What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Local Business Spotlight: All Things Primitive

Opening next Friday, April 3rd, All Things Primitive is Around Phoenixville's most recent Local Business Spotlight. Owner Barbara Jarrett writes the following:

My little shop is called All Things Primitive. The Grand Opening is slated for April 3rd, on First Friday. We will have drawings for items from the store all weekend. We will feature Country/Primitive home decor items. I am going to be located at 26 Gay Street. My hours will be Fridays, 5-9; Saturdays, 9-5; Sundays 12-5. Some of the items we will be carrying will be Candles, Pottery, Samplers, Table Runners, Wreaths, Baskets. Generally anything that you see in the big country/primitive stores, you will see here. We will have Fall open houses and Christmas open houses. I have been dealing in primitive craft items at craft shows for the last 2 years. My entry into this business was because people were always asking if I had a website or store. My prices were always a big hit with people! If anyone in the Phoenixville area traveled to the Country Gatherings store on Route 23 and were disappointed when the owner retired, stop in to see us!

When I started looking for a place to rent, I really didn't have a location in mind, however, when I found this storefront, everyone started telling me that Phoenixville was the "happening place."

Best of luck to Barbara!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Committee Approves Second Avenue Closing for Library Expansion

At last night's Borough Council Community Development Committee meeting, the topic of discussion was the Phoenixville Public Library and the proposed expansion that will close off 2nd Ave. at Main Street. The committee voted unanimously to recommend that Council approve the closure.

For more information on last night's meeting, see today's Phoenix.

The library has created a webpage that discusses the expansion project at http://www.phoenixvillelibrary.org/about/expansion.htm

Phoenixville Area Time Bank and the Forge Theater Presenting special benefit performance of The Smell of the Kill

The Forge Theater, at 241 First Avenue , Phoenixville, presents a special benefit performance of The Smell of the Kill for the Phoenixville Area Time Bank (PATB) on Sunday, April 19th, at 2 pm. The play is a wickedly delightful, fast-paced anti-love story, that, according to Variety, “boasts lin es and scenes that have the audience laughing as uproariously as The Producers.

The $20 admission fee provides an opportunity to share the fun and thrill of live local theater while supporting the Time Bank, a local non-profit organization that is helping to grow community through the exchange of services between members. During intermission the audience will be able to enjoy mostly-homemade snacks and desserts.

Tickets for this performance can either be purchased at the door or, in advance, at branches of New Century Bank or at the PATB website pa-timebank.com. Call 610-608-9281 or e-mail at timedollar@verizon.net for more information.

Support Program for those Currently Unemployed

FREE Support Program for those Currently Unemployed

Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce, with Providence Management and Communications, offer FREE Support for those Unemployment at the National Christian Conference Center.

Phoenixville, PA. On Thursday March 26th from 9 AM-11AM the Phoenixville Chamber will be holding a support program for those who find themselves currently unemployed. The program will be held at the National Christian Conference Center, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, PA 19148. The program is being sponsored by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce with facilitation support being provided by Providence Management and Communications, a local area training and consulting firm. The National Christian Conference Center has offered its facilities free of charge for this event.

The program will address job search and marketing techniques, networking, resume support, making the most of on-line applications and, most importantly, stress management during what is now very tough financial times. The program is designed to be an ongoing support system with timing and locations to be posted at the Phoenixville Chamber website.

Help Pack a Backpack for a Needy Student

…while eating ice-cream with Snow White, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Shrek, Cat In The Hat, Elmo, the Easter Bunny, and Robin Hood and Maid Marian!

When: Saturday, April 4 anytime between 3-7 p.m.

Where: Petrucci's Ice Cream - Water Ice, 472 Nutt Road, Phoenixville

This fundraising event is sponsored by Petrucci's Ice Cream - Water Ice, the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville, and Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF). The ‘characters’ will come alive through the volunteer efforts of 10 students from Phoenixville Area High School.

Please encourage your students and families to support our efforts.

20% of all proceeds will be shared between the Kiwanis Club and PCEF. Both organizations share a Mission of supporting the children of Phoenixville—and more specifically, the Pack a Backpack Program that has distributed just shy of 1000 fully stocked backpacks since inception!

Please help spread the word and stop by for an ice cream treat (or a hot pretzel!!)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Philadelphia Premium Outlets Hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt

On Sunday, April 5th, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets will be hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt.

