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Elfant Wissahickon to move to the Hill

The former Reese Pharmacy building at 8039 Germantown Ave. will soon have a new owner after an 11-month vacancy.

Elfant Wissahickon has hashed out an agreement of sale with owner Stephen Reses, who abruptly closed the pharmacy in November, according to Robert J. Elfant, president of real-estate firm, but the deal has not been finalized.

Teenagers Inc. to present 15th Annual Ghost Walk

Are you looking for a spooktacular experience to this Halloween? Come to the Chestnut Hill Ghost Walk on Saturday, Oct.24. Four eerie storytellers will tell spellbinding tales outside of the haunted-looking old homes and churches on the Hill. You will be guided down dark scary lanes by lantern-bearing ghouls and goblins.

Storytellers include:

• Annie Hart, a dynamic story artist who has traveled around the world and been featured on TV, radio and at conferences. Hart shares stories on her weekly story radio show and was recently chosen to be one of 40 international story experts for her blog, Stories Change the World. She works as a trainer, coach and business consultant and has a great passion for changing people’s lives, and she brings her humor, daring and boldness to everything she does. She will be telling her original story “Halloweenie” inspired by her fierce little 10-pound dachshund.

Stagecrafters gets grant for window repairs

How much would you expect to pay for 28 new windows? For most of us, considerably less than the $70,000 recently spent to restore and replace the windows in The Stagecrafters’ Colonial-era headquarters at 8132-34 Germantown Avenue.

The work was paid for by a grant from the City-wide Capital Grants Fund for Cultural Institutions, designed to spur economic development through the support of local arts organizations. It was awarded to the 81-year-old Chestnut Hill institution – one of the very few theaters in Philadelphia to be so honored – in recognition of its contributions to the cultural life of Philadelphia over the past eight decades.

In making the award, the city chose window replacement from among a long list of capital improvement projects proposed by the theater.

New Mt. Airy shop offers a line of electric bikes

PHEW saleswoman Marie Dilsizian poses on one of PHEW’s electric bikes. Dilsizian, a Mt. Airy resident for more than 30 years, is originally from Paris, France where she said “electric bikes have been around forever.” (Photo by Jennifer Katz)

It could be considered a good omen that PHEW, the first and only electric bike retail shop in the tri-state area, opened its doors at Carpenter Lane and Greene Street in Mt. Airy on Oct. 15 in the same week that both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Associated Press ran articles on this increasingly popular mode of transportation 

The small shop, across the street from the Weavers Way Co-op market, features a dozen or so electric-assist bikes that enable riders to pedal with much less effort.

Owner Afshin Kaighobady, originally from Iran, moved to Mt. Airy, where he has been working as a handyman, 30 years ago. The idea to sell electric bikes came to him after his wife, Meenal Raval, bought one to help her get around.



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