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“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” –Thomas Jefferson

Press PUBLISHER Dan Mathers dan@thewcpress.com ADVERTISING MANAGER Nick Vecchio nick@thewcpress.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Skye McDonald skye@thewcpress.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nazarena Luzzi Castro nazarenaluzzi.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Kate Chadwick kchadwick@thewcpress.com STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Sabina Sister ssister@thewcpress.com

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COLUMNISTS WC Food Co-op wcfoodcoop@thewcpress.com Becca Boyd bboyd@thewcpress.com Jamie Jones jjones@thewcpress.com Andrea Mason amason@thewcpress.com DJ Romeo romeo@thewcpress.com Dr Geoff Winkley drwinkley@thewcpress.com Published By... Mathers Productions 12 E Barnard Street West Chester, PA 19382 mathersproductions.com 610-344-3463 The WC Press is a monthly magazine distributed free of charge to more than 250 businesses. For a free digital subscription, visit thewcpress.com. For more information about specific distribution locations, visit thewcpress.com/distribution.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Avanté Salon & Spa BOUTIQUE: Blink PHOTOGRAPH: Sabina Sister

Worth

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Our no-nonsense table of contents

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LOCAL TALENT Chatting with Frank Gruber of Avanté Salon & Spa

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2017 WEST CHESTER LOOK BOOK Featuring the borough’s best stylists, designers, artists and boutiques

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OWNER OF THE MONTH Meet Eddie Smith, the face of Asphalt Paving Group

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BARTENDER OF THE MONTH Sipping cocktails with Bri Bradshaw of Righteous Tap House

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PHOTO HUNT Find the five differences between the two pictures and win!

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Dr. Laurene Grabill (R) and Rima Vanhill-Seal (L) pose with their SculpSure Laser Diode device which eliminates body fat.

Beauty and

Technology

Dr. Laurene Grabill offers medically backed health and beauty services at Grabill Family Dentistry

I notice you’re offering a lot of services I’d typically associate with a plastic surgeon, not a dentist. Why is that? Dental school trains you to thoroughly understand the body from the neck up, and if someone comes in and makes their smile look great, why wouldn’t they want the frame around that smile to be as attractive as the smile itself? Do you need separate training beyond dental school? I’ve received my training on injectables—Botox, Juviderm, Rabiesse, Xyomin, Belloterro, etc—from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. They recommend seeing dentists for these procedures, and I’ve completed the highest level of training they offer. Any doctor could buy products and begin using them, but I’ve had hands-on training with certified professionals. Do you offer services beyond injectables? We’ve just started using SculpSure, which is a diode laser technology that obliterates fat under the skin. It’s similar to how I use lasers in dentistry that just target gum tissue. This laser just targets the fatty tissue, so it doesn’t burn the skin—it's transmitted through the skin and absorbed by the fatty tissue, which it destroys permanently.

Who is the right patient for this procedure? This is for someone who is maybe 25lbs overweight but can’t lose that stubborn fat—no matter how many sit-ups you do, it won’t go away. Someone who’s had children knows that sometimes that baby weight just won’t go away. It's for people who work out but can’t get rid of that under-arm fat, or the fat on the inner and outer thighs. It can even help with double chins. To me, this was the obvious next step in the progression of my practice—people were asking if I could help with places beyond their face, so I decided to incorporate more esthetic services. So, do you offer multiple esthetic services? We’re introducing Think Skin at the Brighten Bar with Dr Laurene. We’ve added a new team member, Rima, who will be handling those esthetic services day-to-day. Rima studied to become a professional esthetician, and she is concentrating on anti-aging regimens. Appointments will include an in-depth, one-on-one consultation, skin asset analysis, and the development of a skin retirement plan just for you. Services include dermaplaning, chemical peels, enzyme treatments, LED light treatments, deep pore cleansing and anti-aging massage. And, because this takes placed in a licensed medical office, we are able to utilize advanced, medical-grade equipment that other providers cannot. Sounds like you’re the one-stop-shop for people looking for a little help brightening and enhancing their appearance. We have built our expertise on faces and anti-aging, and our sole focus is providing products and services— like SculpSure—that offer the highest efficacy, in the least amount of time, at the most reasonable cost.

