fig 速 spring 2013 | issue no. 01 | the fresh, fashionable, & flavorful | fig 速 is free! take me with you!
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From coffee to castles to couture, Doylestown has an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops and is rich in art, culture, history, and education. Yet, what makes Doylestown really special is the people—the residents, visitors, and merchants. When Doylestown was founded by James Doyle in 1745 after he petitioned to build a tavern at the intersection of what we now know as State and Main, this town began as a place for social gathering. While Doylestown has grown and changed significantly from its start as Doyle’s Tavern, it still remains a place for locals and visitors alike to meet. Thanks to our business owners, museum curators, and restauranteurs, Doylestown is chock full of big city amenities, but with small town charm to spare. Stop and talk with our shop owners, many of whom left corporate America or careers in Manhattan and Philadelphia to share their expertise and talents with you. We couldn’t be more excited at the launch of Fig® Doylestown’s premiere issue. And whether you’re strolling through town shopping, dining at our numerous restaurants, taking in a movie or the latest museum exhibit, we at Fig® look forward to sharing all that is fresh, fashionable, and flavorful in Doylestown, PA.
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For 2013, we have chosen an innovative non-profit whose good works contribute immensely to Doylestown. Please consider supporting this worthy cause. Join us in welcoming our 2013 Social Mission Partner, the COUNTY THEATER.
“It’s really the audience that makes the County Theater who we are.” Chris Collier ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR ONE COULD SAY the evolution of the County Theater is akin to a Hollywood movie, but in Doylestown, it’s a story unto itself. Beloved, iconic, popular, and now digital and stronger than ever thanks to a generous and supportive community. “The County,” as it is affectionately known, opened in 1938 and had its heyday until television stepped in. Nearly going under, dedicated people stepped up and in 1992, the County Theater was saved and restored to the stately icon we know today. 2013 marks the 20th year since re-opening with John Toner as Executive Director and the first full year of switching to digital cinema, which was imperative in order to continue to
present first run movies. The County undertook a huge fundraising effort that was met with overwhelming response. “It was only because of the incredible support and generosity of our members and patrons that we were able to make the transition to digital,” says Associate Director Chris Collier. “We needed to educate everyone about why the transition was necessary and then we needed to ask for help.” Now they’re sharing that knowledge. Early in 2013, John and Chris were selected to present their digital cinema case study at the prestigious Sundance Institute’s Art House Convergence in Utah.
These days, when people can watch movies anywhere, audiences flock to the County Theater. Membership supported, everyone at The County knows without a doubt, their success is thanks to the community. “We bring culture to our screens with great movies and events, and essentially the audience ‘votes’ by buying tickets,” says Collier. “It’s a collaborative effort to find that right mix to make the theater experience work.” The movies are top notch, but as Collier puts it, “It’s really the audience that makes the County Theater who we are.” VISIT & LEARN MORE: 20 East State Street 215.345.6789 countytheater.org
DREW ABBATE Owner of Vine & Fig Tree Bistro 19 East State Street
“ Vine & Fig Tree is a casual bistro in the heart of Doylestown serving traditional and inspired meals for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Here, every day is a celebration. Welcome to our table.” A WARM & INVITING BISTRO ENVIRONMENT SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER INSPIRED, HEALTHY LUNCHES AND RUSTIC BISTRO DINNER FARE
Proudly partnering with The County for specialty movie-inspired dinners.
Det Ansinn – The man with the BrickSimple Plan
“…We’re located in this great gem of a town and that’s important to me.” Det Ansinn OWNER/FOUNDER
AS OWNER/FOUNDER of the successful app development company BrickSimple, Det Ansinn could have located his business anywhere. Yet with an impressive resume and the world at his door, Ansinn didn’t choose a big city. He chose Doylestown. He chose home. When asked the proverbial question, “Why Doylestown?”, Ansinn, who grew up here, doesn’t hesitate. “We have the human capital and talent in this area between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and we wanted to be in a place with a good quality of life for that talent.” Founded in 2002, BrickSimple works with clients in the fields of entertainment,
financial services, and healthcare, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. In 2011, they moved from Dublin, PA to their central Doylestown location. With a high level of clientele, Ansinn understands the importance of a healthy and positive work environment, yet even he was surprised at the impact the move into town would have, saying, “We saw benefits from morale to creativity to the bottom line that I didn’t fully appreciate until we relocated the team here.” In 2005, Ansinn’s deep commitment to the community led him to serve on Doylestown Borough Council, where he
has been President since 2008. Wanting to make a difference, Ansinn feels Council is the best way to be directly involved in the town that he loves. As for BrickSimple, Det says, “We are a very creative place focusing on emerging technologies, a.k.a., ‘the next big thing.’ The qualities of town, being engaged with the community, first impressions with clients, and the employee’s everyday experience, have been a boost to moving here. We’re located in this great gem of a town and that’s important to me.” LEARN MORE AT bricksimple.com
WORLD CLASS COFFEE, GELATO, & HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN GOODNESS, LOCALLY 6 East State Street
“Nonno’s is your neighborhood gathering place before or after the movies.”
