In case you’ve missed the buzz, there is a group of people working to bring a food co-op to Ambler. If you’re an Amblerite, I don’t need to tell you the impact that this would have on our community; if you’re not, let’s just say, it would be HUGE! Since the closing of the Acme 3 years ago, Ambler has been without a grocery store. There’s no disputing the fact that Acme was not the cream of the crop, but it was there, and there were so many in town who depended on it. Although it was an emergency kind of place for me, I was saddened to hear of it’s closing. Had it been replaced by another grocery store I would have been dancing in the street, but for a reason I still don’t understand, yet another pharmacy was needed.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, it seems as though we are getting a Bottom Dollar grocery store in town, which has been met with mixed reviews. Regardless of whether it comes or not, an Ambler Food Co-op would be invaluable. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a co-op, it’s a typically a non-profit, member owned and operated business. The members (those who shop there) pay a very small membership fee and commit to work for the co-op in some capacity, usually about 2 hours per month. This enables the overhead to remain as low as possible and provide high quality product at a lower price, being involved in the community is an added benefit.
The coalition behind the Ambler Co-op is having it’s first meeting, Wednesday, January 25, 7pm at the SAAC center, located at 45 Forest Avenue in Ambler. I strongly encourage you to attend; the more people at the meeting, the greater the chance that this will become a reality! Please pass this information along to those who may be interested, “like” the Ambler Food Co-op facebook page to receive updates and post/distribute the flyer (to the right) if you’re able. I hope there is a great turnout at the meeting, this is an incredible opportunity for our town!
If you’d like more information, email [email protected].
Our first Restaurant Week this past July was such a huge success that we’ve decided to do a winter edition! Mark your calendar for the third week in January; Monday, 1/16 through Sunday, 1 /22 (keep in mind some restaurants are not open 7 days a week, check website for details). Keep up with www.AmblerRestaurantWeek.com for updates as we get closer, including menus and possibly more restaurants!If you are on facebook, RSVP to the event here!
Thanks to Martin Slamon for creating our flyer, he rocks!!!
State Farm has clearly put quite a bit of time and effort into their window display, a wish list and all! Scroll through and take a look!
I have enjoyed countless cups of cappuccino and tea at Caffe Maida over the years, although it was just recently that I realized it is Caffe Maida, not Cafe Maida. It struck me while resizing the photos below, odd that I never noticed (clearly it’s plain as day) but nonetheless, a new discovery for me. Regardless, they have a charming holiday window display, makes the shop feel so cozy and warm.
95 E Butler Avenue
I apologize for not keeping up with the holiday window display posts as promised, I was out of town for a real estate convention for a week and totally fell behind. Although I’m off schedule with the photo posts I had a great convention and learned a TON! However, I did have you in mind while I was away and kept my eyes peeled for something fun to share with you. I came across this super cool app called Google Goggles, granted you need an Android or iPhone iOS 4.0 to use it, but hopefully many of you will benefit. Here’s a quick video to explain, but in a nut shell, it’s google using a picture search instead of a search term. Nut shell #2, it’s amazing!!! Check it out…
The title of this post was going to be “On the first day of Ambler’s Holiday Window Display Contest the Merchants Created To Be…” (hopefully you’ve read this in tempo to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas), but I thought that could quickly get out of hand as I would need to continue the theme in every post for the next few weeks. Clearly, I reconsidered, although I still like the idea…
True to form, I was out photographing the window displays on November 30. I will share all of the participants here and I expect to hear which one you like best, so don’t be shy!
Our first (and totally awesome) contestant is Deck’s Hardware:
Their theme is “Remembering Christmas in the 1950’s” According to facebook friend who seems to be in the know, Bud Henkels, all items in the window are form the 50’s, including post-war Lionel operating train layout. There are also a few pictures of Deck’s at Christmas from the 50’s, some of the items in the window today are also in the old photos!
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!
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.
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.
Join the Ambler Choral Society for caroling, 2pm, meet in front of the Ambler Theater.
Winner of the Holiday Window Display Contest announced, 6pm, Borough Hall.
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!
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!