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Volume 1, Number 8

Tommy Stackhouse, Steven Briggs, Graham Nolte and Taylor Butz spent the summer on the Thick-Headed Tour. They traveled across the country from California, performing stand-up comedy along the way. Find out all about their West Chester connection on page 45. Adam Jones

Swingin’ Summer Thursday Pages 30-47

Opening Of The Social Lounge Pages 50-60

what is this? You’re holding West Chester’s newest and most exciting magazine. Inside you’ll find both fun and information in equal measures. Oh, and it’s FREE!

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From The Editor

Our Team

Social Feed IF YOU love this magazine, (or even just kinda like it), you should join us on your favorite social media platform. We'll be giving away prizes to our followers and keeping you up to date on what's happening in town. You'll also have access to exclusive deals and content, plus the chance to keep up with us between issues. This month our fans will win gift certificates to Barnaby's, Alibis and Landmark, among others. So, even if you're really not all that into this publication (which is preposterous), but you like to eat and drink in West Chester for free, you should still follow us!


The WC is an Exit Zero production Exit Zero Publishing Inc. 109 Sunset Boulevard, Suite D Cape May, NJ 08204 609-770-8479

Publisher Jack Wright Editor Dan Mathers Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio


EW TOWNS experience the ebb and flow of the seasons like West Chester. After a long, slow, hot summer, September breathes new life into the town. The start of a new semester brings with it 12,000 students, whose numbers nearly double our town’s population. As the heat fades, locals return to West Chester from resorts, summer homes and other places beyond our borough. There are festivals, new shops, restaurant openings, and, best of all, The WC gets printed twice a month. That’s right – double the dose of your favorite new publication. With everything else picking up in town, it only seemed right that we, too, should do a little something extra. Additionally, you can turn to us on the web. Our new website at gets updated daily with new deals, activities and information, all for or about West Chester. And, if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you have a chance to win prizes, like gift certificates to your favorite bars and restaurants. Look to the left of this page for more information about that. Finally, now that The WC has found its footing, I wanted to take time to thank the people who helped us get off the ground. Four months ago this publication was a slim, 40-page rag, and now (while we like to keep that “rag” feel) the magazine you hold has nearly doubled in size. On behalf of our whole team, I'd like to thank our advertisers – both current and former – without whom this publication wouldn’t exist. A particular thank-you is owed to those businesses who jumped onboard for the first issue, and have stuck with us ever since: Cozy, Kooma, Lowery Lawn & Landscape, Más Mexicali Cantina, Matlack Florist, Olive Branch, Ryan's Pub, Salon Chemistry, Salon Ooh La La, Spaz Beverage, Teca and The 5 Senses. Thank you all for your support. Dan Mathers

Assistant Editor Jon Roth Staff Photographers Adam Jones Justin Muir Andrew Hutchins Graphic Designer Doree Bardes Staff Artist Victor Grasso

The WC Press 331 West Miner Street, Floor 2 West Chester, PA 19382 This publication is printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks. Be good to your planet.

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A Picture From The Past

We're all familiar with "Old Glory," the statue standing at the corner of Market and High, a monument to the soldiers and sailors of Chester County. The above photo shows the dedication of the monument back on June 11, 1915. Chester County Historical Society

Inside This Issue

An excessive serving of all that is good in West Chester Calendar of Events 5-8

The WC Bouquet Ambush 29

What They’re Wearing 51

Our (nearly) definitive guide to what’s happening in West Chester.

Matlack Florist supply the flowers, you just have to supply the answers.

An impromptu fashion photo shoot on the streets of West Chester.

Nightlife In The WC 11

The Dating Column 31

The Quick Chat 55

Our list of upcoming activities for the 21+ crowd.

Ladies might all relate to Diane Stopyra’s dating foibles.

Talking about the intricacies of West Chester real estate with Ryan Estrada.

Finding Treasure 17

The September Playlist 33

Adopt An Animal 57-59

With a keen eye and memory, Tara Dugan finds treasures in the trash.

DJ Romeo's must-download tracks of the month.

Enrich your life and help one of these potential friends in need.

Bartender Of The Month 19

A Trainer’s Tips On Staying Fit 41

The West Chester Food Safari 51

Lesley Young-Klein tells us why Ryan's Pub feels like home.

Christine Mooney shares her insight on staying happy and healthy.

Jeremy Malanka seeks out a fix for his nacho addiction.

The 10 People You Meet In Paradise 25

The Thick-Headed Tour 45-48

The West Chester Crossword 69

Meet the usual suspects onboard the Paradise Transit bus.

West Chester's own Graham Nolte and Tommy Stackhouse tour the country.

A crossword puzzle focusing on the advertisers we love so dearly.

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Calendar Of Events

Look no further... a carefully curated list of upcoming happenings in West Chester 9/1 – 9/30, 9:30am-4pm: Chester County Art Association's Members' Juried Show Come out to the Chester County Art Assocation to see works in a variety of mediums all submitted by members of the CCAA. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday, but stop by any other day of the week to check out the exhibit. 100 North Bradford Avenue, 610696-5600,

Saturday 9/10, 10am-3pm: 7th Annual Barclay Friends' Festival Of Gardens The Festival of Gardens is a West Chester garden tour held each September, featuring the lovely gardens of borough residents and benefiting the Horticultural Therapy program. Registration will be held at Barclay Friends. Garden Tour participants have the opportunity to view Barclay Friends’ gardens and attend a plant sale at Barclay Friends. You may register online to purchase your tickets or a sponsorship. 700 North Franklin Street, 610-918-3433,

Saturday 9/10, 9am-1pm: Register To Vote With The League Of Women Voters The Chester County League of Women Voters will be at the West Chester Growers Market to help you get registered to vote. There

Tour the gardens of West Chester on 9/10 will be few chances to register more easily ahead of next year's contested election. North Church Street and Chestnut Street, 610-431-9986,

Sunday 9/11, 2pm: 9/11 Hero's Run Join the Travis Manion Foundation in raising money to assist our nation's veterans and to aid the families of our fallen heros. The Hero's Run has two events, a 5k race and a fun run/walk, so there is no excuse not to participate. The run kicks off at 2pm, but arrive early to register. There is an entry fee, so consult the website for more information. 201 West Market Street,

Tuesdays 9/13, 9/20 & 9/27 10am-1pm: Storytime The West Chester Public Library presents storytime every Tuesday in September for children ranging from newborn to five years old. Times vary depending upon age, with ages 0-12 months at 10am, 12-23 months at 11am and four to five-year-olds at 1pm (two and threeyear-old children meet on Thursdays). 415 North Church Street, 610-696-1721,

maybe you know someone who does. Let them know that this free class is for anyone just learning English or wishing to improve his or her spoken English. The class is led by an experienced Volunteer English Program volunteer. 415 North Church Street, 610-6961721,

