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rapery Crafters, 351 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, has been in business for 40 years. The family-owned business includes Chester County residents Carl Smith, sales; Ryan Smith, sales and installation; Janice Smith, instore sales and design; and Tom Smith, installation. The Smiths have more than 75 years of combined experience. Carl
ocally owned and operated A-1 Mulch has provided the Chester County area with quality service and products for 15 years. It has two convenient locations: 4604 Edges Mill Road in Downingtown and 410 Limestone Road in Oxford. Owners Mike and Deb Coomes are Chester County residents who personally engage in face-to-face customer service. A-1 Mulch serves whole sale and retail clients, including homeowners, with an array of products including eight different kinds of mulch, topsoil and amended soil
and Ryan have each worked full time in the custom decorating trade since they were 19 years old. Drapery Craftersâ€™ full-service offerings include a free shop-at-home service, which offers expert in-home advice scheduled at the customerâ€™s convenience. Customers may meet with the businessâ€™s representatives face-to-face and view photographs of Drapery Craftersâ€™ work in other local homes. Customers are also able to see colors and feel materials. â€œWe measure, and we are ZM[XWV[QJTMNWZ\PMKWZZMK\Ă…\ÂşVW\ed the Smiths, who added that the expert installation price is included. )Ă…Z[\aMIZN]TT[MZ^QKM_IZZIV\a Q[ also included. Additionally, Drapery Crafters services all factory limited lifetime warranties. Drapery Crafters sells beautiful frames, various louver sizes, invisible tilts, divider rails, tilt rods, and more. â€œWe will help pick the best window
for gardens, various types of decorative stone, gravel and sand. A-1 Mulch offers the most brands of hardscaping products in the region. In ad products are available. Both locations have installed displays of pavers and walls. The business is a year round operation for the winter season as well as straw, grass seed, landscape fabrics, split rail fence, concrete block and erosion control products. A-1 Mulch offers expert technical support thanks to years of experience in landscaping and hardscaping. Building relationships with customers and the community is important to A-1 Mulch. The owners are supporters of several organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of America and the Cecil County Breast Health Center at Union
\ZMI\UMV\[NWZI\Z]TaK][\WUTWWSÂş[IQL the Smiths. Drapery Crafters sells plantation shutters at a low price. The Smiths noted that the largest Norman Woodlore shutter is the best-selling shutter in America and the best value shutter, and they said that Drapery Crafters is the largest seller and installer of these shutters in the area. Drapery Crafters also offers a full line of drapery and valance fabrics and styles, along with its expert installation and favorable pricing, which includes labor, lining, and installation. A variety of valances, including Roman valances, London shade valances, and many styles of box-pleated valances and side panels are available. Drapery Crafters offers a variety of fabric choices or customers may use their own.
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Hospital. The business can be reached at 610-269-7022 (Downingtown) or 610-932-7420 (Oxford), and additional information is available at www.a1mulch.com. Fall Sales Event runs October 20th through November 30th, 2016. Mention this article to receive a 15% discount off of retail prices for any walls or pavers. Cannot be combined with other offers. S946236
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American Gold and Estate Buyers
he Ciarmellos, jewelers and owners of American Gold and Estate Buyers, 363 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, have a combined 80 years of experience in multiple areas, including jewel metals. Chester County resident Tony Ciarmello brings more than 58 years of expertise to the business. He started in the jewelry business in Philadelphia at a very young age under the tutelage of his uncle. Tony previously owned J Karen Jewelers in the Exton Mall, and he has a Gemological Institute Tony also served as an aircraft mechanic while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Ron Ciarmello, also a Chester County resident, has 22 years of experience in several aspects of the business. He also serves as a consultant for Morphy Auctions, and is a third-generation jewelry and knowledgeable in the area of wristwatches and pocket watches. American Gold and Estate Buyers will pay premium for estate jewelry, Rolex watches, gold pocket watch jects of interest. The business offers guaranteed best prices for class
rings, bracelets, chains, necklaces, and earrings â€“ even if they are broken. The business buys, sells, and trades both gold and silver jewelry and scrap gold, as well as sterling silver hollowware. American Gold and Estate Buyers also buys and sells items from the brands Patek Phillipe, David Yurman, John Hardy, Judith Ripka, Omega, and Tag Heuer, along with Pandora jewelry, Tiffany jewelry and lamps, and Cartier Â the owners shared. The jewelry side of the business, Ciarmello and Son Jewelers, offers and preowned jewelry, and it buys
and sells larger diamonds and Swiss Â? and diamond engagement and wedding rings are in stock, as are cer rings. Tony and Ron also own an addiÂ?Â?Â?Â?Â?Â?by that showcases furniture in the Arts and Crafts style by famous names such as Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, and others. The gallery also offers Arts and Crafts-era pottery, lighting, and metal work. The Ciarmellos will be exhibitors at the prestigious National Arts and Crafts Conference in Asheville, N.C., and they have been
Stickley furniture collectors since the 1970s. The Ciarmellos note that they are guaranteed to beat any legitimate offer and they pay cash on the spot. â€œWe will make house calls for larger estates, Â Â For furniture sales customers are welcome to make an appointment by calling 484-872-8216. American Gold and Estate Buyers is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Additional information is available by emailing info@american goldandestate.com or visiting www.americangoldandestate.com.
