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Downtown Recognition

October 2014

Congratulations to Rosalind’s Candy Castle of New Brighton on the celebration of 100 years in business! We are so proud to have this outstanding business carrying on here in Beaver County for a century plus! Rosalind’s Candy Castle is still making hand-dipped chocolates the way they were made 100 years ago. To read more about the history of Rosalind’s Candy Castle and its centennial celebration, please visit

Third Quarter 2013

Valerie McElvy has been a part of almost every organization in New Brighton. However, when asked about all her many roles she states, “I am most proud of being on Borough Council and the New Brighton Business District Authority and my role in starting Professional Outfitters 10 years ago in Aliquippa and 2 locations, five years ago in New Brighton.“

New Brighton was open to Valerie’s idea to bring in Professional Outfitters and Variety Shoppe a program of the Franklin Center of Beaver County, Inc. and a very special project for RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) to be a part of the Business District. In April of 2008 the New Brighton doors opened Monday through Friday 11-4 to clients for items at no cost and customers with merchandise nominally priced. This program has transformed the way unemployed, underemployed and people in need acquire clothing and household goods to rebuild and enhance their way of life. What can one expect to see at Professional Outfitters? Clothing for men and women, jewelry and accessories, home décor, household items such as dishes, curtains, and utensils, etc... (when available).

There are actually three locations for this project, two of which are located in New Brighton,
he main shop located at 1035 Third Avenue and “No Square Pants” for free distribution
of children’s clothing located at the First Presbyterian Church at 1199 Third Avenue, open
every Wednesday from 10-3. The third Shoppe location is in Aliquippa located at 464
Franklin Avenue in the old GC Murphy building on the second floor by appiontment only.
Something else you should know about Professional Outfitters, the original project started
in November of 2003 with just an idea and one bag of clothing. Three locations and
approximately 8,000 clients later, even though funding gets shaky, we are still holding on
to being a resource for Southwestern Pennsylvania, still totally reliant on donations for the items provided.

Professional Outfitters is almost completely reliant on volunteers to keep the shop open.
Always marketing, it must be said that if you enjoy helping people and giving back to
the community, this is a great place to give back and pay forward. Miss Val as she is
affectionately called has a charge and that is to serve and to serve well.
One of the proudest accomplishments has been seeing the clients served walk away with a high level of self-esteem and self-confidence, clothes that fit and all in Valerie’s home town of New Brighton. As a New Brighton Borough Council woman, Valerie tries to implement projects and activities that raise the borough to a level to which the constituents can be proud and history can be made.

The New Brighton Business District Authority is proud to have Valerie as a member and
pleased to take this opportunity to thank her for all she does for New Brighton!

Second Quarter 2013

The New Brighton Business District Authority (BDA) is pleased to feature the New Brighton 175th Celebration Shoppe located at 303 8th Street as its quarterly downtown recognition recipient.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of the Borough's 175th Celebration Shoppe this past April 13th. Representative Jim Marshall presented Borough officials with a citation from the Commonwealth recognizing the Borough's historic celebration.

Souvenirs, Collectibles, Events Information, a Commemorative Book and more are available for purchase at the shop. Please visit or call, 724-581-3598 during shop hours.

Thursdays: 3 to 7 PM; Friday, Saturday and Sundays: 1 to 4 PM

The New Brighton BDA thanks those involved with the New Brighton 175th Celebration Shoppe for their dedication to our community and congratulates our great town on 175 years of history!

First Quarter 2013

The New Brighton Business District Authority (BDA) is pleased to feature the former Bricker’s Restaurant as its quarterly downtown recognition recipient.

Bricker’s Restaurant was established in 1953 and was a mainstay of downtown New Brighton for many, many years until its recent closing.   Here your food was practically cooked right in front of you with the atmosphere of being in grandmas’ kitchen. The service was always great and was offered in a relaxed atmosphere as quaint as eating at home.   

Bricker’s Restaurant served as a favorite family restaurant for a very long time and will always be a special part of downtown New Brighton’s history. The New Brighton BDA sends a final salute to this great institution for the many years it served and supported our community!

Fourth Quarter 2012

The New Brighton Business District Authority is pleased to recognize Waffles, INCaffeinated as this quarter's featured downtown recognition recipient.

Waffles, INCaffeinated serves gourmet waffles, gourmet coffee, and lunch sandwiches and salads. This unique spot was opened in late 2010 by Josh and Cassandra Buddy and Mahj Merriman (also the chef) all of Beaver County. The specialized waffle creations are many and varied and some are as indulgent as desserts!

