Chester County Briefly: May 15

The Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County's spring luncheon at the Mendenhall Inn.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County

Based in the West Chester, the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County – which aims to improve health through the collaborative efforts of individuals, providers, and policy makers – recently hosted a spring luncheon at the Mendenhall Inn. A total of 210 community members attended the event to celebrate healthy families.

The luncheon included inspirational messages from speakers and a silent auction with a variety of items. Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in a raffle that included decorative, spring-themed cakes and a floral painting that was created during the event.

With the support of sponsors and community members, MCHC can strengthen its mission to empower families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by overcoming the social and environmental barriers that lead to poor health conditions.

Image of Devon Square via the Keystone Property Group.

Devon Square

Devon Square, a two-building office complex on Lancaster Avenue in Devon, has been purchased by Westover Cos., a King of Prussia real estate company, for $33.5 million, writes Natalie Kostelni for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The property totals 139,759 square feet and sits on 16 acres at 724 and 744 West Lancaster Avenue. The seller was Keystone Property Group, which bought it from Equity Office Properties in February 2005 when it was just 39 percent occupied.

Now, after a $6 million investment into interior and exterior upgrades, the complex is more than 90 percent occupied.

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A recent kitchen remodel in Phoenixville by Pine Street Carpenters.

Pine Street Carpenters

Pine Street Carpenters, a design/build remodeler located in West Chester, has earned placement in Remodeling magazine’s annual list of the top remodeling companies in the country. The firm placed No. 28 in the magazine’s “Remodeling 550,” marking the ninth straight year it has made the listing of the nation’s top home improvement companies.

Pine Street’s residential division provides remodeling solutions for homeowners, including kitchens, baths and additions. Its commercial division handles office remodels, retail and tenant fit-outs, and property renovations for corporate clients. And its institutional division provides complete remodeling services for schools, houses of worship, and nonprofits throughout the region.

From left: Annette Smith, Bhvana Vaswani, Gina Harrison, Catherine Friedman, and Robin Meixner.

Mas Mexicali Cantina

Mas Mexicali Cantina in West Chester recently hosted “Shakin’ to Support Chester County” to benefit four local nonprofits.

Guest bartenders for the Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Safe Harbor, and the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation raised a total of $4,317.

Brandon Steiger


Synergema, a national digital marketing firm with an office in Downingtown, has announced that its President and Big Idea Guy, Brandon Steiger, has graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Scholarship Program. Steiger was honored to be voted the class representative by colleagues in this educational program. As such, he delivered the graduation speech in late April.

Steiger founded Synergema 12 years ago to help organizations develop innovative and creative strategies for the web. With more than 21 years of experience, Brandon’s technological background allows Synergema to partner with IT and marketing departments to deliver the right digital solution for each client.

As students, the chosen business leaders spent 14 weeks – roughly 100 class hours – at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College and delivered by CCP faculty. Topics included accounting, human resources, negotiation, and marketing, as well as one-on-one business advising, accounting workshops, and advice from Goldman Sachs professionals.

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