Wanna Qwiki?

Ok, so this post has little to do with Ambler, real estate or any of the things I typically write about, but as you will see I did adapt as best I could. I’m sharing this because I think it is interesting and am curious as to what you think.

Qwiki is a relatively new data mining tool that features information in a video format. Their mission is simple

“Qwiki’s goal is to forever improve the way people experience information… to advance information technology to the point it acts human.”

Tech guru, Chris Smith, put it this way

“Think about Wikipedia and YouTube having a child; that child is Qwiki.”

Qwiki is still in the alpha stage so you may encounter some quality issues and not find everything you are looking for, but at the rate interest is growing they will undoubtedly have the kinks worked out, increased content and will be on their way to beta soon.

See what Qwiki has to say about Ambler. Obviously it’s not perfect, particularly with regard to pronunciation (Wis-shy-kon), but pretty cool nonetheless. Tell me what you think!

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Ambler in the Snow

Every time there’s a snow storm we take a walk into town and enjoy the beauty and peace of a quite town blanketed in snow. Wednesday nights storm was no exception, I captured this lovely photo on my way home. I hope you enjoy it!

Ambler Theater Snowpocalypse '11

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Go Barefoot!

Sunday, February 13th is a wonderful opportunity for you to give of yourself and give to yourself all at the same time at the Inaugural Twisters Barefoot Ball. By attending you will be giving of yourself by supporting Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and by nature of participating giving to yourself in the practice of yoga.

The Barefoot Ball is the official launch event for Team Twisters as they raise funds and awareness for LBBC which is a nonprofit organization that provides breast cancer education, outreach and support services to women and families affected by breast cancer. It will be an inspirational day including a group yoga class, an operatic performance by Twisters instructor Natalie Levin following shavasana, light snacks and a giveaway. Twisters staff will be on hand to take part in the day and help with instruction as needed. This event is for everyone of all skill levels, even those who have never practiced yoga before. The suggested donation is $25; the money raised at the Ball will be the foundation for Team Twisters ultimate goal of raising $20,000 for LBBC by Sunday, May 15th at Yoga on the Steps.

Yoga on the Steps is LBBC’s big event, held annually, to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Entering its ninth year, 1,000+ men, women and children will gather on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum to honor and support the nearly 200,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. This event brings together survivors of breast cancer, family and friends who have had loved ones diagnosed and caring individuals who want to do what they can to help. The basic all level, all ages, yoga class is held on the Art Museum steps set against the beautiful Philadelphia skyline. Jennifer Schelter, founder of Yoga Schelter in East Falls, will be instructing and Yvette Pecoraro, along with her group, will be providing live music during the class. A Healthy Living Expo will be held throughout the day as well.

Last year Team Twisters raised $10,000 for the Yoga on the Steps event, let’s take part and help them reach their goal of doubling that this year! There are many ways you can get involved:

barefoot ball

The Barefoot Ball is Sunday, February 13, 1-2:30 (doors open at noon, yoga class begins promptly at 1pm) at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington. They have generously donated their showroom floor and will be clearing it for us to spread out our mats. You must register by Feb 6th and I would do it soon as space is limited and filling up quickly. Hope to see you there!

You can find more info on Twisters website and their facebook page (come on, go like them:)).

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Curiosity Almost Killed The Cat

Who else is wondering what is going on at the corner of Butler and Bethlehem?kodak 1.24.11 028 I must drive past this spot at least 2,3,4 times a day, everyday, and for years it sat, former Exxon, long defunct and forever for sale. I did notice the for sale sign come down some time ago and a little activity in the past few weeks and them BOOM, like a thief in the night appeared a two story building. I have heard some rumors as to what this newly constructed, rather large, building will become and today I finally got a definite answer. The details I have are few, but I do know that once finished it will be a bakery/coffee shop, complete with a drive thru. There will also be a few apartments on the second floor.

I personally am thrilled to see something positive happening in this depressed space, after all it is one of the main entrances to town. However, I am a little concerned about how this will affect Sweet Bytes as they have just revamped their business to be primarily a bakery, but hopefully there will be enough business to go around and everyone will work in harmony.

As soon as I have further details, you’ll be the first to know! What are your thoughts, are you happy to see a new bakery opening, will you stop in once their open and give them a shot?

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Coming Soon: An Ambler Brew Pub!

Yep, that’s right, brewpub, in Ambler, you heard me!Forest & Main beer I couldn’t be more excited that 1) there is a craft brewery coming to town and 2) the wonderful, seemingly forever vacant, Victorian house on the corner of Forest Avenue and Main Street will breath life again!

Daniel Endicott and Gerald Olson are bringing their baby, Forest & Main Brewery & Pub, to that very intersection in Ambler, hopefully by late Spring. They are both well educated and experienced brewers who will no doubt satisfy us Ambler folk with their delicious homebrews. In addition to serving old world style ales, the kitchen will offer house made artisan breads and seasonally inspired dishes using local ingredients.

