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Member Spotlight: The Proper Brewing Company

Where silent films reigned in the 1920s a bustling family owned and operated microbrewery invigorates Quakertown’s downtown.

Enjoy a Surf & Turf burger with aged sirloin, onions, crumbled bacon and shredded lobster, alongside a premise made glass of Gabi Wit beer or G’s Revenge.

The Proper Brewing Company, owned and operated by Brian and Kris Wilson, is the newest business venture to occupy the former Palace Theater, and it’s the latest addition to Quakertown’s restaurant line-up.

Onsite brewed beers with names like Blondie Bree and Panther Pale Ale are available as tasting flights, pints, growlers and bottles.

The building has long been a Quakertown staple and before The Proper incarnation was occupied by family-owned and operated Dimmig Electric, a home appliance store which closed its doors in 2012.

Kris Wilson said living in Quakertown and raising children here were ideal reasons to open a business.

“We love the community so we thought it was the best place to start our family business,” Wilson said of settling The Proper in Quakertown.

Giving back to a welcoming community of supportive local officials, community members and patrons means a lot to the Wilsons so they host community fundraisers and events.

“We will continue to give back as much as we can,” Wilson said of the couple’s commitment to Quakertown.

Continued economic vitality benefits everyone in downtown Quakertown, and Wilson said hosting events like a bike night, or bringing First Friday events to the downtown are on her to-do list.

But food and beer are the main attractions at The Proper Brewing Company.

Creating and maintaining a menu aimed at seasonal, sustainable fare is an evolving process, according to Wilson.

The new launch of spirits (hard liquor) at The Proper is targeted for August, although no other details were available.

Wines by the tasting flight and glass are also available at The Proper, as is a varied menu including snacks, pub fare and salads, inventive takes on classic sandwiches, burgers and more.

The Proper Brewing Company offers a dozen beers brewed on the premises, as well as banquet hall rentals and private party accomodations.

The Proper Brewing Company is located at 117 W. Broad Street, Quakertown. For menus, beer descriptions and hours of operation visit www.theproperbrewing.com.

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UBCC Year in Review

Abundance. Mild weather. A growing economy and positive outlook.

As we wrap up 2015 there’s a lot to remember, and a lot for which to be thankful.

Making connections, providing resources and offering business leaders an opportunity to find one another, were 2015 hallmarks of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce mission.

From the annual Small Business Conference & Expo at Bucks County Community College, Perkasie Campus in March to developing relationships and better business outcomes, UBCC is an active community member.

Regular business card networking opportunities provide a relaxed way for members to come together. Look for additional, new happy hours in 2016.

The annual June golf classic was another chance to meet and enjoy some relaxed time on the greens. This year’s Upper Bucks Foodie event in October, drew record numbers to the Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership for an outstanding sold-out evening of great food and drink samplings, raffle baskets, and community bon ami.

Take advantage of online webinars and educational opportunities, free online training and staff development – it’s all available through the chamber.

We’re strengthening business relationships.

Throughout the year we’ve blogged and profiled area business leaders and entrepreneurs from food and home services industries, tech companies, manufacturers, a public school district and the area’s technical career school, among others.

Consistently, we hear and see demonstrated the small town charm associated with Quakertown, Perkasie, Sellersville and beyond. And recently, acceptance in the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia program validated what generations living in Quakertown have known all along: The heart of Upper Bucks is a great place to call home.

Upper Bucks leaders, business owners and operators are savvy forward thinkers braced to face the challenges of living in a 21st Century world and economy.

For the first time the newest chamber business directory, Focused, was built from the ground up by chamber members.

Focused will premiere in January. In addition to the print copy of the directory, an online edition promises to be more engaging and interactive than ever before. Online, Focused will be easy to use and provides a launching pad for finding member businesses, and much more. It’s jam packed with information about the wealth of resources that make up our region, and offers our tips and picks for how to spend a day, a vacation, or to settle and live a lifetime.

As we look to better serve existing members and welcome new members, a photo contest for the next chamber directory could showcase your work. We’ll share more on how to submit photos in the New Year.

Among our New Year’s resolutions are continued growth of our membership and networking communities. In 2016, our goal is to grow membership to 1,000 from our current 600 – that’s an ambitious membership increase of roughly 40 percent.

You can help us reach the new member goal. Invite a business colleague, new business start-up or entrepreneurial friend to the next networking event.  Tell your non-chamber business contacts about the resources available to them, once they join the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t be shy. Take advantage of the benefits chamber membership, and a valued place in this diverse community, affords you.

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Irresistable!

That’s how you might describe the scrumptious confections Amy Recinos of Amy’s Creative Cakes, offers up with the utmost attention to detail, high quality ingredients and artistic savoir faire.

From cascading white chocolate dipped strawberries to fondant bows, flowers and edible ribbon flourishes, Amy’s Creative Cakes offer a variety of palate pleasing choices for any taste or occasion.

After years of catering and contributing to several Chamber events – including the popular annual Foodie – Recinos decided to join the Chamber in August, 2014.

“A lot of businesses in the food industry are members of the chamber, so it made sense to join,” Recinos said

Popular items are cookie trays custom, wedding, special and all occasion cakes, Recinos said.
But Recinos said a main reason for joining came down to connections and building relationships in the community where she lives and works.
“I want to build strong business relationships with businesses in the Chamber,” Recinos said of her desire to make connections.

