When it Rains, it Pours…or in our case, Leaks!

Well, Labor Day weekend has officially come and gone meaning the unofficial end of summer is upon us. I hope most of you spent the weekend relaxing at the beach or barbecuing poolside in your bathing suits. It was the perfect weather to enjoy one of the last swims of the season. We had the opportunity to enjoy a splash or two, although, not in the way we had hoped. It was Friday morning around 9am and it was a rather slow day so I figured I could relax a little and enjoy some of the Labor Day weekend. Before I ducked out early for the day, I made myself some bacon and an egg sandwich on a bagel. I had just sat down at the dining room table and began eating my bacon when out of nowhere, a drop of water hit my plate.

At first, I was confused but it only took one more drop for me to look up and quickly see the water ring around the light and panic immediately started to set in. I jumped up and quickly turned the lights off and then frantically ran up the steps to the second floor Frey Suite where I found about an inch of water on the bathroom floor and the ceiling ballooning down under the weight of the additional water coming from above. I ran upstairs to the Deisher bathroom which is directly above the Frey, but much to my surprise, no water anywhere. I officially had no clue where the water was coming from, but boy was there a lot of it.

I then called my mom, but no answer so I tried my dad…also no answer. Panic was definitely growing as the water started to show in other parts of the dining room. Both plumbers that I called couldn’t come until the afternoon. So, there I was, water everywhere, no clue where it was coming from and no idea how to turn the water off. Probably should have went over that before I fully took over, but of course you overlook these things until they matter. I continued to try to get ahold of my parents and decided to use the towels we had just taken out of rotation to attempt to soak up the water from the Frey. While doing so, I heard back from my parents and they talked me through turning off the water. Which is no easy feat. There are about ten handles sitting around the same meters controlling water flow from all different directions. I opted to just turn as many as I could to pretty much guarantee that I got the right one. With the water finally turned off, my panic started to settle a little bit. My dad was on his way and being that Papa C (most of you know him as Angelo) is a contractor, I felt safe in knowing it would soon be under control.

And it was. My dad some how managed to get the plumber here even though he told me he couldn’t make it until the afternoon. The leaking pipe was found after cutting through some drywall and replaced shortly thereafter. And after letting everything dry, my dad put in new drywall and spackle. It still needs to be painted this week as the painter couldn’t come until then since this all conveniently happened over a long weekend. But for the most part, the place is back to normal and it is as if nothing ever happened. Although it did…it definitely did. And the pictures below will show it. I guess you can’t say there is ever a boring day in the life of an Innkeeper. 

Until next time…

Your “Coming to Work From Now On with My Rainboots and Umbrella” Innkeeper,

Shena 

      
 

You’ve Met Your Match, Mary Poppins

It’s true what they say…you don’t realize how fast you have been moving until you stop. We have been fortunate enough lately that the Inn has been very busy. In fact, July was our busiest month ever since we opened the Inn. We LOVE when the Inn is full and are grateful for all of our repeat guests and the new people we get to meet on a daily basis. But with more guests, comes more responsibilities. Mary Poppins is one of my all time favorite movies (I even dressed up as her one year for Halloween) and I have been trying, to no avail, to snap my fingers at the piles of linens or at the unmade beds and magically finish all of the seemingly unending tasks. But I think it is finally time to come to terms with the fact that Mary Poppins is just a movie character and I’m just going to have to roll up my sleeves and get dirty. 
Thankfully, it is not a one-man show at the Inn. We have the best staff at the Inn and none, I repeat, NONE, of what we do at the Inn would be possible without them. Honestly, with the group we’ve got working here, I think we could give Mary Poppins and her snapping fingers a run for their money. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to introduce you to all of them today on the level I would like, but throughout the year, I will be doing interviews with them so you can get to know each of them a little better and put some faces to the Main Street Inn name. For today, I will start with the employee who has been here the longest and is the fastest bacon fryer this side of the Mississippi. So, without further ado…
Meet Meghan

  

When and why did you start working at the Main Street Inn?

I began working at the Main Street Inn in the fall of 2010 after working on an organic vegetable farm down in Bucks County. Pam’s middle daughter, Jo who is one of my best friends, had been working at the Inn, but was planning to move out of town for work and Pam was looking for her replacement. Right place at the right time! I have known the Corrado family since I was a kid. I even got snowed in at their house for a week during the ‘96 snowstorm.

Describe your typical day and responsibilities.

I get to the Inn bright and early, usually before any of the guests are up. I get the guest kitchen set up for breakfast as I wait for the guests to come down from their rooms, While I wait, I am usually in the kitchen getting some baking done for the week or weekend. I cook breakfast to order, then as the guests check out, I start cleaning the rooms, doing laundry, answering the phone and taking reservations.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Inn?

I enjoy the baking a lot. Coming up with new cookie or bread recipes for the guests to enjoy. I also like talking with the guests. They come from all over the world and are always very interesting to talk to. I love to travel and it is always fun to talk with guests about where they are from or where they have traveled. 

Least favorite?