Wednesday 9/14, 8am-7:15pm: “Sister Act” Broadway Musical The Chester County Art Association is taking you and your friends to New York to see Sister Act on Broadway. (Yes, Whoopi Goldberg was in the movie version.) The trip takes off from the Chester County Art Association at 8am sharp and costs $165. The price includes deluxe transportation, orchestra seats, full lunch, all taxes and gratuities, water, juice and pastries on the way as well as beverages and heavy snacks on the return trip. Registration is required in advance. Sign up by visiting their website. 100 North Bradford Avenue, 610-696-5600,

Thursdays 9/15, 9/22 & 9/29, 10am-1pm: Storytime Wednesday 9/14, 6:45-8pm: VEP English Coversation Class You can't see Whoopi in a habit, but you can see "Sister Act" on Broadway on 9/14

While it is doubtful you would be reading this magazine if you were interested in finding help with your conversational English,

The West Chester Public Library presents storytime every Tuesday in September for children ranging from newborn to five years

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Calendar Of Events

Look no further... a carefully curated list of upcoming happenings in West Chester old. Times vary depending upon age, with two-year-olds at 10am, and three-year-olds at 11am. 415 North Church Street, 610-696-1721,

Thursday 9/15, 5pm: Penwick Design's Fifth Anniversary Celebration Penwick Design will be celebrating five years in business this month. Stop by their shop on High Street for excellent sales as well as refreshments and entertainment. 132 North High Street, 610-431-2739,

Sunday 9/18, 12-5:30pm: Chester County Restaurant Festival Without a doubt, the biggest event this month has to be the Chester County Restaurant Festival. West Chester Parks & Recreation present the best restaurants in the Brandywine Valley, right here in your town. The festival is on Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington. Seven bands will play throughout the day, and the Beer and Wine Garden is open at Gay and Church, serving up food and brews to those 21 and older with all proceeds benefiting West Chester Parks & Recreation's "Send A Kid To Camp" fund. The Chester County Culinary Cook-off begins at 2:30pm on the steps of the historic Courthouse where chefs compete for the title of Best Chef in Chester County. And, while we all love our pets, please leave them at home for this event. 610-436-9010, Participating Restaurants... Ram’s Head Bar & Grill, KT Cakehouse, Benny’s Pizza, Mid-Atlantic Food Service, Teca, Purple Picnic People, Gadaleto’s Seafood Market, Barnaby’s, Pistachio’s Café & Catering, Kildare’s, Nonna’s Italian Restaurant, Gilmore’s Restaurant, Lebano’s Deli & Catering, Limoncello, The Red Sombrero, Johnnie’s Dog House, The Pita Pit, Landmark Americana, Empire Pizza, J&A Gourmet, Doc Magrogan’s, Jimmy John’s, Side Bar & Restaurant, Pietro’s Prime, Taqueria el Amigo Lunch Truck, Peace A Pizza, The Mediterranean, Mandarin, Capt’n Dick's BBQ, The Roots Café, Sarcone’s Deli, Jazmine Thai, Station Taproom, Mas Mexicali Cantina, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Mo’s Grill, Ryan’s Pub, Amani’s BYOB Participating Vendors... J&J Kettle Corn, Sweets by Samantha, Jrs Soda Shoppe, Dia Dolce, Dippin Dots Ice

Barrage perform their final show at West Chester University on 9/23 Cream, Cakes and Candies by Maryellen, Cupcakes Gourmet, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Fruit Flowers, Fresh Fruitcup, Mompop’s, D’Ascenzo's Gelato, Precious Pickles, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery, City 2 Shore Gourmet/Kaya’s Cuisine, Terra Tech – Nuts About WC, Strawberry Dan, Repicci’s Italian Ice Live Performances... On Gay and Matlack 12pm: The Sleepwells 2pm: Frolic's Magic 8 Ball 4pm: The Bullbuckers On Gay and Darlington 1pm: Devolver 3pm: Alfred James Band On Gay and Church 12pm: IKE 2:30pm: Soraia

Wednesday 9/21, 1-2pm: Book Discussion Group The West Chester Public Library presents the monthly book discussion. This discussion group is not your run-of-the-mill, wine-and-cheese book club, but rather an in-depth look at James Cain's Mildred Pierce. It is recommended that all participants bring a brown bag lunch. 415 North Church Street, 610696-1721,

Thursday 9/22, 1-8pm: Civil War Documentation Day The Chester County Historical Society invites you to bring your family’s Civil War letters,

photographs and artifacts to CCHS for documentation and possible inclusion in their October 2012 exhibit. Owner confidentiality will be maintained and no appraisals will be given. Conservator Kory Barrett will provide preservation advice. Events include the opening of new exhibit “If Walls Could Talk,” costumed reinactors, a book discussion with Dr Sarah Trembanis on Adam Goodheart’s 1861: The Civil War Awakening, Ed and Fay Max: A Hero’s Honor Roll – photographs of local soldiers and the Chester County enlistment roster, and a special exhibit of Civil War covers (envelopes) from the collection of Bruce Mowday. 225 North High Street, 610-692-4800,

Friday 9/23, 7:30pm: Barrage – Soundtrack Of The World Barrage brings its final show, "Soundtrack of the World," to West Chester University. Check out young artists performing in a variety of musical styles. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or in person at the ticket office on WCU Campus at the Sykes Student Union, ground floor. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, VAS.asp

Saturday 9/24, 8:30am-1pm: Kids' Chess Tournament The West Chester Public Library is hosting this chess tournament for children and teens at Borough Hall. 501 East Gay Street, 610-696-1721

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Look no further... a carefully curated list of upcoming happenings in West Chester Saturday 9/24 – Sunday 9/25, 10am-4:30pm: RotorFest The American Helicopter Museum is hosting "Rotorfest," the only all-helicopter show in America. Bring the family for rides, food, music and helicopters and helicopter rides. The event also features three air shows daily. 11220 American Boulevard, 610-436-9600,

Monday 9/26: Barnaby's Charity Golf Outing Barnaby's of America presents a charity golf outing at Broad Run Golf Club, with all proceeds going to the Hero Fund. 1520 Tattersall Way, 610-696-1400

Monday 9/26, 6:30-7pm: Teen Advisory Meeting Teens, help the West Chester Library plan programs for you. Meet other teens, discuss events and current issues, and let the library know what’s cool and what’s not while enjoying snacks. Join now before the group fills up. For ages 13-17. No registration required. Meetings are once a month on Mondays. 415 North Church Street, 610-696-7985,

Wednesday 9/28, 1-7pm: Red Cross Blood Drive At Mitch's Gym Giving blood saves lives – plain and simple. So, if you're available, stop by Mitch's for the chance to be a hero. 322 West Market Street, 610-918-2900, 1-800-RED-CROSS,