Join us for a fun filled morning and delicious breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast will be sponsored by Green Leafs and Bananas from 8:30am -10:00am in the Food Court. The egg hunt will follow beginning at 10:00am* in Center Court next to Coach. Plastic eggs filled with treats and prizes for children will be hidden throughout the center. Bring your camera to take advantage of this great photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny until 11:30am.

*weather permitting

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Halloween Convention to be held at Valley Forge Convention Center

This was posted in the forums area:

Hi there!

I just wanted to take the time to invite you to the Annual National Halloween & National Haunters Convention which is the #1 Halloween Convention in the country. Our number one goal is to provide you with a professional show for everyone who enjoys Haunted Attractions, Haunted Houses, the Paranormal, Halloween, Hayrides, Dark Rides, Ren Fairs, Magicians and Classic Side Shows.

Join us this year for a spectacular event and a chance to enjoy all that is Halloween Half-Way to the Halloween Season!

We offer a huge show floor of over 130 VENDORS offering of a plethora of vendors from Airbrushing, to Props, to Animatronics.

Our April 10th (Friday), and April 11th (Saturday), 2009 Show Floor will be open from 9am to 5pm for your convenience.

Friday night features a special event! A tour of the famous BATES MOTEL Hayride and Haunted Attraction. Join us for a special bus tour, attraction show, and incredible dinner.

Saturday evening features one of the most competitive activities in the haunt industry, a full fledged all out MAKE UP WAR!

Saturday night features the largest costume ball event on the east coast!
This years theme, Pirates on the High Seas. Learn more about our Costume Ball here.

For More information visit our website at

We are conveniently located in the historic Valley Forge Area at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA. We are just minutes from the Philadelphia airport, and located in the near the heart of the Philadelphia suburbs of 6 Million people. OVER 60% of the United States Population is located within 2 hours of travel from the Philadelphia region. (source: Select Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce). This allows a quick and convenient location for many travellers as well as a huge target market for your product or service. We hope to see you all there!

P.S. Curious as to what last year was like? Here are some videos of last years show, which was 1\5 the size of this years show! That's right, we're FIVE TIMES LARGER THIS YEAR!

Double P.S.
Be sure to book your room through our website - as (due to the insane rules of hotel logic that simply do *NOT* make sense to me) you wont be able to get your room discount if you call your reservation in.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Phoenixville Republican Committee Announces Candidates for '09 Election

The Phoenixville Republican Committee has announced the Republican candidates for the 2009 election. See the list here.

The Phoenix also has a write up about the various races in today's paper.

Michael Klein Reviews Daddy Mims'

Yesterday, Michael Klein blogged about his first visit to Daddy Mims' Creole BYOB. He gives it a thumbs up and also included a scanned version of the menu, which can be seen here.

Read the full review at philly.com.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Historic Yellow Springs Annual MemBREWship Party to be held Saturday, March 28th

Received this in an email today:

The annual Membership Brewfest will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. This year's event is sponsored by First Resource Bank and will feature beer tasting from 8 regional breweries including Dogfish Head, Lancaster Brewing and Hook and Ladder Brewing Company. Paired with all of this great beer will be food tasting offered from some of Chester Counties favorite local restaurants including the Cedar Hollow Inn, The Drafting Room and The Brickside Grille. For those who prefer wine, The Wine Merchant will once again be pouring an incredible assortment of red and white wines from both here and abroad.

We have expanded the party this year to include artwork from our Members' Exhibition. Party goers will be able to stroll through the Lincoln Building to view the Exhibit while listening to the unique sounds of "Open Circle Jam" who will be playing in the Lincoln Building throughout the evening. Wine will be served in the Lincoln as well as the Washington Buildings.

Back by popular demand, the band "Echo" will be performing throughout the evening in the Washington Building and we will be raffling off gift certificates to local restaurants during each intermission.

The party is open to the general public as a way to invite new membership and thank our existing members. Individual memberships can be purchased in advance or at the door for $30 or a Family Membership for $50 (2 adults in the same household). The village of Historic Yellow Springs is located at 1685 Art School Road Chester Springs, PA 19425 (Off of Rt.113 behind Hallmans General Store) or you can visit our website at www.yellowsprings.org.

For more information, please visit http://www.yellowsprings.org/Membership%2009.html.

Phuture Phantom College Fair To Be Held Thursday, March 19th

On Thursday, March 19, the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF), Concerned Parents of the Phoenixville Area School District (CCPASD) and guidance counselors and administrators from the Phoenixville Area High School will join forces to present the 2nd Annual Phuture Phantom College and Career Fair.

