Back in the day, maybe you went to the shoe store and paused before racks of beautifully showcased shoes: black patent or nubuck leathers, or buttery soft suede.
If you were lucky, both stylish and practical pairs were tastefully displayed on round tables. You were greeted by a sales person and your feet (both of them!) got measured. Shoe shopping was an event to be savored.
At Moyer’s Shoes in downtown Quakertown, it can still be 1952.
Moyer’s Shoes has a mission to help customers find the right fit and best shoes for daily living and special occasions.
“A lot of people come to us because their feet hurt. We have a nice reputation and we get referrals from foot doctors,” said Ralph Moyer III.
The Moyers are in their third generation of operating the family retail business, since Ralph Moyer Sr. founded it.
James R. Smith DPM, a podiatrist with Quakertown Foot Care Center, Inc., said he refers patients to Moyers because they’re one of the “very few shoe stores who know how to fit shoes anymore.”
To prevent foot pain and problems and to keep your feet running properly, shoes need to fit. “You need support for your foot so it functions properly and that means a structurally sound shoe,” Smith said.
And while the shoe industry has changed in nearly seven decades – back then flip flops weren’t considered casual attire - people’s feet come in all shapes and sizes, so finding the right shoes with a great fit isn’t easy.
“You’ve got to have a go-to pair of shoes,” Moyer said.
That’s what Jim Haigh discovered more than two decades ago. HaigH is membership development and public policy contact for UBCC, discovered. “I'm a loyal customer for (25 years and) for my own hard-to-fit wide feet, for my wife and nephew,” Haigh said.
He’s had snow boots from mid 1990s that are still going strong and, “…look and are good as new,” Haigh said.
Jane Birks of Macungie, Lehigh County has been a loyal Moyer’s customer for more than 40 years.
She values the time and attention she gets at Moyer’s, and she understands how important it is to take care of her feet.
“They keep records of all visits and purchases so they can look back and see what size and style shoe(s) you purchased previously, and nothing is ever too difficult for them,” Birks said.
Moyer said during the 1950s and 1960s several independent shops operated in Quakertown, and patrons would go from shop to shop for shoes, hats, or whatever they needed. Then came strip malls and big box stores in the 1970s and beyond.
“If you are looking for a family service shoe store (instead of a big box store) that truly cares about your family's feet, go to Moyer's Shoe Store located on West Broad Street in down town Quakertown. I can't say enough good things about them,” Birks said.
For more information on Moyer's Shoes call 215.536.6378 or log onto their website at www.moyersshoes.com.
Smashing attendance records and welcoming autumn in style with food and drink, The 12th Annual Upper Bucks Foodie…A Culinary Adventure, brings the community together to celebrate the harvest as it delights the senses and intrigues taste buds.
The 12th Annual Upper Bucks Foodie…A Culinary Adventure will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership located at 501 North West End Blvd., Quakertown.
“Since its beginning in 2005, Foodie continues to blossom. We’re delighted the community has embraced this event, our signature night out, filled with food and drink samplings (and cigars!!),” said Tara King, executive director for UBCC.
Jarod M. Sands, general manager of Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge said the event keeps growing and praised the Chamber’s Foodie committee and its stewardship, helmed by Susan Dale (co-owner, of Spinnerstown Hotel). Sands have hosted the event since it began.
“It’s a great local event with local people who own, run and manage local businesses. It’s really a networking opportunity for over 300 people with a fantastic benefit of local helping local,” Sands said.
Dale said while Foodie began with the Chamber business members a dozen years ago, its appeal has grown to embrace the entire community.
“Foodie events are here to stay. Ours appeals because there is something for everyone, and there is always something new,” Dale said.
Sands said Foodie represented grassroots, face-to-face commerce, which is refreshing in the face of “big business and internet (based) businesses. That’s what the Chamber does really well. It makes a place for the local business community,” Sands said.
He said every year is discovery, with a generous helping of surprise.
“So many times at this event I hear someone say, ‘Did you try this? Where are those people from?’ I think they (the exhibitors) benefit from the exposure. It’s so great to rave about this little gem, who I didn’t know was even there,” Sands explained.