You can visit Waffles, INCaffeinated at 1224 Third Avenue in New Brighton Tuesday through Sunday from 8 AM to 2 PM. If you're visiting over the weekend, you may want to make a reservation. You can reach them at 724-359-4841.

The New Brighton Business District Authority is so pleased to have Waffles, INCaffeinated in our downtown. We congratulate them on their successes and applaud them for their exceptional restaurant, green business practices, and for their commitment to Downtown New Brighton!

Third Quarter 2012

The New Brighton Business District Authority is pleased to recognize Brighton Music Center as this quarter's featured downtown recognition recipient.

Brighton Music Center is located at 1015 Third Avenue. At this location you will find friendly and helpful employees to assist you with their excellent selection of music, instruments, and choices in professional instruction for instruments and voice. Instrument rental options are also available. Additionally, this location houses the store's Instrument Repair Facilities. Bank Instrument Repair technicians are able to service all brass and woodwind instruments and provide professional service to their customers. For more information, you can contact Brighton Music Center at 724-843-9380 or 800-335-9371.

The New Brighton Business District Authority extends thanks and appreciation to Brighton Music Center for their commitment to Downtown New Brighton!

Second Quarter 2012

The New Brighton Business District Authority is pleased to recognize Jim’s Sunoco Service Station owned by Jim and Nancy Young as this quarter’s featured downtown recognition recipient. Jim’s Sunoco Service Station is located at 620 5th Avenue. In addition to offering gasoline, Jim’s Sunoco Service boasts a range of other services, including automobile and motorcycle state inspections and emissions, engine computer diagnostics, and tune ups. Jim’s Sunoco also specializes in the service of Corvettes and foreign cars.


Jim’s is open from 7am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturdays.


The New Brighton Business District Authority is extends thanks and appreciation to Jim and Nancy Young for their commitment to Downtown New Brighton and for their excellent business! 

First Quarter 2012

The New Brighton Business District Authority is pleased to recognize Craig Printing as this quarter's feature downtown recognition recipient.  Craig Printing & Promotional Products was founded in 1907 by Ira J. Craig, who came to New Brighton from Kentucky and opened a printing business at 603 Fourth Avenue.  The name of the business at that time was Craig The Printer.  The following year, Ira moved the business to 704 Third Avenue.  About 1945, Ira Craig died and his son, Omar, inherited the business.  Leo Hicks began working for Mr. Craig as an apprentice in 1955.  After Omar's death in 1959, Leo managed the business for Mrs. Omar Craig until 1966 when he and his wife, Laraine, became the owners.  Until the recent sale of the business, it was owned by Laraine Hicks.

Craig Printing & Promotional Products and Laraine Hicks have received many accodlades over the years for being an exceptional business and for their community involvement.  New Brighton has been fortunate to have such a wonderful, long-standing business as this one.

The New Brighton Business District Authority extends thanks and appreciation to Laraine and to Craig Printing & Promotional Products for the many years of outstanding service to your customers and to our community!

Fourth Quarter 2011

The New Brighton Business District Authority has chosen business owner Linda Gravener of Bricker's Restaurant. Linda is being recognized for her wonderful spirit of entrepreneurship and as a leader in our community.

We are proud to recognize the service she has provided to the community of New Brighton as an important force in the revitalization of our downtown.  Because of her efforts, this area remains a focus of inspiration and serves as a fitting location for all of our town's activities.  The committee thanks Linda for her time, energy and enthusiasm expended for our downtown.

Bricker's Restaurant established in 1953 has been a mainstay of downtown New Brighton.  Although there have been many changes and growth, through the years, Bricker's continues to be the town's favorite place to congregate.  New Brighton is so very lucky to have had this family business for so many years.  At Bricker's, your food is practically cooked right in front of you with the atmosphere of being at grandmas' kitchen watching while grandma turns the pancakes over on the griddle.  The burgers are called burgers, but it's a patty between two slices of bread loaded with all the extras you like at home; lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese.  More like a meal than a burger and the French Fries are the bomb!  What is their secret? Now if you are a breakfast all day person then their eggs and home fries will fill you up, topped off with the best cup of coffee in town.  The service is everything you would expect and want in a relaxed atmosphere as quaint as your mom's dining room.  After many years in service Bricker's Restaurant is still a class place to go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!  Bricker's has been at the same location on Third Avenue in New Brighton, for many years, serving as the town hangout for the senior citizens and also as a favorite family restaurant.

