Movoto Blog, part of a national real estate brokerage firm that “strives to create unique, and most importantly, fun real estate related stories,” has posted what they consider the top 50 communities in Pennsylvania and featured West Chester in the top ten.
“West Chester has all of the ‘good on paper’ qualities to top our list,” said blogger Natalie Grigson. “It has lots of amenities, a median house value 102-percent higher than the rest of the state, and a high school graduation rate that’s 26-percent above average.
“But it is this town’s undeniable, old-world charm that sets it apart from the rest of the state, and really, the entire country. If you are looking for that quintessential, old-world Pennsylvania, grab your horse and buggy and head to West Chester.” Read more about the top ten Pennsylvania Cities at MovotoBlog.
Bob Woodward at WCU | Friday, November 1, 2013: As part of the President’s Speakers Series at West Chester University, Bob Woodward, currently an associate editor for The Washington Post, will speak on the topic entitled Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which The Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.” At Emilie K. Asplunde Hall, Philips Memorial Building starting at 8pm. Tickets available at tickets.wcupa.edu.
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!
The Ghost Tours of West Chester begin again for the season this coming Friday, September 28th! They consist of a walking tour with tales of ghosts, folklore and history. Your guide will lead you on a 90-minute walk through the spooky lanes of downtown neighborhoods where you’ll explore the land of the shadow people, learn of lost souls of the Underground Railroad, and hear about the West Chester gallows where horse thieves and murderers were hanged. New stories and tours added for the season.
The Ghost Tours of West Chester start at The Lincoln Room (28 West Market, 610-696-2102). Tours begin at 8:00 pm and doors open at 7:00 pm rain or shine. Courtyard Grill will be open for light sandwiches, snacks and beverages before the tours. Price is $10 per person ages 5 years and up. Reservations required call 610-696-2102.
I was recently eating dinner at Iron Hill in West Chester and I noticed a person sitting at the bar with an oddly shaped mug. (normally I see people like myself drinking out of clear normal beer glasses.) My curiosity got the best of me, so I asked my waitress what these mugs were all about and got the answer, “they are specially for Iron Hill Mug Club Members.” I instantly wanted to be a part of this club, however I found out that they are no longer accepting new members because state regulators have recently raised concerns the popular club may not fully comply with local regulations. Iron Hill today published an open letter to members, detailing changes that are being made to the Mug Club at all locations. Below is a copy of the letter from Iron Hill President Kevin Finn which details the Mug Club Mandatory Changes.
To Mug Club Members and Iron Hill Customers:
Due to factors beyond our control, including decisions by state agencies that regulate the sale of alcohol, the Mug Club as we know it must end.Whether we agree with these decisions or not, or why after 10 years the Mug Club has become an issue, is not up to us to decide. What is important is finding a solution quickly and doing what’s best for our most loyal customers. We want to comply with all the laws and regulations in the states we operate but our primary focus is providing guests handcrafted beer, creative food and attentive service.We are currently revising the club to meet the regulator’s demands. During the transition from one club to another, the Mug Club will continue to function but with some important changes, including:
We will no longer accept new members during this transition.
Current members due for renewal will have their memberships extended until the new club is active.
Current members will receive 500 points immediately. This is our gift for past loyalty and patience during this transition.
Members will no longer receive points for the purchase of alcohol. This was a major issue for the state. Members will continue to receive points for all other purchases, excluding tax, tip and gift cards.
Members can continue to drink from the Mug Club mug, but must pay the same price as non-club members, an additional 50 cents over the current price of a pint. The free eight ounces of beer that Mug Club members received was another major issue for the state.
Many Mug Club benefits will remain the same during this transition, including:
Only members will be able to drink from the handmade Mug Club mugs.
Members will continue to earn a $25 credit for each 300 points accrued.
Members can redeem their credits to pay for any food and beverage purchases including alcohol.
The head brewer at your local Iron Hill location will continue his regular emails with members.
Each location will continue to host exclusive, members-only Mug Club events.
Members can track their points and review member profile online.
We are currently looking at a variety of options and we hope to have a new customer rewards program in place this fall. It will be hard to top the old club but trust that the new one will include rewards and member benefits worthy of the extreme loyalty of our current Mug Club members.Feel free to discuss these changes and any Mug Club concerns with a manager or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also email me directly email@example.com.Thank you for your support and patience,Kevin FinnPresidentIron Hill Brewery
Tee It Up Golf of West Chester is located off the Matlack Street Exit from Route 202. It is a great golf center that is devouted to improving players’ game and providing an entertaining atmosphere for the enitre family. Tee It Up’s driving range, indoor golf simulator, pitching greens and putting greens allows golfers at all levels to enjoy and develop all aspects of the game. Tee It Up is also home to an 18-Hole mini-golf course, patio area and an upstairs party room, which is perfect for birthday parties and corporate events. Check out the video Kimberley Vassal Insurance made for Tee It Up and visit their Partners Page today for a special offer of 10% off Balls and Miniature Golf only available at www.kimberleyvassal.com!
The streets of Downtown West Chester will again host a series of bicycle races as the 7th Annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium heats up on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Downtown property and business owners should be aware of the following details:
To build the “race course”, the town center will be posted with no parking signs on Saturday July 9th starting at 1:00 PM – Vehicular traffic will be diverted beginning at 1:00 pm until 10:30 pm.
The racing schedule is as follows: 5:00 pm (Kids’ Race) 6:00 pm (Amateur Men’s) 6:45 pm (Elite Women’s) 7:45 pm (Pro Men’s Race – Under the lights)
The race course is as follows: With the exception of the Kids race, cyclists will head west on Gay, south on Church, East on Market, north on Matlack and back to Gay Street.
Traffic message boards will be installed days before alerting vehicular traffic of the event and road closures. Signs will be located southbound on Pottstown Pike, eastbound on Rt. 322, northbound at Rosedale and High and westbound on Gay St.
The Swingin’ Summer Thursday Series is an evening of live music on the streets of Downtown West Chester. It is held the first Thursday in June, July, August, and September. Each Swingin’ Summer Thursday has a musical genre theme and two bands are selected to perform. Local food vendors, information booths, and local artisan booths are spread out among the event. The next event is coming up soon on July 7th from 6:30PM-9:30PM and is free to attend. For more information, contact WC Parks & Recreation at 610-436-9010.
To many, Ryan Dunn was just one of those crazy stuntmen from “Jackass” but for the people who have had the privilege to meet him around West Chester or the surrounding areas know he was just a normal kind hearted person. Below is an interview with Bam Margera who says “Dunn was my best friend.” I will never be able to recover from this.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone especially family and friends who were affected by the loss… Rest In Peace, Ryan Dunn.
Also, here is an interview with Bam’s parents, Who Ryan called “Mom and Dad.”
The annual free summer Thursday guided walking tours kick-off again this year at the Chester County Historical Society (High & Chestnut) when the band pipes up at 5:30p.m. There will be a kick-off ceremony to be followed by guided walking tours of the northeast section of West Chester Borough. Enjoy a visual delight of fine buildings in various historical styles, and then return to the Historical Society for refreshments. Admission: Free, but must pre-register at 1-877-442-2476 then select menu option 1. The tours begin tomorrow (June 16th) at 5:30p.m. For more information about the event visit www.downtownwestchester.com!
Chester County Historical Society co-sponsors Town Tours and Village Walks with the Chester County Board of Commissions through the Parks and Recreation Department, Westtown Township, and the Chester County Historic Preservation Network. For a full schedule of tours, see http://www.chesco.org/parks.