Roots of Revitalization

Social Change Through Action In Pottstown PA

S H A R E! by tjs March 4, 2012

Each of us “Town Square Bloggers” as part of the Mercury online community are encouraging the greater Pottstown area to drop off non-perishable items for a current food drive. Click the link below for a map that identifies centers where donations are gratefully being accepted until the Easter holiday.

Times are tough, during what seems like a never ending recession, but as far as I am concerned, if you are able bodied and of sound mind you can devote some of yourself to making Pottstown a better place. Plenty of people are unemployed and discouraged, but volunteering in a town where many complain would be a very positive step forward! A personal hero of mine, Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


A great “take initiative” program through Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is called Self-Help And Resource Exchange or (SHARE)  which fosters community and rewards volunteers with reduced grocery costs.  People who contribute time to their community, neighborhoods and schools can exchange their services for discount food prices. According to the SHARE website,  “Typically, every 2 hours of service will earn 50% off retail prices” Through this food co-op buying service participants can buy $40-$50 dollars worth of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and staples for just $20.  There are various types of packages.  Some are all meat, some all produce and some are a mix.  In the summer there are also locally produced foods sponsored by the Food Trust. There is also an extensive list of foods that can be bought in bulk at wholesale prices.”

 This program is open to everyone who is willing to work towards a better Montgomery County by offering to do something pro-active with their free time.  There are no income requirements or other restrictions.  Some of the “good deeds” that qualify volunteers for the SHARE exchange are helping an elderly neighbor, cleaning up litter in your neighborhood (WHICH POTTSTOWN DESPERATELY NEEDS), serving food at soup kitchens, helping dispense items at food cupboards, and other approved acts of kindness. 

The SHARE website explains, “This program provides a monthly food package for $15 to $20 (valued at $40-50).  The customer will also have completed two hours of good deeds in the proceeding month.  Food package types include: produce, meat specials,holiday specials and seasonal farm fresh fruits and vegetables”.


For further information on how to volunteer for reduced food rates call SHARE at: Food Resource Center
610-277-6363 x123

A full program brochure can be downloaded and printed directly from the SHARE website:–20/search–share/serviceid–65/

 Please consider joining the SHARE movement and do so thinking of the words of  Eleanor Roosevelt:

 ” When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”


Cowgirls, Cupcakes, & Couscous! by tjs February 7, 2012

Meet and Greet Hostesses, Terrie Uba and Jin Williams


The evening of Monday, February 6th, Jin Williams professional

business networker and fundraiser from The Referralist, along with

Terrie Uba owner and stylist of T&N Hair  Saloon, hosted a meet

and greet at the salon located at 1220 N. Hanover St., Pottstown,

PA 19464. Phone: 610-970-1606 Open Tuesday through Saturday,

call T&N Hair Saloon for an appointment or business hours. 

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Jin Williams with Nor of Bistro 137

Jin Williams with Nor of Bistro 137

This quaint western themed salon is tastefully decorated with

leather couches, complimented with cow hide pillows, and

antiquated cowgirl art. A unisex salon providing services for

cowgirls and cowboys alike! Little cowpoke (child) hair care

services also available.

Stylists of TN Hair Saloon, Terrie Uba pictured at far right.

Stylists of TN Hair Saloon, Terrie Uba pictured at far right.

Terrie Uba stated that at “T&N Hair Saloon we are here to achieve

the highest possible standards in all that we do. To help clients

achieve their most aspiring expectations. We prioritize competitive

pricing,  long term relationships, and total customer satisfaction.”

Meet and Greet Guests

Guests visit at the Meet and Greet

Guests visit at the Meet and Greet

Guests that attended the event were treated to free goody bags

filled with beauty samples, T&N coupons, and pampered with

mini chair massages. The nearly thirty guests in attendance also

had the opportunity to meet with T&N  stylists and discuss hair,

nail, waxing, facial, cosmetic, and product options.

