What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

No Starbucks at former Fountain Inn location

As has been speculated in some of the comment areas as well as the Forums, Starbucks will not be opening up in the old Fountain Inn.

The international coffee roaster and retailer has withdrawn from its agreement with Pineville Properties LLC, the developer of the planned Starbucks/Walgreens corner at Nutt Road and Bridge Street.
The company's Phoenixville plans fell through as a consequence of the same corporate pressures that led to the announcement by the company July 1 that it would be closing some 600 stores nationwide. Included in those closings, scheduled through the last half of this year and into the first quarter of 2009, are 21 stores in Pennsylvania, from Plymouth Meeting to Pittsburgh.

The owner of the property, Pineville Properties LLC, is currently in the process of finding a new tenant.

For more, including information on the opening of the Walgreens which shares a parking lot with the former Fountain Inn, see today's article in the Phoenix.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

PASD Plans Four Open Forums

The Phoenixville Area School District will be hosting four Open Forums over the next school year at which residents will have the "opportunity to share ideas and concerns regarding any aspect of the school district, including facilities, curriculum or finance, with representatives from our Board of Directors."

The forums will be held at the High School Library from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on the following dates:

  • September 24, 2008
  • November 24, 2008
  • January 26, 2009
  • April 27, 2009

For more information, see the announcement on the PASD website.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kimberton Fair Starts Tonight

The annual Kimberton Community Fair kicks off today and runs through Saturday. The fair is open from 6-10pm during the week and from 12-10:30pm on Saturday.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, please visit the fair's website at www.kimbertonfair.org.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Gone Fishin'

No updates for a week or so as my family and I are going on vacation. If anything news worthy (at least as it relates to topics generally covered by the blog) happens, please send me an email to info@bridgeandmain.com. I will post it when I get back.



Friday, July 11, 2008

BlobFest Starts Tonight

The ninth annual BlobFest starts tonight with a free party at the Colonial Theatre. This year's BlobFest commemorates the 50th anniversary of the release of The Blob and promises to be bigger than ever. For more information, see the following links:

The Colonial Theatre's BlobFest website

The Blob Ball - After the running out re-enactment, head over to Tyler James for the first annual Blob Ball featuring The River's Rockability Trio. Sponsored by Steel City Coffee House.

Phoenix article on BlobFest

Phoenix article on the Blob Ball

Inquirer article on the BlobFest

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Local Business Spotlight: Camphill Cafe

Reader Bernadette K. wrote in to tell me about Camphill Cafe which is a part of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. Writes Bernadette:

At Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, we have a Café that is open from Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11 am – 2 pm . The café features homemade soups, sandwiches, entrees and delicious desserts made with organic and biodynamic and locally grown ingredients. Most produce is grown in the village garden and breads and cookies are made in the village bakery.

Join us for lunch! Outdoor seating is available on the terrace. 610-935-3599.

More, from the Cafe's website:
Come to our oasis at the top of the hill for a warm welcome and a delicious lunch, featuring soups, sandwiches, entrees (usually vegetarian) and delicious desserts. All the food is homemade using organic and biodynamic ingredients. We support local businesses and growers such as Kimberton Coffee Roasters, Sweetwater Bakery and Sankanac CSA. Our recent café renovations include sustainable building practices and geothermal heating and cooling.

The café is run by an able crew of Kimberton Hills residents and managed by Erin Graver, who has many years of experience in creative whole foods cooking.

We welcome groups and encourage you to call ahead to reserve space or ask about the day’s menu. Catering services are also available.

You can reach Erin at the café at 610-935-3599.

For more information on the cafe and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, visit their website at www.camphillkimberton.org.

Monday, July 07, 2008

An Open Letter of Thanks from David Friday, Owner of Hipster Home

As readers of this blog may remember, Hipster Home moved to a new location recently, taking up residence at 237 Bridge St. as of July 1st. Assisting with the move were 20-25 local residents who offered to lend a hand out of the kindness of their own hearts. Owner David Friday wrote me an email to express his thanks to these volunteers and I am reprinting it below:

I thought I would just share this great story with you about our move to our new location (I don't know if it's news worthy but just to show the kind of people that live in Phoenixville).

As you know we moved our store from Main Street to 237 Bridge Street and since we have never moved a retail store (even though small) we had no idea what to expect. We had planned to move everything ourselves (my girlfriend and I) and totally underestimated the task at hand. People in town (Phoenixville) asked if we would like help and our response was "well, if you feel like it just stop in on Sunday (June 29th) and you're more than welcome to lend a hand".

Well, the response we received from everyone to help was nothing short of tremendous. I'd estimate about 20 to 25 local people showed up with their sleeves rolled up to help us move our store. They started packing our product, disassembling our shelves and transporting the product to our new store via trucks, cars, and even on foot. It was quite a site to see packs of people walking down the street with our product and loading it into our new location (if you didn't know any better you would have thought people were looting the store).

Our adventure turned into a working party and community of people that bonded together to help out a local, and local merchant in their time of need. We truly needed every hand and even with all of these people it lasted all day. It was touching and remarkable that all of these people cared enough to take a full day on a weekend to help us move (and no one enjoys moving). I had other people and store owners comment on the out pouring of support and they couldn't believe how much everyone cared. And it didn't even stop there because after the move they came all week to help us work and paint and set up product to reconstruct the store - NOW THAT IS AWESOME!

I am sharing this awesome story to show people that may or may not live in the community the "type" of people that live in Phoenixville. This is truly the best town I have ever lived in and we really do love our town. If you've heard stories about locals I hope this is one that also gets told because it was truly something special. To everyone that helped we love you guys and we know we could have never done it without you all.

There is no way to repay these folks but I invited them to the grand opening on July 4th and had them stand in our picture and cut the ribbon for the opening event and that picture appeared in today's paper, Saturday July 5th. They deserve more than we could ever give them and we really appreciate their support. Thank you!

Dave & Lindsay
Hipster Home

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Phoenix Diner set to open July 14th

The Phoenix Diner, located in the Acme shopping center at the intersection of Starr St. and Nutt Rd., is set to open on July 14th.

For more, see today's article in the Phoenix.

PJ Ryan's Open?

Reader Matt Y. wrote in this morning to say that it appears that PJ Ryan's was open for business last night. Can anyone confirm/deny?

Thanks to Matt for the tip!