West Chester Weekly News Roundup

Students are back in school, but for how long if COVID cases continue to rise? The stress is real – just ask WCASD Superintendent James Scanlon. Plus, West Chester opens two new watering holes – one with fresh seafood, a couple of great ways to spend the weekend, and local taxes are due next week. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s been a few weeks now – we have lots to discuss.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

Show me the money. West Chester to get $1.9 million in federal assistance. Plus, nearly a quarter of West Chester’s population is non-white, yet local institutions continue to struggle with how to best serve these populations. Now, there will be a few select folks designated to figure out how. And we say goodbye to an icon. It may have only been six years, but their presence on Gay Street will be sorely missed. Spring starts tomorrow and not a minute too soon. Let’s get started.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

This week we get an update on the plan to close Gay Street for open air dining including when it will start. Everhart Park playground has been delayed but when it does happen it will be “grandest endeavor” undertaken by a West Chester park. And fans of Mexican food rejoice – the Borough is getting two, yes two, new taquerias. This week marks one year of pandemic living. Let that sink in and let’s begin.

This Could Be Your Grocery Store – West Chester Co-op Closes in on Another Milestone

You may have arrived home this weekend to find a door hanger breaking down the benefits of a community-owned grocery store. Benefits like walkability, healthy, local food options, and convenient hours. This has long been a goal of the West Chester community, yet results remain elusive. Now six years after forming, the West Chester Co-op is ready to make some moves. See what’s next in our quest to shop local.

West Chester’s Black-Owned Businesses Need Your Support

I don’t know if I’ve ever frequented an establishment based solely on the color of the owner’s skin but I do know a community is better served when it is served a variety of cultures, experiences and viewpoints. Special thanks to Heather Bee of the Odd Bee for letting me share her list of West Chester black-owned businesses so we can keep that diversity strong.

8 West Chester Instagrams You’re Going to Love

Once upon a time for Valentine’s Day, I did a post on Instagram accounts I love. In full support of virtual escapism, I thought I’d revisit the topic with some West Chester newcomers (or newly found) who are doing their best to help us live vicariously. It’s not exactly easy to keep content fresh during a pandemic but these pages keep chug, chugging along.