News & Gossip – Week of 02/21/11

News & Gossip

About 25 people came together on Tuesday night to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons in West Conshy.  The evening was organized by Robin from Guppy’s, along with Brian from Stonerose.  Thank you to everyone that came out.

After all the restaurants that opened last year, I figured this would be a slow news year in regards to restaurants.  As everyone knows, the spaces that were the 401 Diner and On A Roll are empty and waiting on a tenant; plus there is news that a recently opened restaurant is for sale.  Stay tuned.

I did not attend the meeting this week that discussed the Borough’s ownership of three properties and its current lease, however, I did hear that the Borough is leaning towards fixing the roof of the Verizon Building for $500,000 and waiting out the market in hopes of selling it and making the money back.

As you may have noticed, just before this post is a Special Contribution post from a resident.  If there is an issue you would like to address and I think its somewhat interesting, I will post it in a similar fashion.  Email me at with a proposed topic.  No ranting and raving.

In other Borough news, the Borough has agreed to move forward with the building of a boathouse (think rowing, not wings) on the river.  The deal basically provides for Malvern Prep and Haverford School to raise the money and build on land provided by the Borough.  The deal stipulates that one third of the boathouse be dedicated for Conshy residents to utilize to have access to the river through a community rowing program.  There will also be a canoe and/or kayak vendor.

Yes, West Conshohocken, just like Jim Morrison said, “The West is the Best”, so you deserve your very own “Kiss Me I’m From West Conshy” t-shirt.  You MUST email the size you would like (unisex/male sizes XXL to S) by 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 24th.

When the nominations for the James Beard Awards were announced recently five Philadelphia chefs, including Blackfish’s Chip Roman, were among those nominated for “Chef: Mid-Atlantic.”  Speaking of Blackfish, someone believes she had the most “extraodinary meal ever” there recently.

The Philadelphia Fight rugby club have started training for their upcoming tour of England and the 2011 season.  In addition, to the regular season, the Fight will host two special events in Conshy this year.  The first is the The Inaugural USA Rugby League 9’s Tournament hosted by the Fight over Memorial Day Weekend and the 2nd is the USARL Inaugural National Championship Match in August.

Recently Alexa Borkowski of Conshohocken was recognized as the Times-Heralds’ “Athlete of the Week” and she received an award from the Norristown/Conshohocken Area PIAA Basketball Officials. From her elementary school years through high school (PWHS), Alexa has participated in basketball Youth Programs, CYO and PWHS Varsity Basketball. Much of her basketball experience was at the Fellowship House of Conshohocken.Alexa also excels in Softball and will be playing for the PWHS Varsity Girls again this year.

Phoenixville’s Don Davis won his second contest on the Boathouse’s Facebook page.  First Don won 200 wings back in November and this week he won a free happy hour for 20 friends and during the happy hour his group will get to select the Boathouse’s next wing sauce and name the wings.  “Like” the Boathouse to participate in the next contest.

Peter Koch of Conshy won a trip to Sweden and a Volvo.

The Conshohocken’s Bakery’s tomato pie was profiled on Daily Slice.

The foundation of Seven Tower Bridge is nearly completed.

The Wawa in Conshohocken will make pretzels an hour early for regulars?

St Patrick’s Day

I am working on getting details for all the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that will be going on in Conshohocken for March 12th (Parade Day) and the 17th.  Here is what I have so far:

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Fayette Street will begin at 2:00 p.m. on March 12th.  It will last about two hours.

8 East is having a “Kiss Our Irish Ass Lass” Party the day on March 12th for the parade.  You can get all the details here.

On parade day, Guppy’s is opening at 8:00 a.m. and offering an authentic Irish breakfast.  During the day there will be free ham and cabbage, bag pipes, $4 Tullamore Dew shots.

On the 17th, Guppy’s will have live music Dave Duong going Irish.  There will be $2 Bud Light drafts and $4 personal shepherd pies  and $4 Tullamore Dew shots.

If you are a bar or restaurant owner, please send what you are doing for St. Patrick’s Day (parade and 17th) to

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.

Georges Perrier is coming to Blackfish on February 28th to create a meal with Chip Roman.  Find all the details here.

Trattoria Totaro is holding a Wild Game Night on March 10 and 11.  There will be five courses of uniquely prepared wild game paird with micro brews.

The Spring Mill Cafe is holding a Wine Tasting of south west France with The Wine Merchant on February 24th at 7:00 p.m.  The wines will be paired with a four course meal.  The cost is $55.00, plus tax and gratuity.  

Stella Blu has planned a month for Lobster Lovers.  Find all the details here.

Health & Fitness

Mission Fitness is kicking off their Spring Bootcamp on March 14th.  Click here for all the details.

Conshohocken Health & Fitness Club is launching MMA style small group training in March.  Contact the club for more details.

Due to popular demand, Ryah Yoga just added a Thursday Night Prenatal Yoga Series. March 3-24, 7:30-8:30pm, $65. Only six spots left. Call now to confirm your space! With Nicole Fugo.

Le Roux School of the Arts has all types of fitness and arts classes for adults and kids.  Check out their website here.

Events, Specials & Happenings

Coming soon to Baggataway’s Craft Draft List: Left Hand Sawtooth ESB, Allegash Four, Duchesse De Bourgogne Flemish Red, Dogfish Head Raison D’etre, Dogfish head 90 minute, Bruery Saison De Lent, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry, Furthermore Knot Stock, Southampton Porter, Peak organic winter, Lagunitas Capuccino Stout, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Stoudt’s Karnival Kolsch and Victory Headwaters Pale Ale.

The Super Pet Expo is being held this weekend at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia.  Two of  MoreThanTheCurve’s advertisers are participating in the Expo; The Positive Pooch and Invisible Fence by StayDog.  Stop by their booths and say hello.

Spamps is holding their second annual Sushi Class on March 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The class is limited to 60 people and it is $45.00 per person.

8 East is hosting a fundraiser for the Bailey Fund on February 24nd from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Their will be drink specials, live entertainment and a silent auction.  Bailey is a young girl that was hit by a car on Fayette Street a few years ago and continues to recover from the accident.

Congressman Patrick Meehan, who represents most of Conshy, is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day themed fundraiser at the Great American Pub on March 3rd.  Blackthorn will be performing.  Tickets are $100.00.

Maloney’s Pub now has Quizzo and a DJ Dance Party with Arielle and DJ Cleveland on Thursday nights starting at 8:00 p.m.  First there are four rounds of Quizzo and then the party starts.  For complete details click here.

Flanigan’s Boathouse is participating in the Main Line Restaurant Week in April.  The menu will be announced closer to the promotion.

Candy of the Week

You don’t have to wait to Easter to enjoy Easter candy!  Edwards-Freeman Nut Company has all their Easter candy in and waiting for you!

Real Estate

RE/MAX Realty Group QuickHit: First Time Home Buyers – What is the Right Question to Ask?

Business News

Boenning & Scattergood of West Conshohocken has been hired by the The Hempfield Area School Board as the underwriter of a $25 million bond issue.

West Conshohocken’s Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit, a world leader in developing front and back side silver paste for crystalline solar cells, will be highlighting its new SOL200 Series for back side tabbing conductors at the SNEC 5th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference and Exhibition in Shanghai, China.