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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Hearing & Ear Care Center Celebrates 20 Years March 31, 2017
The Hearing & Ear Care Center, located at 806 W. Main St., Mount Joy, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A yearlong celebration of 20 years in business is planned. Individuals who make appointments at the office may enter a monthly drawing for a chance to win a gift card. The business is currently planning a luncheon for its patients in May and an ice cream social in June.
Some of the many services available at the Hearing & Ear Care Center include hearing evaluations, hearing instrument fittings and repairs, tinnitus therapy, aural rehabilitation and noise protection, which is particularly useful for occupational and recreational musicians.
Dr. Linda Gonya-Hartman has eight years of education and 29 years of experience to support her ability to provide quality hearing health care to those who seek help. Her goal is to provide people with an opportunity to enhance their quality of life through better hearing. She is a professional adviser to the local chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America. Gonya-Hartman also serves patients at the Hearing & Ear Care Center location at 200 Schneider Drive, Suite 1, Lebanon. Both locations offer extended hours and home visits.
Dr. Debbie Frey manages the Mount Joy office. Gonya-Hartman and Frey continue their education through annual conferences and training. The audiologists noted that they are committed to treating each individual patient with their specific needs in mind because every patient is unique. The audiologists aim to help patients navigate a complex world of hearing loss, especially people who come in to be evaluated for the first time.
Hearing loss, which affects one in five Americans, is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease, noted Gonya-Hartman. This public health issue has been shown to affect physical health, cognition, perceptions of mental acuity, social skills, family relationships, self-esteem and more. According to Gonya-Hartman, the effects of not hearing well have more consequences on an individual's quality of life than using a hearing device. "Poor hearing has been linked to depression, fatigue, low self-esteem and social isolation," explained Gonya-Hartman. "Hearing well allows you to interact more with others and stay engaged in your life's activities. Staying active is what keeps you young!"
Gonya-Hartman noted that hearing is a cognitive process; it happens in the brain. "The fewer details of sound the brain receives, the harder it has to work to make sense of it," said Gonya-Hartman. "Using smart hearing aid devices, your brain doesn't have to work as hard to hear (and) it is free to perform other tasks while you participate in the activities you enjoy."
Individuals may avoid getting hearing aids for a number of reasons, such as embarrassment, fear that hearing aids will not work for them, or concern that they will look old, but Gonya-Hartman said that hearing aids today are discreet, easy to wear, and have new technology that makes it easier than ever before to hear better.
"Our newest hearing aid, the Oticon Opn, features a revolutionary microchip that processes sound exceptionally fast and gives you access to all the sounds around you," Gonya-Hartman stated. "Opn works in harmony with your brain so you can understand speech better and focus on what's important. It separates speech from noise and allows you to focus on what you want to hear." Gonya-Hartman added that scientific research shows that the chip inside Oticon Opn offers individuals 30 percent better speech understanding for a more natural hearing experience.
The Mount Joy and Lebanon offices are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Additional part-time offices are located at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown and Cornwall Manor in Cornwall.
For more information about the Hearing & Ear Care Center or to schedule an appointment, individuals may call 653-6300 or visit www.hearingandearcare.com.
Eli's Place Of Leola To Celebrate Grand Opening March 22, 2017
Eli's Place of Leola recently opened at 371 E. Main St., Leola.
Owners Rebecca Rashid and Kim Sadowski hope that local residents will enjoy the restaurant's menu, which features fresh, locally grown ingredients. The restaurant's chef enjoys preparing great food from scratch.
The restaurant's recent renovations were made to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for diners, and the owners hope that Eli's Place is just what customers have been looking for in a hometown eating establishment.
The owners also care about providing customers with the best food and outstanding service. "If you love what we offer, please tell others," the owners request. "If something needs corrected, please tell us. We will always work toward exceeding (customer) expectations."
In an effort to thank the community for welcoming the restaurant into the neighborhood, Eli's Place will celebrate a Grand Opening week, complete with special deals and giveaways.
The Grand Opening week will begin on Monday, March 20, when the restaurant will offer a "buy one lunch entree, get one at 25 percent off" deal. On Tuesday, March 21, children will be able to eat for free. The special for Wednesday, March 22, will be all-you-can-eat chicken potpie, and on Thursday, March 23, local radio station WJTL will have representatives broadcasting live on-site at Eli's Place. Guests on Friday, March 24, will have the opportunity to enjoy a free appetizer for the table. On Saturday, March 25, a free gift will be given away with each kids' meal purchase. A complimentary dessert with the purchase of any lunch entree will be the final special offered on Sunday, March 26.
Eli's Place of Leola is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. The facility is available in the evenings to host special events. The staff will strive to make customers' events special by providing food and services, or individuals are welcome to rent the spacious dining room to accommodate a private party or evening business meeting. Additional details are available by calling the restaurant at 661-3248.
Thw owners also encourage diners to check out the Eli's Place sister restaurant, Ella's Place, at 825 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. Ella's Place is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
What condition impacts an average of 48 million Americans, five out of every 1,000 newborns, and takes individuals an average of seven years to seek help for? The condition is hearing loss, and Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions is ready to serve the needs of individuals suffering from this issue.
Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions has opened a new location at 3121 Mount Joy Road, Unit F, Mount Joy, across from The Country Store and next to Acorn Farms. Area residents are invited to join the business' staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Thursday, March 16, which will be followed by a luncheon and open house. To register for the event, individuals may call 517-2507.
At Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions, the office staff and hearing health care professionals consider their patients to be part of the family. As a local, family-owned hearing practice, the specialists at Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions are experts in patient care, hearing loss recognition, treatment and rehabilitation.
Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions has five locations to serve the community, and individuals can schedule appointments at the offices in Mechanicsburg, Palmyra, Martinsburg, and Hanover, in addition to the Mount Joy office. In addition to having a group of offices in the greater Harrisburg area, the business offers in-home hearing exams and the latest technology in digital hearing aid solutions, hearing health products, accessories, and tinnitus treatments. Because it stands behind its hearing solutions, the office offers a 60-day, money-back guarantee and personalized servicing on devices purchased from the office.
The hearing care professionals at Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions believe they have the experience needed to help patients find the right hearing solution for their lifestyle, physical and financial needs. Additionally, they offer custom ear molds for any behind-the-ear hearing aids to ensure a proper fit.
Since hearing aids generally require a short period of adjustment to get familiar with hearing all of those small sounds again, Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions offers personalized maintenance and servicing of hearing devices. With advanced technology and programming capabilities, the business's hearing specialists are skilled at fitting hearing aids, setting the right features, and getting the best physical fit.
In addition, Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions takes care of hearing aids after they have been purchased. This includes any follow-up hearing aid fittings, cleanings or repairs. As hearing aids can be an important investment in a patient's health and well-being, Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions maintains that it is crucial to keep the tiny pieces of technology in optimal shape.
Individuals who would like more information on the hearing health solutions offered by Central Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Solutions may call 473-4159 to schedule an appointment. Business hours are by appointment. For more information, readers may go to www.centralpahearingsolutions.com.
Priori's Mattress Celebrates 35 Years In Business February 24, 2017
"It really has been a great 35 years serving the Chester County community," stated Larry Priori, owner of Priori's Mattress. The showroom, which has dozens of models on display, is located at 45 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. "I've met so many great individuals and families, and I truly appreciate the strong support our business has received from the community," Priori noted. "They truly adhere to the 'buy local' philosophy."
Over the years, Priori's has strived to maintain its mission to "make every effort to find the best mattress for customers, not the most expensive." According to business representatives, studies verify that the great majority of persons spend one-third of their lives sleeping, so the proper mattress is crucial to one's health and well-being.
Priori's has a price range to meet any customer's budget. Priori noted that not having corporate and franchise overhead expenses almost always allows the store to be below competitors' pricing. The store carries all the leading manufacturers, including Sealy, Simmons, Stearns and Foster, and Tempur-Pedic.
Along with more-than-competitive pricing, the store offers free next-day delivery, free removal of old bedding, and free setup of new bedding on all sets. Priori's also provides a free financing program to customers and offers further discounts for senior citizens and for cash-and-carry transactions. Adjustable beds are on display in the showroom, and custom bedding is also an available option.
Customer service is of primary importance to Priori and his staff. "We want to make certain every customer has a bed that is the right fit for them and within their budget," he said. Thanks to Priori's 35 years of experience and the store's experienced staff, customers can be walked through the selection process.
"Next day delivery is at our customer's convenience, and our delivery team does an outstanding job of setting up the new bedding and removing the old bedding," Priori noted. The staff is also aware that, at times, customer service is required after sales. At Priori's, almost all of these services are free of charge. Priori's also assists with customers' warranty concerns and questions.
Priori welcomes new and past customers to stop in and say hello. Special anniversary savings are also available, and readers can check out the full-page ad in this week's Community Courier.
Priori's Mattress offers plenty of parking. The store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Readers can reach the business at 610-269-3736, and more information is available at www.matmutt.com.
Ephrata National Bank To Open Full-Service Office In Strasburg February 10, 2017
Ephrata National Bank (ENB) has announced that it will open a new, full-service branch office in Strasburg. The office, located at 460 Historic Drive, will replace the Loan and Deposit Production Office the bank opened at 100 Historic Drive in July 2016. This will be a temporary location that the bank will occupy while a permanent office is built at the intersection of Historic Drive and North Decatur Street. Construction for that location is tentatively scheduled to begin in June, with completion expected sometime in late 2017.
According to vice president and marketing director Craig Rodenberger, the bank's plan all along was to open a full-service location soon after opening the Loan and Deposit Production Office. "We wanted to quickly establish a presence as we believed that our brand attributes of community, stability, simplicity and consistency would resonate here," Rodenberger commented.
"We had options for building a full-service office, but it was going to take time before any came to fruition," Rodenberger explained. "The Loan and Deposit Production Office, combined with our new drive-through in Georgetown, allowed us to enter the market while we completed our final plan for moving forward. We could have remained in that office until the permanent location was built, but community feedback created an urgency to open a full-service location as soon as possible."
Leading the Strasburg team will be assistant vice president and office manager Kimberly Tillman. Joining her as financial sales associates will be Pamela Esh and Joy Short. Tellers will include Eileen Martin and Matthew Andersen. The branch will also serve as a home office for Derek Arnold, assistant vice president and commercial relationship officer, who is responsible for developing business banking relationships for ENB in southern Lancaster County.
The full-service office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, with hours expanding to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to noon. The branch can be reached at 288-3975.
Ephrata National Bank is an independent community bank with over $980 million in assets and 11 full-service locations in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties. For more information, readers may visit www.epnb.com.