"I'm attempting to constantly create food that is original." -Kurt Wewer Kurt Wewer, head chef for The Garlic Poet and Grain + Verse Bottlehouse is doing just that at both restaurants here in New Cumberland. Kurt came into the then closed restaurant at the hotel and wanted to completely start over. He began with rearranging the kitchen so that he could make everything from scratch. He was already making his own beer and cheeses at home and wanted to bring that creativity to the Garlic Poet. Kurt really likes to cook and create food that no one has ever had and prides himself on using quality ingredients that are locally sourced. He launched the Garlic Poet's new menu in October of 2013 on wooden boards that he made himself. Many great reviews started to pour in regarding the quality of the food as well as the creativity in the execution of each dish.
With the success of the Garlic Poet, Kurt and his team began to think about expanding with the space next door. After a year of planning and a lot of hard work The Grain and Verse Bottlehouse was born. In the past Kurt had run a pizza shop and wanted to create a menu with gourmet pizza and calzones again with quality ingredients that were locally sourced and make the dough from scratch. Diners love the casual feel and the fact that you can pick from a selection of 200 plus beers and try a new take on a pizza or calzone. Also, they have live music and have started "Beer Wednesdays" where they have a featured beer.
So next time you are looking for a place in the area to eat look no further than the Garlic Poet and The Grain and Verse Bottlehouse where you will enjoy a a truly unique dining experience.
The first thing you notice when you enter The Loft Eatery is a sign that says "Love What You Do". Jennifer Stretch and her Mother Mary Jane Werley truly do love their restaurant and it shows. The ladies have been in the restaurant business in some capacity for many years. In 2009 they bought a food truck together and served lunches from it. Their homemade recipes were a big hit as they would park it throughout Harrisburg. They then decided to sell the truck and went back to working at various restaurants. One day, years later, Jennifer saw an ad on Craigslist for an empty restaurant space that had all of the kitchen equipment included.
In October 2014, the ladies got started on making a place that was "warm and homey" and would use their family recipes. In the beginning, they catered for Gray Water Ops before they even opened for business officially. They had just 3 days to clean up the restaurant and get all of the equipment ready to use just to do the catering. The ladies' motto is "do whatever it takes, do whatever has to be done " and they did. Afterwards, all of the guests asked "When are you guys opening?" because they loved the food so much.
Some of their bestselling recipes include: apple dumplings and meatloaf, along with the "Doughboy" sandwich at breakfast. Mary Jane and Jennifer wanted to take their family recipes and "modernize them to keep up with the trends" in the restaurant business.
New Cumberland has welcomed them very well and now the ladies look forward to becoming a big part of the community. They joined the small business associate group and are doing a presentation at the New Cumberland Business monthly meeting. The restaurant has rooftop dining and the dining room can be rented out for private parties. Also, the ladies enjoy catering lunches and customize the menu for each order. The Loft Eatery is a restaurant where you will get delicious food along with great service from people that truly love what they do.
(The Loft Eatery is located at : 321 Bridge St.,2nd Floor, New Cumberland, PA 17070)
Mangia in Italian means "so, eat!!" and that is exactly what you will want to do when visiting Fratelli's Towne Tavern. You will only find the freshest Italian dishes made from family recipes passed down over the years.From Italian Wedding Soup to their House Special of "Sunday Gravy" everything is made with pride. At the bar there is homemade Sangria made every day before guests arrive. The family takes great lengths to keep everything clean and four of the family members work in the kitchen and at the bar as well. In October 2014 they opened their doors for the first time after about 4 months of renovations.
Aside from the dining room the bar area is all brand new with 17 tv's to watch sports and enjoy nightly events. Monday through Friday Happy Hour runs from 5-7 with great drink specials. Tuesday and Friday they have a DJ with Karaoke, Wednesday is Trivia night and they host bands on Saturday night. Upstairs is a banquet room that can house 35-50 guests, has its own bar and staff is very accomodating from the linen colors to the menu to make the event special. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11-5.
Jessica Brooks started her love for baking years ago when her Grandmother began teaching her and sharing recipes with her. Her creative talents that came from a background in graphic design propelled her to begin baking cakes at home for family and friends. Word of mouth started to travel and it became time to move the baking out of her home. In February 2013 she opened Ladybug Baking Company in the heart of York City where I personally enjoyed some of her lunch menu choices with my co-workers. After a while she decided she wanted "smaller everything" and had ties to New Cumberland through her Aunt and knew it had the small town feel she was hoping for. She began looking for a space in New Cumberland and Ladybug Baking Company opened its doors here on August 10, 2014.
