WINTER 2023                                                                                              Issue no. 4
The official newsletter of the Downtown Glenside Foundation
In This Issue...

Business Spotlights

Neighborhood Eats

Meet A Board Member
Welcome to the Winter 2023 issue of the official Downtown Glenside Foundation newsletter! 

Our businesses are grateful for your support during the holiday shopping season. We are busy planning for some great events for the spring. 

Business Spotlight

Featured Business
Dreams Ice Cream

Lamar Smith founded Dreams Ice Cream in Glenside over six years ago. The dainty, baby blue shop offers many frozen treats with a variety of flavors and toppings to mix and match. There are many different flavors with vegan and sugar free options for everyone in the area to enjoy.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, Smith, a former health inspector decided he wanted to follow his dream and own an ice cream shop. He befriended the former owner of the ice cream shop in Glenside and after a few years was able to purchase the building from him. “The reason why I named it Dreams is because it was a dream of mine to have that type of business,” says Smith. He has always been a people person and loves putting a smile on every customer's face. His goal is to make everyone feel at home every time they walk into his shop. Additionally, Smith has employed many of Glenside’s youth to help set them up for success with other work opportunities. Smith adds, “I always say to those who work for me, with me, those who come in the door, what’s your dream?” He thinks it is very important to talk about your dreams because life can get in the way and he would do anything to help someone's dream come true.

When asked about Glenside, Smith openly talks about how much he loves it. “It’s a wonderful community. That completes the full experience,” says Smith. He has always loved the Glenside community, from the elderly to the children. Smith has felt so much support from the Glenside community and is thankful to be a part of it. Dreams has been involved in the community, from catering birthday parties and weddings to holding fundraisers for the Cheltenham soccer team. 


Aside from the ice cream, Dreams offers hot dishes such as wings, hot dogs, grilled cheese, sausage and more. In the coming months, Dreams plans to roll out its new vegan menu featuring impossible burgers and vegan sausages. Smith thinks it is important to have options available for everyone to enjoy regardless of their diet. In addition to the new vegan menu, Dreams will offer flavored cones in the springtime. Featured flavors include a red velvet cone and a birthday cake cone.


Neighborhood Eats

Featured Restaurant
Glenside Pub

Established in 1965 and located in the heart of town at 122 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA, the Glenside Pub is a titular part of the Glenside and Arcadia University communities. An unassuming Irish tavern, Glenside Pub has a fully stocked bar and 14 different beers on tap. They offer a wide selection of classic pub foods from wings and burgers to their house-made hummus and pita. Be sure to check their website for their current beer offerings and ask about their soup of the day.

As a small business, they know a thing or two about the importance of customer relationships and building strong community connections. It’s a great place to go with your friends and family whether you need to settle down after the hustle and bustle of the week or want to embrace the Glenside scene. If you haven’t already been, consider making Glenside Pub your dinner or late night home away from home between 4 pm to 2 am any day of the week except for Sunday.

Arcadia Student

Featured Glenside Resident
Sabrina Barrile 

Sabrina Barrile is a freshman at Arcadia University. Hailing from South Jersey, she has become a part of the Glenside community. She is majoring in Computer Science and will be in the Class of ‘25. In the Glenside area, there are a few businesses that she has come to enjoy. First, she shouted out Humpty’s Dumplings as a delicious and budget-friendly place to get dumplings.  She also  highlighted the Classic Game Junkie store, where she enjoyed the gaming selection, and said, “The nostalgia rush you get when walking in there is very real!” If you are a gamer, you want to check it out. 

Community Feature: Glenside Fire Company

Fire Chief 
JP McHugh

We caught up with JP McHugh, Fire Chief, at Glenside Fire Company, and he wanted to send these reminders to all Glenside community members:

  • Test your smoke detectors and have CO detectors in your house on all floors
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure to get your chimney cleaned
  • Keep all space heaters away from any furniture and other flammable items in your home

You can follow the Glenside Fire Company on Facebook to get more tips and see upcoming events!

Meet A DGF Board Member

Featured Member
Jerry Clarke

Jerry Clarke is a practicing attorney in downtown Glenside and the father of three great kids.  Within the same location, Jerry has a tax practice. He has been working on Easton Road since 2011 and has adopted Glenside as his home. 

Jerry expressed deep gratitude for the opportunity to serve on the board of the Downtown Glenside Foundation after having been an advisor for the last several years.  Recently, Jerry was appointed as treasurer.  His goal is to make sure that the wonderful activities that DGF uses to promote and entertain citizens and businesses are properly budgeted and accounted for. Currently, DGF is planning an additional event this summer – the first annual downtown Glenside music festival.

 Jerry loves music and has played in the Stinks, a local cover band that is popular here in Glenside, since 2015. The group has a blast making music together and looks forward to doing it for many years to come.  Also, Jerry owns a music venue, The Royal, in downtown Glenside.  They have had board meetings for the DGF at the venue and look forward to continued interaction between DGF and The Royal.