Amy Recinos, pastry chef and owner of Amy’s Creative Cakes in Milford Township, said she has been a long-time supporter of Foodie, as a Chamber member and table exhibitor.
“It is always fresh. You see new businesses there, and it keeps growing,” Recinos explained.
Recinos has been known to test new flavors at the Foodie, like her butternut squash cupcakes. “They flew off the table,” Recinos said.
Dale agreed Foodie is a platform to roll out and test new, or emerging dishes.
Jim Jenks, owner and winemaker at Unami Ridge Winery in Milford Township, said the standout benefit for attendees is fellowship. “You get to see people you don’t normally see,” Jenks said.
And Jan Hench, owner of McCoole’s At The Historic Red Lion Inn and McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, has been bringing her creative fare to the table since the beginning.
Sands said Foodie is a way give back to the next generation of young business leaders and entrepreneurs.
“Foodie is a trusted way to bring together the business community for an evening of great local food and drinks, while raising funds for PFEW, our future business leaders…we at McCoole’s look forward to both supporting and participating in this lively event,” Hench said.
Proceeds from Foodie benefit Chamber educational programs including Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Foundation week, a summer program held in Erie Pennsylvania, offering rising high school juniors and seniors the entrepreneurial chance for hands on learning about what it takes to run a business.
“It’s a great, local event,” Sands said.
For more information on the 12th Annual Upper Bucks Foodie or to buy tickets log onto www.ubcc.org/foodie.
There’s no second chance at a first impression.
From carpet cleaning to floor waxing and treatments, post construction and remodeling cleaning, meticulous detailed maintenance to keep showrooms, offices and homes looking their sparkling best is Don Rider’s mission.
Rider, who owns A.C.R Clean, LLC in Ottsville, prides himself on developing long term relationships with customers, because he knows the value of first impressions. They’re priceless when they hit the mark, and can spell disaster when they miss.
But more than doing a superb job every time, Rider has built his young independent business by having a mission driven purpose: he keeps his word, is flexible, and works with customers to meet their needs, from regular monthly visits to last minute calls or minor disasters.
Greg Boyd, maintenance director at Arbour Square of Harleysville, is a happy, loyal customer. “(I) have been using A.C.R. since 2013…(he) is always prompt and courteous,” Boyd said. He appreciates Rider’s “job satisfaction guarantee” a simple pledge to do the job right, or keep coming back until it’s done right, at Rider’s own expense.
“I use A.C.R. to strip and wax my café floors, kitchen deep cleaning, general cleaning, smoke restoration, carpet treatment, cleaning and stamped concrete floor scrubbing and cleaning,” Boyd said.
Rider said his business is based on “personal touch. I am at every job, and I like to do things right the first time,” Rider said.
Attention to the little things, like making sure wall and carpet corners and edges are spotless and collaborating with customers when he spots problems to solve them, demonstrates his dedication to craft and client.
Terry Gillis, director of maintenance at A&T Subaru in Sellersville uses Rider’s company for carpet care at A&T’s Subaru and Chevrolet dealerships. “We also get a non-skid treatment on the floors three times a year. Don is professional, keeps his word and does excellent work,” Gillis said.
With years in the professional cleaning services industry, Rider struck out to found his own business in 2013. He wanted to create a sustainable business based on providing services supported by a reputation of dependable, exceptional results.
“I started my business buying used tools. Now I maintain a specialty cleaning niche and have more than $50,000 of tools in one truck,” Rider said.
Rider controls successful outcomes by knowing the job, understanding client expectations and investing in top-grade equipment.
His recipe for success includes listening to customers to best understand their cleaning needs and concerns and by evaluating the physical conditions and characteristics of every job personally.
Ultimately, Rider would like to expand by adding trucks and operators who value the same things he does: Hard work, meticulous attention to detail and building relationships. “I’d like to invest in running a second truck,” Rider explained. For that, he needs to find someone willing to work as hard as he does.
For more information on A.C.R. Clean call 267.221.3356 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ACR-CLEAN-LLC-490884924341514/.
