How lucky are we? The LHT doesn’t just run through spectacular woodlands and wetlands, but also through bustling town centers and business districts. We wanted to shout out some of the incredible small businesses off our trail in a series of mini-itineraries. Here now: The Pennington Connector that shoots out from our BMS – Hopewell and Mercer Meadows – Rosedale segments.
Barn Picks & Stuff
Barn Picks & Stuff was founded in 2014 and is based out of a barn near Lancaster in Pennsylvania — open by appointment. The Pennington shop offers the best of: farmhouse and country décor, a sampling of custom furniture, bits of architectural salvage, and other various sundries. Pop in for seasonal decorations, faux plants and flowers, artisanal soaps and lotions, gorgeous baskets and ceramics, wreaths, and all types of artwork for your walls (from artful photos of cows to Bless this Mess style isms). The spot is run by Anthony and Stephanie Rodrigues — check them out for a custom farm table or barn-style doors, or just a gift or token (even if you’re just treating yourself!)
Barn Picks & Stuff is located at 21 Route 31 in Pennington
Uncle Ed’s Creamery
Uncle Ed’s Creamery is an old-fashioned ice cream and sweetshop featuring 32 flavors of house made ice cream, alongside frosty floats and shakes, decadent sundaes, a range of signature cookies made in-house, and high-quality chocolates by Asher Chocolates and Birnn Truffles of Vermont. The spot — a longtime favorite who has been at most of our Full Moon Bike rides and is known to sponsor local sports teams — also offers out of this world ice cream sandwiches, cakes, and pies with flavor combinations like coffee Heath Bar and add-ins like pecans, fudge, and Snickers bars. You can grab a pint to go but why not order a sundae and grab a table — the cozy wooden booths and checkered red and white floor will bring you back!
Uncle Ed’s Creamery is located at 155 W. Delaware Avenue in Pennington
A tempting treat from Uncle Ed’s Creamery — one of our Pennington Connector featured businesses.
BORO Market Restaurant Bar
BORO is more than meets the eye — it’s a sophisticated restaurant and bar, of course. But it’s also a market and it offers catering. Opened by Ben and Katie Sanford in 2020, the spot offers a new American menu with a focus on thoughtfully prepared steak, seafood, pasta, and small plates — including vegan and gluten free options and craft cocktails. The lighting is soft, and the vibe is modern Parisian with sweeping views of an open kitchen. Meanwhile, in the market, guests can select from prepared foods including soups and sauces, fresh pasta, pastries, and everything you need for an epic cheese and charcuterie board — imports from Italy, France, Spain, and Greece included. There’s even a wine bar and a barista-manned espresso bar.
Boro Market Restaurant Bar is located at 147 W. Delaware Avenue in Pennington
Emily’s Café & Catering
Emily’s is the brainchild of James and Emily Matticoli, married culinary experts who opened their doors back in 2004. James is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who cooked in the kitchen of Michelin starred restaurants in Italy; Emily is a fourth-generation restauranteur who studied at the Institute of Culinary Education and worked at Eleven Madison Park — both in Manhattan. Their cozy bistro offers a casual menu of soups, quiches, salads, and panini alongside house made desserts, Small World Coffee, and Italian espresso. On top of their charming café, the pair offers expert wedding and event catering at multiple local spaces. Their focus is on unique, seasonal menus that reflect the personalities of their clients, as well as expertise on event staffing and coordination of rentals and set-up.
Emily’s Café & Catering is located at 9 N. Main Street in Pennington