Skippack Business Owners Association
Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal.
Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, visitors find stylish gift stores, galleries, and buzzing restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience.
With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping-centric town has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.
Skippack’s origin dates back to 1683, when German settlers overran Germantown and moved by boat up the Perkiomen Creek to a place where shallow waters prohibited further travel. So the newcomers stayed there and named the land “Schippach.”
The first store in town opened in 1795, beginning Skippack’s long reign as a shopping hub.
In 1795, Jacob Reiff opened the first store in town, thus beginning Skippack’s long reign as a shopping hub.
When the Souderton, Skippack & Fairview Electric Railway Company formed in 1901, trolley service brought more visitors and further extensive development. (A trolley car has been preserved outside of Hotel Fiesole.)
By the 1990s, Skippack’s still-rural charms inspired reverent redevelopment of its stores and restaurants.
The best way to reach Skippack is by car. Parking is free in lots throughout town, except during special events.
Foodie wares abound in Skippack at places like Le Butlers Pantry, a great stop for extensive gourmet kitchen supplies. Village Wine Cellar offers vintages from the local Crossing Vineyards and Winery.
Land of Olive Oils, Balsamics & More caters to home chefs and those looking to host unforgettable events. The Grand Fromage provides delicious cheeses and party boards.
Hardly a week goes by in Skippack without a special event, whether it’s the Village Carnival in May, the Car Show in June or Winetober Fest in October.
Skippack Days, the biggest event weekend in October, makes way for family fun with crafts, jewelry, art, music and vendors.
Local businesses also offer specials indoors and out on every first Friday of the month from April through October to celebrate local art and music.
Black Dog Cafe in Skippack
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
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