Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Not to panic you but did you hear that the world is supposedly ending in 2012? Are you ready ? Pffft. Yeah, I agree. Stupid Mayans. What do they know? If it does happen, I figure we have a good couple of months and I have better things to do than stockpile weapons, bottled water, ammo and canned goods. Besides, I'm just going to come to your house and steal what you've stockpiled while you're out at the store getting more. Sure it's not fair, but it's Darwinian theory at it's most base. You can't just leave that stuff unguarded! Shame on YOU!

Well, I figured I would make a couple of resolutions in any case to pass the time:

1. I will recruit more followers for the Mayfair Business Association blog. Seriously, I have 10 followers and one of them is me. Be my follower! I promise to try and entertain you as much as I can and keep you updated on all the good stuff that is going on in and around Mayfair. I have plenty of guns and canned peaches, I'm a benevolent leader (sort of), and I won't make you drink any Kool-Aid. I also promise to make you a part of my undead zombie army when the world ends in December 2012.

2. I will eat an entire pint of Bassett's ice cream while watching "The Biggest Loser" and resist the urge to run the entire 3 mile loop around Pennypack.

3. I will subsequently also resist the urge to scour my house with bleach and a toothbrush after watching "Hoarders".

4. I promise to shop in one of the many local Mayfair business at least 3 times a week if not more. C'mon! It's really not that hard! You like pizza, groceries, getting your hair cut, beer, banks, flowers right? Of course you do. It's all on the Avenue guys. Go get it! Plus you need supplies...lots of supplies. Remember I stole yours? Yeah.

5. I will stop inserting "Anchorman" movie quotes into my regular conversation.

6. I will join the good fight with Milt Martelack Jr., honorably bestowed "Sheriff of Mayfair" and president of the newly formed Mayfair Town Watch to fight the zombie hoards (a.k.a. drunk, unruly teenagers having keggers in the woods, neighborhood vandals, and the like). I'm not promising anything but maybe you could be knighted for your valor. Just sayin.....

7. I will pray to Jesus, Budda, Allah, etc. that the cast of The Jersey Shore are at a party with the Kardashian clan and a huge plane carrying the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Giants crashes into them and there are no survivors. (what. a. tragedy.)

8. I will become more active in my neighborhood by volunteering my time with either the Mayfair Business Association, Mayfair Civic Association, and of course Mayfair Town Watch (see above resolution). You are not allowed to complain about the state of the neighborhood if you're sitting on your butt playing "Words With Friends" all day. You may think, "What do I have to contribute?" I say " A LOT! But we won't be able to find a way to maximize your blinding and limitless talents unless we actually meet you." Come to a meeting, meet the talented, motivated and dedicated people already in these organizations and tell us all the things you tell your neighbors prior to putting up a for-sale sign. Chances are other people are going through the same crap.

Silence and apathy solve no problems and we can find a way to fix it.

Good neighborhoods are built on neighbors helping each other out.

That's what Mayfair was. That's what Mayfair is. That's what Mayfair will be.

Chills right? Ultimately I pictured myself wearing a kilt, with my face painted blue, riding a horse while saying that. I guess I'll save that for my first night on Town Watch. I'm in a glass cage of emotion! DAMMIT! One resolution down.....

Monday, December 26, 2011

This Week in Mayfair (12/26/11)


So how was YOUR holiday? Mine was fabulous!! Except for that hideous sweater Aunt Gilda gave me that I'm obligated to wear in front of her just ONCE prior to turning it into my dog's new bed. I hope Loafy likes sequins.....

Need a place to grasp at the last threads of the holiday season prior to the depression taking hold? At the
Grey Lodge, Scoats and staff, will be serving weekend brunch as usual on Saturday from 10am and Sunday from 11am. Why not start off the New Year with a tasty brunch and some hair of the dog?** (**Disclaimer: Grey Lodge food is dog hair free). At least you'll have something wholesome and good in your stomach considering you'll be on the liquid booze/beer diet for the remainder of the weekend. Don't deny it, stay safe out there kids, and remember to hydrate. We're not as young as we used to be and full recovery takes a good 3-4 days anymore. So expect my next post to come sometime around Thursday-ish....maybe Friday....

