Hillside Acres Stoves Plans Open House At New Location August 2, 2017
Hillside Acres Stoves will host an open house from Monday through Saturday, Aug. 7 to 12, to celebrate its recent move to a larger retail store. The Amish family-owned business is now located 1 mile north of the Buck at 797 Lancaster Pike, Quarryville.
The open house will be held during Hillside Acres Stoves' regular business hours, with the addition of Tuesday, Aug. 8, when it will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is regularly open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hillside Acres Stoves sells and services coal, wood, propane, and pellet stoves, as well as stainless steel chimneys and liners. Delivery and installation are available for all brands sold by the store. Delivery is also available for Blaschak coal and wood pellets, which are sold in 40-pound bags. The store now carries a large selection of charcoal, gas, and pellet grills, as well as grilling supplies, camping supplies, and fire pits.
Additionally, Hillside Acres Stoves offers chimney sweeping and inspections, as well as repairs and service for stoves it sells.
During the open house, all stoves in stock will be discounted between 5 and 15 percent. Special pricing will be available on Blaschak coal and wood pellets. Fresh doughnuts will be offered all week, and free chicken barbecue will be available on Friday, Aug. 11, and on Aug. 12. Representatives from DS, Hitzer, and Pacific Energy will be on-site on Aug. 11 and 12 to answer customers' questions as well.
For more information about Hillside Acres Stoves, readers may call the store at 717-923-0550 or visit www.hillsideacresstoves.com.
Gift And Thrift Shop Celebrates 40th Anniversary July 17, 2017
On July 5, the Mount Joy Gift and Thrift Shop, 413 W. Main St., Mount Joy, marked 40 years of serving the community. In 1977, area residents Anna Lois Charles, Mildred Steffy, and a few of their Mennonite friends were inspired to open a different kind of thrift store in the Mount Joy region. Rather than being a consignment shop or a for-profit venture, the store would rely on volunteer labor and sell donated clothing and housewares. Most importantly, all proceeds were to be donated to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide, faith-based humanitarian relief and development organization with headquarters in Akron.
The shop first opened in the former John Booth grocery at 50 E. Main St., Mount Joy, as the Re-Uzit Store. With only a few paid staff members and minimal operating expenses, the store was able to donate $10,000 to MCC in its first year.
Within a few years, the Re-Uzit Store had outgrown its location. In 1984, the shop's board of directors, who represent various Anabaptist denominations, obtained a loan from Eastern Mennonite Missions in Salunga for an expansion and purchased the former site of Clarence Herr's Ford dealership and garage.
After undergoing substantial renovations, the store relocated to its new and current home in 1985 and was renamed International Gift and Thrift. The store changed its name again in 2001 to Mount Joy Gift and Thrift.
Renovations and improvements to the store were undertaken in 1989, 1994, and 2010 so that the shop now includes three spacious shopping areas. The thrift section offers women's, men's, and children's clothing and shoes. The gift area features housewares, linens, and wall art, while the variety section sells games, baskets, electronics, seasonal decorations, books, and miscellaneous items. Also popular are the silent auction items in each area of the shop, including collectibles such as toys, dolls, coins, musical instruments, art, jewelry, figurines and china. Plenty of off-street parking is available, along with a handicapped-accessible entrance.
"With increased space and sales, the amount that the store has contributed annually to MCC has also increased," said manager Kathy Pawling. "In 40 years the total amount donated from our store now tops over $5 million - a significant milestone in fulfilling our mission."
To celebrate the anniversary, Mount Joy Gift and Thrift Shop will offer special sales and giveaways on Monday, July 24, through Saturday, July 29. Additionally, the store will offer anniversary sales throughout the year. Each week a different color-coded price tag will go on sale for 50 percent off. On Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., any merchandise with a price tag that does not end in $.99 is also 50 percent off. Fill-a-bag and half-price sales are also scheduled at various times of the year so that display shelves can be completely restocked.
"Not only does the Gift and Thrift offer an affordable place to shop, but our sales offer fantastic prices and shopping here is fun," said assistant manager Lois Kreider.
The growth and success of the store would not be possible without the work of many volunteers. When the store opened, there were about 50 volunteers, and today there are approximately 175 unpaid workers.
Volunteers come from a wide variety of denominations and church groups and donate many hours each week in receiving, sorting, and pricing donated items, as well as serving as cashiers. "We can always use more helpers," said volunteer coordinator Ruth Brandt. To volunteer, readers may contact Brandt or Pawling at 717-653-8318.
The store also depends on a steady stream of donations. It welcomes contributions of clean and gently used clothing, housewares, books, electronics, holiday trim, and more. Large furniture is not accepted. The Gift and Thrift prides itself in selling only merchandise that is in good to excellent condition. The receiving area for donations is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Former manager and current volunteer Patti Hostetler observed, "When you put your efforts together, cumulatively (you) can really make a difference." Store representatives note that by shopping, donating, or volunteering at Gift and Thrift, people can get the sense that they are contributing to something positive. MCC supports projects in more than 60 countries in the areas of disaster relief, microeconomic development, and peace and justice advocacy.
The Mount Joy Gift and Thrift is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Alliance Custom Cabinetry Announces New Leadership July 13, 2017
Renewed vision and new leadership have prompted a local custom cabinet manufacturer to rebrand from Kitchen Craft to Alliance Custom Cabinetry. Partnering with architects, designers, builders, and homeowners, Alliance, located at W. 859 Broad St., East Earl, continues to offer fully customizable cabinetry. Other features include a full showroom and sales staff with all levels of support for design, estimating, measuring, and installation.
