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Downtown Recognition Awards

Spring 2014

We are pleased to feature the Allegheny Lumber & Supply Company as a Downtown Recognition Recipient. Allegheny Lumber & Supply Company located at 206 Boyd Street has been owned by Bill Schrecongost since the 1980s. The business was originally opened in 1931 as Stockdale's Hardware.  

Allegheny Lumber & Supply Company has seven employees and is a Do It Best Store stocking products to serve many of your hardware needs.  

The store can be reached at 424-224-2080 and regular hours are: Monday-Friday: 7 AM to 5 PM, Saturday: 7 AM to 12 PM, Sunday: Closed

It is our great honor to feature in memoriam, David P. Strellec, Esquire. Mr. Strellec passed away last November. He was an attorney in Tarentum and was the Tarentum Borough solicitor from 1986 until his passing. In his first career, he was an English teacher from 1970 through 1984. He later earned his law degree from Duquesne University.  

Attorney Strellec had a reputation of giving freely of his time and expertise and believed in the concept of pro bono (for good) work. He was well-known for providing legal services for free if his client couldn't pay and he often didn't charge the borough for work he did on Tarentum's behalf. Not only did he donate his legal services, but he also liked to cook often and to share some meal with the poor, neighbors, or friends.

Mr. Strellec will be remembered for his compassion, love of community, humor, and commitment to many. 

Winter 2013

Altany, Loynd & Lindquist has been servicing the Allegheny Valley and Greater Pittsburgh regions insurance needs for over ninety years. The business began as a Personal Lines Agency back in the 1920's and was founded by Jack Loynd & Glenn Lindquist in 1922. It has expanded over the years into a comprehensive Independent Insurance Agency. The agency has long-served some of the regions oldest and most successful corporations.  

Altany, Loynd & Lindquist has two locations, one in New Kensington and a second that originated in Tarentum, moved to Brackenridge in 1999, and relocated back to Tarentum about one year ago. The agency is happy to be back in Tarentum where they feel they are "more visible and more accessible." Additionally, the agency is pleased to be located in a newly constructed building with extra space and room to grow.  

Altany, Loynd & Lindquist is located in Tarentum at 201 Corbet Street.  Altany, Loynd & Lindquist has over the course of its long history built strong ties with local and regional communities. The agency has 10 employees in its Tarentum location and 3 in its New Kensington location. Altany, Loynd & Lindquist offers a broad spectrum of insurance products such as both Employee Benefit Products and Individual Benefit Products; Property and Casualty Products; and Personal Line Products.  

We are pleased to feature Altany, Loynd & Lindquist as a downtown recognition recipient and are happy to have them here in Tarentum. 

We are delighted to feature our very own Borough Manager, Bill Rossey as our Downtown Recognition Recipient. Bill has been an avid supporter of our downtown and of business development in Tarentum for many years, supporting and promoting growth and our efforts for redevelopment.  

Bill's ongoing dedication to our recent streetscape project has propelled Tarentum's downtown revitalization efforts as well. Bill's commitment to the advancement of our community and visionary leadership have made a significant impact on Tarentum.

We cannot say enough to thank Bill for all that he has done and continues to do for our community. He surely goes above and beyond his duties as Borough Manager and shows his true passion for Tarentum every day. Thank you again, Bill, for your support and dedication to the continued efforts for growth and opportunity for Tarentum! 

Banner Community Program strives to recognize municipalities that implement these best practices in all aspects of their operations including fiscal accountability, customer service, and civic responsibility. Congratulation to those whose dedication made this honor possible!

Fall 2013

When Allegheny Angler relocated on the corner of Second Avenue & Ross Street in 1990, the Borough of Tarentum made a major catch.
 
For the 23 years since, the fishing and tackle shop has been a major destination for local anglers in need of bait and tackle, as well as expertise.
 
Owned and operated by Richard DeMichele, Joseph DeMichele and two other family members, the shop opened as Allegheny Bait & Tackle, it's former name, in Brackenridge in 1988, but has called Tarentum home since relocating to the building that formerly housed the Big Dipper ice cream shop.
 
