Courage & Companionship Grooming is accepting new clients and offering $5 off your first service

New clients receive $5 off their first service!

Whether you’re looking for a new groomer or ready to put your pet on a regular grooming schedule, C&C is always accepting new clients! We offer one-on-one appointments which allow us to focus on your pet, and your pet alone, during their appointment. Our goal is to make your pet’s visit as stress-free and relaxing as possible.

Certified in Pet Grooming, AKC SAFE, Pet CPR/First Aid, and fully insured, new clients get $5 off their first service! So, if you’re looking to find a caring groomer, who focuses solely on your pet to ensure they feel safe and comfortable, call or message us today!

Call for Artists – Applications for our 2019 Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program are now OPEN!

The Pajama Factory located in Williamsport, PA, invites artists to apply to the 2019 Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Artists of all disciplines, career levels, and localities are encouraged to apply to this multidisciplinary, immersive residency.

Artists spend 8 weeks (Jun 7-Aug 3) creating, communing, and exploring in the expansive 300,000 square feet of the Pajama Factory – a rehabilitated historic factory complex with authentic charm and endless possibility. Throughout the residency, artists have unlimited access to resources including a knowledgeable staff, local artist network, and Pajama Factory studios – a photo lab, clay studio, woodshop, printing and fiber arts studio, and shared studio space.

The 2019 deadline to apply is 11:59PM (EST) on Monday, April 15th, 2019. To learn more about the program offerings and to apply, visit air.pajamafactory.net.  Applicants must be 18 years or older.  Selected artists will be notified by Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

*** All questions about the program can be submitted via email to air@pajamafactory.net.

Pajama Factory tenants receive honors at Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit

We are very happy to announce that several of our Pajama Factory tenants were featured in the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA this year.  Congratulations are in order for Steve and Rita Bower who were both honored in painting and mixed media respectively.  Daniel Berberich was also honored for painting, while John McKaig received “Best in Show” for his wood cut.  Congrats to all our tenants!  We are so very proud of you!

5 years and going strong … An interview with Todd Foresman, owner of Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop in the Pajama Factory

Who are you and what do you do here?

I’m a lot of things; a business owner, a coffee roaster, and when I came here I was a caregiver for my mother. So, my mother passed, but I’m still a caregiver. That’s just a part of my personality. I’m a people person, I LOVE people. Especially here [at the Factory], they’re so diverse. Having come here and been around such a wide variety of different people, I’ve become more open-minded toward different lifestyles. I try to work on being non-judgmental, the unlearning is the hardest part.

How long have you been with the Pajama Factory?

In a few short days, it’ll be five years.

Did ​you grow up in the area? If not, when and why did you move to this area?

I literally sleep in my childhood bedroom. I live in the house I grew up in, which is three blocks away.

What was your experience with coffee roasting before you opened your establishment?

I worked in a print shop, buying whole bean coffee from the coffee shop up the street, trying to figure out what I was going to do to retire, because the printing industry was changing. The coffee shop down the street that I went to every day was closing, so I decided I would make it myself. I did all the research and figured out how to roast my own coffee. I built my first roaster, and I really had no intentions of opening a coffee shop, but one day it worked. I looked at my brother and said, “I’m going to open a coffee shop.” And three years later – I was here. I started with a table and a tent and worked at music festivals, anywhere I could set something up. I never thought I had what it took to open my own business, and it definitely takes some discipline, but it’s fun.

Tell me the story of Way Cool Beans. Why did you open, and why did you choose to open here?

The completely honest answer is, I don’t know. I knew there was some stuff over here, and I was just kinda drawn to it. I wanted to be down where the woodshop is, or around the corner. I didn’t know anything about the building. Barb [Andreassen] and Mark [Winkelman] pushed this spot on me, because it had plumbing and gas and had been empty for some time. I actually said no three times until I finally decided to be here. After being here, it became really obvious to me why I wanted to be here. It’s partly because of the community, partly because people meet here, a lot of things happen in here. I’m kind of a facilitator, not really by choice, it just kind of happens. It’s just the energy of the place. For example, there was a lawyer sitting here and also a guy who wanted to start a music festival, but he needed a lawyer. And they just happened to both be here. I live in a constant state of amazement but I’m never surprised anymore. It’s amazing, but it’s common. These things happen all the time if you pay attention.

​What core value drives your business?

Getting people together. This is a great place for people to stop and breathe. Everyone is in a hurry, everyone has something to do. Everyone is goal oriented, which isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re so goal-oriented while you’re trying to get there, you’re missing life. It’s the journey, not the destination. It’s about the now. Everyone says the same thing to me: “The seats are so comfortable in here.”

​What do you love most about what you do?

I do it for me. I’m not working for someone else, [so] it doesn’t feel like work. I don’t feel like I need to retire. I hang out all day. That’s what I do for a living. I brew coffee, but for the most part, it almost never feels like work. Since my mother’s passed, my brother comes and has lunch with me every day here so we’ve gotten closer.

What are your hopes for the future of Way Cool Beans?

Actually, I hope to really keep doing what I’m doing, but more of it. My intentions for the physical part of the shop – I’d like to do a facelift. I’ve started some things cosmetically. I’m working on getting into a few more restaurants. I’m working on making deliveries. I’d like to put together a coffee trailer – like a food truck, but for coffee, so I can go to events and hang out. Hiring more employees is a goal in the future as well.

