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Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community

West Chester The Changemakers Issue


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M O R E T H A N A V I D E O P R O D U C T I O N C O M PA N Y, Tailor Made Media believes in using their business for good. Recently, owner Chris Cotter made his second trip to Kakuma, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Located in Kenya, Kakuma is the temporary home for almost 150,000 refugees. You may not think you would find a thriving community of hopeful filmmakers there, but Chris found many profound and talented students who were eager to share their art of storytelling through spoken word and filmmaking. Through his partnership with an organization called FilmAid, Chris and his crew instructed a group of 20 students, honing their skills in media, writing, and a focus on storytelling through filmmaking. These students were empowered to share their refugee stories in the most powerful form. Tailor Made Films has a passion for giving back through funding projects like these. If you would like to share your story through the art of film, contact them at tailormademedia.com.

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Changemakers

with heart

Sharing stories of local people and businesses that are driving change through big ideas, social entrepreneurship, and passion for their community.

giving back Making a difference by giving their time: Jason and Kari Matthews PA G E 4 3

authentic Leading the way through community connection: Angeline May PA G E 9 IN THIS ISSUE

making change

social mission partner

How local leaders and business owners have paved the way for a thriving community.

We are thrilled to introduce our 2019 Social Mission Partner: Brandywine Valley SPCA.

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And of course,

great shopping, dining, arts, events, and community— as always. KEEP READING

spring events

business for good

Spring is in the air! Use our events guide to plan your calendar.

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce shares several local businesses who are giving back in impactful ways.

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On the Cover: A peek inside align.Space, West Chester’s newest co-working space—reimagined from its former life as the historic Farmers and Mechanics building.

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C R E AT E D A N D P R O D U C E D BY F I G I N D U S T R I E S Creative thinkers and makers with a forever mission of Design For Good. Learn more about our mission and meet our team at figindustries.com. PUBLISHER Fig Industries REGIONAL DIRECTOR Brianna Carlisle SALES DIRECTOR Becky Galante DESIGNERS Melissa McDade Ian Berg Josh Seibert Meg Yoder Alexandria Shope Intern CONTRIBUTOR Malcolm Johnstone Elle Steinman

WRITER Tara Smith PHOTOGRAPHERS Karlo Gesner Matthew Tennison C O M M U N I C AT I O N S Erin Cusack Tina Interrante C O M M U N I T Y PA RT N E R S Business Improvement District Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Chester Country Art Association Tailor Made Media

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Thank you to The West Chester Business Improvement District. With their generous support, we are pleased to present this issue of Fig West Chester.

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A NOTE FROM FIG

A Town in Bloom SPRING IS HERE! We wait all year to sit on the bench in Everhart Park that canopies us under the most glorious pink trees. We count down the days until we can enjoy a beer on the Iron Hill patio. We look forward to enjoying the Spring Gallery Walk without coats! And Carlino’s debuts their famous Raisin Easter Bread Loaf. Metaphorically speaking, the theme of this issue aligns perfectly with the tidings of spring—new life awakens, landscapes change, and the seeds that were planted in the past are now blooming. Can you feel the energy in West Chester? It’s buzzing with opportunity, redevelopment, big ideas, and even bigger enthusiasm. In this issue, Fig celebrates Changemakers. In addition, we recognize the innovative and generous spirit of our downtown business community. We are a town of changemakers, placemakers, and businesses who are thinking beyond profit and toward building a community for good. We are a town known for investing, dreaming, and making changes that keep us moving forward. Changemaker is a term inspired by social entrepreneurship, and it refers to one who not only desires to see change in the world but who also, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen. Among these pages, we are thrilled to showcase some of the people and businesses who embody that very mindset.

From the local families who invested their hearts and souls into opening small businesses, to the companies that have reimagined historic spaces in a big way—countless ideas and projects have led us to the intentional, sustainable community we are today. The mission of Fig is to shine a light on the small businesses, organizations, and people who are bringing something special to our town. We have had the honor of documenting the growth and evolution of West Chester for the past seven years. Four times per year, we lovingly curate a lookbook for you. These books are a snapshot in time and a keepsake for your coffee tables. We hope that, with each new issue, you find yourself inspired to jump into the action, plant seeds, and add your own chapter to this ever growing story. May your spring season be filled with big ideas that bloom. BRIANNA CARLISLE, BECKY GALANTE, AND THE FIG INDUSTRIES TEAM


Social Mission: Brandywine Valley SPCA 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 the Brandywine Valley SPCA— our 2019 Social Mission Partner. Please consider supporting them this year.

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AUTHENTIC Leading the way through innovation and example.

Authentic: Angeline May ANGELINE MAY IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING WOMEN to understand and embrace their value so they can make a greater impact as business owners and as leaders. Because the potential of that changemaking impact is exponential, she founded WomenWillpower—an alliance of people who believe in helping women thrive. Angeline’s journey reflects this search for value and impact. As a student at West Chester Friends School, she absorbed the formative values of equality, community, and stewardship. The creation of a foundation after her brother’s tragic death helped her begin to see possibilities for opportunity in the midst of challenge. After graduating from a women’s college, she traveled and worked in finance and business management while also studying art and design. “I was thoroughly immersed in both spaces,” she says, “but I thought those diverse interests were a weakness.” As a business owner, she’s also felt alone and in need of help. “I didn’t want to admit what I didn’t know,” she says. “Then I realized I knew women who had solved these problems and they wanted to help me!” In launching WomenWillpower, Angeline has hit that sweet spot where her values, passions, and experience converge. “I've always loved connecting people and bringing ideas to life. As participants help each other grow, it changes the story for all of us.” The members are focused on growth, mentoring, and collective empowerment. “We gather in small circles and follow a carefully crafted format that fosters respect and a positive flow of engagement,” she says. “We share our stories. We celebrate our value. What quickly comes to light is the tremendous impact we’ve already made (hint: it’s more than you think) and the connections in the room—to build our future.” WomenWillpower offers membership, a smallbusiness-impact track, and an expert corps who share their knowledge and experience. Angeline invites women to try a session using the link: womenwillpower.com/attend, or call 610.291.3972.