RotorFest is the United States' only all-helicopter show. Enjoy food, music and rides. Wednesday 9/28, 6:45-8pm: Book Signing And Discussion With Bruce Mowday Hear about Richie Ashburn and the young fan who later helped get him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ashburn signed an autograph for Jim Donahue, Mowday's co-author for this book; Donahue and Ashburn became good friends as a result. Richie Ashburn ... Why the Hall Not? The Amazing Journey to Cooperstown chronicles the story of one of Philadelphia's best-loved athletes. In the words of author Ted Taylor, "Ashburn [was]... not only a great player but a great human being as well." 15 North Church Street, 610-696-7985,

Thursday 9/29, 12-5pm: Plein Air Brandywine Valley

Bruce Mowday will be signing his new book on 9/28 at the library

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond. From Sunday, September 25 to Saturday, October 1 artists will paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley. On Thursday, the tour stops in West Chester for a fun-filled day including workshops for artists at West Chester University and

Chester County Art Association, painting in town, a quick-draw competition for children and families in Old Court House and a block party with an art sale. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Chester County Art Association's ArtReach scholarship programs.

Friday 9/30 and Saturday 10/1: Ghost Tour Of West Chester This walking tour features tales of ghosts, folklore and history. Your guide will lead you on a 90-minute walk through the spooky lanes of neighborhoods where you'll explore the land of the shadow people, learn of the lost souls of the Underground Railroad, and hear about the West Chester gallows where horse thieves and murderers were hanged. Ghost Tours of West Chester occur every Friday and Saturday night in October and start at The Lincoln Room. Courtyard Grill will be open for light sandwiches, snacks and beverages before the tours, and doors open at 7pm rain or shine. Price is $10 per person, ages five years and up. Reservations required. 28 West Market Street, 610-696-2102

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C.O.D.E. - Chill Out, Drink, Eat Gourmet pub food Live entertainment three nights a week Dueling pianos on Fridays Happy hour specials

29 East Gay Street, West Chester 610-738-3948

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We know you like to have fun... our list of upcoming activites for the 21+ crowd Thursday 9/8: Back-To-School Bash All Day At Landmark Americana

Wednesday 9/21: Rewind Wednesday 10pm-2am At Barnaby's

Landmark gives students a reason to be excited for the start of classes. Their Backto-School Bash features a performance by the Brian Fitzgerald Quartet as well as DJs supplied by Hyped Promotions. Drink specials include $2 U-Call-Its from 10pm-12am, and $2 Blue Moons all day. 158 West Gay Street, 610-701-9900,

DJs from Schaffer Sound Productions will be spinning music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Feel free to dress up in your favorite gear from decades past, though it's not required. You'll have chances to win great retro prizes. 15 South High Street, 610-696-1400,

Thursday 9/22: Speed Dating Party 8pm At Jazmine Authentic Thai Cuisine

Tuesday 9/13: Philly Gear Party 9-11pm At Alibis Café The concept is simple: wear Philly stuff – win Philly stuff. So, if you're a Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Sixers or even Union fan, don your favorite team gear and head out to Alibis for a chance to win Philadelphia team tickets and merchandise. And, if you don't win, just come back next month and try again. As an added bonus, draft beers are only 50 cents. 15 North Walnut Street, 484887-0786,

Thursday 9/15: DubC Bar Stool Presents... The Bacardi Oakheart Bar Tour DubC Bar Stool is promoting Bacardi's new brand of spiced rum with a bar tour around West Chester. The Bacardi Oakheart Girls will be in attendance with Oakheart giveaways all night. There are two bar crawls on Thursday with heavily discounted Oak and Cokes along the way. Find DubC Bar Stool of Facebook for more info, facebook. com/DubCBS. Crawl times and specials are as follows... Bar Crawl #1 The Blarney Stone, 8:45-9:15pm $2 off Oak & Cokes Kooma, 9:30-10pm $3 Oak & Cokes Teca, 10-10:30pm $2 off Oak & Cokes Más Mexicali Cantina, 10:30-11pm $3 Oak & Cokes Bar Crawl #2 Barnaby’s, 10-10:30pm $2 off Oak & Cokes Rams Head, 10:30-11pm $2 off Oak & Cokes Side Bar, 11-11:30pm $2 off Oak & Cokes Landmark, 11:30pm-12am $2 Oak & Cokes

A series of one-on-one speed dates with local singles. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a liquor bar. If both singles are interested, contact information is provided. Event is for ladies 24-36 and gentlemen 26-38. Reserve in advance. 344 West Gay Street,

Nomad Clientele's release party was rescheduled to 9/24 due to Hurricane Irene

Friday 9/23: Golf Outing To Benefit WCPD Broad Run Golfer's Club

Saturday 9/17: Halfway To Saint Patty's Day 8pm-2am At Kildare's

Alibis, Limoncello, Vudu Lounge and others present this first annual golf outing to raise funds for the West Chester Police. $140 gets participants a round of golf and cart, a BBQ lunch, range balls, a golf shirt and access to the open bar and buffet at Alibis Café. 1520 Tattersall Way, 484-887-0786,,

Because having Saint Patty's day once a year simply wasn't enough, Kildare's is throwing their annual halfway to Saint Patty's Day party. Enjoy $4 Guinness and $5 car bombs from 8-10pm, Irish dancers at 7pm and Jamison Celtic rock at 10pm. 18 West Gay Street, 610-431-0770,

Saturday 9/17: Wormfest Round 2 1pm-6pm At Duffer's Tavern, Route 352 The average onset of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, is 50. Brian C. Williams was diagnosed with the disease at the surprisingly young age of 26. This second annual event is set to raise money to help with the financial stress placed on Brian's family, and to help maintain his quality of life. Enjoy Beer Pong, Kan Jam, Minute To Win It, and all the best tailgating games, plus silent auctions, 50/50 raffles and live entertainment. 192 Middletown Road, 610-358-505,

Sunday 9/18: Chester County Restaurant Festival 12-5:30pm On Gay Street Without a doubt, the biggest event this month has to be the Chester County Restaurant Festival. West Chester Parks & Recreation presents the best restaurants in the Brandywine Valley, right here in your town. See our complete listing on page six for more information.

Saturday 9/24: Nomad Clientele Release Party 8pm At The Note West Chester’s own reggae/rock band Nomad Clientele will be releasing their second album and playing a show at The Note to celebrate. To learn more about the band, visit our website to read the feature from last month and download to preview tracks. 142 East Market Street,

Monday 9/26: Barnaby's Charity Golf Outing 11am At Broad Run Golf Club Barnaby's presents a charity golf outing at Broad Run Golf Club, with all proceeds going to the Hero Fund. Registration starts 11am and cost is $125 per golfer. 1520 Tattersall Way, 610-696-1400

Thursday 9/29, Speed Dating Party 8pm At Jazmine Authentic Thai Cuisine Join a series of one-on-one speed dates with local singles. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a full liquor bar. If both singles are interested, contact information will be provided. This event if for ladies 32-44 and gentlemen 34-46. Please reserve in advance. 344 West Gay Street,

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Your Favorites...

