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MARCH 2013 | thewcpress.com



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MARCH 2013 | thewcpress.com



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The Press

From the Editor...

Let me give you a tip: We’re a sure thing

I admit it–I’m a mama’s boy

Publisher Dan Mathers Dan@thewcpress.com

I was raised by a woman who was particularly strong, both mentally and physically. She was always happy to remind me of the latter when I got out of line as a teenager. I think she grew even stronger after divorcing my father when I was 12. After all, that left her solely responsible for disciplining a teenaged boy possessed by an absolute disregard for authority. I don’t think I had a single teacher at Fugett Middle School who enjoyed a minute of having me in their class, so parent-teacher conferences were always tough on my mother. I’m certain my sister was no better. My friends knew my mother was tough, and a fair number of them were, frankly, afraid of her. But their judgments of her were always framed by my stories. In retrospect, I’m sure many of the tales I told were grossly exaggerated… except the one where she grounded me for an entire marking period during sixth grade for getting too many Bs on my report card. I still stand by that. As I grew older, and I stopped routinely making terrible decisions, my mother somehow morphed into the cool mom. She was the mom who’d let us throw parties in her garage when we’d come home from college. She is the mom that my friends visit when they happen to be in town. Remarkably, she was even the mom who didn’t kick my head in when she found pot in my sock drawer. Instead, she actually admitted she’d done the same thing when she was young. I received a stern lecture with the premise of, “Don’t be stupid,” but I was allowed to retain my freedom… and the small Ziploc bag she’d found. These days I’m still very close with my mother. I respect and rely on her opinion (as evidenced by page 53). She’s a strongwilled influence in my life, and the source of both my artistic talent and my thick-headed determination. She’s always contended that a woman can do the job just as well as a man (if not better). I know that my business partner Nick is equally close with his mother. Mama Vecchio, as I call her, is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met and quite possibly the only person I’ve ever known who’d actually pop in to visit her son at work just to drop off some delicious, homemade meatballs. She’s been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as we’ve grown our business, even though she didn’t know a thing about me when we first got up and running. Without the support of these two great women, our company and this magazine probably wouldn’t exist. I’m sure that somewhere, deep down, my mom is the reason I thought publishing this issue was a good idea. I’m sure growing up with a mother like mine is what’s left me confident that following up The Love Issue with another woman-focused publication wouldn’t leave The WC Press thoroughly emasculated. And, being the raging feminist that she is, I’m sure she’s going to be very proud that her son lent his voice to showcase the collection of extraordinary women in this town. Enjoy the Women of West Chester Issue. –Dan Mathers

Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio Nick@thewcpress.com Copy Editor Kehan DeSousa kdesousa@thewcpress.com Columnists Chelsea Durning cdurning@thewcpress.com Kaela Mast kmast@thewcpress.com Jill McDevitt jmcdevitt@thewcpress.com Christine Mooney cmooney@thewcpress.com Jennifer Ozgur jozgur@thewcpress.com Interns Alexis DiGiovanni Paul Imburgia

Contributing Photographers Luke Darigan lukedarigan.com Andrew Hutchins afhutchins.com Contributing Artist Kevin Fenton cargocollective.com/kevinfentondesign Published By The WC Press 13 South Church Street West Chester, PA 19382 thewcpress.com 610-344-3463 The WC Press is a monthly magazine distributed free of charge to more than 250 area businesses. For a free digital subscription, visit thewcpress.com. For more information about specific distribution locations visit thewcpress.com/distribution.

Worth Noting...

Our trimmed-down table of contents 15. Bartender of the Month 19. Owner of the Month 25. Real Housewives 31. Madam Mayor 39. Owned & Operated

49. Bro Stuff 51. The Look 57. Local Talent 61. Makeover 67. Games

To the Editor...

Our favorite letter this month My name is Jonathan Eadie, and I am with the Good Will Fire Company in West Chester. I wanted to thank you for listing the family of Chris Good (via Hero fund) as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s event [WC Bartenders Ball]. Chris was our captain. I am sure the fire chief has reached out to thank you for listing the fire department. Thank you for that as well. Chris’ wife Jess and I are attending and hopefully we will get a chance to thank you in person. – Jonathan Eadie

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The WC Bartenders Ball is the West Chester service industry’s annual giveback night. Through a variety of partnerships within the industry, the event raised more than $15,000 for local charities in 2013 alone. The beneficiaries this year included the West Chester Food Cupboard, the Chester County Hero Fund for the late Captain Chris Good, the West Chester Fire Department and the Police Athletic League.

WC BARTENDERS BALL photos Paul Imburgia


With the help of the service industry, the WC Bartenders Ball raised more than $15,000 for local charities

The event also awarded the service industry’s best. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Bartender of the Year–Brittany DiMarzio (Landmark Americana), Best Bar–Barnaby’s, Best Nightlife–Barnaby’s, Best Service–Barnaby’s, Best Restaurant–Limoncello and Entertainers of the Year– Lost in Paris (pictured). For more photos, visit thewcpress.com/wcbbphotos


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WC BARTENDERS BALL photos Andrew Hutchins


With the help of the service industry, the WC Bartenders Ball raised more than $15,000 for local charities

The Ram’s Head Crew

The Ryan’s Crew

Bartender of the Year – Brittany DiMarzio


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Nonna’s/Pietro’s Crew

Jessica and Kevin Mash

EVENT SPONSOR – Southern Wine & Spirits - Jacqueline, Brittany, Ed

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WC BARTENDERS BALL photos Lexi DiGiovanni


With the help of the service industry, the WC Bartenders Ball raised more than $15,000 for local charities

Devin, Scott, Brittany, Meg, Ryan, Caroline, James, Sara, Deanna, Elena, Devon, Alex

Kaela Mast, Brandon Beirne

Zach Weidner, Mike Kemske

Ashante Jack, Lexi DiGiovanni, Joe Lovell, Amber Gladys, Jordan Bryan


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Jeremiah Lopez, Billy Wohl, Ciaran McHugh

