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Webco Industries Makes Donation to Oil City Playground

logoWebco Industries, a longtime member of the Chamber, recently made a donation of $15,000 to support the Land of Laughter Playground in Oil City. The City plans to install new playground equipment and to landscape the property, which has not been upgraded since it was built over 20 years ago.

The donation from Webco is the largest received by the campaign for the playground. Work is planned to begin in May. In addition to their support of community efforts, Webco is in the midst of its own expansion to nearby plots of land purchased by the company.

Webco, located on Seneca Street in Oil City with an additional facility in Reno, came to the area in 1988 and went public in 1994. The company  is a specialty manufacturer of high-quality carbon and stainless steel tubing products.

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This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s May 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Glenview Apothecary Serves Community for 50 Years

Glenview 2“A few years ago I didn’t think we’d make it, but we did it,” said James (Jim) Himes, owner of Glenview Apothecary in Oil City, as he reflects on the past 50 years that the pharmacy has served our area.

Glenview Apothecary was originally opened as a partnership in 1968, became a single owner business in 1976, and was then incorporated in 1989. The business was located in the Glenview Professional Building on Glenview Ave in Oil City, and then moved to the current location in 1992.

James R. Himes’ son, Jim, returned to the area in 1989 to take over the family business, after living and working for 10 years as a pharmacist at the Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The current location of Glenview Apothecary—2 Spring Street—had been vacant for many years, once housing a number of businesses, including a gas station, laundromat, Domino’s Pizza, and Dunkin’ Donuts. In 1991, Jim and his father purchased the building and remodeled it, and it became the new home of Glenview Apothecary.Glenview3

“We have seen some problems, but we’ve survived,” said Jim. “If I were to give advice to a new business owner, I’d tell them it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice, and you have to be willing to make it work.”

Currently, Glenview Apothecary has eight employees who he credits much of the success of the business, along with his wife Gretchen.

The business offers services such as prescription filling, delivery, and a retail store with a variety of items for sale, including toiletries, over-the-counter medicine, candy, local books, and greeting cards. The greeting cards were added more recently and have been a draw for many, especially because they are often updated and cost only $0.99.

Overall, their customer service and delivery is what has kept them going. Many customers Jim still sees today he was introduced to as a high school student when working in his father’s store.

Although Glenview Apothecary is a local, small town pharmacy, they are doing all they can to keep up with the change in technology and offerings. “Technology can be a challenge, but we can’t operate without it,” said Jim.

The business uses computers to receive prescription orders, look up insurance and billing information, and to even check on narcotic prescriptions through a state database, in an effort to cut down on abuse and fraud.

Glenview 3Telemedicine is also a service that Jim foresees coming into more pharmacies in the near future, as a way for local customers to connect with healthcare professionals in larger, urban areas, such as Pittsburgh.

In addition, Glenview Apothecary has become licensed to do vaccines, and plans to start offering those services in the near future.

“This is about keeping my father’s legacy going, helping the customers who have been coming here for years, and serving the community,” Jim said. “My goal is to see the store continue on.”

Find Glenview Apothecary at:
2 Spring Street, Oil City

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s May 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.




Exciting Changes Coming to Oil City Businesses

KarmaBreakfast, lunch, and dinner—all served in downtown Oil City by Shaun and Marie Alcorn at multiple businesses—and this month, some changes are coming to Karma Coffee Company and Northside Eatery, moving the Alcorns and Oil City in a positive direction.

Beginning on Monday, March 19, all lunch operations through Northside Eatery will move to Karma Coffee Company, and Northside Eatery will become retail space. “We know the community perspective will be that a business is leaving,” said the Alcorns. “But it’s actually quite the opposite; we have outgrown our space at Northside Eatery and we are expanding in order to make room for continued growth.”

Northside Eatery customers will be able to enjoy the same great lunch menu they have grown to love, plus some new options, such as fresh cut french fries. With Corey, head chef at Northside Eatery, and Jaime, manager at Karma Coffee Company, now working together, customers can expect unique and delicious lunch specials, including vegan and vegetarian options. Because lunch will be served within Karma Coffee Company, the option to order a custom-made drink or a pastry with lunch will be available, too.

The space at Karma Coffee Company will provide the opportunity for more efficiency and additional seating, and the rustic Northside Eatery tables will be relocated to the front of Karma Coffee Company. The location is just a few buildings down from where Northside Eatery sits and customers can enter through both Elm Street and Seneca Street.

“Nothing is going away,” said the Alcorns. “If anything, our offerings are getting better.”

Karma Coffee Company will continue to offer brunch on the weekend, as well as catering for events and meetings, hosted throughout the area or held in their back room. Recently, they have introduced more locally sourced items to their menus, including, pork, chicken, and eggs from Gruber Farms of Shippenville and lamb from Baytree Farm of Emlenton. This year, the Alcorns will also help host a Farm to Fork event in Titusville.

A popular concert series that began in November 2017 will continue to occur each Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Karma Coffee Company, with local music, the option to BYOB, and food available. The arts are represented throughout Karma Coffee Company on the walls, too, in which different artwork continues to be rotated in and out monthly.

