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Pappalecco

Your Tuscan Home in Kensington

Itching to travel but don’t have the budget? Stop into Pappalecco, “Your Tuscan Home,” to get the sensation of being in an authentic Italian coffee shop!

Part of the Fabric of Our Community
One of the newest members of the Kensington community, Pappalecco has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for locals. Co-owner Francesco Bucci says, “Just like in Tuscany, many come more than once a day. Coffee and lunch, or breakfast and dinner, or an afternoon pick me up and after dinner dessert… We know many of them by name and they know us. They are like friends to us and we know that they consider us their friends.”

Pappalecco offers more than its organic coffee and espresso drinks, and Chef Lorenzo Bucci has put a lot of effort into developing a full menu:

• Breakfast
• Panini
• Salads
• Pizza
• Gelato
• Wine and beer
• Homemade pastries

To learn more about Pappalecco, stop in for a macchiato, or find them online, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

Golden Property Management

Fostering Community Locally

While many of the homes in Kensington are owned and lived-in by long-term residents, several are rented out, attracting new people to the area. Golden Property Management has been offering hands-on residential management services in Kensington and surrounding areas since 2009.

Kathy Christmas, owner of Golden Property Management, says her company brings peace of mind to clients by managing their properties so they can focus on doing other things that they love.

Loving that Small-Town Feel
Kathy says the best thing about the Kensington/Talmadge area is the community and charm, as well as how locals support businesses here.

“One of my favorite things about this community is how friends within the community always refer the local companies to their neighborhood… ‘Friends helping Friends’ is the tag line I would give Kensington.”

Golden Property Management is located at 4248 Adams Avenue. Learn more about their property management services on their website, Yelp, and Facebook.

Snapology of San Diego

Making Kids Smarter Through Fun

If there’s one thing parents know, it’s that kids don’t always get excited about education. But when it involves Lego®, robotics, and animation? They’re all in.

Snapology, a relatively recent addition to the Kensington community (it opened January of 2016), teaches kids aged 4-14 through STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) interactive classes, events, and birthday parties.

The center’s robotics and animation classes have been a big hit with the younger set, and birthday parties are always in demand.

Both owners Julie Bouchard and Steve Oas live in Kensington, and so it was important to them to create kid-friendly opportunities in the neighborhood.

“We love the small town, neighborhood feel of the area and the walkable activities for all ages,” Julie said. She also said she loves hearing stories about Kensington and its changes over the past 100 years.

For more information, visit Snapology’s website and Facebook.

Homegrown Energy Solutions

Bringing (and Harnessing) a Little Sunshine to Kensington

What’s better than a beautiful sunny day in Kensington or Talmadge? Taking that sunshine and turning it into useable solar energy. That’s exactly what Homegrown Energy Solutions does.

Jane Hughes, VP of Business Operations for the home-based business, says her company, which launched in June of 2016, offers PV solar energy system installation to both home and business owners. Other services include:
• Historical energy usage
• Site review
• Design and permitting
• Professional installation with quality components backed by lengthy warranties

While she’s new to the Kensington/Talmadge area, she already is finding ways to get involved.

“It’s a friendly place that people love to be a part of, and people get involved in what’s going on around them, from Food Truck Nights to the Talmadge Block Party to the KTBA. It makes me proud to live and work here.”

Learn more about Homegrown Energy Solutions on its Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Ladybug Art Center

A Splash of Art in the Heart of Kensington

Ladybug Art Center of Kensington has been around the neighborhood long enough to see quite a few changes in Kensington. A Kensington business since 1989, Ladybug Art Center is now located at 4685 Biona Drive.

In the 27 years that she has run her business in Kensington, owner Susan Hull says she’s seen things become more upscale and crowded. Still, she says, there’s a lot to love in our community, especially “the friendliness of the people and the great critters.”

Hull’s business offers a variety of art, gifts, and art and craft classes, including:
• Original art by local award winning artists
• Custom Calligraphy Services
• One-of-a-Kind custom greeting cards
• Unique gifts for any occasion
• Beginning Art and Crafts classes

Hull says that the Beginning Art Classes and Custom Calligraphy are the most popular services she offers. For more information, visit Ladybug Art Center of Kensington or their Facebook page.

The Ruch-Fleming Team

In October 2012, Elizabeth Ruch and Alison Fleming, Financial Advisors with Waddell & Reed, decided to join their financial planning practices in a collaborative effort to better serve their clients. Both of them have managed successful individual practices within Waddell & Reed. Firmly believing that two minds are better than one, Elizabeth and Alison formed a team. Their combined 60+ years of experience bring both well-grounded and innovative approaches to financial planning. The depth and breadth of their collective knowledge can firmly guide their clients through the maze of investment and insurance products necessary to meet their clients’ ever-changing needs. Utilizing the financial planning process and tools at their disposal, they help navigate the challenging twists and turns on the road to pursuing financial success.

Kensington Cafe & The Haven

These two community favorites are both owned by Lauren Passero. Lauren has graciously hosted several KBA mixers. Here we get to know Lauren and her businesses.

What kinds of products or services do you offer?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee, pizza, beer and wine.

How long have you served the Kensington community?
7 years at the cafe and 2+ years at the Haven

What do you love best about Kensington?
The small town community feel. I love that the residents all know each other. I love that people care so much about their neighborhood and what goes on here. When I first bought the cafe people would come in just to see who i was and to ask me a handful of “get to know you” questions.

Got any great stories about the community/customers?
We’ve had so many great things happen here… we had a marriage proposal on the patio, a high school student from the neighborhood had us write “prom?” in a girls latte foam, we even had a customer write a book about the cafe!

How can people learn more about you? (Website, social media links)

Kensington Cafe:

The Haven:

Noble Intent Studio

Noble Intent Studio, formerly Kovalent, is a design studio led by husband-and-wife-team Cris and Angela Noble from Talmadge.

Angela and Cris have been involved in our community since they moved here from Chicago in 2013. They’ve provided design and website services for local organizations and businesses including kental.org, talmadge.org, friendsoffranklinfoundation.org, Ken Video, and our very own KTBA website!

Angela is a graphic designer who specializes in logo and print design, email marketing, and web design. Cris is a developer who handles all the coding and technical solutions for their clients.

Their clients are located all across the nation, and they’ve partnered with a wide range of businesses including photographers, art galleries, large financial firms, universities, health clinics, and mom-and-pop businesses.

Visit them at nobleintentstudio.com