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M U S T- V I S I T NEIGHBORHOOD ASSETS ST. AGNES CHURCH WEST CHESTER PUBLIC LIBR ARY WEST CHESTER GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB NEW HAVEN PIZZ A OOH L A L A HAIR & NAIL SALON IRON HILL BREWERY

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Northwest Quadrant the borough's


I N T H E F I N A L S E G M E N T of this four-part tour through her beloved Borough, Jean Gross, Keller Williams Realtor and longtime West Chester resident, shares two of her favorite local hangouts as well as some of the wonderful history and architecture of the Northwest Quadrant. In 1793, Stephen Moylan, an aidede-camp to General George Washington, bought the site where St. Agnes Church now stands. The original church was called Christ Church, and the beautiful neoGothic structure that stands today was constructed in 1926. “St. Agnes is a big part of life in West Chester Borough,” Jean says, “and it’s so awe inspiring both inside and out!” St. Agnes holds particularly special memories for Jean, since she was married there in 1974 and her son was christened there. The parochial school next door was designed by William Strickland and built in 1833. Jean has sold many beautiful homes near the West Chester Public Library, which was built in 1888 on land donated by Hannah Darlington. “Its Queen Anne-style architecture and original Tiffany stained-glass windows are beyond beautiful,” Jean says. “It’s a treasure and, like St. Agnes Church, is a fixture in town.” The extensive, thoughtful renovation and expansion, completed in 2005, enables the library to continue to serve the community with varied and engaging programs for all ages. Jean also enjoys the library’s annual Holiday Home Tour and has hosted her home on it as well. West Chester Golf and Country Club, established in 1897, has a rich history, Jean says, and is the only country club located in a borough. The member-owned club boasts

a beautiful nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, and other facilities. New Haven Pizza, at 18 North Church Street, is a family-owned business that has been serving satisfied customers since 1970. Jean has been enjoying their Italian stromboli with sweet peppers for 45 years. “I always get the same thing,” she laughs. “They also have the most delicious pizza in town.” Jean has been a loyal customer at Ooh La La Hair & Nail Salon, also on North Church Street, for 15 years. “It’s my Saturday morning fun me time,” she says. “Everyone is so talented, and they ‘paint’ strawberries on my toes all summer long. The owner, Theresa Brewer, makes my time there so enjoyable.” Jean has experienced many changes downtown. She remembers going in to Woolworth’s soda fountain to have a hamburger and a milkshake at the lunch counter. “When Iron Hill Brewery opened in 1998 in the old Woolworth’s building, the downtown area was not what it is today!” she says. “I believe this restaurant kicked-started the renaissance in the Borough that makes West Chester a destination.”

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This neighborhood profile is sponsored by Jean Gross. Interested in finding a home in the Northwest Quadrant or beyond? Contact Jean to help find your perfect home.

There’s much to celebrate in all four quadrants of West Chester Borough—its rich history, its vibrant present, and its promising future.

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One thing we know for sure—West Chester is full of big hearts and big ideas. It’s full of changemakers, placemakers, and business owners who are thinking beyond profit margins and intentionally building a sustainable community to thrive in. In this special section, you’ll find a collection of these stories. Stories that showcase the people and businesses who are driving change through their investments, big ideas, social entrepreneurship, and genuine love for our town.

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align.Space CO-WORKING SPACE

CHAD WILLIAMS AND JOHN R AT L I F F, co-founders of the strategic

consulting and boutique investment banking firm align5, have brought the 1908 Farmers and Mechanics Building back to life and created a unique co-working and event space called align.Space. The building’s transformation also reflects exciting developments in West Chester’s business culture. The vision of align.Space is to build a creative business hub in Chester County. “We’re passionate about business and entrepreneurship,” Chad says. “We want to serve other entrepreneurs and help them turn their business dreams into reality by providing a beautiful, creative

space and high-value content for the 21st century of business.” align.Space offers flexible co-working memberships so people can learn and grow, personally and professionally, and generate ideas, relationships, and opportunities. Most memberships offer 24/7 access to the space with no longterm commitments—along with complimentary coffee and snacks. Co-working options range from a literal seat at a table to private offices for individuals or teams. align.Space also has multiple conference rooms, with world-class A/V, which can be rented by non-members as well. align.Space’s unique event space,

combining modern accents with thoughtfully preserved elements of the old bank building, is ideally suited for both business gatherings and social events. This space, like the conference rooms, is available to members and non-members alike. align.Space has already hosted numerous community events, and plans are in the works for happy hours, music events, and art shows. The possible uses for the space, Chad says, are endless. “West Chester is a gem with so much to offer,” Chad says, “and we’re excited to be part of it and to develop community partnerships as the Borough continues to evolve.”

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say owners Pat and Laura Carlino. “We believe in the process of artisan food, the origin, the transformation, and how it’s shared.” Offering homecooked food using time-honored recipes and freshly sourced ingredients is a tribute to their family legacy, which inspires everything they do.

serving someone a hot cup of coffee. “We’ve been part of so many family events, from weddings to holiday parties. Also, our homemade food provides comfort to those going through tough times. To be part of people’s lives is really special to us and a huge point of pride.” Giving back to organizations like Safe Harbor and the Calliope Joy Foundation is also important to the Carlino family.

That sense of family extends to their employees and customers, too. “When a customer walks into Carlino’s, we want them to feel like family,” they say, whether they’re catering a wedding or

Carlino’s has been in business in Ardmore since 1983, and they’ve been a mainstay on Market Street since 2008, when they fell in love with West Chester as it was then and also envisioned its potential.

“ F O O D A N D FA M I LY I S O U R B U S I N ES S A N D O U R PA S S I O N , ”

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That vision has become reality, they say, thanks to all “the people and businesses that work together to bring people from all over Chester County into our beautiful (and still growing!) downtown.” Thanks to Carlino’s new e-commerce division, “a family in Kansas City can now serve our lasagna for their holiday dinner, and a woman in Seattle, who hasn’t had Italian Easter pie since childhood, can share a new tradition with her growing family.” But some traditions and values are timeless. As Mama Carlino said, “everything you do must come from the heart.”