With the closest bait and tackle store in Harmarville, the popularity of fishing and their proximity to the Allegheny River and the marina, Allegheny Angler is well-positioned to do steady business year-round. About four years ago, the owners sought to expand their brick-and-mortar sales by venturing into new waters-ebay.  With online sales growing, Allegheny Angler is furthering their online efforts with a new website,
 http://www.alleghenyangler.com, set to launch next month.
 
Tarentum Borough would like to congratulate Allegheny Angler for 25 years in business and for its ongoing efforts to provide area anglers with the gear they need to fish our area rivers, creeks and streams.

In February of 2012, Tarentum gained another new business when Compression Management Services opened its sixth location in a building that for generations served as the Community Library of Allegheny Valley. 

Compression Management Services/The Lymphedema Centers (CMS) is the largest and most experienced provider of compression therapy products in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.  CMS is a resource for patients, families, and healthcare providers who seek effective products and applications that achieve a better quality of life for patients who suffer from various conditions including: lymphedema, venous insufficiency, venous stasis ulcers, varicose veins and burns. They specialize in home therapy products to reduce swelling and custom compression garments to prevent the reoccurrence of swelling.     

The Comprehensive Care Center for Women, also part of the Tarentum location, serves those who have undergone or are facing the challenges of breast surgery.  Their unique approach provides women with education and products that effectively manage and address a variety of conditions in one convenient location. The staff is dedicated to each woman's needs and the common goal of returning them to their pre-surgery lifestyle. 

The line-up of products include post-surgical camisoles, breast prostheses, breast forms balance products for lumpectomy and reconstruction, bras and products for management of post-mastectomy lymphedema. 

What brought the growing company to Tarentum was their relationship with Blackburn's Physician Pharmacy.  For years, Compression Management rented space within Blackburn's to service area patients once per week.  But new challenges and a burgeoning client base led to major changes.  

"With the more restrictive Medicare regulations, coupled with a tremendous opportunity for growth in the area, the timing seemed right to open our own facility in Tarentum," explained Jerry Clark, Compression Management's Eastern Regional Manager. 

The former library on Sixth Avenue, now owned by the Gatto family, proved to be ideal for Compression Management's team of four regular Tarentum-based staff, as well as ample space for company-wide meetings and administration functions.  Geographically, it's a convenient location for patients from Kittanning, Fox Chapel, New Kensington and other surrounding areas.  

Clark added, "The Gattos have been wonderful to work with and I'm learning a lot about Tarentum's fascinating history. It's been a great move for us."  

The Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee is pleased to have Compression Management here in Tarentum and happy to recognize them as a featured downtown recognition recipient.

Fall 2012

 

Bruce Ringer's love affair with furry, four-legged friends began during his formative years spent with his father raising and hunting with beagles to help put food on the family's Fawn Township table.

 

Today, Bruce is a respected and sought after dog trainer, behaviorist and volunteer and co-owner of Ringers Pet Dog Training on Sixth Avenue in Tarentum. The business provides services that include doggy daycare and cage-free boarding, and sells products for dogs and cats that include high-quality food and natural supplements.

 

Bruce and his wife, Kim, launched the business on a Frazier Township farm in 1996 but relocated to Tarentum 16 years ago. For the past eight years, Ringers has been housed in the grand Tarentum Trust & Savings building that has sat stately on the corner of Sixth and Corbett since the 1920s.

 

Despite a degree in drafting, Bruce was drawn to dog training and spends 200 hours each year taking training and obedience courses to further his knowledge and learn new techniques. In fact, he was one of the first in the country to be certified by the Association of Pet Dog Training.

 

Beyond operating their own business, Bruce and Kim serve as mentors for students enrolled in the online Animal Behavioral College and have subsequently worked with trainers from all over Pittsburgh through the course.

 

Bruce also donates time and his dogs to help families find missing loved ones through his canine search and rescue volunteer services. Most notably, Bruce donated his services in Shanksville to help find the remains of the 40 passengers who tragically perished aboard Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

 

Tarentum Borough and the Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee would like to recognize Ringers Pet Dog Training as their featured Downtown Recognition Recipient this quarter for their ongoing success and their generosity with their time and expertise to help others.