Dj Romeo, Hutch

Dan Green, Some Lucky Lady, John Hannafin

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Bartender of the Month He’s the fourth generation to take charge of Philly area bars. Meet Sean Ryan. So, how long have you been in the family business? I’ve been working here for about four years, but I’ve been working in my family’s bars since I was eleven, before we ever opened in West Chester. What were you doing for the business when you were eleven? I started off busing tables, then I was washing dishes, next I was cooking, then barbacking and eventually bartending at other locations. You were never a server? I wasn’t pretty enough to be a server. Since this location’s a recent addition, I guess you didn’t grow up around here. I went to grade school in Drexel Hill, moved to Rosemont when I was in high school, I was in the city for school, then I headed to Manayunk after I graduated from college. I only moved to West Chester two years ago. I love it here. It’s perfect. It’s got everything you need, and it’s all within walking distance. Where did you go to school? I went to University of Pennsylvania for Political Science, but the whole time I was actually bartending at one of our bars, Smokey Joe’s, which is on the Penn campus. Did you just keep working in the family business after school? No. I took a job working for Lincoln Financial. Then how did you end up here? Well, I got out of school and started that job in August of 2008, and the market went to hell in September 2008. The company shut down hiring, started laying people off, and I realized that there just wasn’t going to be much room for me to move up the ranks within the company, and generally it was just not a good time to be working in the finance industry. Also, since my family had opened up a third location in Phoenixville not all that

long before, the current management staff was pretty stretched. My coming onboard just seemed to make sense. Was it hard to transition from finance to running a bar? Nah. I’d already been managing here for two years on Friday nights, so I knew the staff, and bartending is like riding a bike. How long has your family been in this industry? Since my great-grandfather opened his first bar in Philly. His son followed in his footsteps and actually opened the current Smokey Joe’s bar on the Penn campus in the 1950s. Since my dad and my uncle took over we’ve opened here and in Phoenixville. So, you’re now the future of the business. Me and my cousin. Obviously things have changed in this industry since your great-grandfather opened his first pub, but have things changed between your father and your generation? Absolutely. Especially with the college kids–they have and expect such easy access to information. They access it so quickly and then make decisions about what they’re doing. We need to stay on top of that and make sure they have our information, or they may go somewhere else. When you’re in charge, what are your plans for the business? Obviously we want to keep expanding and pursuing markets while improving the ones we have. Of course, you always have to make sure that expansion doesn’t come at the cost of service in the places you’ve already built a following. As the first Irish pub in West Chester, you guys obviously make plans for St. Patrick’s Day, right? It’s going to be a week-long celebration. Celtic Connection kicks it off the previous Saturday with traditional Irish music, we’ll have specials all week long, then great Irish food and Irish drink specials on St. Patrick’s day. WCP

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The Makeshift Chef Chelsea Durning is a cook by trade, and she’s not shy about sharing her wisdom with our readers This issue is inspiring– women in my field are few and far between. We’re not seen as belonging in a professional kitchen, except to make salads and desserts. The job involves heavy lifting, hot oils and sharp objects. The few women that stand out are my idols. This month’s recipes are inspired by those amazing women. Bruschetta (Inspired by Chef Cat Cora): 1 loaf of French bread, cut 1” thick; 5 large tomatoes, small dice; ½ red onion, small dice; 2 cups balsamic vinegar, reduced to half; 1 bunch basil, chiffonade (roll leaves like a cigar and slice very thin); 1 small jar basil pesto; 2 cups shredded mozzarella; salt and pepper In large bowl, mix diced tomatoes, onions, chiffonade basil, and salt and pepper. With the pesto, spread on the cut bread and toast for 3 minutes. Spoon the tomato mix onto the toasted bread and sprinkle cheese on top. Toast again to melt cheese. Drizzle balsamic reduction on top. Coq au Vin (Inspired by Chef Julia Child) 1/2 lb bacon slices; 20 pearl onions, peeled; 6 garlic cloves, peeled; 3 lbs chicken thighs and legs, excess fat trimmed, skin ON; salt and pepper to taste; 2 cups chicken stock; 2 cups red wine; 2 bay leaves; several fresh thyme sprigs; several fresh parsley sprigs; 1/2 lb button mushrooms, trimmed and roughly chopped; 2 Tbsp butter; chopped fresh parsley for garnish Blanch the bacon. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Strain and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the bacon into small pieces and brown for about ten minutes over medium heat in a dutch oven (or a large stock pot if you don’t have a dutch oven). Remove and set aside, but leave the bacon grease in the pan (yum, so healthy). Add chicken skin side down to bacon grease. Add onions. Brown chicken on all sides. Add garlic and salt about halfway through browning process. Spoon off excess fat. Add chicken stock, wine, and herbs. Replace bacon. Lower heat to a simmer and cook covered for about twenty minutes until the chicken is tasty and tender. Remove the chicken and onions and place them aside. Throw away all herbs and garlic. Add mushrooms to the remaining liquid and return to a boil. Continue boiling until about 1/4 of the liquid remains. Lower to a simmer and stir in the butter. Coat chicken and onions with sauce. Hi Hat Cupcakes (Inspired by Martha Stewart) 1 box Devil’s Food Cake–follow the recipe given on the box Frosting: 1 stick butter; 4 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar; 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract; 5 tbsp. milk Beat butter until light and fluffy. Slowly and gradually add the sugar. Add the vanilla and milk to adjust consistency. Chocolate Coating: 24 oz semisweet chocolate; 3 oz corn oil In a bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt the chocolate and oil. Transfer into a small deep bowl and let cool for 15 minutes. Decoration: Pipe frosting using a ½” round tip in a 2” high spiral. Refrigerate before dipping in chocolate. Hold the cupcake by its bottom and dip to coat the frosting. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours. cdurning@thewcpress.com

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Owner of the Month photo LUKE DARIGAN

Maria McCool is a stylist, single mother, and the co-owner of a multi-million dollar brand Did you and co-owner Don Moore open up Calista Grand together? We opened the original Calista together in 1989. What were you doing before? Back in high school, when I was 15, I got really into competing as a stylist. I was competing all over the world. I even went to the Hair Olympics in Australia. Can you describe the competitions? I was in a lot of different competitions. You go into the competition, you have a set time limit, and you know the set criteria you will be judged on–whether it’s cutting, coloring, styling or total looks. How did you team up with Don? I was actually in a competition where Don was a judge. He offered me a job working at Head Quarters Hair Design, which was his salon at the time. And did you keep competing? I did. I continued competing until I got picked up by Paul Mitchell, and they had me teaching across the country. If you were working for Paul Mitchell, how did you end up opening Calista? Well, at 22 I told Don I was thinking of moving to LA. In return he told me that he felt this area needed a high-end salon, and he asked me if I’d rather open a salon and spa with him. I decided to stay, and we opened Calista. What was your role? Don was still running Head Quarters, so I was at the new location. I ran Calista, trained the staff and generally made sure it was the perfect place for both our clients and staff. And how did Calista Grand come about? Our first location was across the street from where we are today and was only 1,200 square

