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Fashions fade, style is eternal Publisher Dan Mathers

Graphic Designer Nazarena Luzzi Castro

Advertising Manager Nick Vecchio

Columnists Chelsea Durning DJ Romeo Mimi Zaborowski Jennifer Ozgur Clare Haggerty

Copy Editor Kehan DeSousa Contributing Editors Molly Herbison Jesse Piersol Contributing Photographers Luke Darigan Andrew Hutchins Editorial Intern Gabrielle Dallazia Photography Interns Paul Imburgia Annie Tennyson Rachel Crew Marketing Intern Gina Mattioni

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Our no-nonsense table of contents 13. WC By the Numbers Our monthly infographic on WC trends 17. The Take-Home Chef Chelsea Durning’s cooking column 19. Bartender of the Month Limoncello’s Drew York 21. Owner of the Month Sandy Riper of Sunset Hill Gallery & Jewelers 27. Fall Fashion Must-Haves Four style tips for the season 33. The WC Lookbook Ten boutiques, ten looks, unlimited inspiration 55. Children in Tow Jennifer Ozgur’s guide to family-friendly fun 61. Beyond Books & Booze Clare Haggerty’s look into student life 71. In Pursuit of Food Mimi Zaborowski’s restaurant review 73. Games Give PhotoHunt and IconPop a shot 77. The Runway Mix DJ Romeo’s fashion-forward tracks SEPTEMBER 2013 |



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From the Editor...

Broad Generalizations

The girlfriend of one of my closest friends once referred to me as the “fashionista” of our group. The reason? My non-work attire didn’t consist entirely of T-shirts, mesh shorts and sweatpants. That’s not really setting the bar very high. More than one employee and a handful of work acquaintances have called me a hipster, and my best guess as to why is my well-fitted jeans, often cuffed up two or three rolls in warmer weather. I’ve been told the derogatory term for these is “pedal pushers,” and they’re supposedly quite common among the fixed-gear bike riding crowd. I prefer to walk, I don’t thrift shop, and I can’t grow facial hair. I am not a hipster. My extended family jokingly (I hope) refer to me as the gay cousin since I started wearing purple pretty routinely in the mid 2000s, back before it was common. But, even now that the butchest of my uncles has been spotted donning a purple polo, it’s a moniker I can’t shake... partly because I know how much it bothers them when I embrace it: “It’s not purple,” I explain, “It’s lavender.” But, to the outsider, these three observations probably combine to paint the picture of me as fashionable. And yet, they are all descriptions I’ve only begrudgingly accepted. I don’t think matching my boat shoes to my button-up makes me a fashionista. I don’t think ditching my relaxed fit jeans in favor of slim and (occasionally) skinnies makes me particularly hip. Most of all, I’m certain wearing colors outside of the masculine blue-and-black range doesn’t make me gay, nor does dressing well. And, before you say anything, I know I’m making broad generalizations about all gay people being good dressers, but who gets upset about positive stereotypes? Basically, the point that I’m trying to get across is that–despite what my friends, family and co-workers... okay, so pretty much despite what everyone of consequence in my life tends to think–I am not a fashion person. So, as is often the case in situations like this, I’ve brought on an incredible team that DOES get fashion. First up on that list are Kristy Mak and Courtney Conigliaro. They’ve brilliantly dealt with my lack of fashion expertise and deftly assembled the fantastic Fall Must-Haves feature on page 25 with only limited input from me. The piece is inspiring, and accidentally quoting them about green being very in for this season has left my cousin Michelle more sure that I’m gay than ever before. No less deserving of my appreciation and respect is Nazarena Luzzi Castro. She’s only been our graphic designer for two issues, and yet she tirelessly assembled this magazine WHILE ON VACATION. Now, that’s dedication, and without that dedication, these pages would undoubtedly seem more awkward and masculine than intended. The final person deserving of recognition is Justin Muir, the amazingly talented photographer who shot the cover and the entirety of The WC Lookbook (which starts on page 33). Justin, whose jeans are always skinnier than mine and often cuffed one roll higher, was clearly the right man for the job, and his work makes this issue one of our proudest accomplishments. We hope you agree. -DM