 

www.ringerspetdogtraining.com

facebook.com/ringerspetdogtraining


Summer 2012

Need it? Rent it! has been A-1 Rental's motto for fifty years, since Robert G. Porter began the business in 1962. Bill Porter took over the family business in 1982, which has always remained in the same location on Sixth Avenue. Although Robert began the business as a rental source for contracter equipment, air compressors, scaffolding, trenchers and the like, Bill expanded it to include a full line of party goods, including tables, tents, chairs and inflatables. A-1 Rental also offers the rental of U-Haul trucks. 

A-1 Rental boasts 3 full time employees in its steady workforce and during the summer and party season this number swells with the addition of 6 part-timers at the busiest time of year. 

Bill Porter extends his heartfelt thanks to each and every one of his customers who have kept A-1 Rental in business for 50 years - customers both local to Tarentum and as far as Washington, PA and the entire Pittsburgh region. 

Congratulations and many thanks to Bill Porter and A-1 Rental for an incredible 50 years in business - and  here's to fifty more!

Winter 2012

 

M. Maskas & Sons: A Family Affair for Nine Decades

It was 1920 when Matthew Maskas opened a wholesale candy distributor on Sixth Avenue in downtown Tarentum. Matthew couldn't have foreseen then that his business would endure for more than nine decades and employ four generations of the Maskas family, a truly remarkable accomplishment.

 

Now perched at the corner of Seventh & Wood, Matthew's grandson Randy and wife Tracey operate the candy and paper wholesaler that serves most local businesses, restaurants, bars and hospitals, as well as a healthy walk-in retail trade. Like his father before him, Randy is grooming the next Maskas generation to take over the reigns.

 

And they are well-prepared for the challenge. Brian earned a degree in business administration and marketing from Robert Morris University in 2009 and younger brother Nathan, now in his third year at RMU, is following suit.

"My sons have brought a lot of energy and new ideas into the business," says Randy. "But one thing that will continue is that quality and service will always be our top priority. It's the reason why we've endured since 1920 and why we'll be here for years to come."

M. Maskas & Sons is more than an outlet neatly stocked with paper goods, canned foods, candy and restaurant supplies. It's a Tarentum institution.

Congratulations on 92 incredible years ...and counting.
www.maskas.com.


Fall 2011

For 56 years, Nick Chevrolet has sat like a sentinel near the bustling intersection of West Seventh Avenue and Tarentum Bridge road.

The business bears the name of the company's founder, Nick Petrishen Sr, a former Springdale resident who opened the dealership in 1955. While he passed away in 1995, his legacy in Tarentum lives on in a business now operated by his children, Nick Jr. and John, who serve as the company's vice president and president, respectively.


Forty-five people are employed by the bustling dealership, including 10 service technicians, and for 19 consecutive years, Trib Total media readers have voted Nick Chevrolet the best dealership for new and used cars in the area.

Known for its customer service, the dealership also operates from a sizable geographic footprint along the West Seventh corridor, including a showroom, several lots and a collision center that they operate out of the former Lieberth & Sons dealership.

Nick Chevrolet is set to embark on a new era with a major renovation, both interior and exterior, keeping with their tradition of investing in their business, their customers and the community.


"We want to continue to evolve with the times to keep our customers happy, loyal and investing back in the local community," says John.

Tarentum Borough is proud to recognize Nick Chevrolet for its longevity and continued drive for excellent business practices and customer service.


Second Quarter 2011

The Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee has chosen Fox's Pizza located at 407 E. 6th Avenue as its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011. This quarterly downtown recognition is an opportunity for the committee to recognize notable individuals, businesses, or groups who have contributed to our community's downtown efforts in some positive way.

We are pleased to have Matt Fryer, owner of Fox's Pizza and this long-standing, Tarentum business in our central business district. We appreciate that Matt has chosen to operate his business in our community and thank him for his commitment to Tarentum.