With the move of lunch from Northside Eatery to Karma Coffee Company, also comes exciting upgrades and new plans going forward. The Alcorns will begin using an updated POS system, creating even more efficiency within the business, and a website will be created for Karma Coffee Company.

image1“Instead of two separate restaurants open on different days and at different times, there will now be one open seven days a week,” said the Alcorns. “We are consolidating the spaces, but in reality we are expanding our business to offer more diversity and offerings.”

We encourage you to check out Karma Coffee Company on Facebook and stop in for lunch once their new schedule begins (see hours below). The Alcorns will also continue to serve dinner at the Yellow Dog Lantern Restaurant, located at 218 Elm Street and open from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Alcorns don’t plan to stop with their current businesses; they have ideas for future projects to help the Venango Area move forward.


Karma Coffee Company Schedule:

Monday – Friday
: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch served 11 to 2 – beginning 3/19; Coffee & pastries served all hours)

Thursday Evenings: 6 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6; Concert from 7 to 9 p.m.; Menu available all hours)

Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Brunch, coffee & pastries served all hours)

FIRST NIGHT® OIL CITY 2018 Celebrating 20 Years … A Sneak Preview!

Picture4As the 20th Anniversary of First Night® Oil City approaches, the planning committee has finalized plans for a truly gala anniversary event for New Year’s Eve on December 31st.  Beginning in 1997, this family-oriented, non-alcoholic celebration showcases performing groups from among the 224 uniquely groups that have performed at least once in prior years.

Entertainers this year include:  RPR Band (former members of Tanglefoot, Canadian roots); Cahal Dunne (Ireland’s piano man); Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonators; Mitch Littler (blues via vocals and playing multiple instruments); The Butler Clowns (humor, magic, skits, balloons, and music); Captain Magic (magician); Carol Weakland (actress, author and story-teller who brings literary classics to life); Neil Jacobs (12-string guitarist); Asleigh Bennett (vocals, keyboard and ukulele); and, Bill Sandusky (Erie Ice Works ice sculpture).

Performers joining for the first time include: Echo Valley Bluegrass Band, (a Western Pennsylvania family band comprised of seven siblings); Porcelain Bus Drivers (dance band that plays everything, from rock to country, rap, modern, 60’s through today); the Porter/Huber Jazz Quartet featuring area instrumental jazz musicians Nelson Porter, Bill Huber, Jr., Preston Huber and Patrick Huber; and, Gary Auerbach (a World Freestyle Frisbee Champion).

Other First Night events will include two fireworks displays (large display – 7 p.m. and send-off burst – Midnight); a Cool Night Light People’s Procession, hat-making, craft-making; outdoor bonfires; a drum circle; and, having your photo taken with a beautiful ice sculpture.

An admittance button must be purchased and worn by attendees prior to entering any performance venue.  Regular buttons cost $10 and jazzed up “blinky” buttons cost $15.  If purchased prior to Christmas, regular buttons will be sold at a reduced price of $8 each.  Children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted at no charge.  Buttons are available at the following locations: Venango Area Chamber of Commerce; Days Inn; Karma Coffee; Transit Arts Gallery; The Sleep Shoppe; Oil City Library; and Spilling the Beans Coffee House. On New Year’s Eve, buttons will only be available after 5 p.m., at Spilling the Beans, Karma Coffee, and the National Transit Building.

Please join us for an evening of family fun, fireworks, fanfare, children’s events, and stellar entertainment brought by the Oil City Arts Council and many wonderful sponsors. Three vans will be available for transporting First Night revelers about town throughout the evening.

A complete overview of all Oil City First Night events and performance locations will be published in Good Times in an issue after the Christmas Holiday.  For additional First Night information, please contact Susan Williams at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce at: or follow First Night Oil City on Facebook.  Also, a new Snapchat & Twitter experience will be a part of the fun this year.



OCV Featured in Magazine

The Oil City Vineyard (OCV) Church was featured in the Fall 2017 edition of the Evangelicals Magazine in an article titled “Leaving the City to Plant in a Small Town.” In the article, Pastor Charlie Cotherman shares his experience moving his family from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Oil City, planting a Vineyard Church, and getting integrated into our community.

“But as real as the problems are, we have also found an amazing amount of promise in our town. We discovered that many in Oil City are excited to hear about new ideas and to see young leaders (Millennials, even!) who are willing to roll up their sleeves and love their town. We joined the Chamber of Commerce, adopted a block, and welcomed community leaders into a service for panel discussion,” Charlie wrote. “In all of this we see God’s hand opening doors for influence and connecting us to other churches and leaders in our town. We are praying for synergy–kingdom synergy! We are also praying that many more embark on this adventure by following the big call of God to ‘small’ places.”

OCV has grown tremendously since it started about one year ago with 15 people in the living room of Charlie’s home. The church recently relocated from the National Transit Building to the Oil City YWCA to accommodate the congregation and looks forward to what the future has in store. Join them for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. at the YWCA on Central Avenue in Oil City and visit for a list of home groups, recordings of sermons, and more information about OCV.