Third Quarter 2011

The New Brighton Business District Authority has chosen business owner and pharmacist, Harry Davis, as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011. Harry is being recognized for his wonderful spirit of entrepreneurship and as a leader in our community.

Harry has a long-standing commitment to supporting New Brighton beginning with his start at Puritan Drug Store when Itz Clateman took him under his wing. After Harry’s 18 year tenure as a pharmacist with Puritan, Mr. Clateman was approached by a “big box” drug store chain and sold Puritan. Harry Davis understood the importance of supporting his community and providing a much needed health care service to New Bridgton’s families. It was then that he went into business with Leon Panella and in 1989 the two partners opened up their own drug store on 9th Street. As a testament to Harry’s commitment, but also to the customer loyalty he garnered over the years, it was no surprise when the first day of business the delivery truck dropped off the retail merchandise and drugs, New Brighton’s citizens showed up in full force to support the business. The business continued to grow and Harry became the sole owner in 1997. By 1999, the 9th street location became too small. In 2000, Harry built the current location at 535 Fifth Ave which is what we know today as Brighton Rx Health Mart. Harry’s success has been built on his philosophy of “growing your business also means growing your community and bringing the family atmosphere to health care.” Most people may not realize that the Brighton Rx also serves as a key testing and consultancy for the most cutting edge pharmacological technology used throughout the country today. This is because of Harry’s involvement in national pharmacological and pharmaceutical professional associations. Harry is a perfect example of why it’s so important to choose your local downtown first over the big chain stores and is an integral part of what makes New Brighton thrive.

Second Quarter 2011

The New Brighton Business District Authority has chosen Jim Crudden, owner of Rosalind Candy Castle as its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011. Jim is a member of the BDA and is a tireless contributor to the downtown revitalization initiative. He donates generously and often in the form of his wonderful chocolate creations for the benefit of local charities.  His most recent support was given to “Paint New Brighton Yellow” with a donation of 200 chocolate daffodils to benefit the American Cancer Society’s “Daffodil Days”. The Board thanks Jim for his remarkable generosity to our community.

First Quarter 2011

The New Brighton Business District Authority (NBBDA) has chosen Bill Edwards as its 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient for 2011.  Bill began his varied and interesting career in 1952 when he joined the New Brighton Area Schools, teaching junior and senior high. He also served in various coaching capacities for the football, basketball and golf teams. Bill quickly advanced to principal from 1969 to 1985 and as acting principal at Blackhawk and Beaver Area High Schools from 1988 to 1992. During those years, he was active in many professional organizations. 

Bill’s community service record is just as impressive.  Bill was appointed to the New Brighton Business District Authority in 1986 and was elected chairperson in 1987, a position he has held for 24 years. In this capacity, he was instrumental in initiating many marketing programs for the downtown businesses such as the Car Cruise, Octoberfest and the Summer Concert Series.  He also oversees the spring planting of our downtown islands, and coordinates installation of the Christmas decorations, along with the Street Department.  He has served on the Civil Service Commission, chair of the Halloween Parade and on many committees, too numerous to mention! In fact, Bill says that between 1987 and 2008, he had volunteered 13,919 community service hours for the benefit of New Brighton. 

The NBBDA congratulates Bill on this well-deserved honor and thanks him for his life-long dedication to our community and for his out-standing contributions in the field of education and school sports.

4th Quarter 2010

The New Brighton Business District Authority has chosen Bud Caplinger and the Public Works Department as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition recipients. They are being recognized for their tireless devotion to the Community Life Committee’s events and activities.  Without their talents, muscle and team work, these projects would never come to fruition. Recently, Bud and his department assisted with Oktoberfest, Harvest Festival, Singing the Brews Party and will soon be busy with Christmas in the Park—Brighton Lights. 

The Board offers its sincere appreciation and congratulations to this team of hard-working guys for helping to make our Community Life in New Brighton something special!

3rd Quarter 2010

The New Brighton Business District Authority has chosen Bullfrogs & Butterflies Child Care Center as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010.  Owner JoMarie Henry originally opened her daycare center in Fallston, but was forced to move after her property was destroyed by a fire. She moved to New Brighton to 709 Third Avenue last fall. JoMarie is being recognized for the improvements she has made to her property through the creation of an outdoor play area.  She has also donated the use of one of her rooms to Professional Outfitters every Wednesday from 10 AM to 4 PM to give away children’s clothing. This room is appropriately named The Lily Pad. 

2nd Quarter 2010

David and Kathryn Chabala of Hallowed Grounds Coffee Roasterie are being recognized by the New Brighton  BDA for their recent expansion and renovation of their building at 1106 Third Avenue, as well as adding a new product line of roasted nuts and butters.