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Eagle Tile & Marble
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QV -IOTM XZW^QLM[ I _QLM array of porcelain, ceramic, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, glass, and mosaics from around the world. â€œWe handle many options in different price ranges and can assist you in creating your ideal look,â€? said Lori. â€œCustomer service is our main priority.â€? Blaise and Lori call on their vast knowledge base to guide customers through the selection process, providing both technical and aesthetic advice. Blaise and Lori invite community members to stop by the showroom, which is located at 44 Pottstown Pike (readers should use the town of Chester Springs for mailing and GPS). Business hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays,
and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, readers may call 610-458-0777 or visit www.eagletilepa.com.
Access & Mobility Specialists
ccess & Mobility Specialists (AMS) strives to be Chester Countyâ€™s leader in stairlifts, mobility scooters, accessibility equipment, and other mobility products, as well as service and consultation. The family-owned and -operated business recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Owners Jaime and Patrick Melcher operate a state-of-the-art showroom and a service repair center located at 4301 W. Lincoln Highway, in the Shoppes at Wedgewood on Business Route 30, halfway between Downingtown and Coatesville. AMS is proud to serve Chester County and the surrounding counties. â€œAs the owners of Access & Mobility Specialists, our philosophy is to make sure our clients get the best care, products, and service at the best price,â€? the owners commented. â€œWe believe in old-fashioned customer service and making sure every experience you have with us or our team is one you will want
to talk about with your friends.â€? The owners and staff take helping people seriously. â€œItâ€™s our passion, and we love what we do,â€? they said. The AMS showroom stocks a broad range of mobility equipment from manufacturers such as Golden Technology, Bruno Independent Living Aids, and Best Bath Industries. The business is proud to partner with and feature made-in-the-USA products from industry leaders. AMS sells, rents, and provides service and repair for mobility scooters, power and manual wheelchairs, lift recliner chairs, stairlifts and vertical platform lifts, vehicle lifts, hospital beds, bath aids, canes, walkers, crutches, accessories, and more. Factory-trained technicians will service and repair most equipment, whether it was purchased from AMS or from a competitor. The business offers free local delivery for newly purchased
equipment, as well as pickup and delivery options for repair and service items. In addition, AMS offers affordable bathroom remodeling and minor home r e n ov a t i o n s to reduce the chance of falls in the home. The AMS showroom hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Customers are invited to stop in or call for assistance of any kind. â€œWe understand the power of referrals and repeat customers, so our staff works hard every day
on every transaction not only to meet but to exceed customer expectations,â€? the owners said. AMS can be reached at 610518-2221. The company blog and pictures of current projects are available at www.familymobility.com. AMS can also be found on Facebook by searching for â€œAMSDowningtown.â€?