feet. Calista Grand is 12,000 square feet. Calista was the first fullservice salon in the area, but Calista Grand was the first full-service day spa. Now, we can do it all. I understand Calista is now a brand name. We launched Calista Tools back in 2007. I was always concocting products for customers, and several of my clients were QVC hosts. They suggested that I bring it on the air. We sold our salon products live on the air on QVC, and we sold out the first time on the air. We also have Calista Image. What’s that? It’s our image consulting business, and we handle all of the on-air hosts for QVC. The idea is that, for many people, their image is their brand, and we want to help them perfect that. Anything on the horizon? We’re actually getting ready to launch a 30-minute infomercial for The Perfector. It’s a single tool that does the job of a round brush and blow-dryer, a flatiron, and a curling iron. No offense, but do you have a life outside of work? I am a single mother with three children: Michaela, Max and Rayce. They’re awesome, and I love all the time I get to spend with them. Have you found there are inherent difficulties to being a woman, being a mother and running a company? Being a woman has never stopped me from achieving. Sometimes it makes it more difficult, but it’s always possible. If you want to have a family, raising kids can really put a stress on your work, so you have to learn to find the balance between business and family. With all you have going on, do you still enjoy the job? As a little girl I used to cut my dolls’ hair. I gave my first real haircut to a friend when I was 12, and it turned out great. I remember what a good feeling that was–making someone happy, giving them confidence–and I still love that feeling today. WCP

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CHESCO WING WAR photos Luke Darigan


Living in Chester County’s Wing War found the best wings in Chester County and helped benefit the Terry Muzzy Foundation

Elena Pecone and Pat Oates of Ram’s Head dish up wings to AnnMarie Johnson and Amanda Neman

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Carol and Paul Tresca, Ron Stoume, Diann Hopely


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CHESCO WING WAR photos Luke Darigan


Living in Chester County’s Wing War found the best wings in Chester County and helped benefit the Terry Muzzy Foundation

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L to R: Arleen Pecone, Angela Myrtetus and Kathrin Homnack


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of chester county


ver wondered what the collaboration of three creative, edgy and adventurous

women would result in when put together? Question answered: Angela Myrtetus, Arleen Pecone, and Kathrin Homnack are three women whose partnership has left them with more than a successful hyper-local business. It’s given them a strong bond as collaborators, and with the communities of West Chester and greater Chester County. ¶ The three teamed up to create Living in Chester County, a network focused on helping residents and local business owners stay connected to their community through a variety of charitable functions, fundraisers and networking opportunities. Events like their recent Chester County Wing War have really helped establish their organization as prominent force within the community. ¶ Because they have some other great events on the horizon, we wanted to offer you the chance to meet these women and get to know them as mothers, business owners and charitable individuals. MARCH 2013 | thewcpress.com


The Firebrand With twelve years of work experience and six years as a full-time mom, Angela Myrtetus has distilled her routine down to a science. This self-proclaimed “hardass” knows what she wants, when she wants it, and if something isn’t working she’ll let you know right off the bat. She’s not just the writer, social media guru, and marketing manager of Living in Chester County; but she is also a devoted mother to three kids all under the age of six. The woman’s a powerhouse. What makes her a hardass? She was the first to arrive and the last to leave the fitting. She lets the girls know exactly how she wants things and has no trouble getting her opinion across to anyone. Angela can be rough around the edges, and as Kat said, “She has that rocker chick in her.” All of these qualities make Angela the heart and soul of LICC. She is passionate about this community, the residents who live here, and the businesses that make it the welcoming and unique place it is today. With the start of LICC in 2010, Angela wanted to do something different. She wanted to do something that few organizations in the community were doing, and she also wanted to create something that gave back to that same community. Prior to LICC, she hosted

networking events but felt like they were all the same. That monotony spurred her develop something more dynamic. As Angela says: “the possibilities of Living in Chester County are endless.”

The Wild One

Arleen’s presence isn’t a quiet one. She’s a rowdy, straightforward realtor that tells it like it is. Her free-spirited, boisterous personality has made Arleen a woman many know and love. Her big presence and even bigger personality don’t go unnoticed. While prepping for our shoot, she was the last to arrive but the first to shout to the manager across the room that she needed a different dress. Arleen is unapologetic about her desire to have fun. “My son tells me I’m current and down with the times,” she explained while we talked at Nich Boutique. That’s another way of saying that Arleen often has no interest in “acting her age.” After spending a few hours with the woman, I couldn’t wait for a chance to share some drinks. At LICC, Arleen has the social capital. With 25 years as a realtor, she’s built a long list of friends and contacts–she always knows what to do and where to go.


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Her involvement in LICC all started with a night out on the town with Angela. In Angela’s words, “The first time we met, all we did was drink a lot of martinis.” After a few too many drinks, they both agreed that they wanted to create a something that would enable people to get out of the house, get away from the kids and have a good time by giving back to the community. Arleen wanted to create a company that was about curating the best of life in Chester County, capturing what makes it a great place to live.

The Confidant

And then we have the caring and compassionate member of the group, Kat Homnack. She told me while we were talking that, “One thing I always want to instill in my kids, and what I want people to remember me by, is that I am a caring person.” Because of these qualities, Kat is hard to forget. Born out of wedlock in strictly Islamic Pakistan, the only option for Kat’s mother was allowing her to be adopted. Kat ended up with loving parents who traveled everywhere with her, from Sri Lanka, to England, to South Africa. Moving from country to country was difficult as a kid, but it gave Kat a culturally rich background. Now a wife and the mother of two children, ages eight and

three, Kat couldn’t feel more grateful and blessed to have had the life she did, because it’s landed her here in Chester County with so much to be thankful for. At LICC Kat is the charity and networking queen, a job that’s a perfect reflection of her background and personality. After joining the team this past summer, Kat set out to make the crucial connections the team relies upon. In her words, “I do the schmoozing and sweet talking.” Her bubbly personality adds to the perfect mix that makes this hyper-local business work so well.

