W I N T E R 2 018 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community
West Chester The Giving & Gifting Issue
Let’s find the home that your dream deserves. I N WE S T C H E S TE R there’s no one better to help you find the perfect home in the world ’s most perfect small town.
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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like Downtown West Chester decked out for the holidays! Inside these pages find curated Giving & Gifting Guides for all tastes, and a magical winter wedding spread that is sure to get brides glowing!
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Making a difference in the lives of others: Stan & Donna Edwards.
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Looking for a way to give back to your community this season and beyond? Let this giving guide inspire you.
Make your wedding an unforgettable one with these 10 premier venders.
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AS WE BEGAN CREATING this special winter issue of Fig West Chester, our design team unanimously agreed to draw inspiration from the wonders of a starry sky on a chilly winter’s night. There is something so satisfying about the paradox of looking up at an infinite celestial galaxy, while at the same time feeling so perfectly at home right here in our little corner of the universe. Our hope is that among the pages of Fig, you find the compelling stories, people, and businesses that make you love all things local.
pretty bows for your loved ones. From sparkly jewelry to acoustic guitars, we’ve got you covered!
As West Chester grows, so too our team is growing. We recently welcomed our new Sales Director, Becky Galante, to the team. She brings with her a warm enthusiasm for her work, a community-mindedness, and a desire to brighten everyone’s day. We’re so happy to have her on the team.
In addition to the gifts you can wrap, we are also proud to present the 2nd Annual Giving Guide. The Giving Guide, starting on page 45, is a section dedicated to showcasing the nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to give hope and assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community. We urge you to carefully read through the mission and the impactful stats of each organization, and consider offering them a gift of your time, dollars, or resources. It truly makes a difference.
As curators of this lookbook, we have the extraordinary honor of getting to know the outstanding small business owners and community contributors who make our town shine. They offer their time and talent. They gather people. They give. They foster growth.
Finally, we can’t wait for you to see our West Chester Wedding Guide! This beautifully photographed section features ten outstanding local wedding vendors known for creating flawless and unforgettable details. Turn to page 28 for your inspired event planning.
As we listen to both their struggles and successes, we are consistently blown away by their passion, creativity, and generosity. In the pages of this issue, you will find many of these retailers and businesses who have put their heart and soul into bringing something unique to West Chester. We hope you’ll join us in shopping local this holiday season. Be sure to check out our Gifting section starting on page 18, with plenty of ideas to wrap in
As 2018 comes to a close, we can’t help but say thank you to our readers. Many of you have told us you keep every issue of Fig on your bookshelves, coffee tables, and in guest rooms. Thank you. We love hearing your comments and feedback! Want to leave us a note? Head to figwestchester.com/contact to say hello. BRIANNA CARLISLE, BECKY GALANTE & THE FIG INDUSTRIES TEAM
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Authentic: Dr. Karen Schwarz ASTRONOMER Dr. Karen Schwarz loves expanding people’s horizons. As an associate professor at West Chester University and director of the Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Planetarium, Karen is helping people of all ages to understand more about the fascinating worlds beyond our planet. Thousands of people enjoy immersive films, live shows, and varied educational presentations under the 360-degree dome every year. Karen is eager to share this unique resource with the community. Karen’s own horizons were expanded when she took an aptitude test in middle school that suggested “astronomer” as a possible profession. “I didn’t know that was a job,” she says, “but it sounded cool.” She studied and began her career under the clear, dark night skies of New
Mexico and Arizona before coming to West Chester. Although she still loves observing stars through a telescope on a mountaintop and continuing her research on interacting binary stars, she also enjoys her expanded and varied teaching roles. Her current research focuses on exploring the best ways to teach science to different audiences and tying classroom education to learning in informal settings. An avid runner with her feet on terra firma, Karen is refreshingly down to earth. It can be difficult, she knows, to visualize something from two perspectives. “Being inside the dome is like being part of a giant model,” she says, and she often uses handson 3D models, like a giant protractor her husband built, to help students
understand baffling concepts like lunar phases. In addition to working with school groups at the planetarium, Karen is the director of Project ASTRO WCU—a national program that pairs astronomers with classroom teachers. She’s also passionate about encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. The annual Super Science Saturday offers middleand high-school girls opportunities to participate in workshops and interact with female scientists. “I really want to encourage girls with promise who might be afraid to pursue science,” she says. Karen extends an open invitation to the community to explore the planetarium’s public outreach programs at wcupa.edu/planetarium.
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Southeast Quadrant the borough's
I T I S A G R E AT neighborhood in the ‘perfect’ town—the southeast quadrant of West Chester’s borough is a vibrant mix of commercial and residential. “It’s amazing to see our West Chester Borough today from my personal perspective,” says Jean Gross, Keller Williams Realtor and longtime West Chester Borough resident. Jean’s fourpart tour of the Borough continues with this third installment, highlighting the Southeast Quadrant. She’s seen many changes over the 45+ years since she attended college here and met her husband, Bob.
community,” Jean says. “From their intergenerational ‘Grand Friends’ program to art, exercise, technology, and more, the center engages many thousands of residents every year.”
The newly married couple bought their first home on East Gay Street in 1976, and Jean commuted into Philadelphia on the West Chester Railroad—often with a sandwich from DeSTARR’s Restaurant. One of the nation’s first railroads, chartered in 1832, W.C.R.R. transported workers, students, soldiers, and goods for many decades. The station was demolished in 1968. Volunteers have restored the service, and today passengers can experience the beautiful Chester Creek Valley on this railroad that Classic Towns named 2018’s “Best Family Activity.”