Curiosity, compassion and creativity have driven Bruce Kinsey to pursue his passion for photography since childhood.
From Eastman Kodak Brownie camera prints to hi resolution digital imagery, Kinsey has spent nearly four decades chasing perfection.
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with pictures,” said Kinsey, whose business Bruce P. Kinsey Photography’s motto is “fine photography with a personal touch.”
From candid shots of subjects caught unaware to carefully crafted business or family portraits made to look effortless, Kinsey’s approach is key to customer satisfaction.
“In 1979, I got my first single lens reflex Camera. A Minolta X-d 5,” Kinsey reflected. At the time, that state-of-the-art tool opened up a brave new world for Kinsey. He took the camera, rolls of film and began taking pictures of everything in sight.
“It’s something I thought I could make money,” Kinsey said of his passion; then he got serious. A photography correspondence course at The New York Institute of Photography opened more doors, along with gigs as a model portfolio photographer.
Kinsey enjoys seeing people through the camera’s lens.
“I used Bruce’s talents to do a head shot for my website and business cards,” said Vicky McClatchy. McClatchy is a mortgage loan originator with First Choice Loan Services, Inc., A Berkshire Bank Company in Southampton.
Kinsey’s work includes corporate portraits and events, individual and family portraits, birthday, anniversary, engagement and wedding photos, among others. Kinsey enjoys travel and is happy to go on location to complete an assignment.
McClatchy said Kinsey advised her about bringing different colors to see in which outfits what she would photography best. The sitting was meticulously curated with more than 75 shots being taken in all. “I highly recommend Bruce…his passion for his work says it all,” McClatchy said.
Naturally friendly and sociable, Kinsey’s nature makes him a pro at coaxing the camera shy and capturing them at their best. “A lot of people don’t like to have their picture taken. If you can just find a way to (showcase) their personality, it comes across through the picture,” he explained.
While not exactly camera shy McClatchy isn’t at home as the subject of a photo shoot; however, Kinsey quickly put her at ease.
“He was very professional but also very friendly so I would relax,” McClatchy said.
Chelsea Jack needed a photographer for an event, a 5-mile run through Lansdale to benefit Community Health and Youth Foundation’s summer business youth camp. Kinsey proved a perfect fit to cover the event.
“I met Bruce through Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce,” said Jack, spokeswoman for The Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute. “Bruce donated his time on a Saturday and the pictures he captured brought tears to our eyes,” she said.
From fathers and daughters crossing the finish line together while holding hands to casual event candid shots, “Bruce captured the moment when you think no one is looking. Bruce will go out of his way. He’s just good,” Jack said.
For more information on Bruce P. Kinsey Photography log onto www.bpkphotography.com or call Bruce at 267.664.0653.
From a wet basement to fire damage, flooding or a high school lockdown, a local company with national resources lives up to its name.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks Co-owners Mike McGrory and Sean McCabe are invested in the community, both personally and professionally.
“Disaster scenes are all sizes and shapes,” McCabe said.
McGrory and McCabe, who have co-owned and operated SERVPRO of Upper Bucks since 2005, chose to move their business to Perkasie in 2012, because they saw the location as both central and strategic to their clients and the larger community.
Making connections is important to the pair. “They know
who we are,” McGrory said of its client list, and growing potential customers.
Because not all jobs are large-scale, or clear-cut, time and attention are spent evaluating each and every new case, to ensure services are the right fit.
“They were professional and did a fantastic job. We would recommend them and would certainly call on them again,” Vickie Balascak, office manager at Coby Orthodontics in Quakertown.
Ultimately any good business relationship comes down to a job well done. “I was so impressed by Rob’s honesty and integrity…I would highly recommend their services,” said Carol Graves, of Bally, Berks County.
Graves had an odor in her basement and had been frustrated by other companies offering high-priced services to a problem, whose source they couldn’t nail down.
“I spoke with Sara at SERVPRO and she sent Rob to investigate. Although Rob could not identify the source of the odor, he offered DYI steps before SERVPRO would need to bring in their equipment,” Graves said.
From water bottles for first responders to other ways to engage with the community, SERVPRO encourages its staff to become involved and make a difference.
