SUMMER 2020 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community
West Chester The Love Local Issue
A NOTE FROM FIG
Together, we move forward 2020 — A YE AR FOR THE HISTORY BOOK S . As I write this letter from my home office, the world looks very different than it did when our last issue was released in early March. Our town is slowly emerging from quarantine and we find ourselves amidst an on-going health crisis, an uncertain economic climate, and an impassioned urgency to listen, learn, and take action against racism. Each of these events have acutely reminded us of how precious life is. How precious our neighbors are. And how critical it is to use this time of crisis as a force for good. Amongst the turmoil, there is also a great sense of hope. We have witnessed so many stories of unity, generosity, and collaboration here in our community. Neighbors sprang into action in creative ways bringing relief to individuals and businesses. Peaceful protests allowed long-silenced voices to be heard. We all began to pivot, learn, and grow as a community. And in just three months, our town began operating in new ways—to reach customers, gather congregations, and host events. Call it forced innovation if you will, but it’s inspiring, and it’s working. In this issue, you’ll read how, in the face of constant uncertainty, our local small businesses are moving forward one day at a time. Not only that, but they are being supportive and generous to their fellow business owners and neighbors. I only wish we could share every single story because each one deserves to be told. This issue is dedicated to the resiliency and ingenuity of our local small business owners and non-profits. At Fig, we are a small business ourselves. So we know first hand what it’s like to face these new challenges, make tough decisions, and keep going. It is in this spirit that we made a big decision. Some of you may know that we have a sister publication called Fig Kennett. Our neighbors! The footprint of our distribution is directly adjacent to theirs. So for this special edition of Fig, we decided to combine the two books into one so that every business featured inside gets double the readers they
normally get. We hope you enjoy seeing some of our business friends from Kennett mixed in with our friends from West Chester. At a time when all of us are thinking of ways to use our resources for the greater good, this was our way of pitching in. And speaking of pitching in, it is with humble hearts that we say thank you to our essential and frontline workers for their heroic contributions to the community. Words cannot express how much we value their work ethic, their bravery, and their sacrifice. We are in awe. And finally, we must mention the graduating class of 2020. They are being launched into life in an unexpected, but exciting way. We can only imagine that this experience will stay with them as they lead us through future challenges that our society will surely face. And that this will make them stronger and more appreciative for all that they achieve. Thank you, Fig readers, for loving all things local. We know you’ll continue to be generous with your support of the small businesses and neighbors that need us. FROM SIX FEET AWAY, BRIANNA CARLISLE, BECKY GALANTE & THE FIG INDUSTRIES TEAM
Support small business Our local small businesses need us now more than ever. There are multiple ways to support them including online shopping, takeout, and practicing social distancing while shopping or dining indoors.
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a world of hearts
Find out how one business owner sparked a movement of joy.
The staff from Kennett High School offers the class of 2020 a fond farewell.
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IN THIS ISSUE
A coffee shop owner pivoted fast, got creative, and continued to serve his customers throughout the quarantine: Chris Thompson.
A kitchen & bath company decided to use their unique resources to give back to local hospitals: MacLaren Kitchen and Bath.
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inspiring stories No matter how big or small, every gesture of kindness and generosity helps our town move forward. PA G E 3 4
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great shopping, dining, arts, events, and communityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; as always. KEEP READING
itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about relationships How one neighborhood bank assisted hundreds of local small businesses and helped save thousands of jobs. PA G E 4 8
SUMMER 2020 / THE LOVE LOCAL ISSUE
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ENJOY REFINED AMERICAN CUISINE IN WHAT FOOD CRITIC CRAIG LABAN CALLS “A S OP H I ST I C AT E D D E ST IN AT I O N BYO B.” A S THE WORLD ADAPTS TO NEW RULES , VE RB E NA BYOB RE M AIN S committed to offering seasonally inspired menus each evening, in the safest way possible. Whenever you’re ready, Chef Scott Morozin invites you to downtown Kennett Square for the dining experience you have been missing. Call to find out if indoor or outdoor seating is currently available, or visit the Toast Takeout app to place your online order for curbside pickup.
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G E T PA M P E R E D . A luxurious full-service hair salon known for offering cuts and color for all hair types and textures. Keep an eye out on their social channels for the latest curbside product sales.
111 West Market Street, West Chester 610.431.4640 kaplansfinejewelry.com
AN ECLECTIC B O U T I Q U E offering a collection of functional art objects chosen to satisfy one or more of your five senses. Find locally made pottery, candles, art, and handcrafted jewelry. 133 West Market Street, West Chester 610.719.0170 the5senses.com
THE K APL AN FA M ILY has a passion, not only for jewelry, but also the custom experience. For 42 years, this family-owned business has provided personal service that makes each purchase as special as the occasion it celebrates. Call to design an heirloom piece or choose from their eloquent collection.
MARCHÉ CARRIES an assortment of furniture, linens, home décor, women’s clothing, and accessories sourced from around the globe. They also offer custom home design services.
PENNY LANE OFFERS unique and whimsical apparel and gift ideas for the little ones in your life. Parents will appreciate the selection and kids will love the fun atmosphere! Apparel in sizes newborn through tween.
