MLCC Welcomes Mountain View Acres Plants & Produce to the Chamber!
‘Fresh is Best!’ is the motto of the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce’s newest member, Mountain View Acres Plants & Produce. Locally grown produce, beautiful flowers and more are available at the family owned and operated farm, located at 291 Mountain View Road in Donegal.
Each season offers its own unique variety of products, beginning in March with an array of Spring and Easter Flowers, flats and potted Annuals, Vegetables, Herbs, Perennials and hanging baskets. The transition to locally grown produce begins soon after with the first ripe Tomatoes, Cold Crops, and Green Onions. In summer, visitors can find an assortment of their favorite Fruits and Vegetables such as Super Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Candy Onions, Green Beans, Cabbage, Strawberries, Blue Berries and Peaches. In the fall, Mountain View Acres is a one-stop-shop for all your décor display needs with Mums, Pumpkins, Gourds, Corn Shocks, Straw Bales, Locally Grown Apples and more. In additional to fresh, local produce and plants, raw, unfiltered honey, Promix Premium Potting Mix, wooden crafts and more are available at the farm.
“We believe our primary responsibility is to offer locally grown, healthy, life-giving plants and produce at an affordable cost, in an environmentally friendly fashion,” said owners Marcie and Jason Kalp. Lifetime Laurel Mountain residents, the Kalps said offering fresh produce is important to them for several reasons – primarily the health factor. “Our produce has no added preservatives or ripening chemicals, which are often present in those coming from box stores. Preservatives, chemicals and gasses used in shipping produce causes allergies and digestive issues in many. All the produce available at Mountain View Acres has been picked within a day or two, giving it a much higher nutrient content and, most importantly, an unmatched full flavor taste. We always say nothing tastes better than picking that tomato out of your own garden, but we offer the next best thing without all the work.”
As lifelong lovers of nature and the environment, becoming involved in farming was a natural next step in their lives, the Kalps said. When starting the business five years ago, they never dreamed what they considered to be a hobby would blossom into a full time business. “We never thought people would find us back a bumpy country road, but boy were we wrong,” they said.
The Kalps participated in Farmers Markets for several years before deciding to focus solely on operating full time at the farm. “We made so many friends at the different markets and hated to stop, but we were unable to do both,” they said. “All the folks we met at the markets over the first 2 years made the trip to our place and many now make it a weekly visit.”
Marcie and Jason’s favorite thing about owning Mountain View Acres Plants and Produce is seeing all the smiles. “We have made so many friends through the farm and it has become the ‘Happy Place’ for so many. We give our very best to you at an affordable cost. That is how it started and how it will always be.”
Opening day for the spring season is slated for Friday, April 3 at 9 AM. Hour of operation are Wednesday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The farm is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Follow the Mountain View Acres Plants & Produce Facebook page for ‘Deal on the Hill’ specials and the latest news or reach out by phone at: 724-212-5550 / 724-212-5529.
MLCC Welcomes Fur-Ever Beautiful Pet Grooming to the Chamber!
New Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce member, Fur-Ever Beautiful Pet Grooming offers a variety of pet services to help you pamper your pooch or coddle your cat.
Welcome Spring by spoiling your favorite furry friend with a full service bathing and grooming package, which includes nail trimming or filling, ear cleaning, bath and haircut, anal gland expression and more. Services can be purchased separately or individually, based on client preference. Bathing and grooming options start at $10 and are based on service, breed, coat type, size, etc. In addition to grooming services, they offers a small assortment of shampoo and pet-friendly colognes, as well as collars, leashes, and toys.
Located at 3407 State Route 31 in Donegal, Fur-Ever Beautiful Pet Grooming welcomes walk-ins for nails and gland expression, but appointments are required for all other services.
Festive photos are taken after each full-service appointment (as long as the furry client cooperates!) and are shared on Facebook for their families to enjoy.
Owners Felicia Gentile and Don Mains said they have always loved animals and when the opportunity came about to open their own grooming business, there was no doubt in their minds they wanted to take it.
“I have always wanted a career that would allow me to work with animals and in 2005 when I started grooming school, I fell in love with it right away,” Felicia said. After years of working for other local businesses, and with the support of Don as her managing partner and grooming apprentice, Felicia decided to take the next step and open Fur-Ever Beautiful Pet Grooming. “Spending time with and getting to know the different animals is my favorite part of the job,” Felicia said. “In all my years working and owning pets, I have never encountered two that have the same personality.”
Fur-Ever Beautiful Pet Grooming is open Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of every month.