Once settled here she decided to add some new menu items such as smoothies, frozen frappes, pies, and quiches. At Ladybug there are also Gluten Free options and there is a willingness to work with any food allergy/special diet needs. Also Jessica will be partnering with the VFW for Thanksgiving and donating pumpkin pies for the free meal they host annually.
Since moving to her new space here Jessica has noticed that her cakes have really taken off - especially her wedding cakes. She loves the cakes that are very crazy/different and really tap into her creative talents. She is willing to work with any bride's budget and her favorite cake (so far) that she has ever made was Alice In Wonderland themed. When asked about what she thought about her new home in New Cumberland she summed it up in two words: "very welcoming". For my last question I asked where the name Ladybug Baking Company came from and she answered by saying: "my nickname is Ladybug". With that name comes a place where you can find delicious breakfast and lunch options and of course fresh baked goodness.
For those of you that know me my morning cup of coffee is something I take very seriously. James and Victoria Weiser have also been taking coffee very seriously since 2000. Vickie's father approached her once he noticed the coffee shop was for sale across the street and the rest is brewed in history. Over the first six years the business grew mostly due to the fact that it was the only coffee house with a drive thru in the area. As business grew it was not all smooth sailing due to major road construction on Bridge St., caused people to be re routed away from the shop. About eight years ago they renovated to add another seating area in the back and also added the full kitchen and as Vickie stated: "Business has grown with me."
And grow it did - they began to start having regular customers either coming into the shop or getting their coffee at the drive thru. These regular coffee drinkers have become close friends and like family over time. Many of the staff members started as high school students, worked through college, and came back over their summer breaks. Vickie realizes how fortunate she has been to have a lack of staff turnover over the years and they have all become very close.
James and Vickie give back to the community as much as they can. They met Connie and Hank Angus (founders of Hope Express) through the coffee shop and help them raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund was developed for children diagnosed with Pediatric Cancer. Mickey Minnich (who started Vickie's Angel Foundation) was a regular through the drive thru and was asking small businesses for aid in starting his charity. The Weiser's gladly became involved with donating and getting the word out about Vickie's Angel Foundation as well which assists people with cancer and their medical expenses.
This year will bring some change to Bridge Street Coffee House as James and Vickie begin transitioning the business to be run by their niece Laurel. Laurel was a pastry chef at The Hotel Hershey and has a lot of fresh ideas to bring to the table. Even though James and Vickie are not stepping away from the business just yet, Vickie says - "I am just excited to get to sleep in". And while excited about the extra rest she will be sad to not be able to see everyone getting their morning cup of coffee.
A cinematic icon....the West Shore Theatre has been a part of my life since I was little. I immediately was taken back to my childhood when I stepped into the theater to meet with Fred Bollen who is the current owner of the theatre. The smell of popcorn and the original architecture of the theater brought me right back to the time when my grandparents would bring me to see movies like E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark in a single theatre setting versus a multiplex cinema (which didn't exist when I was little).
In December 1986, Fred Bollen bought the West Shore Theatre from the original owners after a discussion with friends on a local motorcycle ride. Little did Fred know that the theatre would take on such an iconic status over the years as one of the only locally owned and managed theaters in the area with such a rich history. The theatre opened in 1940 and Fred is only the second owner who would bring it into the current day.
Bringing the theatre into modern times would be a challenge for the small venue as the digital upgrade would cost over 100 thousand dollars. The community of New Cumberland pulled together and so began the campaign to save the theatre so they could move forward and not have to close. As a result, the theatre now boasts 7.1 sound with 4 different channel surround as well as 4K pixels which his higher than HD TV currently.
With the digital upgrade he realized he would have to raise ticket prices to 3 dollars on Tuesdays, 4.50 the rest of the week and 5 dollars on Friday and Saturday. However, a single ticket price at any mulitplex in the area starts at 10 dollars and up to 14 dollars for 3D. So why go anywhere else for movie night? Please come to the West Shore Theatre where tickets are half the price and you are not beating the concession prices anywhere else!!
See for yourself why the West Shore Theatre is truly a cinematic icon......
Champions Train Here!! is emblazoned on the lobby wall at Tiger Rock Martial Arts Studio. Back in February 2011, Brandon Keeton received military orders to be stationed in New Cumberland. He was retired from amateur boxing for 10 years and wanted to incorporate that with something his entire family could enjoy. He had trained in different martial arts (Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Tae Kwon Do) and decided that Tae Kwon Do would be the discipline to get more involved in. From there he had to research the different Tae Kwon Do schools and decided on Tiger Rock which incorporated more kickboxing and sparring. After visiting the Tiger Rock franchises down South he chose them and began working on moving forward to open the studio in New Cumberland which took place November 1, 2012.