Jerry lives with his best friend who lives rent-free, his furry four-legged Shi-tzu “Doc.” Jerry feels lucky to have Doc come to work with him every day, and he has become a bit of a staple in the office over the years.  

When asked why Jerry wanted to join the DGF, he expressed that “When Maureen Haff, my business neighbor on Easton Road and the President of the DGF (my office is right next to her beautiful shop, Sweet Magnolia) asked me to join, I didn’t hesitate.  Like the rest of the board members, we dream of a downtown Glenside area that is busy and vibrant and a destination for not only our residents but prospective businesses and individuals from outside our area.  I want to do all that I can do to make this happen!”


Are you interested in volunteering for DGF? The Foundation is always looking for new volunteers and to recruit members who bring diverse, broad thoughts and experience. It is an excellent opportunity for business or relationship building. Any volunteer inquiries may be made via the websiteFacebook DM, or email us at

Wrap-Up of Fall/Winter Events & Looking Ahead to the Spring

Thank you to everyone for attending our 1st annual Howl-O-Ween Promenade. We collected close to $500 to help area dog rescues.
Thanks to our generous sponsors Wendy Schwartz, Realtor -Compass RE, Stephanie Raieta- State Farm Agent, Oh So Pretty, Johnson Kendall Johnson and Sweet Magnolia.

Thanks also to the following businesses in #downtownglenside for giving treats out to the kids…The Dovetail Artisans,
Dreams Ice Cream, DRESS 2 DANCE, Elcy's Cafe, Main Line Baskets, Muse Hair Salon, TheNest
Pinto Glenside, Rocky's Glenside, Soul Seed, Sweet Magnolia & The Ways Restaurant and Brewery
Thank you to everyone for attending our 1st annual Howl-O-Ween Promenade. We collected close to $500 to help area dog rescues.
Thanks to our generous sponsors Wendy Schwartz, Realtor -Compass RE, Stephanie Raieta- State Farm Agent, Oh So Pretty, Johnson Kendall Johnson and Sweet Magnolia.

Thanks also to the following businesses in #downtownglenside for giving treats out to the kids…The Dovetail Artisans,
Dreams Ice Cream, DRESS 2 DANCE, Elcy's Cafe, Main Line Baskets, Muse Hair Salon, TheNest
Pinto Glenside, Rocky's Glenside, Soul Seed, Sweet Magnolia & The Ways Restaurant and Brewery
Thank you to everyone who supported Small Business Saturday and Winterfest. The Cassidy Dancers performed for the crowd and dedicated their performance to Marilou Cassidy who has inspired the children of Glenside since 1971.  "She was our one singular sensation!"  We were also entertained by the Cheltenham High School acapella groups "Sons of Pitch" and "Up the Octave" and by "singing elves" Michael and Diana McCormack. Special thanks to the Glenside Fire Company for bringing Santa to our celebration and to members of the CHS soccer team for their help with set up and serving hot chocolate. 

Congratulations to the winners of our Downtown Glenside Business Bingo:
Lane Neubauer and Johanna Carroll

Blast from the Past

Did you know?

You may recognize Murphy Hall as the red tiled building with the clock tower you pass as you get on 309 from Glenside. Murphy Hall is a part of Arcadia University's Campus housing the Media and Communication Department along with the Art and Design Department but Murphy Hall has actually been around since 309 was just a dirt road! 

Back in the days of the Harrison Family, Murphy Hall was the stables and carriage house. Built prior to Grey Towers Castle, it was designed by budding architect Horace Trumbauer, who after his success with the Harrison estate would go on to design some of Philadelphia’s most iconic buildings like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Glensides’ own Keswick Theater. Just three months after the completion of the stables, the original home of the Harrison family was lost to a fire. In fact, it was the stables that the family stayed in after their house burned down and Harrison again asked Trumbauer to design the construction of Grey Towers Castle. Trumbauer continued to make additions to Murphy Hall during the construction of the castle and added the distinctive clock tower in 1894. Just ten years before Beaver College purchased the estate in 1929, the building suffered a fire that wiped out the inside of the stables and Trumbauer was brought in a third time to oversee the repairs which, along with the clock tower, would mark the first major transformation.

Mark your calendars now for the 9th Annual Downtown Glenside Arts Festival Saturday, April 22 from 11-5. 

Support The Downtown Glenside Foundation (DGF)

Your support of the Foundation will enable us to host events, beautify our community, and meet our goals. 

DGF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster community and local businesses to support a vibrant Downtown Glenside. The Foundation's purposes are to support activities for residents and friends in all areas of the Township that:  

  • Promote civic engagement;  
  • Promote local arts and culture through the creation of alliances and partnerships;  
  • Develop and support initiatives to promote economic vitality through educational activities for small business creation and promotion, and for vocational education initiatives in key industries;  
  • Enhancing the quality of life through innovative township-based programs that promote a vibrant and diversified community.  

As a tax-exempt corporation, the Foundation can offer to donors a federal tax deduction to the extent permitted by law and provides expanded opportunities to raise funds to support key programs. As a 501(c)(3) it offers potential sponsors and donors the chance to be a part of the Glenside community.

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