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Letter

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Editor

Dan Mathers shares some personal insight about this month’s theme

I think that at a certain point in most people’s lives, their personal style calcifies. My step dad is probably the epitome of this. My mom's always encouraged me to buy him clothes for Christmas because—if he had his way—he’d still be wearing the sweater vests he sported when he was 30. He swears by the Birddog board shorts he’s owned since college. In the rare instances I’ve borrowed a shirt from him, I needed to peel through decades of dated button-ups in search of something purchased within the past five to ten years… usually by me. For others, their style is the result of learning from many poor decisions. For instance, in high school my dad had long, curly hair that reached down past his shoulders. He owes the Navy a “thank you” for chopping it all off. He also went through a phase in the 2000s where he started buying Diesel jeans and those ostentatious shirts in bright patterns with big collars and cuffs. Fortunately that faded. These days his shirts are more subdued, his jeans are reasonably priced, and he’s had the same crew cut my entire life. If I’m going to make fun of my father figures, it’s only fair I turn the lens upon myself. I mean, in my early 20s I had a pixie cut: short on the sides and back, long top combed forward, then my six-inch bangs were swept to one side of my face. In high school I was “emo.” I owned a pair of women’s jeans because they weren’t yet making skinny jeans for men. I genuinely cannot think of a more embarrassing fashion choice. But, I’m confident my fashion faux pas are in the past, because it dawned on me recently while doing laundry that my own style is beginning to calcify. I folded five pairs of jeans, all of which were Levi’s 511s. I have five pairs of Billabong Lo-Tides, hybrid shorts that double as bathing suits. I have nine blue button-ups and four pairs of Vans. I even have four pairs of the same Nike running shoes— two of them are exactly the same colors. The only variety in my wardrobe is the result of my affinity for Hawaiian shirts. They add color to my closet, but despite the variations on floral and nautical themes, all of my shirts come from one designer: Reyn Spooner. This discovery worried me a bit. While it’s cliche, I’ve always found William Cowper’s observation to be true: variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor. It’s important that we stretch beyond our boundaries to be reminded of the things that really excite us. And so, inspired by this issue, I stopped in Phineas Gage and tried on a pair of pants from Jonnie-O. They fit me like a pair of Levi’s 511s and had the feel of Billabong’s board shorts. I bought them, then swung by Salon Chemistry to switch up my haircut. I felt upbeat and excited when I stepped back onto the street. My days of over-the-top looks might be over, but that doesn’t mean I can’t experiment with new styles and designers that’re on the fringes of my purview. I also intend to keep switching up my hairstyle every few months for as long as I can, because—if going bald really is genetically linked to my mother’s father—I’m only a few short years from staring at a cue ball in the mirror and wistfully recalling my thick, full pixie cut. —dan@thewcpress.com

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A Mother's

Perspective

When traditional education wasn't working out for her son, a mother turned to PA Leadership Charter School to make sure her son got the individualized attention he needed.

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raditional school just wasn’t working anymore for my son— he was coming home every day upset, and then we would battle every morning before leaving for the bus. It was so stressful for the two of us. My son needed a little more attention in school because he gets distracted easily, but his teacher had so many students to handle, and it was a “wild class” to start with. I understood it was hard to keep track of all the kids—I honestly don’t know how she did it—but my son was getting lost in the system. He was an average grade kid with the potential to do more, but he needed some extra attention. Plus, he'd had to miss some time at school for doctor’s appointments, and it was hard for him to catch up. We needed to find something different for him—he needed more from his school. We started looking at other school options. Private school just isn’t in our budget, and we can’t afford to move, so we looked into this cyber school thing.