NEXT TO THE COUNTY THEATER Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 9:00pm Friday 7:30am - 10:30pm Saturday 8:00am - 10:30pm Sunday 8:00am - 8:30pm Find us on Facebook
WHOLESOME TREATS HEALTHY FOODS ENGAGING DOG TOYS & PUZZLES SWEET ACCESSORIES DOG-LOVER DECOR
good things for good dogs
VICTORIA SCHADE Owner of Life on the Leash 42 East State Street
“Dogs are my greatest love, and since I’ve been a dog trainer for thirteen years, they’re my life. Our offerings in the store all come with a ‘dog tested, trainer approved’ promise.”
DERRICK & JEANELL MORGAN Owners of Monkey’s Uncle 21 East State Street 267.247.5865 themonkeysuncle.biz “ We have a tee shirt right now that is an exact replica of a shirt I had as a kid in 1987 when Flyers Goalie Ron Hextall scored his first goal. You can’t put a price on that type of nostalgia! Come in and see for yourself!”
VINTAGE-INSPIRED CLOTHING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY RETRO SPORTS, MOVIES, MUSIC, SUPER HERO, & POP CULTURE TEE’S
authentic Chanin Milnazik – Woman on a Mission
“Empowering others to succeed is a mentor moment. If I can be that for even one person, that makes it all worth it.” Chanin Milnazik OWNER/FOUNDER BROWN DOG DESIGN
A Fig® Authentic is a hometown hero. They think big, they think of others. They move things forward to better the community while finding inspiration in the past. They are foundational in their thinking, open to change, and always authentic. CHANIN MILNAZIK founded the Women’s Business Forum to help women entrepreneurs rise to their potential. She turned a block party into an annual charitable event humorously titled, “The BluBall.” She was integral in developing First Friday in Doylestown. She’s donated her Graphic Design services to many deserving nonprofits. Chanin Milnazik, of Brown Dog Design, understands authenticity and for her, it’s all about the heart of community. A “change agent” and leader who loves her town, Chanin says, “People that know me, know that that my first reaction is, ‘How can this help the community?’” Being authentic also means going deep. What makes Chanin stand out is her drive to give back, no matter what. Even when it’s hard, even when the chips are down, even when you might get hurt. “None of that matters,” she says. “What matters, is it’s the right thing to do.” Initiating the Karen Walsh empowerment fund for the Women’s Business Forum in honor of her late mother rings true of that. “I see the potential in people, businesses, and non-profits and I work to make it happen,” says Chanin. “Seeing someone achieve the success they’ve dreamt of is very rewarding. People don’t often have an outsider who says, ‘You CAN do this’. Empowering others to succeed is a mentor moment. If I can be that for even one person, that makes it all worth it.” For example, she encourages people to “take someone out for coffee” to connect and discover. It sounds simple, but Chanin is already thinking beyond the coffee to the power and possibility of conversation. Chanin Milnazik lifts others up and it’s that spirit that shines through. Great design is all about the visuals, but for Chanin, it’s the passion of seeing the big picture that feeds the authenticity that benefits the community.
LEARN MORE: brown-dog-design.com
UNIQUE GIF TS DISTINCTIVE ACCESSORIES FABULOUS SHOES
JONA FRANKLIN & HER DAUGHTER, LYDIA Owners of Lilies of the Field 1 South Main Street
“ We love being in the center of our hometown—Doylestown. We carry mostly USA made clothing and good for your feet shoes. We want everyone that visits to leave loving it too.”
ANNETTE COLETTA Owner of The Zen Den 20 Donaldson Street 267.880.6205 zendencoffee.com
relaxation & warmth TRADITIONAL STYLE COFFEE BEVERAGES & SPECIALTY DRINKS ORGANICALLY GROWN & WILD CRAF TED TEAS SANDWICHES, BAKED GOODS, & LITE FARE
“Our main goal is to provide the people who visit and live in Doylestown with a peaceful yet chic place to relax and recharge. We have wi-fi. We have live music. And of course—delicious coffee—come back for more.”
BLAKE LERTZMAN Owner of Dtown Tech 20 East Oakland Avenue 267.463.6673 dtowntech.com “Old school service, new school technology. When your computer lets you down, Dtown Tech will hook you up with repair or replacement of your Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPad. We’re here to help you.”
IPHONE & IPAD REPAIR
MAC & PC REPAIR LAPTOP SCREENS TUNE-UPS & VIRUS REMOVAL DATA BACKUP & RECOVERY NEW & USED COMPUTERS
Meet new local businesses that are adding to the thriving texture of downtown. Look for our Fig® Fresh Face in every issue. “IT’S ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE.” That’s the message Doc Bakers’ pharmacist and president Angelo Greco wants people to know. Part juice bar, part restaurant, part “off the grid health care” as Greco puts it, there’s a new place in town that’s ready to feed the senses.