MLCC Welcomes Burrell Automotive to the Chamber!
Burrell Automotive is a qualified automotive service and repair shop available to help with all your mechanical needs.
Conveniently located at 109 Plank Road in Acme, Burrell Automotive offers complete auto services for both domestic and foreign vehicles.
Oil changes, installation of new brakes, heating and air conditioning services, tire rotation, mounting and spin balancing, engine diagnostic, wheel alignments and more are all available at Burrell Automotive. An official inspection station for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Burrell Automotive is also certified to provide Pennsylvania State Inspection and Emission services.
Quality service at a fair price is the goal of owners Jason and Jeannie Burrell, a husband and wife team born and raised in the Laurel Highlands. “I think it’s important for people to have a trustworthy mechanic they can count on and that is who I strive to be,” Jason said. “I promise to offer quality work at affordable pricing to all our customers.”
Jason brings nearly twenty years of automotive experience to the table. After successfully owning and operating his own used car dealership and collision repair shop – Impact Auto – for sixteen years, he made the decision to open Burrell Automotive to the community. “Jason is very good at what he does,” Jeannie said. “He is very particular about his job and wants things done a certain way. He truly goes above and beyond.” After years in the industry, Jason said he had witnessed others being taken advantage of when it comes to dealing with car problems.
“I just want to help people,” he said. “Auto repair is my passion. It’s all I’ve ever done. I am confident in my ability to assist my customers with a wide variety of problems they may encounter.”
Burrell Automotive offers flexible hours and days for appointments – including Saturdays and evenings – to meet the needs of even the busiest clients.
Hiring an experienced mechanic that knows what to look for and how to address vehicle issues is important and the professionals at Burrell Automotive strive to get you back behind the wheel as soon as possible.
Call Burrell Automotive at: 724-424-1175 or contact them on Facebook today to discuss any of your automobile maintenance needs.
MLCC Welcomes Bethlen Communities to the Chamber!
Located in historic Ligonier, Bethlen Communities is a Continuing Care Retirement Community with varied life style options and assured quality care. Bethlen is committed to nurturing the spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs of all residents. For nearly 100 years, Bethlen Communities has been providing comprehensive services designed to offer a person-centered lifestyle for each resident, while maintaining a high standard of care.
There are several living options available at Bethlen Communities: Bethlen Cottages – Independent Living for residents who do not need personal assistance; Ligonier Gardens – offering Personal Care for those who require little to moderate help with the activities of daily living and healthcare; Bethlen Home – a Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation for both short- and long-term care and Friendship Gardens – a specialty care unit for those experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The friendly, attentive staff at Bethlen Communities is committed to helping residents lead a fulfilling life with the highest level of independence possible. “Having several levels of care available on campus is an incredible benefit—it provides the security of knowing that if you need personal care, rehabilitation care, memory care, or skilled nursing care at some point in the future, you won’t have to move to another community,” said Molly Stiles, Director of Marketing at Bethlen Communities. “Once connected to the Bethlen Community, you have the assurance of knowing home health, companion care and hospice services will be provided by those you have come to know and trust.”
Care Services offered to both residents within and outside Bethlen Community include:
*Home Health Care for those who need nursing assistance following a surgery or illness
*End of Life Hospice Services including physical, emotional and spiritual care and support to patients and their families
*Outpatient Therapy – open to anyone of any age in the public that requires physical, occupational, or speech therapies
*Companion Caregiving Services – companionship/helper and low level personal care services offered by Companion Care at home.
Additional services available at Bethlen Communities include the Graceful Aging Wellness Center (GAWC) and Bethlen Transportation. GAWC is a full service physical fitness and wellness center focused on providing the Seven Dimensions of Wellness (Physical, Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Occupational, Environmental, and Intellectual) to adults 40 or older. Bethlen Transportation is a free service that provides rides for residents to and from appointments.
“Bethlen Communities is a giving organization,” Stiles said. “The hallmark of Bethlen is that we will never make any resident leave any of our facilities if they have lost the means to pay. This is where our Benevolent Care fund comes in. Our hope is that can raise enough funds in the future that we can help offset some of the benevolent care costs.”
Future Bethlen Communities events include the Rev. Imre A. Bertalan Memorial Golf Outing to be held in June and the annual Hungarian Picnic slated for July.
MLCC Welcomes Bruner Insurance Agency to the Chamber!
With a helpful, knowledgeable staff available to assist customers with a wide variety of insurance needs, Bruner Insurance Agency LLC has been serving the western Pennsylvania region since 1975. The independent agency offers prompt, professional service for auto, home, business, life and Medicare insurance options.