Cyber schools are public schools; I didn’t know that. With no private school tuition fees, cyber school was sounding good to me already. Cyber schools offer flexible schedules and online classes, which would certainly help with my son’s busy schedule and doctors’ appointments. Mmm, this all sounded good, but could they work with my son’s unique learning style? He just didn’t learn the same way other kids did. He is a smart boy, but he gets distracted so easily. He acted like the class clown and got sent out of the classroom for distracting everyone else with his antics. So, I wondered: could cyber school support him correctly? Yes, yes they can. They worked with us as a family, and we talked about my son’s needs, his learning style and pace. We could connect much closer with his teachers, and it was a public school. We knew it was time to make the jump! We enrolled in PA Leadership Charter School, an online public school. My son is much happier now—he wants to learn, and he is excited to be a part of the online classes. He loves his teachers and peers, and we have no early morning fights to get on the bus! The cyber school environment is working for my son. He has made major improvements in all of his subjects and can still be the class clown at home, but he doesn’t miss any educational time! My son is unique; his education should be too. If you think you and your family might be facing similar challenges, I suggest you visit PA Leadership Charter School's website or call them to schedule a personal information session. It was the best decision I have ever made. All names have been withheld out of respect for the family's privacy.

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Near and Far

Jamie Jones of Whirlaway Travel explores some travel options abroad and highlights their local counterparts

I cannot recall the last time I went to a big box store to update my wardrobe. Endless racks of clothes, cramped dressing rooms with lighting better suited for an operating room, and sales people that are trying to juggle 10 women all at the same time. The experience has always ended with me leaving empty-handed and defeated. One of the many reasons I love West Chester is the myriad boutique clothiers. I have gifted classic pieces from Mainline Custom Clothiers to the men in my life, went on shopping sprees with my mom at Jane Chalfant, scored a few previously loved pieces at Greene Street, and fell head over heels with some timeless (and wrinkle resistant) dresses at OBVI. The curated collections that our local boutique shops present have been a staple in my closet over the past decade. My career has me traveling at least once a month, meaning frequent packing and varying climates, so having clothing options that are versatile, comfortable, and well-made is important to me. This emphasis on function has lead some to say that my style is a bit boring. I recently decided that I needed to up my style game because I have a photo shoot coming up, so I enlisted the expertise of Ashley Tischler, owner of Tish Boutique. We discussed my style (or lack thereof), the purpose of the shoot, my size and body shape, and I sent over some photos of the shoot location so Ashley could get an idea of colors that would go well. Then we scheduled time for a style session. Despite all that, I wondered if she had items that would fit and make me feel great, because as we all know, the camera doesn’t lie! I went in to the appointment with high hopes and low expectations. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by Ashley who got right to work, pulling outfits together that I would have never chosen myself. We discussed the image I wanted to portray (hip but classically professional), and she was not pushy with pieces that I was not feeling. After selecting a handful of options, she whisked me off to the back dressing room, which I must add was roomy, comfortable, and had great lighting. Amazingly, every outfit I tried on fit great! I settled on a complete outfit—dress, jacket, and necklace that had me looking and feeling like a million bucks. It got me thinking about some of my best experiences shopping overseas. One of the best ways to get a great shopping experience, especially in a non-English speaking country, is to enlist the services of a private shopper for a day. Travellers often want to bring home a bit of style with them—whether it be haute couture in Paris, fine leather in Florence, a custom suit in Bangkok, or the best quality Espadrilles in Barcelona, a private guide is going to get you away from the big box stores and take you on a shopping expedition that may end up being the highlight of your trip. Of course, the same could be said for working with a professional like Ashley right here in West Chester.—jjones@thewcpress.com

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Local

Talent

PHOTO Sabina Sister INTERVIEW Skye McDonald

Frank Gruber started off as a stylist, and he’s built his business, Avanté, from one location 38 years ago into the three fullservice locations he owns today. How long have you owned Avanté? I’ve been a salon owner for 38 years. Were you always at Avanté? I started out at Klip Joint 38 years ago. It’s now called Avanté on High Street. Then I opened this door here in October 1991, and we opened Avanté on Main Street in 2007. What do you like most about Avanté? Well, first, I like the name “Avanté.” It means “advanced,” and we use the French spelling. I’m very passionate about being a salon owner. I like to see people grow and develop. I have staff that started working for me when they were 18 and 19, and now

