops down there.

  3. Carrie
    July 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Beautifully written!

  4. Mike in OZ
    July 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Great intro Michael. Something so special is worth writing about and fighting to protect.

  5. Steve
    August 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Nice article.

  6. Jan
    September 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    We live 5 minutes out of the town of Skippack and agree that it is a quaint town but are very frustrated at the hours of operation of most of the businesses. It seems they are only open till 5. There have been many nice evenings that we have been in town and everything is closed except the restaurants. If the shop owners want to attract people who are employed during the day, maybe staying open later a few evenings a week would help. Especially Friday and Saturday evenings! We frequent the playhouse in Skippack. We usually arrive early and walk through town only to find everything locked up tight.

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