fresh face Angelo A. Greco of Doc Bakers Farmulations
“Health starts with you and your ability to heal yourself from within.” Angelo A. Greco PHARMACIST & PRESIDENT OF DOC BAKERS
Doc Bakers is named for an 1800’s era Philadelphia pharmacist who practiced natural remedies and has ties to Greco’s family. Angelo pays tribute to the past while honoring the present with his custom “farmulations” made from cold pressed juice and plant based food, embracing local, seasonal, and organic produce. The cold press process involves fruits and vegetables that are carefully squeezed to extract the best parts of the whole plant. The magic results in a “live juice” that retains flavor and nutrients—plus enzymes. In addition to juices, smoothies, and shakes, the dairy free and soy free menu features salads, panini, breakfast, soups, and small plates. Most items are gluten free, plus cheese made out of cashews, cheesecakes made from avocados, milk from Brazil nuts, organic coffee, Kombucha on tap, and raw chocolate, emphasizing, in Angelo’s words, “all the good without the bad.” There’s a super cool kids menu too that will stand out to any nutrition conscious parent. Greco has a mission to inspire others and make a difference. “It is the food that brings us together. It is the food that will keep us healthy and ensure our quality of life,” he says. “Health starts with you and your ability to heal yourself from within.” With Doc Bakers, Angelo Greco is bringing a unique flavor to Doylestown, one that embodies his philosophies of sharing food and belonging to a common table. LEARN MORE: 18 West State Street 800.793.1850 docbakers.com Facebook.com/docbakersFARMulations
a world of fun!
NERICE KENDTER Owner of Busy Bee Toys
58 East State Street
“Busy Bee Toys is a fun, playful, and inspiring environment for customers of all ages to enjoy. We offer a free playtime every Wednesday from 10:30am – 12:30pm and other family-friendly events throughout the year.” A EUROPEAN-INSPIRED SPECIALT Y TOY STORE
FUN & INNOVATIVE GIF TS FOR CHILDREN
EVENTS FOR KIDS
Director of the James A. Michener Art Museum in the Byer ’s Gallery.
LISA TREMPER HANOVER Director & CEO of the Michener Art Museum 138 South Pine Street 215.340.9800 michenerartmuseum.org “As we celebrate 25 years, we continue to strive to be the most dynamic and vibrant cultural destination in the region.”
There’s a new face at the Michener Art Museum. In her first year, Director & CEO Lisa Tremper Hanover has given the Michener a facelift. And visitors are noticing. After leaving the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, where she was the founding director, Lisa Tremper Hanover set to work fulfilling her desire to take on new challenges at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Succeeding Bruce Katsiff as Director & CEO in July 2012, she has continued the museum’s trajectory.
In the first few weeks in her new office in the old stone warden’s building of the former Bucks County prison, she mapped out her agenda: To bring a major exhibition on the life of Philadelphia native Grace Kelly, along with a companion exhibit on the Bucks County Playhouse, where Kelly got her start, to the museum. From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly — Beyond the Icon, October 28, 2013 through January 26, 2014, is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors to the Doylestownbased museum, where three galleries will be devoted to the story of her personal and professional life. Prince Albert has accepted her invitation to an opening ceremony.
In addition, Hanover is coordinating a series of events to celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary, kicking off with a Founders’ Celebration June 15. She has grown the museum’s exhibitions, reinterpreting works by the New Hope Impressionists and experimenting with space for an exhibit of paintings by contemporary classical artist Nelson Shanks opening June 8. Along with the growth of the building, Hanover is also growing programming and educational events, adding speakers, performers, and workshops, and reaching into different genres, such as poetry events.
If that’s not enough, she set to work renovating the museum’s Pine Street façade to highlight sculpture, landscaping, and the original stone wall. SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO! Located in the heart of the Cultural District, the James A. Michener Art Museum, named for the Pulitzer Prizewinning author and Doylestown native, showcases changing exhibitions of international art alongside its extensive collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism. An all-glass event pavilion brings the former stone prison-turned art museum into the 21st century. Celebrating 25 years of ART in the heART of Bucks County, the museum offers six new exhibits this season.
UPCOMING EVENTS Transformations II: Works in Steel by Karl Stirner March 16 – June 16, 2013 Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity April 13, 2013 – July 7, 2013 Creative Hand, Discerning Heart: Form, Rhythm, Song May 18, 2013 – August 25, 2013 Nelson Shanks: A Brush with Reality June 8, 2013 – September 8, 2013 The Breath Within: Ceramic Sculpture by Marian Pritchard June 29 – October 13, 2013 Harry Bertoia: Structure & Sound July 20 – October 13, 2013
From sculpture outdoors by Isaac Witkin (top left) to a carved door by Phillip Powell and a Daniel Garber mural (top right), the old stone prison (bottom left) has an impressive collection (bottom right) of Pennsylvania art.
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“ The kitchen is the soul of the house. Hickory Kitchen is a place where families and friends come together. We don’t just nourish bodies—we feed relationships.”
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OILS & VINEGARS FRESH ON TAP
Owners of Olive Oil Etcetera 22 South Main Street Main Street Market Place 267.880.6258 oliveoiletc.com
SPECIALTY FOODS & OLIVE OIL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
“It’s only natural to walk around the store & feel compelled to try something new at home. With over 26 different olive oils and vinegars that you can taste, the experience is fun!”
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SHILOUGH HOPWOOD Manager, Book Buyer
JENNIFER BRENNINGER Manager, Children’s Book Buyer
DANIEL ELISII Assistant Manager
GLENDA CHILDS Owner
ROWAN HOPWOOD Little Reader KRISY PAREDES Publicist, Events Coordinator LARISSA HOPWOOD Story Time
read with us GLENDA CHILDS AND STAFF 16 South Main Street
“Our staff is our greatest asset. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about books. Their dedication to the importance of literacy in our community is unique and valuable. We’d love to get to know you!”