they’re mothers, they have houses, a nice lifestyle. I like watching them grow. Were you a hair stylist yourself? I was for 21 years—I started doing hair at 19. When I first began working at Klip Joint I was 23, and I worked primarily by myself. I’ve grown a lot professionally since then—I’ve had over 110 employees. How did you get into it? I used to play in a band, and one of the guys I played with, his wife was a hairdresser. She encouraged me to go into it after seeing me braid some flowers into the hair of the girl I was dating. His wife even filled out the application for me because I probably wouldn’t have done it myself. But, once I got down into school, I really found a passion for it. Is there anything in particular that makes Avanté stand out? We keep growing, and we keep adding new services and ways to schedule that accommodate our customers. We keep up on education, constantly looking for additional education opportunities for our staff so that they’re on the cutting edge of what’s going on. We work with Redken, and we have a good relationship with them. Due to that,

we get a lot of education with them, and we have certified Redken colorists that work for us and educate our people, too. Are you involved in education? I used to go in and do more presentations at schools. I used to teach a class called, ‘Success is a Choice.’ Due to our reputation and our name, we keep getting students coming to us, so I haven’t gone out and presented in the last couple of years. Do you think you’ve played a role in building Avanté’s reputation? I believe so. I treat people the way I want to be treated. You have good people and you treat them well, and if you have a good program together, they stay with you. Do you think that’s what separates you from other salons? I think so. We’ve had people come to work here from other salons, and said they didn’t get anywhere near the education that we were offering. Is there any advice that you could give to future hair stylists? It’s tough now— it’s a lot tougher than when I first started. And, it’s very expensive to go in and open a salon—the rents are very high now. But if that’s your goal, then stick with it and pursue it—don’t ever give up on it.

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Home

Grown

Charlotte Burnod shares info on local food and the upcoming West Chester Food Co-op

Walk into Gabe Boscana’s garage, and you won’t find a car. Instead, the aromatic smell of coffee beans greets you. Burlap coffee bean bags hang from the wall, and an imposing, five-pound Probat coffee roasting machine stands to the left. This is the headquarters of Máquina Coffee Roasters, Boscana’s labor of love. A do-it-yourself ethos permeates this operation—he roasts and packages the beans himself, and he blogs about the challenges and successes on Máquina’s website. Boscana relocated to Marshallton from the Bay Area with his wife and daughter almost a year ago, and he officially launched Máquina last fall. His foray into the coffee industry began after college, working for Gimme Coffee in Ithaca, NY, where he realized that, “The concept of picking coffee from a tree, in say, Zambia, and the fact that we’re drinking it here is kind of a miracle.” This realization ultimately led to 16 years and counting in his career in the coffee industry, where he’s been—among many positions— barista, roasting manager, and green coffee director. Living and working in Chester County is a welcome change of pace. “With Máquina, it’s nice to not have a boss to be able to spend more time with my wife and kid,” Boscana says. “A big reason for doing this style of business is having more time to live my life versus the business running my life.” Boscana has full control over his operation and focuses on sourcing high-quality beans and building strong relationships with coffee producers. “I like coffees that are lighter roasted—you can taste what’s in the terroir,” he says. “I don’t roast coffee until it’s super dark; you kill any nuance that was there in the first place.” Boscana likens roasting the beans to meditation. “It’s a solitary thing, and it takes you to a different place...you have to be very focused...and there is a rhythm to it, an actual mechanical rhythm, and an emotional rhythm. It’s almost like a dance.” He wants people to try his coffee as is, with no milk or cream. Alright, disclaimer: I’m not a coffee person (tea is more my thing), so I hesitantly tried a cold brew of Máquina’s Burundi/ Rango beans. It surprised me—the taste was refreshing and light, not bitter at all. Currently, Boscana stocks beans from Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia and Peru. Because Máquina is a small operation, he usually stocks four types of coffee for five months at a time. What does the future hold in store for Máquina? Well don’t expect a brick and mortar store anytime soon. As of now, Boscana sells his coffee via e-commerce and multi-roaster coffee shops (shops that carry more than one brand of beans). He’s focused on building his business slowly and organically, through satisfied customers, word of mouth, and social media. “I don’t want to owe anyone anything,” Boscana says. “All of the money we make at Máquina really comes right back into the coffee. I’m not looking for volume; I’m looking for quality.” Máquina coffee is available through maquinacoffee.com and the Food Co-op’s website (wcfood.coop/2017-csa-program). –wcfoodcoop@thewcpress.com