On behalf of the Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee, we congratulate you on this honor and thank you for your support in our community's revitalization initiatives.

For more information or to contact Fox's Pizza, the store can be reached at 724-224-6923 or www.akvalleyfoxspizza.com. Hours: Sunday 12pm to 11pm; Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 12 am.

First Quarter 2011

It’s nearly impossible to think of Tarentum and its character without conjuring up images of one of its most well-known retailersGatto Cycle Shop.

Gatto’s isn’t just a Tarentum business, it’s become a Tarentum institution since George Sr. and Loretta Gatto relocated their New Kensington motorcycle store to Sixth Avenue in 1967. 

Back then, Gatto’s was an authorized dealer of Suzuki, Triumph and other various brands of motorcycles. Today, the store carries many brands, including Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Polaris, and, of course, the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, which they added in 1981.  

The retailer’s expanded inventory now goes well beyond motorcycles to include bicycles, exercise equipment, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, scooters and more.

Despite an extensive inventory of well-known brands, products and service for nearly anything on wheels, it’s Gatto’s reputation as a first-rate Harley-Davidson dealer that has helped to cement the retailer’s stellar reputation.

“We don’t sell commodities, we are in the business to provide an extraordinary experience. We consider ourselves to be the Nordstrom or Saks of the motorcycle business” says George Jr., who now manages day-to-day operations, along with brother Mark. It’s a philosophy that Gatto’s shares with Harley-Davidson one that most certainly has contributed to the business’ endurance that spans more than four decades.  

In its best years, Gatto’s sells more than 1,500 bikes and requires a team of more than fifty to meet demand during peak spring and summer seasons.  

But Gatto’s impact in Tarentum cannot be measured in annual sales and job creation alone. To support the company’s growth, Gatto’s has purchased numerous buildings over the years to expand their inventory and services and, just as importantly, to protect some of the borough’s oldest buildings.

Most notably, in the 1980s, when the YMCA on the corner of Seventh and Ross was slated to be torn down, George Sr. purchased the building in an effort to save it, despite a challenging layout for retail and extensive renovations, and moved the bicycle shop into the space while renting out the upper floor to a gymnastics center that today houses their Honda products. 

The family also purchased the former library building on Sixth Avenue, a former auto dealership on Seventh and numerous other buildings.  In fact, the influence of the Gatto family in Tarentum even extends to the local dining scene.  In 1993, George Sr. bought, restored and relocated a 1940s era diner to the lot adjacent to their Harley-Davidson dealership on Sixth Avenue.   

 “We love it here in Tarentum,” says George Jr. “Not just because it is ideally situated at the intersections of major crossroads, but you can talk to the mayor, the manager, the police chief, everyone knows you on a first-name basis and issues are taken care of. You’re dealing with people, not bureaucracies. I can’t imagine doing business anywhere else.”   

“I don’t know if anyone could have foreseen back in 1967, but the arrival of Gatto’s gave the borough more than a new business. Tarentum gained an invested loyal partner and a protector of our history, our architectural treasures and our way of life,” says borough manager Bill Rossey.

Fourth Quarter 2010

The Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee has chosen to recognize Blackburn Pharmacy as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010.  They are being honored for the work they recently completed on their property. The renovation of their parking lot is an attractive addition to the Corbet Street section of our downtown.

Third Quarter 2010

The Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee has chosen Lehman Flower Shop as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient for 2010. 

When Lehman Flower Shop opened its doors at 208 Corbett Street in downtown Tarentum, Herbert Hoover was president, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller were popular entertainers of the day and the county was in the throes of the Great Depression. 

Today, more than 80 years later, the shop remains an anchor tenant along the busy retail street.   Joyce Williams of Allegheny Township took over the business, located in a building owned by her husband, from the previous owner 28 years ago.  She decided to forego a name change due to the shop’s reputation and long-standing history in the region.   

Today, Joyce offers a full-service shop with professional floral designs, silk arrangements and plants and offers delivery service to areas as far north as Sarver and south to St. Margaret’s Hospital. 

