You may have seen him on television with Voxipop’s presentation of “Around the Town.” In that show, we have witnessed Robb Frees doing everything from getting a facial in the Glow Spa to taking a dance class at Pivot Dance studio. The show shares his visits to places and events around the area.
Insurance is the Phoenixville area is spelled FREES INSURANCE. The agency’s office is in a restored vintage house on Gay Street. His brother, David III, is an attorney with his office upstairs on the second floor.
Both Robb and David III are the children of David Jr. and Mary Janes Frees. For six generations, a member of the Frees family has lived in what is called the “family home.” Located on Main Street in Phoenixville, it is a single residence constructed so close to the next house that many think it is one.
Behind the home is the barn from the original farm that is still standing. Across the street from the property was a horse pasture — today it is a large parking lot
The family believes in passing good work ethic down the line.
In the early 1970s, Robb had a paper route for the Daily Republican (now The Phoenix). He had several routes including my old neighborhood around upper Buchanan Street. During our discussion, he was able to recall the names of most of his customers from the old paper route.
In 1980, Robb graduated from Phoenixville High School and graduated in 1984 from Muhlenberg College in Allentown. His major was in business administration.
Thirty-two years ago, he and Lisa Hollowbush were married. They have two sons, Tyler and Morgan. Morgan recently married and Tyler is now engaged to be married.
Robb began his full-time employment at the insurance business on June 4, 1984. (His grandfather started the business in 1933.)
Robb and Lisa spend a lot of time together as they work and play together — which is fine with Robb. The enjoy the outdoors with biking, running, hiking and travel.
Then there is The Historical Society of Phoenixville. The Frees family was and is quite involved with the society. His parent’s motto was “they were users of items from the past and not collectors.” Robb is not a collector of stuff — he is a “doer.”
As mentioned, he and Lisa love the outdoors. He embraces whatever comes along and a little luck never hurts.
He shares with us a family favorite, Irish soda bread. Traditionally, this is baked in the oven and this version is done on the stovetop.
ROBB’S IRISH SODA BREAD
2 cups flour,
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk.
Combine all the ingredients together to form dough ball by kneading in flour. Flatten into a circle and cut into 6 pieces. Place on preheated skillet or griddle. Keep heat low. Cook 10 to 12 minutes per side.