Mediterranean Refreshments provided by Bistro 137

Mediterranean Refreshments provided by Bistro 137

Complimentary wine and Mediterranean cuisine samples were

served by Nor Sacli Basol of  High Street’s, Bistro 137. 


Cupcakes provided by Milkman Lunch Company

Cupcakes provided by Milkman Lunch Company

Mini tastings of ‘Jinny Von Cupcakes’ were sold along with raffle

tickets for a free T&N Hair Saloon make over, the proceeds

benefiting the multiple scolerosis foundation.

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Von Cupcakes” were prepared by artisan baker Sam Rhame of

Milkman Lunch Company, another growing Pottstown business

located at 451 North Charlotte Street.

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Lisa Futcho-Tucci jewelry merchandiser

Lisa Futcho-Tucci jewelry merchandiser

Lisa Futcho-Tucci an Independent Designer at Origami Owl Living

Lockets was also present, taking necklace orders and showing off

this latest fashionable jewelry trend.

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This fun event was insight into various culinary, massage

therapy, jewelry, and spa salon services that are available to

residents living in Pottstown. Please click a hyperlink to learn

more about any of these locally owned businesses, and remember

to patronize small town America!




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2228 Welsh Drive, Pottstown, PA
Pottstown, PA 19464

“Keeping The Tradition of Customer Service Excellence Alive “

If someone had told me that I would start my own business when I turned fifty I would have told them that they were crazy! Striking the balance between being a wife and mother and having two full time careers has its challenges but has proven to be very fulfilling. I have been in the business of event planning for the past 14 years so I have gotten accustomed to shifting gears at a moments notice to meet the needs of my customers”, states Joann Minner.

Joann Minner of 513 Entertainment

The inspiration for professional perfection is driven by the spirit of my parents who were business owners themselves. As owners of Frisco Press Printers of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, my parents instilled a strong work ethic in all of their children. I was able to see first-hand how hard work and exemplary service is the key to customer satisfaction and loyalty. I can still see my parents working side by side, seven days a week to meet their production deadlines. Being part of that environment has taught me valuable lessons about the responsibilities of being a business owner. I named my business 513 Entertainment in their memory. 513 was their lucky number and I’m hoping it will bring that same luck to my business.”

513 Entertainment provides top notch entertainment for all occasions. They offer musical talent including live bands, disc jockey services, solo performers, acoustic performers and harpists. Their entertainers offer a wide variety of genres and performance styles.

Ken and Rick, musicians managed by 513!

Ken and Rick, musicians managed by 513!

513 Entertainment offers a wide variety of performance professionals capable of transforming your social gathering into a delightful experience for guests of any age.  The company enlists the talent of artists such as The Magical Illusions of Kyle and Kelly of Pottstown – strolling or stationary magicians, henna and glitter tattoo artists, face painters, caricature artists, costumed stilt walkers, balloon twisters, 14th generation palm/hair readers, baby bump artists , costumed angels and tarot card readers . Many of their talented professionals have upwards of thirty years experience at their craft.

As a part of their extensive roster of performers, 513 also provides equipment rentals such as photo booths, popcorn carts, fully staffed water ice stations and much more.

Packages can be custom designed to fit your entertainment needs and price range. Allow Joann to assist you in designing a theme for your celebration. Whether you are planning a Backyard BBQ. Super Sweet Sixteen Party, Fundraiser, Township/Municipal event or Corporate Function, her performers will add that special touch to any social gathering.

513 Entertainent has had the pleasure of providing musical talent to many local establishments such as the Elk’s Club, the Quiot Club, The Lower Pottsgrove Sportsman’s Club, Ron’s Crooked Hill Tavern and The Sand Trap just to name a few. Additionally, in the summer of 2011, 513 had the pleasure of providing staffing for The Variety Club of Philadelphia/Campisi Financial annual fundraiser.

513 Entertainment of Pottstown, Pennsylvania is a full service entertainment staffing agency eager to provide it’s customers with only the best performance professionals in the business today.  Joann Minner looks forward to working with you and continuing a family tradition of service excellence.

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