Mike at The Perzel Agency is still running his specials!! He's giving away a $15.00 Gas Card once a week and a $150.00 Lowes Card at the end of January (each quote will receive an entry to win). You will also receive a PA Powerball ticket just for getting a quote on auto insurance. For any member of the MBA or their employees, Mike will also give them a $5.00 gas card in addition to everything above.. However you MUST mention the Mayfair Business Association to receive the $5.00 Gas card. Make sure you look for Mike in next week's "Mayfair Merchant Profile"!

You only have a couple more days to take advantage of Freedom Credit Union's (4900 Princeton Ave) December deal!! If you didn't get what you want for Christmas you can probably buy it using this deal! FCU will give YOU $5 a month, a free debit card and free checking. For more details on this great special available through the month of December visit www.freedomcu.org.

Have a SAFE and Happy New Year!!

PAAAARTAAAAY!!

The Mayfair Business Association will have our first annual holiday party this Wednesday.

Date: Wed, December 28, 2011

Time: Beverages and food from 6pm to 8pm

Location: The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Avenue

See you there!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Mayfair!



We at the Mayfair Business Association wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ho! Ho! Holy Crap!--It's Almost Christmas!!

Can we please discuss why all vintage Santas are so creepy looking? I mean, this guy looks likes he wants to eat children not give them toys. Alright...back on topic....

Got all your shopping done? Yeah, me neither. I have a couple more people to buy for so I'm heading the Avenue tomorrow with the kids to pick up some great stuff.

Since I will be dealing with my darling spawn all day tomorrow while Christmas shopping (I know it's insane, I'm doing it anyway) I'm going to need something to lessen my stress (i.e. forget my name). I will definitely be checking into the Grey Lodge tomorrow to sing some Christmas carols with local beer writer Lew Bryson (www.lewbryson.com) from 7:30pm to 9pm. And most likely I will be sampling ALL the Christmas beers on tap including Troegs Mad Elf, Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and many more. Care to join me? Of course you do!

I can't wait to see the look on my 3-year-old's face when he opens up his presents on Christmas morning and sees that I got him a signed copies of Lew's books Pennsylvania Breweries and New Jersey Breweries (which he's selling on Thursday) as well as the Grey Lodge gift cards and T-shirt. Oh, it's not a fire engine and you can't drink until you're 21? Well, Merry Christmas to Mommy then!

Don't forget, on Sunday, Christmas Day, The Grey Lodge will be open Christmas night at 8pm but just the bar only. No food. Bring enough Christmas cookies to share if you're coming.

Monday, December 19, 2011

This Week in Mayfair (12/19/11)

Countdown to Christmas is on! Did you read our previous post with all of our gift suggestions that you can find right on Frankford Ave? Well, READ IT and understand that you are doing the following things:
  • Saving the environment since you're not driving all over the Philadelphia area.
  • Shopping the local little haunts for unique gifts and supporting the Mayfair economy.
  • Wearing skinny jeans while sipping a tall soy caramel macchiato latte with no foam and extra extra. No you are not!! Skip that. Too pretentious.
Plus you have more time to decorate, wrap, and bake cookies. Your house smells great!! Got any extra? Cause we REALLY like cookies.....

So what's the buzz around Mayfair? I'll tell you! I can't shut up about it even if i tried!

Mike at The Perzel Agency is running a special starting today (12/19/11). He's giving away a $15.00 Gas Card once a week and a $150.00 Lowes Card at the end of January (each quote will receive an entry to win). You will also receive a PA Powerball ticket just for getting a quote on auto insurance. For any member of the MBA or their employees, Mike will also give them a $5.00 gas card in addition to everything above (SWEET!). However you MUST mention the Mayfair Business Association to receive the $5.00 Gas card. I suggest that you also have to sing "We Wish you a Merry Christmas" to Mike while hopping on one foot when going in for your quote. But let's just make that our little Christmas gift to Mike Perzel for being such a generous guy during the holidays...shhhhhh!