"By definition, an alliance is a relationship between partners that is formed to benefit the community and strengthen each partner," said new owner and president John Drouillard. "This is the goal of Alliance - for all partnerships to be mutually beneficial."
The business was first established as Kitchen Craft in 1983 by Jay Zimmerman as a one-man shop, run from the family farm, to craft custom cabinets and custom furniture. From the beginning, Kitchen Craft aimed to satisfy each client by providing unrivaled service and by producing quality cabinetry that was carefully inspected to meet stringent quality standards.
In 2014, Zimmerman began to ponder the idea of selling the business. The following year, he hired Drouillard to begin learning the operation and to see if it would be a good fit for him to purchase the business. Early in 2016, Drouillard began the yearlong process of acquiring Kitchen Craft from Zimmerman.
By the end of January 2017, the transaction was complete. Drouillard's first order of business was to bring on key individuals to round out his leadership team. Dustin Landis joined as vice president of manufacturing, and Greg Petersheim joined as vice president of sales. Their involvement, along with Drouillard's, added more than 55 years of experience in high-end kitchen manufacturing and remodeling to the already skilled, talented, and experienced existing employees.
Alliance Custom Cabinetry employs skilled craftsmen, a sales staff, a rainmaker, and an experienced leadership team. Though the company has grown and changed in many ways, Alliance still aims to maintain the quality that first sparked interest in its cabinetry and fine woodworking throughout Lancaster County and beyond.
"Whether we're working with architects, designers, builders, or homeowners, customer satisfaction remains our highest priority," Drouillard said. "Alliance is blessed and grateful for the foundation that Jay Zimmerman first established with Kitchen Craft. We honor him as we continue to build upon that foundation."
Alliance Custom Cabinetry is currently accepting applications, as it is preparing to grow. More information is available at www.alliancecustomcabinetry.com. Additional information about the business may be found in the ad in this issue. The business may be reached at 717-445-7246.
Subway Restaurant Opens In Ronks July 13, 2017
A new location of the Subway restaurant chain has opened at 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks. The restaurant is located just off Route 896, next door to the Sight & Sound Theatres property.
Subway restaurants offer made-to-order submarine sandwiches in 6-inch and foot-long sizes. A variety of breads are baked fresh in each restaurant throughout the day, and customers may create hot or cold sandwiches with their choices of bread, meat, cheeses, fresh vegetables, and condiments. Customers may watch as their sandwiches are assembled. Salads, soups, and other items are also available at the Ronks location.
The newly launched location features the new Metro decor and plenty of seating. The restaurant held a grand opening on July 17 and offered deals on sandwiches. Readers may find coupons for additional deals in the restaurant's advertisement in this paper.
The owners of the new Ronks location are Brian Ludwig, Clair Zeager, and Deryl Stoltzfus.
The eatery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Readers may call the restaurant at 717-288-2529 for more information.
To learn more about the Subway chain, readers may visit www.subway.com, www.facebook.com/subway, and www.twitter.com/subway.
Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Celebrates 30 Years July 12, 2017
Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc., 80 Route 41, Gap, is celebrating its 30th year in business.
In July 1987, original owner Leon Stoltzfus opened a small store on the property adjoining the current store's location to provide animal feed to local farmers and residents.
In 1990, Dean Stoltzfus, Leon's son and the current owner of the store with his wife, Teri, joined his father in the business. Dean's focus was to start a retail store that would provide pet food and supplies for companion animals and equine. The business grew, as did the need for more space. In 1992, construction began for the 10,000-square-foot structure that stands today as Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc.
At that time, housing developments were being built in the area and there was business development on routes 41 and 30. The Stoltzfuses noted that this increased the need to cater to pet owners and equine and gentlemen farmers. To meet this need, animal feeds are delivered directly to farms locally and out of state. Additionally, wholesale deliveries are made in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland, and Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. products are exported out of the country.
Store representatives note that the store's location makes it easy to reach local horse farms in Lancaster and Chester counties for delivery or in-store consults and retail needs. The equine customer base includes Old Order Amish, pleasure horse owners, performance horse owners, representatives of breeding farms, and horse owners in general - some with horses having special dietary needs.
Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. sells name-brand products as well as its own labeled brand on select feeds. Although the store has feeds and supplies for swine, poultry, and livestock, representatives say that equine, domestic pet, and wild bird products are in most demand.
However, Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. sells more than just animal feed. The store carries pet toys, beds, carriers, treats, and containment items, as well as gifts, wood pellets, ice melts, and other products.
In 1992, Gap Self Storage was built on the property, providing a needed service for residents of the new local housing developments. Since that time, the facility has been expanded; in 2012, a second facility was added at 845 Houston Run Drive in Gap.
Upon Leon's retirement in 2001, Dean and Teri became the driving force behind the locally owned and operated business. Dean and Teri are involved with the community and live locally with their three children, Elli, Wade, and Cole.
The couple is involved with everyday operations, including working with customers on the retail, wholesale, and exporting levels. This allows them to become familiar with customers' needs and wants. In addition to Dean and Teri, the business's other employees offer individualized attention and service to customers as well.
A garden center was added to the store in 2010 and carries a full line of garden products and supplies, such as tools, fertilizer, topsoil, mulch, vegetable and herb plants, annuals, perennials, fruit trees, berry plants, pottery, and more. Water garden supplies available in the garden center include pumps, filters, and fish food. Pond fish are located inside the retail store.
Throughout the year, seminars are offered at Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. that cover various topics, such as water gardens, pasture care, and equine and baby chick care.