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performing arts in downtown West Chester was no easy feat. The dream began in 2010, when an enthusiastic group of changemakers began holding performances in a variety of spaces all over town to raise awareness, support, and funds. Five years later, the process of renovating the historic National Guard Armory on North High Street into a state-of-the-art performance venue began. The dream became a reality when Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center opened its doors in 2017.

Today, Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center offers a full calendar of events including live theater, music, comedy, renowned speakers, film, and a theater school for children. Because of this diverse programming and wide outreach, the theater has become a central community gathering place that not only fosters a love of the arts, but also drives brand new audiences downtown to dine and shop. Annual memberships at various levels are vital to the success of the theater, which enhances the quality

of life in West Chester, promotes arts education, and supports the local economy. Each contribution helps to underwrite daily operations and keep ticket prices affordable. As Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center looks to the future in anticipation of more sold-out performances and new community collaborations, organizers urge patrons to “Find what you love and come back often. There’s something for everyone.” Visit uptownwestchester.org for a complete listing of spring events to enjoy.

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JA M I E J O N ES , owner of WhirlAway

Travel, is passionate about connecting people to new experiences, cultures, foods, and wildlife to change their perceptions of the world. “Travel is humbling,” she says, “and it affects your soul.” WhirlAway’s custom services help people see the world in a way that most cannot do on their own. Jamie’s mother bought the agency 33 years ago, but Jamie had no interest in the travel industry herself because she thought it was a dying industry. She worked in social services, but when she had children of her own she wanted a

change. “Little did I know that my mom passed down the travel passion and I fell in love with it!” she says. The travel industry, she knows now, is alive and well. “We’re able to do so much more than book a trip because of our insider knowledge and access,” Jamie says. WhirlAway’s expert team creates incredible experiences and memories for clients, in addition to saving them valuable time. Collectively, they have more than 100 years of experience and are focused on value, service, and making sure every client is a good fit for their consultative travel services.

Jamie’s fondest memories are of traveling with her family—from Grand Cayman to Paris and climbing Coba with her kids. She’s a vegan and animal lover and was recently featured in the New York Times as an expert on vegan and vegetarian travel. She’s also highly engaged in her industry and sits on the Board of Directors of Signature Travel Network. “Many people are amazed we still exist,” she says. While WhirlAway’s business model and services have changed over the years, the value they provide has not. Customized travel, end-to-end experiences, and memories are priceless.

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The Master's Baker CHAD WELDON W H E N J E R I E W E L D O N B EG A N S E L L I N G CA K ES from her home 50

though. Every cake is still baked from scratch with love, Jerie’s not-so-secret ingredient, and they’re still known for excellent customer service and attention to detail. And each one of Jerie’s trademark buttercream roses is still fashioned around a gumdrop.

The Master’s Baker has grown remarkably since Jerie’s youngest son, Chad, and his wife Rebecca took over eight years ago. They employ 12 full-time people and host customized cake-tasting experiences, offer baking classes, and are adding an event space. Their talented pastry chefs can also create gluten and dairy-free and vegan cakes. Some things haven’t changed,

Although all six Weldon kids grew up washing dishes, flipping cakes out of pans, and attending bridal shows, Chad never planned to stay in the family business. He pursued a degree in landscape design. Then one day in 2010, newly married and sitting on the porch swing with his parents, Chad agreed to take it on. “I’m a dreamer,” he says, and he’s brought innovation and energy to expanding the business.

years ago, she couldn’t have imagined that her business would become a nationally recognized and multi-awardwinning bakery creating thousands of wedding and party cakes annually.

“Growth brings some sleepless nights,” he admits, “but it also brings blessings, like being able to give back to the community.” A food pantry box on the outside wall of their West Gay Street building helps local families and enables people to share with those in need. TMB supports numerous charities, including the Westside Community Center, Young Life, and Unite for Her. Chad and Rebecca also enjoy continuing the legacy. They love, for example, to meet with brides whose mothers’ cakes were created by Jerie. And it’s still a family enterprise. The Weldons’ baby son and two daughters are perfecting the art of taste testing.

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Iron Hill BREWERY & RESTAURANT

I T ’ S H A R D TO I M AG I N E N OW, but

in 1998 when the three co-founders of Iron Hill first came to West Chester with a view to opening a restaurant here, all four corner buildings at the intersection of High and Gay Streets were empty. They joked about tumbleweeds blowing down the streets at dusk. With only a few other restaurants in town, they weren’t convinced West Chester was a good fit for the second Iron Hill location. Shortly afterwards, however, they returned for the Christmas parade—and they saw that people would come into town for a great event (or restaurant). So they set to work transforming the old Woolworth’s building into a restaurant and brewery—and that

investment initiated the transformation of downtown West Chester. Iron Hill’s mission is to inspire loyalty, in both guests and employees. “Great employees make for a successful business, and that translates to our guests.” The partners—Kevin Finn, Kevin Davies, and Mark Edelson—want everyone, whether they’re regulars or first-time guests, to feel a sense of belonging and to experience something fresh. “If you’re not a regular guest already, we hope to make you one,” they say. Being part of the fabric of the community is one of Iron Hill’s core values. Through their Give 20 (percent) program, numerous hyper-local charities

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partner with Iron Hill to raise money for their groups. Iron Hill also worked with the Chamber as a founding partner for the annual Criterium bike race, where they continue to showcase West Chester as the title sponsor of the featured Pro-Am cycling event. In addition, Iron Hill West Chester donates $0.75 ($1.50 total) to both CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and The Delaware Valley Children’s Charity for every Triple Chocolate Hill dessert sold, every day. With such warm hospitality, great food, award-winning beer, and a rich double fudge brownie that gives back, there’s no longer any danger of tumbleweeds rolling down Gay Street.