On Thursday evening (12/22/11), Scoats and the fine people at the Grey Lodge will be singing Christmas carols with local beer writer Lew Bryson (www.lewbryson.com) from 7:30pm to 9pm. Lew, known for his deep hearty laugh, sings in his church choir. He's basically Santa if Santa was a brewery expert who can sing except he looks nothing like Santa and has no reindeer that we are aware of. Regardless, this will be a very jolly event with lots of Christmas beers on tap including Troegs Mad Elf, Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and many more.

And if you still need some more gifts Lew (aka Beer Santa) will be selling and signing copies of his books Pennsylvania Breweries and New Jersey Breweries. And there are always Grey Lodge gift cards and T-shirts for sale too.

On Sunday, Christmas Day, The Grey Lodge will be open Christmas night at 8pm but just the bar only. No food. So stuff your face prior to getting there to get your drink and merry on.

Remember the special that Freedom Credit Union is running until the end of December? No? You need to lay off the Christmas punch. I'll remind you.
Freedom Credit Union (4900 Princeton Ave) will give YOU $5 a month, a free debit card and free checking. For more details on this great special available through the month of December visit www.freedomcu.org.

Also, Gene at Santucci's Pizza, Lisa at BellaLisa Hair Studio and Antoinette at The Torresdale Flower Shop all wanted to make sure that you know they have gift cards/certificates for anyone who needs them! So go get 'em tiger!! They like Christmas song and dance numbers too...just sayin.

Have a holly, jolly one!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mayfair Business Association's Favorite Things (Christmas Edition)



***(Disclaimer: not in any way affiliated with the Talk-Show-Host-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named for fear of being sued. (Psst! Her name begins with O and ends with PRAH.)

Salon visits!

Heaven knows you need a mani, pedi, and highlights stat because you = hot mess. Let the professionals at Bellalisa Studios, Michele's Family Hair Care, and Sharp Decisions Hair Care handle this one.

Flowers!

Gentlemen, a word. Your ladies love flowers. They may say "Snuggle Kitten, you shouldn't have" but inside they're bragging to their stupid friends about how faaaaaabulous and sensitive you are. Stein's and Torresdale Flower Shop will hook you up with beautiful blooms all year long, Snuggle Kitten. (I hope for your sake, she doesn't call you that in front of your friends.)

An extra 10 pounds for the holidays!

Just continue the holiday food glutton fest because you have about a week until those New Years diet resolutions start and you'll be having an emotional breakdown over your vegan flaxseed salad dreaming about Frusco's steaks, the Original Soft Pretzel Factory, Gino's Pizza Cafe, Santucci's and Wawa. C'mon fat kid....live a little.

Six packs!

Let's face it, the closest you are ever getting to a six pack is at the actual Six Pack Store based on your complete lack of will power at above mentioned restaurants.

More Beer!

Ooh. Ooh. Let's stop at Rauchut's Tavern too! You know you LOVE shuffleboard. Who doesn't? Mainly communists, but that's conversation fodder for a different night.

Craft Beer and Gastro-pub fare

Well, you're all in so you might as well lay all the cards out on the table at the Grey Lodge Pub. And nothing says Christmas like rubbing your superior intellect in your friend's faces at Quizzo on Wednesday nights. Boo-yah!!

Awkward Medical Conversations

Well now that we're all liquored up, you can ask Suzann St. Marie, owner of UPIC (and one of the organizers of the Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade) what she does for a living. It's all medical and complicated and makes my brain hurt.

New window shades!

Mama needs all new shades for her house so she can spy inconspicuously on the neighbors. Acme Window Shade company will provide all the coverage you need, snoopy.