This year also marks the 26th anniversary of the store's Furry Friends Field Day, a fundraising event for local animal rescues that is held every September. The event features fun, games, contests, and demonstrations. This year's event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 9.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. is offering special savings throughout the store during the month of July. A two-day customer appreciation celebration will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, during which free hot dogs, beverages, and chips will be available for customers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Regular store hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays. For more information, readers may call Stoltzfus Feed & Supply Inc. at 717-442-8280 or visit www.stoltzfusfeed.com.
Small Business Of The Year Honored July 11, 2017
The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce recently honored Genesis Lighting + Electric as the 2017 Small Business of the Year. This year the business is also celebrating its fifth anniversary.
The company was founded by Ben Ilgenfritz, who has been working in the electric trade since he started with his father's company at the age of 12. Ilgenfritz is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and an Energy Efficiency Program Ally with First Energy.
For more information, readers may call 717-450-2878 or visit www.GenesisLE.com.
Country Table Restaurant Undergoes Renovations July 10, 2017
Country Table Restaurant, 740 E. Main St., Mount Joy, recently underwent a complete remodel from floor to ceiling. Owners Tom and Roe Daly would like to thank members of the community for their support over the past 17 years and invite everyone to stop by the restaurant and check out the new renovations.
"Our customers are raving about the new look, and we are so pleased with the outcome," said Tom. "Our deepest gratitude (goes) to Abner Miller from Miller Fabricating in Ephrata." The renovations began in April and were finished on May 20.
Although an interior mural that the Dalys had commissioned in 2003 has now been covered by a shiplap design, it still resides underneath - perhaps to be discovered by someone in the future. "It's our own little version of a time capsule," explained Tom. Additional booths have been added in the restaurant's main dining room, and the site's Bake Shoppe and sunroom also underwent renovations.
The Dalys have also announced new additions to the Country Table management team. Alyssa Roth, who has been serving the community in various positions at Country Table over the last six years, has now stepped into a new role as kitchen manager. "Her excitement for food is contagious," Tom remarked, adding that Roth grew up in the restaurant industry, as her father ran his own restaurant. "She is constantly looking to improve our menu with new selections." Country Table guests can look forward to seeing a variety of fresh vegetable selections, special chef's choice entrees, and more as Roth continues to add to the restaurant's traditional menu choices. Skillet omelets are among the new items added to the breakfast menu, and corn pies are available every Wednesday through September.
Additionally, the Dalys' oldest son, Tom Daly Jr., and his wife, Jessica, have joined the team, and new changes to the Bake Shoppe are in the works.
In addition to offering restaurant dining, Country Table has a sunroom available to reserve for hosting large parties and group events. The sunroom seats up to 85 people, and Tom noted that the space is ideal for company celebrations, bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, class reunions, holiday parties, and family gatherings.
"My wife and I are committed to bringing the highest-quality food at reasonable prices in a wholesome and friendly environment," said Tom. "Please come and enjoy the new renovations, the comfortable atmosphere, and the delicious food."
Country Table Restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. For more details, readers may call 717-653-4745, visit www.countrytablerestaurant.com, or find the restaurant's Facebook page.
Full Circle Recycling Marks 15th Anniversary June 22, 2017
Full Circle Recycling is marking a milestone of 15 years in business. The business will celebrate with special events at its three locations in Lancaster County: Buck location, 965 Lancaster Pike (Route 272), Quarryville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 7; Lancaster location, 702 S. Prince St., Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 8; and Rubin Steel Company, 1430 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Friday, July 14.
The celebrations will be held rain or shine and will feature free food, fun, giveaways, and special promotions, such as a five-cent increase on aluminum can recycling. Customers who bring the Full Circle Recycling ad found in this paper will be entered into a drawing to win a free T-shirt. Additionally, customers who bring a copy of their submitted Google review of the business will be entered into a drawing to win a travel-size cooler.
Full Circle Recycling is locally owned and operated by the Grimm family. The Grimm family has been in the recycling industry for more than 50 years. An auto parts salvage yard, G & R Auto Salvage, was the precursor to Full Circle Recycling, which opened in June 2002. The business now specializes in scrap metal and aluminum recycling from small private accounts to large industrial projects.
After working in the recycling industry, the Grimm family had moved on to work in farming in York County for a time, but family members eventually came "full circle," back to their roots in the recycling business, inspiring the name for Full Circle Recycling.
After several years of operation in Quarryville, Full Circle Recycling opened a second scrapyard on South Prince Street in Lancaster city. Shortly after, construction of a new warehouse began. In 2014, Full Circle Recycling purchased Rubin Steel Company, which has served the area since 1914 and is located just north of Lancaster city off Fruitville Pike. In addition to scrap metal recycling, Rubin Steel Company sells new and surplus steel to the public.
Full Circle Recycling aims to provide top-tier scrap metal recycling services. The business purchases more than 30 common metal grades, ferrous and nonferrous, and even some special grades. Full Circle Recycling pays cash on the spot for metals and metal-related items such as copper, steel, aluminum, brass, various metal wire, motors, compressors, ballasts, computer towers, lead, turnings, and more.
The business provides container service to collect scrap metal from customers' projects, allowing customers to receive compensation for scrap materials. Full Circle Recycling can provide containers for metal recycling and scrap recycling and will pick them up once they have been filled. The business can also send a truck to demolition jobs to be loaded on-site. Services are available for both long- and short-term industrial and private accounts. Premium pricing is available for volume customers.