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How shopping locally can help you and your community
odayâ€™s consumers have more shopping options at their disposal than they did in years past. Though the internet may put the world at oneâ€™s fingertips, more and more shoppers are discovering that buying locally makes for a superior shopping experience. The benefits associated with shopping locally are many, and the following are just a few reasons why shoppers may want to look no further than their own communities when planning their next shopping excursions. Keeps money in the local economy Locally owned businesses often put a larger share of their revenue back into their communities. Small business owners may be more inclined to employ local residents, giving more people in the community solid employment. Business owners may reach out and support other neighborhood efforts, such as fundraising initiatives for charities and schools. By shopping at local stores, you have a hand in supporting these efforts as well. Saves money When factoring in travel time and the cost of fuel, shopping locally makes more sense than driving to a
faraway mall. In addition, repeat customers who establish a rapport with a local business owner may find that such owners are more inclined to price match or work with loyal customers to find lower prices through suppliers. Diversifies homes and lifestyles Shoppers who prefer more unique styles may find local businesses cater to their needs better than large chain stores. Larger retailers offer the same products to customers regardless of where those customers live, so a person in California may be decorating his or her home with the same furnishings as a person in North Carolina. But local shops tend to produce more unique items that are not available nationwide. Promotes entrepreneurship Small businesses are an essential element to the countryâ€™s economic growth. By shopping locally, consumers are showing their support for this important segment of the national economy. Helps establish local pride Independent shops contribute to the fabric of a community and what
makes it special and unique. Tourists and other visitors will be much more inclined to remember a local shop rather than a big chain in a particular neighborhood. When travelers want to get a feel for a community, they seek out small, local stores that are much more likely to stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods.
Attracts other businesses Private and public sector businesses tend to gravitate around anchor stores. Should a local store be successful, banks, restaurants, salons, and other businesses may move in as well. Shopping locally benefits consumers in various ways, many of which contribute to a healthy local economy. n
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Exton Senior Living
xton Senior Living, a personal care community located on Pottstown Pike in Exton, has been serving the community for 16 years. Exton Senior Living representatives are proud of the home and its staff and reputation. The communityâ€™s parent company, Five Star Senior Living, which owns and operates more than 270 communities across 32 states, gained ownership of Exton Senior Living in July 2008. Exton Senior Living offers personal care and memory care services within a comfortable community. The communityâ€™s team of 85 employees is available to meet residentsâ€™ needs 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. Residents in personal care enjoy the Lifestyle360 program, a holistic approach to active community living that focuses on sions of wellness (social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual). Each month, residents participate in a â€œsignature program,â€? such as the Honoring the Hands of Time project. Each resident had his or her hands photographed and was interviewed about his or her good deeds, service, and accomplishments to create an artistic representation of their lives. For residents with Alzheimerâ€™s and other dementias, Exton Senior Living offers the Bridge to Rediscovery, which uses Montessori-Based Dementia Programming to focus on what each individual still can do.
Ed, whose hands are pictured in this Honoring the Hands of Time photo holding his beloved pup, Mandy, has lived at Exton Senior Living for more than three years.
The goal is to keep residents as independent as possible and to nurture an atmosphere where they feel valued, secured, and involved in the world around them. P hy s i c a l , occupational, and speech therapy services are offered on-site through Five Starâ€™s Rehabilitation and Wellness program. Visiting physicians, podiatrists, mental health support, and more are also available. Community amenities include housekeeping, personal laundry, and linen service, as well as transportation to local
medical appointments. Residents also enjoy the Five Star signature dining experience. Each resident receives an emergency response pendant and 24/7 access to the on-site nurse. The resident care staff assists with medications and personal care needs based on a wellness assessment of each resident that is regularly reviewed and updated. Exton Senior Living celebrated a For additional information, readers may visit www.extonseniorliving.com.
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fter working as a registered nurse (RN) for several years and caring for her ill parents, Robin Palmieri opened her own Interim HealthCare prove the lives of caregivers and the elderly. many lives in Chester County and also how greatly we have been impacted by the many wonderful families and individuals we have served,â€? Palmieri said. Palmieriâ€™s Interim HealthCare of a variety of personal assistance services to assist clients, whether individuals are returning from the hospital cuperating from an illness, or in need of occasional help. Representatives work with individuals, along with their family members and doctors, to
ensure that their needs are being met so they can stay at home, out of the hospital or a facility. â€œWe understand how important it is to have someone you can depend on when you want to stay at home as healthy as you can be,â€? Palmieri stated. Interim HealthCare offers services that are customized for each individual. Among the services provided are bathing, dressing, and personal care; light housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation; transportation, errands, and grocery shopping; medication reminders; free, same-day in-home evaluations by an RN; and more. The business is licensed, insured, Â ing aides on staff. â€œInterimâ€™s success is based upon their ability to recruit the best professionals,â€? Palmieri notÂ?Â? Â? a critical care nurse, and she and her
family, which includes three children who have graduated from the Coast Â my, are longterm Chester County residents. â€œI am passionate about care for the elderly,â€? she said. â€œ We â€™re committed to the Chester County community,â€? Palmieri said of her staff members. She noted that employees participate in a variety of community activities and support a number of local organizations.
