Meet our fig bloggers!
Meet the virtual voices of Fig. Our columnists have something to say, and Doylestown is listening. So, sit back, relax and learn about the best of everything from health to furry friend happiness!
Arts & Culture
LisaBeth is a creative communicator/media strategist and woman of many hats as a writer, artist, musician, and thinker. Her love for indie film began thanks to watching films at the County Theater right here in Doylestown, which expanded to attending film festivals. Working in Theater Management at the Sundance Film Festival for six years, along with writing about film, and working in film production, LisaBeth is well suited for this flavorful film forum on Fig. With a background as a professional musician, she is accustomed to both the stage and the audience, an important aspect to conveying the story without giving away the ending. Learn more LisaBeth's ventures in strategic biz/media at www.creativebizhub.com
Terri Clarke is a 30 something Doylestown native, working as an Office Manager for a Healthcare IT company in Newtown, PA by day, and planning and hosting social events through her organization, Bucks County Socials by night. She founded Bucks County Socials to bring together women from all walks of life, to build lifelong friendships in Doylestown and the surrounding areas. Terri organizes events that include participation in Relay for Life and other charitable projects, painting events, wine tastings, clothing swaps, and trying new cuisines at local restaurants with wine and dinner pairings. Terri organizes up to 3 events per week, for a group that is reaching 100 members, and is growing daily. Terri graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communications and Business, and has always had a passion and interest in planning social gatherings and bringing people together to easily turn strangers into life long friends.
Jennifer is the Marketing Coordinator for Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holiday House Pet Resort. She writes original marketing content for both businesses including blog articles, e-newsletters, brochures and social media posts. Jennifer and Dr. Laura Weis are also guest bloggers for Pet Blogs United. Personally, Jennifer contributes to the blog Off the Merry-Go-Round, a place of community and inspiration for parents who have chosen their families over full-time careers. When she’s not writing, Jennifer is a busy mom watching her boys at karate or soccer, or having fun with family and friends—including her own ‘furry friends’ Missy and Tori.
Hillary Messimer is a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native who moved to Doylestown 7 years ago. She spent 9 years working and skiing in Colorado where she dressed like a ski bum and bejeweled cowgirl! Hillary currently owns an accessories boutique in New Hope, PA (established 2006) called "Bliss" on West Bridge Street. Trendy and bold, yet classic jewelry and accessories are available at her shop, as well as service with a smile. She is also an active athelete by participating in many races both in NJ and PA. Style Council is a blog dedicated to the developing "Doylestown" style. Where to find it and how to wear it. (And a little bit about where to wear it!) Check out our blog to get the scope on everything from hipster street chic to country club plaid. If it is a fashion statement, you will find it here!
Ben Sullivan is a third grader at Doyle Elementary School. He loves playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and he is not afraid to try new food. He is a member of a local CSA and is always open to trying new veggies from the farm. He has traveled to Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia and found foods that he loved and others that still make him shiver. He is looking forward to sharing his thoughts about local children's fare. Look for his upcoming list of the "best chicken fingers" in town.
Helen Brown is the Academic Outreach Manager for Vector Marketing/Cutco Cutlery. Her job allows her to travel throughout the US and Canada. Since she moved to Doylestown in 2001 she has loved the culinary options. As someone who isn't a fan of chain restaurants, Doylestown is perfect. I have become a foodie and enjoy complimenting them with good wines and friends. There is something special when you share a good meal with friends. Recently, she has been buying local foods and enjoying cooking. Follow and connect with Helen on Twitter @travel_laughter and her blog www.travelwithlaughter.com.
Natalie is a freelance marketing consultant for several marketing/PR firms in Doylestown. In addition she is the Communications/Marketing Specialist for Central Bucks Athletic Association intramural and travel soccer leagues and blogger for various clients including Cornerstone Health & Fitness. As a Doylestown resident since 1999, she loves discovering all the fun local fitness activities that our area offers. When she’s not working or shuffling kids to their sports activities, Natalie enjoys being outdoors with her family, running and social networking as a way to connect with friends and the community. Follow her on Twitter @NKeylon and connect with her at email@example.com.
Josh is an electrical engineer with a budding passion for blogging. Originally from Erie, PA, Josh met his wife Jessica at Penn State University. After 6 years in the D.C. area, they moved back to Allentown to be near Jessica's family. However, just one trip to the Doylestown area convinced them that this was truly their home. Since December 2012, they've been official Doylestown residents. They also brought their adorable daughter, Adelyn, who just turned two years old. Being new parents they've been learning the ropes about what they can and can't do with a child in tow. After years of being able to enjoy all the great foodie, drink and entertainment scenes uninhibited, they are now learning to enjoy them with their often laughing, but usually very unpredictable bundle of joy. Josh's blog will chronicle their experiences of all that Doylestown has to offer from the perspective of a former "outsider" with a toddler in tow.
Karen considers herself both teacher and student. As an educator for more than two decades, she has taught students of all ages – from preschoolers to graduate students. Yet, she agrees we’re not always in need of a teacher. There’s much to learn and experience from the world around us – especially right here in Doylestown. Prior to becoming an educator, Karen pursued her passion for writing as a corporate communications professional for Fortune 500 companies, a public relations consultant, and as freelance editor and contributing writer to several parenting and travel magazines. Karen relocated to beautiful Bucks County from Baltimore 17 years ago and quickly became Doylestown proud. Join her as she shares opportunities for “ageless” learning right here in our own back yard. She promises -- no homework!