Sara Langdon recently participated in the Quakertown Citizen Police Academy and said it was great to get to know the department and what challenges area police officers face every day.
“We learned about how they train the dogs in the K-9 Unit, and met with the local police department. After graduation, we serve as volunteers at the Bike Rodeo, and (upcoming) Quakertown Summer Concert series,” Langdon said.
McCabe stressed repeat customers – and building relationships – are a valued and vital part of their business, and essential to its growth.
“On two occasions we have used SERVPRO and have been very happy with the quality of work and the friendliness of their employees,” Balascak said.
Sometimes growing a business means looking for ways to expand services.
“Sean and I are implementing training into our community
outreach,” McGrory said.
SERVPRO now offers disaster related services including a training center and certified programs for appropriate intruder response for ALiCE (Active Shooter) scenarios and response strategies.
“As ALiCE (Active Shooter) Instructors and we offer all of our training at significant discount,” McGrory said.
ALiCE training provides critical response to organizations including companies, police departments, school districts and other organizations faced with an armed intruder emergency.
“We see it as a great way to serve the community, yet stay in front of them in a positive way,” McGrory explained.
SERVPRO has taken a leadership role in the statewide franchise organization. “The Upper Bucks office continues to serve as a brand leader for marketing opportunities,” said Langdon, by coordinating attendance at about 20 conferences on behalf of 80 other SERVPRO offices in the commonwealth 2016.
Helping those who face a natural or other fire or water disaster and the related property damage and clean-up required, McGrory said the business mission goes beyond a 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. workday.
For more information on SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, call 215.536.7989 or visit www.servproofupperbucks.com.
Radon isn’t on most homeowners’ minds, except maybe when they go to sell a home.
“Most times home inspections test for radon for a house sale,” said Jacqueline Kochanowicz, office manager of Radon Protection Systems, Inc., and a partner with Steve Wesler in the Plumstead Township business.
But living with high levels of radon, a naturally occurring “noble” gas isn’t healthy and it isn’t smart.
There are six, naturally occurring noble gasses. They include helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon and radon.
But when radon builds to dangerous levels inside homes and office buildings, it becomes an inhaled health hazard. In fact, radon has been identified as the second highest cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking.
“We had a client who had high levels of radon and was also a smoker. Her radon levels were off the charts. We told her if she continued to smoke, she should not be doing that inside the house,” Kochanowicz explained.
Radon Protection’s mission is to help keep people healthy and their radon remediation firm is certified to measure and remove harmful radon gas from homes and buildings. Radon Protection stands by its mission and guarantees its work from two to five years, depending upon the soil, rock configurations and systems installed for remediation.
“Radon Protection Systems provided excellent customer service when I had them run a radon test in my home. They scheduled the test at a time that was convenient for me and they answered all my questions,” said Karen Hester of Riegelsville.
Taking the time to understand each and every homeowner’s concerns and situation best illustrates Wesler’s one-on-one approach to his work.
“Our home presented some challenges which they were able to overcome. They were professional, courteous, timely and most importantly they resolved our radon issue…Steve didn’t try to sell us. He educated us beforehand so that we could knowledgably choose the most effective course of action,” said Glen Shinners of Erwinna.
You can’t see, smell, hear or taste radon. It’s a naturally occurring gas and when it gets stuck inside building basements is typically when trouble begins. Because radon is naturally occurring in soil and southeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountain range is among the most abundant radon rich areas in the U.S., chances are most of us live with some levels of radon inside our homes.
“I was extremely satisfied with the work Steve and his crew did at my home. They provided me with a replacement fan for my existing radon removal system. They were professional, on time, and efficient with the necessary installation,” said Monroe Barrick, Jr. of Philadelphia.
Kathleen Cranmer is a Realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate in Doylestown, and a Radon Protection enthusiast. Cranmer said she had issues with a home listing because of a failed radon remediation system already in place.
“Because a complete install was unnecessary I had difficulty getting a company to come out,” Cranmer said of the home she was trying to sell.
