May 20, 2010

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Customers flock to ‘soft’ opening of Weavers Way

More than 500 shoppers poured into the new Chestnut Hill Weavers Way on Saturday for the store’s “soft” opening. The store will have its grand opening in June. (Photo by Brian Rudnick)

Amidst the smells of fresh paint and produce, Weavers Way Co-op, 8424 Germantown Ave., opened its doors to customers on Saturday.

In what is referred to as a “soft” opening, the store saw more than 550 transactions on Saturday, and more than 700 on Sunday, according to store manager Kim Spelman-Hall.

“We had people lining the sidewalk wanting to come in days before we opened,” she said, adding that they were “blown away” by the opening.

With more than 100 new members signed up this weekend, Spelman-Hall said they were expecting this third store to expand membership quite a bit. Weavers Way Co-op also maintains stores in Mt. Airy and Ogontz.

City offers tax delinquents a discount on their debts

The City of Philadelphia kicked off a 54-day tax amnesty program May 3, giving tax delinquents a rare opportunity to clear their debts at a bargain price.

Through June 25, the city will waive 100 percent of the penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed on city taxes – from 1986 to 2009 – including wage, property and business-privilege. The program does not address sales, hospital and some hotel taxes.

After 32 years, the popular owner of The Schoolhouse in Flourtown retires

For 32 years, parents in the Flourtown area have sent their children to a The Schoolhouse in Flourtown, a pre school in a 130-year-old stone schoolhouse on East Wissahickon Avenue. Some of the parents now sending their toddlers to the school were once students.

This year, though, marks an end to an era at The Schoolhouse. Founding director Christine “Chris” DeWees announced earlier this year that she would retire in June leaving her schoolhouse to nearby Carson Valley School, which will control the venerable preschool when classes resume in the fall.


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