With its Fruitville Pike location, Full Circle Recycling offers steel sales for any needs, providing saw cutting and shearing services for any cut-to-length requirements. The business has a vast steel supply, and a large selection of new steel is available in angles, flats, channels, rounds, squares, rectangular tubing, square tubing, rebar, and more. An inventory of surplus plate, pipe, tubing, beam, and more is also on hand.
Full Circle Recycling aims to reflect its small-business values in fair pricing, attentive customer service, and quality products and services. Full Circle Recycling also prides itself on its family atmosphere and local roots, as well as on having dedicated, knowledgeable employees who are committed to customer satisfaction.
Full Circle Recycling takes pride in being involved in the community, whether through recycling efforts or charitable organizations. From Boy Scouts recycling soda cans to large industrial accounts, Full Circle aims to be a one-stop metal recycling choice. The business has the capacity to recycle quantities of scrap ranging from 1 pound to 100,000 pounds or more.
The business can be reached at Buck, 717-284-2800 or 717-284-2930; Lancaster, 717-396-9999 or 717-396-9951; and Rubin Steel, 717-299-3682 or 717-397-3613.
Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Buck and Lancaster locations, as well as 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays at the Rubin Steel location. For additional information, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit www.fullcirclerecyclingpa.com or www.rubinsteel.com.
New JBT Banking Office Design Premieres in Manheim June 19, 2017
In 1873, Jonestown Bank & Trust Co. (JBT) opened in Lebanon County as an independent community bank with a single location. Today, nearly 145 years later, JBT has chosen to remain an independent community bank.
On May 30, JBT opened a new location in Manheim. The full-service community bank is located at 1211 Lancaster Road, Manheim, next to Sheetz at the new Penn Towne Center on Route 72. The Manheim location is JBT's 13th office and its second in Lancaster County. The bank opened a branch to serve the Ephrata community in 2011.
The design of the Manheim office is unlike any other JBT location. The exterior conveniences of easy in-and-out parking, plus the familiar drive-up service lanes, are still in place, but customers may notice some big changes inside the front door - more than the fresh new interior design.
There are no teller lines and no traditional wall of teller windows. Instead, JBT has chosen to take personalized service to the next level. When a customer comes inside, he or she will be personally greeted and asked how he or she can be helped. Then, based on the answer, the person may be guided to a personal service kiosk or "pod," as some have referred to the enhanced-service concept.
If the customer requires in-depth attention and service beyond a normal financial transaction, he or she may be offered access to one of two of the bank's meeting rooms. Each meeting room is comfortably sized with plenty of natural lighting and floor-to-ceiling glass panels for an open and secure experience, which JBT considers ideal for confidential financial conversations.
Individuals who are not familiar with JBT's services are welcome to visit the new branch and connect with DeeAnn Carpenter, JBT's Manheim commercial lender and branch manager. Carpenter and her staff of fully trained bankers aim to support customers' financial needs.
On the personal banking side, JBT offers checking accounts, home equity loans and lines, mortgage loans, credit and debit cards, CDs, money market accounts, savings accounts, auto loans and experienced financial planning for retirement.
JBT has no account analysis fees (limits apply) on business accounts in order to help save business owners more on fees every year. The bank offers the responsive service and solutions that a growing local business might need, from streamlining of daily cash management needs to flexible commercial financing, which enables businesses to expand or upgrade equipment.
Troy A. Peters, JBT president and CEO, summarizes the bank's objective this way: "JBT works to put the customer first. No matter what you need, with JBT you can always 'Bank on a Smile.'"
JBT's new Manheim office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, interested individuals may call 717-664-0190 or visit www.bankjbt.com. JBT is a Member FDIC/Equal Housing Lender.
Woerth's Will Mark 50 Years, New Owners June 8, 2017
Woerth's Used Cars Inc., 771 Noble Road, Christiana, is marking its 50th year offering top-quality, late-model vehicles and affordable, trustworthy service to the community. The business was founded in 1967 by Jack and Pat Woerth and has strived to maintain a reputation of excellent personal service as management has progressed to the Woerths' children, Brian Woerth and Kim Bandy, along with son-in-law Jerry Bandy and grandson Clay Bandy.
Jerry and Clay will remain active with Woerth's Used Cars, but ownership has transferred to Dustin Thomas and Alex Ranck. Jerry and Clay will continue in the area of sales, and service technicians Mark Reynolds and Jim Cummings will remain in their roles as well.
Thomas has eight years of experience in vehicle sales, and he formerly served as the general manager of Sauder Motors in Strasburg. Ranck has 15 years of experience in vehicle service, and he previously worked at Steffy's Garage in Leola. The new owners plan to continue selling preowned vehicles and operating a full-service shop that offers state inspections, air-conditioning repairs, oil changes, engine repairs, and other general services.
An open house to celebrate the anniversary and the new ownership will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A pig roast will be offered as part of the celebration free of charge. Additionally, anyone who purchases a vehicle on June 24 through Saturday, July 1, will receive free oil changes for a year.
Woerth's Used Cars Inc. is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The business may be reached at 717-529-2882 or 610-593-5778. For more information, readers may visit www.woerths.com.
Friendly Smiles Orthodontics Marks First Anniversary May 12, 2017
Friendly Smiles Orthodontics, 91 Newport Road, Suite 304, Gap, is celebrating its one-year anniversary.
Friendly Smiles offers orthodontic care for patients of all ages, including clear and metal braces, Invisalign, and early treatment. The business strives to offer affordable and high-quality care in a family-friendly, warm, and inviting environment. The office is clean with cozy decor and whimsical artwork, along with many educational tools for families and children to learn about oral health. Staff members are all members of the local community.