What’s Next? Next on deck for Living in Chester County is Celebrate Your Sexy, an event to promote positive female body image and introduce spring fashion trends. There will be a book signing by authors Dr. Ted Eisenberg and Joyce Eisenberg on their newest release, The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths. Enjoy bra fittings with Hope Chest, dive into the latest spring fashion with Nich Boutique and have an amazing time with amazing women. You can purchase tickets and find more information about the March 21 event at The Social Lounge by visiting CelebrateYourSexy.EventBright.com.WCP

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20-Something Dating Kaela Mast starts over with a new boy, a new relationship, and newfound struggles with social media “Do I add your mom?” It seems like every relationship embarked upon in the last seven years by anyone under the age of 30 has eventually led to this question. I don’t know how Mark Zuckerburg convinced our parents to get involved in social networking, but bravo, sir! You’ve made it incredibly awkward for many 20-somethings. Here’s why: one thing I am beyond passionate about is my family. Of the 52 Sundays on the calendar each year, I travel to my parents house for dinner on at least 40 of them. It doesn’t matter how many alcoholic beverages I consumed the night before; my hungover, grumpy ass drives the two hours roundtrip each week just to get a little face-time with my family. So when I date someone it’s only natural that, after a couple weeks together, I’m jumping the gun for my date to meet my folks. I get a lot of negative backlash for that, mostly that I’m rushing it or that I need to slow down. But I just figure that, if this guy’s been able to put up with me for the last couple weeks, he’s eventually going to have to put up with my family, or this relationship won’t go anywhere. So that’s what I did. I’ve been dating someone for about a month now. I know it seems quick, but you’re looking at the girl who felt single for the last three months of her relationship. I tried to justify the awful way I felt. I tried to make sense of those feelings and used the stories I wrote for this magazine and my blog as an outlet for that emotion. I’ve also known my new guy for the better part of four years. We went to college together, and now we’ve both ended up living in the area. So, the idea of happy hour or dinner or sleepovers was no longer as farfetched as it was in years prior. All that being said, get this: he likes his family just as much as I like mine. He speaks to his family on the phone on a regular basis, and I’m brought up in conversation. I know this because, when his mother’s on the phone and hears my voice in the background she asks, “Who’s that?” When my new boy responds, “Kaela,” his mother asks, “How’s she doing?” rather than, “Who’s that?” So, I took him to meet my family this past Sunday. On the ride home we stopped for gas and happened upon the topic of Facebook. He had gotten a notification on his phone–a new friend request to be exact–and I was unscrewing the gas cap as he realized who it was from. That’s when he asked the question: “Do I add your mom?” Uhh...Does he? Do you? The thought hadn’t crossed my mind. I’m meeting his family in a week. Will his mom add me? Do I add her? What’s the protocol on accepting friend requests from your date’s family? I spent a good half hour unfriending some of my ex’s pals and nearly 30 family members after the last split. I remember that hurting worse than the break up itself. For now I guess we’ll just have to let that friend request linger in the queue a while longer while I determine exactly where this datelationship is headed. kmast@thewcpress.com

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ON the wall of the mayor’s office hangs an enormous painting by local artist John Hannafin. The painting, titled West Chester 360, showcases an expansive view of downtown West Chester as seen from the perspective of the black crows that soar above it. In the distance, the Philadelphia skyline dots the horizon. In front of the painting, munching on veggies and hummus, sits West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta. Her burgundy scarf echoes the color of the brick buildings in the painting behind her, and if it weren’t for the sparkling, very real intensity of her eyes, it would be easy to mistake her for another fixture of the painting. “The more you know about West Chester, the more you appreciate it,” she says on the subject of being mayor. “Like chocolate. Like wine. Being mayor is like a graduate course in West Chester life.” West Chester clearly runs deep in Comitta’s veins. After the Community Campus Coalition meeting on a recent Thursday, Malcolm Johnstone of the West Chester Business Improvement District approached Comitta to talk about her upcoming bid for reelection as mayor. “You have two qualities that stand out,” he told her. “One, you’re a very good mayor. And two, you really like being mayor.” For Comitta, being West Chester’s first female mayor isn’t the biggest accomplishment. At a recent event hosted by the girl scouts, she reflected, “Whenever we as women have a ‘first’ of something, there’s a high-five moment. But in today’s world, you must make your way based on your competence and not your gender.” She finds it more significant that she won the Democratic nomination in a contested race, and also the Republican nomination as a write-in candidate. “At least at the local level, once a person is elected, the responsibilities to the political party are over, and now you must be responsible to the people. And that means all of the people.” The joy she takes in her role is apparent. On this evening, well after six o’clock, every person who strolls past her office peeks in to greet her. Comitta knows them all, chatting easily with a soft lilt and measured cadence. “People might be surprised to know the amount of weddings I officiate,” she says when she turns her attention back to me after yet another informal visit. “I’ve done 14 in the last three years. As mayor, I also speak at the orientation sessions for students at West Chester University.”

Comitta’s commitment to education didn’t start with her role as mayor. After graduating from West Chester University, she taught in the Octorara School District, developing programs for gifted students in grades one through eight. Creative problem-solving was a major piece of the curriculum. “I learned about bringing together diverse viewpoints, to see new ways of putting things together. In school growing up, I was taught there was one right answer to a question. What I learned as part of this program was the delight and productivity of framing a question to get different ideas. To this day, I use the techniques I learned.” Her fondness for the crows in the painting hanging in her office also took flight during her daily commute to Octorara. “Coming out of Marshallton, there was a fence on the way to school, and every day in the spring, summer, and fall, there 

Madam The Story of Carolyn Comitta, West Chester’s First Female Mayor

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“West Chester 360,” a painting by John Hannafin, dominates the wall of Comitta’s office would be crows sitting on all the fence posts. At some point in the fall, they would be gone. And in the spring, one day they would be back. I looked forward to seeing them.” After her children were born, Comitta eased out of Octorara to focus on family, but her commitment to the public continued. She became involved with the World Information Transfer, a non-profit, non-governmental educational organization where she serves on the board of directors. For the last 20 years, she has worked with local high schools to take students to the United Nations. “Last year, the Henderson High School Student Conservation Corps presented at UN headquarters in New York,” she beams. “It was a really proud moment.” She also works with the West Chester Area Education Foundation, an organization that provides grants to teachers who get students to connect with the real world. A recent grant recipient created a program for his students to communicate with the Armed Forces personnel in the area. The students wanted to know what they could do to help, and they found out that the soldiers really needed pens and paper. “The teacher had the students take wood and make pens, and bind small tablets of paper, then send them to Afghanistan. I was invited to the event where the students Skyped with the sergeant and personnel in Afghanistan.” The grants are small and spread out, but, according to Comitta, the teachers are fantastic. For Comitta, a perfect day is a day spent in West Chester, with good weather and a walk through town. “Being a council person, and then mayor, I’ve gotten to know a broader array of people. Wherever I walk in the borough, I almost always see someone I know. It’s a great

