News & Gossip – Week of 03/21/11

News & Gossip

As we have mentioned previously, a boutique from West Chester was looking to open a second store in Conshy or Wayne.  They have decided to open their second spot in Conshy at the location formally home to a tailor at 5th and Fayette.  It is basically right between Scoops and Sevan Salon.  The store will be the second location for OBVI.  You can also check out their Facebook page here.  Look for a May opening.

The 5th Annual Restaurant Rally will take place on Sunday, May 15th from noon till 5:00 p.m, with an After Party from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Great American Pub.  if you aren’t familiar with the Restaurant Rally, it is basically a bar crawl with a focus on food (but there are drinks at every location).  It benefits AMBUC’s Special Athletic Programs.  This year’s participating restaurants include The Conshohocken Cafe, Baggataway Tavern, Blackfish Restaurant, Casmar Cafe, Chiangmai, Coyote Crossing, Fayette Street Grille, Flanigan’s Boathouse, 8 East, The Great American Pub, Guppy’s Good Times, Gypsy Saloon, M Bar, Pepperoncini, Spamps, Spampinato’s, The Stonrose, Theresa’s, Tony & Joe’s, Isabella, Win Wah, Totaro’s Restaurant and Trattoria Totaro.  Tickets are $60.00 and can be purchased at Flocco’s or by calling Debbie at 610-828-6904 or Tom at 484-531-5829.  FYI, last year’s top three restaurants were The Stonerose, Trattoria Totaro and Totaro’s Restaurant.  You can check out photos from last year’s rally here.

If you take the R6 train to Norristown, it is not going to be running on March 26-27 due to construction, but they will have shuttle service for you.  You can see the full story here.

Terrence Howard’s brother’s lawyer was told by the judge, “I’m sorry, I find your argument ridiculous.”

Congrats to Tommy and Paul at Pepperoncini for opening their second location in Phoenixville yesterday.  Tommy also had a daughter this week, baby Ella Rose.  Also congrats to Rose-Ann “Viggianno” Livingston, who was named the General Manager at Pepperoncini in Phoenixville.  Her family owned Viggiano’s and she has worked as a manager of Spampinato’s since it took over the former Viggiano’s location about two years ago.

Congrats to Chef Chip Roman of Blackfish who opened a second restaurant in Chestnut Hill, Mica, last Friday. Congrats to Mickael Decoker, who was the General Manager of Blackfish, but is now the General Manager at Mica. The new General Manager at Blackfish is Joshua Burchell.

A Conshohocken family, from Libya, applaud the decision to intervene.

Former Conshy Celebrity PJ Yeager represented Conshy on St. Patrick’s Day, wearing a spiffy “Kiss Me I’m From Conshy” shirt on Action News.  You can see the interview here.   A limited number of “Kiss Me I’m From Conshy” t-shirts are available at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company.  All sizes were available as of Tuesday, but call to check before making a special trip –

Jack Stollsteimer, the former state-appointed Safe Schools Advocate, is considering running for the Seventh District congressional seat, which includes most of Conshohocken, against freshman Republican Rep. Patrick J. Meehan, and has met with top Washington Democrats about the race.

Real Estate

Check out the current listings of homes for sale & rentals in the Conshohocken area courtesy of

The Jeremy Bowers & Mike Sroka Team has five townhomes for sale for only $225,000 in Norristown and they are only two minutes from Conshohocken.  They are right next to Conshohocken off of Ridge Avenue.  Each home has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and have all the modern amenities.  The same home in Conshohocken would be $375,000 to $400,000.  For more info call Jeremy Bowers at 484 531 5847 or 610 828 9558.

Volunteer is organizing “Clean-Up the Trail” on Saturday, March 26th starting at 9:30 a.m.   Meet at The Outbound Station.  Bring gloves.  I will have trash bags (white for recyclables, black for non-recyclables).  If you want to bring some bags, feel free.

Candy of the Week

Edwards-Freeman Nut Company is not just nuts and candy.  They also carry a variety of flavors of Green Mountain Coffee.  A 12 oz bag is $9.99.

Foodie Events

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, Specials & Happenings

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.

Spamps has announced that Tim Williams will be performing every Wednesday night starting at 7:30 p.m.

On March 29th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pepperoncini is having a Peroni promotion with $3.00 Peroni drafts and you get to keep the glass!  You can also enter to win an authentic Italian soccer jersey.

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.

On April 21st attorney Gary DeVito and Ray Pennacchia, a senior vice-president at NovaCare, are celebrity bartending to raise money for Janie Carbo.  The following Wednesday, the 27th, WMMR’s Kathy Romano and a special guest will be taking their turn behind the bar for Janie.

Splash is offering a $30 color service with Kim when you schedule a haircut with Stephanie or Christa.  For full details and/or to schedule an appointment call 610.941.0955.

Conshohocken Councilmembers Jason Salus, Ike Griffin, Paul McConnell, Tony Tucci and Ed Phipps invite you to meet Conshohocken Council Candidates Raj Gupta and Matt Ryan during “Cocktails with Jay Peterno” on April 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Guppy’s.  Tickets are $25 per person, includes drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Every Friday in April is FOUR ACES FRIDAY at 8 East! Order any entree on any Friday in April from 6:00 p.m. on, and check under your plate…and you find a sticker, and you’re taking home a jersey from one of The Roys, Cliff, or Cole!   Starting at 9:00 p.m. every Friday Niight, DJ BOBBY TRE Bats Out The Hits and Swings For The Fences! Plus every Phillies game we’ll have our BIG SCREEN upstairs, and a CHEF SPECIAL Ball Park menu.

Lavenders BodyCare Clinic has a few specials running until the end of March.  They include the “Hang Over Helper” massage for $80, the Irish Mist Body Mask and Half Hour Shamrock Massage for $105, the “Just Lavishing” facial for $75 and the “Green with Envy” Hot Stone Massage for $80.

Tuesday, April 12th at World Cafe Live…Celebrate the release of IN THE POCKET’s new single, “You Can’t Sit Down” with a big party and Philly jam by the city’s finest rotating band, ITP (which records at Conshohocken’s Elm Street Studios).  Featuring David Uosikkinen, who lives in West Conshohocken, with special guests Tommy Conwell, Graham Alexander, Eric Bazilian, Richard Bush, Jay Davidson, Greg Davis, Rick DiFonzo, Rob Hyman, William Wittman. Plus, a special appearance by Jerry Blavat, the heart and soul of Philadelphia’s music scene for over 50 years. And perhaps a few surprises!

Heaven & Earth, in Lafayette Hill, is hosting Plymouth Whitemarsh High School NAHS Traveling Art Show.   The show is on Friday, March 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Reception for the students and their artwork. Approximately 25 Plymouth Whitemarsh National Honor Art Society students will display their talent in various 2D mediums.

For those who followed, donated or are just interested in Maura Manzo’s volunteering trip to Cape Town, South Africa….Please join her on Saturday, March 26th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Ryah Yoga for an intimate gathering to hear about the organizations the fundraising supported, see pictures of the trip and learn more about Off the Mat, Into the World’s Global Seva Challenge South Africa. This event is free and open to the public.

Ryah Yoga is participating on Yoga on the Steps (of the Art Museum).  You can support them here.

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.

Conshy Kids Consignment, a consignment sale sponsored by the Conshohocken Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (CEPTO), will be held on Saturday,  April 9th.  The sale will be held at the Fellowship House from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a half price sale from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Business News

Marcus & Millichap is heading out of Center City and opening up a new office in Conshohocken.  The brokerage, which focuses on investment sales, has been in Center City for the last 14 years and had its offices in Eight Penn Center.