H.U.G.E. lawn signs

I'm talking "Happy Birthday Baby Jesus" signs that can be seen from space. You're up Aztec Signs and Sign-O-Rama; so let it be written, so let it be done!

You get a house in Mayfair, and YOU (pointing) get a house in Mayfair, and YOU (more pointing) GET A HOUSE IN MAYFAIR! (See previously posted disclaimer)

I'm buying everyone on my Christmas list a house in Mayfair from Prudential Prime Real Estate and Re-Max City and Suburban Realtors.

All types of Insurance

Well, this is awkward...Did I mention that you have to pay for all the taxes, fees, etc that go along with my house "gift" to you? NO? Oopsie! Well, the fine folks at American Insurance Agency, The Perzel Agency and State Farm Insurance will be the spoonful of sugar for that little bit of medicine.

Dolla, Dolla, Dolla bills (y'all)

AND you also need to pay the mortgage on a monthly basis for my "gift". Why are you looking at me like that? Sheesh! Nobody is ever grateful anymore! I'm giving you Santa's "Nice List" of banks and financial planners in the area; 3rd Federal Bank, Beneficial Bank, ESK Financial, First Trust, Freedom Credit Union, Republic Bank, and Viriva Credit Union. No coal in their stocking--EVER!! You're welcome.

A Fully Planned Funeral

Dark? Perhaps. But let's be honest, what do you get for the person who has everything already? Or you get it for your annoying hipster nephew who yaps constantly about the capitalist takeover of Christmas and the complete lack of originality in gift giving anymore (insert eye roll here). Robert L. Mannal Funeral Home and Lambie Funeral Home will give you those precious few minutes of silence while he sulks and ponders the irony of the whole situation.

Dental Work

Dental Work? Are you crazy? Maybe (Definitely). But who's going to take care of that crown you cracked on Aunt Betty's homemade fruit cake? Dr. Jeffrey Berger, DDS....that's who!

The Gift of Time

You say "I need more hours in the day". I say "They're at Henry's of Mayfair!" He's got a TON of hours in there. That place is covered in clocks.

A Shiny Red Bicycle

With streamers on the handle bars and a banana seat, and a basket and ooooh!! a bell!!! And a card between the spokes...oh boy! Alright, enough, we get it. Heading to Liberty Bell Bicycles....

Bike Tags?

Do you need them for a bike? Who cares! I'm getting vanity plates that say something awesome like VNTYPL8 or WHSURDD. Daley's Auto Tags will hook you up with everything you need for things with wheels!

Christmas Cards and Cute Holiday Decor

You know you need it and you need a TON of it! Giggles Gifts, Inc. and Infinity Gifts and Beyond has ALL of it. No worries. Pick me up one of those green Flyers t-shirts while you're at it. You know which ones I'm talking about.

Good Health

OMG...I'm exhausted and my back is killing me! Take me to Avenue Chiropractic...I need an adjustment and some TLC. Help!!

Worthy Causes and Civic Involvement

Get involved in your neighborhood and visit 3 of our newest elected city officials located on Frankford Ave, Kevin Boyle, Al Schmidt and Bobby Henon. Go say "Hi, congratulations, and what can I do to help?" You can also volunteer your time or make donations for two fabulous MBA organizations who have devoted themselves to helping others; Evangelical Manor and Autistic Endeavors. There is no material gift that can compare to spending time helping others. No, I'm not crying...those are melted snowflakes. Godblessuseveryone! *sniff*

Merry Christmas from all of us in the Mayfair Business Association! Hope to see you all out and about on the Avenue with full shopping bags and don't forget many of these fine businesses offer gift cards and gift certificates! Cheers!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Good Cause AND a Camel? Sign Me up.


Have you ever seen a live camel? Well, here's your chance to scratch it off your bucket list.

Get Into the Spirit of Christmas with Lambie's 4th Annual Live Nativity.

