They Say You Can’t Choose Your Family, But I Sure Did

You may hear that nothing new ever happens in Kutztown. Some people like it that way. There is something to be said for that nostalgia that hits every time you return home after an extended absence. The familiar faces, the familiar sights, the familiar food. It’s a comfort that I used to long for when I lived miles away in both San Francisco and Miami.

I used to be one of those people that liked Kutztown just the way it was.

But then I moved home and the familiar started to become the mundane. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the familiar faces, the familiar sights, and the familiar food…but now I was hungry for more. I wanted the best of both worlds – the nostalgia of Kutztown and the variety of the city. And then, as if someone was reading my mind, things started to happen. Saucony Creek Brewing Co. showed it’s face to the world, the K’town Pub got a facelift and updated menu, the Kutztown Community Partnership brought back the Kutztown Kruizz, The Publishing House created pop up shops and open mic nights, the Allentown and Auburn Railroad started running train rides again. This list could go on and on.

The town is starting to change, but is doing so in such a way as to celebrate the deep roots of this town and it’s culture. Some may attribute it to the success of the Kutztown Bicentennial celebration and the morale booster it created. And those people may be right, but for me, its even more. Kutztown is a family and through all of the years that I have lived here and all of the people I have seen come and go, that fact has remained true. Stop in any shop and chances are, you will likely speak to the owner of that store. Strike up a conversation and you will have a list of 5 more places you must visit before you leave town and a multitude of tips and secrets on how to experience Kutztown like a local.

Because the truth is, we want you to feel like family, too.

So do yourself a favor and come meet our family. There is no better time to visit Kutztown than when the weather is perfect and you can enjoy everything that this town has to offer. Trust me, we have something for everyone.

Your “Getting Sentimental” Innkeeper,

Shena

Visit Kutztown Community Partnership’s calendar of events for a full listing of everything happening in and around Kutztown.

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. 

Free Events at Kutztown University

Did you know there are lots of events, activities, lectures, performances, and programs at Kutztown University that are free and open to the public? And not just throughout the fall and spring semester; there are plenty of summer events as well. Here are just a few:

KU Planetarium in the Grim Science Center: Sit back and relax as the lights dim in KU’s planetarium and enjoy the show of lights and sound…. for FREE!

Georgian Room: Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival holds concerts and workshops throughout the summer that are FREE and open to the public. As well as free performances during the school year.

KU Small Business Development Office: Offering FREE consulting services and learning opportunities for locals who have or are looking to open a small business.

PA German Culteral Heritage Center: This beautiful farm tucked away in a quiet corner of campus offers FREE family friendly events throughout the year as well as lectures and demonstrations.

Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery in Sharadin Arts Building: displays artwork from professional working artists as well as Kutztown University students. The gallery is always FREE and a great way to explore the creativity of young emerging artists.

Kutztown University has many wonderful things to offer the community. You just have to know where to look and who to ask.