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O N A M I S S I O N to restore dignity and empower women, Clean Slate Goods offers apparel and accessories made by artisans from around the world. Now offering shopping by appointment. Visit their website to schedule a time for your group. 103 West State Street, Kennett Square 484.732.8853 cleanslategoods.com
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A LIFESTYLE B O U T I Q U E with on-trend women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gift ideas. And now you can shop online!
ONE OF THE C O Z I E S T spots in town for a cup of coffee. On the menu youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find all your favorites such as the classic latte or cappuccino, seasonal specials, breakfast items, snacks, and a variety of healthy lunch options, including their famous house-made hummus sandwich. 111 West Gay Street, West Chester 484.983.3909 gryphoncoffee.com
goods for any occasion you want to celebrate! KNOWN THROUGHOUT And be sure to check out the greater Philadelphia their website for seasonal area as the go-to baker for baking classes open to show-stopping wedding the public. cakes, the creative team 319 West Gay Street, at The Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baker will West Chester 610.436.9888 whip up a cake or baked themastersbaker.com
with outdoor dining or order your favorites with curbside pick up right on Market Street. Delivery is also available. Enjoy a sip of summer with their seasonal cocktails, also served to-go.
B R I N G I N G I TA L I A N C U I S I N E to Downtown West Chester, Mercato is the perfect spot to enjoy an old favorite or try something new. 33 West Market Street, West Chester 610.701.6326 mercato33.com Take advantage of their patio
S L O W H A N D offers seasonal farm to table food, an extensive draft beer list, and inventive craft cocktails. Known for their vintage inspired decor (including a portrait of Conway Twitty), the team is always putting their own spin on your favorite classic menu items. Outdoor seating is now open and Slow Hand is also creating ready-to-go meals for the whole family that are available with pre-order. 30 North Church Street, West Chester 484.999.8638 slowhand-wc.com
CAFE DE THAI is bringing authentic Thai cuisine to Kennett Square. Using fresh, local ingredients and madefrom-scratch in house sauces, Chef Jar puts her own unique flavor into each dish. Order online for contact free take out or delivery, or enjoy outdoor dining on their patio.
T H E M A R K E T AT L I B E R T Y P L A C E is a true fusion of local ingredients with a variety of different cuisines to try. Choose from vendors like State Street Pizza & Grill, Rump Roasters, Kaboburritos, Buddy’s Burgers, Marry Pat’s Provisions, Liberty Place Pub, and more. Outdoor seating and take out meals are available.
420 West Cypress Street, Kennett Square 610.924.2828 cafedethai.us
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E N J OY T H E S I T E S A N D S O U N D S of State Street while dining outside at Portabello’s. Owner and Chef, Brett Hulbert is crafting delicious specials each week. Order from the bar and sip it al fresco. Curbside takeaway is also available. Call for reservations. 108 State Street, Kennett Square 610.925.4984 portabellosofkennettsquare.com
L A MICHOAC ANA HOMEMADE ICE C R E A M is a local Downtown Kennett favorite! It’s the perfect spot to stop in for a sweet treat for the family. Enjoy a cone or a fruity water ice. And don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and try one of their unique flavors of ice cream like corn or mamey. 231 State Street, Kennett Square facebook.com/lamichoacanaksq 610.444.2996
Matt Fetick and David Williams making a difference.
THE HOME PROJECT
Heart for home “ H O M E ” I S A W O R D T H E M AT T FETICK TEAM HOLDS DEAR. As realtors, they are passionate about helping people find homes, not houses. Homes—and the feelings they evoke, the joy they enable, and the life lived within them—give us meaning and purpose. They take home to heart in more ways than one, always with the mission to preserve and nourish our communities by volunteering in social, economic, cultural, and civic organizations that better and keep precious our wonderful cities, towns, and neighborhoods. So when the uncertainty and losses brought on by Covid 19 hit, the Matt
Fetick Team focused their time and talent on creating programs to help their communities and clients navigate “the new normal” from the angle they know best—the home and hometown perspective. It’s their number one priority. Please read on to learn what resources are available, and please consider joining the team in supporting our communities. The Matt Fetick Team has been supporting clients and communities in the Brandywine Valley for 15 years. They have been here for you for the past 3 months. And they will continue to be here for you tomorrow.
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Designating a portion of the team’s home sales to organizations that fulfill the mission of improving and ensuring quality living conditions throughout the Brandywine Valley.
Team members actively getting out into the community to help others—from running errands to emergency assistance and more. You can request help or refer the team to someone who needs it by visiting MFTCares.com.
The Produce Place thanks you! “Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the support we have received from so many loyal customers, and new ones as well. They were brave enough to trust us during this very precarious time! Their words of encouragement and sincere appreciation kept us going amidst so much uncertainty and change.” T H E K I N G FA M I LY
A LW AY S F R E S H and seasonally local, The Produce Place has all your favorite summer produce. From tomatoes and peppers, to sweet corn and watermelon—everything is sourced from local family farms. With social distancing safety precautions in place, you can efficiently and safely pick out your groceries, grab-and-go salads, salsas, and fresh smoothies. The King Family offers a heartfelt thanks for sustaining them through this pandemic.
