How to Channel 'Harry Potter' in Chester County

In honor of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' being released this past weekend, we were inspired to bring you some local HP recommendations if you feel like stepping in the Wizarding World for a day or two. Break out the Nimbus 2000 from the back of your closet and head to these spots if you're feeling particularly nostalgic. Or I guess driving works too.

For the Leaky Cauldron atmosphere...

The Whip is a enjoyable environment for the muggle in all of us, featuring traditional pub food sourced from right here in Chester County as well as Lancaster County. Menu items include Bangers and Mash, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and Welsh Rarebit. Walking in is pretty much equivalent to teleporting to the English countryside. Dumbledore's Army would approve.

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Serial Killer vs. Cereal Killer: Book Recs from Folded Pages Distillery

For the people like me, who some times have a hard time separating reality and fiction after they put a book down— serial killer novels are the worst. Why? Because serial killers AREN'T fiction. They are one of the scariest and real threats out there (reading these can leave me paranoid for daaaays).

At the same time, researching the psychology and motives that drive serial killers is disturbingly fascinating. Also, reading or watching scary situations allows us to experience emotions and situations in a safe space.

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Recipe: How To Make Maple Almond Butter Donuts (Using Justin's)

If you attended our opening a couple weekends back, then you probably grabbed some Justin's almond butter packets on the way out. Our generous friends over at Justin's sent over a good amount of samples, so I decided to try out one of their own recipes and make some doughnuts. It gave me an excuse to finally buy a doughnut pan, after all.

Check out the recipe here for the full breakdown, but here's what you'll need to get started:

For the doughnuts:

  • Whole Wheat Flour 
  • Coconut sugar 
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder 
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs 
  • Applesauce
  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla 

And, of course: 

Justin's Almond Butter.

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Eat Like a Local: Philadelphia

Ever been to a new city and you're dying for local eats, but haven't a clue where to find those hidden gems? Welcome to a new series, "Eat Like a Local", where we find influencers in cities throughout the country to share with you their picks for local finds. First up is our city next door: Philadelphia. But this isn't just any guide to the best 'City of Brotherly Love' restaurants, rather a look at some of the best food trucks, featuring the expertise of Mollie from @phillyfoodies.

Farm Truck 

For starters, Mollie headed to the all-natural Farm Truck, that serves up eclectic farm fresh foods and a truck to vibe with their mission of bringing farm-to-table to the Philly food truck scene. Featured in Thrillist and Roaming Hunger, the people behind the truck know a thing or two about creating mouth-watering dishes that come straight from the source. In this case, the source being local farms, bakeries, and coffee roasters.

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Pyknic Promo Video

Over our grand opening weekend event, we had our friend  Alyson come in to film a video showcasing the new storefront. If you've stumbled upon our revamped About Us page then you might've already seen it (shameless promo to go check that out as well), but here it is, featuring music by Atlas Genius: 
 
Thanks to Alyson for filming, make sure to check out her YouTube channel. Feelin' the caffeine buzz? Shop our Death Before Decaf products here

A Day with Skyler from NYC Dining: Prince Street Pizza

Last but not least on our foodie expedition with Skyler was to Prince Street Pizza, located conveniently next to Tacombi, home to our favorite tacos. Going in for seconds never tasted so good, or so international. Known for their pepperoni square pizza, this is a slice you can't refuse.

Pizza is offered in 10", 14", or 18" slices, with options such as the Veggimus Maximus, with all the veggie toppings you could want (or fit) on a slice, or if you're a meat eater - The Nashville Hot Chicken, quite the opposite and just as delicious. Go for Skyler's favorite which truly puts our "I Like Pizza More Than I Like People" tee to life: the pepperoni square.

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Recs and Eats with Celine Reads

Summer means ice cream, sleeping in, and reading to the sound of the ocean. Or a wave machine, if you're not near a beach. We feel your pain. I chatted with Celine from celinereads (check out her book-devoted Instagram here) to bring you some recommendations based on our biggest summertime mantras: "Over Worked and Under Caffeinated" and "Ice Cream is Cheaper than Therapy". 

You know when you read a really good book and you can't put it down so you binge read it until you basically pass out at four in the morning but then have to go to work or class in a few hours?  As a hardcore book lover, I know that feeling all too well.

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Candles and Coffee and Mugs, Oh My!

What's better than our 'Donut Kill My Vibe' mug? Putting a candle in it that smells like coffee. We collaborated with our like-minded creative friends in Philadelphia at Candelle's to bring this creation to life. Their au naturale soy candles are now hand poured into everyone's new favorite 8 oz. morning caffeinated liquid holder. 

Come by our newly opened Downingtown shop to smell one for yourself, or get it online HERE. Best part? Once the wick dims for the last time, wash it out and you've got yourself a new mug for your choice non-decaf beverage. 

Ain't No Party Like a Pyknic Party

Gatsby may be the King of the West Egg parties, but on Saturday it was our Grand Opening that took the cake. At 11 am the doors opened, the products put on display, the La Colombe coffee a brewin', and the anticipation...momentous. One customer turned into a steady influx of people ready for the food vibes, good conversation, and to make their wallets a little emptier but their wardrobe a lot happier.

What began as a concept is now a reality, and we couldn't be prouder of the day that not only marked, but solidified a new, exciting journey for us. Here's to the ace people that supported whether in person or through their generous contributions to the day:

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Food Vibes Only - Flagship Store Opening Saturday, July 9th

Foodies, fashionistas, and lovers of puns unite - Pyknic (dat's us) is open for business live and in person starting this Saturday, July 9th. Nestled in the heart of Downingtown, two doors over from the Station Taproom, lies our first flagship store to fulfill all of your food-centric lifestyle needs.

Come out starting at 11 a.m. and purchase your favorite tees, tanks, mugs, socks and more in person. See our studio and have a good time with friends, family, and friendly neighborhood faces! We'll also have some of the best in the biz repping their goods, including:

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