He offers adult and youth Tae Kwon Do classes. 4 to 5 year olds are the youngest, then 6-8, 9-11, 12-15 and 16 to adult is how they are grouped. There have been 13 National Champions and 5 World Champions that trained in Brandon's studio. When I met with Brandon to write this post he was working on sending 22 students to Spring National Tournament which are the most to date. 21 students came home with 56 medals from the National Tournament which is a testament to their hard work and training!
Brandon will also be holding four summer camps this year and he teams up with West Shore Recreation Commission to do so. The camps are for youth ages 6 and up.
One thing that Brandon stated that made it clear that this is what he should be doing - "when you take the child that is always picked last for everything and can turn him into a national champion in 8 months......"
This proves that at Tiger Rock Martial Arts champions really do train here!!
When you first walk into Tickle My Senses Gallery you immediately appreciate the openness and light that showcases the art. Becky Lee opened the gallery in 2003 and wants to showcase local, regional and national artists and she is doing just that quite well. She attends the Buyer's Market of American Craft to select which art she would like to bring back to sell. In Becky's words: "If it makes my heart sing, I buy it!"
Becky makes jewelry, does wire wrapping and a lot of beading and design work. Her pieces are proudly displayed in a glass case for sale in the gallery as well. Her other passion is gardening and she loves to decorate them with bird houses, feeders and fountains. She has beautiful garden pieces in the gallery and is always looking for more especially with spring being around the corner.
The appeal to this gallery is the different mediums of the art pieces. Colorful pottery, paintings made out of popsicle sticks and wind chimes made from ship buoy metal. Not only does this gallery appeal to a true art connoisseur it also is a truly unique gift shop for shopping in the heart of New Cumberland.
When driving down the lane to Pleasant View Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn you begin to feel relaxed due to the beautiful surroundings. You pass the lake, see the barn up on the hill with a horse in the pasture, and make your way down to the house. Upon entering the main house you can clearly see the hard work that Nancy and her husband Mike put into making their home a true getaway for their guests.The original house was an old log cabin/farmhouse that was built in the early 1700s. The McKinney's converted their home into a bed and breakfast after making six additions to the property. They opened for business in September 2010.
In the main house guests can book a bridal shower, baby shower, or small wedding. Nancy will plan with the guests to make their event as special and unique as possible. Brides can take over the property a few days before the big day to decorate, set up, and have rehearsal dinner there if they would like. Small weddings can take place in the Grand Room of the Main House. Larger weddings can take place at the gazebo down by the lake or up in the barn. The maximum number of wedding guests is 75. Mayor DJ Landis has partnered with Pleasant View to officiate the weddings if desired.
The Carriage House where the guest rooms are located are separate from the main house. Each room has a theme. The Gettysburg Room has a historical feel. The Lancaster Room gives a nod to the Pennsylvania Dutch. The Hershey Room has a lot of brown in the decor and is the largest of all three. Each room has a separate entrance, a working fireplace, and kitchenette with coffee bar. After a good night's sleep guests arrive in the grand room for breakfast the next morning. All of the amenities ensure that Pleasant View Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn provides that "charming elegance in a country setting" as stated on their brochure.
Proud to be in NC is what Shugar's Philly Deli has written above their kitchen window. It is clear from both of our visits to eat here that they truly are. Needless to say I was so excited when I heard that they were relocating to New Cumberland back in September. On our first visit we noticed the updates to the building right away and of course all of the Philadelphia sports memorabilia. The menu written in colorful chalk really grabs your attention when you first enter the building.
Staff was friendly and attentive as we walked in and was very knowledgeable about the menu. Our food came out promptly and we were immediately transported back to our last trip to South Street in Philadelphia right here in New Cumberland.
After our first visit I knew that I had to bring my father and brother in as they are both avid Philadelphia sports fans and my father lived in Philadelphia for a while during college. We took him here a few weeks ago for his birthday and right away he was walking around checking out all of the memorabilia and shared different things about Philadelphia sports history. Again we had friendly and prompt service and it seemed as if the cheesesteak was even better from our first visit. My family also appreciated the fact that staff asked how everything was as we were leaving. Shugar's proves that they truly are proud of their restaurant and proud to be in New Cumberland!!!
My name is Christy and I moved to the West Shore ten years ago and into New Cumberland in September 2012. I really enjoy living here and getting to know the community better every day. I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dog.