(610) 369-3054
3 E. Philadelphia Ave.
Boyertown, Pa 19512

Welcome to Building a Better Boyertown

Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) is a non-profit organization formed in 2002. Boyertown, PA is a Main Street Community, received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and private donors to focus on downtown revitalization.

BBB staff and volunteers develop and accomplish tasks that maintain Boyertown’s historical heritage, promote downtown Boyertown and attract people to the community. They concentrate on business recruitment and retention and on providing technical assistance and grant opportunities for property and business owners in the Main Street District to make facade improvements enhancing the town's Victorian architecture.

Overall, Boyertown's approach to revitalization is comprehensive in nature. We are always looking for fresh faces and ideas to help us achieve our goals. Come join us, and the fun!

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CONTACT:
Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club
Danelle Matlack, member
dmatlack15@aol.com
215.964.7712

Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club
Masters the Art of Giving

PHOTO 1: Susan Lopez, director of Boyertown Community Library, accepts donation in the amount of $1,000 from BJWC club member Jane Prutzman.library donation

PHOTO 2: On a rainy day, Nathaniel Guest gathered all of the Colebrookdale Railroad volunteers for a picture as they accept a $500 donation from Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club.colebrookdale-railroad-donation

[Boyertown, Pa- October, 2016] –
It would be a challenge to find a group as dedicated to our local community as those women of the Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club. BJWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. Currently the club has 26 members who not only give their time but also their talents for the betterment of Boyertown and the surrounding area.

Each September BJWC gathers for their welcome back meeting. The club year runs from September through May. September is not only a time to look ahead but also to reflect back on the previous club year. During the summer BJWC was able to make a number of donations thanks to the funds they raised during the previous club year. A total of $3,000 was given in community donations.

Notable donations include a $1,000 donation to the Boyertown Community Library to help support their programs. A $200 donation was made to the Historical Society of Boyertown for their building and educational programs. Another donation in the amount of $500 was accepted by Nathaniel Guest of Colebrookdale Railroad. These funds will go to help with children’s programs and allow those who are not able to afford the programs, the chance to participate.

Yet another donation in the amount of $400 was made to David Boyer of “The Growing Center”. The center is a horticultural therapy center with a mobile therapy program. The mobile therapy program visits various nursing homes and rehab centers and uses live plants and horticultural activities to improve a person’s mental, physical and spiritual aspects of life.

BJWC also supported “Save the Town Clock” with a donation of $200 to help preserve a piece of Boyertown history. Finally, two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to graduating Boyertown high school seniors Jordan Shustack and Jaime Wagner to support their continuing education.

“We could not be more proud of the contributions we made this past club year,” said Anita Zuber, Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club president. “As members of the Boyertown community, we want the town we live in to thrive and we work hard to make these donations possible with various fundraisers. We also give many hours of our personal time to support community events and our own club events, such as Once Upon a Prom. We are always looking for new members to join us. We work hard, but we also have a lot of fun.”

We invite those interested in joining BJWC’s volunteer efforts to our upcoming meeting on Monday, November 14th at 7 p.m. at the Multi-Service (200 West Spring Street, Boyertown). For more information about BJWC, visit our Facebook page GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Boyertown or contact Anita Zuber, BJWC President at 610-858-1351.

The Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club is comprised of a group of dedicated women who volunteer their time and talents to enrich the Boyertown area and beyond with projects benefiting our youth and those in need.  BJWC organization is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations.

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SB_logoSoups, sandwiches, chowder and MORE! Check out the offerings at Sweet Beginnings this week…DOWNLOAD THE MENU

revampedOn Friday October 14th, 2016 a ribbon cutting was held for the grand opening of Revamped Salon in downtown Boyertown.  Hosted by Building A Better Boyertown and the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, the ribbon cutting event is part of the organizations strategy in supporting local business.

Revamped Salon is a new business to Boyertown and we are excited for their new business in the Boyertown district located at 119 E. Philadelphia Ave.

tricountyResponding to area business owners’ needs to encourage customers to shop locally, the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce outlined a new program Wednesday at its annual Economic Development Luncheon.  Called “Shop TriCounty,” the new program will offer discount cards to chamber company employees and members of the
community that will be valid at participating chamber businesses.  “Shop TriCounty will connect local businesses to the community by encouraging people who live and work in the tri-county region to patronize local business, take advantage of a great deal and encourage repeat business by using the card,” Jennifer O’Donnell, TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce member relations director, said during the luncheon.

“There is definitely a need for a program like this,” O’Donnell added. “After speaking with many of our local
businesses, we understand that they need more support to encourage consumers to buy locally.”