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the entertainment industry,” says Mike Windish, “and in Chester County we have all the resources we need within arm’s reach to create the very best entertainment in the world.” Literally, Windish Music and Productions brings the world to West Chester and also brings entertainment to the world. The award-winning, world-class live entertainment company is dedicated to producing memorable events. Whether it’s a wedding, a corporate or holiday event, or an award-winning production for a theater, resort, theme park, or cruise ship, Windish provides everything from performers to sound,

lighting, and staging. “From concept to curtain call, we oversee the process with great attention to detail,” Mike says. Mike began his career as a music teacher and cut his teeth in show production and live entertainment at Hersheypark. “What makes Windish unique is the scope of our vision and experience,” he says. “We travel across the US seeking talent and travel the world with our performing groups.” One of the ways Windish fulfills its mission to put live arts and entertainment in the foreground of the community is through its work with Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

“So much unique creativity happens here,” Mike says. Their monthly Dueling Piano series, for example, is a regular sellout in addition to larger concerts. Windish also oversees all technical needs for this three-venue arts center. While Windish is expanding and enhancing the entertainment culture of West Chester and the greater Philadelphia area, it’s also physically expanding to add 4,500 square feet of rehearsal studio space. “Many projects will come to life here,” Mike says, as Windish continues to pay homage to the community’s incredible history while also delighting audiences with fresh and innovative offerings.

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Kaplans Fine Jewelry F O R 4 1 Y E A R S , Kaplans Fine Jewelry

in downtown West Chester has helped people celebrate their lives and express their love. Ivan and Lisa Kaplan and their son Evan are committed to quality and to caring for their customers. “Our mission is to listen and translate our customers’ wishes and ideas into beautiful and enduring objects,” says Ivan. The secret to their longevity as a small family-owned business is “nothing fancy,” says Ivan—a friendly smile, a listening ear, loyal customers they treat like family, and long hours of hard work and going the extra mile (once that meant delivering wedding bands

in a snowstorm). “We love what we do,” says Evan. “We work nights and weekends to ensure every customer gets five-star treatment.” Evan represents the third generation in the family business, and they’re honored to serve second- and thirdgenerations of customers, too. Lisa loves seeing the longevity of Ivan’s handcrafted pieces. “He’s dedicated to his craft, spending countless hours crouched over a bench finishing every piece by hand.” She’s also proud of their son. “He’s learning and loving the business. He’s talented and very good at relating to clients and employees.”

The Kaplans are deeply rooted in the community, and giving back to numerous nonprofits, including SHiNE and the WCU Scholarship Fund, is an important part of their mission. Over the years, they’ve witnessed downtown West Chester’s transformation. When they bought their building in 1993, Lisa says, “Market Street might as well have been Siberia.” For the Kaplans, everything comes back to their customers. “We believe that every jewelry purchase is precious, no matter how much the piece costs,” says Lisa. “We treat everyone’s jewelry as though it were our own.”

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Balance Hair Spa Studio WEST CHESTER STUDIO TEAM “ O U R G OA L AT B A L A N C E H A I R S PA

is to provide a place where clients can enjoy a salon or spa service with beauty professionals who take pride in what they do,” say co-owners Biff Piner and Thomas Crisp. Having opened Balance Hair Spa in Exton in 2007, they say West Chester was an obvious fit for opening their boutique studio location in 2013, where they perform hair, makeup, and facial waxing services. “We’re city people at heart and love the city vibe in West Chester.” Beauty professionals at Balance stay cutting-edge by attending monthly workshops on new products and

techniques taught by educators from all over the country. The team is also diverse. “Many ethnic groups are overlooked and have little to no representation in the Philadelphia suburbs,” Biff says. “Our stylists learn how to work with different hair types and textures.” Balance’s own line of beauty products, including shampoos, conditioners, and styling products for all hair types, are 100% vegan, paraben- and sulfatefree, and safe for color-treated hair. Biff and Thomas worked hard to find a manufacturer that shared their high standards, and they plan to grow the line and improve on existing

products to ensure clients receive the best quality at the best value. Balance gives back to the community in many different ways, from donations to nonprofits to hosting fundraisers for local homeless shelters, and the team donate their services for the Unite for Her Bloom Fashion Show. “Our stylists have also come in on their days off to do hair for homeless women who are in need of some pampering,” Biff says. “The staff take the time to get to know each client and make them feel at home,” Biff says. “We build relationships with our clients and they become part of our family.”

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Introducing the Next Generation of Care. We’re undergoing our largest expansion yet, implementing programmatic innovation to bring new possibilities for all who come to us for care. With 250,000 square feet of progressive design, we’re not only building a better space for healing, we’re defining the future of medicine in our community. Another reason your life is worth Penn Medicine.

See what’s coming. ChesterCountyHospital.org/Expansion


Chester County Hospital 2020 VISION: CHESTER COUNTY HOSPITAL SETS EYES ON ITS LARGEST EXPANSION YET

I N 2 0 2 0 , Chester County Hospital

will complete a 250,000 square-foot expansion and 26,000 square-foot renovation plan that will make worldclass health care accessible to all of Chester County. The project will include 15 state-of-theart operating rooms, three high-tech labs for cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology, and new areas for interventional cardiology and preadmission testing. These additions will aid the hospital’s nationally recognized medical staff, nurses, and care teams in providing the highest quality care possible to patients. The expansion will also include a 99-bed tower featuring private patient rooms for peaceful healing, an expanded Emergency Department with 13 additional rooms for expedited care, a new community pharmacy, calming public spaces and interior courtyard, and additional dining and shopping options

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in the new café bistro and gift shop.

C O L L A B O R AT I O N A N D P L A N N I N G Planning an expansion of this size and complexity requires consensus building among multiple stakeholders. To get a true idea of the time and effort that has been invested, imagine the undertaking as an iceberg and the construction as the tip that sits above the water’s surface. We physically only see a small part of the larger picture. For more than two years, beginning in 2015, the hospital engaged architects, clinicians, and other stakeholders to seek their input on areas throughout the hospital, including the operating rooms, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, patient rooms, and Emergency Department. Both 3D models and full-scale mock-ups were utilized to test and ensure that the design was optimized for the experience of both the medical provider and the patient.

The planning committee also incorporated concepts from evidencebased design to plan for the ultimate healing environment. For example, operational flow mapping from the patient experience perspective revealed opportunities to eliminate unnecessary steps, allowing caregivers to provide more effective direct patient care. The design meetings concluded before the start of construction. Similar planning sessions are expected to begin in the coming months, but this time they will address how to best incorporate new and updated spaces into the rest of the hospital so they function seamlessly.