The Salvation Army and Safe Harbor of Chester County are two important humanitarian resources located in this area of town. The Salvation Army continues to meet physical and spiritual needs, as it has since 1897. Two members of Jean’s team volunteer at Safe Harbor, a nonprofit that provides food and access to support services in a structured environment for the homeless.
The Good Will Fire Company, another neighborhood asset, has been protecting lives and properties for more than 175 years. In the 1970s, before wireless anything, the siren would sound to call the brave firefighters to the station. “Wow!” Jean says. “It was so loud, you could hear it for miles! We are so very grateful for our firefighters.” “The West Chester Area Senior Center does so much for the
Limoncello Restaurant is a staple and highlight on this side of the Borough. Jean loves the family-owned restaurant’s delicious food and outdoor dining—and their signature Limoncello Martini.
The quintessential R. Brognard Okie Colonial Revival at 529 South High Street offers an opportunity to call the Southeast Quadrant home. “This house is outstanding,” Jean says. “It has such graceful proportions and a beautiful front porch.” See more at 529SouthHigh.com “The Southeast Quadrant is sometimes forgotten,” Jean says. “But it’s actually quite vibrant!” It’s a mix of commercial-industrial with some growing residential, especially with the revitalization of recent new construction. From its origin in 1799 to the present, West Chester Borough just keeps getting better!
R E A LT O R J E A N G R O S S Realtor Jean Gross of Keller Williams brings clients more than 30 years of experience in buying and selling homes in her hometown of West Chester and around the Delaware Valley. Her legendary optimism, negotiating skills, and problemsolving makes the buying or selling experience hassle-free for her clients. KELLER WILLIAMS 100 CAMPBELL BLVD #106 EX TON, PA 19341 OFFICE: 610.363.4300 DIRECT: 610.363.4321 JEANGROSS.COM
This neighborhood profile is sponsored by Jean Gross. Interested in finding a home in the Southeast Quadrant or beyond? Contact Jean to help find your perfect home.
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WEST CHESTER’S GUIDE TO PERSONAL SERVICES
LOOKING TO FRESHEN UP your look, or work toward those wellness goals? Want to try a new fitness routine, or treat yourself to a day at the spa? Find it all here in Downtown West Chester! With everything from barber shops to yoga cafes, you’ll find plenty of local spots to indulge, connect with neighbors, and take care of yourself in the new year. The Personal Services category has never been more robust and beautiful.
HAIR, NAILS, BEAUTY, AND SKINCARE
Allen Cook’s Barber Shop
Hart’s Hair Designs
Van Ryn’s Barber Shop
Premier Personal Training
Balance Hair Spa
Jaramillo Hair Salon
West Chester Barber Shop
Steele House Nutrition and Tavish Steele Training
Big Mike’s Barber Shop
Kalon Hair Studio
Zazen Nail Spa
Monalina’s Hair Design 1 8 N ORTH N E W STREET
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Champions Barber Shop
Mozzani’s Hair Design
Eat Drink Om Yoga Cafe
C Mac’s Barber Shop
Refinery Hair Studio
Massage Zen Spa
County Seat Style
Remedi Day Spa
Mitch’s Market Street Gym
Cruisin’ Style Barber Shop
Emily Alice Salon
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Explore the wonder of our very own corner of the universe this holiday season. Local shop owners carefully curate their product lines and make sure there are plenty of gifts to surprise and delight everyone on your list. Experience the magic of shopping in Downtown West Chester
through the festive window garlands, the twinkling lights, and, best of all, the warm greetings you’ll receive as you enter through each shop door. In the following pages, find a celestial inspired gift guide full of local and giftable favorites.
LU X E Y L I T T L E O N E S Looking for the highest quality brands for your baby? Luxey Little Ones is a onestop shop for sought after baby brands, while specializing in nursery and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room design. Shop hancrafted luxurious furnishings, exclusive private label bedding, and must-have designer baby gear.
GIFTING IDEAS Silver Cross Jet travel stroller Freshly Picked diaper bag Maileg ballerina bunny BlaBla knit doll Freshly Picked moccasins
135 E Gay Street 484.266.0348 luxeylittleones.com
Owner, Polly Zobel
K A LY Specializing in unique clothing, artisan handmade jewelry, eclectic gifts, and accessoriesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kaly is destination holiday (and year-round) shopping for women who want to look great while maintaining comfort. Free gift wrapping year round | New online wish list for the holidays 37 West Gay Street 610.436.8272 kalyclothing.com
GIFTING IDEAS Handmade, local jewelry by J&I & Roggio
Vegan metallic handbags & backpacks
Artisan mercury glass candles by Himalayan Handmade
Bottles & grow bag by California artist Papaya
Owners, Ivan, Lisa, and Evan Kaplan
Ivan, Lisa, and Evan Kaplan, of Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry, have a passion not only for jewelry, but also the custom experience. As a family-owned business for 41 years, they are known for providing a personal service that makes each purchase as special as the occasion it celebrates. Whether an heirloom piece for future generations or a special moment in the making, make Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry yours this holiday season, New Year’s, and Valentine's Day. GIFTING IDEAS Diamonds are always the perfect gift Studs, halo pendants, or diamond stack rings
K A P L A N S FI N E JE WELRY 111 West Market Street 610.431.4640 kaplansfinejewelry.com
G I U N TA' S F U R N I T U R E Choose from a thoughtfully curated selection of upholstery and furniture for every room, a wide selection of wood furnishings, locally built and custom pieces, and unique gifts for all occasions. Stop in and explore new decorating accents that will transform your space for the holidays.