What’s your current go-to drink?

Believe it or not, I drink more water than anything. Sumatra is my everyday coffee. Probably my favorite is the Hawaiian Kona, but it’s expensive.

Open your Heart to our Open Studios this February First Friday

This February First Friday, Open your Heart to our Open Studios at the Pajama Factory Experience our Creative Community in action.

Williamsport, PA, January 23rd, 2019  – Join us for Williamsport’s February First Friday event and discover our creative community. Tenants are opening their doors and sharing their hearts, and we’d love to see you there!

Starting at 6pm, Way Cool Beans (@ToddsCoolBeans) is celebrating 5 years of delicious, roasted coffee goodness (congratulations Todd!) and will host live music with Atom and Chloe.  Stop into Building 6 for a coffee, some tunes, and while you’re there – be sure to visit Pasta By Deb (@Pasta-By-Deb) down the hall in Studio 6-111.  Deb will be featuring heART you can eat and heART you can wear, so guests will want to check out her studio.  Across the courtyard, on the 2nd floor of Building 9 in Studio 10N, Factory Works Gallery (factoryworks.org) invites you to “Jonathan Preston,” an exhibition of street art influenced paintings by the Bellefonte / State College based artist. This is Jonathan’s first exhibition both at Factory Works Gallery as well as in Williamsport.

David DeFebo & Mary Woods owners of WholeheARTed Wholistic in Studio 7-240 will have Biocharger Demos every 30 minutes starting at 6pm with a presentation of the products and services they offer at 7pm.  Meet the artist in person! Todd Rice of Studio 7-243 and Barbara Andreassen of Studio 9-208 will each open their studios for guests to walk in, take a look around and discuss their work.  Paul Clacher of Studio 7-250 will also host an open studio and will be doing live watercolor paintings, while Pajama Factory owners, Mark and Suzanne Winkelman, will be opening their residential loft for visitors and friendly conversation!

This is only a sample of what will be happening around the Factory.  “February First Friday at the Pajama Factory has always been an opportunity for our community to welcome the greater Williamsport area community into what we do,” said Event Chair, Brian Spies.  “We can’t wait to have you see how our community continues to grow and thrive!” There is so much to see and do, so visit us and experience our Creative Community first hand.  And as we say around here: Dream it. See it. Do it. … at the Factory.

The Pajama Factory is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.  The event will take place Friday, February 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission.  Food trucks will be onsite. For more information about the Pajama Factory, please visit www.pajamafactory.net or email events@pajamafactory.net.

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About the Pajama Factory: The Pajama Factory is a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and local businesses who come together to build off of each other’s strengths and dreams in order to create something bigger than themselves. The Pajama Factory is a proud member of the Williamsport Business Association and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. To learn more, please visit www.pajamafactory.net.

Contact: Danielle Velkoff, Event Coordinator (570) 980-1452, events@pajamafactory.net

 

TEDxWilliamsport – Speaker, Performers, and Event Staff Search

We are excited to be hosting a TEDxWilliamsport in April 2019. This will be a full-day event, and the theme is “21st Century Communities.” Our goal is to bring together bright minds who will give talks that are idea-focused and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – as well as provoke conversations that matter.

We are seeking speakers, performers, and event staff.  We also need mentors to support our speakers.  All positions are volunteer.  If you plan on presenting, our selection committee will reach out to schedule your audition once your application has been received.  The application timeline is below:

  • Application Deadline: January 25th, 2019
  • Auditions:  Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 12-2pm & Wednesday, Feb 6th from 6-8pm
  • Dress Rehearsal: April 5th, 2019 (5-10pm)
  • TEDxWilliamsport: April 6th, 2019

To apply, please click on the link below:

TEDxWilliamsport Application

Drag Bingo, a fundraising event for AIDS Resource, Friday, 2/8 in the Community Room

AIDS Resource, Inc., a community-based organization with offices in Williamsport and State College, announces a Drag Bingo Benefit at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Pajama Factory Community Room, 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport.

Advance tickets by credit card are $20 for 10 games by calling 570-322-8448 followed by option 1 then, ext. 10. or you may also email lizfink@aidsresource.com.  Tickets are $22 at the door.  The evening will feature prizes, 50/50 raffle, light snacks, and is BYOB.  Laurel Charleston, a State College based entertainer, will perform for the event.  All proceeds benefit the valuable programs of AIDS Resource.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the 7th Annual Blues Bash!

Our 7th Annual Blues Bash in on Sunday, December 30th!

Dance the night away with America’s oldest touring blues band the Nighthawks and Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats from State College.  Along with local legends Stacia Abernatha & Gabe Stillman, plus an Eric Clapton Tribute with Sean Farley and David Lynn.  Bulllfrog Brewery will be serving a selection of beers and ciders while Real Taste Food Truck will be on hand for some delicious Mexican street food.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and are available for purchase at Franco’s Lounge, Way Cool Beans in the Pajama Factory, K&S Music, and Robert M. Sides.  $40 VIP reserved seating and VIP Table reservations are available online.  

Celebrate New Year’s Eve EVE the right way with us the Pajama Factory!

To learn more about this event and the bands that will be performing, visit www.pajamafactory.net/BluesBash.