Get to Know The Shops at Devereux


By Leslie Rylke

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is pleased to spotlight one of our community partner organizations this week – The Shops at Devereux.

Founded in Devon in 1962, The Shops Devereux is a vocational training center composed of several workshops that function as small businesses. These businesses give individuals with developmental delays the opportunity to learn marketable skills in a realistic work setting.

According to Program Director Kirk Smith, “The Shops is a not-for profit organization that works with individuals with developmental disabilities in a workshop setting. We provide paid training to the people we support and many of our individuals work either in our auto shop, bike shop, greenhouse, daisy shop or part of our contracted workshop programs. Our individuals are all adults but they are don’t let anything hold them back as they high quality work and are very active members of their community.”

Aaron Muderick, owner of Krazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty regularly uses The Shops to support his business operations.  “I can’t imagine there’s another workforce out there who puts as much heart and soul into what they do. Our success is the result of lots of care and attention, and our Devereux partners are a valued and important part of the team.”

The community is invited to an open-house on Tuesday, July 18 from 9:00am to 10:30am at 119 Old Lancaster Road in Devon.  Guest are invited to visit the shops and learn how they might help your business grow.  Refreshments will be provided.

Learn more at

  • The Apparel Shop – Custom Embroidery, Silkscreen and Digital screening
  • The Auto Shop – full service from state inspections and car washes to brake and engine repair
  • The Bike Shop –Repairs/Service and Sales of rehabilitated bicycles
  • The Daisy Shopfull service floral shop (flower arranging with fully functional floral shop)
  • The Greenhouse – Specialty plants, seasonal landscape or indoor greenery, fresh & dried herbs and more
  • Packaging, Assembly, and Clerical Work – Collating, Stuffing, Labeling, Packaging, Shrink Wrapping and more
  • Mobile Work Crews – During daytime hours, we’ll clean your office space, bathrooms or outdoor litter.
  • Recycling Crew – We’ll come to you to pick-up your paper, plastic and aluminum trash to be recycled

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