Things you love downtown and where you head to find them

ALISHA GRAVES, 33, language pathologist, Chester «Grab a drink: Iron Hill «Snag a sandwich: Lorenzo's cheesesteak «Have pizza: New Haven «Enjoy dessert: Rita's cherry gelato

TIHERA WICKS, 32, unit coordinator, Chester «Grab breakfast: Ryan's Pub «Snag a sandwich: Ryan's chicken cheesesteak «Have Pizza: New Haven «Enjoy dessert: Dairy Queen's banana cream pie

ROBBY ENAGBARE, 21, EMT/ firefighter, Downington «Grab a drink: Barnaby's «Snag a sandwich: Alibi's cheesesteak «Have pizza: Riggtown Oven «Enjoy dessert: Rita's



when you come in! Bring a friend and get two cuts for the price of one on Terry’s Two-for Tuesdays


133 E Market Street, West Chester (Across from The Note)

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Your Least Favorites...

The stuff in town that has really begun to irk you

NICOLE LIPPENS, 21, student, Long Branch, NJ «Place to find parking: In front Kildare's «Traffic light: West Rosedale Avenue «Road to drive on: West Rosedale Avenue «Necessary expense: Food

LUN KICHEN, student, Shrewsbury, NJ «Place to find parking: Burger King «Traffic light: West Rosedale Avenue «Road to drive on: West Rosedale Avenue «Necessary expense: Textbooks

DEVON GILFILLIAN, 21, waiter, Morton, PA «Place to find parking: The entire borough «Traffic light: Chestnut and Matlack «Road to drive on: High Street «Necessary expense: Alcohol


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9/5: Enjoying Labor Day On The Streets Of West Chester

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Vince, Spencer

Jeremy Baker, Dustyn Thomas

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Please join us for the “Kick off” event of our multiyear commemoration of Chester County and the Civil War

CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTATION DAY at Chester County Historical Society Thursday, September 22, 2011 1- 8 pm

Create The Magic

We invite you to bring your family’s Civil War letters, photographs and artifacts to CCHS for documentation and possible inclusion in our October 2012 exhibit. Owner confidentiality will be maintained. No appraisals will be given. Conservator Kory Barrett will provide preservation advice.


• Opening of “If Walls Could Talk” • Costumed reinactors • Book discussion with Dr. Sarah Trembanis on Adam Goodheart’s 1861: The Civil War Awakening • Ed & Fay Max – A Hero’s Honor Roll – photographs of local soldiers and Chester County enlistment roster • Special exhibit of Civil War covers (envelopes) from the collection of Bruce Mowday See website for details and times at:




All activities free of charge. RSVP 610-692-4800 225 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380 On the Edge of Battle is proudly sponsored by DNB First, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Fox Chase Bank Charitable Foundation, Haverford Trust Company, the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau Foundation, and Jimmy Duffy Catering



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9/5: Enjoying Labor Day On The Streets Of West Chester PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADAM JONES

Julie Reagan, Laura Sackett, Sara Kneal

Mike Lonegan, Dan Lennon, Dan Gordon

Alex Wyczalkowski, Art McNulty, Mike Fitchko

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Mackenzie Mansour, Cody Mareantonio

Hannah Lenhart, Chad Blackhorn

Kris Cassidy, Kara Hurley


Our Family, your town, your florist since 1957. This space could be yours for just $70 per issue. 610-436-1620

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Finding Treasure


Pickin’ through Chester County with Tara Dugan

E ALL have one great treasure that we constantly seek. If you regularly visit garage sales, auctions or dumpsters, you probably peer into the far corners of whatever place you are scouring in search of the thing that will make your pulse quicken. Sure, you content yourself with other finds while you continue your quest, but like true love, your heart reacts to what it's after. Is it a Honus Wagner? The Beatles on vinyl? The Franciscanware creamer to replace the one you broke in your mother’s set, leaving the sugar bowl useless and lonely? Although I carry a dog-eared, black-and-white composition book with my customers’ needs, my own personal list is right between my ears.



The first pizza parlor in West Chester... Taste a slice of history



My beach house is both very old and very crooked. I love it for all the happy memories, and I have come to regard it as lovely. My father deadpans in reply, “Even a mother alligator thinks her child is beautiful,” but that’s beside the point. The heart of the house is the low-ceilinged, slope-floored dining room,

where family and friends gather around the long farm table. The mismatched chairs were either trash-picked or permanently borrowed from my sisters, and I dreamed of the perfect chairs. I had my heart set on Emeco chairs, those gorgeous, sturdy, lightweight, brushedaluminum icons commonly called ‘Navy chairs.' My wallet, however, had other ideas; Navy chairs cost about $440 each, new. Although they made their mark in the middle of last century, Emeco chairs are still manufactured in Pennsylvania, where the website proudly informs you they are “made by 116 hands." Emeco chairs, including model 1006 (the Navy chair) are constructed from 80% recycled aluminum. The chair, designed

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for use at sea, was found to be so durable that it quickly found a home in schools, hospitals, prisons, and all kinds of places where a tough chair would be required. The chair is so beautiful it also attracted attention from the Mount Olympus of design – both Frank Gehry and Phillippe Stark work with Emeco. Hotbeds like the Hudson Hotel in New York, employ Emeco chairs in their profiles. Since my crooked dining room doesn’t merit the attention of Phillipe Stark, I was left to dream. Then, one day last spring at the Uniques & Antiques Modern Design sale in Aston, voila! a set of Emeco brushed-aluminum beauties. This sale of modern furniture brings dealers from New York , California and points in between, so I knew I would have competition. As the bidding began, the price rose but stayed in my range – very cheap for the chairs. I like to think it was my demeanor and steely gaze that dropped that last Brooklyn dealer out of the bidding, but truthfully, it may have been my squealing between bids that got rid of him, much the way you back away from a person muttering on the street.

