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The MBA, an organization of professional, retail and non-profit businesses, promotes Moorestown as the ideal town in which to shop, seek professional services and participate in community life.
MBA Presents Gift to Perkins Center for the Arts
Jan 05, 2017 -
Perkins Center for the Arts receives gift from MBA
Funds will help rennovate the Center’s multi-purpose Carriage House
Moorestown (December, 20 2016)—For many years, Moorestown Business Association (MBA) has committed to help preserve and enhance the community through designated gifts to specific projects and organizations that make Moorestown exceptional. Most recently, the MBA board voted to support the renovation of Perkins Center of the Arts’ historic Carriage House. MBA President Don Powell and Vice President Steven Pazienza presented the $5,000 gift to Perkins Executive Director Karen Chigounis and Associate Director Diane Felcyn at a recent presentation event.
Perkins Center for the Arts is a unique resource in the midst of Moorestown that strengthens and enriches the community through arts education and opportunities, serving as a fine arts and music school, art gallery, concert venue, pottery and dance studios, arts camp and more.
The mission-driven work of this vibrant arts center would not be possible without the adaptive use of its base of operations, the historic Perkins Estate, which includes the main house (“Evergreen Lawn”), the Carriage House, and an Arboretum. An estimated 800 people walk through the center’s doors each week during 50 weeks of classes and music lessons annually.
Though owned by the township, the maintenance and preservation of Perkins’ buildings and grounds are the responsibility of the non-profit arts center headquartered there. Public support is critical to helping ensure the estate is used to the best of its capacity to continue its valuable contribution to the community. “The MBA board is happy to support this invigorating cultural asset that draws people from all over the region, which in turn boosts commerce and Moorestown’s reputation as a vibrant town that has much to offer its visitors and residents,” noted Don Powell.
“In New Jersey, every dollar spent by an arts organization generates $8 in the economy,” explains Diane Felcyn. “Arts and cultural organizations are important regional or neighborhood anchors that hire locally and support surrounding businesses. Spending by cultural organizations and their audiences ripples through the economy, generating revenue for businesses, families and local governments.”
The MBA gift is earmarked to assist Perkins Center for the Arts continue its adaptive reuse of the historic Carriage House. Originally constructed in 1930, the Carriage House first floor was reconfigured as a dance and painting studio after Perkins Center was established in 1977, and went on to house other arts programming and to become the hub for Perkins Center’s summer camp. After 39 years of constant use, significant renovations are due, but the annual operating budget does not generate enough revenue to cover the expense. Through improved facility conditions paid for by the MBA gift and others like it, the Center can continue to provide the community access to a piece of Moorestown’s past while also attracting new audiences to Moorestown, who in turn will contribute to the local economy and businesses.
Photo: (L. to R.) Steven Pazienza, MBA President-Elect, Karen Chigounas, Executive Director, Perkins Center for the Arts; Diane Felcyn, Associate Director, Perkins Center for the Arts; Don Powell, MBA President.
Photo Credit: Tom Sheckels
MBA Presents Spotlight Award to Camden Avenue McDonald's
Nov 22, 2016 -
MBA presents Spotlight Award to Moorestown’s Mcdonald’s
serving great food and the community for 21 years
Mark Grenon just finished serving breakfast to over 1,000 hungry people—but the Moorestown McDonald’s franchise owner wasn’t working at his bustling restaurant at the corner of Lenola Rd. and Camden Ave. Every year he donates all the pancakes and supervises the food preparation for the Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast. In the spring he does the same for Moorestown Baseball Federation’s Breakfast, and he’s been providing this service for these organizations for 21 years. It’s his way of connecting with and giving back to the community that has supported his business for decades, and as the proprietor of a restaurant that has food preparation and service down to a science, he’s up to the task.
Grenon started working in a McDonald’s while he was in high school in Edgewater Park, continued to work shifts while he was going to Rutgers, and at the age of 30 he purchased his first franchise on Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia—an outlet he still owns. In 1994, he bought the McDonald’s in the Moorestown Mall, and a year later he took ownership of the franchise on Lenola Road. As shopping patterns shifted, he decided to close the mall location in 2010 and invest in a complete renewal of his restaurant in the historic Lenola section of Moorestown. In 2011 the original 1967 structure was razed, and taking its place was a bright modern building that continues to draw about 1,000 diners a day. Grenon just opened another McDonald’s on Rt. 38 and Coles Avenue, but he maintains that the Moorestown location will remain his favorite because of the sense of community that he enjoys there.
The restaurant is a family favorite serving a much wider variety of food than in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened the first in what would become a chain of more than 36,000 locations. From the start, the McDonald’s organization set out to serve quickly prepared meals made from quality products. Through the years, it embraced marketplace trends and nutrition guidelines to provide fresh and tasty food with lots of menu choices, and has joined the global effort to support sustainable agriculture. “McDonald’s is always evolving,” notes Grenon. “Its goal is to be the restaurant of the 21st century.”
Grenon says the signature hamburgers and fries are still a mainstay, but many people stop in for the variety of salads and healthy breakfast items, or a trip to the McCafe machine for specialty coffee drinks and smoothies. The location is convenient for residents and commuters, whether they’re ordering from the drive-through window or using the free WiFi as they enjoy their food.