Be sure to visit their facebook page, give em a look and a like and see the work they already have underway. I will certainly keep you updated on their progress and I look forward to enjoying a tasty craft beer on the porch of Forest & Main 🙂

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Ambler Tax Update

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that I failed to update you as to the status of the Ambler tax increase, shame on me! Well, if you haven’t already heard elsewhere, the 2011, 13% tax increase was approved at the council meeting on December 21,2010. Thanks for keeping me on my toes 🙂

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5 Reasons Why I Love The Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop

I snapped this photo at The Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop a few weeks ago.  There are so many reasons why I love this place; the amazing cheese selection, a fantastic melange of other seemingly “essential” items, the staff who is patient and helpful, the music (on my last visit “Machine Gun” from Band of Gypsys, one of my all time favorite albums, was playing) and last but not least, this sign.

CHCS

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Sweet Bytes Grand Re-Opening

If you are familiar with Sweet Bytes Internet Cafe then you may be wondering what this Grand Re-Opening is all about. Yes, Sweet Bytes has been consistently pumping out delicious home cooked, comfort cuisine for several years now, but recently owners, Donna Mitchell and Lorraine Cuffey, have decided to take a new path.  Their new venture, which officially kicks off February 1st, is Sweet Bytes Internet Cafe & Bakery.  Yes, you heard me right, BAKERY!  This is very exciting news as Ambler has been without a bakery for going on twenty years now.  Locals undoubtedly remember Geotner’s Bakery on Butler Avenue, it was a sad day when they closed their doors. I’ve heard it said that a bakery is the heart of a small town, so it looks like we’re getting our heart back!

The initial focus will be on French and Italian pastries, cinnamon buns, cobblers, pies and Sweet Bytes’ signature cookies and cupcakes, all of which will be baked on premises.  After measuring the response they will most likely add bagels, donuts and the like to the existing selection.  During this transition Sweet Bytes will phase out dinner service and change their hours accordingly, they will still serve breakfast and lunch.  For those of you who are in a panic right now, rest assured, Lorraine will still have her famous mac & cheese available.  Sweet Bytes will be open Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 3pm, and serve an abridged hot breakfast, full lunch and a full line of baked goods.  Saturday and Sunday they will serve their full breakfast menu, an abridged lunch and of course, all baked goods as well, 10am – 2pm.

As I mentioned, the new bakery officially opens February 1st, but do not miss the Grand Re-Opening on Saturday January 22, 9am – 2pm.  This is your chance to taste the new baked treats for FREE!  If you can’t make it to the grand re-opening be sure to stop in to Sweet Bytes soon; it is a quaint cafe with feel good food where you instantly feel right at home, Donna and Lorraine make sure of that!

Sweet Bytes Internet Cafe & Bakery 

28 N Main Street, Ambler

215.643.6760

www.sweetbytescafe.com

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Out with the old, In with the new!

It’s a new year and a good time to announce my new site!  For the past few years I have had a website, the standard, run of the mill, boring, virtual business card kind of site, and a blog.

My blog wasn’t as lame but having unknowingly created it on wordpress.com as opposed to wordpress.org I grew to regret my initial choice. Furthermore, what sense did it make to use one site for a home search and another for local information?  That being said, I decided it was time for a change.  I have now combined my website and blog into one easily navigable, useful site. In terms of design, it’s up and running and all content from my blog has been transferred, but aside from that, the process has just begun.  My plans are high reaching, so I’ll need time to fully implement all of the features which will (hopefully) result in a one stop shop for all of your local needs, real estate and beyond.  Thanks for visiting and I welcome suggestions as to what you would like to see here in the future!

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Celebrate the New Year in Ambler!

What are your plans to ring in the new year on Friday? Sure there are tons of parties in the city, and fireworks, but who wants to drive into the city on a night such as this and overpay by two to three times what you would spend any other night of the year?  Not me, that’s for sure!

It’s a great time to take advantage of our own hometown and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ambler.  Ok, we can’t compete with the fireworks, but some of the local restaurants are giving city hot spots a run for their money!  Here’s the lowdown on what Ambler has to offer this year.

Dettera Restaurant and Wine Bar is offering a New Year’s Eve 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu featuring chef Jeffery Power’s specialties and holiday creations.  The cost is $50/person, plus an additional $15 wine flight pairing from 5:00 – 6:00pm, from 6:00 – 10:00 the cost of dinner is $60 and the accompanying wine flight is $20 (tax and gratuity are not included).  After dinner there will be a DJ, dancing and a complimentary midnight champagne toast.

Trax Restaurant & Cafe is also featuring a 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu with an impressive assortment of delicious selections.  If you have not been (shame on you!) Trax is a BYOB so you have the added benefit of not only drinking a wine of your choosing, but saving the hefty markup.  The first seating is 4:30 – 6:30 pm at a cost of $50/person, followed by the second and final seating of the evening for $60/person.

Shanachie Irish Pub & Restaurant will be kicking off the new year with a special menu, music by The McKendry Brothers, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.  For those of you that want to avoid the crowds they are serving an early bird dinner at 4:00 pm.

Bridget’s Steakhouse is going low profile this year, which is a refreshing change for many.  They will have a special menu featuring goodies that aren’t typically found on their standard menu, the usual good tunage and will be ringing in the new year old school by watching the ball drop and celebrating with a complimentary midnight champagne toast.

Happy New Year!

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