Recinos said while she brings skill and creativity to her sweet creations, she is a stickler for keeping her word to clients and strives to maintain a reputation as someone who gets the job done right.

“I always give clients my honest opinion about an order. I don’t promise something I can’t deliver,” Recinos said.

Who: Amy Recinos, owner operator of Amy’s Creative Cakes, based in Milford Township

Founded: 2006

What she does: Amy Recinos creates sweet treats ranging from mini-bite-sized cupcakes to large towering cake creations and specialized cookie trays for customers.

Website: amyscreativecakes.com

Look for Member Spotlight Blog posts-

Once a month, we’ll feature a chamber member, so readers can learn about the diversity of business owner/operators who make up the roster of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Interested in being in the Spotlight? For more information, contact UBCC via email at info@ubcc.org

2014 UBCC FOODIE

They came. They saw. They ate, and they drank!

From pumpkin soup to Imperial Pumpkin Ale, the 9th annual Upper Bucks Foodie provided local food and drink purveyors with enthusiastic tasting patrons at a harvest evening event inside the Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Quakertown auto dealership on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Upgrade tickets to sample local and regionally-made spirits featured inside the first time, VIP distillery tent, sold out ahead of the event.

Sue McManus, of Expos Events Etc., LLC, based in Chalfont, said the VIP Distillery showcase was an innovative twist on the traditional Foodie theme.

“Ideally with a food tasting you’d have local distillers, so they can educate people (about) their spirits,” McManus explained of the choices, which ranged from clear or “white” to amber hard liquors.

Tara King, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce executive director, said she was impressed by the high quality of the local liquors, along with education on how it was made.

“It was nice to learn about how, for example, Philadelphia Distilling uses citrus in their gin. It’s great to learn about what you’re drinking and that this is manufactured locally- it’s a whole new market,” King said.

There was no shortage of other comestibles to enjoy at this year’s Foodie, either.

Porter and mango wheat beer featured at Free Will Brewing Co.

There were duck rolls, pork ribs and wings. Buttery pulled pork BBQ offered up with or without a bun from Spinnerstown Hotel.

Diminutive cupcakes and confections loaded onto pedestals from Amy’s Creative Cakes.

Pumpkin spiced soup and pumpkin cheesecake squares carried through the harvest theme.

Creamy pumpkin yogurt was scooped out by Yogurtree.

Crostini and hummus from Perkasie’s recently opened Bread Box & Bakery, Unami Ridge Winery offered chardonnay and other varietal wine samples, and outrageously delectable grilled cheese sandwich bites were hot off the grill from McCoole’s Red Lion Inn.

This year’s Foodie brought out about 300 visitors.

Proceeds from the Foodie benefit students through scholarships to Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, a summer program for high school students to explore what it means to run a business.

“This is a cause, which aligns with the chamber’s mission,” King said.

“It’s great for kids to learn what goes into running a business,” said Sue Quinque a retired Quakertown High School art teacher and a Foodie event volunteer.

For more information or to support PFEW, visit the organization’s website at https://www.pfew.org/

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It’s autumn and you’re invited to the party.

Coppery maples, blazing oaks and abundant pumpkins mark the harvest season in Upper Bucks County.

It’s autumn and you’re invited to join the party.

The 9th annual Upper Bucks Foodie event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge located at 501 N. West End Blvd., Quakertown.

Bob Haag, Sands general manager, said he loves entertaining and meeting people in the community.

“It’s a regular (hosting) event for us, and it’s great to see so many of the (community), come and visit us in this place we call our second home,” Haag said.

Along with legacy heritage family farms, the Foodie has become synonymous with the area’s colorful harvest season and abundant food and drink offerings.

Restaurant owners and chefs begin their day before the crack of dawn. Vineyard owners check their DeChanauc and Chambourcin grape clusters regularly with attention and care, waiting for the precise moment of harvest.

Preparation for the Foodie is no different.

Harvests can’t be rushed, and the Foodie has been months in the making to offer visitors a premier experience, complete with entertainment.

An invitation to come to the table has been made.

Sample what area purveyors have to offer. Network and meet business owners, and decision makers at the Foodie, a rich place to spend an October evening.

Come out Thursday evening, and sample the growing wine, beer and spirits-making boutique industries right here in Bucks and the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Meet Upper Bucks food industry shakers doing what they love best.

Tickets for the Foodie are on sale through the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce (buy them now and save $5) and benefit Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week and educational programming through the UBCC Foundation.

For tickets, visit the chamber offices located at 21 N. Main Street, Quakertown, or call 215-536-3211, or buy tickets online at www.ubcc.org

Like Santa’s December visit, the Foodie only comes once a year.

Don’t miss it!

If you go:
What: 9th annual Upper Bucks Foodie where over 25 area restaurants, wineries and breweries will be on hand

Where: Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 501 N. West End Blvd., Quakertown

When: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, with VIP tent access from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., (with VIP ticket).

Tickets cost $40 for general admission; $60 for VIP tent access, and distilled spirits sampling.

VIP Tickets just SOLD OUT!