“I really appreciate doing business here.  Tarentum is a very friendly town and I’ve always met the nicest customers,” she says.

Second Quarter 2010

The Tarentum Business District Advisory Committee has named Van Sciver’s Wallcoverings and Paint as its second quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient. For almost a quarter-century, Marlis and Denny Fuhrman have operated Van Sciver’s Wallcoverings and Paint, a store that first opened on East Sixth Avenue in Tarentum in 1923 and still bears the name of the original owners.  

Known as one of the region’s leading Benjamin Moore paint dealers, its vast wallpaper selection, interior design assistance and commercial and residential installation services, Van Sciver's has helped hundreds upon hundreds of people across the valley beautify their surroundings.  And they practice what they preach.  

With Tarentum’s current focus on revitalization and improving the downtown business district, Van Sciver's serves as a model merchant with its clean, inviting exterior at 311 Sixth Avenue.   

“We may be residents of Sarver, but we have been part of Tarentum’s business district since 1986. We want to bring people into the area to support our retailers so we work hard to keep our store and the surrounding area inviting,” explained Marlis.   

But exterior character does not a business make. Inside, the store is filled with high-quality paint and supplies, a vast supply of wallpaper coverings and the store’s second floor balcony houses a gift shop with accent pieces for the home.  Daily operations are run by Robin Shoemaker, the store’s stellar manager, who is always on hand to help customers solve their interior designs dilemmas and oversees daily operations.  

“I want to commend Marlis and Denny as well as Robin, for serving as a great illustration of the importance and value of a welcoming exterior. The awnings, well-kempt façade and window displays all work together to make it an inviting destination on Sixth Avenue,” says Bill Rossey, Tarentum’s manager.

“I commend Tarentum for what they are doing to increase traffic into the business district and improve the vitality of it, especially around the holidays.”

First Quarter 2010

Much has changed in Tarentum in the last 50 years but one constant in the borough’s retail sector has been the presence of Carl Garrett & Son, Inc. which opened its doors on January 1, 1960, thanks for the efforts of founders Carl Garrett, his wife, Garnet, and their son, Don.  

More than five decades later, the Fifth Avenue building situated near the railroad tracks is still home to the 12-employee heating, air conditioning and plumbing contractor.  

Today, the company is operated by Don Garrett and his son, Skip, and Mike Thimons, with quality and service as their number one priority.  

Each day, a fleet of Carl Garrett & Son service vehicles travel within a 25 mile radius to service residential customers, who appreciate the company’s attention to exceptional customer service and care. 

 “We at Carl Garrett & Son Inc. would like to thank our customers and employees for making 50 years in business possible.”

On behalf of Tarentum Borough, we’d like to congratulate Carl Garrett & Son for their ongoing success, longevity and commitment to quality customer care.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Dianna Roney didn’t plan to open an antique and gift shop in Tarentum when she purchased a building at 122 East Fourth Avenue in 2005. 

Her plan to use the location to store and repair antiques that she would eventually sell at a Verona antique shop quickly evolved when passersby with some frequency came in to inquire about purchasing various pieces.  “It was clear that there was a demand and interest in Tarentum for antiques and that I was in a good position to capitalize on it, “Dianna admits.

In October of 2006, Dianna and four other dealers opened the doors to Diamond Antiques & Gifts, a well-stocked shop known for its inventory of country, cottage, primitive and Victorian furniture, artwork, glass and jewelry.

It didn’t take the shop long to capture the attention of local antique collectors and bargain-hunting dealers from as far away as Virginia.  The shop’s clientele grew rapidly, as did interest from other antique collectors and dealers.

As the business continues to grow, Dianna has capitalized on a new grant program designed to encourage Tarentum business owners to improve the exteriors of their properties with architectural elements, signage and lighting, befitting the borough’s 19th century history and efforts to create a vibrant and inviting business district.

In fact, Diamond Antiques has the distinction of being the first Tarentum business to complete façade renovations through a grant program administered by the Allegheny Restores program.  By working with Dotty Roddy, the business development coordinator of Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee (T-BAAC), Dianna received a grant that covered half of the cost of her exterior renovations.