Qualified agents at Bruner Insurance Agency work diligently to provide clients the best coverage at the best possible rate. “No matter what type of insurance you need, we have the policy and price for you,” said Principal Agent David Bruner.
With auto, home and life insurance, Bruner Insurance Agency’s Personal Insurance coverage options help protect individuals and families from unexpected bumps in the road, while the Commercial Business Insurance services provide protection for the smallest contractor to the largest multi-location business. Bruner Insurance Agency also offers a complete line of individual Life Insurance Policies to provide financial security for clients and their loved ones. As an independent agency, Bruner Insurance Agency works with multiple top-rated insurance companies to ensure the best coverage and price for each customer. The agency’s primary company, however, is Erie Insurance Group. Bruner Insurance Agency is proud to be the 2014 recipient of Erie’s highest award, the Quality Agent Award.
“I believe that the average person wants someone that they trust and that they can talk to when getting advice about their insurance,” Dave Bruner said. “Our job, as your insurance agent, is to listen to you and then determine the best, most affordable way to meet your needs. Insurance is not ‘one size fits all’ like some of the insurance commercials on TV would like you to believe. If you are getting your insurance quote in 5 minutes or less, you are not getting good advice.”
Serving approximately 6,000 customers, Bruner Insurance Agency has three convenient locations in Connellsville and Perryopolis and, most recently, Jones Mills.
Dave said he is excited to have recently opened the company’s newest location. “I believe it is an advantage that I was born and raised in the Indian Head area and that I know many of our customers outside of the insurance business,” said Dave, who added that he is thankful to be keeping the business that his father started forty-four years ago in the family. Daughter Emily is the third generation in the family to work at the Connellsville office and son Seth plans to come into the business upon graduation from college in May 2020.
In 1994 Dave joined his father Dennis at Bruner Insurance Agency’s Connellsville office and he has since expanded to include the additional locations. In 2015, he purchased an existing agency in Perryopolis – now the Bilsky-Bruner Insurance Agency. In August of this year, he brought the business even closer to home and purchased an agency in Jones Mills. The Sadler-Bruner Insurance Agency is located at 4111 State Route 31.
“We welcome everyone to stop by our new office in Jones Mills and meet the staff,” he said. “Contact Bruner Insurance Agency today to discuss any of your insurance needs.”
‘Spend Time With People You Like’ at Big Buck Lodge
When it comes to lodging for your Laurel Highlands wedding, plan on embracing the mountain experience in style by arranging your stay at Log Cabin Lodge and Suites.
Located along Route 711 in Donegal, Log Cabin Lodge and Suites offers a variety of options to those planning their happily ever after. From intimate, romantic quarters for the newlywed couple, to comfortable and convenient multi-bedroom suites for out-of-town family and friends, Log Cabin has it all.
A brand new addition to the facility, Big Buck Lodge, is a spacious and stylish space that allows families the opportunity to spend quality time together during their stay, while maintaining privacy by offering individual sleeping quarters. Big Buck Lodge contains the perfect amount of space for loved ones to enjoy their time together during their visit to the Laurel Mountains.
Contemporary and sleek with modern décor, Big Buck Lodge provides the perfect experience to ‘Spend Time with the People You Like.’ Each spacious unit includes 4 bedrooms (3 king beds, 1 queen bed), 3 full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living room and a large dining area. Big Buck Lodge A comes equip with a fireplace, ping pong table, washer, dryer and dry sauna; while Big Buck Lodge B offers a washer, dryer, fireplace, pool table and an outdoor hot tub. An onsite staff strives to provide guests with the utmost customer service. Check in time at Big Buck Lodge is 4:00PM, check out is 11:00AM. The suite can accommodate up to 18 guests.
“As a family friendly lodge, we wanted to offer the opportunity for families to gather in the same unit, while allowing them to also have personal space,” said owner, Tom Guiher. “At Big Buck Lodge, guests can come together and share quality time and meals in the common space provided by the suites, yet maintain the privacy of their own bedrooms. I feel we really accomplished what we set out to do.”
Comfortable and spacious individual rooms are also available at Log Cabin Lodge. With a warm rustic glow, the lodge offer the charm of a log cabin with the luxury of modern amenities. Every room in the motel is unique, and much of the furniture has been built out of white pine logs by local craftsmen.
Visit www.logcabinmotel.com or call 724-593-8200 today to learn more about the overnight accommodations available at Log Cabin Lodge and to arrange your unique lodging experience in the Laurel Highlands.