GIFTING IDEAS Holiday decor Candles & lighting Custom pillows Lanterns & vases Artwork
West Chester: Gay Street Plaza, 513 East Gay Street 484.887.8271 | Exton: 808 North Pottstown Pike 610.594.9494 giuntasfurniture.com
GIFTING IDEAS Balance Hair Spa gift certificate
Blowout & makeup for a festive evening
Balance Hair Spa color retention gift set
Balancing Spa Date for Two
B A L A N C E H A I R S PA This boutique salon features premiere hair and makeup with a highly trained team of beauty professionals in a chic, relaxing environment. Choose from their extensive collection of 100% vegan hair care products with carefully selected ingredients to give your hair the proper nourishment. Known for educating their clients on how to maintain their salon quality look all year long, stop in to have the Balance Team choose the right products perfect for you. Their Exton location features a full spa and skin care products. #beautyatbalance #beinperfectbalance West Chester 150 East Gay Street 610.314.4300 | Exton 826 North Pottstown Pike 484.872.8457 balancehairspa.com
J A N E C H A L FA N T Celebrating 85 years of fashion, Jane Chalfant has become more casual. Discover a beautiful selection of sweaters, from cotton to cashmere, featuring sizes extra small through extra large. Ideal for gift giving, or to pamper yourself. GIFTING IDEAS Fun, fashion jewelry Scarves & wraps Faux fur accessories Candles, lotions & soaps Novelty socks Cashmere ponchos 123 North High Street 610.696.0290 janechalfant.com
H . RO S E Owner, Rachel Berry
A boutique for Mom-Mom, Mommy & Me! Built on the love of family, fashion, and unique design, this three generation shop in the heart of Downtown West Chester offers apparel, accessories, and gifts for all ages and sizes. Find the perfect gift in store or online this holiday season. GIFTING IDEAS John Wind tortoiseshell initial keychain for mom
141 West Gay Street 484.887.0085 hrosewc.com
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GIFTING IDEAS Market Basket Taste of Carlino’s with signature “mopeen” dishtowel Carlino’s Olive Oil & Balsamic Set Cookie & Brownie Tin Carlino’s Assorted Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pack
Food and family is their business and their passion. They believe in the process of artisan food, the origin, the transformation, and how it’s shared. Their brand is a tribute to family—the inspiration for everything they do. Sharing this legacy with their customers is their greatest honor.
128 West Market Street 610.649.4046 carlinosmarket.com
YO R I ' S B A K ERY Yoriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery creates all madefrom-scratch baked goods on premises using only the freshest ingredients. Choose from their offerings of fresh pastries, cookies, donuts, and traditional holiday treats, or create a custom cake. Call to have a custom tray of festive treats curated for your holiday gathering.
GIFTING IDEAS 1-pound assorted Christmas cookies box Cookie & pastry tray Custom holiday cake Assorted fruit pies with lattice toppings
15 North Church Street 610.344.9674 yorisbakery.com
TAY LO R’ S M U S I C West Chester's oldest retail store, Taylor’s has served as the center for musical instruments and music education in Chester County for almost 90 years. Offering everything from guitar picks to grand pianos, and music from Bach to rock, Taylor’s Music Store is truly your one-stop shop for making music.
P H I N E A S G AG E A contemporary and casual wear store for the stylish male consumer, Phineas Gage offers quality brands and classic styles in a relaxed and trendy environment. Schedule an appointment for personal styling. Open Monday–Saturday 10–6 pm, Sunday 12–4 pm. GIFTING IDEAS Cashmere blend sweaters from Rodd & Gunn Hand-stitched belts & wallets from Smathers & Branson
Johnnie-O quarter zips & dress shirts Grooming products from Futon & Roark
29 South High Street 484.266.7344 phineas-gage.com
GIFTING IDEAS Private music lessons with a Taylor’s instructor Instruments including a piano, ukulele, violin, keyboard, or drum kit Sheet music, accessories & more
116 West Gay Street 610.696.1812 taylorsmusic.com
is full of romance and magic. It’s easy to fall in love among the twinkling lights, cozy fireplaces, and silent falling snow. How could you not? The holiday season is a famously favorite time to pop the question. As you begin planning your special day, we hope you find inspiration among these pages. With a love story that was written in the stars, this celestial inspired wedding lookbook was designed exclusively for Fig. You’ll find ten exquisite vendors, all dedicated to making your wedding an event to remember. Inspired by a starry winter night’s sky, West Chester becomes the perfect backdrop to celebrate your forever commitment. Mixing historic charm with modern styling, inventive florals with classic calligraphy, find local sources for every lovely detail.
Photographed at Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast Event styling by Alexis Turner of Poco Pink Creative Co.
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THE MASTER’S BAKER
themastersbaker.com 610.436.9888 Let the award winning artists and pastry chefs from The Master’s Baker whip up a one-of-akind wedding cake or dessert collection that your guests will savor. Stop by their Downtown bake shop to meet with a consultant, taste some samples, and design a cake that surpasses all expectations. Planning Tip: Give your cake a premier spotlight at the reception—it’s a piece of art your guests will love to admire before diving in.