Today, Diamond Antiques boasts a new awning that mimics “the storefronts of yesteryear,” vintage lighting and a new sign that meets the guidelines developed by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks foundation, an organization that is working with the borough to develop design guidelines. Several other Tarentum businesses will soon be following suit.

“This is a great example of the benefits of being among the first communities selected to participate in the County’s All Together program,” said Bill Rossey, Borough Manager.  “Local businesses have a great opportunity to capitalize on this grant program that will not only increase the value and appeal of their businesses, but will serve to make Tarentum’s business district more inviting to new businesses, residents and visitors.”

Business owners interested in applying for a grant can contact the borough for an application and information.

Tarentum Borough would like to thank Dianna Roney for her work in organizing and promoting the first Antiques in the Park event, a fundraiser for the Allegheny Valley Historical Society that featured antique dealers, food vendors and a vintage car show this past fall. 

Third Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

A new business set up shop in Tarentum this spring, bringing 20 new workers to the Borough’s daily mix and one of the town’s most beloved historic buildings back to its former glory.

The former site of Second Ward School and, most recently, Highlands Area Senior Center, is now home to Rabkin Dermatopathology Laboratory, P.C., a business that performs skin biopsy analysis and reporting for doctors’ offices across the country.

 When the company was nearing the end of its 10-year lease on its headquarters in O’Hara’s RIDC Park, the company’s founder, Dr. Michael Rabkin, and his wife, Beth, the office administrator, began to search for new space that would accommodate the two-decades-old bioscience venture. Employees who live in the area suggested that they take a look at the building on Second Avenue, which served as a school for generations of kids from the 1850s to the late 1970s.

 “We knew that we wanted to buy instead of lease,” explained Beth. “With 15,000 sq. feet of space, employee parking, proximity to a riverfront park and a real community with sidewalks and nearby restaurants, the location was ideal.”

 However, the aging building, more than a century past its glory days, was not.

 But the couple was undeterred and completely committed to a major makeover that would enhance the buildings functionality while preserving its architectural heritage.

 “We were not interested in an anonymous office building. We were attracted to the character of the site and the surrounding area.  We were as committed to restoring the building’s period exterior as we were to completely modernizing the office and lab spaces.”

The remodeling and restoration costs are estimated to be more than 200 times the initial cost of the building, but the results are exceptional, and have enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding area in Tarentum’s 400 block.

 locked window openings and arches have been uncovered; the brick and stone exterior have been cleaned; the property was graded to remove 12 inches of sediment deposited from previous floods, which washes the ground floor in natural light; and an extensive landscaping project is currently underway that will eventually include a rose garden and green space on an adjacent property that the company recently acquired and cleared.

The Rabkins hired local contractors and tradesmen for all the interior and exterior work whenever possible, including several people who had actually attended elementary school in the building.  

Bill Rossey and the Borough have been wonderful in helping us with our relocation and remodeling efforts. Everyone made us feel welcome.  This was a great move for us and our employees.”

 Rossey echoes the sentiment. “Rabkin is a welcome addition to our downtown business mix.  It’s great to see a company of this caliber recognize the economic incentives and cultural amenities that Tarentum has to offer. We’re open for business.”

Second Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Weleski Enterprises’ presence in Tarentum dates back to the turn of the century when entrepreneur Andrew L. Weleski launched a hauling company from the dining room of his First Avenue home.    

100 years later, his grandson Gary sits at the helm of the family owned and operated venture that today includes self storage facilities, river terminals, a truck repair facility, a convenience store, three Subway franchise and a successful travel agency. 

Gary credits his father, Tony, who passed away in September of 2007, for setting the stage for the company’s evolution from a local hauling business into a leading long distance moving company by recognizing the opportunities in that industry and capitalizing on them. 

While the company’s diversification into other markets is impressive, the moving business still reigns supreme for the 225-employee company, just as it has in the four generations since the company’s birth.   

