What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Events at Philadelphia Premium Outlets

From a media release by the Philadelphia Premium Outlets

WHAT:
This holiday season join us at Philadelphia Premium Outlets for some fun filled activities for the whole family. We will kick-off the holiday season with carolers and musical entertainment during our After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness and continue through December.

Breakfast with Santa
Sun, Dec 6: 8:30am - 9:30am
Join us for a fun filled morning and delicious breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be sponsored by Green Leafs and Bananas from 8:30 - 9:30am in the Food Court. Santa will then stroll throughout Philadelphia Premium Outlets until 12:30pm. Bring your camera to take advantage of this great photo opportunity. Reservations can be made by contacting the Information center at (610) 495-9000.

Holiday Entertainment - Strolling Victorian Holiday Carolers
Fri, Nov 27: 12:00 am - 3:00am
Dec 5, 12, and 20: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Enjoy strolling carolers dressed in Victorian costumes performing holiday favorites throughout the courtyards.

Santa Arrives and Strolls
Sat, Dec 13 & Sun, Dec 19: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Santa Strolls the shopping center greeting children. Bring your camera for these photo opportunities.

WHEN:
Friday, Nov 27 – Sun, Dec 20

WHERE:
Philadelphia Premium Outlets, 18 West Lightcap Rd, Limerick, PA. (610) 495-9000

For directions and a complete list of stores, visit: www.premiumoutlets.com/philadelphia

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Borough Council Votes to Advertise 2010 Budget with 0% Increase

From watchingphoenixville.com

Borough Council this evening, with two members of the public in attendance, voted to advertise the 2010 budget with no tax increase. The first budget was presented to the Finance Committee in mid September and was presented to Council two weeks ago.

Some cost cutting measures, among others, included; reducing the CDC cost by 50 percent; limiting raises of non-union/non-uniform to 2 percent and eliminating video taping of the Finance Committee meetings. Removing leaf collection from the 2010 budget had a motion made but died due to a lack of a second thereby ensuring collection next fall.

With recommendations from Management and Committee, a little more than $34k was taken from the fund balance to achieve a zero percent tax increase.

The incoming Council can re-open the budget next January if they so choose.

No word on what the CDC cuts will mean to Barry Cassidy's position.  Presumably the difference could be made up using private monies if the CDC decides to keep him on

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone


Monday, November 23, 2009

Daddy Mims Expands Into Former Johnny's New Orleans Pizza Kitchen

Rumor has it that the owner of Daddy Mims has decided to close shop on its other restaurant, Johnny's New Orleans Pizza Kitchen, and has expanded operations into both places.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Majolica Continues to Reinvent Itself

Giving the people what they want: Majolica Morphs Into Multifaceted, Moveable Feast!

November 11, 2009 – PHOENIXVILLE, PA: Not long ago, rumors of Majolica's demise had foodies from Philly to Phoenixville fretting. The beloved BYOB– a stand out on a street infamous for its selection of bars and bar food– closed for several weeks earlier this year only to reopen again. When the husband and wife team of Andrew Deery and Sarah Johnson elected to take a hiatus to reorganize many fans feared the worst.

"We closed during the apex of the recession," says Chef Andrew Deery whose name has become synonymous with creative cuisine in Chester County, Pennsylvania and beyond. "We changed the menu, the decor, the approach, all behind blacked-out windows so, I suppose, there was a bit of suspense."

When Majolica reopened– with lower prices and a new look– they were embraced by new and loyal customers alike.

"We listened to our audience, retooled and made Majolica the way that more people wanted it to be," adds Sarah Johnson, who runs the front of the house and started Majolica with Deery in 2005. "It was still all Andrew and still amazing meals and great experiences."

As the holidays approach, and Majolica becomes booked for more and more private parties, the people are speaking again and Deery and Johnson are listening.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kiwanis Holiday Parade To Be Held During December First Friday

The 2009 Kiwanis Holiday Parade will be held during December's First Friday, December 4th. The parade begins at 7pm at the intersection of Bridge and Starr Streets, ending at the Family Dollar. Santa's arrival will be led by marching bands, decorated fire trucks, floats and some of Santa's favorite characters.

Historic Phoenixville Art Exhibit Being Held Wednesday, November 18th

On Wednesday, November 18th from 7-9:30pm, local artist Chuck Hirsch will be presenting a Historic Phoenixville Art Exhibit. The event is being held at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center in the Foundry. For more information, visit the Heritage Center's website at phoenixvillefoundry.org/foundry.html. The event is free to the public.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sly Fox Relocation Pushed Back Until 2010

In August, I mentioned that Sly Fox would be relocating across Rte. 113 this fall.  Well, those plans have been pushed back.

A delay in receiving all the necessary building permits has set back moving Sly Fox Phoenixville across Rt. 113 to its new location in the Maple Lawn Shopping Center until early next year.