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topiaryflowers.com 610.458.9475 Well designed florals elevate any event. Topiary is a full service florist creating unique and stunning wedding bouquets, centerpieces, floral installations, and decor that takes your wedding or event to the next level. With more than 20 years of floral design experience, Kate McNamara creates modern and stylish floral arrangements for any theme or season. Planning tip: Think outside the vase. Let Kate find unique and interesting vessels to style the arrangements.
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Get the look you’ve dreamed of with bridal hair and makeup by Balance Hair Spa. Offering cuts, color, extensions, updos, and makeup for you and your bridal party.
Find the perfect wedding gown for your special day at Sabrina Ann Couture, West Chester’s premier destination for bridal gowns and evening wear. Browse their selection of designer sample gowns in a range of sizes. Their collection changes weekly. Enjoy a boutique shopping experience while saving 30–70% off retail. Their seasoned consultants will help you find the gown of your dreams.
Planning Tip: Curate a mood board of your favorite styles, hair accessories, and makeup looks and work with the stylists at Balance to bring your theme to life.
Planning Tip: Dramatic or refined, modern or classic—let the bridal consultants at Sabrina Ann help you try on more than just one silhouette or style.
I N V I TAT I O N S BY J I L L
invitationsbyjill.com 484.994.4858 Make an epic first impression. Invitations by Jill is a boutique design and invitation studio offering traditional, rustic, modern, whimsical, and elegant design suites. Choose from existing designs, or request a custom suite that reflects the personal touches specific to you and your fiancĂŠ. Design consultations by appointment only. Planning tip: The invitation is the first thematic glimpse the guests seeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make sure it complements the desired style, colors, and feeling.
THE BASIC SUBURBAN
thebasicsuburban.com 484.983.3008 The finishing touches make all the difference. The Basic Suburban offers boutique style calligraphy for all of your paper assets and decor. From welcome mirrors to seating charts, place cards and escort cards, natural leaf settings, and thank you favors, you can make every detail unforgettable. Planning tip: Let The Basic Suburban hand draw a phrase or monogram on a special tabletop item.
the live entertainment your guests will remember WINDISH MUSIC AND PRODUCTIONS
Windish Music and Productionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; premier live entertainment brings a joyful noise to your wedding, event, or festival. Elegant ceremony musicians, world-class cocktail ambiance, and high-energy dance bands create the atmosphere for all events and venues.
Planning tip: Share your favorite music genres beforehand with the musicians and trust them to keep the party going.
QUEEN OF HEARTS C AT E R I N G
queenofheartscatering.com 610.889.0477 A love story is not complete without good wining and dining. The Queen of Hearts’ ultimate goal is to make the catering process simple for your special day. With expert coordinators, budget-conscious packages, and delicious cuisines of all genres, your guests will enjoy a memorable meal plated to perfection. Cheers to 30 years of experience in executing seamless dining experiences! Planning tip: Ask the event planners at Queen of Hearts to help design a signature cocktail that goes with your theme.
FA U N B R O O K B E D & B R E A K FA S T
A swoon-worthy place to say “I do”. Established in 1860, Faunbrook is a Victorian bed and breakfast with quintessential Chester County charm. Equipped to host an intimate wedding for up to 100 of your closest friends and family, this historic property features seven unique guest rooms. Your loved ones can celebrate together for an entire weekend while Faunbrook’s staff makes you feel right at home. Visit their website to view wedding photos, package details, and information about open house tours. Planning tip: Reserve the luxurious Darlington Suite for your first night as a married couple.
Photo courtesy of Pat Robinson Photography
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inspired A D R E A M WA S BROUGHT TO LIFE A dream for a place to start or grow your yoga practice, grow friendships, and grow community. A place that encourages people of all sizes, abilities, and backgrounds to come together on the yoga mat. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited to join the nurturing community of yogis wanting to cheer each other on, give back to local causes, and get the most out of their yoga practice.
Owner & Instructor, Jaki Reynolds
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purpose illuminated At Westtown School, we are uncommonly invested in helping students discover their gifts, talents, passions, and sense of purpose. We believe passionately that within each of us there is a special light, a unique wisdom, and an evolving sense of purpose. Together, we work to help students discover these traits. We don’t claim that our students will graduate with a complete roadmap to their future, but we do know that they understand how to navigate toward it. Our alumni share that they left Westtown with a clear sense of direction, defined interests, and the tools to continue to explore with confidence, academic preparedness, and passion.
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LE N D M E A TE N O R December 14–30, 2018 The Resident Theatre Company
An accelerating screwball farce full of laughter, Lend Me a Tenor has the class and charm of a Kaufman and Hart comedy plus all the door-slamming hilarity of a Marx Brothers’ classic. This high-energy comedy about love and mistaken identity will keep you laughing all night.
O FFERI NG GRO UP A ND SE NI O R D I SCO U NTS All performances at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Visit rtcwc.org for details and tickets.
