What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Barry Cassidy Addresses Downtown Rumors

Today's Phoenix ran an article written by Barry Cassidy in which he addressed the various rumors that have been circulating regarding the immediate futures of several local businesses. He paints a much rosier picture than some of the comments here would have you believe. From the article:

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On Monday someone came in and told me Molly Maguire's was closing. I knew that was not correct because they are expanding, not closing. Then about 20 minutes after than I heard from someone else that 101 was closing and the building was going to become a McDonalds. I knew that was not correct either.

Marietu' Fanny from the crepe joint at Bridge and Gay called me and was upset that she heard someone at the business association meeting say she was closing... She went on to tell me that they were doing well...

Then I heard probably the most outrageous rumor of all... Ellie's Choice is closing. Now think about this one, folks. Here, Ellie has been here for a long time, she was here in the day when we were fighting for control of the street. She was here when no one came here and she still made it. Business during the recession is still more than it was back then.
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Friday, Ellie called me and ask that I come over. She told me that Michelle from Irish Joe's called her and said someone heard she was closing. Anyone who has been to Irish Joe's knows they do a good business and under no stretch of the imagination is she closing. It is so mind-boggling.
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What can you do? What can you do with lies that are passed down the line? One thing you can do is to make a special effort to shop downtown. Come downtown and get the bargains made available by the economic downturn.
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This is a period of deflation and things are not worth as much as they were at one time. Prices go down, home values diminish and times are hard. Times may be hard but these folks mentioned above are not going out of business and deserve your business as they continue to exist. So come on down!
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Click here to read the full article.

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Retail Coming to Oaks

Reader Victor did some detective work regarding the future plans for the Marketplace at Oaks and was able to uncover the following.

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BJ's Wholesale Club will be built directly behind Lowe's and Pizzeria Uno will be built on the other side of Egypt close to 422, with 8 to 10 more restaurant pads and 10 retail pads in the plans.
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Note, this is not to be confused with the Providence Town Center which is in Collegeville.

For more information on the Marketplace at Oaks, visit 422businesscenter.com.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gas Station to Replace Former Rite Aid In Giant Shopping Center

Exciting news, the former Rite Aid store in the Giant Shopping Center, empty since a new store was built across the street, will be torn down in favor of a gas station! Rumors had swirled since the move that the building would become home for a chain restaurant (I heard IHop on more than one occassion) but, at Tuesday night's Borough Council meeting, plans for the station were unanimously approved.

The station "will feature four double-sided pumps (eight fueling stations), served by a small attendant's kiosk. Three grades of regular gas will be available; no diesel fuel will be sold. Preparations were being made but plans were not yet firm, said Kerry Eck, a Giant real estate representative, to make biofuels available there at a later date."

Gas will be sold under the Giant brand name and the station will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

No word on when the station will open but with Wawa building a Super Wawa across the street, fuel options in that area will be plentiful.

Source: The Phoenix

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Main Street Phoenixville to Host Pub Crawl/Meet the Brewer Event During Philly Beer Week 2009

Main Street Phoenixville has gathered their restaurants and bars together for a one-day Pub Crawl/Meet the Brewer event to be held on Saturday, March 14th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will give beer-lovers a chance to both sample the latest and greatest brews and meet their creators, all while getting a taste for Phoenixville’s beer scene. Among the brewers participating in the day’s events will be famed Guinness brew master Fergal Murray as well as Weyerbacher’s Chris Lamp, Flying Fish’s Drew Perry and Southampton’s Spencer Niebuhr.

"We have great restaurants and bars with creative beer lists as well as three local breweries making some of the region’s best beer. This event will give beer-lovers a chance to check them all out, in just one afternoon," says Barry Cassidy, director of Main Street Phoenixville.

People can visit the following participating Phoenixville venues from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. to sample beers and meet the brewers:

  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (130 E. Bridge Street): “HEAVY MEDALS.”
    Throughout the day, Iron Hill will offer all six of their 2008 Great American Beer Festival medal winning brews. Come by and taste the beers and meet the brewers who created them. Pay as you go.

  • Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery (519 Kimberton Road): “Meet the Brewer,” with Sly Fox brew master Brian O’Reilly and Standard Tap owner and former brewer William Reed. The pair will be featuring their collaboration beer-Standard Ale, a 5.6% cask-conditioned brew. Pay as you go.

  • Columbia Bar & Grille (148 E. Bridge Street): “Meet the Brewer,” featuring Lancaster Brewing Company’s, Bill Moore. Pay as you go.

  • 101 Bridge – ( 101 Bridge Street ): “Meet the Brewer,” featuring Stoudt’s Brewing Company. Pay as you go.

  • Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurant (195 Bridge Street): “Meet the Brewer,” featuring Guiness Brewery and Victory Brewing Company. Pay as you go.
    • Guinness brew master, Fergal Murray - 1 p.m-3 p.m.
    • Victory Brewing Company’s, Bill Covaleski - 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • Pickering Creek Inn (37 Bridge Street): “Meet the Brewer,” with Weyerbacher Brewing Company’s, Chris Lampe. Also featuring Southampton Brewery’s, Spencer Neibuhr. Pay as you go.

  • PJ Ryan’s (231 Bridge Street): “Meet the Brewer,” with Flying Fish Brewing Company’s, Drew Perry. Troegs Brewing Company will also be featured. Pay as you go.

  • Epicurean Restaurant & Bar (902 Kimberton Road): “Meet the Brewer,” featuring Yard’s Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Brewery. Pay as you go.

The second annual Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2009 will kickoff on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., in the spectacular Comcast Center lobby and Winter Garden (17th and JFK Boulevard) with the Opening Tap, a celebration honoring over 30 regional breweries whose beer help make Philadelphia “the best beer-drinking city in America.” Thereafter, the 500-plus events that comprise PBW 2009 will take place across the city and suburbs. To find more information about these events, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org.

O'Grady's Hosting Chester County Special Olympics Day

O'Grady's Family Restaurant, 1009 Schuylkill Road, will be hosting a fundraiser today, February 24th, in support of the Chester County Special Olympics. A percentage of all proceeds from today's sales will be donated and there will be numerous items raffled off this evening. Raffle tickets are a $1 each or six for $5. Among the items to be raffled off are four Philadelphia Flyers tickets with a parking pass and an autographed Penn State football.

For more information, see today's Phoenix article or call O'Grady's at 610-933-9335.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Update on Providence Town Center

Bridge and Main Forum member wealthfinder posted a message about the new Providence Town Center being built in Oaks Collegeville. The link pointed to a blog posting by Prudential Fox and Roach Realtor Andrew Himes. From Andrew's post:

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The 1st Phase of the shopping center including the re-opening of Arcola Rd to Mennonite Rd is now scheduled to open on October 11, 2009. The stores that are scheduled to open during this initial phase are as follows:

Wegman's Grocery, Best Buy, LA Fitness, Dick's Sporting Goods, DSW Shoes, Ulta Cosmetics, Five Below, Staples, PetsMart, Michaels', Raymour & Flanigan, PNC Bank, PF Chang's, Eastern Mountain Sport (EMS), and Olive Garden.

Phase 2 (Main Street with the lifestyle tenancy) will open no earlier than Summer 2010, but could be pushed back into the Spring of 2011.
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To read the full post, view his blog at activerain.com/blogs/erikanme. I have also added Andrew's blog to my Blogroll for those interested in keeping up to speed on local real estate news.

Phoenixville Philosophy Club

Reader Jackie H. wrote in to tell of a new club she is starting, the Phoenixville Philosophy Club. From her email:

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Welcome philosopher, thinkers and readers of all things stimulating. Phoenixville Philosophy Club would like to invite you to its first gathering, March 4th 2009.