Today, Weleski has offices in Cleveland and Johnstown and is one of the largest of the 400 agents affiliated with Atlas Van Lines and has grown from a major player in the A-K Valley to a well-known commodity in the industry nationwide.  

Prominent customers include the Pittsburgh Steelers, PNC Bank, Mellon Bank and Ernst & Young who rely on the Weleski’s long distance and commercial relocation expertise to help key personnel transition to new geographic locales.  

What has propelled the company’s rise in the industry is the steady leadership of the Weleski family, four generations of it.  Gary has worked with his cousin Lynn Thompson, the company’s Vice President, since the 1970s and both have been joined by their own children, Lauren and Dan, respectively.  

For over a century, Weleski has been branching out into new market segments and geographic terrain but the company’s long and noteworthy heritage remains firmly rooted in Tarentum.

First Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

John Greco, owner of JG's Tarentum Station Grille, has been chosen for his renovation and re-opening of a restaurant in our landmark train station.  JG's offers casual, fine-dining atmosphere in a historic setting.

Fourth Quarter 2008 Downtown Recognition:

The Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee honors Seita Jewelers as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient. Since 1951, Seita Jewelers has been a cornerstone of commerce in the borough's busy Sixth Avenue corridor. Owners Curt and Sandi Marino are committed to retail excellence and the community at large. Renowned for its exceptional customer service, Seita's and its owners are equally respected for their work on behalf of non-profit organizations, as well as the Borough's ongoing revitalization efforts

Tarentum Borough is delighted to honor the outstanding businesses and leaders who are committed to the vitality of Downtown Tarentum.

The following businesses have demonstrated their commitment to our community, and to the importance of maintaining a strong central business district for our residents, by electing to locate in our downtown for ten or more years OR for opening in our downtown within the last two years. As a component of the Allegheny Together Program, Recognition Awards will be given to these outstanding businesses and leaders in the pilot towns. (During this pilot year, the Allegheny Together program is focusing their efforts on a preliminary core study area of our downtown, see details below.)

The Borough of Tarentum congratulates the following businesses that have enjoyed ten or more years of success in our core business district.

A-l Rental
Allegheny Lumber & Supply
Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society
Asay’s News Stand
Bailie’s Flower Shop
Bangor’s
Blackburn’s Pharmacy
Bonnett Enterprises
Carl Garrett & Son, Inc.
Costello Printing & Graphics
Dalmo Optical
Dynamite Daycare, Inc.
Elks Lodge # 644
First Commonwealth Bank
First National Bank of PA
Gatto Cycle Shop & Diner
Highland Tire & Supply
JG’s Tarentum Station
Joan’s Kiln Korner
Lehman Flower Shop
Logan Paint
Fox’s M & G Pizza
M. Maskas and Sons, Inc.
Magoc’s Beauty Salon
Massart’s Restaurant
Praha
Raymond’s Photography Studio
Robert Andreen, Attorney at Law
Sadecky’s Puppets
Seita Jewelers
Stanley F. Bloch Agency, Inc.
Tarentum Floral, Inc.
Tully’s Inc.
The Valley News Dispatch
Van Sciver’s Wallcovering and Paint

The Borough of Tarentum congratulates the following businesses that have opened in our core business district within the last two years.

Ben's Home Brew                                                    Too Hot Tanning
Choppers Bar & Grille                                             Girl Friday
Diamond Antiques                                                   White Elephant Consignment Boutique
Tarentum Bargain Mart                                           Tarentum Mart
Superior Sports Card
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While efforts were made to ensure that all eligible recipients are included in this list, we apologize if your business was inadvertently excluded. Please send your contact information to Town Center Associates at tca@towncenter.info or call us 412-577-7447 and we'll be sure to include you in the next newsletter. To be eligible for the recognition awards, your business must be located in the Preliminary Core Study Area (East 6th Avenue, 5th Avenue, 4th Avenue - all of these from Wood to Corbet Street, and Corbet Street from the track crossing to 3rd Avenue) and have been in operation in the downtown for ten or more years, OR have opened within the last two years.
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