D ES I G N I N G A B E T T E R S PAC E FOR HEALING The expansion will promote an environment that fosters healing by giving patients and their families choice and control, and offers care providers a compelling place to work.


World class health care for all

This new space will resonate with the needs of patients, families, and medical providers and will support the values of a community-based hospital. Chester County will benefit from having urban innovation right here in the suburbs. The expansion will allow more space for the most sophisticated medical procedures, provide more personalized care for inpatients, increase the patient care space in the Emergency Department, and allow local residents and the surrounding communities to stay close to home to receive the highest quality of care.

“The community we serve relies on our mission-based approach to care, our reputation for quality, and our history of providing advanced clinical services," said Michael J. Duncan, President and CEO of Chester County Hospital. “This expansion project, which is a testament to Chester County Hospital's partnership with Penn Medicine, highlights the hospital's and the health system's commitments to expand lifesaving treatments and programs in the community. The venture also

accommodates anticipated growth and will continue the hospital's movement towards world-class health care for all of Chester County," Michael added. It is an elegant, forward-looking design rooted in the hospital’s architectural tradition as well as its lasting mission: To be the leading provider of care in the region and a national model for quality, service excellence, and fiscal stewardship. For more information, visit ChesterCountyHospital.org/Expansion

701 EAST MARSHALL STREET, WEST CHESTER 610.738.2300 CHESTERCOUNT YHOSPITAL .ORG

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 film starring Steve Martin, takes us to The French Riviera for hijinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightful score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards. RTC'S MISSION IN WEST CHESTER: The Resident Theatre Company, or RTC, produces professional musicals and plays bringing in actors and designers from New York and Philadelphia. In addition to producing 3 shows per season, they run a teen training program called “RTC Rising Stars,” and work to bring theatre to people who might not ordinarily be able to see a show. RTC’s mission is to create a thriving, inclusive artistic community through live performance.

Season 3 will be announced on opening night of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

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 or the box office for details and tickets.

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F I G ' S P A T R O N O F T H E A R T S , Dr. Timothy Blair, currently serves as Executive Director at WEmusic Inc. of WL Global Corporation with offices in Manhattan, Shanghai, and Budapest. He previously served in higher education for 30 years, with 20 years as dean of music and the arts at West Chester University. Dr. Blair is proud to sponsor these latest pages in our series of featured local artistic and cultural anchors. The Chester County Community Foundation and Resident Theatre Company recognize Dr. Blair for his generosity and his passionate support of arts and culture in Chester County.

INFO@RTCWC.ORG RTCWC.ORG


MEET THE

ARTISTS CHESTER COUNTY

STUDIO TOUR SATURDAY, MAY 18 • SUNDAY, MAY 19 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist: Siobhan Bedford

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chester County Studio Tour invites art enthusiasts and the curious to meet and interact with a variety of outstanding artists as they exhibit their works during our annual, highly-anticipated two-day event. This unique opportunity is FREE to the public, and presents to visitors a clearer understanding of the participating artists’ stories and their creative processes.

COUNTYSTUDIOTOUR.COM

P 610-942-9629 • E info@countystudiotour.com

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(Left to Right) Dave Fairman, Director of Membership; Bethany Kopp, Event & Program Manager; Mark Yoder, President & CEO; Jeff Zajac, Marketing & Communications Manager

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce is a membership based not-for-profit organization serving nearly 700 local businesses and entrepreneurs in central Chester County. By advocating for a variety of business principles

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including improved tax structure, infrastructure, education, and workforce development, the chamber’s efforts contribute to the overall economic stability of the community. In addition, their focus is to help members build

137 NORTH HIGH STREET 610.696.4046 GREATERWESTCHESTER.COM

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.


Chamber Initiatives: WO R K FO RC E D E V E LO PM E NT This Task Force will bring together members of our educational institutions (WCASD, WCU, Delaware County Community College, TCHS, CCIU), business community, and supporting agencies. The Chamber will endeavor to address the following issues: • Job Forecast: What is the outlook for employment in Chester County? • Industry Demand: Which specific industries are driving growth? • Demand Gaps: Where are workforce gaps expected in the future? • Education Supply: What is the education and talent supply? • Workforce perception: What is the current perception of post-secondary choices?

PRO FE S S I O N A L D E V E LO PM E NT Offering the best in ongoing educational programming, the Chamber has an impressive portfolio of offerings to accommodate their member’s needs, interests, and availability. The goal is to be a first-class resource for like-minded professionals to learn, teach, and connect while providing tools to do better business.

TH I N K S H O P B U Y… LO C A L The Chamber works to encourage area residents to purchase goods and services from local businesses, reinvesting more of every dollar back into our community.

CO M M U N IT Y E V E NT S Popular events such as QVC West Chester Christmas Parade, Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, and Autumn/Spring Gallery Walks draw/engage tens-of-thousands of guests and generate hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in revenue for local businesses.

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H OW TH E Y A R E DOING

Christy E Cosgrove, Salon Owner and GWCCC Member

• West Chester Area Y as a Community Partner • A member of the Rotary Club of West Chester and supporting the good works of Rotary. • South Eastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center SPARC…donating to enrich the lives of kids on the autism spectrum and their families. • March Of Dimes • Supporting both SHINE at Chester County Hospital, the biannual Shave Off, and Unite For Her…in support of those living with cancer in Chester County.

S E RV I C E S hair • nails • facials & peels massage • waxing

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L A D I F F E R E N C E Salon & Day Spa is a locally family owned and operated business. For over 25 years La Difference has operated by the guiding principle “You make a living by what you do…you make a life by what you give back.” La Difference Salon & Day Spa is recognized as an influencer in the beauty industry. Their team of dedicated and very talented professionals makes all the difference in building the company’s reputation. Local recognition includes years of being named Daily Local News People’s Choice Award Winner and Best Of the Main Line. Their peers recognize their work as we have been honored as a L’Oreal Black Elite Salon and over the past 3 years named a L’Oreal Professionnel Top 100 Salon in the US. The La Difference team invites you to “Experience The Difference” in the local salon industry. They know it never “gets old” to look and feel your very best… that’s where they come in! Before you call for your reservation, check out their reviews and reputation on Google and Facebook. You will not be disappointed!

