Networking Event at Village Square Recap

Thank you to our hosts at Paoli Village Square for hosting our well-attended Paoli Business and Professional Association networking event with the Malvern Business Association.

Village Square townhomes

Members of both groups enjoyed mingling amongst the beautiful décor of these new townhomes. During the event, PBPA president Brad Zerr presented a $300 check to Sandi Gorman, president of T & E Cares. The donation had been collected during PBPA’s annual Santa-in-Paoli event in December. T & E Cares is an all-volunteer group helping local families in need.

Van Cleve Grand Opening Celebration

Van Cleeve grand opening

Congratulations to Deborah Van Cleve Phelps on the grand opening of her new 7500-square-foot showroom!


Deborah celebrated her grand opening as well as her business’s 30th anniversary on January 24th with a grand party befitting such a glamorous business.

Van Cleeve grand opening

The new salon showcases her fabulous selection of gowns and dresses for literally any occasion. Van Cleve is a premier destination for woman of style in an area with no shortage of competition. We wish Deborah continued success and thank her for choosing Paoli as her home.

Van Cleeve collection

Santa’s Paoli Visit Recap

On Saturday, December 3rd, our friend Old Saint Nick arrived in Paoli upon his sleigh (in the guise of a Paoli Fire Company Fire Truck). He was welcomed by seasonal background music compliments of The Hickory Brass Quintet.

PBPA volunteers handed out Santa caps and treats to the 200+ guests who attended this delightful annual tradition.

Elegance Bakery provided a beautiful and tasty tray of holiday cookies. Our friends at Paoli Fotobar took photos of families as they posed with the our guest of honor, Santa.

Special thanks to our generous host, The Paoli Hardware Center.

Donations collected from this event are being given to T & E Cares, a local charity that helps families in need in our township.

*Photos by Eric Stewart from Paoli fotobar

PBPA & MBPA Christmas Party Recap

Association members networking at Knots & Weaves

On December 7th the members of the Paoli Business and Professional Association and the Malvern Business and Professional Association met at Knots and Weaves in Malvern to celebrate the holiday season.

More than 50 of us mixed and mingled while enjoying delicious food from Christopher’s of Malvern. We had the added bonus of shopping opportunities at Knots and Weaves to pick up some last minute gifts.

Thank you, Jim and Kerry Greim, for providing us such a wonderful setting to welcome the holidays!

Paoli Building with Facelift Debuts…

The following article appeared in a December 5th article on SAVVY Main Line, authored by Caroline O'Halloran, SAVVY's founding editor:

So nice to see the lights on at the long vacant Tudor-style building at the corner of Lancaster Ave. and N. Valley Rd. in Paoli.

It’s been a while.

After waiting nearly a year for upstairs renters to vamoose, KingsHaven Properties spent two years rehabbing the ramshackle, circa 1925 structure.

KingsHaven, Paoli, PA

Work crews gutted the place, knitting three buildings solidly into one. KingsHaven shored up the shoddy Tudor facade, knocked down a rear cottage and even bought the house behind it to maximize parking.

After our nickel tour, we’re pleased to report that the inside’s just as swell as the outside.

Now dubbed the Bennington, the first floor has five retail spaces – the largest of which houses the terrifically tasteful KingsHaven Design, the company’s spinoff home décor store, set to open to the public Dec. 10.

KingsHaven Paoli Store

KingsHaven Design’s first retail store carries hand-hammered custom lighting fixtures, antiques, custom upholstery and distinctive accessories. "Traditional with an edge" is how owner Lauren Wylonis describes the aesthetic.

KingsHaven Owners

Founder and CEO Lauren Wylonis, VP and Director of Design Mimi Boston Johnson, and store manager Lisa Devine at the new KingsHaven store in Paoli.

KingsHaven Design Interior

At least three other slots are up for grabs. The hope is to attract tenants of a feather – perhaps a curtain or antique hardware company – making the Bennington a destination for high-end home design.

Five luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments on the second floor command $2K to $3K monthly rents. Our fave features quirky roof lines and a fabulous rooftop terrace.

Clearly, KingsHaven saw something in that down-at-the-heels Paoli corner that many missed.

"It had the potential to be charming," KingsHaven CEO Lauren Wylonis tells SAVVY. "There were good bones beneath the ugliness."

A forensic psychiatrist until five years ago, Lauren clearly can read real estate the way she once read people.

Two cases in point:

In 2014, her company bought the neglected Pembroke estate (circa 1898) in downtown Wayne for $2 million, totally modernized and expanded it, and is now listing it for $7.6 million. (Estimated monthly nut? $29,000, but if you have to ask…)

And Lauren’s own 17,000 sq. ft. Berwyn home on 108 acres – newly constructed but built to look like it went up in 1880 – made it into Architectural Digest.

Not too shabby.

As for downtown Paoli, Lauren is convinced her handsome restoration is just the beginning of the town’s renaissance. "I believe Paoli’s going to be another Wayne in 15 years."

With so much good stuff on Paoli’s drawing board – a new train station complex, walk-to-train housing, and a more pedestrian friendly Route 30 – she just might be right.

