October Events in Ambler

To say there is a lot going on in Ambler this month would surely be an understatement! You can always find out what’s happening in Ambler by checking the event calendar, but as October is so action packed, I thought I’d prepare a little summary below. Hope to see you in town!

Friday, October 5- If there were anymore packed into one night, it could be a crime…

  • First Friday: Downtown, 6pm – 9pm, and beyond for some! This is the final First Friday of 2012 and it is sure to go out with a bang! Tons to do including a town wide scavenger hunt with a grand prize of an Ambler gift basket filled with $350 worth of local, Ambler, gift certificates. Fun filled Kids Zone at the corner of Lindenwold and Butler, fabulous merchant specials, live music, great food and more! www.FirstFridaysinAmbler.com
  • Fashion For A Cause – Ambler’s Night of Giving Big: Several Ambler businesses have come together to organize and host a fantastic fundraiser that has already brought in close to $20,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania!!! The fundraising culminates in the big event, Friday night, Fashion For a Cause, which is a full scale fashion show. The evening opens with a cocktail hour, then the fashion show complete with catwalk and all the accoutrement including a dance performance on Cavalier Drive, then finishes with an after party and silent auction. I’m happy to report that this event is sold out, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this may become an annual event, so be on the lookout next year! www.AmblerGives.com
  • Cornerstone Church Music Concert and Art Exhibit: You can expect an evening of Chopin, Devienne, Fauré, Schubert and Schumann featuring pianist John Silva, flutist Sarah McGahey and vocalist Lindsay Padden. Doors open at 6:30pm to see the exhibit and the music begins at 7:30pm at their location across from the post office (211 W. Butler Ave.).
  • Caffe Maida Grand Re-Opening: They will be celebrating all weekend long, but the festivities kick off Friday at 6pm. They will host live music, tastings, giveaways and drink specials, and also unveil their new menu!

Saturday, October 6

  • Oktoberfest: Downtown, Butler Ave and beyond, 10am – 5pm. Ambler is celebrating its 22nd Oktoberfest this year, and as always, it promises to be a good time for all ages! You will find great food, games and rides for kids, arts and crafts, live music and more! In the true spirit of an Oktoberfest, Dettera will setup street-side serving bratwurst and select Oktoberfest beers, also Forest & Main is opening early at noon and will have live music, tasty food and of course, beer.
  • Sweet Briar Cafe Grand Opening: After taking over Coneheads this past May, Sweet Briar is ready to celebrate their Grand Opening complete with live music and tasty treats including fun seasonal items like Franks n Steins (hot dogs and root beer floats).

Friday, October 12

  • Rock ‘N Roll on the Patio: Trax Restaurant and Cafe, 8:30 – 11pm. Come get your groove and your grub on outdoors at Trax. Out of Order gets rocking at 8:30pm on the patio and at 9:30pm Chef Waxman will offer a special grilling menu. The event is rain or shine and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Don’t forget, Trax is BYOB!

Tuesday, October 16

  • Le Mode de L’Automne: Massa, 6 – 9pm. Sew Vintage and Massa have teamed up to bring Ambler a fantastic night! Massa is opening up for an exclusive dinner and fashion show featuring the new fall line at Sew Vintage. The night begins with complimentary cocktails from 6-6:30pm, a delicious prix-fixe dinner begins at 6:30pm and the fall line is unveiled at 6:45pm.

Thursday, October 18

  • Ambler Food Co-op Community Meeting: Ambler Theater, 7 – 8:30pm. Find out what progress the Ambler Food Co-op has made since the last community meeting in January as well as what you can expect going forward. Join us for an informative evening and help bring a Member Owned Grocery Store to Ambler!

Saturday, October 20

  • Donate and Save Day: Cavalry United Methodist, 16 Park Ave., 9am -12pm. October 20th is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Donate and Save Day and Cavalry is having a donation day for IMPACT! in their church parking lot. Come do your part and bring your gently used items. As if that isn’t enough,  participants will receive coupons for special discounts in and around Ambler!

Thursday, October 25

  • Chef’s Harvest Tasting in the Alley: 6:30pm, Dettera. Join Chef Jeffery Power at Dettera for a 10-course Harvest Feast, featuring freshly caught fish, pedigree meats and fowl paired with composed fall vegetables and served with five exquisite wine pairings in their beautiful outdoor alley. Reservations are required, (215)643-0111.

Saturday, October 27

  • Natalie’s Boob-ie Bash: Ambler Fire House, 6 10pm. Fundraiser to support longtime Ambler resident, Natalie Andia. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, this event is an effort to relieve Natalie of the financial hardships she will incur while out of work receiving treatment. Tickets to the event are $30 which includes entry, food, beer and soda, music, raffles, and a silent auction.