The practice's owner, Dr. Man Yee Chan, grew up in Hockessin, Del., graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, and attended New York University (NYU) for her orthodontic residency. She also served as a member of the NYU faculty. Chan is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, Pennsylvania Dental Association, Fifth District Dental Society, and Lancaster County Dental Society.
Chan sees each patient and customizes a treatment plan for him or her. She cares about the relationships she develops with patients and enjoys seeing their smiles transform and their confidence develop. Patients receive plenty of attention and are never rushed out the door. They are encouraged to ask questions.
The Friendly Smiles office offers digital imaging and paperless charting. Most insurance plans are accepted, and interest-free financing is available. Discounts are offered for families with multiple siblings undergoing treatment, as well as for patients who prepay in full. Consultations are free.
The office strives to provide a fun atmosphere for patients and families by holding monthly contests with various prizes. Good oral hygiene and cooperation are also rewarded. Friendly Smiles staff members stress the importance of oral health with detailed tutorials and educational materials. Demonstrations are provided in an age-appropriate and fun way. Special events at the office are documented on social media to keep patients, families, and the community updated.
In its first year, the business has worked to become a part of the community. The business sponsored local organizations such as the Octorara Area Little League and Chester County Camp Cadet. Friendly Smiles also organized a Thanksgiving food drive for the Octorara Area Food Cupboard, as well as a holiday toy drive for Toys for Tots. Friendly Smiles teams also participated in a colorful run hosted by Avon Grove Charter School as well as the Octorara Angels Rainbow Run.
Friendly Smiles staff members noted that they love to contribute to area school events and are currently looking for more sponsorship opportunities. "We are striving to become even more involved with the community in the future, (and we want) to get to know our neighbors," representatives said. "It is also our goal to be a source of oral health education in the local school districts."
In honor of Friendly Smiles' one-year anniversary, the business will make a contribution to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.
Friendly Smiles Orthodontics is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The office can be reached at 610-979-0352. Additional information is available at www.friendlyortho.com.
Arts And Crafts Gallery Now Open In Exton May 12, 2017
Tony and Ron Ciarmello have announced the opening of their new Arts and Crafts gallery showroom at 407 E. Lincoln Highway in Exton, which buys, sells, and trades in all types of Arts and Crafts period furniture and accessories.
The gallery offers a selection of mission furniture, hammered copper, sterling silver, pottery, lighting and period antiques. Also highlighted is furniture made famous in the early 1900s Arts and Crafts style by craftsmen such as Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft and others. The pieces are showcased in the 2,000-square-foot facility.
Tony and Ron have been collecting since the 1970s, when they brought their first piece of Gustav Stickley furniture into their home.
"My father and I share a passion for the furniture, lighting and decorative arts from the Arts and Crafts period in America," Ron explained. "We have spent years researching and collecting mission furniture and hammered copper by Gustav Stickley and his brothers' firms, as well as Roycroft and Limbert, just to name a few makers." Ron noted that approximately five years ago, the father and son team's personal collections were reaching critical mass when they attended their first major show. "It was the 25th annual National Arts and Crafts Conference in Asheville, N.C., at the Grove Park Inn," Ron explained. Ron and Tony were recently first-time exhibitors at the prestigious conference, which, according to the duo, has been referred to as "the most important weekend of the year for Arts and Crafts collectors."
The Exton gallery has several rare furniture pieces, as well as beautifully crafted hammered copper pieces, lighting and lamps. Tony and Ron will buy, sell and trade in all types of Arts and Crafts period furniture and accessories.
Ron, a lifelong Chester County resident, has 22 years of experience in several aspects of the business. He also serves as a consultant for Morphy Auctions and is a third-generation jewelry and antique expert. Tony, a longtime Chester County resident, adds more than 58 years of expertise to the business. Tony previously owned J. Karen Jewelers in the Exton Mall. The father and son duo also displays antiques at Renningers Market in Adamstown every Sunday.
In addition to the Arts and Crafts gallery, Tony and Ron own and operate American Gold and Estate Buyers, which is located at 363 E. Lincoln Highway in Exton. The business buys, sells and trades both gold and silver jewelry and scrap gold, as well as sterling silver flatware and hollowware. The business also buys and sells designer watches, antiques and objects of interest.
Interested individuals may call 484-872-8216 to make an appointment to visit the furniture gallery or stop in at American Gold during its business hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
With a year gone by, Middle Creek Lawn & Patio, 175 W. Main St., Leola, is looking to celebrate its first anniversary with a special sale beginning on Monday, April 17, and continuing through Saturday, April 22.
Looking back, owner Dale Nolt is quick to point out how blessed he and his wife, Lois, have been. "It's been a wonderful experience being of service to the Leola community and surrounding areas," Nolt commented. "We have enjoyed going through our first year of retail store ownership and have appreciated all the feedback and advice we have been given by customers, longtime residents of the community, and former Bard's Hardware owner Nelson Bard."
Heeding that advice, the owners have added more than 500 new products since Jan. 1. "We have branched out to small animal food and accessories," Nolt shared, adding that the store now stocks items for rabbits, ferrets, birds, and fish. Middle Creek Lawn & Patio also now carries household cleaning supplies, grilling seasonings, grills and smokers, ORCA coolers and drinkware, pool chemicals, garden fencing, fuels, oils, and solvents.