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2West0Chester 17 LOOK BOOK featuring the borough’s best stylists, designers, artists and boutiques photos Sabina Sister sponsored by

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MODEL: DINA BAEZ SALON: AVANTÉ SALON & SPA HAIR ANGELA NEIDI MAKEUP KATHARINE WINTER BOUTIQUE: BLINK DRESS, MISA $249 BOOTIES, SPLENDID $148

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MODEL: BRI BRADSHAW SALON: PETER’S SALON & EUROPEAN SPA HAIR & MAKEUP LAUREN O'BRIEN BOUTIQUE: KALY METTA DRESS, SALAAM $150 ACCESSORIES: TESORO BRITTANY SUEDE CLUTCH $250

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MODEL: DIANNA BROSIUS

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BOUTIQUE: ARTISTIC EYEWEAR

MODEL: DINA BAEZ

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SALON: AVANTÉ SALON & SPA

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MODEL: BRI BRADSHAW SALON: AVANTÉ SALON & SPA HAIR REBECCA HOFFMAN MAKEUP KATHARINE WINTER BOUTIQUE: TISH FULL CIRCLE CHOKER, WANDERLUST $39 BLACK DOLLY VEGAN LEATHER JACKET, SPLENDID $129 MACKAY DRESS, JACK BY BB DAKOTA $88 ACCESSORIES: TESORO CHELSEA CROSSBODY BAG $260

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MODEL: DAN MATHERS SALON: SALON CHEMISTRY HAIR ANTHONY GIUNTA ACCESSORIES: GIUNTA’S FURNITURE CREAM METAL CHAIR, CREATIVE CO-OP $121

BOUTIQUE: MAINLINE CUSTOM CLOTHIERS LEATHER HYBRID JACKET, FLYNT $745 FITTED BUTTON-DOWN, ELLIE BALLEH $99 HIGH ROLLER DENIM, JACK OF SPADES $175

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Owner of the

Month

PHOTO Sabina Sister INTERVIEW Skye McDonald

Discussing building a business, one personal relationship at a time, with Eddie Smith of Asphalt Paving Group So how did you get started in the paving business? I’ve been in this pretty much my entire life. My great grandfather started Asphalt Paving Group in 1955, and from there, it’s been a family thing, so I’m fourth generation. I branched off and started this because we do more stamped asphalts and tennis courts. The specialized stuff is what I like to do. Have you never turned anyone down? Very rarely. I’ve been officially working here since I was 16. I’ll deal with everybody from a small shop to multi-million dollar buildings. There’s no limit.

How many different styles do you offer? There are infinite possibilities. Every job that I do is different—there are never two stamping jobs that are alike; they all come out differently. Has there been any project that you’ve particularly loved? It’s not so much the project, but the people, if that makes sense. The coolest person I’ve worked for is Bam Margera. It was awesome seeing him skating on it on TV and saying, “Hey, that’s my work!” You don’t realize how many people live around this area until you start working and meeting them. What do you like about working with people? Everybody has a story. That’s what I love—hearing how I know them through somebody. What I love about this town is how West Chester is connected to everybody. It’s cool knowing that I’ve worked for somebody’s grandfather, their daughter, and now I’m working for them. Being in West Chester for so long, I’ve worked for whole generations of families. The word-of-mouth reputation we’ve built is everything to us. When people see Asphalt Paving Group, we want to set the standard.

