Conshohocken News & Gossip – Week of 04/11/11

News & Gossip

Kamal from The Roots will be Celebrity Bartending at Guppy’s on April 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Guppy’s is donating 25% of sales, along with all the tips, to Janie Carbo.  Janie is an adorable little energetic girl who was born August 20th, 2004 with a rare genetic disorder called MIDAS syndrome (Microphthalmia, Dermal Apalsia, Sclerocornea), which only affects females. MIDAS left Janie blind at birth. Her left eye is under developed which requires her to wear a glass eye. The major expense not covered by insurance is her glass eye. Its considered “cosmetic” even though she needs it to prevent her face from caving in as she grows. The money we raise helps the family get through this without financial issues associated with her illness and adding to their stress. This disorder is so rare Janie was the first case at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The footprint of the new Continental Bank building between 5th and 6th on Fayette is down.

Conshohocken native Nick Stagliano has a film “Good Day for It,” screened at CineFest.

Baggataway’s is considered West Conshy’s best kept secret.

The Conshy Kids Consignment sale was held this past weekend at The Fellowship House.  it raised funds for Conshohocken Elementary School.  All the items that didn’t sell were donated to Cradles to Crayons.

West Conshohocken is getting a new Borough manager.

Summer is almost here?  Have you joined a pool yet?  Plymouth Country Club is running a great deal on pool memberships.  You can view the information here (they are at the bottom).

You can check out a bunch of photos from In the Pocket’s performance at the World Cafe Life earlier this week by clicking here.  In the Pocket is led by West Conshohocken’s Dave Uosikkinen, who is also the drummer for the Hooters.  All of the songs for In the Pocket are recorded at Elm Street Studios in Conshohocken.

Conshohocken was considered as a location for Tim Spinner’s Catnina Feliz which found its eventual home in Ft. Washington.

Need a company policy on snow?  Let one local company’s experience help.

Interesting article about the size of staffs for local representatives on the state level, one of which has an office in Conshy.

In a follow-up to the death of Conshohocken swimmer Fran Crippen, a USA Swimming committee Wednesday recommended stricter new guidelines for open water events.

A weight loss doctor, with an office in Conshohocken, got himself in some trouble.

Foodie Events

On Monday, May 2nd Kevin Sbraga, season seven winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, will join Chef Chip Roman for a collaborative five-course meal at Blackfish Restaurant.  Sbraga shares some history with Chip Roman.  Both got their start working for Philly’s own Georges Perrier – Sbraga at Le Mas Perrier in Wayne and Roman at Le Bec Fin. And on Monday, May 2, the two chefs will team up to create one tip-top meal. Blackfish was recently named Philadelphia’s top restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine.  For reservations call 610.397.0888.

The Spring Mill Cafe is having a Passover Dinner on  April 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The dinner will consist of Venetian Ratatouille or Matzo Ball Soup, Beef Brisket Sauce Bordelaise or Mediterranean Lamb Shank Tajine, Flourless Orange Cake,Coffee or Tea.  The cafe is BYOB.  The dinner is $35 per person plus tax and gratuities.  Call for reservations at 610.828.2550.

Conshohocken Restaurant Week is returning on June 13-19, 2011.  Last year we had 17 restaurants participate and this year we hope to add a couple more.  There will also be a Preview Party on June 6th at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken that will benefit Cradles to Crayons.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available for the Preview Party!  To make sure you have the opportunity to get tickets, join our mailing list (you can find the Newsletter Sign-Up on the left side of the page) or like our Facebook page.

Every Tuesday, Blackfish offers a four course dinner featuring a different ingredient. You can see the upcoming featured ingredients here. Price is $45 per person. Call 610-397-0888 for more info.

Stella Blu is offering a Spring Fling Menu during April. From asparagus to spring peas and beets to fava beans, Stella Blu’s Spring Fling Menu features the flavors of this new season. Choose two courses for $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The Spring Fling Menu is available for dinner April 1st – April 30th.  Stella Blu’s a la carte menu will also be offered. Call 610-825-7060 for reservations.