feeling when you feel you belong to a place.” Comitta has been devoted to West Chester and its people since her family moved to West Goshen when she was two years old. She’s lived in a West Chester zip code ever since, and she doesn’t see that changing. Her belief in the town’s future is fierce. On her desk sits a pair of black boxing gloves, a gift from her husband Tom. “They remind me to fight for the best interests of the people, and that sometimes you have to fight hard to improve things.” Her family also feels that same connection. Comitta’s daughter, Anne, lives in New York but still wanted to celebrate her twentyfirst birthday in West Chester. “Anne said, ‘everybody can sleep at the house, and we can walk everywhere.’ I was very proud she chose West Chester over Manhattan.” Her son Tom was just six when the Comittas moved into the borough. “He asked me why we had to live in town, when all his friends lived out in neighborhoods beyond town.” She chuckles. “When he got older, they all realized they could walk to get ice cream or go to Fennario’s to see a band, and then all his friends wanted to be in town too.” As the calendar slides toward springtime, Comitta will be readying her upcoming campaign. Soon enough, her beloved crows will return to their fair-weather posts, and customers will crowd the outdoor tables at the restaurants lining Gay Street. “The scale of Gay Street is what makes it so comfortable for people to sit outside. It’s very cozy,” she says. Comitta will be right there, too, enjoying her beverage of choice at Iron Hill Brewery. “I get a four-ounce Barleywine there.” Her eyes twinkle. “And every once in awhile, I’ll get a second four ounces.” WCP

“The more you know about West Chester, the more you appreciate it.” –Carolyn Comitta


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22 contestants took to the stage to earn the right to represent their school through the coming year

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A directory of our favorite female-owned businesses in the borough Rain Speciale, Bella & Betty

117 West Gay Street | 610-719-3259 | bellaandbetty.com Coming from generations of artisans (sculptors, painters and performers), I wanted to offer a boutique for local and international artisans to display their unique craft. At the same time I wanted to offer our customers quality, handmade, and one-of-a-kind gifts. ¶ It makes me incredibly proud when customers compliment the variety and beauty of the numerous artisan gifts that Bella & Betty has to offer. ¶ There are two things I love most about owning a boutique: being one of the many female small business owners in West Chester, and meeting Bella & Betty customers who respect and love artisan pieces.”

Susan Sluk, Eat.Drink.Om. Yoga Café

124 East Gay Street | 484-356-8655 | eatdrinkom.com I wanted to be able to make a difference and be there for my family. If the kids are sick, I can change my schedule. If I want to offer different types of classes, I can. ¶ There is a tremendous group of women in town, (lawyers, stylists, boutique owners, gourmet bakers, psychologists, chefs, gallery owners) who have all shared the struggles of balancing it all. I tell you, if anyone of them needed help, I’d do it for them. I can’t think of a more “womanful” place to make my workplace.”

Christine Hasen, Christine’s Consignment

105 Westtown Road | 610-692-9375 | christinesconsignment.com Following a career in banking in West Chester, I decided to consign some of my upscale and designer career wardrobe pieces. After finding that the closest upscale consignment shop was nearly an hour away, I considered the potential of opening a local store, one where I could sell great consigned pieces for women in the West Chester area. ¶ With an eye on recycling trends and a passion for affordable designer fashions, I opened Christine’s in March 1994. Over the years we have expanded to three times our original size and carry everything from costume jewelry and jeans to Louis Vuitton and Chanel.”

Maryellen Bowers, Cakes and Candies by Maryellen

1332 B West Chester Pike | 484-266-0710 | cakesandcandiesbymaryellen.com The passion for desserts, cakes, chocolate and many other confections has brought joy and laughter to many around me all my life. I decided 19 years ago to follow my heart and start creating masterpieces. ¶ Two years ago I opened the doors to the retail location of Cakes and Candies by Maryellen. It has been a joy to help all my customers make their dream confections come true.”

Dr. Jill McDevitt, Feminique

104 North Church Street | 610-551-3262 | feminiqueshop.com I have always seen myself as a sexologist first and an entrepreneur second. I always wanted to be a sex educator and a sexual rights advocate, and being that I was 21 years old at the time that I decided to open Feminique, a retail space felt like the best outlet for me to launch that career. My business gives me a platform from which to advocate sexual freedom, and it gives me a headquarters from which to educate folks about a wide variety of sexual issues on a daily basis.”

Carla Thomas, Kalon Hair Studio

138 West Market Street | 610-344-7747 | kalonhair.com I became a hair stylist as a second career. The opportunity to open my own salon came upon me unexpectedly, just two months before I got married, but I jumped on the chance. I opened Kalon Hair Studio September 1, 2006. ¶ Owning my own business was always a goal of mine. My father owned his own business for over 40 years, and I worked for him starting at a very young age. I think it made me a very driven person. “Kalon” is an ancient Grecian philosophy about the wholeness of beauty, both inside and out, and it’s my goal to help customers achieve that. ¶ I love doing hair; it comes easily to me. I also love chatting with my clients... that comes easily too. Luckily for me I have wonderful clients, so it really couldn’t be any better right now.” 

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Julie Lathia, The Law Offices of Julie D. Lathia

212 West Gay Street | 717-940-4881 | lathia-law.com My parents owned a small business, and I grew up in that environment. So you could say that business ownership is in my blood. To me, there is nothing more professionally satisfying than being able to combine a sense of independence with my desire to support fellow business owners and my passion for fairness and justice. Opening up my own law office to serve the needs of this community was simply a no-brainer.”

Running Nich has taught me that you never know it all and that there is always something to fix, but I’ve come to realize that’s also the most exciting part of owning a business.” –Kristy Mak Malena Martinez, Malena’s Vintage Boutique

101 West Gay Street | 610-738-9952 | malenasboutique.com June 2013 marks my 10th year in business, and my motivation when I opened the boutique continues to inspire me every day. I love having a unique and fashionable item that no one else will have. Being able to find those pieces, whether 30, 40, or 50 years old, and sell them to new owners who are going to appreciate and enjoy them is very rewarding. Wearing vintage is also sustainable, something not mentioned much 10 years ago when I opened. New items arrive every day, and the hunt for perfect items for the store is half the fun.”