830 PAOLI PIKE 610.429.1808 L ADIFFERENCESALON.COM


H OW TH E Y A R E DOING

• Serving as the Title Sponsor of iconic cycling event in West Chester, Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, for 5 years (2017-2021). • Serving as Toyland Division Sponsor of QVC Christmas Parade for 5 years (2017-2021) & committed to donating $1,000 worth of new toys displayed in parade to local non-profit organizations. • Serving a 4th consecutive year of being the title sponsor of the Annual Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference & providing free credit workshop for attendees where trained staff reviews their current credit report & offers helpful tips for improving their credit score & overall financial well-being. • Committed to teaching local youth the importance of financial well-being by providing free awardwinning financial literacy curriculum to more than 60 public, private & parochial schools throughout Chester County. • Proudly awards $15,000 annually to local students via their annual scholarship program which includes both graduating high school seniors as well as existing college students.

S I N C E 1 9 4 0 , Benchmark FCU has established itself as a financial institution that exists solely for the benefit of their members. Their missionfirst focus is supported by a combination of getting to know their members' unique needs and customizing banking accordingly, as well as delivering the state-of-the-art offerings that optimize their banking experience.

• Participation in Jeans Day Donation in which the staff pays $5 a month for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays and the money goes directly to a local nonprofit including organizations such as Good Samaritan, Cuddle My Kids, Home of the Sparrow, Family Lives On, and many more.

1522 MCDANIEL DRIVE 610.429.1600 BENCHMARKFCU.ORG

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H OW TH E Y A R E DOING

• Has been an active member of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce since 1983, including a term as President in 1996. • Creates, organizes business & community events that highlight the downtown, bringing the retail business's together. Her favorite The bi-annual WC Gallery Walk, of which Sunset Hill is a signature sponsor. • Oversees the awarding of the Harry Dunn Memorial Art Scholarship. Started in 1999, twenty-three local graduating High School art students have been honored. • Serves as the President of the WC Business Improvement District and chairs the Customer Attraction Committee. Has sat on many local boards & fundraising events. • A self proclaimed cheerleader for West Chester, Sandy designed & created The West Chester Destination Bracelet, that continues to be a sought after collector’s piece.

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Sandy Riper, Owner and GWCCC Member

S U N S E T H I L L J E W E L E R S & Fine Arts Gallery has been a family owned business for more than thirty years and is considered by many to be West Chester’s Hometown Jeweler. Customers for three generations have trusted Sunset Hill Jewelers for designer and custom diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, appraisals, repairs, watch repair, and restoration or redesign of estate jewelry. They don’t define jewelry as precious or non-precious; rather, it’s their belief that all jewelry is precious, sentimental, and should be handled with the utmost care. Owner Sandy Riper opened her doors on May 1, 1983 and has been an active and generous part of the business community ever since.

23 NORTH HIGH STREET 610.692.0374 SUNSETHILL JEWELERS.COM


H OW TH E Y A R E DOING

• A continued supporter of the West Chester Public Library.

T H E H A Z L E Y name has been associated with residential building in West Chester for more than 4 decades, but has also been involved with helping to build the community we call home. They enjoy being a part of the Holiday Home Tour and supporting the West Chester Public Library, helping with projects at Marshall Square Park, and being actively involved with the West Chester Downtown Foundation. As proud supporters of the Andrew L. Hicks Foundation, they have volunteered with constructing an urban farm, built and donated a gardening cottage, and are the main sponsor for their annual Christmas Toy Store. It is important to Hazley Builders to maintain the history and culture of the area’s residential building landscape. They welcome the challenge of building in the Borough, coming up with solutions for unique challenges, and preserving the building integrity for generations to come. They also pride themselves in helping clients modify their homes for unexpected situations and times of need. Whether it’s helping a family rebuild their home after a devastating fire, or coming up with a solution for the elderly to age comfortably in their home with unique modifications, they take pride in being part of the West Chester community.

• Actively involved in the West Chester Downtown Foundation. • Proud supporters of the Andrew L. Hicks Foundation. • Ongoing supporter of The Chester County Hospital & their Women’s Auxiliaries’ events through participation and sponsorship of Chester County Day and the Polo Cup.

S E RV I C E S remodeling additions renovations new home construction kitchen/baths general contracting

829 LINCOLN AVENUE, UNIT C1 610.696.6264 HA ZLEYBUILDERS.COM

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M I T C H B E R N S T E I N works with students to prepare food for Meals On Wheels (MoW), West Goshen. This is part of the student work program and began when representatives from MoW heard about Westtown’s farm-to-table initiatives, sustainable practices in the Dining Room, and the school’s association with food recovery programs. Westtown School has prepared 2000+ meals for local residents since April 2018.

C A R R I E T I M M I N S helps lead the Think, Care, Act service project which is inspired by Westtown’s service statement and desire to make service work a more meaningful and memorable experience for students. With faculty support, students find a local service project that supports their passions, talents, and the needs of the community.

purpose illuminated

These faculty members help students find their P U R P O S E by bringing their classroom work to the West Chester Community.


L U L U C O S S I C H organizes experiences for students to take their music outside of Westtown's campus and perform, create, and play with others in the West Chester area. This December, fourth and fifth grade students visited a West Chester senior living community as an extension of their choir program. At Westtown, faculty teach students to use the arts as a lens for understanding the world in an empathetic and engaging manner.

K E V I N E P P L E R connects students to entrepreneurs and business owners who are using business as a force for good in Chester County and beyond as part of his "Business and the Good Society" curriculum. His students develop business plans and revenue models with a triple bottom line for social impact. The students come out of the class seeing themselves as changemakers via social entrepreneurship.

T I M M O U N T Z works with students in grades Pre-K through 12 to maintain the farm, greenhouse, and high tunnel on Westtown’s 600acre campus. Students work alongside Chester County Food Bank staff to plant, care for, and harvest thousands of pounds of food from the Westtown farm to help people in need right here in Chester County.