“Steve returned my call promptly, met me at the property and got the system operating resulting in a passing radon re-test several days later, all at a reasonable cost to my clients. As a real estate professional, it is important to have a list of contractors who can be counted on for their professionalism, responsiveness, and commitment to fair pricing. Steve is definitely on my list,” Cranmer said.
For more information on Radon Protection Systems Inc., log onto www.radonprotectionsystems.com.
Even without hands and feet, Gail is still able to live in her home thanks, in part, to a Habitat for Humanity program.
Best known for helping lower income people live the dream of home ownership through their mission to provide “safe decent simple” housing through its signature build programs, now home repair and restoration are part of its model.
A Brush with Kindness is the home repair program helping people remain in their homes by matching up eligible homeowners with its low-cost repair program.
“They helped built a lift on my front porch so I can get into my house,” said Gail of Richland Township, A Brush with Kindness recipient.
Since homeownership isn’t just about the purchase, Habitat recognizes that helping people remain in their homes broadens the non-profit’s mission, too.
For Dorothy, also of Richland Township, being able to stay in her home means everything. Dorothy got a new storm door plus other entryway improvements to her home. “It helps me to use my house easier, and they did a super job,” Dorothy said.
“Home repair is especially important for older and disabled adults; they are the group that often needs modifications to keep their home accessible and safe,” said Karen Reever, coordinator for the innovative home repair program launched a few years ago by Habitat. “Being disabled, even temporarily, can really change your world,” Reever said.
Reever said Habitat consults with an occupational therapist who is a “Certified Aging in Place specialist for its A Brush with Kindness to make sure the repair program aligns with client needs.
The home repair program, gaining traction in Upper Bucks, helps Habitat work in an area which often doesn’t have suitable or large enough land tracts for new home construction, like the unique Emerald Hollow development completed more than a decade ago in Trumbauersville.
From home repairs to rehabbing, which is another variation of the program aimed at rehabilitating existing homes using the Habitat model, more families in Upper Bucks can be served, according to Florence Kawoczka, Habitat executive director.
Habitat’s “sweat equity” model adjusts slightly for the home repair program, keeping in mind seniors or the disabled may not have the ability to hoist building materials or wield a hammer.
“Providing help from other family members, or refreshments” even offering to give press interviews counts, Reever said.
While a new home requires 200 hours of “sweat equity” Kawoczka said rehabs and repairs are scaled to about 100 hours and might also include volunteer time at the Habitat for Humanity Chalfont ReStore.
The repair and rehab projects are also quick turnaround, under often under six months, so as many as five can be turned around in a shorter period of time. “Helping the neighborhoods by fixing up potentially blighted properties” is also a benefit, Kawoczka said.
“We see a ripple effect with our families. Those who have bought into our volunteer program want to help others. There’s a sense of pride. They take great care of their houses and get involved in their communities,” Kawoczka said. Some clients may be eligible for low interest loans to pay for their share of repairs.
Penn Community Bank employees have embraced Habitat. In fact, Habitat is the bank’s most popular volunteer partnership. Supporting Habitat ties directly into Penn Community’s mission of helping people become homeowners. “One of the most moving experiences is the dedication, when the keys get passed to the new owners,” said Todd Hurley, Penn Community Bank executive vice president and chief relationship officer.
Habitat is a global non-profit with operating affiliates in about 1400 local communities across the United States and 70 countries around the world.
Habitat’s work allows Gail, and many others, to remain in their homes, despite disability.
About Habitat for Humanity Chalfont ReStore: For more information about shopping, donating or volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Chalfont ReStore, located at 31 Oak Avenue, Chalfont, visit www.habitatbucks.org, or call 215.822.2812.
Jim Andrews business is more than income; it’s a stewardship in helping others.
When Andrews left his position as a military police officer in the U.S. Navy, he said he “bounced around” at different jobs until he discovered his professional calling.
Now Andrews operates a junk removal and hauling business.
“It’s entrepreneurial, and I like the adventure of the business,” Andrews said.
A part of the of JDog family, a military owned and operated services company, Andrews understands how difficult it can be to clean house.
“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” Andrews said.