Patron of the Arts presents Kennett Symphony
2018-2019 Concert Season DECEMBER 1, 2018 7:30pm Pops Goes The Holidays
KENNETT SYMPHONY PROVIDES THE MUSICAL L A N D S C A P E of a historic region renowned for the arts. The only fully professional symphony orchestra in Chester County, the Kennett Symphony performs for audiences of all ages who want music to enrich their lives and who want to experience the world of music through a fresh approach to classical and contemporary symphonic works. The Kennett Symphony’s inclusive and engaging environment allows all to share in the uplifting experience of quality live music in an approachable way.
FEBRUARY 20, 2019 New Frontiers MARCH 24, 2019 Family Concert— The Places You’ll Go
APRIL 6, 2019 1pm Reimagined Symphony Experience—Mozart & Martinis A P R I L 7, 2 0 1 9 Classically Yours
APRIL 28, 2019 2pm An Afternoon With David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra JUNE 2019 Beat Beethoven! 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk
Purchase tickets to their new concert season by visiting KennettSymphony.org.
A U G U S T 1 7, 2 0 1 9 7 : 3 0 p m Symphony Under The Stars— America The Beautiful Michael Hall, Music Director
Fig is delighted to partner with Dr. Timothy Blair, Fig’s Patron of the Arts, to showcase a series of our local artistic and cultural anchors. Dr. Blair served as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University for 20 years, currently serves as a Board Member for The Kennett Symphony, and is an accomplished musician, arts educator, and scholar. As a community builder and passionate supporter of the arts, Dr. Blair strives to continue this vision of making West Chester a vibrant hub for arts and culture long into the future. He invites you to find out more about each of the featured organizations, get involved, and share your own creativity with the world. Fig thanks Dr. Blair for sponsoring this page and for his continued work in our community. 610.4 4 4.6363 KENNET TSYMPHONY.ORG
D E C E M B E R 7, 1 0 a m D E C E M B E R 8 , 12 & 4 p m DECEMBER 9, 2pm DECE M B E R 1, 10am D EC E M B E R 15 , 3 & 7pm D E C E M B E R 16 , 5 p m Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
J O I N B R A N DY W I N E B A L L E T this December for the holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Ring in the season with Tchaikovsky's timeless score, and be transported to the magical Land of Sweets with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy on the journey of a dream. This performance is one of Chester Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature holiday events, and features original, traditional choreography by David Kloss and Donna L. Muzio, integrated with new choreographic elements by Nancy Page. Brandywine Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight-performance run of The Nutcracker continues to delight audiences each December with a tour de force of beauty and elegance.
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W H E N YO U S H O P, D O N AT E , O R V O L U N T E E R AT T H E R E S T O R E , you're helping to bring strength and stability to our neighbors through the construction of decent, affordable housing. In the last 15 years, proceeds from the ReStores have built 16 Habitat homes in Chester County. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it works: Donate your gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, household items, and more. Your items are then sold to the public in the Habitat ReStores, where the proceeds go directly toward building affordable homes in our community. A local family gains a step toward independence in their new Habitat home, thanks to your generosity.
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GIVING BACK 2018 GIVING GUIDE Giving back is personal, passionate, and deliberate. West Chester has a deep generosity and a thriving creativity that makes giving back a celebration of the good work happening all around us. Explore nonprofit organizations in the following pages to find a cause that speaks to youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and an invitation to make an impact on the community you love.
GIVING BACK Making a difference in the lives of others.
G I V I N G B AC K : S TA N + D O N N A E DWA R D S S TA N L E Y E D WA R D S was a likeable kid, had a wide circle of friends, and big dreams for the future. “All of his teachers loved him,” says his mother, Donna. “He was athletically talented and academically gifted.” Then the unimaginable happened, and 12-year-old Stanley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. When surgery to remove the tumor resulted in paralysis and learning disabilities, Stanley persevered and overcame adversity as he learned to do everything all over again. Stanley died two years later, in 2002, and his family had to rely on their strong faith community to carry them through very dark days. They wanted to channel their grief
into something positive to honor Stanley. With a generous first donation from Clifford DeBaptiste, the former mayor of West Chester, Stanley’s Dream was born in 2004. Stanley’s Dream strives to fund research on childhood brain cancer and to provide scholarships for graduating seniors. The organization has raised more than $200,000 so far from fundraisers, and although a cure is still elusive, the prognosis is much better now than it was when Stanley was diagnosed. “Many of our scholarship recipients have financial need and are the first in their families to attend college,” says Donna. “Although they may not have 4.0 GPAs, their essays reflect that they share the strong desire for higher education that Stanley had.”
Stanley’s parents, Donna and Stan, are grateful to be under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of the Chester County Community Foundation, which manages the fund. Stanley’s Dream sponsors three annual fundraiser events—a 5K race on New Year’s Day, a dinner and dance, and golf event in August. The Edwards cherish continued contact with Stanley's classmates and love hearing from scholarship recipients. “We want to carry on Stanley’s legacy and bring something positive out of adversity,” says Donna, “to help others and those who loved him.” For more information about Stanley's Dream, visit stanleysdream.org.
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A RT A S S O C I AT I O N 100 North Bradford Avenue 610.696.5600 chestercountyarts.org
M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To be a source of inspiration, creativity, and community by connecting artists, students, patrons, and the wider community to and through art. WHO THEY SERVE As a nonprofit art organization, CCAA serves the entire Chester County community. Their audience ranges in age from 3 to 93, and includes beginning artists, art appreciators, and professional artists. CCAA is dedicated to nurturing creativity in everyone through high-quality arts education, inspiring art exhibitions, and building creative communities.