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The Take-home Chef Chelsea Durning is a cook by trade, and she’s not shy about sharing her wisdom with our readers Food trends, much like fashion, come and go all the time. In the early 20th century, home cooks were preserving delicacies in gelatinous aspics we’d shudder to see today, and the raging fondue craze of the 1970s seemed white-hot until it disappeared entirely. Unfortunately for 2013, cake pops, as cute as they are, are on their way out, but the following three dishes are great examples of the many other delicious food trends that are on their way up! Roasted Quinoa Salad 1 cup white quinoa, roasted 5-6 Kalamata olives ½ tomato, roasted and diced 1/2 cup arugula 2 oz feta cheese crumbles 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste Roast the quinoa and tomatoes for 10 minutes, then mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Chocolate-Covered Popcorn with a Caramel Drizzle 1 bag popcorn 2 cups white chocolate, melted ½ cup milk chocolate, melted ½ cup caramel sea salt, to taste Pop the popcorn. In a large bowl, cover the popcorn with the white chocolate. Cool in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet pan. When cooled, drizzle the milk chocolate and caramel. Sprinkle the sea salt on top. Roasted Cauliflower 1 head cauliflower, cut into chunks 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 6 cloves garlic ¼ cup lemon juice 3 tbsp parmesan cheese 2 tbsp parsley salt and pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large baking dish, place chopped cauliflower in a single layer and toss with olive oil and garlic. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until the cauliflower starts to brown. Once the cauliflower is brown, pour lemon juice over and toss with parsley, cheese, salt and pepper.




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Bartender of the Month As the man behind the bar at Limoncello, Drew York is a familiar face to many Story Dan Mathers Photo Luke Darigan Drew was an interesting subject for this interview, because while he’s lived an incredibly exciting life, 99% of it is off the record. He’s friendly, outgoing, and incredibly loyal to his company, and he spends as much time laughing as he does talking. We sat down to chat with him before he started his Tuesday evening shift. How long have you been at Limoncello? I’ve I’ve been here for five years. And how’d you end up here? I knew one of the managers who used to work here. Actually, I used to be his boss at another job. Have you been bartending for a while? I started bartending back when I was 18, so about … well, it’s been a long time. Are you originally from this area? I grew up in Norristown. Then what brought you to West Chester? I visited the school here, and I really loved the town.

I’m guessing you didn’t go to WCU based on the way you say “visited.” I was offered more money to play football at Slippery Rock. What did you play? At Slippery Rock I was playing fullback and defensive tackle, but mostly fullback. If you started bartending at 18, were you working while playing football? I wasn’t in school for long, and right out of high school I discovered bartending. I started off as a server at my first job, and they offered me a bartending position. When you came here, did you find it was an issue that Limoncello is primarily known for its food, not the bar? It’s really not a big deal at all. The bar is the first thing people see when they walk through the door. If they give me five minutes of their time, I can make them feel incredibly welcome and happy at the bar. It also doesn’t hurt that our happy hour has a good reputation. What’s your happy hour? Monday to Friday, 4-6:30pm we offer $6 wines, $3 beers and $2 off all drinks, plus discounted appetizers and pizzas. It’s a great deal. What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened while you were behind the bar? I’m not sure I should say…

Well then, what’s the most interesting thing that’s happened while you were working that we can print? I’ve seen people get engaged. I’ve met famous people. Really, many of the most exciting moments of my life happened while I was behind the bar. Statistics say the average person changes their job something like 10 times in their life. See any change on the horizon for you? Only if I were to open my own place. I love this industry and have no interest in getting out of it. What do you love about it? Meeting new people, the speed of it, seeing other people intoxicated–it’s really entertaining. Is there anything specific about Limoncello that you love? The family who owns Limoncello is amazing to work for, and I love my regulars. It’s really like I just get to come in and bartend for my friends. So you’ve made a lot of friends through the job? Oh yeah. There’s a really great core of people who come here, and a lot of those regulars genuinely care about our lives outside of Limconcello — they want to see us do well. They’re just fun, good people. And, the staff here, we’re like a family. It’s not like we’re all here working–we enjoy being here, enjoy working together. Sounds rough. Really, it’s not a job– I live a vacation.WCP



