Ambler Celebrates The Season

Ambler is a flurry of activity this month, hopefully we’ll have some of the real stuff to accompany some of the events! Hope to see you in town ūüôā

December 3

Annual Holiday Parade, 1pm, parade route is from Lindenwold to Spring Garden. Come to town early and take the kids (big kids too) to the Amber Theater to see Elf at 11am. Also, many shops will be offering tasty treats like eggnog and hot chocolate as well as great specials and gift ideas!

December 8

One Stop Shopping Event, all day and evening throughout town. Shops will be offering incredible deals and many will have snacks and refreshments, some even a little bubbly (champagne and chocolates at Sew Vintage)!

Santa By Train and Christmas Tree Lighting, 7pm, Ambler Train Station.

December 14

Holiday Sing-A-long with the Ambler Symphony, 6:30pm, Ambler Theater. The sing-a-long is following by a screening of Miracle on 34th Street, the original, of course.

December 18

Join the Ambler Choral Society for caroling, 2pm, meet in front of the Ambler Theater.

December 20

Winner of the Holiday Window Display Contest announced, 6pm, Borough Hall.

December 24

Ambler Luminary and visit from Santa! Santa will visit local streets and neighborhoods, not by reindeer and sleigh, but by our very own Wissahickon Fire Company, residents luminaries will lead the way!

Categories: Ambler, Events

Montgomery County Christmas Trees

It’s that time of year! I’m sure some of you hurried out, the day after Thanksgiving, and got your tree as soon as possible; for those who haven’t, here’s a list of great local farms, shops and lots where you can pick one up. The places with an¬†asterisk¬†are¬†participating¬†in Trees For Troops, Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4th.¬†There are tons of great spots here, but I’ll be right up front about my bias and start off with my favorite place…

Kenny’s Christmas Trees*¬†Springhouse

~Delivery and setup available, call ahead.

Maple Acres Farm Plymouth Meeting

~Minimizes chemical and pesticide use.

O&F Farms 1040 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell

Merrymead Farm Lansdale

~They have delicious homemade old fashioned eggnog available and of course their special holiday ice cream flavors. There will be a live Nativity Dec 17 & 18.

Freddy Hill Farms Lansdale

~Visit the Farm Zoo and take home farm fresh milk and ice cream.

Holly Days Nursery Horsham

~Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance Saturday, Dec 11, 11am – 2pm.

Bustard’s Christmas Trees*¬†Lansdale

~Make sure the kids bring their Christmas list to put in Santa’s mailbox!

If you want to cut your own tree:

Hague’s Christmas Trees¬†Hatfield

~Create a¬†personalized¬†Christmas card by having your families picture taken in Hague’s large Christmas Tree cutout.

Corkum Tree Farm Collegeville

~Enjoy complimentary warm cider.

Varner Farms* Collegeville

~Listen to Christmas carols while you enjoy a complimentary cup of hot chocolate or cider.

A few farms are closed on Sunday, also the choose and cut your own fields sometimes close down earlier than the farm itself, so be sure to call before you go to confirm that they are open and still have a good supply of trees. Happy hunting!

Categories: Random

Here’s Looking At You, Kid

No, this post has nothing at all to do with Casablanca, I just couldn’t help but throw the “kid” in there. Here’s Looking At You is an upscale eyeglass boutique that is¬†new to Ambler as of last month. HLAY (for the sake of brevity)¬†shares an entrance way¬†with In These Shoes on Butler Avenue, which makes sense, as they likely appeal to the same audience.

Owner, Francis Templin, has outdone himself in designing the store, it has a gallery feel and is stunning. Templin is a former Coast Guard Medic who has a passion for fine things, eye glasses being high on the list; his personal collection is eclipsed only by that of his new venture. Each frame as well as every piece of furniture and lighting was hand picked by Templin. You may wonder, as I did, about the palm tree (seen in the photos below). At first it seemed a bit out of place, but it makes perfect sense when you observe the collection it accompanies. This speaks to the variety of frames that you will find here; if you can’t find something you like at HLAY, it probably doesn’t exist.

While visiting with Francis I couldn’t help but notice the amazing artwork in the rear of the store. As I moved closer I realized that this was not a piece of artwork hanging on the wall but an¬†incorporated¬†masonry scene. Apparently this building originally housed the Wissahickon Fire¬†Company,¬†which was founded in 1891 after an infamous fire that claimed several Ambler hallmarks. It’s impossible to miss, be sure to check it out while visiting Here’s Looking At You, it is a pretty incredible piece of history!

Templin plans to offer some artisan pieces as well, ideally crafted by a local artist. If you feel that you would be a good fit, stop in for a visit. Heck, regardless of whether you are an artist, are in need of new frames or not, stop in to say hello and welcome Francis to town!

