NHS Cares receives grant to prevent youth substance abuse

NHS Cares, a nonprofit community coalition whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance use in young people, was recently awarded a federal grant to involve and engage their local community to accomplish this goal. The grant could potentially span a total of 10 years, which allows for significant and sustainable change in the New Hope-Solebury community.

NHS Cares, in existence since 2008, evolved out of informal and informational conversations among concerned community persons about the destructive influence of drugs and alcohol on the youth in the New Hope-Solebury community.

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New Hope Photo: Preserving your special memories

by June Portnoy

Since most people today store their photos in their phones or in other electronic devices, having tangible photos becomes an especially meaningful keepsake, and New Hope Photo has a large variety of options on which you can display them.

New Hope Photo, established in 1984 by Ted Nichols, is the only independent photo store in the New Hope/Lambertville area.

“Although we continue to offer that traditional personalized service from the past, we have evolved over the years to remain relevant in today’s digital age of photography,” says Ted, who has a lifelong interest in this industry.

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You can now dunk your donuts in Washington Crossing

by June Portnoy

America “Runs on Dunkin’,” and as of this month, so does Washington Crossing! Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its doors at 1118 General Washington Memorial Boulevard (formerly Plan B Bistro & Bar), becoming the only Dunkin’ Donuts in this area.

“We went to great lengths to conform to the aesthetics of this community,” says JT Young, co-owner of this new Dunkin’ Donuts location. “As opposed to the bright bold colors typically associated with Dunkin’ Donuts, we used softer, more neutral colors both inside and outside to fit in with the existing buildings in town.”

JT explained that there are different types of Dunkin’ Donuts models from which to choose, and they selected the top-of-the-line model for this location.

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The Village Toy Shoppe: A Bucks County tradition

The Village Toy Shoppe of New Hope is a family-owned independent award-winning specialty toy store located on Main Street in New Hope.

This toy store has a long-standing tradition in Bucks County, established over 50 years ago as The Vendor Shoppe in Lahaska and acquired by Doris Thompson in 1984, but to understand the tradition of this business you must understand the story behind it.

Doris’ retail story was built on an idea, a dream and hard work. During the late 1960’s, she had stumbled upon a miniature fur mouse created in Germany. Looking to create a business, Doris bought a container of these fur mice and established The Little Mouse Factory in Rockledge, PA.

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Angel’s Cards & Gifts: Featuring the largest selection of greeting cards in the local area

by June Portnoy

Angel’s Cards & Gifts carries practically everything you need to purchase a gift for any special occasion, all under one roof at a price you can afford. Its claim to fame is its unusually large selection of greeting cards.

Looking for a pet sympathy card? Look no farther than Angel’s. From weddings and birthdays to virtually every religious holiday or special celebration, you’ll find an appropriate greeting card for both traditional and non-traditional occasions.

“We sell 16 different card lines with prices ranging from 99 cent cards to higher end Papyrus cards,” says storeowner, Angel LaBuda.

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Tiny Tots Nursery: Offering a positive educational experience in a small, nurturing environment

by June Portnoy

At Tiny Tots Nursery, your child will be nurtured, cared for and treated like a member of the family.

“We are a small school and we plan to remain small so that every child receives the personalized attention they deserve,” says Tiny Tots Director, Liz Douglas.

Tiny Tots, located at Street and Mechanicsville Roads in Solebury, accepts students from 16 months through kindergarten. It offers one class per age group with a very small student to teacher ratio.

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Mathnasium of Buckingham: Transforming the way kids understand math

by June Portnoy

Your child doesn’t have to hate math or struggle to reach the next level. Thanks to Mathnasium of Buckingham at Peddler’s Village, instructors at this math-only learning center can teach your children math in a way that makes sense to them.

“We’re not here to tutor children just so they can pass their next test or complete their evening’s homework assignment,” says Tammy Goldberg, co-owner of this new Mathnasium with her husband Marc Goldberg. “Our instructional approach goes far beyond traditional math tutoring and results in a strong underlying understanding of math.

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Mathnasium: Any child can become great at math!

Mathnasium’s top performing franchise owners are opening their first Bucks County location at Peddler’s Village this month.

“Mathnasium of Buckingham” will be located on Carousel Lane and will have Giggleberry Fair as a neighboring business.

Mathnasium operates on the core belief that virtually any child can become great at math. The Mathnasium Method™, implemented at more than 600 Mathnasium centers in the U.S. and abroad, is a unique program that provides each child with a customized learning plan and innovative personalized instruction.

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The Lucky Cupcake: Not your typical bakery

by June Portnoy

Lahaska now has a new treat in store for you. Joanne Jarin, pastry chef and former “Cupcake Wars” contestant, recently opened The Lucky Cupcake Company in Peddler’s Village. Her original location, established in Pipersville five years ago, has become so successful that it was time to expand, explains Joanne.

She adds that the Lahaska bakery is the only cupcake shop in the immediate vicinity. This small, custom bakeshop specializes in filled cupcakes. It is a scratch bakery, so everything is baked fresh daily on the premises, using the best quality ingredients

“Nothing sold here is made from mixes or comes out of containers, including the fillings or icings,” describes Joanne.

Unlike many icings that often taste too sweet, Joanne prepares a Swiss meringue buttercream icing, made with real butter instead of shortening. The end result is a lighter, delicious icing that makes you feel less full, yet satisfied.

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