The annual Old-Fashioned Christmas parade will be taking place tonight at 7:15pm (rain or shine). More than 30,000 spectators come out to enjoy it and the entire parade route is free and open to the public. Due to its popularity, the downtown will be crowded. It is advisable to come into town early (the streets begin to close in the late afternoon), find parking, and enjoy dining and shopping before the event. Old-Fashioned Christmas is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the event visit www.downtownwestchester.com.
Next Saturday, November 30, is Small Business Saturday! The day for our community to support the small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. Shop Small and turn the day into your Small Business Saturday! Remember, Parking meters are not enforced until 5pm. Take a look at the video below explaining a little more about the importance of Small Business Saturday.
Don’t miss the Pennsylvania Fireman’s Parade this Saturday, September 28, 2013. The event will include over 300 fire engines, antiques, bands, floats, and numerous marching units are participating in the milestone celebration of 175 years of volunteer service to the community of West Chester and Pennsylvania. Hosted by Fame Fire Company No. 3 of West Chester PA, this celebration is a four-day affair that will run from Wednesday through Saturday. The Parade begins at noon on Saturday. More details are available over at Fame Fire Company website. Also, see more parade information for parking.
Next Wednesday, August 28th enjoy an exclusive Summer Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery in Downtown West Chester! Make your reservations for the summer beer dinner with Iron HIll and enjoy six courses deliciously paired with six beers. Dishes planned include wild salmon carpaccio, potato wrapped pacific halibut, seared rare ahi tuna served with five spice braised pork belly, butter poached Maine lobster, and peach cobbler. Call (610) 738-9600 to reserve your table today; the cost is $75 per person. For more information and a list of the exclusive menu click here or visit http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/westchester.
As a consumer you can Participate in this program by printing the coupons and shopping and buying from our Chamber members. As a business you can reach out to the Chamber and create an offering so your business can be part of the movement.
We hope that you will Patronize the Chamber member businesses by thinking LOCAL before they buy elsewhere. $0.68 of every dollar is reinvested when you shop locally. Compared that to $0.45 of regional purchases and nothing when purchased over the internet.
We ask that you help us Promote this program to your employees, within your business relationships, to your friends, your family…we are the Greater West Chester Community and we need to support each other. Local businesses are the backbone of our community and weALL need to ThinkShopBuy…LOCAL!
If you are a resident of West Chester or someone who visits, download this free app by visiting The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s website and use your mobile device to scan the QR code or download the app in the iTunes store.
Start the weekend off right with First Friday, when stores are open late and offer special sales/deals. Come downtown and see what new and what’s cool for Spring. Downtown is a browsers paradise with more than 75 retail shops and boutiques offering a diverse and unique shopping experience. Lucky for you Downtownwestchester.com has a complete retail directory of all retail shops. You can also shop anytime that’s convenient for you. Many of downtown stores now sell over the internet. Check out your favorite shops where you can Buy Online. Hope to see you out this coming Friday evening!
Dave Fairman ran Fairman’s Skate shop in downtown West Chester for 24 years, but now he has a new gig as the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership. “I’ve experienced how the chamber can help as a business owner,” Fairman said. “The connections I built helped move my business forward. As the director of membership I will be primarily charged with engaging current members and using the benefits of the chamber to attract new members.”
Fairman also said that he’ll wear a lot of hats at this job, but his primary focus will be on building relationships in the community. “It’s called the ‘Greater West Chester Chamber,’” Fairman said. “We want to make sure we help people that don’t just live in the borough. We need to find out from all our members what their expectations are.” Fairman added, “My strongest attributes are my abilities to connect and relate to business owners. I understand their needs because I’ve been there myself.”
According to Fairman, he had been looking for an opportunity to take a step back from the skate shop when the position opened up at the chamber. “It really came together organically,” Fairman said. “It was a great opportunity, and it came around at a good time when I was considering moving on.” For now though Fairman is happy and proud to be working for the chamber. “I knew what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the job, and I am ready for it,” Fairman said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Fairman added, “I’ve been involved with chamber for about three decades now. It’s a terrific organization, and I am proud to be a part of it.” “I just hope to make a positive impact,” Fairman said.
“Alfredo’s is a classic Italian restaurant with traditional Italian comfort food and daily specials from the Napoli region, where owner Alfredo Giannaccari hails. The sophisticated decor is adorned with rustic exposed brick, simple lighting, and warm colors. When you walk in the door expect superior service, a sophisticated atmosphere and a culinary experience you and your guests will cherish. Alfredo’s talented culinary team is known for their, now famous, homemade mozzarella and daily specials that the most sophisticated Main Line foodie will appreciate. If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing Alfredo’s, Main Line Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity.” For more information visit their website www.alfredobyo.com!
The sour economy and onslaught of chain restaurants has claimed as victims Stadium Grille’s two locations. The family-oriented sports restaurant closed its West Goshen and Upper Uwchlan locations at the end of business Monday evening, owner Bob Batley said Wednesday afternoon.
It was years of “the recession — customers who used to go out to dinner two to three times a week went out one to two times a week,” said Batley, of Glen Mills, who opened the West Goshen location on Jan. 26, 1990, in time for patrons to enjoy Super Bowl XXIV. The Chester Springs location in the Eaglepointe Shopping Center opened a few years ago.
Batley said he also was squeezed by competition from chain restaurants. When he first opened in 1990, he said there were 40 restaurants in the greater West Chester area. Now there are more than 100 and “Exton is full of them,” he added. If all that weren’t bad enough, he said it is hard to find a supermarket these days that does not offer ready-made meals that people can take home and heat up. Batley said for the next three weeks, he will be cleaning up the restaurants, “putting them to bed properly. I want to thank the customers, take care of the staff.” Both, he said, were “unbelievably great” over the years.
Batley would like to be remembered for his fundraising work for local school sports programs and charities. Over the last two decades, Batley said, the Stadium Grille raised $280,000 for those causes. With the Philadelphia Phillies headed for the playoffs and local fans eager to cheer them on with a Stadium Grille lunchbox chili cheese dog in hand, Batley could have waited to close his sports restaurants until after the World Series. He said he closed now as a favor to his landlord, a friend for 30 years. It is a lot easier for the landlord to lease the property in the fall than in the dead of winter, he said.
Eugene Verone, the owner and operator of Verone’s Collision, has been doing business for 26 years. Verone’s Collision is committed to customer satisfaction. They will handle all rental car needs as well as act as an intermediary between you and your insurance providing you with piece of mind. Only factory dealer parts are used and delivered twice daily to ensure an exact and efficient repair. Their knowledgeable staff and spacious 14 bay garge will ensure your repair is completed accurately and in a timely manner. Verone’s is there for you even in an emergency with 24 hour towing on the premises. Verone’s Collision will even deliver your car to you within 10 miles of the facility. We are committed to our customer’s 100% satisfaction, which is why all work comes with a written guarantee! For more information visithttp://www.kimberleyvassal.com