Here’s Looking At You

71 E Butler Avenue, Ambler

 

Categories: Ambler, New Business/Opening

Julia’s On The Go Deli

Like many, I was thrilled to hear that a new business was opening in Jo Jo’s former space.¬†I’ve been waiting on word for an opening date,¬†yes, peeking in the windows and all, for a few weeks. Yesterday I saw @RachInAmbler tweet a picture of her veggie hoagie from Julia’s and I could hardly reply fast enough! She informed me that they opened this past Wednesday, man, I must be slacking!

I stopped in today on my way home from work; my intention was to say hello and get some details, but naturally, I left with a hoagie in hand. I was immediately greeted by the owner,¬†Heather, I assumed she and Julia were partners until she informed me that Julia is her 8 year old daughter.¬†Julia’s is a true¬†family¬†business, as I found¬†Heather’s mom and dad behind the counter as well! I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Julia, but apparently she is quite pleased with her deli and loves that it bears her name.

As I mentioned, Julia’s is located in Jo Jo’s former location, 14 W Butler Avenue, right next to the train station. If you are an early morning commuter, you are in luck as Julia’s opens weekdays at 6am, serving locally roasted coffee and tasty breakfast sandwiches. They are a full service deli offering Dietz & Watson meats and artisan cheeses, the same great¬†quality¬†you get at your grocery store, but at a better price and in an independently owned store. In addition to the standard deli items, Julia’s also offers homemade soups and salads, hoagies, sandwiches, wraps and delicious sounding sides, such as J-Lee’s Fries (grated parmesan¬†reggiano, garlic, salt and pepper), sweet¬†potato¬†and crab fries. They also do deli trays with 24 hours advance notice. I’ve only tried the Italian Hoagie so far, but I was very pleased. It was piled high with choice meats and cheeses,¬†juicy¬†red¬†tomatoes, red and white onion, fresh lettuce and was nicely seasoned on a great roll. I’m looking forward to working my way through the menu ūüôā

Julia’s On The Go Deli is open 7 days a week, 6am-6pm, Monday – Friday and 7am-4pm on Saturday & Sunday. They don’t have a website yet, but you can find them on facebook!

14 W Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002

215.367.5370

[email protected]

Categories: Ambler, New Business/Opening

November Happenings in Ambler

True to form there is a lot going on¬†this time of year, and Ambler is no exception to the rule! Due to an¬†unbelievably¬†early snowfall, our first ever Monster Mash was moved from Halloween weekend to this past Saturday, November 5. I got some great video of the dances which I hope to share with you, as soon as I solve the case of the missing file…. In the mean time you can see the photos here.

We still have plenty ahead of us in the month of November, so mark your calendars!

Now- Nov 18

Several Ambler businesses are collecting non-perishable food items for the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard in time for Thanksgiving . They are particularly in need of stuffing, instant potatoes, biscuit mix and the following canned items: corn, green beans, yams, peas, turkey gravy, cream of mushroom soup, cranberry sauce, and french fried onions. Please drop food off at any of the following businesses:

Pure Spa– Offering a 10% discount off of a gift card purchase or any regular priced service with a donation by Nov 18!

Chamaeleon¬†Boutique,¬†In These Shoes,¬†Sew Vintage,¬†Twisters,¬†Hidden Glam,¬†Tony Laguda¬†Formal Wear,¬†Holistic Apothocary,¬†Laney’s Kid Boutique

Nov 20

Head down to Bar 31 for “Gamers Give Back” a Beef & Beer¬†benefiting Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is an organization that helps supply¬†hospitals¬†and therapy¬†facilities¬†with age¬†appropriate¬†videos, books, and games to give kids a positive outlet during what is usually a very trying time. ¬†The B&B is $20 for all you can eat and drink from 2-5pm, there will also be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a WII¬†tournament. All proceeds benefit Child’s Play Charity at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Nov 19- Dec 10

Dress For Success! In These Shoes will be collecting gently used, interview appropriate shoes to help women in need get properly suited up in style for job interviews. In These Shoes took part in this important event last year, let’s help make it a¬†tradition¬†and as successful this year as it was last!

 Nov 26

Small Business Saturday! After you do the “Black Friday” thing at the mall (if you dare), come spend Saturday in Ambler and support our local businesses! Ambler has been hand selected¬†as a featured Small Town for¬†American¬†Express’¬†Small¬†Business Saturday event (apparently one of the higher ups grew up in Ambler and thought it would be a great fit). Their slogan is “If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge” which is so true, I hope it happens. There will be tons of specials and great deals at many of the stores in town, stay tuned here for an updated list. And if shopping locally isn’t gratifying enough, AMEX is giving a $25 statement credit to card members who¬†register¬†their card and use it at a locally owned, independent small business (of course there’s fine print).