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A WORLD OF
B A C K I N M A R C H , C H A R L I E & C O Barber Shop owner and lifelong resident of West Chester, Amy Rose Trout, decided to hang a pattern of colorful hearts in her storefront window after seeing the idea on Instagram. She wanted to show gratitude to her customers and the community for their support, and also show how her shop was still an active part of the community, even though the doors were temporarily closed. She considers the hearts installation an outward expression of how much we all love our town, while bringing hope and joy to everyone who sees it. After posting a photo of it on her Instagram account and using the hashtag #aworldofhearts, you could say that hearts caught on fire, as many other business owners were inspired to join in. Within a couple weeks almost 100 storefronts adorned colorful hearts, all displayed in their own creative ways.
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Find the Good
L O C A L A R T I S T Heather Carey has created paintings of downtown West Chester storefronts. You can purchase these matted prints in various sizes, and a portion of the sales will go to the West Chester Food Cupboard! Order your prints online at fuzzymeandfriends.com.
The West Chester Business Improvement District was established in 2000 to foster business growth in the downtown, advocate for small business owners, and ensure that downtown West Chester is a thriving place to own a business.
CO Z Y R E S TAU R A N T S , I N T I M AT E B O U T I Q U E S , F R O Z E N D E S S E R T C A F E S , plus an Open-Air Marketplace that appears on Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington Streets in Downtown West Chester. Outdoor dining and merchant displays welcome visitors and create a vibe that has not been seen in West Chester. It’s based on customer service—many shops and restaurants now provide pick-up and delivery service—along with quality inventory you just won’t see anywhere else. As we continue to get past the pandemic threat, it’s time to think about relaxing safely where walkers can exercise their safe distancing while being part of the downtown buzz.
OPEN-AIR MARKETPLACE OUTDOOR DINING M E R C H A N T D I S P L AY S On Gay Street, between Matlack and Darlington Convenient parking at the Chestnut Street Garage or High Street (Bicentennial) Garage. Visit DowntownWestChester.com for more details.
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KHS CLASS of 2020!
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DEAR CLASS OF 2020, The Kennett High School administration, teachers, parents, and the entire Kennett community offers their most heartfelt wishes as you embark on your journey ahead. May you always remember your roots in Kennett Square as you pursue your dreams, wherever life may take you.
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As leaders of the future generation, may you rise up to the unique challenges of your time in history. You are equipped to make this world a better place!â&#x20AC;? 610.4 4 4.6600
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Beauty that can be contained WO U L D YO U L I K E T H E C O N TA I N E R S in your outdoor living spaces updated seasonally without all the hassle of shopping and planting? The Gardeness will come to your home or business at the start of each new season to create professionally-styled containers full of seasonally inspired plants and flowers. She will work with any container or vessel you already have, or have her choose them just for you.
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A Heartfelt The outpouring of community support has been nothing short of amazing. We appreciate each and every customer that walks through our door, especially those who are on the front lines battling this pandemic. We will all learn from this, continue to grow, and through everything come out better on the other side. We are wishing everyone good health and happiness. We hope to serve you soon.”
Thank You! H O O D ’ S B B Q H A S L O N G B E E N K N O W N F O R their outstanding comfort food and hospitality. In this time of uncertainty, the Hood Family would like to offer their customers a heartfelt message of gratitude for keeping them going all these years. Their customer’s loyalty, friendship, and love for the community gives them on-going inspiration. It will take much more than a pandemic to bring Hoods down!
The Hoods 1664 WEST DOE RUN ROAD, KENNET T SQUARE
AUTHENTIC Leading the way through innovation and example.
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Authentic: Chris Thompson, Philter Coffee P H I LT E R 2 . 0 looks different, but it still feels like home. That’s because owner and “coffee guy” Chris Thompson has redesigned the wellloved space not for some strange new normal but to welcome the community, as he has from the beginning, to an attractive space with friendly staff and really good coffee and food. On March 16, Chris rearranged payment schedules, deep cleaned, waited to reopen. As the days wore on, he created an online shop that also provided an outlet for local makers, expanded his product line, began making deliveries, and even sold a house through the
website. “I have stories to tell my grandkids someday,” he says with a smile. Through the dark-shuttered months of the shutdown, Philter was Kennett Square central—a place to pick up Philter orders, but also to drop packages, pick up masks, and chat with Chris, smiling behind his laptop, through the open door. That door was open as he prepared to open in 2013, too. What he lost in efficiency he more than made up in building relationships. He’s had time to reflect on how the community has evolved since then and to strategize changes that make sense
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for the long-term. “As scary as it’s been, it’s also exhilarating—entrepreneurs thrive in pushing through challenges,” he says. With Ceremony Coffee, he developed the 64 (aka six fo’) and invested in tools to take advantage of advances in brewing for consistency and efficiency. In the days leading up to re-opening in June, Philter’s social media feed was filled not with products but with images of Kennett Square’s peaceful and powerful Black Lives Matter protest. “It seems like we’re all remembering what’s most important,” Chris says.
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remains simple: To outfit you for all your adventures with the best products and brands, while giving back to the community. They believe deeply in supporting small businesses, respecting the planet, and being generous to their community. They ask that you give your local shop a chance to dazzle and delight, and you will be doing yourself and your community a great service.
We hope you have been using this time to get outside and connect with nature. However, we don’t think shopping should have to be an adventure. We are excited to now be able to offer the option of shopping with us online with curbside pickup, free local delivery, or shipping to your home. Of course, if you still want our expert personal service, we will offer a safe in-store experience. We have been overwhelmed by the support of this community, and we cannot wait to continue showing our gratitude for years to come.” – OWNE R , E D C A M E LLI
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GIVING BACK Making a difference in the lives of others.