For more than 200 years, Westtown has inspired and prepared its graduates to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

QUAKER · CO –ED · PRE-K -12TH GR ADE · WEST TOWN.EDU

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Local Events RTC presents DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at UPTOWN! FRIDAY, MARCH 29SUNDAY, APRIL 21

RTCwc.org

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY at CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FRIDAY, MARCH 29 & SATURDAY, MARCH 30

ChesterCoHistorical.org FIRST FRIDAY FRIDAY, APRIL 5

DowntownWestChester.com WCU LIVE! presents RUMOURS: A FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE FRIDAY, APRIL 5

WCU LIVE! presents MUTTS GONE NUTS SATURDAY, APRIL 13

wcupatix.com

UPTOWN! SPEAKER SERIES: THE CHESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION presents SCOTUS IN ACTION TUESDAY, APRIL 16

UptownWestChester.org

WCASD presents SENSATIONAL STRINGS AT UPTOWN! TUESDAY, APRIL 23

UptownWestChester.org

SPRING GALLERY WALK FRIDAY, MAY 3

GreaterWestChester.com

MAY DAY CELEBRATION at EVERHART PARK SUNDAY, MAY 5

West-Chester.com

ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH at UPTOWN! SUNDAY, MAY 12

UptownWestChester.org

BRANDYWINE BALLET presents CINDERELLA at WCU FRIDAY, MAY 17SUNDAY, MAY 19

wcupatix.com

JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR at UPTOWN! featuring TERELL STAFFORD & RHONDA FEARRINGTON THURSDAY, APRIL 25

WCU LIVE! presents TAMAGAWA UNIVERSITY TAIKO DRUMMING & DANCE SUNDAY, APRIL 7

UptownWestChester.org

UP ON THE ROOF SATURDAY, JUNE 1

WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL FRIDAY, APRIL 26SUNDAY, APRIL 28

SWINGIN' SUMMER THURSDAY THURSDAY, JUNE 6

wcupatix.com

EASTER EGG HUNT at EVERHART PARK SATURDAY, APRIL 13

West-Chester.com

WestChesterFilmFestival.com EARTH CLEAN UP DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 27

West-Chester.com

BrandywineBallet.org

WCDF.org

West-Chester.com FIRST FRIDAY FRIDAY, JUNE 7

DowntownWestChester.com

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 spring to visit these businesses—and tell them you found them in Fig!

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FOR A FULL LIST OF COMMUNITY EVENTS, VISIT FIGWESTCHESTER.COM


the business improvement district invites

you to Share the Joy of living and loving downtown West Chester! As a way of curating a collection of these joyful scenes, BID asked their social media followers to use the hashtag #WCShareTheJoy and post their favorites scenes around town. Thank you to those who joined in the fun! Be sure to follow along at @downtownwestchester on Instagram and Facebook, keep using that hashtag, and be inspired by scenes from our lovely town. You may even be featured in an upcoming issue of Fig West Chester!

@westchesterviews West Chester, PA

@popes.scopes West Chester, PA

#WCShareTheJoy

@westchestertogether West Chester, PA

@annnaelizabeth West Chester, PA

@kaylavblogs D'Ascenzo's Gelato

@jshookieee Downtown West Chester, PA

@hellodubc West Chester, PA

@jeffzisme Church & Gay Streets

@taylor_moyerr West Chester University

the west chester business improvement district (BID) celebrates small, family-owned businesses that have

become the hallmark of downtown West Chester. Learn more about the resources that BID offers at downtownwestchester.com.


Brideworthy designs Offering premier wedding florals, Matlack Florist's dedicated team of designers will create beautiful arrangements to bring your vision to life. Whether you want a simplistic style or luxuriously elegant arrangements, Matlack Florist curates every bloom.

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210 NORTH CHESTER ROAD (ROUTE 352) 610.431.3077 MATL ACKFLORIST.COM


Thoughtful estate planning with compassion and expertise April L. Charleston, Esq., Founder

T H E C H A R L E S T O N F I R M is an estate, business, real estate, and family law firm conveniently located in Chester County. Owner April Charleston, is a native of West Chester, an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, a speaker, and an active member of the estate planning councils of both Chester and Montgomery Counties. As a small practice, the distinguishing characteristic of The Charleston Firm is the ability for each attorney on staff to work closely with their clients to ensure an engaged, personalized experience. As many clients are seeking help during stressful and emotional seasons of life, it is the firm’s privilege and pleasure to assist each person who comes through their doors with honesty, compassion, and expertise

60 WEST BOOT ROAD, SUITE 201, WEST CHESTER 610.696.4760 CHARLESTONFIRM.COM

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EXPERIENCE greenroots' unique & creative edge

COMMUNITY SUPPORTER

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDERS

Kelinda Ganow

A team of innovators

greenroots team spotlight: kelinda ganow The GreenRoots team is made up of innovators. They pride themselves on their unique creative edge and are constantly brainstorming new ways to step outside the box. Team member Kelinda is the innovator behind the scenes who turns designer sketches into works of art specified to each client. New clients will see Kelinda carefully measuring their property to make sure all of the details are perfect. 1460 EMBREEVILLE RD, KENNETT SQUARE, PA 19348

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1460 EMBREEVILLE ROAD, KENNETT SQUARE 484.631.3852 GREENROOTSLANDSCAPING.COM


GIVING BACK Making a difference in our community.

Jason and Kari in the baby supply room at CCWS

Giving Back: Jason and Kari Matthews A F T E R J A S O N M AT T H E W S stepped out of his comfort zone in corporate America to pursue working from home on his own terms, he and his wife, Kari, decided to use the opportunity to get more involved in their local community. This decision was motivated by their faith as well as the passing of Jason’s mother and Kari’s father. They both realized that life is short and they wanted to use their time more purposefully for good. Kari opened Clean Slate Goods in Kennett Square to support women artisans through job creation. “It’s a step beyond charity,” she says. A maker herself, Kari loves connecting people with handmade

goods that are beautiful and ethically made. Providing a market for these products helps transform lives and communities. When Jason heard Myriam Ruager, Executive Director of Chester County Women’s Services, speak at their church, he knew he wanted to help. CCWS provides a refuge and a range of free medical and educational services and holistic care to all women facing unplanned pregnancies at their newly renovated West Chester facility, as well as in their Kennett Square and Coatesville locations. After becoming a board member, Jason discovered that his mom had volunteered at CCWS as a client

advocate more than 30 years ago. “If you’re facing a crisis pregnancy, there’s literally no better place to go,” he says. “It’s truly a caring and supportive community.” There are multiple ways to support CCWS, which is 90% volunteer driven— from donating diapers to volunteering as an advocate, teacher, administrator, or nurse. ccwsmedicalinfo.org In addition to volunteering in various capacities, Jason is enjoying being a “soccer dad” for their three sons. He also delivers for Meals on Wheels, which he says takes only about an hour and brings joy to housebound people. “Even if you don’t have a lot of time,” he says, “it’s possible to make a big impact.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT FIG GIVING BACK AT FIGWESTCHESTER.COM