Sure, kids may not love to shop (or you may feel the same about having them with you while you shop) but Ambler’s got that covered! You can drop off the kids at Mermaid Art Studio or Ambler Flower Shop to do crafts while you shop (pre-registration required). Make sure you pick them up by 2:00 and head down to Trax, Santa will be in the parking lot for an hour and Trax will be passing out their signature hot chocolate.

 

Last, but not least, November 30th marks the start of the Holiday Window Display Contest. If you don’t recall my mission last year (to post a photo each day from each window), you may not know how much I love this contest; it’s so nice to see everyone’s efforts to make our town sparkle! Be sure to spend some time in town enjoying the decorated windows, and keep in mind, I am going to want to know who your favorite is! In keeping with tradition, I will post a photo from each window leading up to selection of the winner on December 20th.

See you in town!

Categories: Ambler, Events

October Wedding in the Snow

It’s extremely hard to believe that it has been snowing all day, considering it’s October 29!!! As I always do when it snows, I decided to head into town and see what’s going on. It was pretty quiet, as one would expect on a day like this, but to my surprise I ran into a wedding party right in the middle of Butler Ave! Between this post and my last you may be wondering what’s with all the wedding stuff, but this is just a great coincidence!

 

 

Categories: Ambler, Random

When Love Comes to Town

I stumbled across the video and photos below and decided to share them here, they have nothing to do with current happenings in town or the real estate market but (as you will see) some of these gorgeous shots were taken in town. These “day after” wedding photos were shot at the local bride and groom’s home as well as the¬†Amber¬†train station, too cute!

As soon as I saw the photos in front of their home I knew exactly which street it was, one of my fave’s (I wonder how many Ambler streets I say that about)! Those grand old twins don’t go up for sale very often so I’m fairly certain I know the house and was in it when it was for sale last year. This home was, as many older Ambler homes are, in need of love. Seeing these pictures makes me so happy¬†because¬†I can tell that this couple will give this sleeping beauty the love it deserves, judging by their taste it’s probably already incredible!

Oddly, I’ve never met the bride and groom, I came across their “Ambler” photos in a random web search. Aside from loving the¬†Ambler backdrop, this is the sweetest wedding video I’ve ever seen.

Day After Photos

By the way, if you are a bride to be or have a special event to plan and you find yourself gushing over this wedding, check out Belovely Events. The Ambler bride here is half of Belovely, clearly they do an amazing job!

Photography by Heidi Vail

Video by Monachetti

 

 

 

 

Categories: Random

Dettera Last Night

A perfect night to sit outside and enjoy the fire!Dettera Ambler

Categories: Ambler

Your Lucky Day!

Just in case you have a spare 30 million dollars laying around collecting dust and happen to need 30,000+ square feet on 70+ acres, it’s your lucky day! Check out this unbelievable estate just a few minutes outside of town on Sheaff Lane (one of the most beautiful lanes in the area, in my opinion). It was just listed today by Long & Foster in Devon, I suspect the pool of buyers for this home is rather limited ūüėČ Click on the thumbnail photos below for the best way to view the property.

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Categories: Real Estate

Rosey’s BBQ Steps Up To The Plate

Sure, pun intended, but this is no laughing matter. Ambler’s newest restaurant, Rosey’s BBQ, is stepping up to help its neighbors¬†in the wake of recent flooding. As I’m sure you know, Ambler was hit extremely hard in recent weeks, first by¬†Hurricane Irene and then much more so by¬†Tropical Storm Lee. The water damage struck residents and businesses alike, and in most cases neither had flood¬†insurance. The community immediately came together to help, Ron Curtis of Final Touch Hair Salon lead the charge and collected clothes, food and monetary¬†donations, he even¬†delivered¬†pizzas to those who lost almost¬†everything.

Chad Rosenthal, owner of Rosey’s BBQ, says he “feels compelled to do something to help his neighbors, many of whom have become customers since the grand opening in July.” In an effort to do just that Chad has created a wonderful fundraising opportunity with “BBQ For The Borough.” Chad has pledged to donate 10% of all his Ambler¬†restaurant’s¬†sales between October 1 and 15 to help the Ambler Borough recover from flood damage caused by the storms. Better yet, on October 1st (Ambler’s 20th annual Oktoberfest) Rosey’s will double the donation!

Rosey's BBQ, Ambler

If you haven’t been to Rosey’s,¬†then this is the perfect time to try their finger lickin’ BBQ; if you are already a fan of Rosey’s then this is just another reason to come back!

“Whether you enjoy our sweet, smoky ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey or Southern style side dishes, you’ll contribute to helping Ambler recover from this unfortunate natural disaster,” said Rosenthal.

Rosey’s is located at 9 North Main Street, you can also find them on Facebook.

Rosey's good eats

Categories: Ambler, Events