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New multimedia room to serve multiple purposes in Mt. Pleasant

| Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5:19 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For Trib Total Media
Hayden Pharmacy owner Ed Christofano hangs the sign outside the new multimedia room at his building along Main Street in the borough. The room will be designated for meetings and private gatherings, he said.

One thing Mt. Pleasant Borough has been missing for years is an area designated for meetings and private gatherings, according to Hayden's Pharmacy owner Ed Christofano, who added he recently made an effort to rectify that situation.

Christofano, president and chief executive officer of Christofano Associates LLC, bought the building formerly housing the In Town Shops at 535 W. Main St. in early 2014.

The pharmacist subsequently remodeled the structure's interior, creating a 2,000-square-foot area, which serves as his pharmacy, along with the Main Street Deli and Cafe, which he also owns.

He recently opened a room to accommodate those seeking a general gathering place.

“The town needed a nice place for people to hold meetings in, and just a nice room to gather in for special functions,” Christofano said.

He said the room will also serve as extra seating for large parties held at the Main Street Deli and Cafe. “This new, multimedia meeting room will be equipped with a sound and video system to facilitate meeting and training seminars, along with food provided by the Main Street Deli & Café,” Christofano said. “In addition to the ability to have a private event, patrons will be able to reminisce while admiring photographs and artifacts of historic Mt. Pleasant.”

The office of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society has been relocated to the rear portion of the building to make way for the new room, which will be dedicated to that group.

“I think that it will be nice to have a meeting area like this in the town,” said Richard Snyder, president of the society's board of directors.

He added that the room will be decorated with historical pictures and photos, and there will also be other local historical items located throughout the meeting area.

“We're going to be getting together soon to look at some pictures and memorabilia and decide what we can use,” Snyder said. “We‘ll be framing a few things to hang, and I think it will turn out nice.”

Society vice president Jim Lozier said the group will utilize the room for its regular meetings once it is finished.

“I think that adding a room like this in the town is a good idea,” he said,

Lozier added it was a generous offer for Christofano to dedicate the room to the group.

Christofano said that he is thrilled to be able to provide the space while also being able to honor the society for all of its contributions to the area and to the town.

“The Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society does a fantastic job at preserving the history of Mt. Pleasant,” Christofano said.

Christofano said that he hopes to have the room up and ready for usage in July.

“Not only is this a great room to accommodate families for breakfast and lunch on the weekends, but employers and local companies who need to plan meetings, training sessions, church organizations, non-profits organizations, and family private gatherings will be able to reserve this room for their events and meetings,” he said. “Food can be catered for breakfast or lunch, buffet or served. We want this to be a very inviting and private atmosphere featuring the great history of Mt. Pleasant.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.