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Changing the landscape, one home at a time

Owner, Dean Stafford

F O R M O R E T H A N T H I RT Y Y E A R S , Dean’s Landscaping has been designing and building handcrafted outdoor living spaces that are both beautiful and functional. Dean and his team bring extensive knowledge of the local building codes, an understanding of the harsh effects of our freeze/thaw cycles, and an expertise in choosing sustainable plants that thrive in our clay soils. They understand that each project comes with unique elements and challenges. They partner with you to take your vision for your patio area, pool scape, or outdoor kitchen project and make it a reality.

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Two generations, twice the impact CHESTER COUNTY N AT I V E S and motherdaughter duo Bonnie Stafford and Kristina Jenny understand that home is where you create traditions and memories that will last a lifetime! Together, they seamlessly blend a wealth of experience with fresh enthusiasm and a sincere dedication to their clients.

Realtors Bonnie Stafford & Kristina Jenny

Bonnie and Kristina understand that buying and selling a home can be intimidating and they make every effort to remove the stress and uncertainty. Just like family, their clients know they can lean on them for support and guidance through the entire process. So when you’re ready to make a move in real estate, don’t just call an agent, join the family! B O N N I E S TA F F O R D 610.637.7431

KRISTINA JENNY 484.995.1961

220 NORTH UNION STREET, KENNET T SQUARE 610.4 4 4.5536 FACEBOOK.COM/BONNIEANDKRISTINA .C21

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T HE 27 T H RUNNING OF T HE

SUNDAY, MAY 12T H, 2019

OPEN FOR BRUNCH O N S U N D AY HAPPY HOUR Tuesday - Friday 4:30 – 6:30 pm

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: $30 per person in advance, $40 per person race day. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Reserved tailgate parking available in advance.

For more information visit www.willowdale.org

423 BALTIMORE PIKE, CHADDS FORD, PA 610.388.7700 THEGABLESATCHADDSFORD.COM A Mother’s Day Tradition or call 610.444.1582. Races run rain or shine.

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SERVICES

Plan now for a colorful future

Container Gardening

F O C U S I N G O N T H E U N I Q U E A S P E C T S O F E A C H S I T E and the aspirations of her clients, The Gardeness combines horticultural expertise, artistic composition, and a love for nature into installations that are rich in color, texture, and beauty. Practicing throughout Chester County, Pennsylvania, The Gardeness offers a full range of services from landscape design and installation to consultation to container gardening. The Gardeness transforms her clients’ vision into reality, whether meant to last for a season or for years to come. Contact Katie for a consultation today. Spring is the perfect time to start planning for warm weather and outdoor living!

Landscape Design Garden Consultation Landscape Install & Maintenance

484.707.1750 K ATIE@THEGARDENESS.COM THEGARDENESS.COM

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Lighten up for Spring

S P R I N G I S O F F I C I A L LY H E R E , and with a new season comes new trends. Warm metals are popular for 2019, including special designer collections like this Generation Brands fixture in partnership with Ellen DeGeneres. Denney Electric has lighting to match every style or trend. Visit their showroom and ask for Matt, Showroom Manager, to find the next fixture that's perfect for you and your home.

Stop in to say hello to Showroom Manager Matt Knight.

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510 WEST STATE STREET, KENNET T SQUARE 610.4 4 4.2170 DENNEYELECTRICSUPPLY.COM


Creature Comforts... Opening Summer 2019

Luxury Independent, Personal Care & Memory Care Living comes to Chadds Ford.

1778 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills 610-615-7960 residencechaddsford.com

Call us to reserve your perfect apartment.


Photography by Napthali Foster, CURE Kenya

INTERESTED IN JOINING a community where you will live well locally with opportunities to do good globally? Darlene Smith recently went on a Garden Spot Village Travel with Purpose Trip to Kijabe, Kenya where she and a team served with CURE International for a week. Their physical presence, warm smiles, and generous hugs offered hope and joy to the children and their families.

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“I’ve left a mark on their lives, but they left a bigger mark on me,” Darlene says. “My heart will always be there. I’ve been searching to find my purpose. During this trip I found my purpose. I want to help more people around the world.” Your best stories have yet to be lived. Explore the opportunities Garden Spot offers to help you live yours. Read more: gardenspotvillage.org.

433 SOUTH KINZER AVENUE, NEW HOLL AND 717.355.6000 GARDENSPOT VILL AGE.ORG


A colonoscopy is not just treatment. It’s prevention. COMMUNITY SUPPORTER

Garden Spot Village supplied

Left to right: Crozer-Keystone gastroenerologists Monica Zeitz, M.D.; Michael Davis, D.O.; and Joyann Kroser, M.D.

In many cases, colorectal cancer can be prevented and treated if caught early through a screening colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer almost always starts with a polyp, which if found early, can be removed to stop colorectal cancer before it starts. Crozer-Keystone offers direct access screening colonoscopy appointments to qualifying patients. Call 1.877.254.7441 or visit crozerkeystone.org/GI.

Crozer-Keystone Gastroenterology Associates is conveniently located on Route 1 in Glen Mills. Call 1.877.254.7441 or visit crozerkeystone.org/GI CROZER BRINTON L AKE, ROUTE 1, GLEN MILLS

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Fig West Chester Spring 2019  

Fig is a hyper-local guide to shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment that brings both voice and vision to great small destinations. Our c...

Fig West Chester Spring 2019  

Fig is a hyper-local guide to shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment that brings both voice and vision to great small destinations. Our c...