The Coventry area, located in Chester County and South of the Schuylkill River and Pottstown, is an area actually comprised of three townships, North Coventry, South Coventry and East Coventry. In addition to being an area steeped in history, the area has also seen an extensive growth in businesses over the last four decades.

In 1841 Coventry Township was divided into North Coventry and South Coventry, and in 1844, East Coventry was formed by a division of North Coventry. In the latter year the line between South Coventry and East Vincent was established, as it was supposed to have been originally.

The area known today as Coventryville, in South Coventry, was a peaceful, quiet place in 1700 with a few inhabitants living on small cleared acreages, separated from each other by virgin forests, and totally dependent upon themselves for their basic needs. The valley lying between the steep Nantmeal hills to the south and the more even, gentler rise of the hills to the north was very like those of Samuel Nutt's native Coventry, England.

In 1717, Nutt established the first iron forge in Chester County , and the second in the Commonwealth, at the confluence of the north and south branches of French Creek.

According to the North Coventry Township website, "The earliest inhabitants of North Coventry Township were the Lenni Lenape American Indians. It is felt that one of the township's earliest roads,

Laurelwood Road , followed an Indian trail. As the Penn family sold tracts, land speculators quickly carved up the township but most did not reside in Coventry . Land was warranted beginning in 1713 with some occupancy in the same year."

What makes North Coventry Township unique in Chester County from its earliest beginnings is that it was settled largely by families of German background. The older farmhouses reflect this Germanic heritage.

A historical milestone for the township was the opening of the Girard Reach of the Union Canal by the Schuylkill Navigation Company in 1824. Four and a half miles of the Girard Reach pass through North Coventry Township .

Businesses in the three Chester County Townships range from small family operations to the sprawling Coventry Mall. The Coventry Mall was built in 1967, and opened as the Norco Mall. Home to dozens of businesses, the mall is anchored by Sears, Boscov's, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Ross.

About two miles south of Coventry Mall on Route 100, is Suburbia

Shopping Center . While the shopping center features a variety of goods and services from eateries and fitness centers, to salons and automotive services, it's a visit to Blinds48 that makes your shopping experience unique.

Established two years ago, Blinds48, 44 Glocker Way , is a locally owned and operated full service showroom for window treatments.

According to Carola Roach, manager, the showroom features more than 200 displays of window treatment products , including Plantation shutters and sheers, Roman and roller shades, Cellular and wood blinds, Faux wood and vertical blinds, sliding panels, natural woven shades, mini blinds and more.

Free home consultation is available, as well as in-home measuring and installations.

She also noted that the store offers factory direct pricing and quick delivery, despite the fact that the business is local and not a franchise. For more information or directions, call 610-705-4448 or check out the company website at: www.blinds48.com.

Also located in the Suburbia Shopping Center is the Picasso Salon & Day Spa, 68 Glocker Way .

Established five years ago, the Picasso is a one-stop, full service salon, offering spa body treatments, make-up, waxing, nails, airbrush tanning, and a complete line of hair services.

Since the business offers such a wide range of services it is must for those with wedding plans in the future. In addition to the traditional salon offerings, such as hair, nails, make-up, and tanning treatments, Picasso Salon & Spa has special bridal packages that include photographers and more. The salon also has personal trainers associated with its staff.

According to Robin Harooni, owner, "We care about the environment and the integrity of your hair and health."

"We use Ammonia free and sulfate free products," she explained. The salon is open seven days a week. For more information about the Picasso Salon & Day Spa, call 484-945-0900 or visit their website at: www.picassosalondayspa.com.

If you're looking for a new living room suite or some new dining room furniture to accent your new window treatments, then, a short drive down Rt. 100 will take you to Alegacy Furniture.

Also locally owned and operated, Alegacy features furniture that is made in the USA by American craftsmen using solid American hardwoods.

According to Steve Sweigart, of Alegacy Furniture, "Each piece is made one at a time, allowing our craftsmen to pay special attention to your furniture."

He added, "We do not use any particle board or pressed board materials." He concluded, saying, "We use only renewable American hardwoods."

From furniture on the showroom floor that is available in a variety of woods, stains, colors, sizes and hardware, to custom made furniture using your own ideas or sketches, Alegacy Furniture can provide you with a product that is a solid investment for you and your family.

According to Sweigart, the business is committed to quality and service. For more information, please call 610-970-4340 or visit them on the web at www.alegacyfurniture.com.

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