The Club will be meeting from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at:

Wolfgang Books
237 Bridge St.
Second Floor
Phoenixville, PA 19460
610.410.5039
www.wolfgangbooks.com
www.myspace.com/WolfgangBooks

There will be snacks and discussion. Everyone is welcome. If you plan on attending, please email us at pvillephilosophy@gmail.com.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Phoenixville Area Time Bank Fundraiser Being Held March 2nd At Iron Hill

From an email I received:

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March 2nd – Iron Hill's "Give 20" Fundraising Dinner

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on Bridge Street in Phoenixville is opening its doors to Time Bank supporters Monday, March 2nd!

Come in anytime between 5 pm and 10 pm, enjoy the food and good company, and Iron Hill will give 20% of all food proceeds to the Time Bank.
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In order for the donation to be made, you must bring in a coupon which can be printed here.

Activate Phoenixville Area's Saturday Morning Yoga Classes Suspended Until Further Notice

From the Activate Phoenixville Area mailing list:

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Effective immediately, Saturday morning YOGA classes suspended until further notice.

Dear Residents-

Due to the consistent low attendance, we are suspending the 9:00am Saturday Yoga class held at Stepping Stone Ed Center, Franklin Commons until further notice. The instructor wishes to continue offering this class once the weather gets warmer in Reeves Park, provided we have interest.

Please pass this along to anyone you know who is not on our mailing list. If you are interested in practicing yoga on a regular basis, please let me know the days of the week and times you prefer and we will see what we can arrange. In the meantime, we will continue to offer Yoga on Tuesdays evenings at 7:00pm a Stepping Stone.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tyler James Closed?

My reporter on the street Jen tells me of a rumor that Tyler James has closed its doors as of yesterday. Can anyone confirm?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wednesday is now Ladies Night at the Columbia Bar and Grille

Wednesday nights are now Ladies Night at the Columbia Bar and Grille. For their inaugural Ladies Night this Wednesday, the Columbia will host a fashion show featuring clothing from Lush as well as jewelry from Charmed Spirit. Seating will be open for show at 6pm with show starting at 7pm.

Each Wednesday, the Columbia will feature a special ladies night menu and great drink specials. In addition, the first Wednesday of each month will feature expanded specials and events.

For more information, please visit columbiabarandgrille.com.

Activate Phoenixville Area Introduces Two New Classes

Activate Phoenixville Area is starting up two new classes for area residents.

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TAI CHI AT THE CIVIC CENTER
Join other residents for a “pay-as-you-go” one-hour class ($5 per person per class).

Presented by White Eagle Martial Arts
Instructor: Tammy Rosebrook

Three sessions to choose from:

Saturdays (Mar. 14th–May 16th)
9:00am - Beginner’s Class
10:00am – Intermediate Class

Wednesdays (Mar. 11th–May 13th)
7:00pm - Beginner’s Class

* March 28th

New students will be accepted through the third class. The class will then be closed so that participants have the opportunity to improve in their practice.

Location: Phoenixville Civic Center - 122 S. Main Street
Please note: Classes will resume in Reeves Park in the Spring.


YOGA BASICS CLASSES
Join other residents for a “pay-as-you-go” ($5 per person per class). These classes are ongoing and do not require you to sign up ahead of time.

Learn how to use the practice of yoga to bring stillness, strength and vitality to the body and mind.

Presented by: Stacey Halstead, Yoga Instructor and Jason Coffman, Yoga Instructor

Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm (Stacey)
Saturdays 9:00 - 10:15 am (Jason)
1/2 of all proceeds from the Saturday class will benefit Montgomery County SPCA.

Location: Stepping Stone Education Center at Franklin Commons (400 Franklin Ave. Suite 400, Phoenixville).

Wear comfortable clothes & bring a yoga/exercise mat.
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For more information, see the new Activate Phoenixville Area website!

