News & Gossip – Week of 05/23/11

News & Gossip

The area of Fayette Street between 5th and 6th is under a major transformation.  Since the new year, the Conshohocken Cafe and OBVI, a boutique, have opened.  There is a new bank being built across the street.  There is a vacant space next to the Conshohocken Cafe and another retailer would be great.  I have heard that a cheesesteak place was going to open, however, there hasn’t been any movement in renovating the space.  If the right business opens there, and something viable is done with the empty, and borough owned, Verizon Building at 4th and Fayette, Fayette Street at the mid-avenues will really become a vibrant area instead of being dominated by gas stations.

What community projects are people the most interested in?

On Facebook, ran a very unofficial poll regarding the three proposed community projects.  The poll asked which project most interests you.  The results after about 24 hours were 30 votes for the dog park, 11 for the community garden and nine for the boathouse.  A little about each:

Dog Park

A dog park is still in the conception stage.  According to Borough Council President Paul McConnell, “About 20 people have stepped forward wanting to help make this a reality, so the kick off meeting with these people will be around mid June (date should be firmed early next week).   As such, they will need to first define what a dog park is, and second, based on that definition, come up with a list of possible locations.”

Community Garden

The Borough is in the planing stages of a community garden.  As proposed, it would be located in the grass field on East Elm, across the street from RYAH Yoga and the backside of Edwards-Freeman Nut Company (417 East Elm Street).  The concept is that members of the community would be able to rent plots in the garden and grow their own fruits and vegetables.  If you look at the picture you can see a ground hog that is eager for the garden to be planted.

According to McConnell, ” The community garden is moving forward, too bad not in time for spring planting, but should be open in the next month or two.  The community group putting it together has been working hard since last fall.  The model for how it will work is the same model used by the majority of community gardens throughout south eastern Pennsylvania.  It is a proven model with ready resources so that is good.”

The Boathouse on the River

Are Borough Council and the developers (Malvern Prep and Haverford) on the same page when it comes to the purpose of the Boathouse?  Below are somewhat conflicting statements:

From the Times Herald, ““This is a specialty location, with a special purpose and basically for people to row on the river. It’s not a place for people to pull up with their motor boats and have barbecues,” said Weiss.  Weiss, is Ross Weiss, lawyer for the schools proposing the boathouse.

From the last Borough Newsletter (spring 2011), “The boathouse will give residents recreational access to the Schuylkill River.”  And another mention, “Conshohocken residents will be able to join the CRC (Conshohocken Rowing Center) and use it to gain access to the Schuylkill for rowing, kayaking, and other forms of recreation and sport.”

Should the Borough have a “rowing center” we have a “park with rowing.”  Lets face it, most people will never go on the river, even with kayak and canoe rentals.  So lets discuss it as a piece of prime real estate on the river where we could do things the majority of borough residents will do.  Do you want to have bbq pavilions?  A pavilion for a farmers market.  Horseshoes/volleyball/bocce?  Just a nice manicured area to read a book on the nice day with recreation going on around you?

Meet the Candidates, and the Whitemarsh Business Association have invited all of the local candidates from Conshohocken, Whitemarsh and Plymouth for a Meet the Candidates event on Monday, September 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Conshohocken Cafe.  If you are concerned about any of the local issues, this is your chance to speak with those running for office.

So I pass this sign all the time located at the corner of Fayette and Sixth Avenue, but I never really took the time to read what it said.  Why in the world does an elected official have a parking space designated for visitors, when small businesses along Fayette Street are dealing with metered parking and lack of spots for their customers.

The Conshohocken Cafe now has outdoor seating.

Conshohocken’s Niko Amato, who plays lacrosse at the University of Maryland, is considered one of the top goaltenders in the nation.

Foodie Events

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.

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.

Conshohocken Health & Fitness Club has a running club.  Contact Mike D. at the club if interested.

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

Events, Happenings & Specials

THIS SATURDAY! The Philadelphia Fight Rugby League Club is hosting the inaugural USA Rugby League 9′s (a tournament). It will be held on Saturday May 28 at the Fight’s home field, A.A. Garthwaite Stadium, located at 11th Avenue and Harry Streets in Conshy. Playing will be 11 teams from around the country and a team from New Zealand. You can learn more about the team, the tournament and the players by clicking here. FYI, last year the Fight hosted the national championship match here in Conshy and it was a great event, even if you know nothing about rugby. So come out for this tournament, enjoy a sunny day, drink a couple beers and learn a little about rugby.

Spamps is having Dueling Piano’s this Friday, May 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., plus a bunch of drink specials and their New England Clam Bake.  They are also doing a $20 for $40 Groupon deal (ends tomorrow).

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.

There are several Memorial Day events around the Borough on Monday, May 30th.  The day concludes at noon with a Memorial Services at VFW Post 1074 Monument located at 300 East 5th Avenue.

Every Wednesday night “Chop Night” at Pepperoncini.  You get the chef’s choice of Veal, Pork or Lamb chop with house salad and dessert for under $30. All night long!

The Boathouse will be opening at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the Memorial Day weekend.

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.

Candy of the Week

Grilling over the holiday weekend? Edwards-Freeman Nut Company has a bunch of bbq sauces that will spice up your party.

Real Estate

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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.

Ikea is installing solar panels at their US corporate headquarters in Conshohocken.

Conshohocken-based NuPathe has beefed up its commercial team by hiring two former Pfizer executives in anticipation of a potential 2012 launch of Zelrix, its lead new drug candidate.

Conshohocken-based Viridity Energy, a distributed energy resource management company, today announced that its president and CEO, Audrey Zibelman, has been selected by Ernst & Young LLP as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® Greater Philadelphia Award.

Tower Financial Partners in Conshohocken has continued to grow at the expense of Wells Fargo Securities.  The firm added three new advisers from Wells Fargo, including one, Steve Zuber, who will open an office for the firm in Tamaqua, Pa. The firm also added fellow Wells alums Stephanie Miller in its Allentown office and Jason Jaitley in Conshohocken.