HOW TO GIVE AND VOLUNTEER Donate directly through PayPal CCAADonations, mail a check, call, or go online at chestercountyarts.org. For volunteer opportunities, call 610.696.5600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. G I F T S T H AT G I V E B A C K • CCAA gift certificates are available in any amount • Art classes + workshops all year long • ShopArt gift stores: artisanal gifts in all mediums including jewelry • CCAA Memberships
I M PAC T S TAT S 750 art classes, workshops, and camps offered annually 7,0 0 0 + students that participate in CCAA art education programs each year 50 unique and inspiring art exhibits hosted annually
20,0 0 0 people annually experience CCAA gallery exhibits, lectures, and artist talks
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C H A M B ER O F CO M M ER C E 137 North High Street 610.696.4046 greaterwestchester.com
M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To focus on helping members build relationships, promote their business, grow their network, address their most serious business challenges, and become an integral part of the community by providing advocacy, resources, and opportunities. WHO THEY SERVE The Chamber services nearly 700 local businesses and entrepreneurs in central Chester County. DID YO U KNOW ? The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based nonprofit organization located in the heart of Chester County. The Chamber’s efforts help businesses grow and prosper. The Chamber’s ThinkShopBuy…LOCAL initiative encourages area residents to purchase goods and services from local businesses, reinvesting more of every dollar back into the community. The organization has a Workforce Development Initiative that focuses on skilled labor recruitment, a Senior Leadership Council for leaders/CEOs to meet and discuss challenges facing the business community, an Internship Development Program partnership with West Chester University, Professional Development programming that offers first-class training, an assortment of Community Events such as QVC West Chester Christmas Parade, Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, and Autumn/Spring Gallery Walks, that engage thousands of guests and generate thousands of dollars in revenue for local businesses. The Chamber advocates for a variety of business principles—an improved tax structure and local economic vitality, improved infrastructure including transit, and training, education, and workforce development.
I M PAC T S TAT S $70 0,0 0 0 : the economic impact of additional sales at local restaurants and shops because of two large single-day events. This includes only out-of-town visitors—indicating that this economic impact was generated solely as a result of the events.
Y M C A OF GREATER BR ANDY WINE WEST CHESTER AREA YMCA | 605 Airport Road 610.431.9622 OSCAR LASKO YMCA & CHILDCARE CENTER | 1 East Chestnut Street 610.696.9622 M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. GOOD THINGS SAID “As a working mom, the Y’s childcare has been a lifesaver. My daughter loves her classes and is learning so much…and I feel happy knowing she is well cared for. I don’t know what I would have done without their financial assistance program; it is a wonderful resource for our community.” —Chai, parent
WHO THEY SERVE The YMCA of Greater Brandywine serves more than 73,000 local members in Chester County, thousands of visitors through the Y’s reciprocity program, as well as brand loyalty which spans more than a century. HOW TO GIVE OR VOLUNTEER Inquire about volunteering online at ymcagbw.org, call 610.643.9622 ext. 2153, or contact Patti Cambell at email@example.com. Y M C A G B W. O R G
I M PAC T S TAT S $3 MILLION financial assistance provided to more than 9,880 individuals and families 3,97 7 kids enjoyed YMCA summer camps 1,808 kids were taught life-saving water safety skills
free memberships to 7th graders through the 7th Grade Initiative
603 tweens and teens were provided a safe haven through the Saturday Night Lights program
Unite for HER 127 East Chestnut Street, First Floor uniteforher.org 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 Unite for HER— our 2018 Social Mission Partner. Please consider supporting them this year.
M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by funding and delivering complementary therapies that support the physical and emotional needs of those with breast cancer during treatment and beyond. Unite for HER educates women and the community about the role of healthy lifestyle choices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness. WHO THEY SERVE Unite for HER serves those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 18 months or are facing metastatic disease. HOW TO GIVE OR VOLUNTEER To donate visit uniteforher.org/donate or send a loved one who is newly diagnosed HER care box at hercarebox.org. GOOD THINGS SAID “I’m a pretty strong person, but after my diagnosis I just felt lost at sea. I was looking for someone to give me a shove in the right direction. That was what Unite for HER did for me—you put me on the track and helped me see where I needed to go. I used my Wellness Passport for acupuncture, hoping that it would help with the neuropathy in my hands and feet. The first two treatments were helpful, and after the third treatment the relief was almost immediate—I walked out and felt like a million bucks! I am so grateful to Unite for HER for allowing me to see this past year as a positive, meaningful time in my life.” — Eileen, woman served at Unite for HER
I M PAC T S TAT S 4,0 0 0 women Unite for HER has served since founded in 2009 1,20 0
newly diagnosed women will receive support from Unite for HER this year through their Wellness Day program at no cost to the participant.
W E S T C H E S T ER FILM FEST firstname.lastname@example.org westchesterfilmfestival.com M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To entertain, enlighten, and educate the public through the presentation of an annual international short film festival in Downtown West Chester, Pennsylvania. W H AT T H E Y D O For three days every April, the West Chester International Short Film Festival showcases the spirit of independent filmmaking and diverse voices from around the world in Downtown West Chester, PA. More than 3,000 film lovers get to enjoy an exciting flurry of short film blocks, workshops led by industry professionals, networking events, fantastic parties, and more! Film submissions are juried by a panel of industry professionals. HOW TO GIVE OR VOLUNTEER See their website for details about sponsorship levels, perks, and more information. Custom sponsorships are also available! Email email@example.com or visit westchesterfilmfestival.com/sponsorship/becomeasponsor.