Shoes from Lilies of the Field
Silk dress from Shop SixtyFive Stationery set from Doylestown Bookshop
Cheese slate from Oilve Oil Etcetera
Shirt, jeans, and necklace from Smith & Scott
Dog toy from Life on the Leash
Soaps and perfume atomizer from Yours Truly by Kate
2013 Tile from Moravian Pottery & Tileworks
Glasses from Artistic Eyewear
Game from Busy Bee Toys
iPhone from Dtown Tech
T-shirt from Monkey’s Uncle
Soft throw by Cottage & Coop
We’ve picked out some of our must-have items for Spring 2013. Color, flavor, and fun are in full bloom for the season at local shops downtown. Dust off your walking shoes and see what’s new at many of your favorite boutiques & shops!
Yoga mat from Sun Dog Yoga
FIND THESE PRODUCTS FOR SALE by visiting figdoylestown.com and clicking on Fig Finds, or simply visit the stores listed above.
DOYLESTOWN’S HAIR & COLOR EXPERTS HAIR REMOVAL BRIDAL & UPDO STYLES CUSTOM PARTIES
L.A. D. & Co. Hairdressing of Distinction
expertise. quality. style.
LYNNE ANNE DONCHEZ Owner of L.A.D. & Co. 61 East State Street
“ We pride ourselves in offering quality work with experienced, versatile technicians. Come in to look and feel your best.”
BLAIR ELLIOT Owner of Siren Records 25 East State Street 215.348.2323 sirenrecords.com “ We have all the newest vinyl releases—from Asthmatic Kitty Records to Sub Pop. And of course, we have an ever -changing collection of vintage records in stock. Stop in regularly—don’t miss out on rare gems.”
SHOP FOR NEW AND USED VINYL & CD’S BUY, SELL , TRADE LOCAL EVENTS
PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAN LONG
MIKE MORPURGO & ANNIE MORTON Founders of School of Rock 135 South Main Street 215.230.3406
“ We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. Children truly shine here.”
AF TER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND SUMMER CAMPS FOR K-12 WITH A FOCUS ON TEAMWORK LIVE CONCERTS AT LOCAL VENUES LIT TLE WINGS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, AGES 3-6 (ASK ABOUT LITTLE WINGS IN FLIGHT FOR PARTIES & EVENTS)
a hometown place with world class culture Coffee and commerce. Art and architecture. Festivals and foodies. Shopping and socializing. History and heritage. And weâ€™re just getting started. Welcome to Doylestown.
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the county seat, a few train stops from Philly, has the best in arthouse cinema, eclectic boutiques, and historic castles. Locals love it and visitors come back for more. Alive with culture, Doylestown is a feast for the eyes and the imagination, not to mention the palette. A plethora of unique buildings storied in history, the architectural experience is much more enhanced when you look up— the point where the buildings touch the sky is where the fun often starts. Watch where you’re going, but take time to visually absorb these fascinating façades. The National Trust of Historic Preservation must have done this when they chose Doylestown as a top 12 distinctive destination. While perusing through this walkable town of Victorian homes and pocket parks, look around to find something you never noticed before. A fun challenge, you might see a new shop, restaurant, historical landmark, or whathaveyou as you wander. Let us know what you find. We’d love to hear.
Roots run deep in this region for farming, and the fresh foodways, farm markets, and local farm-to-table sensibilities are a testament to the growers that raise crops and consciousness. CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) are cultivating lots of members and there are approximately 50 farm markets within a short radius of Doylestown. The prestigious “DelVal” College knows a history rich in farming and agriculture, highlighting educational opportunities just outside of town. In this renaissance of healthy lifestyles, Doylestown feeds the well being of the community with nearby places of beauty and recreation. So whether you’re a walker, runner, cyclist, yoga or sports enthusiast, dog owner, fisherman, or rock climber, it’s all close by. Afterwards, there are plenty of restaurants and cuisines to savor. The quintessential Mercer
tiles are particularly unique to Doylestown, found throughout many a home, sidewalk, and Henry Mercer’s iconic structures. The James A. Michener museum rounds out the cultural district with its walls of wonder including the work of world-renowned and area artists. In good company with Doylestowners Mercer and Michener were local notables of history: Margaret Mead, Oscar Hammerstein, and Pearl S. Buck. One can only imagine what the conversation might be like around that dinner table.
Character, community, and culture. That’s here. That’s Doylestown. figdoylestown.com
—1— Alecia Moore, a.k.a. Grammy winner Pink, hails from Doylestown. —2— A historical marker is being placed on State and Main Streets in Doylestown to signify the trade routes of the Lenape people. —3— Doylestown has joined Audubon's Bird Town initiative. —4— Oscar Hammerstein wrote “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” at his home in Doylestown. —5— The estimated weight of The Mercer Museum is 6500 tons, and it cost less than $40,000 to build. —6— Fonthill Castle was featured in A & E Network's America's Castles series. —7— The Doylestown Fire Department was established in 1825.
