Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MeterUp for Media's parking issues? Media's politicians would have to understand technology first.

I'm not sure how many times Media's politicians are going to switch out the parking meters on State Street, but after four years of me advocating smart kiosks, they still don't get it. Whether it's adding solar parking meters that didn't receive enough sun, or allowing payment by credit card that never really worked; they're attempting yet another swap out.  I think it's the third attempt in so many years. It's hard to gauge just how much this has cost taxpayers, let alone the inconvenience of it all.

Meter Up from Oren Kramek on Vimeo.

Check out a great event being hosted this Saturday (8/20) at St. Mary Magdalen Parish and School - 7:30 to midnight. Help a great cause.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A nice gesture provided by the Haverford Township Police Department

A nice gesture provided by the Haverford Township Police Department.

Penncrest comes in at the 276th Best High School in America

For 2016, Penncrest comes in at the 276th Best High School in America.  Check out the full story by Newsweek!

Check out Media local Rob Graff and what he's doing for Spoonful Magazine.

Check out this video featuring Media local Rob Graff 

MTT: Rob Graff from Spoonful Magazine on Vimeo.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Media Borough in Need of Firefighters. Some calls going understaffed. A paid fire department could be a possibility

Consolidation of fire departments might be a first step, but Media may need to entertain a paid fire department.  At the last Media borough council meeting, it was explained that some fire calls are not fully staffed.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Media's Brick and Brew may have just cornered the market when it comes to State Street's Restaurant Scene - It's that good.

To start with, there are virtually no similarities between what was the former Plumstead Inn, and the location it's been turned into, Brick in Brew.  What was, was; and what is, will be!  Other than a sincere drink called the Plumstead, made in homage to the former bar, you might not even believe the place actually existed.

Someone suggested I meet them for lunch there last Sunday.  I agreed and we casually swung down there around 1pm and found a small wait for seating.  I didn't mind, as I was actively comparing the new layout to what was in there prior.  As much as I tried to envision one super imposed over the other, it just didn't work.  What I saw in Brick and Brew was totally overwhelming in the best of ways.  It's sort of like a Texas roadhouse, meets barbecue joint, meets steam punk period, and it just really works.  I like it.  I like it a lot.

After being seated at the bar by the open wood pizza oven, we were quickly approached by the waiter who gave a comprehensive run down of the place, grand opening celebration and the broad selection of food and drinks.   This server was enthusiastic, engaging, well informed and friendly.

After ordering, the food came out and the hits just kept coming.  The beer and food for both of us was fantastic.  The ketchup (yes, ketchup) is made on the premise and was so good my friend asked if he could purchase it.  The waiter said sure, but later found that they had already sold out.  No big deal, we'll be back, but my friend did say something you always like to hear.  He said, "the customer service here is great," which we both agreed was top notch.

What the Brick and Brew restaurant has become, is not just a restaurant, but a vision of what a great restaurant experience can be.  Yes, it has the "new" factor that gives it a bump that most restaurants get for a few months when they open, but this place hit the mark on a lot of important categories: location, decor, layout, quality, food and customer service.  It's not only well thought out, it executes the objective very well.

Welcome to Media, Brick N' Brew!   You've done a fantastic job on every front!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

High End Apartment Market to get Crowded.

It’s expected that things might start soon for the first phase of apartment units to go up at the former Granite Run Mall site.  Here’s where Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant once was and the clearing of the brush that was recently done.   This is the spot where one of two housing developments will be built on the 53 acre property.

With West End Flats well underway in Media and West End Walk to follow, the housing market in the high-end apartment space is about to get a lot more crowded.  First to market matters a lot and so does cost and connivence.