See Live Animals (CAMEL!!!) and Enjoy Holiday Music
Saturday, December 17, 2011
4-6 p.m.
Lambie Funeral Home
8000 Rowland Ave (Rhawn St)
Parking Lot

Come and Hear Music by:
The Children's Choir from Holmesburg Baptist Christian Academy (4-4:30 p.m.)
Father Judge High School Band (4:45-5:15 p.m.)
St. Hubert's High School Drama Club (5:30-6:00 p.m.)

A collection will also be available for donations to the Holy Terrors S.T.A.R.S. Sports Program for children with Special Needs

If inclement weather were to occur our postponement date will be Wednesday, December 21st 4-6 p.m. Please call for any questions.

Lambie Funeral Home
8000 Rowland Ave
Philadelphia, PA

215-332-6110
www.lambiefuneralhome.com

Did I mention there is a camel? There is. See you there!

Monday, December 12, 2011

This Week in Mayfair! (12/12/11)


Christmastime is considered one of the most magical times of the year! That magic has come to Mayfair where you can turn toys into beer! How you ask? (It's magic!) Alright, it's not really magic but you will get that magical, warm, fuzzy feeling that helping those less fortunate always brings!

The Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Ave) is helping Avenue Chiropractic continue their successful 2011 Toys for Tots drive. They are sponsoring the Toys for Beer for Toys for Tots campaign. Stop by with a new, unwrapped toy donation for kids and treat yourself the gift of a free beer (up to a $5 value).

However if beer is not your thing, feel free to just stop by Avenue Chiropractic (6233 Frankford Ave.) to drop off your Toys for Tots donation until Thursday, December 15th.

You've still got more Christmas cheer to spread around? Great! Make sure you stop by the Live Nativity at Lambie Funeral Home (parking lot of 8000 Rowland Ave) on Saturday, December 17, between 4pm and 6pm. Bring the kids for this great event featuring all sorts of animals and music from different local choirs, bands and drama clubs. A special collection will also be available for donations to the Holy Terrors S.T.A.R.S. Sports Program for children with Special Needs.

Free money is magical! Is your current bank exhibiting Scrooge-like behavior trying to charge you to access your money? Say "Bah Humbug" to them and make sure you visit Freedom Credit Union (4900 Princeton Ave) where they will give YOU $5 a month, a free debit card and free checking. For more details on this great special available through the month of December visit www.freedomcu.org. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Hope to see you out and about spreading Christmas cheer in Mayfair!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Message to Members

TREE TRIMMING
Our annual tree trimming is this Sunday, 4pm, at Frusco Steaks (Frankford & Wellington). Weather looks promising. Hope to see you there. It was a lot of fun last year (honest).


HOLIDAY PARTY
We finally have a date and time for our 1st annual holiday party. To make it easier on everyone at this hectic time of year, it will be a few days after Xmas.

All paid-up members of the Mayfair Business Association are invited to attend. Food and beverages will be supplied by the MBA.

Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
Location: The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave, second floor

Thanks,
Mike "Scoats" Scotese

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tree Lighting - Sunday, December 4th



Don’t Forget…….
Mayfair Business Association and Mayfair Civic Association
present
Annual Mayfair Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 4th, 2011 • 4:00 p.m.
7216-7218 Frankford Avenue
(next to Frusco’s Steaks, at Wellington Street).
Santa, Christmas Cookies, Live Music, Stuff for the Kids, Ed Kelly, founder of the Pennypack Concerts and this year's parade Grand Marshall, will light the tree, etc.

**The Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, in conjunction with Avenue Chiropractic, are hosting a toys for tots collection site. The Friends were given a huge gift this year, in the form of a new playground, by Giant and Kaboom and they believe it is necessary to give back. Donations will also be collected at Avenue Chiropractic (on Frankford Ave) if you are unable to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Toys for Tots

Avenue Chiropractic is continuing their annual tradition of collecting toys for Toys for Tots. This year they are teaming up with other Mayfair businesses.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the following location:
- Avenue Chiropractic, 6233 Franford Ave
- The Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Franford Ave
- J.B.'s Cuts, Mayfair Center, Frankford and Hellerman

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lambie Funeral Home Live Nativity 2011

Get Into the Spirit of Christmas with Lambie's 4th Annual Live Nativity.

