A Wonderful Life?

The better part of the past hour has been spent looking for local theaters showing “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  I planned to write quick post detailing the theaters, dates and times in an effort to help all see this cherished Capra film this season. Apparently, either my online researching skills have gone to pot, or there is no desire by the masses to see this Christmas staple on the big screen. Only one theater (as far as I can see) is playing this film, The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.  They will feature It’s a Wonderful Life this Sunday, December 19th at 2:00pm.

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I find this disheartening on many levels;

  • Have people lost a sense of nostalgia?
  • What happened to tradition?
  • Doesn’t anyone want to see this on the big screen, feel the warm fuzzies?
  • What about all the people who have never seen it? Imagine experiencing it for the first time in a theater, at the perfect time of year!
  • Worst of all, and perhaps slightly hypocritical, this only showing is during the Eagles game on Sunday……

I was really looking forward to seeing this myself as well as surprising my guy (it’s easily one of his favorites).  I truly expected that we would have multiple places and times to choose from.  Sadly, that is not the case, and being the Eagles fan that I am, football will win out.  That being said, if you know of any other showings in the area, please share!  We do own the DVD, I have actually already seen it this year, but it’s just not the same.  Am I the only person who cares about this, would you go see It’s a Wonderful Life if it was playing near you?

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Contender #7

If you aren’t already familiar with Phillips and Associates you can easily surmise their area of expertise by viewing their holiday display.  Impressive to say the least; I spent the most time here by far!  If the to scale models of several of Ambler’s mainstays isn’t enough, the display is also an advent calendar!

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Contender #6

Invinceable Shoe Repair


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Contender #5

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Edward Jones, Financial Advisor

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Contender #4

State Farm Insurance, who is next door to our previous contender, also has a beautiful window. I’m thrilled that Ambler business owners took their precious time to take part in this fun event and light up the town!

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Contender #3

A Touch Of The Old Country.  As this eatery is “old school” they don’t have a website, of course you can find contact info on google and yelp has a review. If you ask me, any place whose Christmas decor features a snowman sporting a hoagie and a santa offering prosciutto and cheese is a-okay in my book!  They did an awesome job on their window, really pretty at night!

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Contender #2

And in corner number two, No Bare Walls

 

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Holiday Window Display- Contender #1

Ambler’s Holiday Window Display Contest is in full swing.  In my travels last night I saw a few of the displays and have decided to feature them here, one by one. The brisk night really complemented the winter wonderland that has taken over the storefront of The Ambler Flower Shop. Great job Gene!

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Family Fun in Ambler This Weekend

Saturday is so jam-packed with fun events, I don’t even know where to begin! Let’s start with an early wake up call so you can be at The Ambler Theater by 9:00 am to enjoy fun-filled family activities. Saturday marks The Theater’s 2nd annual toy drive and fundraising event, Family Day at the Movies- A Celebration of Giving! There will be food, raffles, face painting, an appearance by The Eagles mascot Swoop and other special guests and YOUR CHOICE of one of two great family films, Monsters, Inc or Elf!  The movies begin at 10:00 am so be sure to get there early to take part in the excitement.  Better yet, admission is free with your donation of a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or more, minimum 1 toy per family).  All toys and proceeds donated will benefit The Arc of Philadelphia and Kisses for Kyle.

Don’t leave town yet, The Holiday Parade follows, beginning at 1:00 pm. Butler Avenue will be “afloat” with locals taking over in hopes of winning the coveted 1st place prize for best float.  Juan Varlito from B102 will be announcing. In the event of rain the parade will held Sunday, December 5 at 1:00 pm.

While you’re in town be sure to visit Ambler’s shops and eateries! Today is the deadline for area business owners to finalize their storefront windows for the Holiday Display Contest, so take a stroll and check out their hard work. The contest winner will be announced Tuesday December 21st, in the mean time tell me who you think should win!

As always, see you in Ambler!

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Top 10 Must Stop Spots in Ambler this Weekend

With Thanksgiving just hours away many are spending this evening preparing food, picking up last minute items or traveling to be with those near and dear. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; a relaxing day filled with comforting food and family, and oddly enough followed by a day that I consider to be one of the most harried and stressful.  I should rephrase that, I imagine to be one of the most harried and stressful.  I’ve heard the stories of Black Friday, the deals, the steals, the crazed people, the ridiculously long lines, people sleeping outside of the mall… thankfully I have never felt the need to subject myself to such torment.  I mean, can it be worth my sanity, I think not.

Believe it or not I do plan to venture out this year on such a dark day (pun intended).  I do not plead temporary insanity, I plead for the local small business owner. Ambler has a myriad of wonderful shops and restaurants and many of them are offering “Black Friday” deals, not only Friday, but into the weekend as well.  Here’s my top ten that you don’t want to miss:

Free Shop– 30-50% off select Fall and Winter items Friday & Saturday.

Twisters Yoga– All retail (except yoga mats) is 10-40% off.  Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  My personal aside, Twisters rocks!  They are actually providing (very limited) spinning and yoga classes on Thanksgiving for their seriously committed members (reservation only), talk about good business!

Pure Spa– 15% off all gift certificates and 10% off products, in spa only.

Act II Playhouse– 50% off tickets to The Tempest now on stage.  Offer good through Sunday 11/28, use promo code ACT2FAM.

Chamaeleon Boutique– Receive coupon with every purchase awarding up to 50% off one item, Friday only.  Hot chocolate w/ marshmallows will be served all day.  On Saturday 20% off all handbags and Lindsay Phillips.

In These Shoes– Savings of 30-50% off your favorite boots, shoes and handbags.  Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Laney’s Kids Boutique– 30-70% off all clothes and accessories Friday & Saturday.

Bella Sorrel– Purchase $100 gift certificate and receive a $35 gift certificate for free.

Ambler Flowers & Gift Baskets– Take $15 off any purchase of $50 or more when using promo code RBGift.  Free rose to those who stop in Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Bridget’s Modern Steak House– Complimentary $25 gift card with every $100 gift card purchased .  Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

After shopping in Ambler take your receipt from any Ambler business and receive 10% off your tab at Deli Delight & Cone Heads (they’ve got a lot more than ice cream)!

If you are looking for some good eats (that aren’t leftovers) and a good time be sure to check out:

  • Sweet Bytes Cafe on Friday night for dinner and live entertainment.
  • Shanachie Irish Pub for live music Friday & Saturday night starting at 9:00 pm.
  • ?Bridget’s has drink specials all day Friday and live music beginning at 8:30 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving, see you in Ambler this weekend!

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