And for those who are moving, fall victim to hard times or even extreme cases like those suffering from compulsive hoarding disorder, a professional helping hand can make all the difference.
“Giving people back a space on their property or in their homes, helping them move by cleaning out,” are rewarding experiences, according to Andrews.
What’s more, Andrews is committed to keeping as much out of landfills as possible. His mission is to donate or find a way to offer repurposed items to those in the community, especially veterans who have fallen on hard times or who need a helping hand to integrate back into civilian life.
“Jim and his crew were professional, prompt, dedicated, and hardworking. Just what you come to expect from military veterans,” said Quakertown client Shannon Transue.
Transue hired Andrews to help when her present house sold. She said JDog cleared an outdoor hot tub and removed a storage shed and a fence as part of home sale contingency clauses before the new buyers would seal the deal.
“The best part is they were able to donate all of the items to local non-profit organizations and provide us with a receipt of donation,” Transue said.
From removing a single couch to clean-sweeping a home trove spanning generations of accumulated belongings, JDog customizes services for a great client fit. Andrews prides himself on quoting flexible projects, as well as bringing in other pros if the work isn’t right for his business.
“I am building relationships with others, so if I can’t do your job or an aspect of it, I can help you find someone,” Andrews said.
At Transue’s Quakertown property JDog removed a hot tub, outdoor storage shed, fencing and clean-swept a decade’s worth of holiday decorations stowed in the attic.
“JDog was able to come in and clean out the spaces for us on the deadline. They constantly went the extra mile throughout this process and in the end saved the day helping close a very stressful chapter of our life,” Transue said.
Andrews works as well with Realtors as he does with home sellers and has developed valuable relationships across both sides of the settlement table.
“As a Realtor, many times we encounter situations where a seller has left contents in a home and the buyer has their own stuff so it needs to be removed within hours of closing,” said Lisa Wright. Write is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach The Lisa Wright Team in Bethlehem.
For many veterans finding that daily “mission forward” purpose in a civilian world isn’t always easy, something to which Andrews can relate.
“In the military, every day you wake up with a purpose,” Andrews explained of the mindset he’d developed over eight years of service, deployment to the Middle East as well as being stationed domestically.
Andrews said he discovered JDog and became an operator in March. JDog was founded about three years ago by Philadelphia area Jerry Flanagan and now operates about 150 locations across the U.S.
When Andrews went shopping for a chamber to join, he chose UBCC. “I just walked in (to the office), and I don’t know if you guys are special among Chambers but the help and services I’ve received have been fantastic. I want to do everything I can to be involved,” Andrews said.
Andrews serves the Upper Bucks County region and the Greater Lehigh Valley. For information, visit www.jdog.com or contact him at 267-898-4555.
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery embraces people for who they are and helping to create pathways for successful behavior change and a better way to live.
Offering clients a fresh start New Vitae Wellness and Recovery lives its mission to serve the most vulnerable members of the community by providing ways to navigate a frightening world through behavioral change.
Founder Anne Mills chose the name which means “new life” in Greek during the early 1990s when New Vitae began offering partial hospitalization services.
An innovative menu of care and treatment options helps patients because it’s flexible and engages them in their own care. These factors are hallmarks of New Vitae’s treatment plans, according to Judith O. Yanacek, New Vitae president and CEO.
“We look for a holistic approach and we see people do really well. It is rewarding to see people get well and to become who they can be,” Yanacek said.
From yoga and mindfulness training to Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatments, behavior and psychological/and medicine based treatment plans, staff approach patient care as a partnership, often a game changer for those struggling to put their lives back together.
Mike suffered with stubborn depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and had cycled through three doctors and endured five years of failed treatments including electroconvulsive therapy – typically a last resort- without any improvement in day to day living.
Then Mike found New Vitae.
“Through my support group I heard about Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Through treatment and the caring support of my wife and staff at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery, I got my life back. Now I can do the things I like to do, including travel," Mike said.
Michelle credits her care team with helping her learn how to manage her life and become successful. The former resident said “the staff treats me with respect, and they are caring and compassionate. I've grown emotionally, and (I) am more mature,” Michelle said.