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Owner of the Month Sandy Riper and her High St jewelry store and gallery are West Chester fixtures Story Gabrielle Dallazia Photo Luke Darigan Sunset Hill isn’t your typical jewelry shop. In addition to showcasing everything from vintage to contemporary pieces, the store is also the site of numerous art shows throughout the year. Despite her hectic schedule, owner Sandy Riper sat down to discuss everything from running a successful business with her husband Joseph, to the fact that art and jewelry are surprisingly intertwined. Did you start Sunset Hill Jewelers? My mother, my step-father and I all opened the business in 1983. I’ve always been the owner. What drew you to the business? I’m a second generation jeweler–I grew up with it. What do you love most about it? Being a part of people’s lives, helping happy occasions happen, like birthdays and anniversaries. Also getting to see young men that I knew as children getting ready to get married and helping them with that–that’s really cool. What’s your favorite occasion to assist with? Probably big anniversaries. In today’s

times, being married for thirty years is a long time. A fiftieth wedding anniversary is not unheard of–I’ve celebrated a few sixtieths with people. That’s pretty awesome. Has Sunset Hill Jewelers always doubled as an art gallery? Yes. My first customer at the jewelry store was a man named Harry Dunn–and that’s whose paintings are currently being displayed in the gallery. When we first renovated the building, we didn’t know what to do with the second floor. Harry came in for the opening of the jewelry store, came upstairs, and said, ‘This would make a great gallery.’ In November of 1983, we had our first art show. How do you think the art display adds to the ambiance of the shop? You have to walk through the store to get to the gallery, so people who didn’t originally plan to jewelry shop sometimes end up doing just that. Art and jewelry both celebrate occasions and tell a story–jewelry is also form of art. You seem to have a lot on your plate. Do you manage to find any free time for yourself? I have a home in Cape May, and my husband and the ladies that work with me are wonderful enough to allow me to work from Cape May, my second home; West Chester is my first.

What do you love about West Chester? The hometown feel... it’s a good, wholesome community. People seem excited to be here. Speaking of excitement, congratulations on celebrating thirty years. What’s your token of success? We’re very serviceoriented. It’s not just about selling jewelry– it’s about helping people live with their own jewelry, helping people keep their family heirlooms wearable and in good enough condition to pass on to the next generation. We have the ability to obtain pretty much anything that anyone wants. Being in the business for so long, I know exactly who to call. How does your being a graduate gemologist add to the quality of work? A lot of jewelry stores have to wait for a gemologist to come visit their store, whereas I can do all of that myself. I also have an extensive background in antique jewelry that differentiates us from a lot of stores that only deal with new jewelry. I know a lot of history and how to evaluate antique pieces which, living in a historic town, is important. So a customer comes in looking for something specific–how do you help them find that piece? By listening. I listen to what their questions are, what their needs are, how they describe something. It takes some patience, but simply listening and asking the right questions makes it easy to figure out exactly what they want.WCP




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Oh, hey



We’ve been waiting for you. Not because we don’t enjoy those strapless dresses in the hot summer heat, but because we’ve been dying to break out our boots and moto jackets and perhaps trade in our usual iced coffees for–dare I say it– Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And, there’s something about fall fashion that gets a little more exciting each year. The fabrics are not too sheer but not too heavy and there’s always room for accessorizing.

This season, there are four trends that are HOT both on and off the runway: leather details, hues of green, mix and match patterns, and slouchy trousers. All of these looks can be worn by anyone—all shapes, all sizes, all ages, and all style preferences! Best part? You can grab them right here in West Chester at all of our favorite spots! We visited six of downtown West Chester’s boutiques that all carry this season’s must-haves. Take a peek on the following pages and then walk (no, RUN!) to grab your favorite items! Your closet will thank you. 

This season, there are four trends that are HOT both on and off the runway: leather details, hues of green, mix and match patterns, and slouchy trousers.

Assembled and written by WC Fashion Consultants Kristy Mak { @kristymakmakmak @k_mak_ } & Courtney Conigliaro { @courtconigs}



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Since everyone may not be daring enough to wear a pair of leather pants or a leather dress, leather detailing for fall is making this edgy trend more accessible to everyone. Even a leather trim or pannel gives a touch of “bad girl” while still maintaining a “good girl” semblance. Who doesn’t secretly want to be Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton all at once?

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Vegan Leather Pant Tish Boutique


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With the change of the season comes a deeper color palette for fall, and this season, green is the color. Call it hunter green, emerald green–call it whatever you want, but make sure you add it to your closet. It’s a color that looks great on most skin tones. Whether you still have your summer glow or you’re a fairskinned beauty, this rich shade of green is sure to complement any girl.