1st Quarter 2010

The New Brighton Business District Authority is recognizing Mike and Sue McNutt, owners of McNutt's Abbey Flower Shop at 1090 Third Avenue for their longtime business history in our downtown and for their continual support of our Community Life activities and events.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition: Main Street Awards 


On Wednesday, October 28th each of the ten Riverfront towns honored individuals and businesses that made outstanding contributions to their downtowns.  Recognition was made in three categories: Business Development, Architecture & Design and Community Life. 

Beaver County Commissioners Joe Spanik and Charles Camp offered words of support and encouragement to the 100+ audience gathered at Tinitique Restaurant in Bridgewater. 

Chairpersons from the various Business District Authorities and Development Corporations described the accomplishments of their honorees with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. Each winner received a Main Street Award plaque in the appropriate category and a group photo was taken. 

The event was hosted by the Community Development Program of Beaver County, which provides a wide array of programs and services which support and encourage downtown revitalization for its ten downtown community members, and Town Center Associates, a planning and management firm specializing in downtown revitalization.

The New Brighton Business District Authority presented Main Street plaques to:

Tightwad Tobacco
Lisa & Don Fleck
Business Development

Third Avenue Streetscape
Tom Albanese, Council President
Architecture & Design

Community Life Committee
Val McElvy, Chairperson
Community Life

Third Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Our Downtown recognition award goes to Terry Hawkins and Hawkins Music Store located at 932 3rd Avenue, New Brighton.  Music centers can serve a wide variety of purposes. Some music centers offer everything from lessons, to instrument sales, instrument tuning, live performances, and more!  If anyone is interested in expanding their musical horizons we would recommend Hawkins Music Store our local music center. A quote from a recent satisfied shopper said “This was my first time in Hawkins Music Store. They had everything I needed for my son's guitar (electronic tuner, picks, beginner book and even scheduled me lessons at the store) at a very reasonable prices. I was really impressed with the time they took to answer all my questions, some questions had nothing to do with what I needed to purchase. They were also very friendly. I can't wait for my son to start lessons and I won't hesitate to go back to the store for anything that I might need in the future. It was a home town store, friendly yet knowledgeable too! Congratulations Terry Hawkins. Your store is a compliment and an asset to New Brighton. Terry supports our New Brighton Community Life events as often as he is available and the Borough can count on Terry Hawkins and his talented musical troupe to entertain us in song as well!

Second Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

The New Brighton BDA has chosen the Easter Egg Hunt for this quarter's Downtown Recognition Award. Sponsored by the Community Life Committee with the assistance of area businessmen, volunteers and a church group, this premier event was held on April 4th at noon in Townsend Park.  Over 75 children and 90 adults enjoyed games, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny.  Dr. David C. Spokane, a Chippewa orthodontist donated 300 plastic eggs which were filled with wrapped eggs from Jim Crudden's Rosalind Candy Castle.  Grace United Methodist Church provided the baskets given to the children.

First Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Mike and Ron Fisher have been chosen for their dedication to New Brighton.  When the Foodland closed under previous ownership, and left the community without a grocery store, these two men took it upon themselves to re-open the business.

The New Brighton Business District Authority congratulates the following businesses for their 10 or more years in our core downtown area.

First National Bank

Aurora Environmental Engineering

Beaver Valley Shoe Repair

Bricker’s Restaurant

Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe

Brighton Music Center

Building Trades Local 833

Capo’s Used Furniture and Antiques

Celebrate Party Store

Computer Central

ESB Bank

Floors Galore

Gary Lively State Farm Insurance

Hawkins Music Store

Huntington Bank

McNutt’s Abbey Flower Shop Inc.

New Brighton Medical Clinic

New Brighton Public Library

Pete’s Apothecary Drugs

Phillips Eye Healthcare

Sandy’s Barnhouse Inn

Standard Typewriter

Steppin N Style

Tangora’s Sports Cards

The Blue Marble

The Sports Factory

The Yorke Towne Shoppe

Tri-County Copy Products

United Croatian Club

Valley Refrigeration

Valley TV Service

Wagner’s Home Center

Wines and Spirits

The New Brighton BDA thanks the following businesses that have opened in our core district within the past 2 years:

Hallowed Grounds Coffee Roasterie

Queen Horton's Hair City

Design Works Signs

Leslie's Hair Salon & Brad the Barber

Professional Outfitters

Faces of the Future & Youth Light Skin Therapy

Head to Toes Salon

Brighton Barbershop

Huntington Bank