Shop TriCounty is a collaborative effort between the chamber and Pottstown CARES, which is a partnership
between the Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown School District and The Hill School. Student leaders of
Pottstown Cares — Mya Longacre of The Hill School and Lenea Crawford of Pottstown High School —
joined O’Donnell for the announcement, along with Katie Scanlan, High Meadows Chair of Sustainability at
The Hill School.  DOWNLOAD THE ARTICLE

DOWNLOAD Shop TriCounty Fact Sheet – October 2016
DOWNLOAD Shop TriCounty Brochure and Application_October 2016
DOWNLOAD Membership Contract 2016-2017

peppermint2Congratulations to The Peppermint Stick Candy Store on their ribbon cutting ceremony, held on October 14th at their new location at 26 E. Philadelphia Avenue.  Haven’t been there yet?? Stop by for holiday candy, ice cream (it’s NEVER too cold for hand-dipped ice cream :) ) and decadent chocolates.

trunkortreatexternal2016Hosted by St John’s Lutheran & Good Shepherd UCC Churches

All kids are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes and “trunk or treat” around the shared parking lot of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ (35 W Philadelphia Ave) and St John’s Lutheran Church (45 N Reading Ave) on Saturday October 22nd from 3pm to 5pm. Come enjoy trick or treating before the Halloween Parade in a safe and welcoming environment! Grab a bite to eat and play some games too.

Rain date: Oct 23rd from 3pm to 5pm

chillin-ad1st Saturday of December Chillin’ on Main, December 3, 2016, 11am to 2 pm

Join Building a Better Boyertown for Santa’s arrival for Chillin’ on Main scheduled on Saturday December 3rd, from 11am to 2pm, for a day of family activities right on Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown. (Philadelphia Avenue will be closed from Reading Avenue to Washington Street 10am-3pm).

Once again Santa and Characters will be arriving on East Philadelphia Avenue at 11 am. Listen for the train whistle and watch as Santa arrives from the North pole, via the Colebrookdale Railroad to be dropped off right on East Philadelphia Avenue. Be sure to come early to get in line for your free sitting with Santa and receive a free 4” x 6”color photograph by a professional photographer.

Don’t miss Santa’s workshop, games, crafts, and activities provided by participating local businesses, and non-profits on your favorite Main Street. We have music being provided by the Boyertown Alumni Band for Santa’s arrival and also a DJ to provide holiday music and announcements during the event. Holiday dancers will be performing and there will be reindeer food give-a-ways provided by the Boyertown Community Library, hot chocolate brought to you by the Salvation Army and of course lots of cookies to be handed out by the volunteers of Building A Better Boyertown.

Please consider sponsoring the event so that we can continue to provide a fun Santa celebration each year.  If you have any questions or would like to participate in sponsoring this event, please contact Building A Better Boyertown office at 610.369.3054 or promotions@boyertownpa.org

taylorbackes29TH annual Open House   Nov. 25 – Dec. 23  Come in, warm up, enjoy refreshments, watch glassblowing.  Keep your eye out in upcoming news about our 2016 holiday decoration.

crowdfundingImportant SCORE Seminar on Crowdfunding
The fastest growing source of funds in the world.

The SCORE TriCounty chapter will present a seminar, “Crowdfunding – the what and how” on October 24th at the Royersford Free Public Library, 200 S 4th Ave, Royersford, PA 19468, from 6:15 to 7:45 PM. Register at www.tricounty.score.org/localworkshops

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. But, how do you, the entrepreneur or business owner, take advantage of this method of funding your business? This seminar will cover the types of crowdfunding avenues, the process for seeking and obtaining funds through crowdfunding, some best practices and some of the portals that to use in a crowdfunding campaign.  DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

cardmakingCard Making with Cindy Williams
Thursday Oct 13th 6pm-8pm
The STUDIO at Dancing Tree, 220 S. Reading Ave (Rte 562), Boyertown, PA 19512
Learn how to make beautiful homemade cards utilizing different techniques such as embossing, sponging and distressing. Card designs will vary and each participant will go home one each of Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as a simple gift card holder.
Registration will be $10.
Artist and Materials Fee of $20 will be payable directly to the artist the evening of the event.
Bring your own beverage – we’ll supply the snacks.
Participants will receive 10% discount on all of Cindy’s work the day of the class.

cookingCooking Demo/Lunch with Linda Rohrbach-Austerberry
Saturday Oct 15th 11am-2pm
Back room of the Gallery, 220 S. Reading Ave (Rte 562), Boyertown, PA 19512
Linda cooks up some fun in her “fun”ctional handcrafted stoneware. Enjoy a scrumptious array of food she makes in her hand thrown pottery while learning more about her craft.
Registration will be $10.
Artist and Materials Fee of $25 will be payable directly to the artist the afternoon of the event.
Bring your own beverage if you want something special. We will have wine, water, lemonade and coffee available.
Participants will receive a 10% discount on any piece of Linda’s purchased or order the day of the event.