Conshohocken News & Gossip – Week of 05/30/11

News & Gossip

Conshohocken Restaurant Week is returning on June 13-19, 2011. This year’s participating restaurants currently include 8 East, Fayette Street Grille, Isabella, Blackfish, Gypsy Saloon, Stella Blu, Flanigan’s Boathouse, Pepperoncini, The StoneRose, Guppy’s, Spamps, The Great American Pub, Shula’s 347 Grill, Spampinato’s, Trattoria Totaro, Piatto Grille and Totaro’s. Each participating restaurant will be offering $20 and/or $35 fixed price menus during Restaurant Week. PLUS, bring your receipt from a participating restaurant dated June 13-19, to OBVI the following week and you get 10% off.

There were several Memorial Day observances around the Borough on Monday, including the final event at East 5th and Spring Mill in front of the VFW (where the cannon is located).  Pictured is a local sailor saluting during the service.

As I mentioned in previous posts, the Philadelphia Fight, the rugby team that makes its home in Conshy, hosted a tournament over Memorial Day week featuring teams from around the USA and from as far away as New Zealand.  It was a great event that saw the the New Zealand Police Fencibles win the tournament.  Here the Fencibles are pictured doing the HAKA, a traditional dance of New Zealand’s Maori people, before their last match.  The Fight claimed the “Trophy” winning the consolation bracket.  In other Fight news, 8 East is now the title sponsor of the Fight, so the Fight are now referred to as the “8 East Philadelphia Fight.”  8 East is considered the clubhouse for the team and hosts post-game parties.  The next home match for the Fight will be on June 11th against the Oneida FC out of Boston.

Construction engineer Jerry Gorski of Gorski Engineering in Conshohocken was pictured in and interviewed for a story on the lingering economic problems in the USA Today.

Last week we mentioned Niko Amato, a Conshy native and former lacrosse standout at LaSalle High School, who now plays goalie for the University of Maryland.  He helped lead his unseeded team into the finals of the NCAA Lacrosse Championship against the University of Virginia.  His team lost, but congrats Niko for the great season.

A couple of people who fancy themselves “The World Tasters” found themselves in Conshohocken and really enjoyed El Limon.

Someone is moving to Conshy, must like oysters, and is excited to live close to Blackfish and RYAH Yoga.

Conshohocken’s Isabella made a splash this week.  First it received a “very good” rating from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan.  The review was picked up by the major regional food blogs like FooBooz and GrubStreet, so if you read those type of sites, it was impossible not to read about Isabella.  Then on Tuesday, Chef Michael Cappon was on NBC10’s 10! Show cooking mussels in roasted tomato jus with crisp potato and arugula salad.  You can see the entire clip by clicking the screen capture below:

Style of Man, a salon for men, is opening at 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday through Sunday.

Conshohocken’s Peg Botto, formally of Cosmic Catering, has opened Cosmic Cafe within Lloyd Hall in Fairmount Park (basically the boathouse closest to the art museum).  The menu includes breakfast sandwiches, deli-style lunch sandwiches, fresh-cut potato chips and daily specials.  Eventually they also plan to open an outdoor barbecue tent along the waterfront on the weekends.

Foodie Events

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.

Healthy Stuff

Mu-Xing Therapy is a unique massage using warm bamboo and rosewood tools. Mu-Xing promotes deep relaxation, helps to reduce tension and restore proper posture. Treatments are now available at GotYourBack. Call 610 834 3992 to schedule an appointment. Mention “MoreThantheCurve” and receive $10 off your first treatment.

Evolving Well Health Coaching is holding a seminar on “Keys for Staying Hydrated for the Active & Athletic” on Wednesday, June 15th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Daily Grind Fitness. The seminar features a revealing discussion on what hydration is, why most people experience a constant state of dehydration and what this all means for your muscles and bones. I’ll also share with you how to optimally reach and sustain hydration in your body by learning what foods naturally help and hinder the delicate balance in your body. Cost is $20 for current Daily Grind clients and $25 for anyone else. RSVP to

RYAH Yoga’s Maura Manzo has three slimming smoothie recipes on the BeWellPhilly Blog.


Young Friends of Cradles to Crayon’s next Volunteer Night will be held on Wednesday, June 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about C2C, engage in a meaningful, tangible volunteer experience, and network with other young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region.  They usually hit Guppy’s afterwards.

Events, Happenings & Specials

Tip N Bones are returning to Spamps for a little acoustic action on Thursday June 9th starting at 7:30 p.m.  Weather permitting, theu will be playing outside in the Grotto.

Every Thursday at Gypsy Saloon ~ It’s Mexician Thursdays including Mexican dinner specials, $5 Margaritas & Sangrias, and $2 Tacos (bar only). Also, tonight LIVE music starting at 8:30 p.m. with Brian & Danny of Foster Child. There will also be Friday night dance parties every Friday night with DJ Cleveland from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Every Thursday night “Get unWINEd” night at Pepperoncini. They have $5 glasses and offer $10 off any bottle.

8 East is having another Open Bar on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  It is $15.00, there will be live music from Funzdaluv and spinning will be DJ Mike Xtacy.  To get on the guest list follow this link.

The captains, Meghan and Maggie, of the 8 East Philadelphia Fight’s dance team, the Vixens, will be guest bartenders at 8 East on Thursday, June 9th starting at 8:00 p.m.

The Conshohocken Antique & Classic Car Show will return to Fayette Street on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Conshohocken’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held on July 3rd at dusk at Sutcliffe Park.

Candy of the Week

Collect or just love Pez? Edwards-Freeman Nut Company just received a shipment of 20 new Pez displays.

Real Estate

What is the important of a pre-settlement walk through?  Here is a quick hit video courtesy of  You can also enter to win four tickets to the Conshohocken Restaurant Week Preview Party through

Every day The Jeremy Bowers & Mike Sroka Team posts articles regarding the latest news in real estate and tips on buying and selling house. You can receive the links to the stories by following their Facebook Page.

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.

Lenfest Broadcasting, which is based in West Conshy, is planning to transform its station, WMCN-TV in Atlantic City, into a regional destination station based on the format of the former CN8.

Conshohocken-based venture capital firm SeventySix Capital, which rebranded itself from ETF Ventures about a year ago, has changed names again.  Their new name is A & I Ventures, with the A and I standing for artists and instigators.