Guild Hall Brewing Company Launches a Kickstarter

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Guild Hall Brewing Company, a brewpub opening in Jenkintown, has launched a kickstarter. Set to open in Fall 2014, the brewery is looking for your help to complete their vision.

Without impairing the beer, food, sustainable operations and wages for the staff, head brewer Owen Hutchins had to make some budget cuts. “We had to cut something. We had to cut the design,” Hutchins said.

And this is where you come in. The brewery is looking for donations to make the transformation complete. Donations will go towards the design elements of the brewery. With a goal of $25,000 and 29 days to go, there’s still time for you to make an impact. And depending on how much you donate, expect some prizes – have you ever wanted to name your own beer? – to come your way.

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Back on the Market: Jenkintown’s Jaw-Dropping Borie Estate

We were surprised last summer when the Borie Estate made only its fourth appearance on the market in 200 years. We’re even more surprised that the sprawling estate didn’t sell and is back on the market again after a hiatus that began last January.

Perhaps it’s that the original owner – Charles Louis Borie, a chief architect for the Philadelphia Museum of Art — is back in the news (well, sort of). We can’t help but wonder how Borie would judge the latest plans for the museum. Our pat opinion on design issues tends to be if it’s good enough for Inga, it’s good enough for us. But then, it was Borie’s vision of an “acropolis-like” museum on a hill that gave us our current design, so we can’t be sure what he’d think of street-level entrances. Read more »

Jenkintown Cops Raise $5K to Help Save Sick K-9

furman NBC 10 reports donations are “pouring in” to the Jenkintown Police Department to help pay for an operation their department’s K-9 dog, Rocky, recently had.

The dog was rushed to Penn Vet Hospital on March 29 after coughing up blood; the surgery and continuing care for Rocky could cost as much as $8,000. Montgomery County DA Rita Furman (in the photo with Rocky) posted the fundraiser flier to her Facebook page over the weekend, NBC 10 reported on it and now they’ve collected about $5,000.

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Bobby Rydell and Bruce Toll Put Houses on the Market Simultaneously, Of Course

It’s as if they’ve lived parallel lives, Robert Ridarelli and Bruce Toll. They both founded empires based on their names (Bobby Rydell; Toll Brothers) in the 1960s. Rydell was a teen idol with hits like “Volare” and “Wild One.” Toll Brothers was a real estate idol with hits like America’s Best Builder and National Builder of the Year. Bobby Rydell starred in a film. Toll Brothers starred in a film. They both called the Philadelphia area home. A lifetime of synergies.

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Kings Corner Public House Opens In Jenkintown

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“Ye cometh hungry, ye cometh thirsty, ye cometh primed for soccer, ye will have a great time.”

That’s what they promise, and they’re sticking to it. There’s a new English soccer pub in Jenkintown called the Kings Corner Public House, and they’ve created quite the atmosphere for the avid soccer fan, the avid foodie, and the avid beer snob. They’ve created a menu that boasts pub classics like fish and chips (their house specialty), bangers, shepherd’s pie, lamb stew, rabbit stew, and even venison. All of that, a full bar, 12 drafts, 80 bottled beers from around the world, and a Happy Hour between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., there’s nothing not to like.

Unless you don’t like soccer. And if that’s the case, there’s beer for that.

Kings Corner Public House [Official Site]

Want to be Bradley Cooper’s Neighbor? Homes for Sale in Jenkintown

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Ok, maybe not Bradley Cooper, but how about his mom? Cooper comes from the tiny borough of Jenkintown, just outside Philadelphia in Montgomery County, and from time to time, the Oscar nominee can be seen at local haunts like the West Avenue Grill. So why not consider looking at homes for sale in Jenkintown?

While Cooper is a nice draw, Jenkintown has plenty of other neighborhood appeals. For starters, it’s a hub for Septa regional rail (three lines stop there on their way into Center City), or if you need to drive, it’s a quick shot downtown. It offers a mix of single-family dwellings, rowhomes and condos, and many of the older homes ooze charm with their original finishings. It’s definitely a walkable community with a quaint commercial district that’s home to the historic movie theater, The Hiway, known for showing artsy, independent films. And the school district is excellent.

Jenkintown is also appealing to residents who like a tightknit community, with the requisite farmer’s market, as well as seasonal festivities and events. And, of course, Bradley Cooper.

Homes for Sale in Jenkintown

1456 Hampton Road, Jenkintown 19046
Homes for sale in JenkintownPrice: $1,125,000
Bedrooms: 7
Baths: 4 full, 3 half
MLS: 6157774

 

 

416 Vernon Road Jenkintown 19046
Homes for Sale in JenkintownPrice: $725,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bath: 3 full, 2 half
MLS: 6177936

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Team Gets the Brad Pitt Boot for Abscam Movie

World War Z, that Brad Pitt movie no one saw, was set in Philadelphia and was going to be filmed in Philadelphia, which is always a boon for the city, whether on the jobs front or on the HughE Dillon front. But the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania torpedoed the project by dilly-dallying on the tax break so the filmmakers took the movie to Glasgow where a fake Philadelphia was created, and no one here got to stalk Brad Pitt.

Now it’s happening again. David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook, is making a movie about the Abscam scandal, which even more than Silver Linings, merits a Philadelphia film set. The story of corruption that involved Philadelphia politicians, Russell’s Abscam movie will star Bradley Cooper, formerly of Jenkintown, and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. From NewsWorks:

The state of Pennsylvania will not offer the filmmakers tax credits to the tune of $4 million as requested. The state has an annual film tax credit cap of $60 million, and it has already reached that limit.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development did offer the filmmakers a partial tax credit, conditional on future budget negotiations. The filmmakers declined the offer.

Sharon Pinkenson’s response? “A conditional commitment means they will conditionally make a movie, meaning they won’t.” You tell ’em.