TARA VETRULLI, ROBERT LAYMAN, & ERICA SHANK of Artistic Eyewear
“Fitting the frame to the face and the face to the frame.” Robert Layman OWNER
optical luxury UNIQUE FRAMES FOR UNIQUE PEOPLE. That’s the core of the vision behind Artistic Eyewear. Specializing in boutique lines from Europe, this family owned business carries distinctive frames and focuses on customer experience. “We enjoy what we do and we want people to have fun when shopping for glasses,” says co-owner Robert Layman. Artistic Eyewear is celebrating their tenth anniversary in Doylestown, carrying on the family tradition started by Robert’s mother and co-owner Terry Layman, who opened her first store in Israel 25 years ago. The family sees Doylestown as a great location between New York and Philadelphia to bring the stylish
and cosmopolitan flair of custom eyewear directly from Europe to the heart of this historic and cultural town. Traveling to trade shows each year from New York to Milan to Paris to Israel, they continue to bring new and trendsetting frames back home, to the delight of their customers. It’s all about “fitting the frame to the face and the face to the frame,” as Robert puts it, also crediting his conscientious employees Erica and Tara for their great care with clientele. “We all take the time with customers so they feel comfortable and have a great experience finding the right look.” Giving back is part of the picture as well. Artistic Eyewear
collects outdated frames that go overseas to supply eyewear for people in Haiti and South America and they also provide donations of gift certificates to local charitable events. With a visual presence in this walkable town, Artistic Eyewear has taken it to the windows, presenting art exhibits to the delight of passers by and patrons, whether they need new glasses, free cleaning and adjusting of glasses, or simply wish to enjoy art in the eye of the beholder. SEE FOR YOURSELF 10 South Main Street 215.340.1725 artisticeyewear.com
LINDA LAROSA Owner of Shop SixtyFive 53 West State Street
“Most of the designers we carry can only be found in major department stores like Neiman’s or Barney’s CO-OP. To have the selection of designers we carry in a local town is a special rarity.”
EXTENSIVE DENIM BAR OF DESIGNER BRANDS FOR MEN & WOMEN ONE-ON-ONE ST YLING ADVICE & CONSULTATION OCCASION DRESSES, ACCESSORIES, LUXURY KNITS, & MORE
PRECISION HAIR CUT TING
HAIR COLOR SPECIALIST
AIR BRUSH TANNING & MAKEUP
make an impact EXCEPTIONAL HAIR COLOR, DESIGN, AND SERVICE Fig®: What motivates you? Kim & Andy Beck: We find it incredibly rewarding to work in a business that allows us to use our creative talents. As owners and stylists, we take great pride in providing an excellent salon experience and working with our clients to achieve an overall style they will love!
How important is listening to clients in providing an excellent salon experience? Good communication is essential. We provide a consultation before every service and consider hair texture, face shape, skin tone, & lifestyle. We also believe it is just as important to teach our clients how to recreate their style. We want our clients to leave our salon knowing how to make their hair look its best.
What makes Doylestown such a great place to have your business? Impact has been in Doylestown since 1986 and we fully enjoy being part of this community. We love the mix of historic charm and contemporary comforts that it offers, and we believe our salon reflects these qualities.
KIM & ANDY BECK WITH STAFF OF IMPACT HAIR DESIGN 25 South Clinton Street
“ We are committed to providing our clients with professional salon services in a beautiful and comfortable setting. Our clients’ satisfaction is top priority.”
CRAF T BEERS ON TAP SOUTHERN INFLUENCED CUISINE EVENTS & LIVE MUSIC
BRIAN & NATHAN HUGILL Owners of M.O.M.’s 37 North Main Street 215.340.1880 momsmaxwellsonmain.com “At M.O.M.’s we strive to provide Craft Food, Craft Beer, and Craft Culture. Our kitchen serves homemade American fare with a pinch of the South. Our Creoleinspired menu, prepared by Executive Chef Robert Marchesano, includes staples like flavorful Gumbo, Jambalaya, and seafood. Go ahead, dig in!”
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PANINIS, SALADS, AND HEALTHY ON-THE-GO SOLUTIONS
CATERING & PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES
GENEVIEVE DiFILIPPO Owner of Genevieve’s 34 East State Street
“I believe food to go can be fresh, simple, healthy, & satisfying. My menus change seasonally, focusing on the best in-season meat and produce. I purchase local, sustainably grown or raised products whenever possible.”
SOAPS, CANDLES, BATH & BODY LUXURIES MONOGRAMMED GIF TS AND ACCESSORIES
JEANNE & KATE WILLIAMS Owners of Yours Truly by Kate 38 East State Street 215.340.1148 Find us on Facebook “Life is too short to pass up on little indulgences. A long hot bath and a monogrammed robe make the everyday feel extraspecial. Give a gift to a friend—or yourself.”
Our towering concrete castles. You’ll be inspired by these National Historic Landmarks, designed and constructed by Henry Mercer.
The creative genius of Henry Mercer. Enjoy programs throughout the year that engage the whole family. Hunt for the paw prints of Mercer ’s dog, Rollo!
The people and stories behind the objects. Picture a different time and place. Find yourself in the past!
DOUGLAS C. DOLAN President & Executive Director, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle 215.345.0210
“ The museums offer a wide array of programs, events, exhibits, and tours for audiences of all ages. Join us to explore the remarkable legacy of Henry Mercer.”
