Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Doylestown merchants are planning events for this Friday night.
The official First Friday Doylestown events may be over, but the downtown merchants are continuing the monthly event in their own way. Restaurants and shops will be open late Friday, Dec. 7 and many will offer special events and free entertainment. Here's a roundup of what's happening: FREE MUSIC Chambers - Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers - 7:00PM School of Rock - Epic Albums: Black Sabbath CD Release Show - 7PM Siren Records - The Music Business and Echolalia Villa Capri - Mountain Mike from Sir Rebel - 7-10 PM EVENTS Allure West Studios - FREE First Friday Photo Tips Booktenders' Secret Garden - Special sales, treats, raffles and more! Call 215-348-7160 for more information. The Doylestown Bookshop - Duct Tape Crafting Activity for Teens…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Downtown shops will once again host their annual holiday evening, complete with carols and characters.
Downtown Doylestown shops will hold their annual Holiday Magic celebration on Friday night, hoping to lure shoppers in with a fun and festive atmosphere. The evening runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and many shops that typically close earlier than that will stay open late. "Holiday Magic is an annual town tradition that we are pleased to be continuing," said Nerice Kendter, owner of Busy Bee Toys and a member of the downtown merchants' group. "It's a wonderful event offering something for the whole family." Town & Country Players will serenade passers by with carols, and Frosty and Rudolph will visit with children Santa has taken up residence at his house at the corner of State and Hamilton streets, ready to hear from good little girls and boys…
Friday, November 23, 2012
If you spent Black Friday at big box stores, head to Doylestown Saturday to support the local merchants.
Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and more try to lure shoppers in on Black Friday with major discounts. But the merchants of Doylestown hope shoppers are ready to slow down and enjoy a more relaxed shopping atmosphere, along with personalized service. It's Small Business Saturday, a national movement to try to drive business to locally owned stores. American Express cardholders can get a $25 statement credit when they shop at participating businesses (click here to see some businesses participating in Doylestown). But the movement stretches far beyond an event sponsored by one company. It ties into the "live local, buy local" trend which encourages people to think more about which businesses they support with their money. Why is buying local …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
We're pulling together a roundup of open businesses where you can get coffee, food, or charge your cell phone - or just sit in the warmth, for a bit.
Joan Doyle grabbed lunch with friends at Coach's Steak and Hoagie House, on Tuesday and plugged her cell phone into the wall to charge. Carol Counihan drove around in her car the day after Hurricane Sandy so her phone could recharge on her car charger. Finding warm food, coffee and a place to recharge electronics has been a challenge in Central Bucks after Hurricane Sandy pummelled the area on Monday. As many people are still without power, we offer this ongoing list of places that are open and welcome you to recharge, literally and figuratively, while you wait for the power to come back on. Hickory Kitchen: "We are OPEN for YOU! Free WIFI & Lotsa plugs for you to re-charge all of your batteries. Stop by for a warm cup of coffee or hot tea…
Monday, October 8, 2012
The Doylestown Fair is held, James Michener receives a new honor, a baby boy abandoned in Edison is to be adopted, and high school girls shun a homecraft course, 88 years ago this week.
The Doylestown Fair opened Wednesday for the second season in a blaze of glory and sunshine. The cool weather made the crowd peppy and the country fair spirit was in the air everywhere. [The fairgrounds were bounded by East Court Street, East Street, Maple Avenue and Swamp Road.] In the 2:24 harness race, Buddy Direct, from the Stackhouse stables at Horsham, driven by Krouse, won the event after taking the third and fourth heats in 2:24-1/2 and 2:25-1/2. The winner of the 2:24 pace received first prize money and a handsome silver trophy cup presented by Arthur M. Eastburn, of Doylestown. The "pigmobile" race caused more laughter than anything during the afternoon. Thomas Hunt, of Lambertville, won the event, with "Colonel" E. Newlin Brown…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
'First Friday Doylestown' may be gone, but First Friday events are not.
Business owners in downtown Doylestown are rolling out the welcome mat for shoppers and visitors Friday, just as many of them have done on the first Friday of every month for the past eight years. It's not First Friday Doylestown, but it might be close. Many downtown shops have special events planned for tonight to try to keep spirit of First Friday alive, said Jeanell Morgan, who owns the Monkey's Uncle boutique on East State Street. Among the events planned for Friday night are: The organizers of First Friday Doylestown ended the monthly event abruptly in September, saying they were nearing the point where they would have to pay for police overtime and could not afford to do so. Running in the early evening hours, First Friday required …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The smoothie shop on West State Street is having an all-day party on Thursday to celebrate its tenth year in business.
When Shannon Lelli opened Planet Smoothie on Sept. 20, 2002, the business was her first baby. Since then, she has had four other babies, human ones. But her first baby is still growing and thriving. On Thursday, Lelli will celebrate 10 years in business with a birthday party for the customers she credits with keeping her going. "We just really wanted to say thank you to all our wonderful customers," Lelli said Wednesday. The brightly painted shop on West State Street attracts a good number of regular customers. Chief among them is Tom Newman. Newman visits Planet Smoothie every day, and has done so for eight years. Yes, daily, for eight years. He gets the same thing everyday, a custom concoction of blueberries and acai. The recipe is …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
With a proposed restaurant denied, new ideas are needed.
A proposal to allow a new restaurant to open in the storefront formerly occupied by Chico's has been denied. It's the second denial for Leon Kubis in a year. Kubis had proposed opening a restaurant that would be called "Lil' Chal's" on the corner of South Main and Oakland. We asked you last week what you thought should go there. With the restaurant denied, more suggestions are needed? What would you like to see in that space? Trader Joe's? The Doylestown Food Co-op? A hardware store? A sports store? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Part of the proceeds from sales will benefit a Bucks County woman battling toxic mold exposure.
Shopping locally this weekend will do more than help keep Doylestown's independent businesses alive. Each purchase also will help a young Bucks County woman battling toxic mold exposure. Jen Liese, 29, was "unknowingly exposed to and became infected with invasive levels of toxic mold" during the winter of 2010 and 2011. The daughter of Peter and Teresa Liese, Jen is a graduate of Council Rock and a native of Rushland, in Wrightstown. Jeanell Morgan, who owns The Monkey's Uncle boutique on Doylestown's East State Street, said several business owners learned of Liese's plight from employees at the Bucks County Courthouse, where Liese's father works in emergency services. "Our hearts really went out to her, and we wanted to do something to …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Rumors have swirled for weeks that the store on South Main is closing but the manager said Friday that it is not.
Being the subject of rumors is no fun. Karen Schilling got tired of it, and pushed back on Friday with a public message: The Doylestown Gap is not closing. Rumors have swirled for weeks that the store on South Main Street was going to close. Maybe the rumors were born of worry that accelerated after the nearby Chico's closed. Maybe they were born out of thin air. Either way, Schilling says they're not true. "I have no idea how they started. At first we kind of ignored them, but it kept going and going and took on a life of it’s own," Schilling said Friday. "We just want to stop it. It’s not good for the town." Schilling finally reached out to Doylestown Borough Manager John Davis for help in squashing the rumors. Davis emailed town …