I don’t know if I really have a least favorite. Sometimes the piles of laundry in the basement can seem endless.

You are quite talented in the kitchen. Where did you get your cooking skills?

Both of my parents are great cooks. I grew up eating really well at both my mom and dad’s house. My dad makes the absolute best dippy eggs, cookies, and desserts and my mom never makes the same meal twice, she is very creative in the kitchen and the result is always delicious.

What is one thing you would like to see us add to the Inn?

Our outdoor seating area is so beautiful. I think it would be great to open a little café in the Inn and open the courtyard to patrons of the café to sit and enjoy the beautiful sycamore trees.

What do you do when you aren’t working?

In January my fiancé, John, and I opened our own yoga studio called Kutztown Yoga. The studio is located just a few blocks from the Inn in the old Town Hall building on North Whiteoak Street. We spend a lot of our time at the studio when we aren’t at work.

Tell me more about Kutzotwn Yoga. How did the idea start? What is it like owning your own business? Where and how do you see it growing?

I was teaching yoga classes in and around Kutztown since 2012 and after John and I returned to Kutztown after traveling around the country for 7 months in 2014, we had a lot of family and friends asking us when and where was yoga going to start again. We wanted to serve our community and build a business that would bring people together. John and I both love practicing and teaching yoga and thought opening our own studio would be a great way to bring our community together, fulfill the needs of the locals, and help people in the best way we know how. We hope the studio will grow as more people hear about us. Word of mouth is our best advertiser right now. We hope to add more classes to the schedule to accommodate the busy schedules of our students and make attending a yoga class more convenient for them. We would love to offer workshops in partner yoga, restorative yoga, and kids yoga. Owning my own business is scary but fun. I love having control over my own studio space and my own schedule. I have met so many wonderful people who live in and around Kutztown just since opening in January. The support system we have is absolutely amazing.

Tell me about your family.

My family is from the Kutztown/Allentown area. I am what people around here call a “townie.” I grew up in Kutztown along with my two brothers and one sister. I am very close with my family and they all live fairly close so we get to see each other a lot. My fiancé, John, and I met while attending KU for our Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees. He is from East Petersburg, near Lancaster. We have been together since 2008 and are getting married next year. We have traveled around the country together for a total of 10 months over the past 7 years. We look forward to building our business here in Kutztown and becoming a bigger part of the community.

What is one thing we would be surprised to know about you?

When John and I met, one of our first conversations with each other was in Japanese. He had studied abroad there for a summer and I had hosted Japanese exchange students for a few summers. We don’t know much, but we formed a connection that way and we both would love to learn to speak it someday and travel around Japan together. I also would love to learn how to play the ukulele.

Until Next Time…

Your “Determined to Make These Snapping Fingers Work” Innkeeper,

Shena

*If you are interested in taking classes at Kutztown Yoga while you stay at the Inn, don’t worry about packing a mat or assistive blocks. Meghan provides both for her customers who either don’t have one or forgot to bring one. Visit Kutztown Yoga on Facebook to see her schedule and get more information. 

Don’t Worry Kutztown, Age is Just a Number

As I am sitting here writing this post on the front porch of the Inn, I just waved to my dad who was turning from Baldy St onto Main St. I saw the mayor of the town walking with her husband, and I saw my landlord leaving work and walking across the street to his house. A friend was power walking up the street for exercise and the son of the owner of the Kutztown Strand was strolling by with a friend. What I love about all of that is that I will most likely see all of them at least one more time by the end of the day. Kutztown is small town life at it’s finest. That’s why, in addition to being the Innkeeper here at the Inn, I also decided to join the Kutztown Bicentennial Committee to help plan the week long celebration. When I leave here today, I will head over to the Kutztown Area Historical Society for our last Kutztown Bicentennial Committee meeting before the celebration kicks off on Saturday. Just yesterday, I was having drinks at the K’town Pub for a friends birthday and we were discussing how strange it is that we have been planning this celebration for three years. It feels like just yesterday I was asked by Craig Koller, Bicentennial chairman, to join the committee. But here we are, less than three days from the first event when all of our hard work is about to pay off. 

It’s a bittersweet feeling, really. On one hand, I won’t be seeing the committee members anymore and truthfully, they have started to feel like family. We’ve shared this common bond for so long, it will be sad saying “see ya later” and not knowing when that later will be. But on the other, I am excited to get some free time back and finally be able to enjoy these events we have been planning for so long. 

And you should come out and enjoy them, too. We have an event (or in some cases two events) every day from Saturday, July 25th through Sunday, August 2nd. The full schedule is shown below and you can get more information about each of the events on the website at www.kutztownboro.org/bicentennial. And as a little added surprise, we will be inviting people to enjoy our courtyard from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday with some music, food, beer from Saucony Creek Brewing Co., wine from Vynecrest, and some fun raffles of local items. I will be posting some more information about that tomorrow on our Facebook. For now, take a look at the Bicentennial events and I hope to see as many of you there as possible in support of our home town. 

Until next time…

Your “Kutztown’s Biggest Fan” Innkeeper,

Shena