Donna Markley, Mitch’s Market Street Gym

322 West Market Street | 610-918-2900 | mitchsgym.com It was as a student at West Chester University in 1983 and while working part-time at a local health club that the fitness “bug” bit me hard. Upon graduation and a short stint in the corporate world, I began working full-time at a small area fitness club, eventually becoming vice-president of the organization and managing four locations. ¶ In 1999 the owner of the clubs decided to change direction by closing all of the locations and consolidating into a large, multi-purpose facility focusing on family programming. It was at this time that I decided to pursue opening my own fitness club that would be oriented around adult fitness. Mitch’s Market Street Gym, named after my brother, John “Mitch” Mitchell who has Down syndrome, became a reality on January 10, 1999. Mitch is now 53 years young and still visits the club when home.”


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Kristy Mak, Nĭch Boutique

29 South High Street | 610-436-8181 | shopnich.com I decided to open Nich out of defiance against my previous employers. I was a 26-year-old know-it-all who felt like I could do their jobs and do it better, so why not be my own boss? ¶ I’d always been interested in having my own business, but it was not until I worked at Urban Outfitters as an assistant buyer that I decided having my own clothing boutique would not only be something I would love to do, but something I really could do. I felt empowered by the fact that my parents owned their own business, so it wasn’t viewed as a radical career shift. I was nervous to leave a well-paying job, health benefits, and stability, but my Type A personality couldn’t handle another manager griping to me about this or that. Don’t gripe. Just find a way to fix it. ¶ While I strive to be the owner and manager that I always hoped to work for, I know I’m still riding the learning curve. I hope to always be there, and I continue to learn and grow. Running Nich has taught me that you never know it all and that there is always something fix, but I’ve come to realize that’s also the most exciting part of owning a business.”

Jen Galfano, PetCare Group, Inc.

200 Yorminster Road | 610-738-2273 | petcaregroup.com I used to be a teacher, and started this business to fill my time when I wasn’t in school. It was way more successful than I’d anticipated, and I stopped teaching to focus on the business. Now, my staff and I get to spend our days with people’s furry children instead of their people children. It is such a rewarding job, because pets are family, too!”

Aimme Beaver, Moonflower Boutique

126 North HIgh Street | 610-436-8697 | visualexpansiongallery.com I started Moonflower right out of East High School, and I had no doubt that I wanted to start my own boutique. My lifelong passion was art, fashion, jewelry, home decor, and other one-of-akind, handmade goodies. My enthusiam grew as the store did, and it felt great to add some color and culture, with a peaceful, friendly, bohemian twist to West Chester. It makes me proud to sell items that are all Fair Trade, mostly handmade, and come from other grassroots, ethical companies. ¶ I would strongly encourage any girl to follow their dream, especially if it is opening their own business. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, perserverence, and creativity. I was very lucky, and am so grateful to own such a fantastic shop, surrounded by the best helpers, customers, family and friends.” 

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Nancy Ellis, State Farm Insurance Agent

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116 East Gay Street | 610-430-0203 | nonnaswc.com 125 West Market Street | 610-760-6100 | pietrosprime.com It was very hard on my family and the community when Giunta’s, our grocery store, closed in 2005. The family business goes as far back as 1927 when my greatgrandfather Pietro opened his corner store. ¶ My husband Sean and I wanted to keep the Giunta name alive in West Chester, which is how Pietro’s Prime came about. With him serving as the chef, and me running the businesses, Pietro’s, and then Nonna’s, have been great additions to the downtown restaurant scene since 2007. I honestly enjoy coming to work everyday.”


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Cyndi Meadows, Penwick Design

132 North High Street | 610-431-2739 | penwickdesign.com After 20 years as an interior architect, with much travel and late nights, I was ready for a change. When I saw Penwick/The Hayloft was closing due to the retirement of the owner, I knew that was it. ¶ The pleasure of owning my own business, meeting great people, the creative outlet of custom invitations and window design, the convenience of walking to work and–best of all–having my family involved and working with me has made that move all worthwhile. In addition, owning Penwick has given me the opportunity to serve this community–a community that I value and treasure–through different boards and committees, such as the Business Improvement District Board and the Historic Preservation Awards. I added the word Design to the Penwick name, to keep a piece of my past training, and it’s proven to be a good decision. I have been able to provide both residential and commercial design for a number of projects that were very rewarding. In short, starting my own business was the best choice to make, and I have not looked back.”

To me, there is nothing more professionally satisfying than being able to combine a sense of independence with my desire to support fellow business owners and my passion for fairness and justice.” –Julie Lathia

Ashely Tischler, Tish Boutique

138 East Gay Street | 610-692-7500 | tishstyle.com My business partner Tonda and I decided to open Tish Boutique because of our shared love for business and fashion. We knew that we complemented each other; I have an eye for trends and Tonda has a savvy business and marketing sense. We’re excited to bring new brands and designers to West Chester. We thought this would be a great experience for both of us, and we’re having fun everyday!”

Karen Cavin, The 5 Senses

133 West Market Street | 610-719-0170 | the5senses.com I opened The 5 Senses in West Chester because I love the borough. I like working downtown, I love the energy here, the mix of old and new. I anticipated West Market Street being a good place to be, and it has grown into a good shopping street, partly because of the Justice Center, but mostly because the other businesses saw the same energy I saw eight years ago…the possibilities are terrific!” WCP

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With a new menu, a new coat of paint and a few new decorations, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House is better than ever

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We think the following story is very funny. The whole idea was that we didn’t want to alienate our male readers with two consecutive issues focused on women. However, after crowdsourcing women’s opinions (a fancy way of saying we asked our moms), we’ve decided “Bro Stuff” was too edgy/racy/possibly offensive for us to print in full–especially in an issue that’s all about women. Lucky for those who are intrigued, we’ve decided to put it up on our website. Still, before reading the article, we think it’s important that you know the following four facts: 1. It’s all in good fun. 2. Everything is said tongue-in-cheek. 3. We’re poking fun at an overthe-top bro stereotype. 4. We genuinely respect women. If you’re prepared to keep this disclaimer in mind (and promise you’re not going to send me an angry email–it’s totally up to you whether or not you read this), the first paragraph below is a slightly distilled taste of what is yet to come. If you think it might be up your alley, we encourage you to check out the whole story on your computer, tablet or smartphone by following the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy... or don’t.


lright bros, I’m sorry. Between the Love issue and now the Women of West Chester issue, it may seem like this once-classy magazine has been through a bad break-up during the past two months, and now it’s getting all emotional and weepy while watching The Notebook on repeat. Luckily, you’ve made it to a place of respite. Here you will find some sick places to chill, hang, relax with your bros, and flex your badassery for all the chicks...

