PHOENIXVILLE -- After spending the last five years at the helm of the Phoenixville Area Business Association, Ellie Acampora...

By NICK DANNA

By NICK DANNA

The Phoenix Correspondent

PHOENIXVILLE -- After spending the last five years at the helm of the Phoenixville Area Business Association, Ellie Acampora has announced her decision to step aside and is encouraging younger borough business owners to take a more active role in the association.

"This is the right time," said Acampora on Thursday from her Bridge Street clothing and gift shop, Ellie's Choice. "We've been here [in business in Phoenixville] for a total of 14 years now, and I've been president of PABA for 11 years of that. That's a long time."

Acampora announced her decision to step down at Wednesday night's PABA meeting and said Thursday that she would be officially notifying PABA members and officers of her resignation through an email, and that she would hope that PABA would decide on new officers in an election in October, so that a new group of officers could take over in January.

"There aren't a lot of the old businesses left [downtown]," Acampora said. "There are more of the new businesses now, and it's a good time for them to step forward and get more involved in PABA and what goes on downtown. Whether Main Street [CDC] is here or not, the businesses need to continue."

Acampora said that she would be working closely with the new PABA officers, whomever they may be, for a year after their election.

"I see this as a good thing because the

whole organization needs to continue on with the new businesses, and eventually they'll be in the same position."

Some of the other business officials along Bridge Street praised the job that Acampora and the PABA board had done over the past 10 years.

"They did something right," said Arik Victor, manager of the Creep Industries store on Bridge Street. "Phoenixville is a lot better now than it was even three years ago. Ten years ago, this was a ghost town."

"Ellie's put in a lot of time and effort. Downtown has changed," said Dave Friday, co-owner of Hipster Home, "and it needs some fresh ideas."

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