FONTHILL CASTLE Visit Henry Mercer’s home for an up close and personal look at this 44-room architectural masterpiece. Fonthill is decorated with Mercer’s Arts and Crafts style tiles, prints, and the objects he collected from around the world. See the Saloon, where Mercer hosted guests like Henry Ford, and the Columbus Room, which tells the story of Columbus’ journey to the New World in tile. Tours of Fonthill Castle are one hour in length and reservations are strongly recommended. The Tower Tour for Families takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Special tours include the evening Behind the Scenes tours in March, October, and November and the Winter Wonderland tours in December.
MERCER MUSEUM The Mercer’s concrete castle features an extensive collection of pre-industrial artifacts suspended from every surface. See a whaling boat, stage coach, and antique fire engine or uncover the mystery of the “vampire killing kit.” Young children will enjoy a scavenger hunt that takes them throughout the castle. The museum’s Martin Gallery hosts changing exhibits that are educational and fun for the whole family. From April 26-August 25, see the exhibit, Turning Points: Civil War, 1863-1864. Visitors will experience the war through the eyes of local citizens and soldiers. The exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and is based on the period collections of the Mercer Museum and Library.
The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle host weddings, birthday parties, scout programs, camps, and adult and children’s programs. For more information, hours and admission, visit mercermuseum.org.
DOYLESTOWN Restaurant Week CHAMBERS
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VILLA CAPRI RESTAURANT GROSS ’ GOURMET FOODS KAWA GRILL
COACH’S STEAK & HOAGIE HOUSE
JULES THIN CRUST PIZZA
Enjoy fixed price menus with extended merchant hours, sales & specials!
LILY ’S GOURMET FARM HOUSE TAVERN
PENNSYLVANIA SOUP AND SEAFOOD HOUSE
THE KNIGHT HOUSE
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VINE & FIG TREE BISTRO
CROSS CULTURE-ETHNIC INDIAN RESTAURANT
THE FREIGHT HOUSE
Special offers and menu items at over 20 restaurants!
LIVE MUSIC & LOCAL FLAVORS 7 DAYS A WEEK DAILY SPECIALS
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HAPPY HOUR MONDAYS– THURSDAYS 5-7PM CATERING & PRIVATE PARTIES OUTDOOR SEATING
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“Our music venue hosts open mic comedy on Tuesday, Singer/Songwriter night on Wednesday, and just about everything else Thursday, Friday, Saturday.”
Two great stores in one great location, Chris’ Cottage and Hens Teeth have combined forces to create the best possible shopping experience for their customers. Cottage & Coop will highlight this collaboration and truly complement the stores that you already know and love.
Our gift collections are perfect for any occasion!
SPECIALTY GIF T COLLECTIONS DESIGNED TO DELIGHT & INSPIRE HAND MADE, ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS HOME FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES
CHRIS ROBINSON & LISA SCHWARTZ Owners of Chris’ Cottage and Hens Teeth present their latest endeavor, Cottage & Coop 38-40 West Oakland Avenue
“ We pride ourselves on our aesthetic, so Chris and I have put together themed gift collections composed of unusual items created by independent producers, and packaged in our own unique way. Visit our new eCommerce site or come into our stores to see all of the possibilities!”
Matt Bender Board President
THE STANDARD CLUB, situated in the heart of downtown Doylestown, is part restaurant and part event space, but there’s something different happening there. They serve more than food. They serve the community. The Standard Club is a private Social Club with a membership whose mission focuses on promoting awareness and donating to those in need within Bucks County. Every six months the Club supports the cause of a different local organization. “There’s more than a restaurant within these walls,” says board president Matt Bender. “It’s the awareness that’s the big picture.” Currently, they are representing Ridge Crest Pediatric Care facility in Sellersville, which helps care for medically fragile and technology
dependent children. The Standard Club collects wish list items, features Ridge Crest on their menu, and provides updates as well as fundraising efforts.
“ There’s more than a restaurant within these walls.” Matt, along with the other board members, envisions the Club as a vehicle to inform the community, with members actively participating. The Standard Club is a place where people can simultaneously socialize and give back. “Fundraising can be centered around having a good time
and bringing people together, and we’ve had great support from friends, family, and the community,” says Matt. “The biggest spark in our mission is that we have the capability to bring good people together for the sake of helping others.” With its farmto-table restaurant located in a historic and prominent building designed by noted architect Oscar Martin, The Standard Club is well suited for meetings, events, fine dining, and its mission of serving in more ways than one. LEARN MORE 127 East State Street 215.348.9135 doylestownstandard.com The Standard Club is a private club for use by its members and their guests.
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ALEXA BRESLIN Owner of Donegal Jewelers with Amanda Levy 25 North Main Street 215.348.3488 donegaljewelers.com “Donegal is the name of the county in Ireland where my grandparents were born. We want to put unique pieces of jewelry in the hands of people who will love them as much as we do.”
ALEXIS BITTAR ALICE & TRIXIE ANANLILI AUTUMN CASHMERE BAILEY 44 BOBI CLOVER CANYON DL 1961 HALE BOB LAUNDRY MOTHER RECOVER RED ENGINE SPLENDID SW3 VELVET WHITE & WARREN YOANA BARASCHI
JESSICA SMITH Owner of Smith & Scott 76 South Main Street
“After relocating to the Doylestown area from New York City, I saw a need for an upscale clothing store with an urban feel that catered to the sophisticated women in the area. We are passionate about fashion & superior customer service.”