Giving Back: Keith Ciarlello of MacLaren Kitchen and Bath SOM ETI M ES A CRISIS HE LPS US R E A L I Z E W H AT we are capable of accomplishing. MacLaren Kitchen and Bath’s general manager, Keith Ciarlello never dreamed they would be able to support local frontline heroes using their somewhat niche manufacturing capabilities. At the start of the pandemic, a friend at Chester County Hospital asked if MacLaren Kitchen and Bath could access plastic film for face shields. So Keith went to the drawing board to create a design that their machines, normally used for slicing through granite slabs and countertops, could cut. Then they gathered samples of plastic and foam and began prototyping. That, as it turns out, was the easy part.
After buying out all local suppliers, they searched overseas. “The hardest part was the elastic,” Keith says. “Every distributor was sold out of the proper width for face shields.” Then he realized he could use the plastic film to create a strap with a sliding lock mechanism. His wife, a maternity nurse at Paoli Hospital, tried every prototype until they got it right. Once their machines had cut the shields, straps, and foam for 1,500 shields, they assembled a socially distanced team in their large tool shop to assemble them by hand.
Ambulance & EMS Training Institute, have been so grateful for this local support. Check out the unique assembly process here: youtu.be/DNQIDoGrKD0
MacLaren’s face shields, with their brightly painted straps and “Heroes Work Here” stickers, protect and save lives. They are also a labor of love. First responders, including Good Fellowship
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It’s been a sort of surreal experience,” Keith says. “It is important to realize the ability we all have to pivot and be creative, and to work together in times like this.”
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For over 260 years, Penn Medicine has kept our community safe in the face of tremendous challenges. Today is no different. From prevention to diagnosis and treatment, we are here to continue providing the care you need in a safe and secure environment. We’ve implemented new safety protocols, including physical distancing in our facilities, and established virtual care visits so you can still connect with your physician. And as always, we’ll stop at nothing to make sure you get the care you deserve. It’s another reason why your life is worth Penn Medicine.
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INSPIRING STORIES OF GENEROSITY & CREATIVITY
In times of uncertainty and crisis, it’s comforting to read inspiring stories— to look for the silver lining in an otherwise scary time. In our local community, you’ll find no shortage of these stories. You’ll find neighbors stepping up to help each other out, businesses using their unique resources to give back, and simple acts of kindness that get us through the day. Here are just a handful that we came across and wanted to share here.
SHARING VITAL RESOURCES West Branch Distilling Company is well known around Chester County as a producer of vodka. But owner and distiller, Kevin Roberts, knew he was in a unique position to help produce something different after the pandemic hit—hand sanitizer. He and PO-MAR-LIN Fire Company Fire Police Captain, Andy Skean, coordinated a donation of Roberts’ first batch of hand sanitizers to local first responders this spring. Chiefs Jason Griffith of PO-MAR-LIN Fire Company, Bruce Mitchell of Kennett Fire Company, and AJ McCarthy of Longwood Fire Company were all very appreciative of his donation. westbranchdistilling.com
KIDS CAN HELP TOO VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING
The Pia family, including their six grandchildren decided to raise money for Kennett Area Community Service (KACS). To raise money, Evie (9) finger knitted rugs and sold them. Abby, Tyler, and Sawyer (8, 6 & 5) made cards and letters for residents of a nursing home. In addition, the family has been supporting several other key organizations including La Comunidad Hispana and Family Promise of Southern Chester County to help them meet the new needs caused by COVID-19.
Unite for HER, a local non-profit dedicated to serving women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers, recently held their first ever “at home” digital fundraiser, and they were incredibly moved to witness the outpouring of support from our community. The event, Bloom at HOME, featured models strutting in their living rooms with their families. All of their models, who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, shared their inspiring stories throughout the event and captured the hearts of so many! uniteforher.org
SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
AN UNEXPECTED GIFT
Andi Hall and Leah Dixon are part of the “Together for West Chester” Team at Project 938. The team decided to put into action a strategy for overcoming fear and anxiety—to extend themselves to one person each day in an extraordinary way (not over-the-top, just ordinary but extra). One thing they did was to write Mother’s Day cards to women residents at the Brandywine Nursing Home in West Chester. They believe that connecting with others through small expressions of love can ease our fears and focus our energy outward. To learn more about their continuing projects, visit their website at project938.com.
Mike Windish, founder of West Chester based Windish Music & Productions, was inspired to donate a set of Yamaha drums to a Philadelphia-based drumline called Positive Movement Entertainment, after he came across them at the Christmas Village in Philly this past holiday. PME’s message is to spread positivity through their slogan “Put down the guns, pick up some drums,” with their ultimate goal of curbing gun violence. The drum set was a huge blessing to PME as they have been booked solid for socially distant birthday parades and events all over the city and suburbs. windishmusic.com Follow Positive Movement Entertainment on Instagram at @whourockinwit
THE SHOW MUST GO ON Drama students from Ursuline Academy and Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware were set to perform three short plays by Alfred Hitchcock when the Covid pandemic hit. With their live performances canceled, the students decided to get creative. Each actor recorded their lines from home and then the student director edited and put together what became a 25-minute radio play for people to enjoy at home while quarantined. Listen to the play online at tinyurl.com/ursulineradioplay.
