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*Note that the selection here is not an endorsement or voucher for any of the companies or facilities listed below. 

Grocery Stores - Local

The places listed here are located within a 3 mile radius of campus.

The Swarthmore Co-Op
341 Dartmouth Avenue (across from Swarthmore’s public library and center parking lot)
(610) 543-9805
Hours: Mon – Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun 8 am – 7 pm
You don’t have to be a member to shop, but you might want to consider it.

Acme Markets
124 Morton Avenue, Folsom, PA 19033
(610) 237-3800
Hours: Mon-Sun 6am-12midnight

GIANT Springfield
950 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064
(610) 604-1570
Hours: 24/7

721 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064
(610) 328-0029
Hours: 24/7

Trader Joe’s in Media
12 E. State Street, Media, PA 19063
(610) 891-2752
Hours: 8AM - 9PM (Mon-Sun)

Grocery Stores - Philadelphia and Wilmington

Bazaar Barath (Indian)
150 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA
(610) 337-0345

Everest Indian Grocery Store
54 Carpenter Plaza, Wilmington, DE
(302) 475-4475
9:00 pm

International Foods and Spices
4203 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 
- University City, Spruce Hill
(215) 222-4480
Hours: Monday/Wednesday-Sunday 10:30am-8pm (closed Tuesdays)

Italian Market, Philadelphia
9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater Streets
Hours:  Tue-Sat: 8-4, Sunday: 8-1

Today, while the outdoor vendors and many of the original Italian businesses remain, the market has diversified to reflect new waves of immigration. The market boasts some of the most authentic Mexican fare in the city and the surrounding neighborhood is home to a number of Asian eateries and grocery stores, featuring delicacies such as Korean barbeque and Vietnamese Pho.

Nigerian African Food Market
4517 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 386-0108
Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00am - 10:00pm

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
1100 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Market East Station
Hours: M-Sat 8-6, Sunday: 9-5

Ethnic Groceries at Reading Terminal Market
12th Street Cantina, Hershel’s, Kamal’s, Nanee’s, etc.


General Hospitals

Crozer Chester Medical Center (3 miles from campus)
A 300-bed not-for-profit tertiary-care teaching hospital located on a 68-acre campus. The medical center admits more than 19,000 patients, treats approximately 53,000 Emergency Department patients and delivers about 1,700 babies a year.
One Medical Center Boulevard
Upland, PA 19013
(610) 447-2000

Bryn Mawr Hospital (11 miles from campus)
130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(484) 580-1000

Pediatric Hospitals and Doctor's Offices

CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) (15 miles, ca. 25 minutes from Swarthmore)
A 535 bed inpatient care state of the art pediatric research hospital. The Emergency Department, which sees close to 90,000 patients a year was the first accredited Level 1 Trauma Center for children in the Delaware Valley.
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Main Number: (215) 590-1000
Emergency Department: 1-800-879-2467

Directions to the closest Pediatric Hospitals:

CHOP Primary Care Springfield
1001 Baltimore Pike, Suite 208
Springfield, PA 19064

CHOP Primary Care Media
1021 West Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063

Karabots Pediatric Care Center, West Philadelphia
Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center
4865 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Hair Salons - Philadelphia and Local

Philadelphia - Hair Braiding Salons

The salons listed below here are within three miles of campus:

Ambiance Salon and Spa
1501 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA
(610) 544-1131

Chameleon Salon and Day Spa
27 State Road, Media, PA 19063
(610) 891-9020

Déjà vu Salon
31 West State Street, Media, PA 19063
(610) 566 2515

Karma Salon and Spa
113 West Baker Street, Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-5550

Cece African Hair Braiding
226 W Baltimore Avenue, Clifton Heights, PA 19018
(610) 626-1661

Kawana's Professional Hair Braiding
111 Macdade Boulevard, Folsom, PA 19033
(215) 380-6210

Tina’s Hair Braiding
7327 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082
(215) 275-0567

Fitness Centers and Yoga Studios

Healthplex Sports Club
At the Springfield Hospital Complex, 194 West Sproul Road
(610) 328-8888

LA Fitness
825 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 543-2006

Planet Fitness
216 MacDade Boulevard, Ridley Township
(610) 915-3949

Curves (for Women)
2121 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes, Ridley Township
(610) 522-1160

Yoga at Wellness on Park
100 Park Ave #2, Swarthmore
(484) 636-4726

631 Fairview Road, Swarthmore
(610) 690-3620

Liquor Law - Beer and Wine Places

Liquor Law in PA

What you need to know:

  1. Pennsylvania is an alcoholic beverage control state.
  2. Wine and Hard Liquor can be bought only in the state owned Fine Wine and Spirits stores.
  3. Hours:  Monday through Saturday, a store may open as early as 9 am and close as late as 10 pm. On Sunday liquor may be sold from 12pm until 5pm.
  4. Beer may only be purchased from a restaurant, bar, licensed beer store, or distributor. Beer distributors mainly sell kegs of beer and cases. If you want a 6-Pack, you need to buy it from a restaurant.

Beer Distributors around Swarthmore

  • Clifton Heights Beverage: 37 S Glenwood Avenue, Clifton Heights
  • County Beverage in Media: 119 South Monroe Street, Media
  • Rocko’s Beverage in Media: 4 State Street, Media
  • Springfield Beer Distributors: 608 Baltimore Pike, Springfield

Local Restaurants with Beer Selections

Wine and Spirits Stores around Swarthmore/Wallingford/Media

  • Media Location: 315 W. Baltimore Pike (opposite Hill’s Seafood)
  • Springfield Location: 149 E. Baltimore Pike
  • Ridley Park Location: 12 E. Hinckley Avenue (in small downtown area off of Swarthmore Avenue)