Downtown Recognition Awards
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
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.
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
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
"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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Congratulations and many thanks to Bill Porter
and A-1 Rental for an incredible 50 years in business - and here's
to fifty more!
M. Maskas & Sons: A Family Affair for Nine Decades
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hours: Sunday 12pm to 11pm; Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm; Friday
and Saturday 11am to 12 am.
First Quarter 2011
nearly impossible to think of Tarentum and its character without
conjuring up images of one of its most well-known retailers—Gatto
Gatto’s isn’t just a
Tarentum business, it’s become a Tarentum institution since George
Gatto relocated their New Kensington motorcycle store to Sixth Avenue in
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.
expanded inventory now goes well beyond motorcycles to include
bicycles, exercise equipment, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles,
scooters and more.
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
Business Area Advisory Committee has chosen
Lehman Flower Shop as its
3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient for 2010.
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
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.
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.
appreciate doing business here.
Tarentum is a very friendly town and I’ve always met the
nicest customers,” she says.
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.
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.
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,
“I commend Tarentum
for what they are doing to increase traffic into the business
district and improve the vitality of it, especially around the
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
“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
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.
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,
Center, is now home to
Rabkin Dermatopathology Laboratory, P.C., a business that performs
skin biopsy analysis and reporting for doctors’ offices across the
“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
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.
the aging building, more than a century past its glory days, was
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
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.
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.
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.”
2009 Downtown Recognition:
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
2009 Downtown Recognition:
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
Quarter 2008 Downtown Recognition:
Tarentum Business Area Advisory Committee honors
Jewelers as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient.
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
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
Allegheny Lumber & Supply
Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society
Asay’s News Stand
Bailie’s Flower Shop
Carl Garrett & Son, Inc.
Costello Printing & Graphics
Dynamite Daycare, Inc.
Elks Lodge # 644
First Commonwealth Bank
First National Bank of PA
Gatto Cycle Shop & Diner
Highland Tire & Supply
Joan’s Kiln Korner
Lehman Flower Shop
Fox’s M & G Pizza
M. Maskas and Sons, Inc.
Magoc’s Beauty Salon
Raymond’s Photography Studio
Robert Andreen, Attorney at Law
Stanley F. Bloch Agency, Inc.
Tarentum Floral, 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
White Elephant Consignment Boutique
Tarentum Bargain Mart
Superior Sports Cards
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 email@example.com 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