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On Friday, May 18th CONCERN’s Southeast Regional Office will be holding their 2nd Comedy Show Fundraiser at Chuckles Comedy at the Valley Forge Beef and Ale. Their first show, held in November, was a sold out event and this one promises to be even bigger and better than before!
I was fortunate to have attended their show in November and it was an absolute blast. I’ve been to those swanky overpriced comedy clubs that shuffle you around like cattle, and this is an excellent change of pace. The tickets are only $20 and all money raised goes to the direct benefit of foster children throughout Southeastern PA.
When we attended in November, we arrived about a half hour early and mingled with some of the comics and other patrons. The atmosphere was really laid back and everyone was so friendly. But that’s the kind of crowd one would expect from good people who go out to support a great cause on a Friday night.
Each comic presented their own unique style of comedy which kept the show flowing and the audience laughing. Before we knew it the show was over and then they started raffling off all kinds of great prizes. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend taking advantage of this local entertainment venue!
For more information or to make your reservations, please visit http://concernsoutheast.
*Sponsorships are also available for this event starting as low as $25! Please contact Rachel Acquaviva at (215) 654-1963 or (racquaviva AT concern4kids.org) for details.
Although it’s February and winter is in full swing, that shouldn’t stop you from satisfying your sweet tooth. Last week I stopped into Dairy Queen to talk to the owner and get some pictures for a new featured listing. Dairy Queen of East Norriton is open year round to help curb your cravings. I had a Butterfinger Blizzard myself, and it was delicious. I’ve already got plans to stop by one night after work to grab the Blizzard of the Month as seen in the picture above. Can’t go wrong with cherry and chocolate!
Exclusively at Ana’s Corner Store
3310 North Wales Road
East Norriton 610-279-3100
April 30th & May 1st
Noon – 7:00 PM
Today is National Pancake Day! There is still time to visit IHOP for your free short stack up until 10PM tonite. Fortunately there is an IHOP down the street from East Norriton in Blue Bell. All they ask is that you consider making a small donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and/or other local charities. This is great opportunity to grab a bite to eat for FREE and help out some really important causes. Head to IHOP tonite! If it’s too crowded to get in, and you don’t feel like waiting, be a sport and make a small donation anyways! After all that’s what it’s all about! Don’t forget to layer on some delicious syrup before you dig in! Last year IHOP raised over $2 million. Help them crush this years goal!
*UPDATE* Ana’s Corner Store is now listed as a Featured Store.
Lately I had been getting quite a few search queries for Ana’s Corner Store. Apparently it’s located on the corner of North Wales and Township Line road in East Norriton, so I set out to see what it was all about. When I got there I explained a bit about what I was up to, and ordered myself a sandwich. I got to meet Ana and we talked for a few minutes while my hoagie was being made. By the way, the hoagie was fantastic. I ordered an Italian. The roll (which I think I read was from Corropolese Bakery) was unbelievable, and the hoagie was made with capicola! Most places just throw some ham and salami on a roll and try calling it an Italian hoagie.
The store was very unique, in some sense when you walked in it felt similar to many other mini marts in the area. But then when you look around, there are several custom gourmet offerings. The tasty looking pastries in the front certainly caught my eye. Ana’s has been open just about 6 weeks.
Also next weekend: 2/26 – 2/27 at Noon on both days Ana’s father Alfio will be making his renowned Ceaser salad (he’s won several local awards)! I would say it’s worth dropping by to get a taste and support a new local business!
Ana’s Corner Store
3310 N. Wales Road
East Norriton, PA 19403
Not so long ago I grabbed a few items at the East Norriton Bottom Dollar. I failed to mention what most of those items were. I had grabbed some toilet paper, and some other odds and ends, but also felt inclined to purchase some pancake mix and syrup. For a while now I’ve been craving a pancake breakfast but just haven’t had the time. This morning I decided it was time to make a move. I found a remarkable improvised recipe for Chocolate Hazlenut Maltcakes. Luckily I had just the right kind of hot chocolate mix in the cabinet. Throw down a rose and bam! A quick serving of love for your Valentine.
As I promised a few weeks ago, I finally checked out the new Bottom Dollar Food in Northtowne Plaza. I only needed a few things and had planned to go to the Dollar Tree, but I figured this was a good chance to give Bottom Dollar a day in court. At first I was dissapointed that such a new store could have a light out already in it’s sign.
Fair enough I figured, for all I know they could have asked the leasing company that owns the strip mall about it weeks ago. I’m not gonna assume anything though, and I’ll just take it for face value. As I entered I was suprised that before me was a minitaure supermarket!
I didn’t know what to expect, but I did not expect anything like this. It was like someone took a regular supermarket, stripped away all the bullshit that you don’t need or want, and left you with everything you do!
At first I didn’t know where to go. Should I get a cart? Nah I’m tough enough to carry everything. The first thing that happened was truly miraculous and I don’t ever expect it to happen again. I grabbed a 24 pack of water of the shelf and it was ice cold! I looked around as if I was guilty of receiving such a blessing. I checked it again, my hands were not deceiving me, this water was already cold. Now, they were stocking the shelves so I have to assume that this water literally came right off the truck out of the cold Pennsylvania winter night. Now I don’t know what the odds of that happening again are, but I can tell you in all the years I’ve been buying bulk bottled water, I’ve never experienced it.
It appears that one of the methods Bottom Dollar uses to keep costs down, is by not providing free bags for your purchases. I’ve seen this before in Ireland while I was there on my honeymoon. It was at a department store called DUNNES in Ennis, Clare. Really cool store by the way. Kind of like a small super walmart, but much more upscale.
In any event bags were 5 for 25 cents or somethin like that. I also grabbed a membership card and was on my way.
Next I was heading for Church’s Chicken in Norristown to pick up some dinner. I had a coupon for a 12 piece chicken strip meal plus fries*, AND biscuits. No way I’m passing that up. It took a while though because that menu item is “cooked to order” It was fairly uneventful. Use your imagination. There was a bunch of other people standing around waiting for their cooked to order meal. It’s my understanding now that quite a few items on the menu are cooked to order. When I got home I harrassed that box of chicken and then sampled a biscuit. Thats when I decided to start working on this post. Which is just about over.
*The coupon was actually for mashed potatoes but the cashier was gracious enough to let me swap for fries.
Speaking of the 80′s how about Bunky’s BBQ! That eyesore had to sit there for what felt like decades before they put Buca in. There was definitely something wrong with the plot of land, which might explain the giant drainage ditch that now sits between it and the other shopping center. Opposite that corner was a sweet Hess station that is now an AT&T store.
Does anyone remember the cheese factory inside the Chuck E Cheese that used to be in East Norriton? It really provided unrivaled fun for children of the early 80′s. I don’t know why they shut it down. I heard stories about fire hazard and such but never got anything concrete. They even kept that Chuck E Cheese open for a while after they closed the cheese factory. I’ve never seen another cheese factory or anything like it.
Yea I know it was really called Wood’s but everyone I know called it Woody’s whether you liked it or not. Well it’s closing down. One of the ultimate fun zones for any age. First El Cancun now this, what a shame. I wonder what’s gonna happen to that golf course? I doubt new housing considering the real estate market. It would certainly make for an exciting paintball grounds, at night, with barrel tagging encouraged.
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