So you really love making connections and reaching out to people? That’s it. Making connections for the long term. Knowing that I’m not going anywhere and they’ve got somebody they know they can trust. That’s the thing, networking, connections. West Chester’s a good hub. It’s crazy how you can be on vacation, and you’ll find someone from here. I wanted to start advertising here locally because there are so many Chester County connections that reach so far and beyond. It’s unbelievable. Do you have any specific long-term goals for the company? I would like to open up some kind of showroom that people can come in and touch and feel samples. Long term, I’d like to build that into an interactive showroom or storefront that people can come in and see the wide array of colors and options and textures, help them understand they are not stuck to one type of driveway. We just want to inform people about what we do. I want to be the hub; I want to be the guy. We do jobs all around the country, but I want to be the person you count on right here at home.

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Dr. Geoff Winkley is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who operates Doctor’s Best Immediate Medical Care

Our skin takes a beating in summer! Luckily, we’ve got some solutions for you to help fix common seasonal ailments.

Sunburn Your chance of developing skin cancer is mostly related to your total lifetime sun exposure, but it can be increased by having just one severe blistering sunburn. So, cover up with clothing or sunscreen and avoid being outside between the hours of 10am to 4pm. Also, see your primary care physician, urgent care center or dermatologist for annual skin checkups. Insects Bites and stings are not only an unpleasant consequence of being outside, they can also have serious consequences. Tick attachments can cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other illnesses. Mosquitos can carry West Nile Virus in our region and many other illnesses elsewhere. Bees and wasps can cause much discomfort, and for many people they can induce a severe allergic reaction. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the great outdoors, because using 40% DEET-containing bug repellants will prevent most tick attachments and mosquito stings. Most “bee” stings are actually caused by wasps known as yellow jackets which are very aggressive, especially if you go near their ground nests! You may be able to eradicate these pests simply by keeping the ground moist, since they prefer dry soil. You may want to seek a professional’s help, especially if you have a bee or wasp sting allergy. Most bite and sting symptoms can be controlled by OTC antihistamines and anti-itch creams, but if you are having a severe reaction call 911 for help. Poison Ivy If you spend any time in the outdoors, you better be able to recognize poison ivy because it is everywhere in the Northeast. A good rule of thumb is to stop and identify any vine you are removing or have come in contact with. And if you are exposed to the oil from broken leaves or stems, wash the area thoroughly with water and lots of soap (common dish detergent or liquid hand soap are useful) within two hours to prevent the itchy, bubbly rash. If you develop a rash, thoroughly wash the area around the rash with soap and water to prevent the further spread of any remaining oil. Treatment primarily involves controlling the itch with OTC antihistamines and anti-itch creams. Swimmer’s Ear Another common summer problem, swimmer’s ear is the result of moisture remaining in the external ear canal for a prolonged period of time, typically as a result of frequent underwater swimming. To prevent this from happening, be sure to shake the water out of both ears after swimming. People with excess ear wax buildup may find it more difficult to get the water out of their ear canal and frequent use of ear buds or plugs can also increase your chance of getting this infection. See your doctor or an urgent care provider if you think you have swimmer’s ear. —drwinkley@thewcpress.com

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YOUR HEALTH IS ALWAYS

IN FASHION

Taking care of yourself never goes out of style. At the Y, we offer overall health and wellness. Stay active with hundreds of group exercise classes, swimming and pickleball. Serve in volunteer projects and make new friends while you’re here.

Now’s the time to join the Y! Don’t wait! Stop by or call today. Income-Based Membership Available

Photos from the 2017 YMCA Fashion Show

For details, visit www.ymcagbw.org or contact your Y today. WEST CHESTER AREA YMCA 610-431-9622 • OSCAR LASKO YMCA AND CHILDCARE CENTER 610-696-9622 branches of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine

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Design Dilemmas Andrea Mason of Perceptions Interiors is a professional interior designer who wants to help you upgrade your space

