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May 2016 VOLUME 34, NO. 4


Newsletter To act in the best interests of all members and to engage in such activities that would lead to the improvement and encouragement of doing business in Newtown Square, and to work in conjunction with the Township Supervisors to solve mutual problems.


D & B Tailors & Dry Cleaning celebrates 50th in Newtown Square


Newtown Square Post Office Earth Wood Fiber: Bike Hub Event


Hanging Baskets Initative


Upcoming NSBA events


The NSBA can help your business


Newtown Square Fire Dept turns 100.


Town Spotlight

D & B Tailors & Dry Cleaning

celebrates 50 years in Newtown Square

Caption: Gabriele D’Annunzio & Paul Seligson at D&B Tailors

Gabriele D’Annunzio, known to many as Gabe, has been hand crafting men’s suits and offering the highest quality alterations in Newtown Square since 1966. The bespoke tailor specializes in custom made suits for men. Taking 20 measurements, Master Tailor Gabe initially focuses on the shoulder line for the proper draping and then moves to the upper torso and then the trouser rise to achieve the best look for his customer. Three fittings and 40 hours of stitching later, the result is a work of art. Once measurements are taken, customers may reorder suits from afar, using swatches only to select the exact fabric desired. Gabe’s clients have included countless high profile men, such as Frank Sinatra, George Burns and Pat Croce. Perhaps the most well-recognized of his current clients is


Villanova University’s impeccably dressed basketball coach now NCAA champion, Jay Wright. Should a lady wish to cut la bella figura, Gabe does that as well. He provides tailoring services for women and offers image consulting to both men and women. It is worth anyone’s time to visit D&B Tailors and see for themselves his exquisite work. To compliment his tailor shop, Gabe opened a first rate dry cleaning business with state-of-the-art machines manufactured by the Italian company, Renzacci. The conveyor has 1100 slots to accommodate his customers’ dry cleaning needs. At D&B Tailors, light colored men’s shirts are pre-treated at the cuffs and collars before laundering. ( continued pg.2 )

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Message from the President Spotlight Continued Gabe’s calling to the business started as a child, a son of a seamstress and tailor. Among his earliest chores was pickling mulberry leaves to feed silk worms for the family business. At 11 years old, Gabe emigrated to the U.S.A. and when it was time for him to open his own shop, he selected Newtown Square. Gabe considers Newtown Square a hidden gem offering people far more then they initially may realize in specialty shopping choices. He sees a well-balanced community with top notch Fire and Police departments. Moreover, despite its growth, he believes that Newtown Square has maintained the balance, which has appealed to developers, families and businesses alike. Any tailor will tell you, if it doesn’t flatter, it doesn’t fit. Fortunately, D&B Tailors is the perfect fit for Newtown Square. On August 25, 2016, Gabe celebrates his golden anniversary in Newtown Square. Be sure to stop in and offer your congratulations. Cent’anni!


Greetings Newtown Square Business Association Members, We have simplified our name to Newtown Square Business Association and will be moving our collateral to reflect that as forms get reprinted. The Board of Newtown Square Business Association is exploring exciting ways to promote business in our village. To stimulate Shopping in Newtown Square, we are presently considering: • “The Shops along West Chester Pike in Newtown Square “producing a 4 panel, legal size, color brochure which is being mocked up denoting map of West Chester Pike and feeder streets with golf flags for merchants and a legend key identifying member stores. This piece is intended for every store member checkout counter, local realtors, new real estate developments (Liseter, Verandas, Carriage Homes at Ellis Reserve, Grande at Muirwood Hill) and welcome baskets delivered to new residents. We will have a two panel directory listing our Newtown Square Business members. • Having banners made and mounted on existing brackets saying Shop Newtown Square for a street presence in Non Holiday (July4, Christmas) Seasons. • Launching a program of pointy Junipers in pots at either side of member(which opt for this) store front where shopkeepers would purchase the pots we are able to procure “at cost” and the N. S. Business Association would underwrite the cost of plant material working with Mostardi Nurseries. Shops would commit to watering and de-littering. We are working hard to make as many of these ideas become reality as possible. Your Membership Dues really makes this work. Thank you for those who have settled 2016 Dues invoice. If you haven’t , please send in your Dues soon to: Newtown Square Business Association P O Box 128 Newtown Square, PA 19073

Paul Seligson

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Local Buzz

Newtown Square Post Office News The Postmaster’s special delivery for Newtown Square is the triumphant trio of Karen, Steve and Rona. They connect Newtown Squarer’s to the outside world. Good natured, pleasant and generous with their smiles, they accommodate letter and package preferences of all kinds.

The Postmaster’s special delivery for Newtown Square is the triumphant trio of Karen, Steve and Rona. NSBA members listening to Sergio Steel’s welcoming remarks and explanation of the stores content

Karen has been with Newtown Square Post office since 1987. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, she now resides in Havertown. Karen’s number one pastime is camping. A cup of rich dark coffee starts and brightens her day. Milk introduced into her coffee always goes unclaimed. Steve counts 28 years with the Postal Service, Newtown Square location. Originally from Southwest Philadelphia, Steve now resides in Newtown Square and spends some of his free time tending to his Vegetable Garden. For Steve, rainy Mondays are like dead letters: can’t forward them, can’t send them back. Rona is in her 22nd year with Newtown Square Post Office. She was born and bred in Delaware County and currently resides in her home-zone of Media. Her priority is spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.