The doors to the Phoenixville Area High School gym will open at 6 p.m. More than 50 colleges will be on hand to provide information about their respective schools, including information on academic and sports programs.

This event is free and open to anyone who has an interest in obtaining college and career information.

In addition, PAHS Guidance Counselors will also be hosting informational workshop sessions on SAT prep, the college application process, financial aid information and the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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On Thursday, March 19, the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF), Concerned Parents of the Phoenixville Area School District (CCPASD) and guidance counselors and administrators from the Phoenixville Area High School will join forces to present the 2nd Annual Phuture Phantom College and Career Fair.

The doors to the Phoenixville Area High School gym will open at 6 p.m. More than 50 colleges will be on hand to provide information about their respective schools, including information on academic and sports programs.

This event is free and open to anyone who has an interest in obtaining college and career information.

In addition, PAHS Guidance Counselors will also be hosting informational workshop sessions on SAT prep, the college application process, financial aid information and the NCAA Clearinghouse.

The schedule is as follows: SAT Prep Workshop hosted by Mrs. Jeanne Havrilla , 6:00 – 6:30 pm and 7:30 – 8:00 pm ; College Application Workshop hosted by Ms. Judy Ishler, 6:00 – 6:30 pm; Financial Aid Workshop hosted by Mr. Keith Calil, President, College Aid Professionals, 7:00 – 8:00 pm and NCAA Clearinghouse for Collegiate Sports, hosted by Mr. Edward Yeager and Mr. Dave Rodenbough, 7:30 – 8:00 pm.

KellyAnne Scerbo, PAHS Guidance Counselor, said that excitement is in the air as the coordinators put the finishing touches on the Fair.

“This is a wonderful chance for our students to explore opportunities,” said Scerbo, who served as the guidance department coordinator. “We hope the fair will help our students make informed college and career decisions.”

Craig Parkinson, Assistant Principal at PAHS, said this year’s fair has grown substantially since last year’s debut.

He is extremely excited with the variety of the participating educational facilities and that schools as far away as New England and Richmond, Virginia will be in attendance.

Mr. Parkinson expressed his gratitude to the CCPASD group for their tremendous effort in organizing this fair for the second year.

This event is free for attendees; educational facilities donated $50 in order to participate. All proceeds from the fair will benefit economically-disadvantaged students pursuing a college education.

Among the participating colleges are: Albright College, Allegheny College, Alvernia College, Antonelli Institute Art & Photography, Antonelli Medical & Professional Institute, Arcadia University, Automotive Training Center, Binghamton University, Bloomsburg University, Cabrini College, Cedar Crest College, Central Pennsylvania College, Delaware County Community College, Delaware Valley College, Dickinson College, Eastern College, Elizabethtown College, Empire Beauty School, Franklin & Marshall, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Harcum College, Hofstra College, Holy Cross College, Holy Family, King’s College, Kutztown University, Lebanon Valley College, Lock Haven College, Manor College Montgomery County Community College, Neumann College, Pulse Beauty Academy, Rosemont College, St. Joseph’s University, Shippensburg College, Susquehanna University, Temple University, Restaurant School, Walnut Hill College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, Villanova University, Wake Forest, West Chester University and Widener University.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pub Crawl a Success!

I have received numerous emails from people who attended the pub crawl yesterday, all of who felt it was a tremendous success. Unfortunately with a newborn at home, I was unable to attend this year but hopefully the organizers of Philly Beek Week, along with those here who helped bring it to Phoenixville this year, will do the same next year and for year's to come.

Thanks to those who emailed me with their thoughts.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Official Press Release Regarding the Reopening of Majolica

Reorganized, Rejuvenated and Ready to Rock a New Attitude

March 13, 2009– Not only were the rumors of Majolica’s death greatly exaggerated, but online and on the street hearsay had the well-respected restaurant devastated by the economy inside of a week. If they weren’t predicting the next Phoenixville restaurant’s demise the local punditry was publicly bemoaning the loss of the revitalized steel-town’s most sophisticated eatery.

Owned by the husband and wife team of Chef Andrew Deery and manager Sarah Johnson, Majolica had been in the news recently for receiving “three bells” from Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan and had added a farmhouse table to their eclectic offering.

“It’s true that fine dining, in fact, all dining out is being affected by the headlines,” offers Chef Andrew Deery. “Majolica is no different, but being a BYOB does make margins tighter in a down economy.”

Rather than succumb to these dreary facts, Deery and Johnson decided instead to reinvent Majolica.

“The changes we are rolling out are a direct response to these economic times,” continues Deery, “but we’re excited about making the Majolica experience available for anyone.”