Grenon is proud to be a part of an organization that values quality and innovation, and looks forward to continuing to provide Moorestown residents of all ages with great food and service—and to flipping thousands of pancakes for the good of the community.
Moorestown Business Association initiated its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. The MBA is recognizing the restaurant and its owner for 21 years of business leadership and community support.
Photo (L to R) MBA President Don Powell and Moorestown McDonald’s owner Mark Grenon. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.
Passariello's honored with MBA Spotlight Award
Sep 08, 2016 -
Passariello’s Marks a Milestone and Merits MBA Spotlight Award
MOORESTOWN—From the day Passariello’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen first opened in 1996, its doors were filled with a stream of people—parents darting in and out to pick up pizzas, sports teams gathering after practices, families taking a break from their own kitchens, business lunches, celebrations, and after-work get-togethers. The constant procession of customers indicated that the bright, cheerful restaurant was just what Moorestown needed, and it has endured because Passariello’s owners are committed to doing things just right.
For founders Pasquale, Vincenzo, Giovanni, and Sakari Passariello, the restaurant is not just a business or a job, it is their passion—and it shows. In an industry in which 60 percent of restaurants fail in their first year and 80 percent don’t make it past five years, Passariello’s will mark its 20th anniversary in Moorestown the week of September 12. Moorestown Business Association is presenting Passariello’s with a Spotlight Award to applaud the restaurant’s success as it celebrates this important milestone.
Along with offering a large variety of fresh, delicious food in short order, a unique food service concept sets Passariello’s apart from traditional pizzeria’s. Instead of a wait staff, customers can see and order everything they might want to eat at different food stations. Pasquale, who came up with the idea, loves to tell how it came about.
The native of Monte di Procida, Italy (near Naples) started his food journey in the galley of a European cargo ship and followed opportunities to build his skills in different kitchens on America’s East Coast. He spent the next chapter of his career managing quality control in Scotto pizza outlets all over the country, and eventually bought several Scotto franchises—the last one located in South Jersey’s Echelon Mall. It was there that he developed his idea for a food court style restaurant where patrons could walk around and choose from different categories of menu items. When the property that would eventually become Passariello’ became available in Moorestown, he and his brothers jumped at the opportunity to build Pasquale’s dream business.
The timing was perfect—Moorestown embraced the fun, new family-friendly place, and 12 years later they opened a second location in Voorhees. Currently the Passariellos are looking to expand further, but only if they can do it their way—and they are very particular. It is no accident that the organization runs like clockwork. “Each of the four brothers plays an integral role in the family business,” explains the company’s director Ted Barber.
“Pasquale is the visionary with an instinct for planning and design who developed the overall character of Passariellos. Giovanni is the culinarian, with a fastidious regard to purchasing and management systems, as well as having a keen eye on continuously upgrading and improving the operation. Vincenzo oversees the operational end of the bustling business, including the product flow and staff; and Sakari is the landscape architect and problem solver who keeps an eye on theming, decoration and the impeccable design of the interior and exterior of the business.” The one element that is common amongst the family members, Barber says, is an intense pride in everything they do and a relentless commitment to excellence.
This vigorous dedication to perfection shows in the details, and nothing is done halfway. In many restaurants, especially those as busy as this, the booths are bolted down—but not at Passariello’s. Every stick of furniture is moved each week so the floor and hard to reach areas can be scrupulously cleaned. There is a staff member who spends over three hours every day seeing to the exterior plantings and cleaning. Another is hand-cutting the chicken in the kitchen, while someone else is making certain the prep area is spotless. Food safety is paramount. Barber, who has worked on major food service projects throughout the world, says he seldom sees this level of detail by independent operators within this casual dining sector.
He also points out that family members aren’t always the best partners, but says, “There is something special about this family.” The hard working and family centric culture instilled in the children from an early age by the family patriarch, Clemente Passariello, has shaped the way the Passariello children conduct themselves to this day. Clemente Passariello, who also worked in the restaurant before he passed away in 2007, was a fixture of smiles and pride of what his family built. His five children, including daughter Marianna, respect each other and always do what’s best for their families and the business. Their values are evident in everything they do.” As Pasquale stresses, it is not about making money—it’s about doing things right and putting the family name on something they are proud of.
In 2009, with an eye toward gradual expansion in which the family could remain the guiding force, a branding company was engaged to fine tune Passariello’s image. A bright new logo emerged, along with the formulation of the company’s core attributes that the brothers believe define their business: Tradition. Freshness. Informal. Fast. The Passariello family treasures its customers. “They don’t have to come here, but it is an honor every time someone walks through our door.” Says Pasquale. “It is important to us that our customers trust us.”
Along with being a destination of great food and an appealing meeting place for the past 20 years, the restaurant has greatly enhanced the appearance of Main Street. The family also consistently supports the community by supplying Hero cards to the local police, fire, and EMT members. The Passariellos support township youth sports teams, schools, Moorestown graduates, events, and many more noteworthy causes. The MBA has awarded Passariello’s a Spotlight Award for the flagship restaurant’s long-term success in Moorestown, and its role in helping to make it a better place to visit and live.
Photo: Members of the Passariello family and restaurant team, along with MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza (far left) and President Don Powell (center, back).
Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.