Earth Wood & Fiber: REBORN Gallery Bike Hub formerly Earth Wood & Fiber hosted a wonderful event for NSBA members on April 14 at their spacious digs at 3534 Rhoads Avenue. Attending members were invited to sample ride some of their newest bikes. The Steels, Vicky & Richard and sons Jake and Sergio also sports a complete line of bicycle accessories as well as bike tune-ups and repairs. The Shop continues to offer specialty items Made in USA from beeswax and soya candles to really amusing socks, locally made honey, interesting artwork and much, much more.


A common remark heard by all three from their customers: relocate the Post Office to Rite Aide’s former location in the shopping center. It would allow more space and eliminate lines spilling out the front door, especially at Christmas and tax time. Unfortunately, they don’t have the weight to tip the scales on this issue. However, to keep the lines moving, they encourage customers to be more prepared during the busy times of the year. This is more important than ever before as the demand for package delivery has increased, requiring more time to properly stamp and sort them. It goes without saying, but for good form, there is no question that all three individuals are first class in our book!


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America in Bloom is Coming! On May 16th Hanging Baskets are going up!

This year we dug deep into our reserves and purchased new baskets with built-in water reservoirs. This feature will assist the hanging baskets in surviving the hotter temperatures. Please consider making a donation to offset these costs. Donations of $75.00 or more will receive a framed water color print by local artist Tom Watkins. America in Bloom is dedicated to increasing business through civic pride. Newtown Township is a member of this national organization, “America in Bloom (AIB)”. Each year AIB tours its member towns and recognizes those with exceptional displays and achievements in making their town a welcoming and vibrant place to live, work and play. On July 16th and 17th, AIB judges will be touring the business district of Newtown Square. So, if you are thinking of adding greens and flowers to your storefront, this is the time to act!

LET’S GREEN UP! NSBPA Newsletter | March 2016


NSBPA Calendar

Newtown Square Events Here is a breakdown of Yearly Events and NSBPA Meetings. Yearly Events

May 22 Blood Sweat Cheer Festival - 9:00am-3:00pm Delaware County Veterans Memorial Alice Grim Blvd June 4 Historic Newtown Days – Square Tavern - 10:00am - 5:00pm Parade along WC Pike Centennial of Volunteer Fire Dept -12 noon July 4 Annual July 4th Parade - 12 noon July 14 & 15 America in Bloom Judges touring Newtown Square businesses & residences – all day August 25 D & B Tailors / Dry Cleaning celebrates 50 years in Newtown Square September 10 Concert in Drexel Lodge Park - 5pm-8pm September 17 St. Albans Circle Street fair and Beerfest

NSBPA Meetings

May 12 Business Card Exchange - Wine & Cheese - 6:00pm – 7:30pm The Running Place - 3551 West Chester Pike June 16 Breakfast - 7:30 am Casey’s, 3531 West Chester Pike Speaker: John Nawn, Chairman, NS Board of Supervisors July 14 Lunch - 12 noon Dunwoody Village, 3500 West Chester Pike Speakers: Judges, America in Bloom 6

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Have you visited lately? Have you logged into your member portal for NSBA? The NSBA website contains a current calendar of events and meetings, some history on the association and other tools to help your business thrive within our township. If you need assistance in logging into the NSBA website or how it can benefit your business please contact: e: p: 484-424-6140

Here are some images of the improvements to our parks. We are sure these upgrades will add much enjoyment for the familes in our town. Newby Park upgrading it curb / safety appeal. Better access to Brookside Park

What can the NSBA do for your business? During our last board meeting we put together a few forms that will help us understand what your needs are. These forms will help us aid your business goals and ultimately grow the exposure of your products and services within our township and beyond. Business technology is ever growing and in our highly competitive world so we need to step up how our businesses are seen not only in the physical sense but online and via mobile devices. The onset of national upscale retailers within our community poses a challenge to the traditional ways of doing business. Moving forward, we believe a modern online approach would definitely help our shops and stores transition to the digital age. Please review and complete the forms below. Someone from NSBPA will contact you to make concrete suggestions on how to maximize your business. Click these links below to begin. We Want To Hear From You - Click to submit your feedback. Business Association Board wants to be Your Publicity Arm

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Tele: (610) 356-9916

Let’s keep in touch NEWTOWN SQUARE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Paul Seligson, President Phone: 484-424-6140 Email: Website:

If you would like to contribute articles or submit advertisements to this publication please contact Jim DiMeo, JD Consulting, a member of the NSBA Social Media & Newsletter Committee. Email: - Phone: 484-424-9494 All submissions should be print ready and received before the 20th of the month. Thank you for your participation.

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