See Live Animals and Enjoy Holiday Music
Saturday, December 17, 2011
4-6 p.m.
Lambie Funeral Home
8000 Rowland Ave (Rhawn St)
Parking Lot

Come and Hear Music by:
The Children's Choir from Holmesburg Baptist Christian Academy (4-4:30 p.m.)
Father Judge High School Band (4:45-5:15 p.m.)
St. Hubert's High School Drama Club (5:30-6:00 p.m.)

A collection will also be available for donations to the Holy Terrors S.T.A.R.S. Sports Program for children with Special Needs

If inclement weather were to occur our postponement date will be Wednesday, December 21st 4-6 p.m. Please call for any questions.

Lambie Funeral Home
8000 Rowland Ave
Philadelphia, PA

215-332-6110
www.lambiefuneralhome.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Volunteers Needed - Mayfair Playground Rebuild



If Your Business would like to donate a gift certificate/card or basket to promote your business ,The Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground will be giving the donations away to volunteers donating their time during build day . please contact : LISA
bellalisa3530@msn.com 215-624-6667 MOBILE 215-327-4756

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Next General Meeting

Next General Meeting of the Mayfair Business Assoc. will be October 20th at Firstrust Bank 7345 Frankford Ave, at 9:15 AM.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Meet the Candidates Night at The Grey Lodge Pub

Meet the Candidates Night at The Grey Lodge Pub
Friday, 04 November 2011
6pm - 9pm

Continuing their tradition, The Grey Lodge Pub is inviting candidates and potential voters to meet each other in an informal atmosphere before the election.

Candidates are invited to stop in anytime during that 3 hour window and are welcome to stay as long as they wish.

All candidates are encouraged to attend. Email invitations have been sent all candidates for whom email addresses could be located.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Steuben Day Parade, Saturday 24 September

The annual Steuben Day Parade is tomorrow.

Please come out an join us as we celebrate the 41st Annual German - American Steuben Parade on Saturday, September 24, 2011 here in Mayfair. This year's Grand Marshal is Colonel Eric S. Gartner, USAF is a Special Agent with the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The parade will march along Frankford Avenue and a full weekend of activities is planned.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

9th Annual Crusaderclassic 5K Run

Attention runners, the 9th annual Crusaderclassic 5k Run will be on Sunday, October 2.

Crusaderclassic 5K Run
Father Judge High School

Sunday 10/2/11 9:00 AM

Registration starting at 7:30 Father Judge schoolyard

Contact Dennis 215-333-7648 or Crusaderclassic@comcast.net

All proceeds go to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Viriva CCU's 2nd Annual Charity Flea Market



When: Saturday September 17, 2011 from 10:00AM until 3:00PM (Rain Date: 9/18/2011)

Where: Viriva Community Credit Union
157 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974

Reserve your selling space, with rental proceeds being donated to charity (recommended minimum donation of $10 per space reserved).

All donations will benefit the Sunshine Foundation, the Original Wish Granting Organization for Children. Tables will not be provided; one rental space is equivalent to one average size car parking space. Contact marketing@viriva.com or 1-888-7-VIRIVA (215-333-1201 for local calls) at ext. 130 for more information. All donations can be mailed to the address above. Existing Viriva CCU members can call in to have the funds deducted from their account at the credit union.



888-7-VIRIVA

215-333-1201 (Local)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Next General Meeting

The next General Meeting of the Mayfair Business Assoc. will be on Wednesday, 21 September 2011. Location is to be announced.

We will meet at 9am for exchanging news and general chit chat. We begin the formal part of the meeting promptly at 9:15am.

If you would like anything added to the agenda please email Mike Scotese at scoats@greylodge.com