Beer Pong Tournament to Benefit March of Dimes

On Saturday, March 7th, Tyler James Pub will be hosting a beer pong tournament to benefit the March of Dimes. The idea for the event was developed by Tyler James bartender Andrea DiPietro who wanted to come up with a unique way to get younger people interested in raising money for the March of Dimes.

From the Phoenix:
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Registration starts at 8 p.m. on March 7 and the tournament will start at 9 p.m. According to DiPietro, there will be 64 teams, each paying a $30 entry fee. Teams can sign up at www.phillybeerpong.com and even pay online through their site. First prize is a $250 cash prize, and other prizes like Phillies tickets will be available.
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Source: The Phoenix

Friday, February 13, 2009

17th annual Mid-Winter Scottish and Irish Music Festival being held at the Valley Forge Convention Center this weekend

Starting this evening, the Valley Forge Convention Center will be hosting the 17th Annual Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Music Festival. The festival features the music and heritage of Ireland and Scotland. Eighteen bands, dozens of Celtic vendors, exhibits, dancing and more! Fun for all ages! Two floors of Entertainment.

Show Dates and Times:
2/13 (Friday) - 6:30pm to 11:45pm
2/14 (Saturday) - 9:30am to 11:45pm
2/15 (Sunday) - 10am to 8pm

Admission cost:
Friday: $20
Saturday or Sunday: $25
Children under 13: Free

For more information, see the East of Hebrides Entertainments website.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

US Route 422 Corridor Coalition Hosting Two Open Houses Next Week

The US Route 422 Corridor Coalition, in conjunction with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, is hosting a series of public open house meetings to introduce the US 422 Transportation Master Plan. Two meetings are scheduled at convenient locations for the corridor.


  • February 17, 2009. 6:30-9:00pm. (Snow Date: March 4th.)
    Oaks Elementary School Cafeteria.
    325 Oaks School Drive, Oaks, PA 19456. Directions.

  • February 18, 2009. 6:30-9:00pm. (Snow Date: February 26th)
    Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown Campus, Community Room.
    101 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19646. Directions.

Click here to learn more about the US 422 Transportation Master Plan.

Phoenixville Public Library Spring 2009 Speakers and Events Announced

The Phoenixville Public Library has announced their Spring 2009 schedule of speakers and events.

All programs will be held in the Community Room and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For reservations or more information call 610-933-3013, ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

Click to view the schedule

Phoenixville Public Library
Spring 2009
Speakers and Events

All programs will be held in the Community Room and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For reservations or more information call 610-933-3013, ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

The Nine Biggest Mistakes Investors Make When Planning for Retirement
Thursday, March 5 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Robert P. Friedman, Managing Director & Investment Officer, Friedman Financial Services Group, Wachovia Securities

Lyme Disease
Monday, March 16 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Dr. Martin Mulders, Functional and Wellness Sciences Institute, Jeffersonville

Meet Your Self: Understanding the Energy/Chakra System as a Map to Wholeness
Thursday, March 19 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Maria J. Garcia, The Soul Center, Phoenixville

Resume Writing and Job Search
Monday, March 30 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Jane Lang, Director of Student Employment Services & Co-op, Delaware County Community College

Raising Financially Responsible Children
Thursday, April 16 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Caroline Andresen, Financial Services Professional, New York Life Insurance Company

Greening Your Interiors
Thursday, April 23 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Tammie Linville, Residential Designer, Gehman Custom Remodeling, Harleysville

The Schuylkill Navigation
Monday, April 27 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Dr. Christopher Jones

Ancient Pompeii: Loss and Recovery
Thursday, April 30 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Dr. Henry Bender, Chair of Humanities and Chair of Classics, The Hill School

Introduction to Backpacking & Wilderness Survival
Thursday, May 7 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Doug Riexinger, Park Maintenance Staff, Nottingham County Park

Off the Beaten Track: Stories from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan
Thursday, May 28 * 7:00 PM
Presented by Laura Mack, LKM Creative Solutions

The Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Iron Hill Hosting Fundraising Night for Phoenixville Jaycees

On Monday, February 23rd, Iron Hill is teaming with the Phoenixville Jaycees on another fundraising night. For more information, including the coupon you'll need to bring, please check out the Jaycees blog.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Black History Month Cultural Celebration to be held at PAHS on Monday, February 23

On February 23, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., Concerned Parents of PASD will host a Cultural Celebration in honor of Black History Month at the Phoenixville High School Auditorium. This event will feature a presentation on the history of the Underground Railroad within Phoenixville, a selection of Negro Spiritual hymns by the Phoenixville Area High School Choir, and the opportunity to purchase African-American art from selected vendors.

Our keynote message, The Dream Alive Program will be delivered by Mr. Joe Rogers, Colorado’s Former Lt. Governor, who served as the youngest lieutenant governor in the country and the highest ranking African American state elected official. The Dream Alive program is a special, nationally acclaimed live commentary by Joe Rogers in dedication to the life, memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the leaders of the Civil Rights movement. This powerful program with an enlightening message for today is an effort to help increase the understanding of the enormous contributions that Dr. King imparted to the nation and a reminder that his wisdom and vision are timeless.

Proceeds will assist the activities of Destinations with Directions, a program that is designed to increase awareness and motivate high potential, economically disadvantage students to pursue opportunities in higher education.

Please join us as we wrap up Black History month during this momentous occasion and make your personal commitment to “Keep the Dream Alive”.

Tickets are $10. For more information, contact Craig Parkinson at 484.927.5106 or LaTanya Grasty at 484.920.1163, or e-mail culturalcelebration@gmail.com. You can also visit the PASD website for more information.

Reminder, PCEF Hosting 6th Annual Dinner/Dance Auction on February 27th

For more information, read my post from last month.

PACS' 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Event to be held Saturday, March 28th

Looking for a unique Valentine’s gift? Consider making a special date for an evening of LOVE – and mystery!!

Tickets are on sale now for "I Love You to Death" - Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Show planned for March 28th.

"I Love You to Death" invites you to be a guest at a wedding reception. Unfortunately, at this wedding someone is murdered! There will be mystery, drama and lots of laughs! During the investigation, audience members participate by questioning suspects, examining clues and figuring out motives. And whoever solves the crime wins a prize!

Ticket price is $75 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, three course dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and the show. Wine and beer cash bar available.

PACS will also host a silent auction of exciting theme baskets. One of the baskets includes a weekend getaway to a beautiful townhouse on Jack Frost Mountain, featuring 2 bedrooms plus loft, 2 baths, hot tub and wood burning fireplace. Romance in the mountains!

Please buy your tickets now to reserve your seats for Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Robert Ryan’s Columbia Station, 4 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA. The “wedding” reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Don’t keep the bride and groom waiting!

Proceeds benefit PACS’ charitable mission – connecting Phoenixville area residents with community resources and emergency assistance.

For information and tickets, contact PACS at 610-933-1105 or development@pacsphx.org.

Local Business Spotlight: The Medicare Group

The Medicare Group's head quarters are in Conshohocken and we have a satellite office in Phoenixville. It is through a combined strategy of representation, education, and community involvement that we help Medicare beneficiaries and eligible beneficiaries with any of their Medicare needs with any part of the Medicare program (Parts A, B, C, and D).

Our group is comprised of attorneys, physicians, and information management analysts and collectively, our qualifications include over 50 years of Medicare and Social Security experience, in addition to health care industry consulting and practice. Our representation is a multi-level process typically beginning with a telephone call or physical appearance where we discuss the details of a particular situation. If an appeal is necessary, The Medicare Group can see it through until its conclusion. We are also available for educational events should an organization or entity desire it.

Our website is www.themedicaregroup.org and we encourage anyone who is interested in our organization to contact us. We are always actively seeking volunteers for various programs including our newly created snow removal service for seniors residing in Phoenixville Borough.