The business is now a Husqvarna dealer, as well. "We now provide lawn and garden power equipment sales, services, and repairs; sharpening of mower blades and chainsaw chains; soil testing; and free pool water testing," Nolt said. The business also offers a propane filling station and is certified to fill propane cylinders up to 100 pounds.
Nolt reported that the store's bulk product offerings have grown as well. Middle Creek Lawn & Patio offers ornamental river stone and bulk limestone (2B 3/4 clean and 2A modified), which is available for pickup and delivery.
"We welcome everyone to come out to see all our new products, enter to win great door prizes, and sample free food that will be made on our new line of smokers from Louisiana Grills during our anniversary sale from April 17 to 22," Nolt said.
Middle Creek Lawn & Patio is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The business can be reached at 556-8695.
A-1 Mulch Celebrates 10 Years In Business May 3, 2017
Locally owned and operated A-1 Mulch has provided the Oxford area with quality products and services for 10 years. A-1 Mulch, owned by local residents Mike and Deb Coomes, is located at 410 Limestone Road in Oxford. "Thank you to all the great people of the Oxford area and surrounding communities we have had the pleasure of serving the past 10 years," the owners said. "We're blessed to have met so many good local residents and business owners."
A-1 Mulch serves wholesale and retail clients, including homeowners, with an array of products, including eight kinds of mulch, topsoil and amended soil for gardens, as well as various kinds of decorative stone, gravel and sand. A-1 Mulch also offers grass seed, straw, split rail fence and erosion control products.
All of the business's mulch is natural and environmentally safe for children, animals and plants. Premium mulch is available in both double or triple shredded. A-1 Mulch also offers dyed mulch, which holds its color longer and is available in black, brown and red. Safety-certified playground mulch is also available.
All of A-1 Mulch's products are available for pickup or delivery at the customer's convenience.
The business offers numerous brands of hardscaping products, with the selection including pavers, retaining wall systems and natural building stones. Whether a customer is looking for an elegant outdoor kitchen, a unique fire pit or a casual patio, A-1 Mulch is a one-stop shop for all hardscaping needs. The business' staff has years of experience and can assist customers with any design and with the selection of products needed to create and complete the project.
Mike and Deb, who started the business in their backyard, opened in Oxford 10 years ago. They believe that providing the highest-quality products is meaningless without also providing the highest-quality customer service. "Our entire staff works very hard to provide the customer service that each of our customers deserves, from answering the phones in a friendly, courteous manner to welcoming on-site customers and being helpful with their questions," the owners noted. "We also pride ourselves with timely delivery and working with our customers to meet their scheduling needs." The owners noted that customers have said they are happy to hear the same friendly voices answer the phones to help them with their orders or questions.
Mike and Deb are active members of their community and support local and regional nonprofits such as Porters Grove Baptist Church, Corners of the Field food for the homeless, and the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia for parents of children with serious illnesses.
The business can be reached at 610-932-7420, and additional information is available at www.a1mulch.com. A-1 Mulch also has a second location, 4604 Edges Mill Road, Downingtown, which can be reached at 610-269-7022. Readers may look for the ad inside this week's Community Courier for special offers.
Ciao Pizza Pasta Panini Is Under New Ownership May 3, 2017
Business partners and new co-owners Tony Madanat and Liz Graceffa recently assumed operations at Ciao Pizza Pasta Panini, located at 5360 Lincoln Highway in Gap.
Both Madanat and Graceffa began working in the food industry when they were young. While working at various levels for family businesses, Madanat's experiences traveling and working in other regions have shaped his culinary skills. Graceffa is from an Italian family, and she learned a lot from her mother. She continues to use authentic Italian recipes today.
Madanat and Graceffa continued in the restaurant industry for most of their adult lives, learning from the ground up in areas such as food preparation, as well as managing and owning a restaurant. When Ciao Pizza Pasta Panini became available for sale, the two friends decided to buy the restaurant and became the owners in March 2017.
The new owners noted that they were fortunate to purchase a well-run business that was previously owned by the Mazzola family, so the transition to new ownership was smooth. The growth in the Gap area was also a strong selling point. Surrounding housing developments and businesses in the area, particularly the Urban Outfitters facility, were important factors.
The restaurant will offer delivery, which will allow area employees to have lunch delivered to their place of work. "It is all about serving good food and building relationships in the community," the owners commented. Madanat and Graceffa are known to be personable and friendly, and they hope that passes on to the atmosphere at the restaurant.
According to the owners, Ciao Pizza Pasta Panini uses the best cheeses and fresh ingredients - including local, in-season produce - in all of its menu options. Fresh bread is baked in-house every day, and Ciao offers Amoroso's brand rolls, as well. The restaurant's new menu includes a wide variety of choices, such as pizza, gourmet pizza, wings, burgers, panini, wraps, hot and cold subs, salads, homemade soup, seafood, stromboli, gyros, appetizers, and desserts. Ciao also features The Ultimate Sub, a culinary creation from Madanat, and pasta dishes, many of which are Graceffa's specialties. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available, along with a children's menu. Catering and delivery are available, as well as eat-in and takeout options.
The restaurant offers special dinner nights on Sundays through Thursdays. Sunday's feature is lasagna. Spaghetti with meatballs or sausage is offered on Mondays and Thursdays. Tuesday is Alfredo night, and Wednesday's specialty is baked ziti. All dinners are served with salad and bread.
Senior citizens are offered a 10 percent discount on Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and service personnel and first responders will receive a 15 percent discount all day on Tuesdays.