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Bartender Of The Month

Lesley Young-Klein chats about motherhood and Jägerbombs


"I make sure, whenever anyone comes in here, they’re happy. I treat them – no matter their age – like they’re one of my kids," says Lesley. Adam Jones

VERYONE knows Ryan's Pub. For many of us who live in downtown West Chester, it's like a second living room. This month we got to know one of Ryan's longest serving bartenders. Lesley Young-Klein stood up on her tippy toes so she could see over the bar to have her picture taken, then chatted with us about what it's like working in a family-owned pub. Name: Lesley Young-Klein Age: 33 Hometown: West Chester Born and raised? Yup How long have you been bartending? Let me see... about 15 years? How flattered are you to be bartender of the month? I’ll be even more flattered if you don’t tell people my age. Sorry, no can do. Well, then I’ll at least say that it is exciting. Any publicity for Ryan’s is good publicity. How upset is your fellow bartender JB that

owner Pat Ryan picked you as Bartender of the Month? Ummm. I’d say he is pretty perturbed. He is like one of those six-year-old beauty queens from Toddlers & Tiaras. What separates Ryan’s from other bars in town? We have a great staff, fast service and easonable prices. We’ve had the same regulars since day one, which helps with the fact that whenever anyone walks in, they feel at home. And what separates you from other bartenders? The fact that I’m not just here to pay my car insurance. I have a mortgage, a family, real issues, so I make sure that whenever anyone comes in here, they’re happy. I treat them –no matter their age – like they’re one of my kids. I guess I bring a real adult attitude to it. What’s the most common drink at Ryan’s? Bombs. Thursday nights we have $5 bombs – vodka, Jäger, car bombs, all of it. But they’re also popular on other nights. Bud Light drafts are popular because they’re always $2.75. What’s a drink people often order that you hate? Absolut Lemon Drop Martini. It’s just

one liquor, so you’d think it was easy. But in the end, you’ve got sugar packets and lemon rinds all over the bar. It’s just not standard. If you’re not at Ryan’s, what are you doing? I’m taking care of my eight-year-old daughter Jackson, or cleaning up around the house. Do you have any hobbies? I’d like to say my hobbies are going to the gym and doing outdoor sports, but the truth is my only real hobby is sleeping any chance I get. When you’re not at Ryan’s, where would you go for a drink? Jitters, Kooma, Sidebar anywhere that I know has good, experienced bartenders. Okay, anything coming up at Ryan’s you want to mention? The Eighth Annual Ryan’s Pub Golf Outing – it supports the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, a cause close to our hearts. You can sponsor a hole, or you can just play for $125. If you want to know more or want to register, you can come into the bar or email

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9/5: Enjoying Labor Day On The Streets Of West Chester

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The 10 People You Meet In Paradise


Jared Savitski, owner of Paradise Transit, tells us about some of his usual suspects

ARADISE Transit is quickly becoming West Chester's favorite mode of transport. Because they can offer you a ride around downtown, or fill in as designated driver, there's usually a variety of people onboard the Paradise bus. Among them you're certain to find at least a few of the following stereotypes. Jared Savitski, owner of Paradise Transit, describes some of his usual suspects. Betty Bachelorette: She'll be wearing a tiara or a sash or something equally embarrassing. Her gaggle of friends will be squealing about a checklist. Want to be the last guy a girl kisses before she marries? Sit next to Betty – her friends might ask you to help them check off #11. Philly Frank: Depending on the season, he'll either be decked out in red or chanting E-A-G-L-E-S! (or maybe both). He'll have had a few and be happily en route to Pattison Avenue to have a few more at the Paradise tailgate, making predictions about points and spreads. If you're wearing Cowboys/Giants/ Steelers/anything-other-than-Philly gear, try to avoid direct eye contact. Stevie Sandals: He's been ridiculed for years, but that doesn't change the fact that Stephen's year-round attire consists of nothing but shorts and sandals. Winter's chill won't break his steely desire to brave the elements in the most minimal of footwear, but he'll be sitting in the warmth at the back squeezing his toes to ward off frostbite. Sally Stilettos: You know what they say: pain is beauty. It's not in her nature to ride a bus, but it's even less likely she's going to stumble home in six-inch heels – after all, they're Manolo Blahniks! You'll find her at the front of the bus pecking at her bedazzled iPhone, taking breaks from texting to rub her feet. Happy Hour Harry: After a few too many dirty martinis, Harry's decided he'd rather face his wife's wrath for leaving the Benz in town than face a breathalyzer. He'll be sitting out of Sally's line of sight, but she'll be directly in his. Out-of-Town Olivia: She's likely wearing office attire, since this was supposed to just be a business trip, but you can only watch so many reruns of Seinfeld from your hotel bed before the inner socialite bursts through and demands an evening out. She'll be awkwardly adjusting her jacket on her way back to the Holiday Inn. Singing Sam: No matter the song, he/she knows all the words... or at least he/she thinks

During his time at West Chester University, Jared saw the need for transportation downtown Adam Jones he/she does. Who needs a karaoke mic when you have a captive audience on the Paradise bus? Don't shush Sam; you'll only encourage him/her. After the chorus of "Don’t Stop Believing" he/she won’t have a voice left anyway. Timmy 21: Early in the night, Timmy will be joining in on the festivities with his older friends (and those with excellent fake IDs), but after last call on his 21st birthday, Timmy will probably be staring at the floor, holding his breath and desperately trying to contain the prairie fire, three wise men and José Cuervo shots he's been force-fed. Sleepy Sandy: Philly Frank, Singing Sam

and all of Timmy's friends could be howling up a storm, but it doesn't matter – Sally is passed out with her head tucked in the corner. Maybe she's had a long day at work, maybe she's had one too many at the bar, but you'll never know, because that girl is out cold. Felipe Freshman: He's possibly an exchange student, and definitely just starting his first year. If that wasn't enough to confuse the poor guy, he has stumbled onto a bus full of crazy people. The music's playing, people are dancing, somebody's passed out in the corner, and he has no idea where it's headed, but none of that matters – Felipe is loving it.

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8/16: Schaffer Sound Productions’ Staff Party At Alibis

Schaffer Sound Productions are probably best known as the area's premier wedding entertainers, but they also supply DJs to the majority of parties, events and bars throughout West Chester. They held their annual staff party at Alibis Café this past month.


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The Dating Column


Diane Stopyra’s enlightened take on dating from a woman’s perspective

HIS year, my friend’s 14-year marriage came to an end. You probably think that something explosive must have gone down – she cheated with his brother, he decided he was gay, someone died. After all, it would take something that big or that irreversible to end a relationship that far along. But what ended this, and so many other long-term relationships just like it, was not explosive at all. No one realized the other’s infidelity. No one discovered the other’s weird foot fetish or secret shrine to a cross-dressing ex. No one died. It took something far more subtle than this. It was a slow fizzling out. It was, according to my friend, a lack of magic. “Magic” is a word I hear over and over. Everyone, it seems, is looking for some kind of relationship abracadabra. And people are so convinced it exists, they’re willing to call off a magic-less marriage even a decade in. Companionship isn’t enough. Compatibility isn’t enough. Even love just isn’t enough. Ask any single girl, not matter how desperate, and she will tell you: it's just not worth it without the magic.

