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 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:21:00 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Valley Forge National Historical Park looks to rent commercial space in historic buildings]]> UPPER MERION >> How would you feel about heading over to Valley Forge National Historical Park for a double shot cappuccino and a blueberry scone -- in a quaint café setting where memories fairly resonate off the walls?

It could happen before too long.

The National Park Service has put a few historic buildings up for commercial use, including the venerable Maurice Stephens House, which one entrepreneur is eyeing to transform into a charming cafe.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:46:27 -0500 2015-01-28T12:46:27-05:00 2015-01-28T12:46:27-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Wawa offering customers rewards through new app]]> DELAWARE COUNTY >> Want a way to get something for free at Wawa?

Check out the company's new mobile app and corresponding rewards program.

Since the summer, Wawa has been piloting a new app, which is now available for free through the App Store for Apple devices and through Google Play for Android phones.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:00:00 -0500 2015-01-23T02:00:00-05:00 2015-01-28T11:44:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Casino's slot revenue is up over last year]]> UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge Casino Resort's slot machines saw a bigger upsurge last year than any other casino that isn't near an ocean, beach or boardwalk.

With a business model that may actually be closer to Atlantic City's vision of a multi-dimensional entertainment complex than any of its Keystone competition, Valley Forge Casino Resort was the only casino in Pennsylvania that saw an increase in slot revenue in 2014 -- up more than $10 million over the previous year -- according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:01:32 -0500 2015-01-23T12:01:32-05:00 2015-01-23T12:01:32-05:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board invites visitors to 'Make it Montco']]> UPPER MERION >> There's a lot more to do in Montgomery County in late winter than ride out the frigid days waiting for the first daffodils to sprout up and for Heart to hit the newly revived Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair in May.

From shopping at an offbeat boutique to heading for the ski slopes in Spring Mount to sharing a velvety tiramisu with your valentine at a fancy Italian restaurant, the possibilities are endless when you "Make it Montco.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:50:54 -0500 2015-01-22T11:50:54-05:00 2015-01-22T11:50:54-05:00 UTUBEVIDEO
<![CDATA[Two RE/MAX Achievers win Hall of Fame awards]]> RE/MAX Achievers real estate of Collegeville & Pottstown and Broker/Owner John E. Ohler congratulates John Chernesky and Peg Chism in earning the RE/MAX Career Hall of Fame award.

What is the RE/MAX Career Hall of Fame award? The Hall of Fame is awarded to RE/MAX Realtors earning over $1 million in sales commission during their career with RE/MAX.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:27:27 -0500 2015-01-21T12:27:27-05:00 2015-01-21T12:27:27-05:00
<![CDATA[UPDATED: Molly Maguire's closes Lansdale location]]> LANSDALE >> Six months after its owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Molly Maguire's Irish Pub and Restaurant has closed its Lansdale location.

Declan Mannion and Conor Cummins, co-owners of the Molly Maguire's chain, as well as Phoenixville's Fenix Bar, filed cases in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in July 2014, according to court documents obtained by Digital First Media.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:38:31 -0500 2015-01-20T15:38:31-05:00 2015-01-21T10:16:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Economy should continue to improve in '15, but dangers persist]]> Many observers are optimistic 2015 will be a good year for the economy, but some are far more optimistic than others.

"I'm about as optimistic a person as there is out there," said Joel L. Naroff, president and chief economist of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pa. "I'm at the top of most polls.

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:03:25 -0500 2015-01-15T17:03:25-05:00 2015-01-15T17:03:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Doggy Daydreamz in Trappe pampers pooches with self-serve option]]> TRAPPE >> Splish, splash, Bree is getting a bath -- and lapping up every minute of the sudsy attention.

As the soapy water soaks through the 6-month-old Bernese mountain dog's thick black coat, her suddenly calm demeanor is letting groomer Heather Booraem know how much she's enjoying the wet pampering.

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:27:20 -0500 2015-01-07T12:27:20-05:00 2015-01-07T12:27:20-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Allied Wire & Cable recognized for charitable efforts]]> The Main Line Chamber of Commerce has recognized Allied Wire & Cable's charitable efforts and contributions to the community over the years, choosing AWC as a winner of the Main Line Gives Back Award.

The award is meant to highlight local businesses who strive to enhance their communities through support for nonprofits and other community‐focused endeavors, and Collegeville-based Allied is honored to be considered one of those businesses.

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:19:21 -0500 2014-12-31T10:19:21-05:00 2014-12-31T10:19:23-05:00
<![CDATA[J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Lower Providence, celebrates 50 year in business]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Collecting trash will probably never be a glamorous business, but few companies have made it as widely charismatic as J.P. Mascaro & Sons.

It wasn't always that way, of course.

The multimillion-dollar jobs, impressive headquarters on Audubon Road, acres of prime real estate and the inexhaustible philanthropy the company is known for were all half a century away when Joe Mascaro Sr.

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0500 2014-12-30T02:00:00-05:00 2014-12-30T11:59:56-05:00 TOUT
<![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.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:56:03 -0500 2014-12-11T10:56:03-05:00 2014-12-11T10:56:04-05:00
<![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.

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:00:00 -0500 2014-12-10T02:00:00-05:00 2014-12-18T00:57:22-05:00
<![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