Julie, affectionately known as Jules, is a Doylestown transplant who was looking for a place to call home almost 5 years ago. Along comes the little town in Bucks County that promised to have it all. The thing is, they fell hard for Doylestown, the simple yet bountiful life it offers, the quaint yet bustling borough, abundance of parks, open spaces and big city-like culture, the promise of a fresh start, a place to raise their young family, a Home. Doylestown delivered. Take a journey with Jules through this Mom’s Doylestown, career woman, 50/50 parent, dance mom, soccer coach, fitness loving, blogging, social media community creating, carb craving runner and wine-o, while balancing busy social schedules, date nights and amateur gardening. These days you can find Jules FB journaling about half marathon training and freelancing as a small business Marketing Consultant . Follow Jules on Twitter @dtownhats.
Randy Levine relocated to Chalfont, PA from Sykesville, MD in May 2013 for a change in scenery, which he has certainly found in Bucks County. His favorite thing about his new surroundings is that they always offer something to discover. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Towson University. Randy is also a member of the New Hope Historical Society.
Ashley Marchunsky lives locally and is currently a Social Media Specialist as well as a Board Member for the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance. She has a passion for travel, coffee, fashion, wine, random adventures, and all things relating to social media. Be sure to check in for updates on Ashley's outings in Doylestown, as she dishes about her favorite shops, bars, events, restaurants, and day trips!
Tabitha is a professor at The College of New Jersey and primarily teaches courses in Child and Adolescent Development, Urban Education, and Teacher Research. She also teaches yoga to adults and children and is a licensed Yoga4Classrooms trainer. She has been living in Doylestown since 2005 is the mom of a very energetic little boy and is always looking for fun and meaningful ways for him to engage with the community. Tabitha is accutely aware that those of us who choose to parent come with little to no tools and we are often building the plane as we are flying it. She hopes to share information, support, and fun happenings for parents and children.
James Niche is the founder and director at ACT LIVE MUSIC, as well as the host of The Influence Mixtape Radio Show. Originally founded in Rochester, NY, James now resides in New Britain, PA. James' background in music extends 18 years with experience in artist management, promotion, branding, album design, radio, booking, recording, performing and more. He also enjoys his girlfriend's vegan baking.
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Tina Sottolano-Cain has served as a consultant in the garden center industry for more than 15 years. While earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture at Temple University, she developed a strong passion for small garden design, especially container gardening. After cultivating her craft at select Bucks County-area garden centers, Tina began Gardens on the Go. Her company specializes in indoor and outdoor container gardens for homes and commercial buildings, as well as consulting and educational workshops. Gardens on the Go’s mission is to help busy professional women transform their home or office using beautiful mixed plantings designed to each clients needs and taste. She always tells her clients, “As long as you have a spot for a pot you can have a garden." Follow her blog at www.adirtygirlsgarden.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Franca Caserta is an independent Interior Designer who specializes in residential and commercial design her company is Color By Design. Franca’s design theory is to render a space for its ultimate purpose. Making her clients love their living space is her passion. Her motto is just because you like a color or piece of furniture doesn’t mean your room will love it too. Just like when you are trying on clothes, not all that you try on brings out your natural beauty the same goes with designing spaces. It’s like finding the perfect pair of jeans to wear. Remember “Less is Always More.” Follow her blog to get the latest trends, design tips and to finding that perfect pair of jeans for your space, the kind you never want to take off because they make you feel fabulous.
Bill is a Certified Financial Planner ™ who lives and works in Doylestown. For the past 20 years he has helped families and individuals plan their financial futures and mange their investments. He is a father of 4 and avid biker and runner.
Jennifer is the Marketing Coordinator for Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holiday House Pet Resort. She writes original marketing content for both businesses including blog articles, e-newsletters, brochures and social media posts. Jennifer and Dr. Laura Weis are also guest bloggers for Pet Blogs United. Personally, Jennifer contributes to the blog Off the Merry-Go-Round, a place of community and inspiration for parents who have chosen their families over full-time careers. When she’s not writing, Jennifer is a busy mom watching her boys at karate or soccer, or having fun with family and friends—including her own ‘furry friends’ Missy and Tori.Laura Weis - Furry Friends
Dr. Laura Weis and her husband Dr. Randy Weis are the owners of Doylestown Veterinary Hospital and Holiday House Pet Resort in Doylestown. Laura is a graduate of Cornell University and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She started Partnership for Planned Pets in 2011 to provide medical care and foster homes for pregnant rescues referred by other organizations. Her staff also works closely with several area rescues and adoption agencies, including Lulu’s Rescue, Animal Alliance of NJ, Animal Lifeline, Bucks County SPCA and Kitty Junction. Laura has a passion for health and fitness issues and the interconnection of human and animal health. Her articles about pet nutrition, pet obesity and allergy management in pets have been published in PhillyFit magazine. Laura and Randy have three sons and their family includes two dogs, two cats, 4 goats, a flock of chickens and several colonies of honey bees.
Heather has been living in Doylestown for 20 years and considers herself an enthusiast on everything Doylestown! As a well-known Realtor, she takes her role as “first friend” to new residents very seriously and is proud to “sell Doylestown” on a daily basis. Heather strives to make Doylestown a Destination for fun for out-of-towners and a permanent residence for others!