Have you ever walked into a room and it just felt... off? This could simply mean the room is lacking in feng shui. Feng shui is all about how the placement of your furniture and accessories impacts your environmental energy flow and your personal energy flow. The ideas is that, by following feng shui, you will be a happier person. At the center of feng shui is chi, which is the life force around us that is constantly moving and changing. Chi is the energy that makes us feel emotions like happy, sad, angry, excited. Feng shui keeps this chi moving throughout your home instead of getting blocked in a space, which can make a person feel negative. Whether you believe in it or not, a lot of the principles that make up feng shui are the same as common design principles. Below, I have a quick lesson to help you understand the basic principles. 1. Remove clutter, broken objects and dead plants. These items will reflect a bad energy in the home. Items to look out for include broken bulbs, cleaning out stains, and either repairing or removing things that need to be fixed. When it comes to storing your broom, you ideally would want to keep it outside, since it is known to carry the negative energy you clean up. If that is not convenient for you, then you can store it inside a cabinet or closet. Each room represents something different—like the dining room representing food and prosperity and the entryway is a welcoming spot for positive energy. Therefore you have to be careful where the broom closet is located, because we don’t want those positive energies being swept away. 2. Color is a big part of feng shui too. It can impact your mood and symbolizes a certain purpose. An example is the color yellow, which can be used to reflect a lot of elements, such as reputation, prosperity and love. It works best in social areas like a kitchen, living room, or dining room because it is so uplifting. Painting your front door can help your feng shui. If you paint your door red then you are inviting wealth to your home. Green reflects growth and brown reflects stability while blue reflects relaxation. 3. Incorporate the elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood into each room to create a positive and balanced environment. It’s also a great way to diversify your space and make it look more eclectic with varying textures, colors, and patterns. These don’t have to be literal—earth can be pottery, fire can be a candle, and water can be a mirror. These are just a few of the major concepts that feng shui has to offer, but the practice has endless design possibilities. If you’d like to implement these concepts or expand upon the practice for a happier and more balanced home, I’d be happy help you through the process. Just send me an email! —amason@thewcpress.com

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Home

Becca Boyd shares tips on life and cooking on her blog at homebeccanomics.com

Beccanomics

After every trip to the West Chester Grower’s Market, I return home with what feels like an embarrassment of riches. The corn has come in, and the farmers give it away for a song, and I’m more than happy to help them out. Nothing makes corn shine like a pairing of earthy, fragrant basil... melted butter doesn’t hurt, either. That being said, after one too many summer BBQs I find I need a break, and this recipe for stuffed portabella mushrooms is the healthy, veggie-filled relief my body craves. It’s quick, nutritious comfort food at its best, and that’s what summertime eating is all about. –bboyd@thewcpress.com Grilled Corn with Basil Butter serves 4 4 Ears Corn 1/4 tbsp. fresh basil Kosher salt 3/4 tsp. kosher salt 1 stick unsalted butter

1. Heat the grill to medium. 2. Pull the outer husks down the ear to the base, keeping them

attached. Strip away the silk from each ear of corn. Fold husks back into place, and place the ears of corn in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, combine butter, basil, and salt in food processor and blend until smooth. 4. Remove corn from water and shake off excess. Place the corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender when pierced with a paring knife. 5. Remove the husks and spread with herb butter while hot. Serve. Cheesy Stuffed Portabella Parmesan serves 4 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 large zucchini, diced 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar 1 (15 oz) can cannelini beans, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano drained and rinsed 4 large portabella caps (stem 1/2 tsp. kosher salt removed, gills scraped clean) 1/3 c. prepared or homemade 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese tomato sauce

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. 3. Add zucchini and sauté until softened and starting to brown,

about 8 minutes. 4. Add beans, salt, garlic, tomato sauce, vinegar, and oregano and stir to combine. Let cook about five minutes, stirring occasionally. 5. Line baking sheet with foil and spray foil with nonstick spray. Place mushroom caps on a baking sheet. 6. Divide mixture between mushroom caps and top with parmesan cheese. 7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until cheese is melted and mushrooms are softened.