Wednesday, October 31

  • Attack of the Giant Leeches Halloween Party: Ambler Theater, 7pm. If you’re not planning to trick or treat in town, then there’s no other place you should be on Halloween! The costume party, complete with drinks from Forest & Main, begins at 7pm, the bash also features a live act by Yes, Hello! (Ambler sketch comedy troupe) and a screening of Attack of the Giant Leeches with live musical accompaniment from the local band, Agent Moosehead.

Whew, you better clear your calendar! Happy Fall 🙂

Categories: Ambler, Events

Sweet and Savory!

Being an admitted carboholic, one of my first questions to The Ambler Bake Shop owners, Lori and Jeff Trivelli, was “Will you sell freshly baked bread?” To my delight, the answer was yes!

Most of you know that there was a previous, short lived, bakery run in the same location a few months ago. Homemade Delights had the best of intentions, but it just didn’t seem to offer what Ambler needs. Now under new ownership, with a new name, The Ambler Bake Shop will offer all that one comes to expect from a local bakery; you can quite effectively tickle your sweet tooth and satisfy your savory side as well. The Ambler Bake Shop will offer the standard fare such as cookies, cakes, cupcakes, tarts, sticky buns, an assortment of breads, rolls, and so much more. In addition to the usual suspects, they also do amazing specialty cakes including your standard sheet cake all the way up to tiered wedding cakes; you will have no problem finding the perfect cake for your special occasion. Another unique thing you’ll find at the Ambler Bake Shop is the Chew-Choo pack. Perfectly packaged and thoughtfully put together for those on the go in the morning, stop in and grab a $2 pack consisting of your choice of a cinnamon or sticky bun and a cup of coffee ready to go on the fly. There is plenty of parking at and around the Bake Shop, so you don’t need to worry about searching for a spot when you’re in a hurry.

Lori and Jeff are self proclaimed foodies, so you know they have high standards and will deliver a great product. They have two full time bakers on staff, as well as someone who comes in just to focus on the bread. Another thing that really excited me were their hours, open Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am -6pm! Great for early birds, people who do their shopping during the day and best of all, for those who want to stop in after work. I’m already looking forward to my favorite cold weather soups and stews and am thrilled that I’ll be able to pop into the bakery after work and pick up some freshly baked bread as the perfect accompaniment!

I know, the big question is… when will they open? Well, you don’t have to wait long as they plan to open their doors this coming Tuesday, October 2nd! Also, Lori and Jeff are wasting no time in getting involved with the community (love that!!!) and as a result you can expect to see them in the kids zone on First Friday (Oct 5) for cupcake decorating and also out on Butler Ave at Oktoberfest (the following day, Oct 6). Be sure to visit them on facebook and like their page to receive bakery news and updates, and beginning October 2nd, be sure to visit them in person!

The Ambler Bake Shop
19 Lindenwold Avenue
215-628-2382
www.amblerbakeshop.com (currently under construction, visit facebook)

Categories: Ambler, New Business/Opening

Ambler Farmer’s Market

The need for fresh food is not a new topic in town, and frankly, neither is a Farmer’s Market. You may remember some discussion about an Ambler Farmer’s Market back in 2010, unfortunately things got derailed. Two years later the market concept is alive and well, as there is a small group of committed citizens who are working hard to make an Ambler Farmer’s Market a reality. We hope to have the market up and running by Spring of 2013, but we need your help to do so! Below you will find links to a survey and a petition; please take a few minutes to show your support and help bring local, farm fresh food to Ambler!

Take the Survey

Sign the Petition

Here are a few highlights from a recent trip I took to a farm market. I say trip because, while well worth it, it was considerably out of my way and as a result I am rarely able to shop there. Being able to walk to a weekly Farmer’s Market in Ambler would be amazing!

                I think Ambler is ripe for a Farmer’s Market, what do you think?

 

 

 

My bounty!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Than Sweets at Sweet Briar Cafe

Sweet Briar Cafe took over Ambler’s beloved Coneheads this past May, and the name change was meet with some harsh criticism. I say name change because Coneheads actually had several different owners over the years, but no one seemed to notice as the name, and everything else, stayed the same. I’m going to be completely honest, I was initially one of the “outraged.” Coneheads was an Ambler mainstay, a tradition, and who would do such a thing?! After the nostalgic dramatics wore off, I learned quite a bit about the new owners and their vision, and I love it!

This unbelievably tasty treat to the right was my first taste of Sweet Briar, usually I’m a peanut butter vanilla on a waffle cone kinda gal, but owner, JT, talked me into trying this brand new to the menu, ice cream sandwich. Holy cow, this puppy was good; so good that I didn’t even long for my ushe. Cookies and cream ice cream between two freshly baked chocolate cookies from their neighbor next door, Homemade Delights (at the time). On my next trip, I went back to my ushe and was happy that nothing had changed (contrary to some facebook grumblings);  it was the same ice cream and as delicious as ever. While there I noticed some new signs in the ice cream window for creative and interesting new treats, even themed treats for 4th of July.

