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 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:04:02 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Organizational Bootcamp helps homeowners get storage spaces in shape]]> Pat Bastian has a few simple questions so homeowners can determine whether they might benefit from his company's services.

First, have they ever gone out to the garages or down into their basements looking for a tool, and in the search absentmindedly moved around a bunch of screwdrivers?

And, Bastian asks, have they ever thought about taking the time to do an inventory of those screwdrivers?

More than likely they haven't but if they did, Bastian predicted they would find they are looking "at 17 of the same kind of screwdriver.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:11:49 -0500 2015-03-06T14:11:49-05:00 2015-03-06T14:11:49-05:00
<![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley Sports will close Audubon store to open another in Oaks]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> It's a time of bittersweet renewal for Schuylkill Valley Sports (SVS), as the nearly 45-year-old chain closes its original Audubon store to follow the path of former neighbor Wawa to the burgeoning Oaks Shopping Center down the road.

"We're trying to continue the same model, just move it down the street and pass the torch on to the Oaks location," said Phil Baumgardner, marketing director and buyer.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:46:45 -0500 2015-02-18T10:46:45-05:00 2015-02-18T10:46:45-05:00
<![CDATA[PHOTO: Work continues on King of Prussia Mall expansion]]> Workers connect pieces of the steel framing together as construction progresses on the King of Prussia Mall's expansion project in Upper Merion Thursday Feb. 12, 2015. In 2016, a simple outdoor catwalk that has kept The Plaza and The Court on mutually beneficial speaking terms for four decades will melt away, and the malls will merge into one megalopolis of a shopping destination called the King of Prussia Mall.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:40:04 -0500 2015-02-13T11:40:04-05:00 2015-02-13T11:40:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Trappe company wants donation to set example for small businesses]]> WEST NORRITON >> Every small business can come up with a few bucks to donate to charity if it digs deep enough.

To prove his point, Robert DelloBuono, owner of Liquid Nitrogen Services, LLC in Trappe, recently handed over a check for $1,000 to his favorite charity, Feel the Warmth, which collects and distributes school supplies, toys and donated coats to clients in Montgomery County, Chester County and Philadelphia.

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:44:11 -0500 2015-02-11T09:44:11-05:00 2015-02-11T09:44:11-05:00
<![CDATA[Days leading to Super Bowl Sunday are a boost for some businesses]]> On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX but long before the action starts in Arizona, businesses in Chester County will have scored points with higher sales.

"It's a nice little mid-winter kick for us," acknowledged John Genter, operations manager at Exton Beverage in West Whiteland.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:05:20 -0500 2015-01-30T11:05:20-05:00 2015-01-30T11:05:20-05:00
<![CDATA[Merger of 2 Montco 'complementary' banks called off]]> LIMERICK >> It looks like The Victory Bank of Limerick and Huntingdon Valley Bank will not be merging after all.

The two banks recently announced that their agreement to merge has been terminated, and the joint application for regulatory approval to merge that was filed with the FDIC in May 2014 has been withdrawn.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:59:06 -0500 2015-01-29T12:59:06-05:00 2015-01-29T12:59:06-05:00
<![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