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ounded by Fred Kalck, Ye Olde Chimney Sweep has been providing yearround distinctive service since 1977. Although Fred recently retired, he passed the business on to his son, Frederick (Eric), and daughter-in-law, Heather. Eric and Heather are lifelong Chester County residents and are pleased to carry on the well-respected, locally owned and operated business. Eric has 28 years of experience in both the chimney cleaning and construction industries. Additionally, the owners noted that their lead sweep, Sebastian, is a great addition to the team. Ye Olde Chimney Sweepâ€™s professional services include chimney cleanings, inspections, dryer vent cleaning, and repairs and
improvements (liners, caps, dampers, screens, chase covers, and chimney crowns), as well as a timely response to customersâ€™ questions and concerns. The business owners noted that their ultimate goal is to provide professional service and to play an important role in maintaining the safety of customersâ€™ chimneys. With more than 17,000 repeat clients, Ye Olde Chimney Sweep will proudly celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. For more information, readers may call 610-269-2630, email yeoldechimney firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.yeoldechimneysweeppa.com.
Ebyâ€™s Auto Body & Service Center
byâ€™s Auto Body & Service Center, 1110 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, aims to be the go-to service center for a wide range of services, from oil changes to extensive body work. Services offered include inspections, emissions tests, brakes, tires, windshield repair, and auto painting. Alignments are also offered, with new bays installed for this service. Owned by G. Robert Eby II, plicator of Rhino Linings Inc. spray bed liners. The business was started by Robâ€™s parents, George (Bob) and Ethel Eby, in 1958 in Coatesville, and the business moved to its current location in 1961. After Bob and Ethelâ€™s retirement in the mid-1990s, Rob became the owner, and he strives to continue to provide the best quality service to his customers.
â€œI learned from my parents what hard work and dedication is,â€? said Rob. Business hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, readers may call 610-384-3909.
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Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc.
ngle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) is celebrating over 60 years in business, continuing its tradition of offering quality commercial printing services, community newspapers, and automotive and lifestyle/leisure publications, while expanding its business and marketing solutions to best meet customersâ€™ needs. EPC is a family-owned and family-operated business founded in 1954 by Alvin Engle and his wife, Pauline. The Engles started the business with a sheet-fed Multilith press installed in the basement of their Mount Joy home. In 1959, the Engles became publishers when they purchased the Elizabethtownâ€“Mount Joy Merchandiser, a community advertising paper with an original press run of 5,600. Alvin left his daytime job in 1960 and became a full-time printer/publisher. into the familyâ€™s garage, then into a 20-by-100-foot shop in Mount Joy in 1965. EPC saw several expansions over the years - from new buildings to new equipment to additional publications. When Alvin passed away unexpectedly in 1971, Pauline kept the vision alive and continued the expansion efforts. In 1999, EPC opened caster County to accommodate stateof-the-art equipment and a 16-unit, three-story Goss Universal Press. EPCâ€™s Community Newspapers - Community Courier,
Alvin and Pauline Engle founded Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. in 1954.