When it comes to this subject, I’m torn. (Shocking, I know.) Part of me thinks that yes, of course, there should be something magical about finding your one and only. Settle for anything less and you are just that – settling. Call it spark. Call it chemistry. Call it whatever you want; just don’t commit without it, or you’re doomed for divorce. Another part of me thinks that relationship magic is merely some fairytale notion concocted by Hollywood to keep us all

unhappy with our own romantic lives and, therefore, anxious to live in someone else’s fantasy world for the duration of a romantic comedy. Magic is just another euphemism for passion, another way to say that your significant other makes you feel, well, horny. And while that’s a beautiful thing, it’s bound to fade after a few kids or a few mortgage payments. What you’re left with a couple of years in, if you’re very lucky, is a partner who will share the remote control. The companionship, the compatibility, and the love – that is as much magic as you’re going to get. Then again, a third part of me doesn’t care either way whether the “magic” my friends are referring to is real or not. Because it doesn’t matter; it’s real to them. I watched a magician pull a bunny out of a hat when I was a kid. It wasn’t real, of course; it was nothing but a trick. But that didn’t matter because, at the time, it was real to me. Maybe the important thing to remember about magic is that it doesn’t come from a wand, and it doesn’t come from another person. The only one with the power to create your own relationship magic is you.





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A Trainer’s Tips On Staying Fit


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’M THE laid-back Southern girl, the semi-nomad who doesn’t own anything unless it fits in her Jeep (or in her parents’ attic until she’s secured a place to live). The girl who, when the wind blows from a certain direction, feels something wild fire up inside her. Always free and relaxed, never stressed. But things have changed lately. I don’t live in my native North Carolina or in laidback San Diego or Savannah anymore. I don’t change jobs every six months when the mood strikes or a new place beckons. I’ve always had “wings,” but over the past year I’ve created something new for myself that I never thought I’d have an interest in — roots. As much as I love my newfound stability, it comes with its own set of troubles, and it made me realize a secret I had kept from myself. Despite all my self-assurances, I actually do get stressed out. Turns out I’m human after all. Go figure. Before, if I didn’t like the way something was going, I’d simply quit. You can’t feel stress if you don’t give it a chance. So when the going got tough, I left. But, this is the

grown-up version of me, and I need to figure out a way to manage the stresses of bills and both full and part-time jobs, and other obligations so that when I find myself with some free time, I actually feel free. So how to do that? For years growing up, my mom practiced yoga, using The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program. Looking back at my childhood now, and knowing all of the physical and mental benefits that yoga affords, I understand why Mom coped as well as she did with the madness my brother and I created around the

house. Later, as I studied for my personal training certification and even now as I continue my fitness education, I realize that, of the seven components of fitness, balance and flexibility are the most ignored. And balance and flexibility are exactly what I need, both physically and emotionally. From weightlifting, sitting (at a desk, in my car, in front of a television), and stretching only sporadically, my joints feel stiff and inflexible. With all the stress that has blossomed in my life this summer, I have been feeling incredibly unbalanced, as well. In my search for these two underrated components of fitness, I came across quite a few yoga studios in West Chester, like Symmetry Pilates and Yoga, Spirit of Yoga, Peace Love Art Yoga, and others. All of them offer packages, or you can simply pay as you go with a variety of classes from gentle to power yoga. I’ll visit some of them soon, and once my practice is through, I’ll have found relaxation in the place where, much like the sturdy power of the tree pose, I’ve happily planted roots.

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It’s Not Always Dumb To Be Thick-Headed Graham Nolte and Tommy Stackhouse travel the country in search of fame

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HEN they were teenagers growing up in West Chester, Graham Nolte and Tommy Stackhouse would surf through town atop a minivan, light their friends on fire and see who could be shot with a paintball gun the most times before calling it quits. They’d seen Bam Margera and West Chester’s own CKY Crew rocket to stardom for crashing shopping carts into bushes. “Basically, we wanted to do that stuff ourselves, so we got out there and started filming it,” said Graham. During their sophomore year at Henderson High School, the two friends started work on Graham’s graduation project, a film titled ThickHeaded. The school district added the graduation project to their requirements for graduation in 2001 to “permit students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by integrating academic and practical components.” As Graham says, “I was already filming all this stuff, so when I was told I needed to have a graduation project I

said, ‘Screw it, I might as well put this together.’” Senior year the crew held a premier for the film and sold the DVDs for $10. The first week they sold 150 copies. Thick-Headed was a hit. “It was crazy,” says Tommy. “People I’d never seen before recognized me. It even happened to me once when I was up at Penn State. This girl, who must have been in eighth grade when we made the movie, stopped me and said, ‘I know you. You’re the guy from Thick-Headed.” Five years later they’re still acting like fools and saving it on film. After putting in four years of college, which Tommy refers to as a “solid f****** investment,” they decided to reunite and hit the road to make another Thick-Headed. After studying film at San Diego State University, Graham would ensure that this latest project was finely crafted, and, this time around, they’d also incorporate Tommy’s high school graduation project. Despite failing to qualify for the Henderson Boys’ Speaking Contest (or possibly because of it) Tommy decided to make his

graduation project a public speaking event. He put together a comedy night at school during the spring of 2007, and he and several friends got on stage and did stand-up comedy. Since then he’d done comedy on-again and off-again throughout his time studying marketing at the University of Delaware, and had grown accustomed to making a fool of himself before a live audience. On paper, the plan was simple: 45 Days. 18 Cities. 4 Guys. 1 Van. The Ultimate Comedy Road Trip. They grabbed Taylor Butz and Steven Briggs, two friends willing to try doing standup on the road, found a couple cameramen who were free for the summer, and set off in Graham’s parents ’97 Chrysler Town & Country on a roadtrip that would lead them zig-zagging across the US from California to New York. As the website explains, the plan was to be “hitting up any place that will give them a chance while working towards their dream of making it big in

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Thick-Headed ? From Page 45 the unforgiving world of stand-up.” The reality is that none of the guys are honed comedians. Their jokes are untested, their ability to control the crowd is minimal, and their set lists are sketched out on napkins before the show. Often, the funniest part of the performances are the unplanned bits, the recoveries. During their show at Ryan’s Pub on the last Tuesday of August, some jokes left the crowd silent and confused (Steven’s convoluted combination of sex and Guitar Hero), while others produced full-on fits of laughter (Graham’s true story of being tricked into ingesting acid half an hour before heading onstage). To be fair, Steven’s overly complicated jokes might have gone over better if it weren’t for certain memebers of the crowd. During his set he battled a drunken Russian bride and her friends for control of the audience. He commented on having seen the bride on the internet earlier, and even entertained her friend’s slurred requests before handing the mic to the most insolent girl in the group and walking off stage. Taylor was up next on stage and won back the audience’s attention with self-