It turns out that Stephanie, daughter of owner JT Talese and her husband Frank, was the one behind some of these creative new ideas. Sweet Briar truly is a family business, and you can feel that vibe when you’re there. They are so family oriented that one of the motivating reasons behind taking on this new adventure was to give neighborhood kids a place where they would feel welcome and invited. The Talese family has lived in Ambler for years and the girls grew up with Coneheads and the library across the street being a big part of their lives. It was a safe place to go with friends and JT wanted to make sure that continued for generations to come. This is evidenced in their After School Happy Hour, which runs Monday – Friday, 2 – 4:30pm, and features special pricing on kid friendly foods. The menu consists of items priced at $2, $3 and $4 and is a great bang for your buck! Kids can expect to find fresh, made to order quesadillas with homemade guacamole, fresh (not frozen) chicken nuggets (fried in canola oil), smoothies, of course ice cream treats as well as other great items.

Also great about Sweet Briar is that they are committed to using locally produced foods and ingredients, and supporting the local economy as much as possible.Their wheat flour (ground on site) comes from JT’s parents farm, SweetBriar, in Bucks County. Seasonal produce comes from local farms or their own organic garden. They support Nelson’s Ice Cream of Montgomery County, also Dietz & Watson, Herr’s,  local bakeries, and more. Growing up on a farm has clearly had quite an impact on JT, as the farm to table concept is very important to her.

They have been taking things one step at a time and have just recently released their new breakfast and lunch menus and as of last week are now serving Sunday breakfast as well. The menus may take you by surprise if you think Sweet Briar is just an “ice cream joint.” Breakfast and lunch cater to everyone; you can get a burger or hoagie, but you can also get grilled chicken lettuce wraps or quinoa mac & cheese. Sure they’ve got eggs benedict and meat cakes (yes, I said meat cakes- any breakfast meat dipped in pancake batter and grilled), but you’ll also find fresh ground whole wheat pancakes and smoothies. Healthy options abound at Sweet Briar, including daily specials like Cheddar, Kale & Mushroom Quiche or Grilled Chicken Wrap with avocado, tomato, lettuce,  and a side of homemade tortilla chips.

Dinner is on the horizon, possibly making a debut in October. Dinner will reflect the same family feel with entrees like pot roast, cooked all day, homemade soups and the like. JT said to expect meals similar to something that she would serve at her own dinner table at home, healthy comfort food.

I could go on, but I think I’ve gone on long enough, it’s time for you to check out Sweet Briar Cafe for yourself!

Sweet Briar Cafe
11 Lindenwold Avenue
215.542.0272
facebook
 
Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am – 2pm, Breakfast/Lunch,
                     2pm – 4:30pm, Kids After School Happy Hour,
                     Open for ice cream until 9pm (10pm on Fri)
Saturday: 8am – 2pm, Breakfast/Lunch,
                     Open for ice cream until 10pm
Sunday: 8am – 2pm, Breakfast Only,
                  Open for ice cream until 9pm
 
Breakfast Menu
Lunch Menu

Categories: Ambler, New Business/Opening

Thank You!

For the third year in a row, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected as a Philadelphia Five Star Real Estate Agent! The award is designed to identify and showcase real estate agents in local markets whop score highest in overall satisfaction. The honor is given to fewer than 7% of the real estate agents in the local market and is based on an in-depth research process. Real estate agents are evaluated by past clients based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping you find the right home, marketing the home being sold, and overall satisfaction.

You can find the awards section in the September issue of Philadelphia Magazine and more details on the process are below. A big thank you to those who recommended me, working with wonderful people makes it easy to love what I do!“10,000 to 50,000 recent home buyers (all area residents who purchased a home over $100,000 – $200,000 within a 12-36 month period depending on the market size) are asked to name and evaluate real estate agents with whom they have had direct/personal experience with. Recent home buyers can evaluate up to two agents. Both positive and negative responses regarding each agent are accepted. In addition to the survey results, other criteria such as acceptable disciplinary action and review by a panel of local industry experts are incorporated into the overall evaluation process.” ~ Five Star Professional

 

Categories: Random, Real Estate

Angels in Ambler

If you live in the area, likely you are familiar with St. Mary’s Villa on Bethlehem Pike. I was fortunate to take a tour of the estate when they opened it to the public this past January, to read a little history about the estate and see my photos, check out this earlier post. While the property is an important part of Ambler’s history, its purpose today is to provide care and services to abused and neglected children and families in the greater Philadelphia area. I’ve met many locals over the years who volunteer their time to work with the kids and help out in other ways on site. If you’ve considered doing so, but aren’t sure you can commit the time, donations are always welcome and now there is a special opportunity on the horizon; a fundraiser that will benefit the Villa and be a fun night out in town all at the same time!