Ciao Pizza Pasta Panini can be reached at 717-442-4442, and readers may find additional information at www.ciaopizzagap.com. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Eldreth Pottery Founder To Retire April 28, 2017
Annual Open House Planned In Oxford
Eldreth Pottery was founded by David and Faye Eldreth in 1976. David, who graduated from the Maryland School of Art in Baltimore, took a ceramics class, enjoyed the art, and decided to give the pottery business a try. With little funds to start the company, David and Faye dug their own clay in Quarryville, made their own potter's wheel out of a washing machine, and borrowed a kiln. Through much trial and error, as well as determination, the couple began producing pottery and selling it at local museums. As members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, they also participated in art shows, displaying and selling their handiwork.
The pottery business started in the Eldreths' basement and then expanded into their garage. In the early 1980s, the Eldreths purchased their current property at 902 Hart Road, Oxford, which they transformed into a production facility and showroom, converting an old mushroom house with the help of production manager Dan Wirt. A second showroom later opened at 246 N. Decatur St., Strasburg. As the business was growing, a few additional people were hired, and David worked full time as an art teacher.
Eldreth Pottery is known for offering handmade pottery crafted in Lancaster County by a crew of talented artists. Many artists have been working with Eldreth Pottery for more than 20 years. According to David, Eldreth Pottery is one of the few remaining companies that handcraft salt-glazed stoneware and redware pottery, and each piece is created to be unique.
David recently announced that he will retire from the pottery business at the end of 2017. Leading up to his retirement, he will sign pieces of pottery and answer questions at the business's annual open house events. The first event, the Oxford location's spring open house, will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The open house will feature unique pottery items and collectables, demonstrations, activities for children and adults, a prize drawing, and free food to benefit a charity. The Strasburg location will host its annual Christmas open house later in 2017.
Although he will no longer be involved in the pottery business, David plans to continue in his fine art pursuits as a full-time painter. He has been pursuing his interest in painting for the past six years, and he will display his work at upcoming shows in New York City, the Hamptons, and Philadelphia. David and Faye's children will continue to operate the Eldreth Pottery business.
The Eldreth Pottery factory and showroom in Oxford is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Strasburg showroom is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Readers can reach the Oxford location at 888-811-4313 or the Strasburg location at 717-687-8445. Tours may be scheduled at the Oxford factory and showroom.
Additional information, including details on the available selection of hand-turned and hand-painted pottery, may be found at www.eldrethpottery.com.
Univest To Open New Retail Financial Centers April 28, 2017
Univest Bank and Trust Co. recently signed two long-term leases and began renovations on its third and fourth retail financial centers in Lancaster County. One is expected to open in June in Brownstown at 4242 Oregon Pike. That location will be followed by the Georgetown financial center, which is planned to open in early fall at 1135 Georgetown Road.
The two locations are expected to create approximately six full-time jobs, which will be filled by local, well-known financial professionals with extensive experience in the Lancaster market. The financial center staff will be led by Jennifer Miller, vice president and area manager, who oversees consumer banking in Lancaster County.
"We see these areas as underserved markets in need of exceptional financial solutions and customer service," explained Miller. "With staff who live locally, we will be able to deliver the community-focused banking that Univest has provided well for more than 140 years."
Univest has quickly planted roots in Lancaster by investing in multiple financial centers since entering the market in 2016. Univest opened its first financial center in Willow Street last summer, and a Strasburg location opened in April. In addition, Univest has a regional office located in the Greenfield Corporate Center that opened in spring 2016. With the addition of the Brownstown and Georgetown financial centers, Univest will employ approximately 35 people in Lancaster County. In addition to consumer banking, Univest has an agricultural lending team led by Dale Hershey and a commercial lending team led by Bryan Moyer.
"We are excited to continue our expansion in the Lancaster community," said Mike Keim, president of Univest Bank and Trust Co. "We have received a very positive response from local businesses and consumers, leading us to accelerate our expansion plans. We are excited to open these new locations, which will allow us to bring Univest's comprehensive financial solutions, exceptional service and local approach to even more residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations."
Since its founding in 1876 in Souderton, Montgomery County, Univest has expanded its service area and offerings. In addition to traditional banking, Univest currently provides a full range of financial solutions including insurance, investments, mortgage banking, wealth management and equipment financing. It has offices in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Lancaster counties and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, as well as in Cape May County in New Jersey.
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania, including its wholly owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has approximately $4.2 billion in assets and $3.2 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. For more information, readers may visit www.univest.net.
Fergie's Introduces Online Ordering April 20, 2017
The owners and managers of Ferguson & Hassler ("Fergie's") supermarket, 100 TownsEdge Drive, Quarryville, have introduced a new service that they hope will be a boon to the community. On April 24, online ordering was slated to go live through the Rosie app.
"This is the way grocery shopping is going," noted store manager Jimmy Hassler. "We wanted to be the first in our area to kick this off."
The online ordering service has been successful in other states, so Fergie's owners - brothers Tim and Jim Hassler, along with their cousin George "Chip" Hassler III - introduced the idea last year, when the store marked its100th anniversary.
"When we opened in the early 1900s, we did the shopping for you," said e-commerce manager Timothy Hassler.
"We're kind of going back to the future," Jimmy quipped.
The similarities are striking, with a few noticeable differences. Rather than write out a paper list of desired items that they would hand to a clerk, today's customers may open the Rosie app on their mobile devices or personal computers, add items to their virtual cart, pay using a credit card, and collect their bags of goods at the store. When an order is submitted online, Fergie's employees will collect the items and have them ready for pickup during a set time. Customers will not have to leave their vehicles.