Merchandiser, Pennysaver and Advertiser share with readers the achievements of their neighbors, community groups, and organizations, as well as information about upcoming events. Advertisers may graphical area, thereby reducing the wasted costs associated with reaching audiences outside their market. Additionally, advertising packages are available that span EPCâ€™s entire coverage area, allowing businesses to reach more than 400,000 homes in central Pennsylvania. Advertising by local businesses makes it possible for residents to receive EPCâ€™s papers every week free of charge. EPC believes in providing a venue for local businesses to promote their products and services, as dollars spent locally are recycled back into the communities in which residents live, work, and thrive. Readers may check out articles at townlively.com and at Facebook. com/communitycourier.chester. Â Â? opportunity to target advertising in publications specializing in various interests. These publications reach thousands of readers throughout the eastern United States. Inns and B&Bs of Southeastern PA (innsandbandbs.com) is a convenient directory of the areaâ€™s unique lodging establishments. Published annually, this directory includes editorial content and advertisements that describe what to see and do, as well as where to stay, while visiting southeastern Pennsylvania. The Wedding Planner is a guide for central Pennsylvania brides- and grooms-to-be. Published annually, the planner includes feature stories and advertisements highlighting aspects of a coupleâ€™s big day. Full of helpful tips and suggestions, the publication provides a wealth of information, as well as a venue for area businesses to directly target those who are planning
weddings. The planner is distributed at local bridal shows, mailed to couples who submit their engagement announcements to EPCâ€™s weekly newspapers, and made available through local businesses that advertise in the publication. Articles and engagement, wedding, and anniversary announcements can be viewed online at thewedding planneronline. com. W h e r e & When, Pe n n s y l v a niaâ€™s Travel showGuide cases events and attractions throughout Pennsylvania. Ideal for businesses interested in targeting the tourism market and leisure travelers, Where & When provides an index of hundreds of events happening throughout the Commonwealth, as well as in-depth feature stories on distinctive Pennsylvania events and attractions. Whereandwhen.com offers a searchable database featuring thousands of events and attractions to suit the taste of every traveler. Auto LocatorÂŽ and Auto Connectionâ„˘ are weekly publications meeting the needs of buyers and sellers looking for vehicles and automotive related products and services. The publications will keep individuals connected 24/7 whether they are at home or on the go. Whether individuals are buying, selling, restoring, or attending an event, they publications or on their website at auto-locator.com. Antiques & Auction News (AntiquesandAuctionNews.net) covers the
Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc., represented by Engle family members, offers quality commercial printing services, community newspapers, and automotive and lifestyle/leisure publications. antiques and auction market in the northeastern United States and is used by collectors and pickers looking Â? Â?Â? Â?Â? auction treasures. It also offers features on interesting developments and topics in the world of antiques. Lancaster County magazine (lancastercountymag.com) is a monthly magazine that celebrates the people, Â? Â? Â original lifestyle publication for over 30 years. EPC is proud to continue to serve the region, as well as an increasingly wider geographic area. Being a family-owned and family-operated business has fostered strong ties to the local communities that EPC serves. EPC is passionate about providing businesses and organizations the tools to succeed, and, in the process, helping to strengthen the local economy, provide jobs, and support families. S948007
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Basements 4 Us
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Fit This Way
it This Way owner Andrew Clauser had a right way. Make it affordable. Create a strong community presence. Fit This Way, located at 483 E. Uwchlan Ave. in the Lionville Shopping Center, is now entering its second year in business in Chester Springs. The company is making strides with programs that include personal training, small group training, and nutritional consulting. ship program. His group training allows only six people in each group in order to provide individual attention not available in larger group programs. Because of this dynamic, those who participate often experience strong bonds with other members. Participants enjoy support
Buying local benefits the environment, too
uying local has many benefits. But while consumers may know that buying local helps grow the local economy by supporting local business owners and creating jobs, they may not realize the positive impact that buying local can have on the environment as well. Eco-conscious consumers often go to and camaraderie that can be great lengths to ensure their money is being spent in an environmentally friendly motivating and effective. Fitness is not the only thing way. But one of the easiest ways to be an that Fit This Way members en- eco-friendly consumer is to support local joy. They are active in the community businesses, which tend to benefit the enviby creating charity drives every month ronment in a variety of ways. * Shopping locally reduces the environ ed Warrior Project and various 9/11 mental impact of your purchases. Local businesses often buy their supplies from charities. More information is available other local businesses, cutting down on
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space for their stores, which allows them to set up shop right in the heart of town as opposed to on the townâ€™s outskirts. That makes local businesses more accessible to community residents, who might be able to walk or take a short bike ride to smaller, local businesses, keeping fuel consumption low. * Shopping locally employs your neighbors, reducing their carbon footprints as well. Another benefit to shopping locally thatâ€™s often overlooked is the impact it can have on your neighborsâ€™ carbon footprint. Local businesses often employ members of the community, which translates to shorter commutes, less highway congestion and less fuel consumption. So while shopping locally reduces your carbon footprint, itâ€™s also helping members of your community reduce their own potentially negative impact on the environment. n
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Spottâ€™s Pet Corner
