West Newton businesses ask for signs |

West Newton businesses ask for signs

With more visitors from the Great Allegheny Passage recreational trail and a new microbrewery bringing out-of-town customers, West Newton should erect signs to tell visitors the location of borough businesses, the microbrewery owners told leaders Monday.

The borough could erect the signs at the ends of the West Newton bridge and charge businesses to get their store or service listed, said Steve Denk, a co-owner of Bloom Brew, a microbrewery that makes hand-crafted beer. The owners of several businesses likely would be interested in getting their business listed on the signs, Denk said.

“If I don’t have the signs, they can’t find us,” he said.

Bloom Brew is open for just six hours for the sale of growlers on Saturdays at its location in the rear of the West Newton Fire Hall at 100 Riverside Drive. The site is not easy to find, and customers using GPS are directed down the road, in the vicinity of the Giant Eagle supermarket, Denk said.

“They are coming in droves and are spending money in town,” said Denk, adding that some customers bicycle with friends for 30 miles to come to Bloom Brew.

Co-owners Jeff Bloom and Denk said they have resorted to erecting temporary signs on Saturdays at the ends of the West Newton bridge, then removing them when the business closes in the evening.

The Pennsylvania crime code permits only municipalities to place signs on utility poles, police Chief Gary Indof said. The Bloom Brew owners said they know they are not permitted to attach their signs to a utility pole.

Mayor Mary Popovich said she understands that directional signs are needed in town and could be hung by the new borough-owned lampposts along Main Street. Downtown West Newton Inc., a nonprofit economic development organization, realizes there is a need for signage, as does the Progress Fund, a Greensburg-based community financing agency that has invested in properties in downtown West Newton, said Terri Eckels, a Downtown West Newton board member.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or [email protected].

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