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pring is here, and we are diving in with everything you need for a fresh new wardrobe. There are two trends that we can’t get enough of this season, and we love them both equally: Black and White! It doesn’t get any more back-to basics then black and white, which has emerged as one of the season’s biggest themes. This timeless color combination is always in style, and can be paired together in plenty of ways for spring. Every runway is showing black and white patterns, geometric shapes, and bold stripes, and there are so many ways you can sport this timeless trend this

spring. Designers like Tibi are right on point with this trend, and fellow designer Milly has spruced up the black and white trend, adding a pop of color as seen on Ashley, Tish’s owner and our lovely model, at left. Wear this outfit to the office with a cute pair of tights, then straight to happy hour–the perfect look! But since it’s spring, your wardrobe can’t be all monochromatic. Pastels are the second trend splashing up everywhere. Mint, lavender and coral are all amazing colors that’ll be seen all over this spring. Match a colorful blouse with your favorite pair of denim for a casual but totally chic look. WCP

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Children In Tow Jennifer Ozgur is a mother, wife and teacher who still finds time to get out and about with the family If you happened to be out on Valentine’s Day, you might have witnessed an event on the old courthouse steps as you walked to your 7pm reservation. That corner of High and Market is no stranger to gathering attention, from Trees of Knowledge to political sandwich boards, but this time the focus was different. Had you been there, you’d have seen females of various ages dancing to a choreographed number with lyrics about breaking the chain of violence against women: the first-ever DubC flash mob for V-Day. For those of you who may be slightly out of the loop, a flash mob is when a group of people plan an artistic event–usually a dance or music–and perform it in a way that simulates spontaneity. They came on the scene about ten years ago and have gained popularity through social media–just search “flash mob” on YouTube. V-Day, created by the playwright of The Vagina Monologues, is held on Valentine’s Day to raise awareness of violence against women. The V-Day movement is also called One Billion Rising, a symbolic reference to the global statistic that one in three women has been a victim of violence. Every Valentine’s Day, people the world over participate in OBR events. OBR recently received major publicity when Anne Hathaway became its celebrity ambassador. The West Chester project was spearheaded by Nora Fitzgerald, dance instructor, choreographer and creator of Confi-dance, a program aimed at promoting both the physical and emotional fitness of young women. Thanks to owner Debra Hess, The Turk’s Head Yoga Studio also got involved by making its facilities available for the One Billion Rising instruction prior to the event. The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County also helped to support the event. There were more than fifty participants, with as many supporters as there were dancers. I believe that this is the perfect type of activity in which families can participate. It provides an opportunity for parents and children to have meaningful conversations about important topics, even if they may be a bit difficult. Rather than avoiding uncomfortable issues, events like OBR can teach children about local organizations committed to generating solutions to society’s problems. If your son or daughter is old enough to have screen time on the internet, why not challenge them to find an upcoming event benefiting a cause of their choosing? That task can set the stage to discuss what charities or foundations you as a family want to support. If they don’t know where to start, you could point them in the direction of next month’s Dash 4 Diabetes and Race Against Violence–perfect for the warmer weather. Maybe it’s the free T-shirt with early registration; maybe it’s bragging rights the following Monday in school; or perhaps it’s the chance to outperform Mom or Dad at the next event. Whatever the motivation, the idea is to unite as a family and solidify your values through all the socially conscious activities the borough provides. jozgur@thewcpress.com

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Get to know West Chester’s own female impersonator, Shelita Buffet What does it take to be a successful performer in your industry? I found that once you learn it’s not about you, it’s about the people that you’re entertaining, that’s what really helps you become good. You also have to keep yourself together, make sure you’re clean and have a nice costume. Everything’s a construction process when you’re a female impersonator–I don’t look anything like this otherwise! Do you prefer to refer to it as impersonation rather than drag? I struggle with the whole “drag” term because there’s a connotation behind that. There’s also confusion because there are people who are cross-dressers, which has nothing to do with what I do. I’m only dressed this way when I’m hired. Otherwise, I’m very much a dude. I have jeans, T-shirts and hoodies, I’m bald and short, and I’ll be 39 in May. So, it’s all an illusion as opposed to just a “drag queen.” Yeah, I was curious about that myself. How would I go about referring to what you do? The best thing to say would probably be “drag queen,” because most people will know what that means. With “female impersonator,” people can get confused. Sometimes I say, “Oh I do female impersonation,” people will ask, “Ah, who do you impersonate?” and I’m like, “Well, nobody in particular…” How long have you been doing this? I’ve always done the drag thing, like during Halloween and all those types of things. Several years ago, when I was living in Canada, I had a partner who was a drag queen and performer, and we owned a store together. We sold shoes and costumes and wigs and everything, so it just kind of developed. When I moved back to the States three years ago, I came back to a really shitty economy, and I was like, “What am I gonna do?” So, I

just started dressing up and going to different places that had drag and putting my face out there. It all evolved from there. What evolved from there? I was hired at The Note, on Tuesday nights for what was once called “Alt Party Dub C” and is now GLBT night. I started getting asked to host shows and do events, and people were paying! It got to a point where it was something I could do for a living, and it’s helped create this new community. What’s neat with drag cabaret is that like three-quarters of our audience are straight women! It has very much crossed-over. Are you from the West Chester area? Yeah. My mom was born and raised here. I lived here for a bit, lived in Florida, lived in Toronto. I’ve kind of been everywhere, but I’m back to living here now. What events do you run in West Chester? I’m at Jazmine Thai Tuesday nights for GLBT night, Thursday nights there’s karaoke, every first Sunday I host bingo and the second and fourth Sundays are a drag cabaret show, which is always a really crazy, sold-out show. How would you explain your events to someone who has never attended? It depends on the event. If you’re looking to just have a social atmosphere, dance or see a bit of the drag show, you can come out for GLBT night. We get a great vairety of people who come out for those nights because it’s not threatening or overly crowded. Thursday karaoke is just karaoke, but I’ve got to tell you we have some of the best singers who are our regulars. The drag cabaret is very “PG”, maybe “PG-13”. Once we had a whole Disney princesses show, we did Glee, Rocky Horror, Grease, and it’s always different. What are your aspirations as a female impersonator? Oh gosh, that’s a question! I will do it as long as people are interested, and I’m able. I’ll go wherever things take me. If it evolves into something bigger then I’ll ride that limo until it ends. What the heck, it’s a pretty good job! WCP