n a 4,000-square-foot corner of the Westtown Amish Market, 1165 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Spottâ€™s Pet Corner offers a wide selection of items created by some of the areaâ€™s best craftsmen. The family-owned company has been in business for 18 years. Spottâ€™s Pet Corner specializes in pet feeder s. Customers can choose f r o m t h r e e styles available in es. Cat and dog feeders available in poly
ervin Lapp, owner of Lappâ€™s Amish Furniture PA, has been in the furniture business for more than 22 years. Located in the Westtown Amish Farm Market, 1165 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Lappâ€™s Amish Furniture PA is a family-owned business that originated in 1994. Lappâ€™s Amish Furniture PA specializes in solid wood b e d r o o m and dining
lumber or wood. Some varieties are rectangular-shaped, and they feature single-, double-, or triple-bowl feeders. They come in tall, medium, two-quart low, and small. Poly lumber feeders are available in multiple colors, and the wooden feeders are stained with a natural color. The business operates a 3,000-square-foot woodworking shop located in eastern Lancaster County, and products have been sold at the Westtown Amish Market retail location since 2015. In addition to the pet feeders, the shop offers a large selection of pet toys and treats, as well as seven brands of dog food and freshly baked bones and ribs. The retail location carries hundreds of bird feeders and birdhouses that materials, including Azek and wood. The feeders and houses also feature
handmade copper roofs. Wild bird lov large selection of products, including an array of handcrafted outdoor furniture from which to enjoy friends. Spottâ€™s also carries A d i ro n d a c k chairs and table sets in many colors, as well as porch rockers. off their bird sanctuary or outdoor space with a great selection of iron shepherd hooks, hangers, and holders. This summer,
the business added a full line of Azek copper-roof cupolas, along with lighthouses and sturdy mailbox posts. Retail hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The business can be reached at 610-492-5702.
Lappâ€™s Amish Furniture PA room furniture, occasional tables, home entertain furniture items. The business features a full line of youth furniture, bookcases, dining room tables, kitchen chairs, handmade and Amish antique furniture, and accessories including lamps, pictures, cedar chests, and mirrors. â€œOur furniture is handcrafted by skilled Amish craftsmen based in Paradise, Lancaster County,â€? said Lapp. For the businessâ€™s handmade wood furniture, only solid wood from maple, oak, cherry, and pine and antique distressed wood is used. Bedroom furniture offerings include beds, trundle
beds, twin beds, sleigh beds, nightstands, dressers, chests of drawers, armoires, and complementing mirrors. For dining room areas, Lappâ€™s Amish Furniture PA offers tables, chairs, wall units, credenzas, and china closets. Customers looking to furnish a living room seats, end tables, entertainment centers, coffee tables, and recliners. â€œOur skilled craftsmen will supply desks, hall trees, bookcases, entertainment centers, DVD racks, clothes trees, deaconâ€™s benches, and
and taste,â€? said Lapp. â€œWe make customized furniture from your ideas and desires.â€? Lappâ€™s Amish Furniture PA is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, readers may call 610-492-5709 or visit www.lappsamishfurniture pa.com.
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he Eagle Center for Learning, 64 N. Pottstown Pike, Suite 1, Chester Springs, offers quality tutor 12th grades, including instruction in reading, writing, math, and study skills. For older, college-bound students, the center offers SAT and ACT test prep and help with college application essays. Programs, including portfolio assessments, are available for families who homeschool. The center was opened in 2010 by Karen Martini, M. Ed., who noted, â€œAll of our tutors bring a wealth of experience to our program from many years of teaching in various settings.â€? Martini has a strong background in working with students who have learning differences. â€œStudents who receive our services are paired with a tutor who matches their need and will work with them toward
Karen Martini (left) and Stacie Timer (right) work with students at the Eagle Center for Learning. Families are welcome to visit www.eaglecenterforlearning.com or contact 610-458-2005 or eaglecenter email@example.com. Hours are by appointment, with options available during weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. S945230
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n exciting new option is available for people on dialysis. Instead of traveling to a dialysis clinic three times a week, individuals may take advantage of the convenience of receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home, on their schedule. Traditional dialysis is scheduled three times per week in a dialysis center, with the schedule based on an available time slot at the clinic. After finding transportation to the clinic, individuals may have to wait for their appointment. Recognizing that it is easy for individuals to become frustrated when they are at the mercy of someone else’s schedule, Dialyze Direct is opening a home hemodialysis training center in Exton. Dialyze Direct aims to offer an alternative where individuals can complete dialysis at home when it fits into their schedule. There is no wait time for someone else to finish up, and individuals can set their own plans for the day, thus allowing them to take back control of their lives. Dialyze Direct’s at-home dialysis equipment is designed for safety and is portable for travel. The nursing team will provide training and support to the patient and a training partner to safely perform dialysis in the patient’s home. Support staff members are available by phone 24 hours per day,
seven days per week. Dialyze Direct will coordinate an individual’s care with his or her kidney doctor. “We value the relationship that already exists between you and your doctor and will work together to meet your dialysis needs,” said staff members. Once training is complete, individuals can schedule the time of their treatment around their current lifestyle, freeing up time in the day to do the things that make life more enjoyable. With home hemodialysis, individuals are in control of choosing the time of day to complete their dialysis treatments, giving them the freedom to travel, continue working, and spend the day as they like. Frequent home dialysis is completed five times per week, making the process of excess fluid removal and waste removal occur at a gradual rate, which is less stressful to the body than treatments that take place three times per week, according to Dialyze Direct. Treatments usually last less than three hours.