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490 Lancaster Ave, Frazer 610.644.6323 wingsforsuccess.org M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To empower women in need to pursue employment and economic security through apparel, advice, and advocacy. WHO THEY SERVE Women who are struggling to buy clothes appropriate for employment while balancing needs for food, rent, and childcare. More than 70% of clients come from referral partners working with women in the midst of vulnerable situations—be it escaping domestic violence, recovering from addiction, returning from active duty in the military, an unexpected layoff, or disability . HOW TO GIVE OR VOLUNTEER Donate online or via mail—opportunities are listed in detail on the website at wingsforsuccess.org. GOOD THINGS SAID “The women at Wings didn't make me feel less. They didn't pity me. They surrounded me to lift me up.” —Terry, Wings for Success client
WESTSIDE CO M M U N I T Y C EN T ER 430 Hannum Avenue 484.484.4910 westsidecommunitycenterwc.org M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To empower families and youth academically, socially, and spiritually, inspiring them to take on leadership roles in their community. WHO THEY SERVE Youth and families in the West Chester community. W H AT T H E Y D O Through the After-School Program, Skate Spot, Community Garden, and various other programs, the Westside Community Center seeks to ask the question “What God-given gifts, or ‘assets’, do you possess that can be used to improve your life and the lives of those around you”? The Westside Community Center is a safe place where students and families are encouraged and empowered amidst the various stresses of life. HOW TO GIVE BACK OR VOLUNTEER Visit westsidecommunitycenterwc.org or call 610.314.4327.
F R I EN D S A S S O C I AT I O N 113 West Chestnut Street 610.431.3598 friendsassoc.org M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To promote the independence of families with children by providing shelter, programs, and services that prevent and end homelessness in Chester County. W H AT W E D O Through Emergency Family Shelter, Homeless Prevention Programs, and their newest program, Outreach to Homeless Families, they address the needs of a wide range of families, from those who have become homeless to those who only need rental assistance for a limited time. WHO THEY SERVE Homeless or near homeless children and their families.
HOW TO GIVE BACK OR VOLUNTEER To donate in the form of dollars, gift cards, or household items, contact Robin Meixner, Development Director at 610.431.3598 ext. 204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat Dessert. SUPPORT T WO G RE AT C AUSES .
Every time someone orders their Triple Chocolate Hill dessert, Iron Hill donates $1.50— $.75 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and $.75 goes to a local community cause chosen by West Chester’s General Manager. And thanks to how delicious this creation is, they have raised more than $225,000!
CURESE ARCH FOR CHILDRE N ’ S C ANCE R . CureSearch is a national nonprofit that accelerates the search for cures for children’s cancer by driving innovation, overcoming research barriers, and solving the field’s most challenging problems. CureSearch funds only the most promising childhood cancer research to deliver the potential for every child to lead a long, healthy life. For more information visit curesearch.org.
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Local Events Holiday Weekend Events in Downtown West Chester
CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIN on the WEST CHESTER RAILROAD DECEMBER 2 & 9, 2018 | 8AM
HOLIDAY VILLAGE NOVEMBER 30, 2018 | 5–9PM
FIRST FRIDAY DECEMBER 7, 2018
BRANDYWINE BALLET presents THE NUTCRACKER AT WCU DECEMBER 7-9 & 13-16, 2018
QVC WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE NOVEMBER 30, 2018 | 7:15PM
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE BREAKFAST DECEMBER 13, 2018 | 7:45AM
JINGLE ELF RUN NOVEMBER 30, 2018 | 6:30PM
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at THE CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY DECEMBER 1, 2018 | 8:30AM & 10AM
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DECEMBER 1, 2018 | 10AM-3PM
SANTA’S EXPRESS on the WEST CHESTER RAILROAD SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS DECEMBER 1–23, 2018
RTC presents LEND ME A TENOR AT UPTOWN! DECEMBER 14-30, 2018
WCU LIVE! presents CASHORE MARIONETTES SIMPLE GIFTS DECEMBER 15, 2018 | 2PM
PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION at UPTOWN! DECEMBER 31, 2018 | 7:30PM
UPTOWN! SPEAKER SERIES presents GOODNIGHT LADIES JANUARY 15, 2019 | 6:30PM BETTER THAN BACON: IMPROV COMEDY at UPTOWN! JANUARY 18, 2019 | 7:30PM
HYPNOTIZING AMERICA with TIM MILLER AT UPTOWN! JANUARY 26, 2019 | 6:30PM
JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR at UPTOWN! PAULA JOHNS PRESENTS “THE LOOK OF LOVE” FEBRUARY 15, 2019 | 6:30PM
WCU LIVE! presents “MARRIED TO BROADWAY” FEBRUARY 15, 2019 | 7:30PM
WCU LIVE! presents THE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY OF IRELAND: RHYTHM OF THE DANCE MARCH 8, 2019 | 7:30PM
O N T H E F O L LOW I N G PA G E S , you’ll find our Community Supporters—businesses committed to a thriving Downtown. Although they may not be located in the Borough, they believe in the power of buying local and shopping small. Take time this winter to visit these businesses—and tell them you found them in Fig!