STUDENT LED SNACK DONATION Caroline Miller, a junior at Henderson High School, organized an effort to collect over 2,000 pre-packaged snacks from her friends and neighbors and donated them to essential workers at Chester County Hospital and Paoli Hospital. Snacks included protein bars and trail mix to help the staff get through their long and grueling shifts.
Every day is a special occasion P I E T R O ’ S P R I M E is a family owned and operated restaurant located right in the heart of downtown West Chester. Their menu is loaded with many different cuts of beef, a variety of tasty seafood selections, and the most unique martinis in town. Enjoy dining on their outdoor patio this summer!
Pietro’s is Zagat rated, has been voted Best in Philly, and has also been given the Diner’s Choice award. Grill-at-home packages and full regular menu available for takeout or free delivery!
125 WEST MARKET STREET, WEST CHESTER
JEAN GROSS’ LIST OF
ways to support small businesses
LOC AL SM ALL BUSINESSES HAVE B E E N hit hard these past few months. As a 40-year resident of West Chester, Realtor Jean Gross knows the monumental value they bring to the community. Here are just a few ways she likes to offer her support—and you can too! 1. O rder takeout or curbside pickup.
Jean and her husband love to order takeout multiple times a week—their favorite is dinner from Pietro’s Prime! The staff there have made it so easy to call in your order and pick up curbside.
2. S pread smiles with some sweets.
If you know a friend that could use a smile, pick up some lemon tarts from La Baguette Magique or some chocolates from Eclat Chocolate and deliver to their doorstep.
3. D on’t forget about the tip!
Whenever possible, add a tip to your order. It goes a long way in keeping the staff of your favorite places taken care of when times are tough for them.
4. Shop online! If you have a favorite
downtown West Chester retailer, check to see if they offer online shopping. Have your items shipped to you, or take a stroll downtown to pick them up curbside. Shop owners want you to feel as safe as possible!
5. Enjoy the outdoor Growers Market. every Saturday this Summer and Fall. Located at the corner of North Church and West Chestnut Streets, you can support local farmers by purchasing their produce. Enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and much more. Jean loves bringing home fresh tomatoes and sunflowers.
6. L ocal non-profits can use our help.
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So many organizations are in need of resources and dollars as they attend to the increasing needs of those who find themselves unemployed, hungry, homeless, or ill. The Chester County Community Foundation can connect you with the places that need you most. Visit chescocf.org to learn more. 610.363.4300
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and overcome D AV E ’ S A U T O M O T I V E R E PA I R is proud to be a family-owned, family-operated business that has served the West Chester area for over 40 years. Their unique business model offers customers a variety of services including auto repair, auto body, buying and selling cars, and detailing. Their knowledgeable team is committed to full customer satisfaction. When you come to DARE you are part of the family. Family Owned Auto Body
We’ve been open since the start of COVID and we’re still here for you, just doing what we love every day! Thank you to our wonderful customers for continuing to support us and the safety precautions we have put in place. We love being a part of the West Chester community! Times have changed but our excellent service and family approach remains the same!”
JT ALOISIO, LAURA ALOISIO, AND JONATHAN ALOISIO
301 SOUTH BOLMAR STREET, WEST CHESTER
2nd & 3rd Generation Owners
We are very excited to be back serving our Roots patrons. This has been a true test of our brand and we can’t thank the community enough for the continued support through the years and the COVID pandemic.”
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Owners, John Hearn & Dan Merola
L O C AT E D I N D O W N T O W N W E S T C H E S T E R , Roots was grown from an ambition to provide local, organic, and affordable food to their guests. Their mission is to serve the well-being of people and the planet by supporting sustainable farming practices and a healthy lifestyle. The menu is broad and features mostly scratch made ingredients that will satisfy vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
133 EAST GAY STREET, WEST CHESTER
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T H E A R T S H E L P B U I L D stronger and more resilient communities. They speak to the human spirit and are at the heart of a healthy and vibrant community. Right now, nonprofits are facing extreme challengesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially those in the arts. That being said, crises provide opportunities for change and growth, and exciting possibilities are ahead for all of us. CCAA appreciates your support to help continue a legacy of creative inspiration for Chester County. EXPERIENCE ART!
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D U R I N G T H E Covid-19 shutdown, The Garage Community and Youth Center is supplying household necessities and non-perishable food to vulnerable families in our community. Starting in March, The Garage expects to provide nearly 3,000 supply boxes to over 400 families by the end of summer 2020. Please consider supporting our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. Together we can keep our community strong! Garage virtual daily youth programs and one-on-one virtual tutoring will continue to be offered to any teens in our area via YouTube and Zoom. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit us on social media at @garageyouthcenter, or to support, visit garageyouthcenter.org/donate.
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Social Mission Partner: After-The-Bell At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. We believe in the mission of our 2020 Fig Social Mission Partner, After-The-Bell.
A F T E R -T H E - B E L L is a free after school program for all students at Kennett Middle School. They have over 150 volunteers every year, including about 50 college and high school students that help with over 40 activities. Volunteers do everything from helping with homework to riding a bus to one of our many offsite activities like the YMCA, Coverdale Farms, or Anchor Fitness. Volunteers can be a lead or they can assist a lead in activities as varied as cooking classes, tennis, soccer, arts and crafts, or board games, just to name a few. Volunteers are parents, grandparents, retired teachers, retired community members, high school students, and members of our community who love to help. Volunteering can be as little as one hour per week for six weeks running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Interested? Visit afterthebell.org/volunteer to learn more!