Dialyze Direct staff members note that with more frequent dialysis, less fluid is removed and less recovery time is needed. Additionally, according to the business, better fluid control helps to control blood pressure and can decrease the amount of medications that an individual takes. Dialyze Direct’s mission is to
improve and enhance the quality of life of each dialysis patient, restoring dignity and providing compassionate care. To learn more about Dialyze Direct’s patient-centered model of care and home dialysis, readers may call 844-342-5544 for more information. Dialyze Direct’s office is located at 495 Thomas Jones Way in Exton.
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Awkar Auto Service
wkar Auto Service, 180 Robbins Road, Downingtown, is celebrating its three-year anniversary. Owner Patrick Michaels, a lifetime Chester County resident, has 25 years of experience in the automotive repair industry. Awkar is not a chain service center, and Michaels noted that customers can expect reliability, integrity, and great communication with the staff. â€œWe know the importance of building trust with our customers is critical,â€? Michaels commented. Michaels has a great passion for automobiles and race cars, and he has translated that passion into a business that offers service by an expert technician, fair prices, and prompt service. Awkar Auto Service offers automotive repair, state inspection and emission checks, oil changes, alignments, brake service, engine
diagnostics, and preventative maintenance. The business also carries tires and offers tire rotation, tune-ups, auto air-conditioning and heating services, and exhaust work. Awkar will also provide engine or transmission replacements. Customers can find coupons for services in weekly editions of the Community Courier or visit the companyâ€™s redesigned website, www.awkarautoservice.com. The business offers 90-day, no-interest financing, as well. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The business can be reached at 610-873-1130 or awkarauto firstname.lastname@example.org.
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eal estate is a family business for Matthew Boyle and his daughter, Alexis Boyle-Seymour. Matthew has owned Help-U-Sell Direct Homes in Exton since 1999. Alexis joined the business in 2005, and together they have 37 years of real estate experience. Matthew and Alexisâ€™ brokerage differs from traditional models in that they charge sellers a low set fee instead of a percentage of the propertyâ€™s sale price. Sellers receive full service, including a video tour and professional photography, marketing, pricing and negotiation guidance, and the coordination of inspections, appraisals, and closing. The set fee starts at $3,950 and is payable at closing. Help-U-Sell Direct Homesâ€™ owners estimate that since opening in 1999, the business has saved its sellers a total of $3,280,975 in commission, compared to a 6 percent broker rate. The Boyles
aptâ€™n Chuckyâ€™s Crab Cake Co., 132 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, has been offering up award-winning, freshly made crab cakes and seafood for seven years. The business is owned and operated by Wayne and Elaine Jones and their daughter, Lauren Jones, who have all been Chester County residents for more than 20 years. â€œOur very high standards of Alexis Boyle-Seymour, quality ensure that every meal a Realtor, and Matyou get from us will be outstandthew Boyle, a Realtor and ing,â€? the owners commented. Options include the signature crab cake, the owner of Help-U-Sell made fresh daily using seasoned jumbo Direct Homes in Exton, have a combined lump crab meat, or Smith Island, Rock 37 years of real estate experience. Hall, and jumbo lump Imperial breaded and their team also work with buyers, crab cake varieties. Captâ€™n Chuckyâ€™s also offers stuffed shrimp and breaded shrimp cakes, a home may call 610-363-3737 or along with appetizers, soups, chowvisit the website at http://TheBoyle ders, pasta, sides, desserts, and gluTeam.com. ten-free crab cake and chowder options. S946471
Wayne Jones Party trays are available. Captâ€™n Chuckyâ€™s full menu is available at www.welovecrab cakes.com, and customers are encouraged to place preorders for the holiday season. The business is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Customers can reach Captâ€™n Chuckyâ€™s at 610-458-7012.