Events, Happenings & Specials

Lavenders Body Care Clinic now offers spray tan and they are doing a bunch of specials for the prom.

Totaro’s is hosting a benefit for Autism on April 28th.

Tommy and Paul from Pepperoncini would like to invite you to their Grand Opening for Pepperoncini Sotto in Phoenixville this Sunday.  It starts at 2:00 p.m. will go to the “break of dawn” according to Paul.  They will have a free buffet and a DJ.

Spamps is keeping their Friday Happy Hour going through the end of May.  You can drink from a fish bowl, play with the lobsters, sing along on the microphone, enjoy the clam bake and hang out with friends and make some new ones.

The StoneRose is hosting wine tastings through Memorial Day on Monday nights.  The cost is $40 per person and can be booked in groups of six, eight or 10+.  For more details email

Mary Ann Esposito, host of the PBS series “Ciao Italia” and author of 11 cookbooks, will be the featured speaker at a Food University at Ikea in Conshohocken on April 17.

Trattoria Totaro is now putting their daily lunch specials on their website.  You can check the specials out daily.

The Easter Bunny will make his annual stop at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company on Saturday, April 23rd from noon until 2:00 p.m.

Maloney’s Pub is holding a Texas Hold-em tournament every Tuesday and Wednesday.  They will start the tournament right at 9:00 p.m., so get there a little early. Get your chips from the bartender.

Secret Service is returning to Spamps on April 21st from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for one last show before everyone heads to the shore.

Members of the public are invited to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, with the last seating at noon, at the George Clay Fire Company Auxiliary in West Conshohocken.  Prices are $7 for adults (13 years+) and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and under are free. Tickets are sold at the door.

On May 7th, Baggataway is having their annual Cinqo de Mayo/Kentucky Derby party.  They put up a big tent in the parking lot, have all types of food and drink and a couple bands perform.

The “Bachelor Auction” is returning to Guppy’s on May 7th.  Stay tuned for details.

Piatto Grille is now offering a Senior’s Night on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. offering seniors 20% off.  On Tuesday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. they have Kid’s Night where children 10 and under receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of one full size entrée. Every Wednesday night is Pasta Night a with $9.00 All You Can Eat Pasta special. There are some stipulations, ask your server for full details. All specials are dine in.

Conshohocken Catholic’s annual Ducky Regatta will be held on May 14th at 10:00 a.m.  The event allows you to buy a numbered “ducky” to benefit the school.  The duckies are released in river and the first ducky to the bridge wins.  Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your ducky.

Candy of the Week

Looking for Peeps? Edwards-Freeman Nut Company has yellow Peeps, pink Peeps, chocolate covered Peeps, basically every kind of Peep you can think of!

Real Estate

What should you look out for with new construction?  Check out this Quick Tip from

The Jeremy Bowers & Mike Sroka Team have a home that is for serious investors.  It is located at 213 Spring Mill is a great home that needs a ton of work.  It is being sold as is.  For more information contact Jeremy Bowers at 484-531-5847.

Business News has created a Business Group on LinkedIN.  If you would like to join, follow the link and request to be a member.  This group is geared towards business networking for people who live and/or work in Conshohocken and West Conshohocken.  I would love to get more people and companies in the big building involved with the site and community.

Conshohocken’s Viridity Energy said Tuesday that Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals have signed a letter of intent for it to develop a large-scale energy-storage system for them.

At the World Drug Safety Congress in Boston, MA, Conshohocken’s ePharmaSolutions announced a major release of its global safety letter distribution system to support the most recent national and local regulations while offering sponsors a more simplified workflow with advanced distribution and tracking capabilities.

Conshohocken’s Apollo Health Street, a developer of world-class solutions that tackle healthcare’s toughest financial challenges, announced today a new agreement with The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. The partnership includes the management of all billing and accounts receivable for the hospital’s small balance accounts.