RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:20:54 -0500 60 <![CDATA[SEI holds inaugural women's conference]]> OAKS >> SEI Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West, Jr., speaks to an audience at SEI's inaugural Women's Network Leadership Summit at the company's headquarters Dec. 3, designed to help women grow personally and make an impact professionally. The company has placed tremendous importance on providing support and guidance to women in the workplace and hopes this event will become a staple for SEI and other women in the region.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley Sports holds grand opening celebration in Oaks]]> OAKS >> Schuylkill Valley Sports opened its 20th retail store location Saturday at the Oaks Shopping Center at 1570 Egypt Road.

Schuykill Valley Sports' grand opening celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring 44th District State Senator John Rafferty, Schuylkill Valley Sports' Founder Randy Ruch and more.

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<![CDATA[TeamChildren kicks off a holiday sale to get more computers into the hands of those that really need them]]> AUDUBON >> Many Americans are gearing up to hit the stores as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. Some of the gifts they'll be buying will include computers and other pieces of technology. But what if a computer isn't something your family's budget can afford?

For many families with children, even the sale prices of computers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are too steep.

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:54:04 -0500 2014-12-01T11:54:04-05:00 2014-12-01T11:54:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring City landscaper has been 'growing' his business since he was 12]]> SPRING CITY >> The conversation started as it does with many pre-teens and their parents -- with a 12-year-old Kirk Brown asking if he could mow a few lawns in their new neighborhood.

That was 11 years ago.

Now 23, Kirk Brown's quest for a little extra spending money has turned into a full-time business and career -- <![CDATA[Sweet Ashley's Chocolates offers treats for every taste]]> ROYERSFORD >> Chocolate covered gherkin pickles may be one of the most interesting orders that Connie and Rob Lawson have had over the past nine years as owners and operators of Sweet Ashley's Chocolate, 343 Main Street in Royersford. A close runner up, according to the couple, is chocolate candy with cayenne pepper and cinnamon in the shape of a pepper.

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:11:48 -0500 2014-12-01T11:11:48-05:00 2014-12-01T11:12:08-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring City entrepreneur creates Guit Stix, the 'Swiss army knife for guitars']]> SPRING CITY >> Local entrepreneur, Gabriel Noska, of Spring City, has invented a product that aids him with one of his hobbies, and he hopes other guitar players will also see its value.

"My invention's technical name is G.U.I.T., which stands for Guitar Utility Immediate Tool, but I just call them Guit Stix," Noska said.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:13:46 -0500 2014-11-13T11:13:46-05:00 2014-11-13T11:13:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Molly Maguire's closes Downingtown location after a year]]> DOWNINGTOWN >> Molly Maguire's closed the doors to its recently opened restaurant in Downingtown on Tuesday, months after the owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The Molly Maguire's restaurants in Phoenixville and Lansdale remain open.

Downingtown Borough Manager Steve Sullins said the owners could not sustain the business because of the "overhead in costs.

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:30:31 -0500 2014-11-07T12:30:31-05:00 2014-11-07T12:30:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Merchants of Skippack present "Reindeer Games"]]> Here's a great way to liven up your Holiday shopping and qualify to win any one of our prize gift baskets that will be offered by neighboring merchants of The Square in Skippack Village.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, participating shops are hosting a fun game for visitors to the village during this extended 12-hour event, called "Reindeer Games.

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<![CDATA[Meeting of minds and tastes: East Pikeland craft brewer to make Mexican-style lager for Pottstown restaurant]]> Pottstown >> Two area small business owners have joined forces to launch a first in Pennsylvania - brewing a Mexican-style lager.

Ron Garza, owner of Juan Carlos Fine Mexican Cuisine in Pottstown and Steve Armstrong, owner of ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing! <![CDATA[Collegeville-based Just Chimneys cleaning service fulfills growing need]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> Chim Chim Cher-ee -- it's time to call a chimney sweep.

It turns out that not all chimney sweeps look like a soot-faced Dick Van Dyke and speak with a cockney accent, like in Walt Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" -- nor do they really need to outside of merry old London.

Collegeville native Ed Pires doesn't necessarily sing on the job, but he sweeps out an awful lot of chimneys, along with his crew of half a dozen men.

]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:13:43 -0400 2014-10-29T17:13:43-04:00 2014-10-29T17:13:48-04:00 TOUT <![CDATA[First Moe's Southwest Grill in the area opens in Oaks]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> "Welcome to Moe's!"

You'd better get used to that boisterous refrain from the crew every time you come through the door if you're going to be a fan of some of the freshest fast-casual Mexican cuisine in the area.

The philosophy of Moe's Southwest Grill, which opened Oct.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:01:59 -0400 2014-10-29T16:01:59-04:00 2014-10-29T16:02:02-04:00 TOUT