Willow & Clay Canvas Jacket Tish Boutique

Damask & Mesh Dress Artifact


$108 BB Dakota Shift Dress Nich Boutique


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Lovers + Friends Dress Blink

Tiered 1960s Organza Gown w/ Pleated Bust Malena’s





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BE BOLD! Instead of one print, try two or three! To pull this off and not look like a circus act, just make sure that you have at least one print that is more subtle than the others. If you’re wearing a vibrant plaid, dial it down with a neutral chevron. Follow this rule and you’ll be wearing the look that has others questioning how to pull it off (it’s ok, you can tell them!).

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Here’s one that Euro fashionistas have been doing for a while and is now really starting to gain traction in the US. This style is easier to wear than you think! The key is finding the right length: hanging JUST at the top of your foot. Add a crop top or tuck in a fitted top to complete the look. Did we mention how super comfy these are?

Did we mention how super comfy these are?

Ya Los Angeles Slouchy Waist Tie Pants Nich Boutique

Splendid Slouchy Pant Blink


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ARTIFACT boutique

This beautiful Aztec print sweater is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. Pair it with Articles of Society denim skinnies and knee-high boots for a fall look to die for. This could be worn day or night, just add heels and a statement necklace for the perfect evening look.

Aztec Sweater Artifact $59 Denim Skinnies Articles of Society $56 Black Spaghetti Tank Artifact $14





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At Jane Chalfant/Kiki Boutique you will find a great selection of dresses. This Ponte-knit dress with lace detail can be worn with a cute sandal now, with tights and boots in cooler weather or with stiletto heels for a night out.

Ponte-knit Dress with Lace Detail Weston Wear $164 Silver Cuffs Brighton $55 each Black Resin Bangle

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This beautiful beaded and sequined-all-over gold Parker mini is a walk-in-the-roomand-turn-heads kind of dress! Wear it super dressed up for a wedding or cocktail party, or throw on a jean or leather jacket and head to Kooma for dinner.

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MALENA’S vintage boutique

This outfit is ideal in numerous ways for the coming season. The layered pearl necklace can be worn all year and will add a polished finish to any look. The T-shirt is a classic and a staple piece in any wardrobe. Have fun with the 1950s woven circle skirt by adding a wide belt, and patterned top. Let the change of seasons inspire you–visit Malena’s to find something truly unique.

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Malena’s Exclusive $18 1960s Pearl Cluster Necklace $38 Handwoven Circle Skirt $42





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CHRISTINE’S consignment The change in season means a change in your wardrobe. It’s refreshing to put away the cool shorts and tees in favor of warm and cozy pieces that can be layered as the weather gets chillier. This Rag and Bone jacket and 7 For All Mankind jeans are a great place to start. Uggs now come in dozens of styles and shapes like these leather lace-up boots, which create a sharp finish to this chic outfit. Top off your look with a chunky vintage necklace and you’ve got an unbeatable ensemble.

Linen Sleeveless Top Eileen Fischer $39 Military-style Jacket Rag & Bone $129 Lace-up Leather Boots Ugg $89 Vintage Ceramic Necklace $39



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This partially lined, sleeveless chiffon maxi dress is stunning, but not over the top. With two front slits and caged back detailing, the gown is a headturner without showing off too much, perfect for a night out with the girls.

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This coral tunic adds a touch of bohemian chic, emphasized by multistrand necklaces of earth jasper, turquoise, silver and leather! It can be worn with leggings or skinny jeans and boots by day, or by itself with strappy heels for a night out. It’s versatile, fashion forward, and– like all items at Moonflower–it’s fair-trade and/or handmade.

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This look wraps you in a cozy embrace with a taupe crochet top and faux fur and vegan vest, lightened up by a pretty floral skirt to help you transition between seasons. Finish the outfit with a messy tousled braid to evoke effortless boho chic. While petting your faux fur may not be appropriate in public, at least give yourself a pat on the back for putting together one sophisticated look.

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OBVI boutique

This look is perfect for transitioning effortlessly into fall. Embellishments are undeniable this season, and this top by Miss Me Couture embraces the trend perfectly. It is a light-weight silk blend with just enough bling to make a statement without trying too hard. Wearing the top with dark skinny denim makes the look a bit more casual, easy to pair with your favorite heel and perfect for a night out.

