The Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) announced this week that they have organized a full lineup of events and activities to bring both residents and visitors into the Phoenixville area during the fall. Those events include a Progressive Dinner, a Historic Arts Stroll, Restaurant Week, and a networking event.

Progressive Dinner

The Progressive Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2009. The dinner, the second one held by PABA, will feature four area restaurants in walking distance. Diners will start at The Fenix, Phoenixville's only Martini bar. While there they will receive a gift bag of coupons and gifts from area businesses. The appetizer course will be served at the Bistro on Bridge; one of Phoenixville's newest dining options. After the appetizer, guests will walk to Baxter's at 101 Bridge for the entreee and a complimentary glass of wine. The dinner ends at Artisan's Gallery and Cafee with dessert and coffee. According to PABA president, the event has drawn a lot of interest and over 60 people have purchased the $49.00 tickets.

Historic Arts Stroll

Phoenixville is becoming known for its emerging arts and entertainment scene. Currently, the downtown area is home to four distinct art studio's including Phoenix Village Art Studio, Diving Cat Studio & Gallery, Luttmann Studios, and the Upstairs Studio Artists. The Historic Phoenixville Arts Stroll will feature these four studios and a collection of guest artists and musicians along the eighteen stops of the stroll. The stroll will start at the Phoenix Village Art Center, founded in 2004, where guests can pick up a detailed brochure of the stroll. Eighteen area businesses are participating by allowing artists and/or musicians to use their storefronts to showcase their talent. The PABA events committee collaborated with Maryann Worrell, local artist and art instructor in finding unique artists to showcase in the stroll. Jane Tucker of Steel City Coffee House and Iron Town Productions brought in musicians from a variety of genre's to perform at various stops on the stroll, including The Flying Mango's (A Latin-Caribbean fusion trio) and Spirit Wing (A Native American Duo) among others. The event will start at 3:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM, but participants can start the stroll at any time and any pace. Some stops on the stroll include new businesses, Gould Frame at 4 Main Street and Twisted Leaf Cigars at 153 Bridge Street. Artists and musicians are listed on the PABA calendar at www.discoverphoenixville.com.

Restaurant Week

The first ever Phoenixville Area Restaurant Week will be held from Sunday, October 11th- Thursday, October 15th. The event will feature the culinary offerings from eleven participating restaurants. Each restaurant will offer a 3 - course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menu during the five days at a great price. Participating restaurants are: Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub, Iron Hill Brewery, Franco Ristorante, Epicurean Restaurant and Bar, Bistro on Bridge, Pickering Creek Inn, Columbia Bar and Grille, P.J. Ryan's, Majolica, and Seven Stars Inn and the Kimberton

Inn. "The event will hopefully show the public what a diverse and eclectic mix of restaurants we have in the area, " says Jane Tucker, president of PABA, "a lot of people have heard about the revitalization of the Phoenixville area, but, but have yet to experience what we have to offer. We are confident that once they come to Phoenixville, they will be back." The prix fixe prices for each restaurant are listed online at www.discoverphoenixville.com.

Networking Event

Preliminary plans are in the works for a networking event to feature a guest speaker on the topic of marketing and promoting in the digital age. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2009. As plans shape up, it will be listed on the PABA calendar at www.discoverphoenixville.com.

The Phoenixville Area Business Association is a business owner run organization that focuses on improving the economic climate for businesses in the greater Phoenixville area. They have experienced unprecedented growth in spite of the economic recession, growing 383% since October 2008. The growth has been attributed to the group's acquisition of a marketing and promotional website at www.discoverphoenixville.com which was custom built by Todd Palmer of Virtual Farm Creative. "The website has generated a great deal of interest in PABA." reports Jane Tucker, PABA president, "Business owners are continuing to join because the website not only gives them an additional place to market their business, but it shows that the organization is very professional."

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