“Even though appearances may be deceiving since there’s no construction going on, we are moving along with a lot of the work necessary to make the move,” says Pete Giannopoulos, “but at this point, given the coming holiday season, we wouldn’t try to get open this year in any case. Looking at things on the bright side, and that’s always my philosophy, we can use the extra time to be sure we get everything exactly right and to work out a lot of the details about the interior. Where do we put this? Where do we hang that? I’d like to have gotten into the new location as quickly as we could—believe me, we are as excited as our customers about taking this next big step—but you don’t always get want you want in this life.”

Thursday, November 05, 2009

PABA Hosting Networking Event Featureing Talk on Social Media

Networking Event Features Talk on Social Media
PABA rounds out successful year with special event

The Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) will hold a special networking event on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Club 212 ( 212 Bridge Street ) in downtown Phoenixville. The event will feature a short talk from guest speaker Scott Hamrick of Visible Mission, Inc. Hamrick will talk to business owners about using social media to market their businesses to a wider audience. The growing popularity and of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have made these perfect avenues for finding new customers and keeping current customers advised of sales, events and new products.

Attendees will be treated to a variety of hors d’oeuvres donated by PABA member businesses, like Molly Maguire’s, Steel City Coffee House, and Prestige Chocolates, among others. A raffle will be held to win special donated gifts from area businesses like Fashionista’s Salon, Deep Muscle Therapy Group, Innovations A Hair Salon, and others, with the grand prize being a 2010 membership to PABA and a year’s worth of advertising on the organization’s website, www.DISCOVERPHOENIXVILLE.com. The talk will be followed by a period of networking for business owners. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://www.discoverphoenixville.com/index.php/front/calendar_details/258. PABA members attend free and can bring one non-member as a guest.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Valley Forge Audubon Society Hosting 'Green' Transportation Program On Sunday, November 8th

On Sunday, November 8th, the Valley Forge Audubon Society is hosting a Green Transportation Program. The event is being held at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove from 1-4:30pm.

Join us for an in depth look at Green Transportation as the Valley Forge Audubon Society continues their series on, "How to Live Green?" The program will explore Green Transportation today as well as the possibilities for the future. There will be a variety of alternative fuel vehicles on display as well as the presentations listed below. We look forward to seeing you at this FREE program!
  • Pottstown's Bike Share Program - Tom Carroll, Pottstown Chamber of Commerce - 1:00 - 1:30pm
  • Storm Water Management - Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, Professor & Director, VIllanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University - 1:45 - 2:15pm
  • Electric Vehicles - William Kofki, Ph.D., Department of Civil Engineering, Villanova University - 2:30 - 3:00pm
  • History of Transportation - Kendra Cook, Curator of the Boyertown Vehicle Museum - 3:15 - 3:45pm
  • Electric Vehicles Today - Jay Beckerman, Eastern Electric Vehicle Club - 4:00 - 4:30pm

Election Results Are In

The Chester County website has yesterday's election results.

MAYOR PHOENIXVILLE BOROUGH
LEO SCODA (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,331   61.42
LOUIS J. AMICI (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .       836   38.58
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

MEMBER OF COUNCIL PHOENIXVILLE NORTH WARD
RICHARD M. KIRKNER (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .       366   55.62
BOB TIGRO (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       291   44.22
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .15

MEMBER OF COUNCIL PHOENIXVILLE MIDDLE WARD
HENRY WAGNER (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       250   50.61
MARC REBER (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       243   49.19
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .20

MEMBER OF COUNCIL PHOENIXVILLE EAST WARD
ERIN MCDEVITT (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       249   42.71
DAVE GAUTREAU (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       334   57.29
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

MEMBER OF COUNCIL PHOENIXVILLE WEST WARD
DANA L. DUGAN (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       218   52.66
JOSEPH W. SCHWARTZ (REP)  .  .  .  .  .       195   47.10
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1     .24

For more information, including a breakdown by precinct, please visit the Chester County Election site at http://dsf.chesco.org/election/site/default.asp.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Local Business Spotlight: Phoenix Ballroom

Phoenix Ballroom is dedicated to bringing quality dance instruction to Phoenixville. There is a very active and dedicated ballroom dance community already located in Phoenixville. However, there has never been an actual dance studio, where these people can expand their knowledge of dance and enjoy being with other people of like interests.

Phoenix Ballroom is located in downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, we provide the community with a comfortable, friendly environment in which to learn the art of partnership dancing. Phoenix Ballroom will offer private dance instruction, group classes, social dance practices and rental facilities for local events.

It doesn’t matter whether you have dance experience or no experience at all. You also don’t need a partner to learn. With over 20 years teaching experience you will find our innovative teaching techniques speed the curve of learning while making it fun.

Dancing is something that appeals to men, women and couples of all ages, it is a hobby that you can do the rest of your life. It helps maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit. So now is the time to start, why put off today what you could be doing tomorrow? Hope to see you soon.

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Phoenix Ballroom is located at 22 S. Main Street, Phoenixville. For more information, give them a call at 610-917-0124 or visit them online at phoenixballroompa.com.