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“THEY ARE A TREMENDOUS B L E S S I N G ,” Carl Edwards, CrossNet youth center director, says of Fred and Eileen Eck and Don and Lois Aldrich. “They do the hard work behind the scenes, setting up and tearing down for the community meal.”
Holland community looking for hot food and fellowship. The event, funded by donations from residents and staff through the Swipe Out Hunger initiative, is just one way Garden Spot Village lives with purpose and contributes to the community.
On the fourth Monday night of each month, a team from Garden Spot Village coordinates a group of volunteers who serve a free meal to people in the New
Learn more about the ways Garden Spot Village connects with CrossNet Ministries to impact the community at gardenspotvillage.org/blog.
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Y E S , YO U R E A D T H AT R I G H T. Western Delaware County may have some of the best retail stores and food, but it’s also home to another well-known local establishment: the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake. With more than a dozen specialties represented at the Center—including orthopedics, hand, general surgery, and ophthalmology—their surgeons and dedicated team work together to provide the best patient care experience and outcomes possible. Their beautifully appointed outpatient center in Glen Mills overlooks the surrounding wooded area and offers plenty of free parking. Plus, it’s a stone’s throw from all of those excellent shops and restaurants.
They have served our community for more than 10 years, and are adding new services all the time. To learn more, call 484.846.5100 or visit crozerkeystone.org/Brinton-Lake-Surgery CROZERKEYSTONE.ORG
Part 4: Patti Brennan THE FIRST THREE PARTS of this series on Patti Brennan, CFP, President of Key Financial, Inc., have traced her inspirational story from the company’s humble but passionately client-focused beginnings in her laundry room. Brennan weathered the financial crisis by holding on to core values and committing to seeing her team and her clients through the storm. Today the growing company is looking to the future as it continues to invest generously in the community and prepares the next generation of leaders to continue to serve clients with wisdom and care. Bringing Brennan’s story up to the present moment is, therefore, only the beginning. She’s been building a legacy for nearly thirty years, and she’s quick to credit successes, brilliant ideas, and innovations to her team, her “intellectual capital.” She’s also committed to supporting and encouraging the professional development of every employee. Key Client Specialist Liz Miller, for example, began her career in the financial industry and then took time off to raise her children.
She reentered the workforce as a teacher in a private preschool, but when her youngest was in middle school and her oldest started college, she had more time to reflect on her future. For years, she had watched and respected the career of her longtime friend and neighbor, Patti Brennan, and asked her for advice. “I’d love to hire you,” Brennan said. Miller was delighted to join the team and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s grateful not only for this opportunity but also for Brennan’s support and for the ways she challenges her and pushes her out of her comfort zone. With Brennan’s encouragement, she’s studying to become the firm’s Compliance expert. “It’s not just a job,” Miller says. “It’s a career, and it’s a family. I love coming to work every day.” Since starting at Key Financial more than 14 years ago, Eric Fuhrman, Chief Planning Officer, has received his CFP as well as his MBA and Master’s in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University with Brennan’s encouragement. “We are living in an era where knowledge and information are the new commodities,” Fuhrman says. “Patti
is committed to delivering an exceptional experience for our clients and is keenly aware that it begins by elevating her staff. Her advocacy for professional development represents a core principle, which is born from an altruistic ambition to help her people and her clients succeed.” Brennan’s mission in this series has been to lift up fellow female entrepreneurs. Her final piece of advice—for the female entrepreneurs she’s sponsored throughout this series and for anyone in business—is this: “Invest in your talent—it’s worth it!”
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“I changed careers 30 years ago to follow my desire to help people manage all aspects of their money. It doesn’t matter what odds may be stacked against you – a plan backed up with passion makes it well worth it. Catherine’s story is nothing short of inspirational. Anyone who thinks it’s too late to follow a dream should take one look at Catherine and believe!” – PAT T I B R E N N A N
Catherine Seisson of La Baguette Magique IN THE PREDAWN SILENCE, Catherine Seisson begins each day kneading, breathing in the reassuring fragrance of yeast. She’s grateful for this task that requires her all and gives meaning, wisdom, and life. Seisson’s story is seasoned with resilience, faith, and love. A native of Lyon, Seisson completed her PhD in languages and built a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. She enjoyed international travel, ran transversal global projects, and her path seemed set and secure. But after losing her first husband and facing her son’s diagnosis of severe brain damage that, the doctors said, meant he would never walk or write, Seisson began learning to “live with what is, and not what you hoped would be.” She worked part-time to care for and travel with her son and adopted a second child. The company became a huge conglomerate and, she says, “I was losing the meaning. I needed something real that brought me closer to people.”
So Seisson took a year off to attend school for baking and found the connection she’d been missing. She also found Patrick, a CEO turned chef. They were married in Philadelphia, and together they looked to open La Baguette Magique. “West Chester had all the goods—a vibrant small town and great community, students, the library, hospital—everything except bread!” Although Seisson has earned numerous awards, her satisfied customers are her best reward. “Bread is all about sharing,” she says. She’s grateful to all the people in her life who have been “little bridges” of support in just the right moments. Seisson’s son overcame the odds and is now in his second year at university. “He taught me about courage and resilience.” Seisson wants both of her children to remember that if they’re not deeply happy, changes are always possible. “To make real, hard choices requires faith and overcoming fears.”
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