Sunday, August 26, The Ambler Theater will be hosting a special screening of the 1966 classic “The Trouble with Angels.” Perhaps this film was before your time, but it was a huge hit in its day and most importantly was filmed on the grounds at St. Mary’s. The fundraiser includes the film screening with popcorn at 4pm, followed by dinner at your choice of one of four Ambler restaurants (Bridget’s, From the Boot, Massa or Giuseppe’s) all for $40, proceeds going to St. Mary’s Villa for Children and Families. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the theater’s website.

Categories: Ambler, Events

A Week of Narnia

Find the magical doorway to Narnia in Ambler next week! Pickering Field will be bustling with activity during a week long celebration of the C.S. Lewis classic, courtesy of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. You can expect to find mini concerts (traditional English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh songs) and a reading from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe each evening, Monday, August 6th through Friday, August 10th, 7-8pm. There will also be activities for children who may find it difficult to sit through a 3o minute reading, and free water ice for all in attendance!

This is a great opportunity to get the family together and spend some time with your neighbors. Be sure to thank Cornerstone for putting this together, particularly as they are offering this wonderful event free of charge! Be sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs if desired. If the weather is inclement, the fun will be moved to Cornerstone Church, 221 West Butler Avenue, adjacent to the Sons of Italy.

 

Narnia in The Park

Pickering Field, Park & Highland Avenues

August 6-10, 7-8pm each night

Categories: Ambler, Events

The Shanachie Is Up For Grabs

As I’m dutifully checking the MLS this morning, what do I see, but the familiar black and red facade, for sale! As most of you know, Doc Magrogan’s was planning to open here in the fall, heck Dave Magrogan told me that himself! There have been rumors the past few weeks that the deal had fallen apart, this listing this morning seems to confirm that. I don’t have any details, and those in the know seem to be pretty tight lipped about it.

Time will tell what happens with this space; I personally hope it doesn’t turn into a chain restaurant or sit vacant for too long, Ambler has far too many vacancies as it is. That said, The Shanachie is for sale; they are asking a cool $1.1m, any takers? Anyone… Bueller…

Update (Jan 2013):

The former Shanachie sold in December, 2012 for $735,000. One of the owners/partners is Chad Rosenthal of Rosey’s BBQ, formerly located on North Main Street. As of this update, work is underway at 115 East Butler and Rosenthal hopes to open in March. He is pretty tight lipped about his plans for the new space, but I know live music will be an important aspect. I am looking forward to see his latest venture!

Categories: Ambler, Real Estate

Movin’ On Up

That’s exactly what many have been busy doing; our local real estate market has seen a positive increase in sales since the beginning of the year and June was no exception. June is typically a very busy month for real estate, but last month set the record for the most sales in Montgomery County since August of 2007 (excluding June 2010, as the tax credit expired at the end of that month resulting in a surge uncharacteristic of the market at that time). Not only were sales up in June, but so were pending properties which bodes well for the market in months to come. Of course every home owner, and potential buyer, want to know about prices, have they continued to drop, leveled out, increased? This market history snapshot shows a nominal increase in the median sales price in Montgomery County, but more importantly, it shows decreased inventory and increased sales; again a positive forecast for the market ahead.

If you would like more detailed, area specific, market information, drop me a line!

Categories: Real Estate

An Epic Anniversary Event!

Have you ever found yourself in KC’s Alley, perhaps things are a tad foggy (a bit like this —>) and then you focus in on, wait, what the Yes, Hello! is that?! Thought to yourself, I’ll google that tomorrow, and then…

Well, think of this as your friendly, timely, reminder about Yes, Hello! They are a local sketch comedy group, who’ve you have probably seen out and about in town, as several group members live and work in Ambler.

Yes, Hello! is celebrating their first anniversary in July and they are pulling out all the stops! They are hosting a screening at none other than the Ambler Theater, Sunday, July 15. The celebration will showcase their sketches, including a few that will be making their debut appearance. You can also expect a little live action, Q&A, and a meet and greet. In the spirit of all things local, ’cause that’s how they roll, the food will be provided by Rosey’s BBQ, brews from Forest & Main, classical guitar played by Luke Cleary (of Ambler Music) and swag made at the Ambler Skate Shop.

Tickets are on sale now, and hold on to your hats… they are only $5 AND free for Ambler Theater members!!! You may not want to bring the kids to this one, but you definitely want to bring your friends. Check out the trailer below, RSVP on facebook, and get your tickets today before they are sold out. See you there!

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”400″]http://www.vimeo.com/44357285[/vimeo]

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