Besides noticeably enthusiastic upgrades to the restaurant’s frontage and interior, including the addition of a private Farmhouse Room, Majolica is unveiling a new menu featuring new choices and lower price points.

The new Majolica will still showcase fresh and local ingredients, seasonal modifications and Andrew Deery’s signature style, but significant changes have been incorporated to make the bistro more accessible to more people, more often. The addition of affordable a la carté appetizers starting at $3 and entrées starting at $16 opens the Majolica menu up to families and people who frequently dine out. Additionally, Majolica’s menu will now include pri fixe selections with an appetizer, entrée and desert offering for just $25.

“The atmosphere in the restaurant will be more casual and fun,” adds Deery who has opted to modify Majolica’s image to an intriguing capital M. “Everyone should be able to enjoy great cuisine now and then.”

The popular restaurant is also changing their hours of operation, offering dinner service of the compelling new menu Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.

The innovation and style that has made Majolica a destination restaurant isn’t going anywhere during this transition to a refreshingly affordable bistro. Deery is still the creative force behind promising and compelling menu changes. And, for those foodies who are interested in full course meals, the farmhouse table and the
chef’s legendary tasting menu, those options still exist.

Majolica will be reopening on Wednesday, March 18th. They can be found on the web at majolicarestaurant.com. For reservations, please call 610-917-0962.

Friday, March 13, 2009

2009 Dogwood Prince & Princess Contest

Reader Megan wrote in to promote the 2009 Dogwood Prince and Princess Contest

2009 Dogwood Prince & Princess Contest

If your child is between the ages of 5 & 8 and you would like to enter them in the 2009 Dogwood Prince and Princess Contest, please email meg7483@aol.com for more information. Winners will be announced on Wed, May 13th with a rain date of Thurs, May 14th

*All entries must be in by Mon, April 13th.
**Sponsored by the Phoenixville Jaycees

Majolica to reopen

Michael Klein, blogger for Philly.com, initially reported that Majolica was closing its doors a couple of weeks ago, is back today with a post indicating they will be reopening on March 18th.

From the post:
They're changing the menu to, as Johnson calls it, "more French bistro-y." Prices are falling by 40 percent or so. It's sporting a new logo. A new sign went up on Bridge Street. The place has been painted and mildly redecorated.

Reopening is scheduled for March 18.

“The changes we are rolling out are a direct response to these economic times,” said Deery, the chef, in a statement, “but we’re excited about making the Majolica experience available for anyone.” Johnson wants the restaurant to be a frequent visit, not devoted to the special-occasion crowd.

Stay tuned for a full press release on this site tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp Offering Three New Classes

Are you looking for a jump-start to your fitness program? Then this adventure is for you! Whether you are a beginner, an avid fitness enthusiast or just tired of the same routine come try this whole new approach to exercise...fun!

Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp is a four week outdoor fitness program that offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training - packed with fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach your fitness goals. Whether you want to lose weight to fit into, begin a more healthy lifestyle, shed the extra pounds or just get fit before that special occasion, this is the program for you!

Three new classes are starting in the next month and half, below is the info:

March 23rd - 5:30am to 6:30am - Reeves Park & PHX Civic Center - Women Only

April 20th: 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Reeves Park - Coed

April 27th: 5:30am to 6:30am - Reeves Park - Women Only

For more information and to sign up, please visit www.GreatValleyBootCamp.com.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Two weeks and counting...

UPDATE 3/11: It appears that the cars have been removed.

As a Northside resident, I have been witness to the collection of burned out vehicles that started to appear in the park on Mowere Rd. in January. There was no explanation for their appearance until the Phoenix ran an article on Feb. 17th indicating that the cars were to be used by the fire department in an effort to receive the '1006 Core Rescue Certification in Vehicle and Machine Rescue'. The article then went on to say 'Gable said once the training is completed, the vehicles will be removed from the property by Pejey's Auto Body, Phoenixville.'

Well, its now March 9th, training finished up on the 22nd of February, and the cars remain. Since Councilman Senley has all but dropped off the grid, I have decided to email our other councilman, Mr. Richard Kirkner. I urge other northside residents to do the same. His email address is rkirkner@phoenixville.org.