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TISH boutique

This outfit encompasses all the hottest trends: The Madison Marcus emerald blouse has leather and lace details, two of the season’s must-haves, and paired with a patterned trouser from Lucy Paris–another unique trend for the fall season– these two pieces make a fashionable fall statement.

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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 One of my favorite parts of June is making a wish list of books I hope to devour over the lazy days of summer. In the past, it’s been by the pool or on a plane. Recently, it’s been during that delicious downtime of my son’s mid-morning naps. Now that my daughter has finally graduated to chapter books, I have been using this summer to help her develop that same love of reading. But, with the temptations of technology and other distractions, this is sometimes a bit of a challenge. The key is to pick books that are exciting and appealing, like The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, one of West Chester’s most-read books this summer. The book is also part of The Big Read, a program developed by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read began after a 2004 study discovered that reading was on a steep decline. To help bolster the literacy of the public, The Big Read gets entire communities involved. More than 1,100 towns have organized book discussions, lectures and keynote speakers around one specific title with the goals of increasing the amount people read and making readers more thoughtful and productive. Now, some of these great events are coming to West Chester. West Chester University, in conjunction with The Chester County Historical Society, The West Chester Public Library and more than twenty other groups, has assembled a calendar of events revolving around O’Brien’s work. It begins on September 12th and culminates with the author speaking at West Chester University on November 11th. Two of the three West Chester Area School District high schools hopped on board by requiring all students to read The Things They Carried prior to the first day of school. This initiative, called “One School, One Book, One Community,” will address themes of this text in their English classes. If you have high schoolers at home, then you are probably familiar with the novel’s premise–a highly stylized work of fiction with autobiographical elements that takes the reader through events during the Vietnam War. I’ll be honest: I was not looking forward to it. War is not my topic of choice, but when I began the book in June, I quickly realized that it was much more than an account of combat. As the chapters unfold, O’Brien reveals his struggles with authenticity in his storytelling as he attempts to heal his wounds from the past. This work will appeal to anybody who has ever attempted selfreflective writing, be it a journal or letter, blog or essay. O’Brien articulates his challenge of blending objectivity with artistic sensitivity to truly capture his feelings. Truth is neither black nor white, and every page of The Things They Carried hangs poignantly in the grey. You still have time to read O’Brien’s work. It’s a compelling read and has the built-in motivation of knowing that you will become a part of West Chester’s collective effort to increase our town’s literacy, one book (or magazine) at a time.





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The Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center hosted family activities including a scavenger hunt, live music, food, championship basketball, and a dessert competition. photos by Annie Tennyson

Antonia Keg, Sarah Kelshaw, Lisa Dorsey, Jeanne Newsome

Jim and Tori McHatton

Blade Mercer, Brandy Dingess, Colton Brzyski, Marie Miallar

Jayanna Rivas, Zack Washington, Marianna Lockman


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Gloria, Leah

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Beyond Books & Booze Clare Haggerty is a WCU student who knows there’s much more to West Chester than drinking and studying When I was a little girl, around four or five, I overheard my nana advise my mom to dress for the job she wanted, not the job she had. Being four or five, I took this advice to heart. My mom didn’t question me when I wore a tutu two days in a row, but on the third day, she suggested I wear something less cumbersome. When I refused, she couldn’t help but ask why. “I’m dressing for the job I want,” I explained proudly, and pirouetted on the spot. It took me a few years to understand that’s not really how it worked–and why my mom laughed so hard at my response. But Nana’s advice stuck with me, and I remembered it when the time came to interview for my first big girl job; unfortunately, a tutu wasn’t appropriate attire this time around. Dressing properly for an interview is the most important fashion decision I’ve ever made. Before my interview to secure a summer internship, I was tearing through my closet, groaning that I had nothing to wear. As I searched for something appropriate, two numbers kept flashing in my head: seven and 55. That’s because we only have seven seconds to make a good first impression, and 55% of a person’s perception of you is based upon your appearance. Statistics like these are the reason it’s so important to dress for the job you want; a good first impression could be the most important part of your interview. It can completely alter the way a prospective employer thinks of you. For instance, my dad works in a newsroom, and he had a student shadow him for a few weeks to see if he’d be interested in working there. The student wore basketball shorts and sneakers every day. According to my dad, the clothes matched his attitude – he was lazy and unmotivated in every aspect of the job, not just his attire. So, when it came time for me to find an interview-appropriate outfit, I kept that in mind and turned to my mom for help. Unfortunately, I think it’s common for people–especially young people who don’t ask for their parents’ help–not to know how to properly dress for a professional setting. The internet is bursting with ideas for both men and women about how to properly dress for an interview or first day on the job. There are also nearly as many pages listing the worst outfits seen at job interviews; horror stories of tracksuits, sneakers and bedazzled sunglasses abound. After perusing some of these sites, I’ve learned it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, and a suit is never a bad idea, regardless of gender. Just keep in mind that, while it’s important to make a good first impression, it’s equally important to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. You don’t want to be stuck in ill-fitting attire, awkwardly fidgeting with the button on your blouse when you should be focusing on your interview. That’s a mistake I won’t make twice. I may have only been through six interviews so far, but I know the rules for professional attire are straightforward, so abide by them. The last thing you want is for your outfit to stand between you and a job. Besides, you might just like the way you feel in a suit... maybe even more than you ever did in a tutu.