Ready and able Michelle is looking for her own apartment, moving, and taking on the next milestone in her life many young adults take for granted: independent living.
Yanacek said her team “helps people to gain safety,” an essential element in recovering from a mental or emotional crisis, abuse, drug addiction or for those with intellectual challenges or who struggle with traumatic brain injuries.
Based in Limeport, Lehigh County, New Vitae operates an office and treatment facility at 16 S. Main Street, and a residential program at Quakertown House located at 219 E. Broad Street.
The 16 S. Main Street location offers clinical support for groups and individuals, nutritional advising services, nursing and partial hospitalization day programs.
Quakertown House is a residential program offering supervised, semi-independent living arrangements and care.
A licensed personal care facility for up to 65 residents, it was renamed about two years ago, Quakertown House provides medication administration, meals, appointment transportation and daily living structure along with opportunities for residents to make friends and build healthy relationships.
“Knowing many of the staff members through our frequent visits, we can be sure that our daughter has well planned activities in the house daily and visits to locations elsewhere – the big event of the year being the week at Cape May, New Jersey,” said Peter, a parent of a residential care program.
Peter also values the facility’s in-town location, where his daughter can walk to stores, restaurants or for relaxation or exercise.
Slated to open this summer, a supervised 24/7 site for those who suffer from brain injury is planned in Limeport. In Emmaus services are offered for those suffering from opioid addiction, including medication assistant treatment plans.
Behavioral health has “been my life career. I’ve worked with people with disabilities. We’ve been told something magical happens, and when (patients receive) chances, a chance at life that they haven’t had before, it’s very rewarding,” Yanacek said.
For more information on New Vitae Wellness and Recovery log onto
Adam Duke takes a craftsman’s approach to his work.
From septic tanks and systems to excavation, construction footings and site work grading, BRY Earth Solutions LLC in Springfield Township gives each and every job its undivided attention.
“BRY Earth was very efficient and planned everything out before (the work) started,” said Zach Steich of Milford Township. Steich hired Duke’s team to replace a failed septic system at a home he’d purchased there.
Duke’s crew kept the site clean and delivered the job on time. “You are not stuck with a mess in your house ,” Steich said of the contracting work.
Duke said septic design challenges are a specialty, and he enjoys doing testing and design work. “I bid jobs the way I think they should be done,” Duke said.
New construction and custom work allows him to create a design plan while keeping pace with the ever changing technology of septic work. “More stringent rules and requirements are a big part of the work,” Duke explained of compliance with local and state regulations to be a septic system provider.
Bringing 15 years of excavation experience to his two-year-old business, Duke who is owner/ operator of BRY Earth Solutions LLC named the business for sons Brad and Ryan for a very personal reason. “I didn’t want to use my own name, and I wanted to name the business something meaningful, so I named it after my sons,” Duke explained of how BRY Earth came to be.
Duke said the business was much more than a day-to-day livelihood for him. “I’m building a legacy for my children,” Duke explained of his mission, philosophy and commitment to build a brand and reputation in the industry.
Duke takes into account not only the job but the weather conditions and other variables he can’t control when scheduling work. That means he is able to honor his scheduled commitments to clients. “I provide options to make your schedule,” Duke said.
Karen Helm of Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, hired Duke to complete some excavation work on her property including a new drainage system incorporating gutters for runoff and a swale to draw water away from the home’s foundation and dry out a boggy basement.
“I’d just bought the house, which was built in 1963, and there had been wet basement issues but they had never been addressed with drainage,” Helm said. Until now.
She heard about Duke from a local contractor prior to buying the property.
“I was looking to gather information and get estimates on some of the projects and Adam was responsive. He was really great to work with,” Helm said.
She added Duke may have spoiled her for project expectations in coming years.
“I hope future contractors I hire to work here are as great to work with as Adam was,” Helm said.
Duke said he enjoys challenges and taking projects from problem through to finished solution. It’s something of a specialty.
“I like doing all the phases of a project,” Duke said.
For more information on BRY Earth Solutions call 267.999.1236 or log onto www.facebook.com/Bryearthsolutionsllc.
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