For some old fashioned holiday fun, stop by Artisans Gallery & Cafe (236 Bridge Street in Phoenixville) to see the gingerbread houses created for the 2008 Gingerbread House Contest & Auction. All the entries are creative and fun. The replica of Phoenixville's Foundry building is spectacular (created by Chef Chad Durkin, Desserts International, who does desserts for Artisans Cafe). From 12/6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, 12/12, a silent auction of gingerbread houses will be held. Proceeds will benefit PACS and their "Holidays from Hunger" campaign.
Over the next couple of months, three local businesses will be closing their doors.
On Saturday, February 16th, Polka Dots will be closing their store at 246 Bridge Street. The shop, a women's clothing boutique, opened nearly two and a half years ago but has recently found business slow.
--- Originally, (owner Susan) Randels said that the store was doing well, but that the momentum could not keep up.
"The things that sold in Paoli didn't sell in Phoenixville," she said, adding that some customers thought that the store was too expensive or the sizing did not go high enough (size 12 being the highest size sold). "We tried everything."
Randels also said that parking was an issue for many of her customers who could either not find spaces or did not feel safe parking behind the store. ---
Polka Dots remains open until the 16th, with hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 610-935-5914. Clothing and shoes are bei…
The Fenix hopes to have a soft opening tonight or tomorrow with a grand opening coming in September. I sent an email into General Manager Michael Matarazzo who had this to say regarding the new venture:
--- Opening in September 2008, The Fenix will offer a unique selection of over 15 specialty martinis as well as classic cocktails, fine wines and spirits. An eye-catching menu of delicious food will also be available along with great music and live DJ’s.
The Fenix will create an exciting and varied cocktail party atmosphere every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm. Our guests will enjoy the comfortable lounge for food or a casual after work drink. Later on, they can listen or dance to the best music and DJ’s around or just gather at the sty…
On Thursday, November 29th, the Borough is holding a 'brainstorming session' in which plans for Melchiorre Park will be discussed with its park planning consultants. The event will be held at the High School and will begin 7pm.
For those of you who do not know about Melchiorre Park (of which I am included, even though I apparently live across the street from it), it is a 23 acre park located south of High Street on the land between it and French Creek. It appears, based on the drawing on the Borough home page, to be the land that is next to Westridge Village and across the street from the new Northridge Village community.
As part of the meeting, the consultants will 'provide a brief background of the project and present a pre-final master plan for the park'.