West Chester Parks and Recreation hosted a garage sale, which coincided with First Friday. The event saw the Chestnut Street Parking Garage filled with amazing artists, antiques, music and food. photos by Nick Vecchio

Brian and Emma Merkel

Mary & Carl Kilkka

Jen and Matt Glick (The 50/50 Company)

Marigold, Nancy


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West Chester Parks and Recreation hosted a garage sale, which coincided with First Friday. The event saw the Chestnut Street Parking Garage filled with amazing artists, antiques, music and food. photos by Nick Vecchio

Mary, Colleen, Chris, Fin

Jan, Dael

Alicia Saltarelli

Meghan Sullivan, Jessica Wilhelmy, Jacob Zieber, Keith Kurowski, Rich Ashenfelder

Ryann Thompson, Ian Clardy


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In Pursuit of Food Mimi Zaborowski is determined to leave no dish un-eaten as she embarks upon her quest to become a foodie A good Italian restaurant has intangible qualities that lure you in time and time again: rich sauces, homemade pasta, the smell of oregano, and the feeling of coming home. Nonna’s restaurant on Gay Street upholds the family tradition of Italian dining, particularly the Giunta family tradition. The restaurant was named after owner Marisa Giunta Powell’s grandmother and honors her authentic, home-cooked dishes. Nonna’s has a relaxed, airy feel, never cramping you into a tiny corner, mostly because there are no bad seats. To one side of the restaurant is the bar and an ornate gated wine cellar, offering a large table for a more private dinner. The dining area opposite is filled with linen-dressed, candlelit tables, enticing you to relax and enjoy. While you can find classic Italian dishes just about anywhere, it’s not just meatballs and spaghetti at Nonna’s. The menu offers classic Italian food like bruschetta, and chicken parmigiana, plus a variety of dishes I didn’t recognize. Luckily, Marisa was willing to lend her advice, and I had the help of a knowledgeable server to guide me through. I started off pretty traditionally with the spinach artichoke dip, and while I’ve never been dazzled by spin dip before, Nonna’s does it right. Their delicate flatbread surrounds a shallow casserole dish of thick, creamy dip. It was steaming hot when served, but the aroma was so overwhelming that I dove right in. While the roof of my mouth hated me, my tastebuds were in rich, buttery heaven. Nonna’s authentic spinach artichoke dip, with its fresh ingredients, could not be further removed from the frozen muck you get at a chain restaurant. The handmade roasted red pepper and goat cheese ravioli topped with lump crabmeat was an obvious choice for my entrée. It had been one of the menu items that had most surprised me, but when I read the words “goat cheese” and “crab” I was sold– traditional or not. And, being that the raviolis are a favorite of the Nonna’s staff, I knew I was on the right track. The dish looked and tasted so delicious that I was four bites in before I even thought to slow down, savor the dish and actually taste the ingredients... not just inhale them. The ravioli was bursting with goat cheese that soaked up the rich, creamy roasted red pepper cream sauce, leaving everything with a piquant aftertaste that perfectly complemented the sweet, flaky lump crab. And, the crab was heaped on generously. Combine that with the filling effect of the goat cheese and pasta, and I’m surprised I managed to even finish half the dish. The family-oriented nature of Nonna’s might be most evident in their dessert menu–both the tiramisu and cherry ricotta cheesecake are handmade by Marisa’s mother, but sadly, as enticing as the desserts sounded, I was simply too full from ravaging my dinner to even consider it. Luckily, I had tomorrow’s lunch boxed up to take with me as I waddled home.