195 SUNNY DELL ROAD, L ANDENBERG
A F T E R -T H E - B E L L H A S G O N E V I R T UA L ! Follow them on Facebook @AftertheBellKMS for weekly challenges and live events, or visit afterthebell.org to learn more about ways you can get involved. AFTERTHEBELL@KCSD.ORG
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Bloom where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planted. IN APRIL, FRIENDS HOME asked the community at large to help them build a very special garden. This garden was to be made of cheerful, colorful paper flowers, butterflies, and sunshine shapes. The members of the community responded with thousands of pieces. Lining the windows of the building,
this beautiful display brings joy to the residents and smiles to all who see them. Throughout all the current restrictions, Friends Home continues to be an integral part of the Kennett Square community. Residents and staff thank you for your continued support.
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Visit FHKennett.org to learn more. 147 WEST STATE STREET, KENNET T SQUARE
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Historic in the Real Estate Business T H E C H A R M I N G O F F I C E S of Century 21 Pierce & Bair is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Kennett Square. The newly remodeled Chalfant House (circa 1884) serves as the home to a team of dedicated and experienced agents, ready to assist with all of your real estate needs. Serving both Chester County and Delaware County, Century 21 Pierce & Bair is a second-generation family-owned business, and has been successfully selling local real estate since 1977. Call Jayne Bair at 610.444.5536 to get started!
220 NORTH UNION STREET, KENNET T SQUARE
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CURRENT LISTING! 104 Gideon Drive, Kennett Square Not only does this prestigious home have its own wine cellar, but it also boasts a Parisian-inspired café located in the lower level. In addition, the new owner can enjoy a Manhattan penthouse suite, arcade room, and a 50’s diner! A can’t miss home in the award winning Unionville-Chaddsford school district. Call to schedule a tour!
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Growing the light in every child WHETHER ON OUR HISTORIC CAMPUS OR IN THE C O N N E C T E D C L A S S R O O M , preschool through fifth grade students engage in the enriched and joyful learning that is the hallmark of a West Chester Friends School education. West Chester Friends School offers a dynamic, innovative curriculum in the context of Quaker values, including: Early Childhood Outdoor Classroom | Interdisciplinary Literature Spanish for All Grades | Intergenerational Program with Hickman Home STEAM studies | Makers Space | Mindfulness Practice History, Music, Studio Art & Art History Raised Bed Gardens & Resident Hens Learning Partnerships with West Chester University, Kennett Symphony, The Chester County Historical Society, Echo Hill Environmental School and Ches-Len Preserve
415 NORTH HIGH STREET, WEST CHESTER
Our doors are open D R . P E T E R PAT E L L I S and the team at Kennett Center for Advanced Dentistry have been taking care of patients and their smiles since 1991. Safety has always been their highest priority and that will continue to be the case through these uncertain times. They continue to follow the guidelines set forth by science and fact as recommended by the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. When you walk through their doors, you can feel safe, respected, and offered the highest quality of dental care.
As we start to return to normal, I am often asked “Is it safe for patients to come back?” My immediate response is an overwhelming ‘YES!’.” General Dentistry Preventive Care Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Procedures Implants
208 NORTH UNION STREET, KENNET T SQUARE
610.4 4 4.6311
First Resource Bank: It’s All About Relationships T H E PA S S I N G O F T H E C A R E S A C T O N M A R C H 2 7 t h opened the door for struggling small business owners to apply for much needed relief from the SBA in the form of a Paycheck Protection Program Loan. These potentially forgivable loans were designed to help small businesses stay afloat during the Coronavirus crisis, and most importantly, keep their staff on the payroll. Many small businesses reached out to their banks seeking this relief but a few things happened. First, not all banks offered these loans as they were not SBA lenders. Second, several big banks who offered these loans limited their assistance to only their existing loan customers. Despite being a long-time customer of these banks, if you didn’t have an existing loan relationship, they weren’t willing to help you. Lastly,
this loan program was entirely new, resulting in uncertainty and numerous questions as the SBA provided little guidance regarding the loan process. This left banks to determine what information might be required to apply, and small businesses scrambling to find a bank to help them. Several local businesses in need of this funding were stuck. Lacking a personal relationship with their bank, they didn’t know where to turn. Many of these businesses found themselves having to lay-off employees and fearing that their business might not make it. Fortunately, community banks really stepped up to the plate and saved the day. Anticipating the approval of the CARES Act, the team at First Resource Bank proactively called their business customers to let them know about this
opportunity. Wanting to help as many businesses as possible, they provided them with a list of information to begin collecting, ensuring that they were prepared to apply for a PPP loan as soon as the application process opened. Well before the introduction of the PPP loan, First Resource Bank developed a genuine partnership with countless business owners, always focused on one main goal—helping them succeed. One of these businesses is Blue Dog Printing & Design. The paths of owners Bill and Debi Friedmann and the Bank crossed well beyond the lobby of the local branch. Their active involvement in a myriad of business and civic organizations in our community, including The Rotary Club of West Chester, the Exton and West Chester Chambers of Commerce, the Women’s Business Connection, and more,
provided both businesses with an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships. The level of partnership that has been established with Blue Dog Printing & Design is a reflection of the relationships that are shared with all of First Resource Bank’s customers— it’s what makes them unique. They understand small businesses because they are one. They’ve spent the last 15 years building a bank that caters to the needs of the local community and have done it by focusing on customer satisfaction. There is no one who knows this sentiment better than CEO, Glenn Marshall. He states, “The survival of many small businesses in our community depended upon the PPP loans. Behind every loan that we helped secure, was a team of people whose jobs were protected. Behind every job was a family that relies on that employee. I’m incredibly proud that through the efforts of the First Resource Bank team, we were able to help over 5,000 families survive this crisis.” It’s evident—at First Resource Bank, it’s all about the relationships. Whether you are a small business owner or not, give the bank a call to discuss your needs. They look forward to getting to know you!
