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isa Armetta believes she can do anything she puts her mind to and she never gives up. In 1988, she and her ex-husband began Armetta’s Restaurant and Pizzeria in Chinchilla. Very soon afterward, they opened another business in Gibson. Since their 2006 divorce, she operates the Chinchilla location solo. An entrepreneur at heart, she also purchased a Convenient store in Lemon Township, outside of Tunkhannock and later sold it in 2013. In May of this year, Armetta purchased a piece of property on Depot Street in Clarks Summit and opened NYX Depot Street about a month ago. “It’s a bar with great burgers, which will feature a back deck upon completion and a completed second floor with rooftop dining,” she says. She oversees all operations daily basis and can be found in either location doing everything from washing dishes to tending bar. “I often wonder why I work so much, but I hope to leave my children the option of being their own boss. It makes it simpler for them because I paved the way,”she says. Armetta has three children: Vincent, 25, who is completing his bachelor’s degree and works at the pizzeria; Christina, 24, a designer residing in Atlanta; and Charles, 22, who is completing his bachelor’s and manages NYX. “Whether a customer is being served dinner or having a party for someone’s birthday I strive

to give them what they want. I try to offer the freshest ingredients along with the freshest ideas. That’s why I offer a seasonal menu with changing items — so people don’t get bored,” Armetta says, “Many of our offerings are hand-crafted and make all the difference — like our mozzarella sticks, which are hand-cut and battered. They’re so good, you have to get them every time you come. Sometimes the classics are the best, even though I love creating newfangled items. One of the reasons I love to try new restaurants is because they inspire me to be more creative with my own menu.” Armetta says that the best part of the business are the people. “I’ve been in Chinchilla 27 years and have literally watched kids grow up and have their own families. It’s very rewarding. The other day a ‘regular Friday night family’ came for dinner. It was time for dessert and their adorable girl cried, so we let her decorate the plates with chocolate. I later realized, ‘Before you know it she’ll be here on a date!” Her parents and children inspire and motivate her. “I’m quite blessed,” she says. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Scranton. She was a co-chair at St. Joe’s Auction 2013; and served on the boards of the Comet football fan club; the wrestling club; and the Abington Junior Comets. She is also a member of the Abington Rotary Club.


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f you love what you do, success will follow — of this Atty. Mary Jo Kishel is sure. An insatiable interest in the law and its applications drew Kishel to the study of law, especially to the business and finance areas. “The work is so varied. No two matters are ever exactly alike. So I am constantly challenged and intrigued. There are often situations in which there are two or more correct and entirely appropriate approaches to a matter, requiring a careful, thoughtful analysis of all of the pertinent issues to arrive at the approach that works best for a particular client,” she says. She finds this mental exercise enjoyable and fulfilling. As counsel to the firm of Rosenn,Jenkins & Greenwald LLP, she is engaged in business and finance transactions in the private sector, including, the retail, insurance, franchising and construction industries, as well as doing work for nonprofit entities like educational institutions and foundations. She is also responsible for handling the firm’s trademark, service mark and copyright matters, including registrations, licensing, transfers and infringement issues. In addition, she mentors a number of associates who practice in the business and finance department of Rosenn, Jenkins, & Greenwald LLP.

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Kishel obtained her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in economics. She subsequently earned her J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law. Her husband, Frank, her high school sweetheart from Abington Heights High School, has always supported her dreams and aspirations. He has enabled her to strike a healthy balance between her professional and personal life. After having made partner at Rosenn, Jenkins, & Greenwald, Kishel took some time off to raise her children and ended up practicing law on a part-time basis while raising her family. She says her parents have also been very encouraging of her career aspirations, and believed in her even when, at the tender age of 8, she announced her decision to become a lawyer. Her favorite part of her work day is when she reviews her incoming voice-mail, e-mail and paper mail, because it’s then that she often encounters potential new ventures, which require her involvement — and another shiny, new challenge. Kishel is currently a member of the board of managers of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

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