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The Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation presented the Marshall Square Park Summer Concert Series, a free event for the entire family. This month’s featured act was The Lukens Band. photos by Nick Vecchio

Taylor and Kevin Brode

Paige Chapis

Donna Jordan, Paul Eberts, Gayle and Bob Tate

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The Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation presented the Marshall Square Park Summer Concert Series, a free event for the entire family. July was Billy Joel Night with the John Grecia Band. photos by Nick Vecchio

Joanna and Anders Gates

Tony and Brady Quinn

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Guess the Brand

Below you’ll find eight iconic fashion logos. Think you can name them all? Email your answers to



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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 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!

Can you spot the seven changes to this photo we snapped of our model Brittany in KALY?

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The Runway Mix DJ Romeo curates a list featuring the top tracks to be played at our second annual fashion show I’ve enjoyed spinning at a few fashion shows, and although it is often neglected by reviewers and generally ignored by the public, music is a huge part of the production; what’s playing when models hit the runway can make or break a show. It’s usually a hybrid of electronica, indie rock, remixes and dance tracks. The following is the list of the songs you’ll hear me playing at our Second Annual WC Fashion Showcase at the Chester County Historical Society on September 26. See you there.

142 e mARKeT sT | THeNOTeWC.COm sATuRdAy, sepTembeR 7 | dOORs 8pm | 18+


yOuR gHOsT, desOTO jONes TuesdAy, sepTembeR 10 | dOORs 7pm | 21+

supeR suCKeRs, HellbOuNd glORy

sATuRdAy, sepTembeR 14 | dOORs 7pm | All Ages

THe deAd milKmeN TuesdAy, sepTembeR 17 | dOORs 7:30pm | 18+

d.O.A – f.O.d., fAReWell TOuR THe AdbANdOs WeNesdAy, sepTembeR 18 | dOORs 7pm | All Ages

I know this song’s been played to death, but I swear the remix is great Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I. –“Blurred Lines” (Will Sparks Remix) Lana Del Rey – “Summertime Sadness” (Cedric Gervais Remix) Diplo ft. Nicky Da B – “Express Yourself ” Major Lazer ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic – “Bubble Butt” Sam & The Womp – “Bom Bom” Tame Impala – “Elephant” Martin Solveig – “The Night Out” Jason Derulo – “The Other Side” Bunji Garlin – “Differentology” Daft Punk ft. Pharrell – “Get Lucky” Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound” (Discotech Remix) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us” Icona Pop – “I Love It” Bruno Mars – “Treasure” (Starjack Remix) Haley Reinhart ft. B.O.B. – “Oh My” Remy Martin – “Conceited” Kanye West – “Black Skinhead” Maroon 5 – “Love Somebody” Passion Pit – “Carried Away” Willy Moon – “Ahh Yeah” Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love” Beastie Boys – “Girls” Yuna – “Lullabies” (Adventure Club Remix) Avicii – “Wake Me Up” Goodwill & Hook N Sling – “Take You Higher”

RAdiCAl sOmeTHiNg dOWN WiTH WebsTeR THuRsdAy, sepTembeR 19 | dOORs 7pm | 21+

vOss TAizu, ORgANiK THeORy, NiCK Nemiesis, eTHeORyAl sATuRdAy, sepTembeR 21 | dOORs 7pm | All Ages

AdO jAmes THe KiNgfisHeR bANd, miKe NAppi & TimARO sAdiq TuesdAy, sepTembeR 24 | dOORs 7:30pm | 18+

OTT blueTeCH, ANOmie bell

WeNesdAy, sepTembeR 25 | dOORs 8pm | 21+

CAsH’d OuT

THuRsdAy, sepTembeR 26 | dOORs 7pm | 21+

yOuNgblOOd bRAss bANd SEPTEMBER 2013 |



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the second annual wc fashion showcase complimentary apps and drinks looks displayed by eleven local boutiques $10 at the door | $8 in advance Thursday, September 26 from 7-10pm

at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St, West Chester, PA 19382 for tickets and more information presented by The WC Press and the West Chester BID

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The WC Press Fashion Issue - September 2013  

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The WC Press Fashion Issue - September 2013  

Voice of the Borough