News & Gossip – Week of 1/3/11

News & Gossip

The Conshohocken Cafe “officially” opened there doors on Monday, January 3rd.  In addition to serving breakfast, lunch and eventually dinner, they have Bucks County Coffee, pastries, latte and espresso.  Their menu features gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads.  For dinner they will have a handful of entrees. They will have a brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  It is located between 5th and 6th on Fayette.  Current hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Pictured above are Kristin Wood, John Boccella, Mike Oraschewsky, Michael Rommel and Tim Mulvey.  Boccella and Rommel stopped in to help the new owners fix something in the kitchen.  For FourSquare users, check-in five times and receive a free coffee.

The 401 Diner is officially closed.  I stopped by yesterday and found the building locked up and their newspaper unread.  Two year ago this would have left a huge whole in the Conshy dining scene, as it was one of only two places to get breakfast.  This has now changed with The Outbound Station, Donnie Mac’s Deli on 4th, The Conshohocken Cafe, Guppy’s, 8 East, Gypsy Saloon and Andy’s Diner all offering some level of breakfast (sandwiches to brunch).  Please note that not every place offers it every day.

Conshohocken’s Andrew Totaro, Henry Racich and Robin Gupta will all be on 93.3’s Preston and Steve Show tomorrow morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. to promote the benefits of wheatgrass.  Totaro, Racich and Gupta are part of an unofficial group in Conshy that meet daily to do a shot of wheatgrass.

I am planning some changes for the site.  I have a new logo, which you can see at the top of the page.  Each individual post now has a way to easily share the post through Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc., and I have added Facebook/Twitter buttons to the right side of the page.  I am also going to start having updates like Conshy Celebrity stream into the front page of the site, however, you will see be able to click the Conshy Celebrity button and see that content exclusively.  On the Conshy Dish page, I am going to update all the restaurant/bar descriptions and I hope to have menus available for download.  This will all take a couple weeks to implement.

Jim Victor of Conshohocken will be back at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg starting January 6th with a new butter sculpture.  You may remember last year that his butter sculpture made headlines around the world.

CountdownConshohocken, the recent NYE promotion for Conshohocken, made the cover and had a lengthy story within the Times-Herald.

Flanigan’s Boathouse is holding its first annual Golden Tee Tournament starting today, January 4th.  Participants will play in an Open Round through January 28th and a tournament featuring the top 16 players will be held on Saturday, January 29th.  Ask the bartender for details and a scorecard.

Chef Chip Roman, owner of Blackfish, is planning to open a second restaurant in Chestnut Hill.

The Borough is coming through on Wednesdays to collect Christmas trees.  Please put it out unbagged and with decorations.

Help Wanted

The Positive Pooch is looking for a part time person.  For contact info, click the link.

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.

On January 19th, the Spring Mill Cafe is having a Moroccan Feast in Marrakesh. For menu and details click here.

Spamps Conshohocken is having a Wednesday Women Around the World Wine Tasting on January 19th. $30 per person. For full details call 610 824 4155.

Daily Specials

Wondering which bar or restaurant has your favorite beer or drink on special? Click here for the run down on specials around town.  This section will be overhauled in the next two weeks.

The Outbound Station, located on Harry Street adjacent to the train tracks, is now offering a different theme bar for lunch each day.  On Mondays they have juice bar (pictured above), Tuesday they have Mexican, Wednesday is pasta, Thursday is salad and Friday is breakfast for lunch.

Events & Happenings

Want to know where you can hear live music, play quizzo or sing karaoke? Check out the Conshy Calendar by clicking the box above.

Cradles to Crayons is having a Young Friends Volunteer Night next Wednesday, January 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Miss Lorraine presents Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Conshohocken Free Library on Wednesday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal for a sleepover at the library. After Miss Lorraine’s stories and crafts, tuck the animals in and say goodnight. Come back the next day between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. to pick them up and find out what mischief they got into during the night! For more information call 610-825-1656.

Mark your calendars for Happy Hour on January 14th at Maloney’s Pub with The Other Side! The Other Side will be performing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a mix ranging from 311 and Sublime to Social D and Johnny Cash.

Celebrate the release of IN THE POCKET’s new single, “Open My Eyes ” with a big Philly jam by the city’s finest rotating band, ITP at the World Cafe Live on January 25th. ITP was created by West Conshohocken’s David Uosikkinen, the drummer from the Hooters, and special guests will include Eric Bazilian (Hooters), Richard Bush, Greg Davis, Jeffrey Gaines, Rob Hyman (Hooters), Jeff Thomas, William Wittman and a few other surprises!

Local Democrats are getting together for breakfast at the Lincoln Fire Company on January 15th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. You are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate.

CaRu Entertainment and the Fight Vixens, the dance team for the Philadelphia Fight, will be hosting a pre-audition workshop at the Suburban Sports Training Center on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 3-6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 16 at 12-3 p.m. SSTC is located at 1032 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA, 19428. Anyone interested in auditioning to be a part of the 2011 Vixens Dance Team or 2011 Junior Vixens are encouraged to attend. Dancers must be 10+ to participate. To register, email The workshop will include sessions with top choreographers from NYC, insider tips on what the judges look for during auditions, one-on-one critiques and fitness tips for dancers.

For all you Penn State alum, The StoneRose is hosting the annual “It’s Almost Valentine’s Day” Happy Hour on February 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For full details click here.

Ryah Yoga is holding a Detox Yoga Flow Workshop on January 22nd from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For full details click here.

Real Estate

Current list of rentals and homes for sale in Conshohocken courtesy of

Candy of the Week

Need a candy bar or buffet for your next event? Edwards-Freeman has all the standard and retro candy you love in larger quantities to please every guest.

Business News

Conshohocken-based Ikea has stopped selling incandescent light bulbs.

Conshohocken’s Mondo, the leader in sports flooring, this week at the American Football Coaches Association convention in San Antonio will showcase its latest artificial turf innovations: 3NX fiber; Thermo-bonded backing; Fine Tuned underlayment; and Ecofill infill.