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Agape Institute of Functional Healthcare
r. Stephen Conicello, owner of Agape Institute of Functional Healthcare in the Lionville/ Downingtown area, offers his services in the Chester County area, where he was born and raised. Dr. Conicello, a survivor of many health challenges, maintains a positive outlook on life, and in his personal life, he is a devoted husband and very devoted Christian. Because of this outlook, he selected the name â€œAgape,â€? which means â€œunconditional love and expectant of wonderment.â€? As he thought about what to name his fourth practice, he wanted people to know that Agape Institute is a place where everyone, no matter what was going on with them health-wise, could receive loving care. Dr. Conicello sees his own past health challenges as a path to steer his extensive training, as well as a way to offer that extra something to his patients that only comes from actually experiencing their pain and going through similar trials himself. â€œWe see amazing things happen in our practice,â€? said Dr. Conicello, who credits his training in functional medicine. Dr. Conicello has a degree as a chiropractic physician, with postgraduate study in upper cervical chiropractic, functional and clinical neurology, functional and clinical nutrition, and child developmental disorders (spectrum disorders). Currently, Dr. Conicello has completed medical school classes and is attending Board Review in anticipation of taking his medical boards this coming spring. Dr. Conicello has been trained to look at tests in a different way. â€œCompassionately, I dig deep with my patients, asking important questions to
discover the root or cause of each individualâ€™s health challenge,â€? he explained. With analyzing the tests, which can be blood, saliva, thermal scans, and many others, he is trained not to look for what type of drugs his patients need to take, but what systems in the body are not functioning properly. Dr. Conicello noted, â€œInstead of looking at every person as the same, I look at each person as an individual.â€? Each individual patient for helping to support the individualâ€™s health and allowing the patient to heal him or herself naturally. The practice aims to assist the patientâ€™s body in healing itself, without the use
infants, children, teenagers, and adults. He is constantly reading the latest research to continue to expand his knowledge, which he in turn shares with his patients and staff. â€œStaying on top of the latest ways to help my patients is important,â€? said Dr. Conicello. Some of the main health challenges people report when they are starting with Dr. Conicello are autoimmune diseases, which means the body is attacking itself. At Agape Institute of Functional Healthcare, disease processes like diabetes, thyroid conditions, Crohnâ€™s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsonâ€™s and Parkinsonâ€™s symptoms, at order (ADHD), depression, and hormone issues are tested and of why the body is not healing itself. In many cases, there is more than one problem happening at the same time. â€œTraditionally, autoimmune problems are only managed with medications. We work with people who are looking for a caring, effective way to get to the cause of their health of chemicals, drugs, or surgeries. All challenges, assist the body, and allow treatment is done under Dr. Conicel- the body to heal itself without just loâ€™s watchful supervision. â€œMany of managing the problem,â€? explained our patients report feeling changes in the practiceâ€™s staff. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and care,â€? Dr. Conicello said. 2 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, WednesThe practice is focused on each days, and Thursdays, as well as individual, and Agape Institute of 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Readers Functional Healthcare strives to make each person feel nurtured by are invited to visit Agape Institute Dr. Conicello and his staff. Agape of Functional Healthcareâ€™s webInstitute of Functional Healthcare site at www.agapeinstitute.info to patients can meet with Dr. Coni- learn more. Community members cello in person or remotely through are also invited to attend one of video chat or over the phone on a the practiceâ€™s informational semregular basis to make sure any ques- inars, which are advertised in the tions are answered and changes are Community Courier. Readers may noted. The practiceâ€™s staff members note that Dr. Conicello has a fun, at 484-593-0882 or by email at witty personality and works well with email@example.com.
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Precision Eye Care
hen Dr. Jessica Yannelli opened Precision Eye Care in Downingtown nearly two could enjoy their visits and take an active, educated role in their eye care.
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