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Three-Letter Word Dr. Jill McDevitt is the proprietor of Feminique and the only person in the world with three degrees in sex I am in awe of women, and I have dedicated my life to improving their existence politically, socially, and of course, sexually. Here are three facts about women’s sexuality that will hopefully leave you with as much reverence for the female species as I have. 1. The clitoris A woman’s clitoris develops out of the same embryonic tissue as a penis, but it has twice the number of nerve endings as the penis (8,000!) all packed into an organ a fraction of the size, which basically makes it the greatest thing in the world. And whereas the penis serves other functions (such as urination and reproduction) the clitoris has no biological use: only fun. That’s it. It’s designed exclusively for pleasure. The clitoris gets aroused easily, making everyday things like bike riding, running in tight jeans, getting in Jacuzzis with water jets, and driving over potholes or bumpy roads a true delight! If a man gets aroused in public, everyone can tell. Thanks to the clitoris, women can experience the entire sexual response cycle–arousal, pleasure, and orgasm–without having to get undressed. Better yet, nobody else even has to know. 2. Multiple orgasms I once read a joke that went something like this: Adam and Eve noticed God standing before them holding a bag. The notoriously curious Eve asked, “Hi, God. What’s in the bag?” God responded, “These are a couple of things that were left over from creation that I thought you two would be interested in.” After rummaging about in the bag for a bit God asked, “Who wants to pee while standing up?” Adam immediately puts his hand up in the air, waving frantically. “Me! Me! Me! Please, God, let me have it! Just think of how much more work I could get done in the fields if I could pee standing up! And it would be so fun!” So God gave man the ability to pee standing up. Eve then asked, “What’s left for me?”God turned back to his bag and after rummaging about a bit more, he replied, “Ah, right. Multiple orgasms.” I would take multiple orgasms over the ability to pee standing up any day. It’s truly one of the most awesome things about being a woman. You can have just one sexual encounter that can result in dozens (even hundreds!) of orgasms for hours. We put in the same amount of effort but are able to reap 10x the orgasmic rewards. 3. Resilience Worldwide, 1.06 billion women and girls alive today have been raped, 74.2 million by their own fathers and brothers. 1.2 billion have been beaten by a boyfriend or husband. 140 million have had their genitals mutilated with razor blades and their clitorises cut off. Since billions of women among us have suffered unspeakable sexual torture, you would think women would be bitter and angry, yet a huge international study that surveyed people from 27 different countries around the world found that only 21% of women reported having any feelings of hostility toward men. It’s this level of forgiveness, resilience, and power that leaves me in awe of women. jmcdevitt@thewcpress.com



























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Avante Salon & Spa Takes A Lucky Client From Cute To Rocker-Chic


hen Stylist Kara Larkin set out to create this month’s makeover, she was heavily inspired by a “rocker chic” motif. It’s a great look when you’re pressed for time because it’s easy to do but it gives you just the right amount of attitude. Kara curled the model’s hair and teased each section individually. She then accessorized with two cross-forehead bands. Adding volume and accessories to the hair allows the look to be retro and fashionforward all at the same time. She then set about applying the makeup, starting with a smokey eye comprising hues of gold and black, then she topped it all off with a matte pink lip color to accent the headbands. In Kara’s words, “I’ve always thought style was a way to express yourself without speaking, and with this look you wouldn’t have to say a word.” WCP

photos Andrew Hutchins

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Songs About Women DJ Romeo curates a list of songs that serves as a testament to the everlasting power of women Women have inspired artists of all kinds since the beginning of recorded history. From cave paintings to Renaissance art to–most importantly–modern music. Whether it’s a cowboy crooning about his broken heart, a rapper talking about a juicy booty or a opera singer proclaiming his everlasting love, women are the force behind all of it. Here is a list of wellknown tunes that are so inspired by women, you’ll find the ladies names in the title.

“This one’s for you, Caroline.” Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond Lola – The Kinks Billie Jean – Michael Jackson Jenny (867-5309) – Tommy Tutone Maggie May – Rod Stewart My Maria – Brooks & Dunn Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Bruce Springsteen Meet Virginia – Train Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel Barbara Ann – Beach Boys Annie’s Song – John Denver Come on Eileen – Dexy Midnight Runners Black Betty – Ram Jam Angie – Rolling Stones Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne Layla – Eric Clapton Roxanne – The Police Hey There Delilah – Plain White Tees Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers Proud Mary – Creedance Clearwater Revival Polly – Nirvana Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett romeo@thewcpress.com

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Who’s That?

Below are eight Miis (You know, the characters on Nintendo Wii?) of famous female singers, models, actresses and comedians. Think you can name them all? If so, email your answers to contests@thewcpress.com for your chance to win prizes.

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We are proud to offer up a print version of everyone’s favorite bar game... and you won’t have to pay 50 cents. You can actually WIN money. Compare the two photos at right. They may look the same, but there are seven subtle differences between the two. Find those seven differences and identify the items that have been changed. Then send an email to contests@thewcpress.com listing those items. You’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to a local business. Winners will be chosen at random, and their name will be posted to Facebook along with the solution at the end of the month. So make sure to like us and follow along if you want to play. Enjoy!

We changed this photo taken during last year’s Celtic Crawl. Can you spot the seven differences?


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I LOVE LUCY FUNDRAISER photos Paul Imburgia

2.16 The Suicide Kings Motorcycle Club held a fundraiser at Ram’s Head for two-month-old Lucy Brown, who is battling heart disease

The Suicide Kings MC: Phil, Bill, Ham, Gunner, Slick, Smallz, Quick, Woody, Cody, Christina

Allison Schotcin, Ryan Filiaggi

Siobhann, Jill, Jess, Mell, Cass


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Kali, Abby

Brian, Julie, Allison, Phil, Yancy, Juliann

Alma, Silvana

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I LOVE LUCY FUNDRAISER photos Paul Imburgia

2.16 The Suicide Kings Motorcycle Club held a fundraiser at Ram’s Head for two-month-old Lucy Brown, who is battling heart disease


Katie, Jackie, Cara, Danielle

Mark, Danielle, Jenna

Amanda, Brittney, Danielle

Christina, Kali, Abigail

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Melissa, Bill, Woody

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