Historic Inns of Phoenixville Dinner & Tour Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Phoenixville Area Business Association will be presenting a Historic Inns of Phoenixville Dinner and Tour on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 starting at 6:00 PM. The tour will start at The Pickering Creek Inn (formerly the Mansion House) where participants will board a restored historic trolley. The tour will feature a drive-by narration of the important historical buildings in downtown Phoenxville, including the supervisors building (now 101 Bridge restaurant), The Colonial Theatre, Hotel Washington, Hotel Chester, The Columbia Bar & Grille and several churces on church street. Also included is a 15-20 minute walking tour of the newly opened Phoenixville Foundry, an amazing events venue in the old foundry building.

The tour will end with a 3-course dinner (with complimentary glass of wine) at the participants choice of The Pickering Creek Inn or Columbia Bar & Grille. Tickets are $65.00 and must be purchaed in advance. For individuals purchasing 4 or more tickets there is a 5% savings. Tickets can be purchased online at www.discoverphoenixville.com under calendar or in person at Steel City Coffee House or Fashionista's Salon. Any questions, please call Jane at 484-686-7792.

This would make a perfect Mother's Day gift as it is only a few days after Mother's Day.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Poll Question

Recent posts have gotten a lot of comments, which I think is great. However, as with most things on the internet, it causes folks to lose their minds from time to time. What starts off as a civil discussion quickly becomes heated and, thanks in large part to anonymity, things start to go south. With that in mind, I am proposing turning on a feature that would require you to log in before commenting. This does not remove the anonymity completely, you are free to sign up for a user name like Phoenixville123, but it will allow us to connect comments to users, making it easier to follow the arguments being made. It will also, hopefully, cause people to take a second to think about what they are posting which will, at least in theory, help to prevent the senseless name calling that ruin an otherwise valid argument.

Long story short, please take a moment to vote Poll will be left open until the 14th.


New Restaurants Coming to Phoenixville?

File this under rumors as its coming from the same source that indicated Majolica closed its doors for good, something that at least appears to be in doubt based on what is now posted on Majolica's website. Regardless, according to Michael Klein's blog on philly.com, Phoenixville will soon be home to Johnny's New Orleans Pizza Kitchen and Daddy Mims' Creole BYOB.

John Mims to surface in Phoenixville

Chef John Mims says he's going back to his Louisiana roots with side-by-side restaurants on the main drag of Phoenixville.

Johnny's New Orleans Pizza Kitchen and Daddy Mims' Creole BYOB are to open soon at 150 Bridge St., formerly occupied by That's Italian and Paninis.

Mims says the pizzeria, to be open daily from March 13, will serve such New Orleans-style pizza offerings as jambalaya and white crab pie.

The BYOB, serving dinner only Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 19, will be similar to his onetime Carmine's BYOB restaurants in Havertown and Narberth.

Presumably this would mean That Italian Place is closing its doors.

Source: The Insider - Philly.com

Friday, March 06, 2009

Pennsylvania DEP OKs the Kindergarten Center's Air Quality

From yesterday's Phoenix:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger made public Monday the results of DEP's air quality testing at the Phoenixville Area Kindergarten Center.

"The results of DEP's in-depth monitoring refute reports by USA Today in December 2008," he said. That report rated the Center among the top one percent of schools nationwide in high-contamination zones.
"actual sampling of the air by DEP for the stated pollutants of concern does not indicate an unacceptable risk to the students attending the school"

USA Today, who released the initial study that indicated that the Kindergarten Center, along with several other schools in the district, had abnormally high levels of pollutants in the air, had an article in their paper two days ago discussing the findings of the DEP both in Phoenixville and in other parts of the state that fared similarly. In it, they quote several environmental experts who call into question the studies performed by the the DEP who feel that the sample data they collected is not sufficient to determine whether or not there is indeed a problem.

Read more:
DEP Report
Phoenix Article
USA Today article

Thanks to reader Carolyn for the links to the DEP Report and the USA Today article.

Concerned Parents of PASD Sponsoring Two Upcoming Events

Reader Wendy wrote in to tell of two events that the Concerned Parents of PASD are sponsoring:

More upcoming events sponsored by the Concerned Parents organization.

Last year College/University Fair is this year's Phuture Phantom Phair @ 5p on Thursday 3/19/09. Over 40 Colleges/Universities/Trade and Vocational schools have agreed to waive their application fee. The event will be held as Phoenixville Area High School and an unopened stationary/toilette items is the cost of admission.


Back by popular demand.....Education Sunday 2009 Sunday, June 14th, 2009 @ 2p, Valley Forge Christian College (Mason Chapel), 1401 Charlestown Rd , Pheonixville.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Maria Schwab, former Superintendent Pheonixville Area School District

The Teachers at Barkley Elementary and the Kindergartner Center are being honored.