“We know guests will enjoy their stay with us and that is our goal,” Tom said. “We look forward to your visit.”
MLCC Welcomes Bella Florals to the Chamber!
The newest member of the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce, Bella Florals, is a boutique florist that specializes in beautiful custom arrangements for any occasion. Sisters and Stahlstown natives Dayna Musto and Juli Tomsic are committed to providing upscale flowers and arrangements with a unique attention to detail. “We love working with clients to incorporate special touches so that their flowers are the highlight of their day,” Dayna said. “We specialize in outside the box, unique, and memorable florals for any event or environment.”
Offering both fresh and permanent botanicals, the experienced professionals at Bella Floras work hard to make magic happen. No matter the size of the wedding or event, the team is happy to accommodate your special requests.
View samples of stunning arrangements created by the professionals of Bella Florals at www.bellaflorals.com or make an appointment today by contacting Dayna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-607-7621 to discuss any of your floral needs.
With locations in Washington and Stahlstown, Bella Florals services customers in Westmoreland, Fayette, and Washington and Allegheny counties.
“What we love most about owning Bella Florals is making a bride’s or event organizer’s vision come to life on an incredibly important day,” Dayna said. “We feel honored to play such an important role.” Dayna became involved in the floral business four years ago in San Jose, CA. Prior to starting her own business, she created wedding and event florals for friends and family for over 5 years. After returning home to the Laurel Highlands in 2018 and partnering with sister Juli, a talented permanent botanical artist and event designer, Bella Florals was created. Together they have since participated in wedding fairs, the Big Fake Wedding in Pittsburgh, and have booked numerous weddings for both 2019 and 2020.
Dayna and Juli aim to offer their customers personal service with a special touch and stunning arrangement that won’t break the bank. “We know that budget is a priority. Customers want the most for their money and we like to show them different ideas to make their event space special without spending a bundle. However, we never skimp on the flowers – we love to use unique and special flowers like garden roses, hellebores, protea, and peonies.”
Knowing the importance of keeping up-to-date with wedding trends and events, Dayna and Juli attend workshops from award-winning designers to keep their inspiration fresh. They recently hosted their own workshop – a class for beginners. “It was clear to us that the attendees had talent and could easily adapt to working with fresh flowers,” Dayna said. “We want to have more classes in the future – we are thinking of having a workshop on flower crowns, fall florals, wreath making, etc.” Follow Bella Florals on Facebook to stay up-to-date on upcoming projects.
MLCC Welcomes Moseye Graphics to the Chamber!
Eye catching graphics and bold designs are a great way to provide a unique first impression and make it easy for customers to locate a business or learn about upcoming events. Moseye Graphics has been offering professional signs and banners, graphics design and printing shop services to the Laurel Highlands and beyond since their inception in 2017. The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome this great business as our newest member.
Located at 500 Lloyd Ave. in Latrobe, the father and son run business is dedicated to providing customers a high quality product at a fair price with the best customer service possible.
“We will work with you every step of the way to make certain that you are getting exactly what you want for any of your sign, design, or printable needs,” said owners Doug and Connor Brown.
Moseye Graphics specializes in banners and signs, window decals, pop-up displays, business cards, brochures and more. Using waterproof and tear-resistant media, they offer customizable items such as post and panel signs and yard games. The duo said a newer addition that has become popular with clients is a completely custom beer pong table. The popularity of the item has led to the creation of a ‘Moseye Pong’ Instagram account featuring their unique products. “Not only do we make awesome sings, we also design, make and install vehicle decals,” Connor said. “Decals are a great way to promote your business, or add a unique personal touch to your own vehicles.”
Doug and Connor are happy to work one-on-one with clients regarding printing on any item – such as hats, pens, etc. – and will always look into options to get a customer a great product at a great price. With over forty years of graphic design experience, customers are sure to be pleased with any product purchased at Moseye Graphics.
“We love working with people who are upfront and honest,” Connor said. “We are very transparent in our business and I get the impression most people in the Laurel Highlands area are the same way. There’s no secret agenda – they tell you what they want, how they want it. Those are the kinds of businesses and clients we like dealing with most.”
Moseye Graphics is currently offering customers several specials:
*spend $250.00 and receive 250 business cards for free
*single-sided yard signs with stakes are $10 per sign when ordering 15 or more
“We are so thankful to all of our great customers for their support,”said Doug and Connor. “We can’t wait to keep providing the best signs, printing, and designs around!”