"A lot of working moms with kids like (the idea)," Jimmy said.
The service will also be beneficial for people with mobility challenges, those who do not have time to shop, and those who do not enjoy grocery shopping in general.
A service fee will be charged per order, but the fee will be waived for each customer's first purchase. Items may be favorited, and previous purchases may be reordered through the app. The Fergie's customer loyalty program is not linked to Rosie, but advertised sale prices will be honored. The only difference is that online purchases will not earn gas rewards.
Currently, only credit cards are accepted for payment for online orders, but the team is working on adding PayPal as a payment option.
Two pickup times have been set each day, and 20 orders will be accommodated during each time slot. Orders may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays as well as from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Fergie's is closed on Sundays. Orders must be placed at least three hours before the preferred pickup slot. If the service proves popular, additional slots will be opened. Eventually, grocery delivery may be added.
During the pickup times, a Fergie's employee will be stationed by the new refrigerator and freezer that have been installed under the overhang at the front of the store. Customers will show a code generated by the Rosie app to collect their orders, which will be retrieved from the cold storage or from the warehouse if nonperishable.
While practically the entire Fergie's inventory is accessible through the Rosie app, customized bakery items, party platters and other catering items, and self-serve food bar selections will not be available. Customers should call the store at 786-7301 to place orders with the bakery and catering departments.
The Rosie app may be downloaded through the Apple Store and Google Play or by visiting www.fergusonhassler.com. Readers with questions about the online ordering service may call or text 725-0070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses Set Appreciation Day April 19, 2017
Health by Design Natural Clinic and Reve Body Sculpting will host a customer and community appreciation day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The event will take place inside and outside Health by Design Natural Clinic and Reve Body Sculpting, located in the Trinity Natural Health Center at 352 E. Main St., Suite 100, Leola.
The event will include tours of the wellness center, where Health by Design recently relocated. There will also be free health screenings, vendors offering holistic services and products, chances to win holistic services and products, food, and fun for the whole family.
Attendees will be able to learn about the benefits of health screenings and nutrition consultations offered by Jeannie Peck, traditional naturopath, and Elizabeth Mashkov, a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. There will also be information on how LED light therapy from Reve Body Sculpting can help with permanent body fat loss. Limited free sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for electrodermal screenings and LED light therapy. Chair massages and chiropractic care will be available, as well as essential oils, homemade soaps, organic hair products, and more.
Preregistration is preferred but not required.
Regular business hours for Health by Design are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. The business is closed on Saturdays. For more information, readers may call 556-8103, email Info@HBDClinic.com, or visit www.HBDClinic.com.
Local Businesses Set Grand Opening April 19, 2017
Two unique family-owned and family-operated businesses invite the community to the grand opening at their new location on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eagle Termite & Pest Control and Inferno Sports & Athletics LLC will host the event at 320 Commerce Drive, Exton. The rain date will be Sunday, April 30.
Jerry Gordon, owner of Eagle Termite & Pest Control, and his son, Bill Salinsky II, owner of Inferno Sports & Athletics LLC, are looking forward to a fun-filled day. The newly renovated 5,000-plus-square-foot facility will be open to the public as a part of the grand opening festivities. Activities will include games for children, free hot dogs and beverages, opportunities to win free T-shirts from Inferno Sports, discounts on a variety of sporting goods and apparel, and a chance to win a flat-screen TV. Gordon invites attendees to "bring a bug" for expert analysis and remedies.
Gordon is a longtime resident of Chester County, and his business has been serving the area and surrounding counties for nearly 25 years. "We are excited for our new location and the opportunity to work side by side with Bill," Gordon said.
Eagle Termite & Pest Control serves commercial, business, and residential customers. It also offers one-stop shopping for home buying needs, providing home inspections, termite inspections, and warranties and fulfilling radon testing and water testing requirements. For current homeowners, Eagle offers a variety of pest control plans, from monthly services to occasional one-time clean-outs, as well as termite inspections, treatments, and warranties. All services come with a warranty.
"We use the most nontoxic and highly effective products to service all of our customers," Gordon noted. "Our products are safe for children, pets, and the environment, and they are EPA and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approved." All of Eagle's technicians are certified and licensed in Pennsylvania. More information is available by calling 610-363-7393, emailing email@example.com, or searching for "Eagle Termite & Pest Control Inc." on Facebook.
Salinsky is a longtime West Whiteland Township resident who developed a love for baseball through Exton Little League. He is a graduate of Malvern Prep and currently serves his community as the assistant fire chief of West Whiteland Fire Company.
Inferno Sports & Athletics LLC has grown since its inception in 2013. "We started working out of the back of my pickup truck, and now we have this great new facility," Salinsky said. "We offer a full line of softball/baseball gear both in our new facility and along the East Coast at various tournaments with our 20-foot fully stocked trailer." Inferno offers supplies such as bats, gloves, shoes, caps, and customer-designed uniforms.
The new showroom is open to the public and displays the many products carried by Inferno, including products from leading manufacturers of softball/baseball equipment and Inferno's own custom-designed apparel. The business recently expanded into the digital embroidery and heat press sector of the apparel business. "No job is too big or too small for us," Salinsky noted, referencing uniforms for high school teams and club sports, business apparel, and hand towels as some examples. "Customers can use their own, or we can create a custom design. Our latest and most proud accomplishment is a jacket for an engine company in Brooklyn, New York."
For more information on Inferno, readers may call 610-524-1807 or visit www.InfernoSports.com or www.Facebook.com/IFSAthletics.