Positively Pottstown calendar is back up!

The Positively Pottstown calendar of Christmas concerts, performances, historical events, happy hours, craft and bake sales, and much more is here to help you plan your holiday shopping and entertainment!

Fun for the whole family starts with the Twelfth Night tours, which begin today at Pottsgrove Manor and continue until January 8th during regular museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 am to 4 pm; Sun. 1 to 4 pm

Get your gift-buying underway with a shopping march set for downtown Pottstown tomorrow (meet at Bistro 137, 137 E. High Street.) And take advantage of Sunday shopping as Pottstown offers another “Super Sunday” this Sunday, with free, fun activities for the kids at the Farmers’ Market.

Over the next 24 hours, I’ll be putting up several posts to let you know, or remind you, of all that Pottstown’s restaurants, retailers, and arts venues have to offer this holiday season. Stay tuned!

LointerHOME’s latest restoration: 426 King Street, Pottstown

 Last week I was thrilled to attend LointerHOME‘s open house at 426 King Street to see how Amanda and Cristian DeSeta have returned this stunning Victorian to its original grandeur and added the  modern amenities that today’s homebuyers are looking for. Like their previous Pottstown projects on King Street and at 467 Farmington Avenue, they have once again used quality craftsmanship and an attention to detail that brings out the best of the old and new.

Here are the particulars: 111 years young, almost 4000 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 2 full, 2 powder baths, original hardwood floors and all new appliances, with an asking price of $168,512. The sellers are offering 3% seller’s assist, paying closing costs, a 1-year home warranty, and inspections to be completed before an offer is made – all this to allow a stress-free purchase.

Work has already begun on 424 King Street, where the DeSetas will locate their headquarters. LointerHOME has ongoing restoration projects in Florida and California.

If you would like more information or to schedule a visit to 426 King Street, contact the listing agent, Lori Vanderbilt at Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

Lori Vanderbilt
direct: 610.489.7700
cell: 484.889.6234

The beautiful photos here were taken by Betsy Barron Fine Photography.

PAID hires Steven Bamford as executive director

Earlier today an article in The Mercury‘s online business section announced the hiring of Steven Bamford by PAID, Inc. to serve as the first executive director of the revamped economic development entity responsible for Pottstown’s revitalization. Roy’s Rants writes that Mr. Bamford’s first day will be November 10th. Mr. Bamford brings more than 20 years of economic development experience to the position. There is much work to be done, and it’s a relief and very welcome news to hear that Pottstown has got someone with his credentials working on its behalf.  Welcome aboard!

Please RSVP now for this Friday’s Happy Hour!

Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour

Where: The Farmers’ Market, 300 High Street

When: Friday, October 14 from 5 to 7:30 PM

Meet new friends and old at the 1st Anniversary of the Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour!

It’s hard to believe it was last October that the first Happy Hour was held at the PDIDA office. We’ve been all over High & Hanover Streets since then, featuring the organizations, businesses and people that make Pottstown THE place to be!

Enjoy the company of friends, neighbors and colleagues AND sample tasty treats from the vendors in the NEW Farmers’ Market! 

The cover charge remains an unbeatable $5.

RSVP to positivelypottstown@gmail.com. 

If your Pottstown business or organization would like to host a future Happy Hour, please get in touch. We are now booking events in 2012.

Carousel of Flavor & Murder Mystery Theater in downtown Pottstown today!

The region’s premier food festival – Carousel of Flavor – is taking place from noon to 4 pm in downtown Pottstown today. Last year over 4,000 people attended.

Head over to the 100 block of High Street and Smith Plaza in front of Borough Hall for food from local restaurants and caterers. There will be an expanded wine and beer garden so you can get mellow while enjoying music from 3 live bands, crafters, great food, friends, this absolutely gorgeous fall weather and, yes, even a clown. I’m getting there early to get some of Grumpy’s chowder – I heard it was a huge hit last year. Here’s a sampling of some other vendors… Tornetta’s, Bause-Landry Catering, Craft Ale House of Limerick, The Pour House…

Keep the fun going on your day of rest and walk a couple blocks to 245 High Street by 3 pm for the start of TriPAC’s production of  A Brush with Death: The Flossing of Chester Basil. It runs this weekend only so this is your last chance to catch this murder mystery that’s sure to be an interactive adventure for the whole family!

Pottstown’s 2nd Annual Open Doors set for Saturday, Sept. 10th


Penn Street skateboarders

 Pottstown will literally open its doors to the community this Saturday, September 10th for a cornucopia of commemorations, demonstrations, displays, games, trolley rides, give-aways and more.

Come to downtown Pottstown for events from 11 am – 2 pm. The opening ceremony will feature the Pottstown Middle School Jazz Band at Smith Plaza at 11 am.

Afterwards, you can stroll around town and stop in at the Public Library, Tri-PAC, The Gallery on High, Pottsgrove Manor, The Carousel, Pottstown Karate Club, High Street Music, Farmers’ Market, Genesis Housing, MOSAIC Community Land Trust, PDIDA and the Hill School Art Gallery, to name just a few. There are all the restaurants and merchants too!

Then… Go to Pottstown High School from 2-5pm for more activities, food and fun. There will be over 30 organizational informational tables, displays of police, fire and military equipment, free entertainment, free food, a display of classic cars.

At 7 pm, the varsity football team will take on Pennwood (admission will be charged.)

Check out a more detailed, tentative schedule recently posted by Pottstown.Patch.com. And you can also find out about all the activities by checking out The Mercury’s new Open Doors blog. Last year’s Open Doors was a remarkably positive day for the entire community, and that spirit carried over to many events throughout the past year. Thanks to the many, many volunteers – being led by John Armato and Erika Hornburg-Cooper – who make this day possible.

County’s Small Business Assistance Fund seeks to retain/expand jobs

Mr. Ken Klothen, Director of Economic Development for Montgomery County will be meeting tomorrow with members of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce and facilitating a seminar on the County’s Small Business Assistance Fund (SBAF). Downtown business owners have also been invited to attend.

The Small Business Assistance Fund is intended to help businesses retain jobs, expand jobs or begin operations, especially in central business districts. The program will provide low-interest financing for a portion of the costs of land, building, capital equipment, and working capital to businesses unable to fully finance these costs through non-public, commercial sources.

For more information, see the County webpage here and contact: 

Ken Klothen, Director of Economic Development

Crafters wanted for Super Sundays

Do you have a hobby or a craft where you make something that you’d like to sell to the world? Check out this Crafter Call!

Pottstown’s Downtown Improvement District Authority, also known as PDIDA (puh-dee-da), is holding four Super Sundays throughout the fall/early winter to attract shoppers to new and long-standing businesses downtown. They are looking for crafters who want to set up a table and sell their stuff.

Dates are:  Sept. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 

12 noon to 4PM

Contact Sheila Dugan for details at 610 310-9339 
$10 entry fee per event or $25 for all.  

 Free your inner artist and make some $$, too!



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