As a small family-owned business, having a great banking relationship is essential. The great thing about First Resource Bank is their people—which is why we have been a customer for 15 years. When the PA Governor shut down business, we were terrified—how would we pay our employees (whom we consider our family), our rent, our vendors, our mortgage? We reached out to Lisa Donnon, the bank’s Chief Lending Officer—she spent the better part of an hour on the phone with us formulating a plan, providing some marriage counseling, and most importantly, reassuring us that First Resource had our back. We spoke with a lot of other small business owners who were frustrated with the PPP process. For us, it could not have gone smoother. Jack Ellis, West Chester Market Manager, reached out to us on a Saturday afternoon to let us know that the application was available. He called back at 8:00 pm with a loan number. Not many bankers are working on a Saturday night. The PPP funds carried us through the last eight weeks by allowing us to pay our rent and our employees, who have families to support. First Resource Bank has been terrific—a lot of companies are proclaiming that “we’re in this together,” but in the case of FRB, they really mean it.” Bill & Debi Friedman, Owners of Blue Dog Printing & Design
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Social Mission Partner: The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County THE CRI M E VIC TI M S’ CE NTE R OF CHESTE R COUNT Y, INC . (C VC) provides assistance through counseling, advocacy, resources, and education. Since 1973, it has been their mission to provide free, immediate, and confidential crisis response to children and adults impacted by sexual violence and all other crime. The Center fosters community awareness and understanding through its comprehensive outreach and prevention programs. SE RVICE FOR VIC TI M S DURING COVID -19 Two crisis support hotlines that are at the core of their services have continued to be available to anyone in need 24/7/365—one for sexual assault, and the second for all other crimes. Advocates have all been working remotely and have been assisting victims over the phone with medical exams, limited police interviews, and notification and assistance with virtual legal proceedings. This includes obtaining protection from abuse orders for themselves and/ or their children and remote submission of compensation
At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions—one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. We believe in the mission of both of our 2020 Social Mission Partners.
applications. In addition, CVC counselors have been holding phone sessions with clients. Group sessions and any in person sessions have been suspended until further notice. PRE VE NTION E DUC ATION DURING COVID -19 CVC is continuing to work virtually with community members to build safer and healthier communities by raising awareness of violence, providing educational opportunities, and programming. The Prevention Education Team has transitioned a number of their programs to be delivered virtually, including Mandated Reporter Training, Stewards of Children, and Respect at Work. Your support during these challenging times is crucial. To find out more or donate, visit cvcofcc.org. To speak with an advocate: S E X UA L A S S AU LT V I C T I M S : 610.692.7273 A L L O T H E R C R I M E S : 610.692.7420
135 WEST MARKET STREET, WEST CHESTER
Opening opportunities for individuals to prepare for sustainable employment and financial independence through education, training, and support services.
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22 NORTH 5TH AVENUE, COATESVILLE
P R O G R A M S A N D S E R V I C E S offered at Chester County OIC include ESL, GED courses, adult tutoring, SOAR re-entry, workforce reintegration, Certified Nurse Aide Training, and more. To find out more about how OIC is serving our community, visit ccoic.org. V O L U N T E E R ! OIC invites you to serve as a volunteer in literacy training. Volunteers can serve in many different ways and it can all be done flexibly to suit your schedule. Call 610.692.2344 to learn more.
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TA K E O U T I S AVA I L A B L E ! Visit their website to find daily specials or your seasonal favorites. Beer and wine can be added to your order, as well as items from their pop-up grocery shop stocked with pantry essentials.
423 BALTIMORE PIKE, CHADDS FORD
A Continuing Care Community L O C AT E D I N T H E H E A R T O F T H E B O R O U G H , B A R C L AY F R I E N D S offers award-winning nursing care and short-stay rehabilitation. The new Preston Building will be opening this Fall, completing the continuing care community with residential living, personal care, and memory care.
700 NORTH FR ANKLIN STREET, WEST CHESTER
Residents enjoying one of the many therapy dogs that come to visit.
A wave of appreciation from volunteers and staff filling shoppers’ orders.
Counting on each other! BEFORE , DURING , AND AFTER C O V I D -19 , Act In Faith’s mission is to build a community that empowers the under-employed to stabilize their households and build toward self-sustainability. Why? Because ACT in Faith believes that as members of the community we are called to assist those whose needs lie beyond the scope of existing social services. By working together, they believe we build a stronger community. We count on each other.