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Thick-Headed ? From Page 46 deprecating humor and marijuana references (“Who’s this slightly over-weight, completely stoned Draco Malfoy?”) after the wedding party were escorted from the bar. Even so the hammered girl in the white dress and her maids were easily the most memorable part of the evening, as frustrating as it was for both the comics and the audience. However, when you go back over the clips of the tour the Thick-Headed Crew have been uploading throughout the trip, it’s a different story. The short videos hold your attention completely, with clips of Taylor bombing while dodging full beer bottles thrown by a Spanish-speaking audience in Mexico, and footage

of the guys off stage, like Tommy, covered head to toe in peanut butter, roaming through a crowded, Los Angeles mall in search of his jelly-clad soul mate. You’ll laugh out loud more times during the three-minute recap of their trip to Tijuana than you will during their hour-long stand-up show. Talking with them near the end of the tour, it was clear that the trip has become about a lot more than testing their skills as standups. After finishing their tour on September 1, the guys will begin the arduous process of going through hours of uncut footage with the goal of packaging the final edit with a few sponsorships and landing a television pilot. Because, as it turns out, what they really care about is making movies. In Graham’s words, “I don’t give a shit about comedy.”

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8/25: Opening Night At The Social Lounge

The Social Lounge opened its doors at 29 East Gay Street last month, replacing The Pale Horse and Spence Café before that. They redecorated a bit, extended the bar, and brought in some couches. In the words of chef Andrew Vogt, “It’s gourmet pub food at amazing prices.” We suggest you try the craft cocktails, too. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADAM JONES... TO VIEW ONLINE AND ORDER COPIES, VISIT THEWCPRESS.COM

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What They’re Wearing On The Streets Of The WC PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREW HUTCHINS

TIM MACKENZIE, 26, skateboarding and snowboard sales rep from Boonton, NJ. Vans shirt, Loaded undershirt, Mishka jeans, Stussi hat, Oakley sunglasses.

KATIE MCLAIN, 24, teacher from Lincoln Park, NJ. Abercrombie & Fitch shirt and jeans, Sanuk flip-flops, Crow watch.

DULCE DAVIS, 41, AstraZeneca sales rep from Exton. J. Crew shirt, shoes from DSW, Banana Republic pants.

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The Quick Chat


Talking West Chester real estate with realtor Ryan Estrada

FTER the real estate bubble burst back in 2008, uncertainty has been the only constant in the market. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, it is a tumultuous time for real estate. Foreclosures have been all over the news, and short sale has become a trending topic. But, if you’re not involved in finance or real estate, you might be a little bit confused about what’s been happening and what to expect from the future – we sure are. So, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with Ryan Estrada, a realtor with Weichert Realtors right here in town, to chat about the real estate market as a whole, and what we can expect in West Chester. What is a short sale? A short sale means that, if a person were to sell their house, they would not make enough money from selling it to pay the liens on the house. We’re seeing this a lot now, because up until 2008, people borrowing to the hilt, taking equity out on their homes and refinancing, and then the real estate bubble burst. Now their home is actually worth less than what they owe on it. We would describe this as being underwater. In a short sale you need to get all the creditors’ approval for the sale because they’re the ones losing money. Ultimately it is a real pain – you need approval from so many parties that they tend to take a long time. You could make an offer on a home but then find another place before your bid on the short sale gets accepted. Is there a benefit to the buyer? There is a benefit. You’re able to get the property at a lower price than what it might have been worth, but it doesn’t usually equate to being a big deal because the bank has to approve the sale price – they’re the ones who are losing out. Still, if you’re not in a hurry, you have somewhere to stay for now, and you have six months to work a deal, then it might be worth it. So then, the real deals would be in looking for a foreclosed upon property ? Sure. It is a case-by-case scenario because it depends on the property and the neighborhood. You might get a good deal in a neighborhood with a lot of foreclosures, but a strong neighborhood, one without a lot of foreclosures, might not have a significant price drop on a foreclosed home. Has the market hit bottom yet? It’s hard to say exactly, but a good gauge to figure out

“Generally, if you’re employed, there is no better time to buy a house,” advises Ryan Estrada, a realtor with Weichert Realtors in West Chester. the market is the absorption rate. In a balanced market, a house tends to be up for sale about five to six months. Anything less than five months would be a seller’s market, because it is obviously a desirable place to live and people are snapping up house. Anything more than six months would be a buyer’s market because the market could get flooded with homes and the prices will come down. Generally, the whole country is still a buyer’s market. Would you describe West Chester as a buyer’s market? In West Chester, just like everywhere across the counrty, we had the same run-up in appreciation until things crashed in 2008. Fortunately, homes under $300,000 are moving quickly thanks to first-time home buyers who aren’t looking to unload their current property before they look to buy. If you bought property in the 2000s, you might be almost underwater, so you’re probably holding on. Are there areas in West Chester where we could expect to see growth in the next few years? There are some areas seeing new construction, but housing starts are lower. However, if you get farther west, out into Downingtown, there is good construction and lower prices. We’re seeing a correction

in the market. We’re not seeing great growth, but it is becoming more stable. Is it a good idea to be looking to buy in West Chester, or should I focus elsewhere? West Chester is not going to depreciate – it is a good place to live, and it is not going anywhere. It’s the county seat, a center for business and government and has great schools. If you’re looking at things long term, because it is a long-term investment, West Chester is strong. Can a person who has not saved up a lot of money still get a mortgage? There’s ways to do that. For example, instead of trying to bring the price down on a sale, you can ask the seller to help with the closing costs. As long as you’re actually employed, and you’re not trying to scam the market, then you can get a mortgage. Realistically, how much does someone need saved up? The most popular way to go about financing is to go FHA, which allows you to put only 3.5% down instead of the usually 20%. For a first-time home buyer who is realistic with their expectations, if they have around $15,000 we can get something done. As long as your debt to income ratios match up, then you should be able to get a home. Are there any incentives still available to first-time buyers? Despite the fact that the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit has dried up (which is a shame), there are still tons of incentives. Double check with your accountant, because I’m not a lawyer or accountant, but there are tax incentives. There are a lot of young professionals in this town holding off on buying a home. What would you say to convince them to make a move now? People are often turned off because they hear that mortgage regulations are really strict right now, but the truth is that mortgage regulations are just back to normal. Interest rates are now at an alltime low. They’ve never been lower, so you’ll probably never have a chance to buy a house for a better deal. If you’re interested but not sure, you can come into Weichert and we’ll help you gauge whether you’re ready. We’ll run your numbers for you and help you figure out what your situation is and what type of home you’d be qualified for. If you have further questions about the real estate market, Ryan is happy to supply you with answers. Feel free to give him a call or send an email. 610-436-0400,

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Ryan Estrada For All Your Real estate Needs

8/25: Opening Night At The Social Lounge PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADAM JONES

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BUDDY is an adorable young adult Newfoundland and Weimeraner mix. Buddy’s previous owner didn’t take good care of him, so he came to the shelter thin and undersocialized. He likes people, so he should do well with an experienced owner.