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RON MARTIN Owner of RMG Insurance 114 North Main Street 215.284.3530 rmginsurance.com “ We help you protect the things that are important in your life— your home, your business, and your family.”
supporting local business “I just wanted to tell you how lovely your approach and dedication is. So often we all give so much time and energy, and we don’t all thank each other enough, so here is a big giant thank you for all you have been doing for our community!” 42
“Ron Martin is not only my insurance guy—but now a friend! He is sincere and truly cares about you and the success of your business.” - loc al b us in es s
Guided Walking Tours 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS Historic Doylestown 2ND SATURDAYS 19th Century Tombstone Tour 4TH SATURDAYS Civil War Tour 5TH SATURDAYS Arboretum Tour 1ST FRIDAYS Select Schedule Tours
DOYLESTOWN CEMETERY 215 East Court Street 215.348.3911 doylestowncemetery.com “History is alive and kicking at the cemetery; since 1850 over 10,000 people have been interred here. Tour our beautifully maintained 33 acres and meet some of Doylestown’s most famous residents.”
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SHIATSU PRACTITIONER TRAINING MACROBIOTIC COOKING
NCBTMB CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES THAI MASSAGE
TAI CHI CLASSES
FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHIATSU CLINIC
INDIVIDUALIZED SHIATSU SESSIONS
International School of Shiatsu has many resources for developing body, mind, and spirit.
shiatsu transforms lives one touch at a time
HOW DOES SHIATSU WORK? Shiatsu moves stagnant energy, removes blockages, and creates balance in the body’s energy systems. By applying firm pressure to energy points, the flow of “chi” or “life force” is restored. Shiatsu practitioners help facilitate this change. The body then begins to heal itself and the receiver of Shiatsu begins to feel more empowered and responsible for small changes. Over time, the body begins to feel calmer, rejuvenated, balanced, and more energized.
SHIRLEY SCRANTA Owner of International School of Shiatsu 10 South Clinton Street 215.340.9918 shiatsubo.com “Are you ready to be part of the Natural Health Movement? Guide your family, friends, and clients to a healthier life with less stress—naturally.”
C E L E B RA TIN OUR 10T G H YEAR! SERVING LUNCH, DINNER, & SUNDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET LUNCH, DINNER, & HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS WEEKLY EVENTS PRIVATE PARTIES & CATERING
MATT CAFFREY & ADRIENNE CHALMERS Owners of Chambers 19 19 North Main Street
“Since we first arrived, we have felt warmly welcomed by our neighbors and the community. It didn’t take long to realize this town is special, and we feel blessed to call Doylestown our home.”
At Fig®, we pay tribute to those in our community who think beyond themselves and selflessly give back to Doylestown. We thank you.
MIKE STACHEL REELS IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF FISHERMEN & WOMEN Doylestown residents know Mike Stachel as the man who saved the Borough Dam and the Youth Fishing Program. Stachel, owner of Mt. Lake Pool & Patio, is ever so humble, saying with a soft grin, “I’m a professional volunteer.” Nearly 20 years ago, Mike’s friend, Judge Ed Ludwig called on him saying, “The dam is in trouble, and you’re the Chairman of the Board to save it.” Mike had zero hesitation. Faced with a daunting task of overhauling a dam that was in deep water in the form of dollars and disrepair, Stachel went before Borough Council and said, “I know HOW to do this. I don’t know HOW I’m going to do it, but it won’t cost the taxpayers any money.” True to his word, Mike came through, with donations and volunteers galore, underscored by his unwavering tenacity. Now each spring, the kids help stock the fish in preparation for the community wide fishing day.
OPENING DAY! MARCH 30 8AM
“Seeing those kids catch the fish makes my heart smile,” he says, having grown up fishing at the dam himself. Doylestown Borough Manager John Davis knows what the power of one person can do for a community. Early on, Davis knew how horrible the conditions were at the Dam. Though he thought Mike’s efforts to help were admirable, he had no idea how Stachel would pull it off. Then he saw it for himself. “The unique thing about Mike is that he doesn’t do impossible, and he’s relentlessly positive.” Davis says. “At that point in my career, it radically changed my definition of what’s possible.” Later this spring, Mike is planning a second stocking of fish so that seniors and the disabled can participate, once again demonstrating the power of what is possible.
“Seeing those kids catch the fish makes my heart smile.” – m ike s t a chel
SHARI SIMON E-RYT500 Owner of Sun Dog Yoga 17 West State Street, 2nd floor 215.230.4031 sundogyogastudio.com “ Yoga is for everyone: young and old, stiff and flexible, for the novice and the advanced practitioner. We provide this wonderful gift to everyone in our community—without exception.”