In mid-March, we had to relocate, reinvent, and expand our operations to meet the increased needs and number of people counting on us. At the same time, our day-to-day village shrank by 75% as most volunteers had to stay home. But very quickly our village began to grow with monetary and in-kind donors, and new volunteers reaching out to help, many of them totally new to us. There’s not a day that I’m not taken aback, if not overwhelmed, by the magnitude of generosity. This horrible pandemic has rocked the globe to its core but, amidst the sadness, fear, and economic devastation, has emerged a new level of...as our windows state, Love and Hope.”
Executive Director, Hallie Romanowski
they need you now more than ever! Visit their new website, actinfaithgwc.org to find out how you can help.
212 SOUTH HIGH STREET, WEST CHESTER
Your smile is always essential W E S T C H E S T E R D E N TA L A RT S is a local family dentist offering a variety of dental services to help you and your family maintain healthy teeth and a vibrant smile. They specialize in comprehensive dental services as well as sedation dentistry to satisfy all of your dental care needs.
The West Chester Dental Arts team includes Eric Fort, DMD; Eric Shelly, DMD; Jae Woo Kim, DMD, MS
Professional teeth whitening
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403 NORTH 5 POINTS ROAD, WEST CHESTER
EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR A LIFE OF IMPACT LEARN MORE About the recently expanded Early Childhood Education Center (PK3, PK4, and K) by visiting DCCS.org
D E L AWA R E CO U NT Y C H R I S TI A N SC H O O L prepares students for a life of impact through an innovative and exemplary education—rooted in Christ! They are a non-denominational Christian school that is committed to educating students who will serve God and impact the world through biblical thought and action. By integrating faith and learning, the curriculum offers students rigorous, innovative PK3-12 programs in academics, the arts, and athletics.
LOWER CAMPUS (GR ADES PK3–5) DEVON UPPER CAMPUS (GR ADES 6 –12) NEWTOWN SQUARE ADMISSIONS 610.353.6522, EX T 2285
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E AGLE EYE TICKET MANAGEMENT is West Chester’s premiere entertainment and ticket provider that creates lifetime memories by procuring the best tickets for sports, concerts, and theatre anywhere in the world. Just like you, Eagle Eye is looking forward to seeing their favorite teams, artists, and shows as soon as they can and they look forward to helping your family make more memories soon. S P O R T S | C O N C E R T S | T H E AT R E
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It’s not you. It’s your hormones. B E B A L A N C E D is a non-medical approach to solving stubborn weight gain, PMS, and menopausal symptoms. The program is an all-natural way to renew your energy and confidence. Beyond weight loss, the goals they focus on are rebalancing hormones, resetting metabolism, identifying foods that put weight on, and alleviating hormonal issues associated with imbalanced hormones and stress. Through the years client Donna Galloway has tried different diets to lose weight, and she proudly states that the Be Balanced program is the easiest program she has ever done. Donna adds, “I watched the scale go down and it gave me motivation! I had the confidence of knowing that I’ll get the results if I follow the program.”
We change women’s lives! They come to us feeling as if there is no hope. Once they are on our program they get their energy back, feel great, combat hot flashes, insomnia and night sweats, and lose weight. It is amazing to watch and the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.” Owner, Linda Barilani
Client Donna Galloway was inspired to join Be Balanced after seeing the incredible transformation of her cousin from working the program. She joined Be Balanced this March and in a very short time has successfully achieved and maintained a 45-pound weight loss.
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MISSION Ursuline Academy is an independent, Catholic school community that empowers students for leadership and service in our global society.
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1106 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, WILMINGTON, DEL AWARE
HIGHLIGHTS $4.9 million in scholarships and grants, averaging $128,000 per student. 83% of graduates are accepted to their first choice college. 46% of class of 2020 graduates are entering college in STEM related majors versus the national average of 33%. 5,075 community service hours, averaging 134 hours per student. 9 students committed to play a Division I, II, or III college sport. ADMISSIONS@URSULINE.ORG
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We love you, West Chester FOR ALMOST NINE YE ARS , our team at Fig has watched West Chester grow and thrive. We’ve told stories of impactful people and inspiring entrepreneurs. We’ve celebrated milestones and helped address challenges. We’ve cheered as West Chester thrived and earned its “Great American Main Street” status. Here at Fig, we are always innovating and working to serve the community in new and impactful ways. We believe that change is good and there are big changes ahead for Fig in the Brandywine Valley. The issue that you are holding in your hands is a culmination of the past eight and a half years. Looking forward, Fig will look a little different. Be assured, we will always remain true to our mission of connecting small businesses with the people who want to support them as we reinvent our Love Local message in West Chester. Stay tuned to our social channels for more news. LOVE , FIG
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D O N ' T M I S S T H E L AT E S T E P I S O D E S of T h e P a t t i B r e n n a n S h o w podcast! In her latest series called “Covid and Courage,” Patti invites broadcast journalist Gregg Stebben to discuss how the virus will continue to impact and challenge our lives, and how we can face those challenges courageously. You’ll hear how business owners and families are being impacted and what positive steps we can take, in addition to strategic financial planning, to find hope and solutions on the other side. T h e P a t t i B r e n n a n S h o w is updated regularly with expert advice on how to build and manage your wealth, plus a wide range of economic and financial topics. Find the show on all platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and can also be found on our website: keyfinancialinc.com. To find out more about how the Key Financial Team can help you create a solid plan for future financial security, call 610.429.9050.
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