EYES, a neutered male American bulldog, is a staff favorite. Eyes loves to be around people, and when his owners left the door open, he ran out to find new friends. He’s lived with other dogs, cats and children. He’s even housebroken!


ROCKY, a handsome Shepherd mix, is looking for a forever home. He’s about a year old and is reportedly housebroken. He’s good with animals, kids and adults. He has been neutered, and now he’s all ready to go home for good.

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Mike and Gabe

Steve, Matt, Dave, Kyle, Chris

Donnie, Rosalie, Annie

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Enrich Your Life... Adopt An Animal

These beautiful creatures need homes... call the Chester County SPCA at 610-692-6113


MARVIN is here at the shelter with his mom. They are both very sweet, like attention, and will even “talk” to you. They’ve qualified for the special grant we have that would reduce their adoption fee to $25 each. If you have room for either or both of them, please come visit them today.


MUFFIN and JINXY (left and right, respectively)are both here at the shelter looking for a new home (or homes). Their owner, who loved them very much, had an elderly relative move in, and unfortunately that relative is allergic to cats. Jinxy is a young adult cat (somewhere between one and two years old) and Muffin is about eight months old. Both cats are spayed and neutered. They’re also litter trained and very friendly. If you think you could offer a good home to Muffin and/or Jinxy, please stop by the shelter and meet them soon. You’ll be so glad you did, and they’ll be very grateful.

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8/25: Opening Night At The Social Lounge PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADAM JONES

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8/21: Touch A Truck Day On Westtown Road


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The West Chester Food Safari


HERE are two food combinations I will eat until the day I die: nachos and cheese and peanut butter and jelly. These foods are so simple, I can’t get enough. Especially nachos. Spicy, gooey, cheesy, and crunchy gets me every time. Fortunately, West Chester has a slew of places where I can get my fix. My quest for the best nachos in West Chester started right in the middle of town at Iron Hill, where the nachos come in varying quantities, but always with the same components: fresh tomato, black beans, jalapeños, green onions, melted Monterey and Cheddar, all topped with sour cream. I got the small plate and a Hopzilla to wash it down. The plan was to hit everywhere in one night, but Rams Head’s nachos didn’t leave room for that. These, the densest, cheesiest nachos in town, are loaded with fresh jalapeños, chicken or pork, plus scoops of fresh guacamole and sour cream. I couldn’t finish them by myself, so I invited a friend to dive

Jeremy Malanka feeds his need for cheese

in as I ordered a Yards Pale Ale, the perfect complement to nacho nirvana. Fighting a buzz and incipient food coma, I made it back to my bed. After all, I had a date with High Street Caffé the next day. Coffee in hand, I headed to High Street and ordered an extra-spicy Bloody Mary. Nachos and bloodys are hangover cures. It’s a fact – look it up. The nachos at the caffé include sautéed filet and Andouille sausage with peppers and onions, seasoned with High Street’s special blend of spices, topped with sour cream and blended with chips, Cheddar and salsa. High Street’s are the most decadent nachos ever. I left the caffé and wandered, con-

templating my next move. I knew that Landmark’s nachos are big and tasty, and Kildare’s makes their own chips (from potatoes – it is an Irish bar), but my journey was cut short after a reminder from a friend that too much cheese isn’t great on the digestive tract. I halted my nacho binge for the day. The next morning I began the final leg of the nacho tour: breakfast. I headed to the place where the waitresses know the only beverages I need with breakfast are coffee and water: Market Street Grill. From Eggs Benedict to breakfast burritos that only Spicoli could dream up, this diner has it all. Market Street Grill prepares authentic Mexican nachos called Camacho’s Nachos. Nested in grilled corn tortillas was an abundance of spicy, seasoned chicken, sausage, tomato, black beans and corn, topped with eggs and Cheddar, and drizzled with cilantro sour cream. After eating only eating nachos for three days, I couldn’t be happier. Still, maybe I’ll hold off on the cheese for a while... at least until dinner.


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Evan, Christin, Lily and Mike Myers

Jimmy, Dave and Frankie Riordan

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Megan, Every and Marcy McCrery

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The West Chester Crossword

None of that generic nonsense you see in other papers... a puzzle just for “The WC” SO YOU love crosswords? Great. Sit down, get a cup (or glass) of your favorite beverage and enjoy this puzzle. The answers can all be found in the issue you hold in your hands. ACROSS 1 . If you catch a ride on the Paradise Transit bus, she’ll be the one sitting near the front pecking at her bedazzled iPhone. 5.On Tuesday nights this advertiser will be hosting karaoke at Doc Magrogan’s with DJ Johnny A. 8. This bar offers Yuengs and wings on Sundays, meaning 50-cent wings and $2 Yuenglings all day. 12. Join this foundation for a 5k to help raise money for our nation’s veterans. 14. This month, two out of three readers agreed that this avenue is the worst road to drive on in West Chester. 15. Christine Mooney is certain that flexibility and this are the two most overlooked of the seven components of fitness. 16. He’s the French DJ and producer who has been tearing up the pop charts with his album, “Nothing But The Beat.” 17. This monument in downtown West Chester was dedicated 96 years ago. 18. Tommy Stackhouse toured the country with this other Thick-Headed comedian from West Chester.

He traveled all across the US (and even stopped in Mexico) this summer... See 18 Across.

19. Have some manly, un-needed items laying around? Turn them into cash at this, the most interesting store in West Chester. DOWN 2. On Saturday, September 17, Kildare’s will host a halfway party for this holiday, because once a year is simply not enough. 3. They’re the newest hot spot in town, having just opened up at 29 East Gay Street. They implore you to C.O.D.E – chill out, drink, eat. 4. Jeremy Malanka admits he has a borderline addiction with this delicious type of food. 6. This company is onto something when they ask, “If you wouldn’t let your kids drive it, why would you bring it to just any mechanic?” 7. When you’re ready to have your truck lettered, give Market Street Print a call, because they make it ______. 9. She is the eight-year-old daughter of the Ryan’s Pub employee who happens to be our

bartender of the month. 10. Head to this bar on Thursday nights for $5 bombs and $2 U-Call-Its from 10pm12am. 11. You weren’t entirely sure what was meant by the real estate term “short sale?” Well, now you do. Thanks to this realtor. 13. If you’re hungry around noon, we highly recommend this advertiser’s award-winning lunch buffet. 14. If you were one of the many families photographed for this issue at Touch A Truck Day, you were on this road.

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