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Bartender of the

Month

PHOTO Sabina Sister INTERVIEW Skye McDonald

We chat with Bri Bradshaw, one of this month’s models and a bartender at Righteous Tap House, about why she loves her job. How long have you been bartending at Righteous Tap House? I started here back in September of 2016. Why here? It was different from anything I had done before. I’d always worked right in the borough, and this is an opportunity to get a different vibe and a different crowd. I was excited for that. What’s the crowd like? Compared to the crowd in the borough, we don’t necessarily have the college scene—we have an older crowd. It’s very much your neighborhood bar. You ask 90% of the

people that come here, and they say, “I live around the corner.” What were you doing before you were bartending? I have been bartending for five years, so along with bartending, I’ve been in and out of school. I went to West Chester University, I waitressed a bit and worked at Amore Pizza for a little less than a year. I worked at Brother’s Pizza way before that, back when I was in high school—I’ve been in the restaurant industry for a while. Why do you think you’ve stayed in the industry? It’s a fun place to be. You meet some really awesome people that you wouldn’t meet in other settings. It’s fun to be that destination place where someone who comes after work— they’re ready to relax. It’s a fun environment to be in. So what are your favorite drinks? We’re coming out with a cocktail list soon, and me and the manager Marina have been kinda messing around with the stuff. We took fresh pineapple mint leaves, and I muddled that with a little bit of lime and some lemonade, then

threw in some Tanqueray and a splash of club soda and Sprite. And we made this really awesome, refreshing cocktail out of it—that’s hands-down my favorite drink. Did you name it? One of the owners, Jon, named it Summer Br(i)eeze. So that’s a perfect summer drink. Do you have a favorite memory or a funny story from your time working there? Our customers are awesome— they make us what we are. A few of our regulars come in all the time, to the point they figured out what my favorite flower was. Well, I’d had a rough day before coming in one time, and when some of my favorite regulars, Matt, Karen and Steve, showed up, they had these bundles of sunflowers just because they appreciate that I was always happy and smiling. They wanted to do something for me to brighten my day, and that was just very selfless. It made my night! So, as much as it’s my job to make your night, sometimes customers can make their bartender’s night as well.

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Spot the five differences between these images, and send your answer to contests@thewcpress.com for your chance to win a Barnaby’s gift certificate. Congrats to our July winner, Jake Wharton, who won while playing at Kooma.

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August Playlist DJ Romeo curates a list of the tracks you’ll be enjoying all month long The following is a list of songs that will take over the radio stations in the next few months. You’ll soon know them by heart and play them ‘til they’re tired. But, good news: you can download them first and look like the cool musical genius to all of your friends. djromeo@thewcpress.com

www.djromeo.fm | @DJRomeo24

Louis Tomlinson ft. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals “Back to You” Demi Lovato - “Sorry Not Sorry” Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey - “Glorious” Ghosted ft. Kamille - “Get Some” Lauv - “I Like Me Better” Branchez ft. Big Wet - “Turn Up On the Weekend” Arcade Fire - “Everything Now” Skrillex ft. Poo Bear - “Would You Ever” Portugal. The Man - “Feel It Still” The Chainsmokers - “Honest” Dua Lipa - “New Rules” Kesha - “Learn To Let Go” Zedd & Liam Payne - “Get Low” PANDA$ ft. Jutes - “PARI$” Toby Keith - “Wacky Tobaccy” Diddy ft. Notorious BIG & Rick Ross - “Watcha Gon’ Do” Tanner Fox ft. Tay Alesia & Dylan Matthew - “We Do It Best” Andy Grammer ft. LunchMoney Lewis - “Give Love” The War On Drugs - “Strangest Thing” Amine ft. Offset - “Wedding Crashers” EXO - “Ko Ko Bop” Linkin Park - “One More Light” The Ivy - “Gold” Rocky Wellstack ft. Nicole Bus - “I Miss You” Morgan Evans - “Kiss Somebody” Tyler, The Creator ft. Kali Uchis - “See You Again” The Killers - “The Man” Machine Gun Kelly ft. James Arthur - “Go For Broke” Lana Del Rey ft. Stevie Nicks “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” Queens of the Stone Age - “The Way You Used To Do”

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Profile for The WC Press

The WC Press Style Issue - August 2017  

Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Style Issue - August 2017  

Voice of the Borough