PBPA Upcoming Events Calendar

10/27/16 Joint Lunch Event with MBPA
“Marketing Your Business on the Internet”
11:45-1:30  Green Room, 2 Industrial Blvd, Paoli
11/15/16 Networking Event with MBPA
Atwater Properties
5:30-7:30  208 Quarry Point Road, Malvern
11/16/17 Lunch and Learn
Paoli Battlefield Society
12-1  Green Room, 2 Industrial Blvd, Paoli
12/3/16 Santa Comes to Paoli
Paoli Hardware Center
11-1  Paoli Shopping Center, Paoli
12/7/16 Holiday Party with MBPA
Knots and Weaves
6-8  218 East King St., Malvern
1/24/17 Networking Event with MBPA
Village Square
5:30-7:30  27 South Valley Rd, Paoli
2/14/17 Lunch and Learn
Dr. Ferrari’s Heart Health
12-1   Green Room, 2 Industrial Blvd, Paoli
3/8/17 Lunch and Learn
Social Media Bootcamp
12-1  Green Room, 2 Industrial Blvd, Paoli

PBPA Mourns Passing of Dr. Ted Hill

Dr. Ted Hill

Theodore L. Hill, Jr. D.D.S., age 82 of Paoli, PA died on September 26, 2016.

Ted was born on December 19, 1933 in Greenville, SC to the late Theodore L. Hill and Edith Hoke. He was a graduate of St. Andrews Episcopal High School, Franklin Marshall College, and Temple University Dental School, where he was ROTC. Ted was a veteran of the US Navy, where he was also a dentist.

He was retired from private practice as a general dentist in Paoli, PA for 45 years. Currently he was teaching Dentistry at Temple University. Ted was a member of American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (Fellow), and the Academy of Stomatology.

Ted enjoyed tennis, paddle tennis, crossword puzzles. He owned his own sailboat for 40 years and sailed in the Chesapeake Bay. He also enjoyed hiking, camping and fly fishing and was a member of Wantastiquet Trout Club since 1969. Ted was a member of The Church of the Good Samaritan for 35 years, where he was in the vestry and a bible study leader. He was the beloved husband of Lana Platt Hill.

Husband of Lana Platt Hill; father of Theodore L. Hill, III, Dorothy E. Hill, and Douglas B. Hill; Step father of Deborah J. Sulli and Kathleen J. Schneider; Brother of Edith Rowland; Brother-In-Law of David Rowland; Grandfather of Sam Cristol-Hill, Ray Cristol-Hill, Miriam E. Herbek, and Julian Herbek; Step Grandfather of Sarah N. Schneider, Amanda L. Schneider, and Franchesca B. Sulli, Christopher Wagner, Benjamin Wagner, Grayson Wagner, Hobart Rowland, and David Rowland.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ted’s life celebration service on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11am at The Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 West Lancaster Avenue Paoli, PA 19301, where friends may visit from 10-11am. Interment at the adjoining cemetery with a Reception following in Ashton Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Church of the Good Samaritan Endowment Fund.

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Volunteers Needed for Paoli Blues Fest PBPA Table

playing the guitar

We need you, PBPA members!

Promote your business at the biggest event in Paoli, the Paoli Blues Fest!

We need local PBPA business people to man our table and promote Paoli Business to the thousands of attendees at this huge annual event.

We are also looking for information to stock our tent for local businesses. If you have give-aways, business cards and fliers for your business, we want them!

We are covering the table in 2-hour shifts starting at 10:00 AM for set-up and ending at 6:00 PM for break-down. Please email Linda at if you are interested in helping.

If you would also like to volunteer for the Blues Fest itself, sign up here.

Paoli Hospital Auxiliary Requests Donations for Silent Auction

The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary – Employee Branch has been invited by The Desmond Hotel in Malvern and Main Line Today Magazine to host the silent auction at their annual Wine & Dine Affair Winemaker’s Dinner on Friday, September 23rd. The evening promises to be spectacular and features an exquisite 6-course sit down dinner with wine pairings.

Each year Main Line Today and the Desmond Hotel invite a local charity to host the silent auction. The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary was honored to be chosen again as the 2016 featured charity. This year we will feature the comprehensive and innovative care provided by the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital.

PHA is in the process of collecting items for the event, and they are requesting our assistance in making the silent auction a huge success. By donating goods, gift certificates, services, etc., you’ll be making a tax deductible contribution that will help Paoli Hospital continue its great work in our community. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated!

Additionally, you’ll benefit from exposure of your company’s name at this upscale, well-attended event. Donors will be listed and the merchandise you give will be prominently on display throughout the event.

Please complete the 2016 PHA Donation Form and return to:

Paoli Hospital Administration c/o Tina Bruckner
255 W. Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301

Questions? Please contact Tina for more information: 484.565.1433 or

With kindest regards,

~ Caroline Haggerty and Kathy Francis
Silent Auction Coordinator Paoli Hospital Auxiliary – Employee Branch Co-Chairs