find peace, harmony, & community SUN DOG YOGA OFFERING TRADITIONAL ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA A VARIETY OF CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS INCLUDING GENTLE YOGA , MEN’S YOGA , MEDITATION, TEACHER TRAININGS, AND MORE BODYWORK THERAPY & PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS
doylestownborough.net MARCH 30 YOUTH FISHING OPENING DAY Borough Dam at Chapman Park. 8 AM doylestownborough.net APRIL 3 ❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Maplewood. Starts at Veterans Park, S. Chubb Drive. 10 AM doylestownborough.net APRIL 6, MAY 4, JUNE 1 FIRST SATURDAY CHESS PROGRAM Doylestown Historical Society 10 AM – 2 PM doylestownborough.net APRIL 10
❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL
❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Town Walk East. Starts at Doylestown Cemetery center gate. 10 AM doylestownborough.net APRIL 20 - NOV. 23 SATURDAYS FARMERS’ MARKET Hamilton Street. 7 AM – 12 PM buckinghampacivic.org APRIL 24 ❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Historical Walking Tour. Starts at James Lorah House, Main & Broad Streets. 10 AM doylestownborough.net
❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Senior Center. Starts at Shady Retreat Road parking lot. 9 AM doylestownborough.net MAY 15
❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Downtown Stroll. Starts at James Lorah House, Main & Broad Streets. 9 AM doylestownborough.net
MAY 22 ❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Town Walk East. Starts at Doylestown Cemetery center gate. 9 AM doylestownborough.net
Fonthill Woods. Starts at Moravian Tile Works parking lot. 10 AM doylestownborough.net
MAY 1 ❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Doyle/Lenape/Hospital. Starts at Neis Park parking lot, North West Street. 9 AM doylestownborough.net
MAY 29 ❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Fonthill Woods. Starts at Moravian Tile Works parking lot. 9 AM doylestownborough.net
MAY 25 DOYLESTOWN 5K 18th Annual Bucks 5K Series sponsored by DBCA. Race starts at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 9:30 AM. Doylestown5k.com MAY 27 THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE United Veterans of Doylestown sponsor this annual parade through Downtown Doylestown. 10 AM unitedveteransofdoylestown.org
JUNE 2 DOYLESTOWN KIDS TRIATHALON Fanny Chapman Pool 8 AM & 10:30 AM dtownkidstri.org JUNE 5
❧ SPRING SCENIC STROLL Maplewood. Starts at Veterans Memorial Park, South Chubb Drive. 9 AM doylestownborough.net
JUNE 26-JULY 31 SOUNDS OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Chapman or Central Park 7 PM – 8:30 PM doylestownborough.net
❧ • TAKE A WALK • Scenic Stroll events take place throughout the spring. Look for the leaf icon on the events calendar.
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1. PLAZA WEST Hamilton & State Streets, “Pay & Display” system.
DISCOVER A COMPREHENSIVE CALENDAR OF DOYLESTOWN EVENTS AND GREAT INFORMATION FOR VISITORS AND LOCALS ALIKE ON THE NEW DOYLESTOWN BOROUGH WEBSITE.
2. DOMMEL WAY, Between Court & State Streets, 15 min. CITIZEN’S & 3 hr. parking. GUIDE 3. PINE STREET TO Pine & State Streets, 3 hr. meters. PUBLIC
4. PLAZA EAST PARKING East Oakland Avenue and Donaldson Street, 3 hr.Borough meters.of Doylestown Public Parking Lots & 5. CLINTON STREET Clinton W.1.Court monthly Plaza Streets; West, Hamilton & State Streets, “Pay & Display”free rentals, 10 hr. meters, system. evening/weekend parking. 2. Dommel Way, Between Court & State Streets, 15 min. & 3
6. WOOD hr.STREET parking. 3. Pine Street,between Pine & State Wood Street Streets, 3 hr. meters. Hamilton and Clinton; 4. Plaza East, E. Oakland monthly rentals. Avenue and Donaldson Street, 3 hr. meters.
7. BUCKS COUNTY 5. Clinton Street, Clinton & W. CourtGARAGE Streets; monthly PARKING rentals, 10 hr. meters, Free BroadEvening/Weekend and Union Streets, Parking. Wood Street, Wood Street 246.hour free parking. between Hamilton and
Clinton; monthly rentals. 8. WELLS FARGO BANK LOT 7. Bucks County Parking Free weekday parking from Garage, Broad and Union 24 hour free parking. 6 PM Streets, to 2 AM, noon 8. Wells Fargo Bank Lot, free Saturday to 2parking AM from weekday 6:00pm to 2:00AM, noon Monday morning. Saturday to 2:00am Monday
morning. 9. COUNTY “VIP” LOT 9. County “VIP” Lot, free Free parking 6 PM to parking 6:00pm to 3:00am 3 AM weekdays weekdays and and all dayall day Saturday & Sundays. Saturday & Sundays.
release your inner sport. WELCOME TO VONSPORT, a whole new way of health, fitness, and well being. We are going to show you the art of “releasing your inner sport” to achieve all of the many goals that you have set for yourself in life. Our belief is that the search for your inner athlete will result in creating a healthier and happier lifestyle. VonSport is specially designed in an organic nature, for each individual that means you and me. You will find the quality of service and goods are like no other. The background of our professional staff is of the highest caliber and is world class, all within a green-friendly environment. We look forward to meeting with you to begin the next and most important chapter of your life.
THERESA MAYS Owner of VonSport 302 Farm Lane, Doylestown 215.859.8298
“At VonSport, we inspire you to embrace your inner athlete that lives inside all of us. RELEASING YOUR INNER SPORT. Get plugged in at VonSport.com”
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