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 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:35:48 -0400 60 <![CDATA[AG: Montgomery County car dealerships violated consumer protection laws]]> NORRISTOWN >> The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Court Wednesday against three county car dealerships and their president, alleging deceptive business practices, selling cars at inflated prices and selling cars deemed not road-worthy.

The suit filed against Drivehere.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:24:28 -0400 2015-03-27T10:24:28-04:00 2015-03-27T10:24:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Vita Bella restaurant opens in Oaks Shopping Center]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> If you've been planning an eating trip to Italy, you may want to reconsider your intentions after visiting Vita Bella Pizzeria & Restaurant, where the proprietors are thoughtfully bringing Italy to you.

The family-owned and operated eatery tucked away in Oaks Shopping Center brings a much-needed dose of authentic Old World charm and warmly inviting mom-and-pop-style brio to the shiny new strip mall on Egypt Road.

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:25:28 -0400 2015-03-23T11:25:28-04:00 2015-03-23T11:25:28-04:00
<![CDATA[New dog day-care off to fast start in Chester Springs]]> UPPER UWCHLAN >> Dogtopia, a new dog day-care facility, is now open in Chester Springs.

The local franchise is owned by the Masino family of Exton, which is preparing for the grand opening celebration to be held April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the new business on Senn Drive.

Residents are welcome to stop in, tour the new facility and meet the staff at the grand opening.

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:33:52 -0400 2015-03-19T16:33:52-04:00 2015-03-19T16:33:52-04:00
<![CDATA[East Vincent kiltmaker has international reputation]]> East Vincent >> There's something about the sound of bagpipes and the sight of a kilt that either speaks to you -- or doesn't. Those sights, sounds and the Celtic heritage speak loudly to Rocky Roeger, co-owner and kiltmaker at USA Kilts.

Roeger and his wife Kelly started the business in 2003 in a 500-square-foot location in Audubon, making simple, lower-end kilts.

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:59:07 -0400 2015-03-17T11:59:07-04:00 2015-03-17T11:59:07-04:00 ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing!
<![CDATA[Wegmans adds Yuengling's Ice Cream to inventory; four new flavors added to original lineup]]> UPPER MERION >> The cold, hard fact is that Wegmans customers seemed to have the scoop on one of the biggest comeback stories to ever hit the ice cream aisle.

It may have been the Pottsville-based Yuengling's Ice Cream Corp.'s strategy to quietly reintroduce its premium, all-natural ice cream after a 29-year hiatus a little more than a year ago, but there was nothing subdued about customer demand at Wegmans.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:53:19 -0400 2015-03-16T13:53:19-04:00 2015-03-16T13:53:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Oaks is couple's second franchise location]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is the latest bud to sprout on the site of a former nursery, now seriously beginning to flourish as Oaks Shopping Center.

Owners Gerry and Cate Ruffenach were drawn to the neo-strip mall as a prime spot for their second H&S franchise, even though the area is a bit geographically challenging for them.

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:18:34 -0400 2015-03-13T15:18:34-04:00 2015-03-13T15:18:34-04:00
<![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