Clearing the mattresses for holy matrimony: Downingtown’s young mayor gets hitched in a furniture store

Try to grasp this one: a wedding reception in a furniture store.

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A version of those very words flashed onto my computer screen Friday morning, requiring that I stare at them, perplexed,  for a good minute or so. No way was this for real, I thought to myself.

Was the 32-year-old mayor of Downingtown, Josh Maxwell, really about to hold his wedding-day bash inside a store packed with high-end recliners, sofas, cocktail tables, and queen beds on the road that connects Philadelphia’s western suburbs to Amish country? The suburban Philly pol in this small town has a lively Twitter account. But surely, his internet wedding page had been hacked on the eve of taking his vows.

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Dane Decor co-owner Drew Hamilton was orchestrating crews as they emptied portions of his Downingtown, Pa., store of furniture on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. This part of the store, occupying the sanctuary of an 18th-century church, will be the dance floor for a wedding reception for the young mayor of his town.

My next step was to do what any human with an otherwise full life would do with that sort of information.

I cold-called the furniture store. Got a lovely saleswoman on the phone.

“Hi,” I said. “I was wondering …  do you guys have an events business over there? Do you book out your showroom for weddings and things?”

“No,” she said, but then I got transferred to co-owner Drew Hamilton, who explained it all in its gloriously quirky coolness.

Crews were clearing furniture off the showroom floor as we spoke — they’d been on site since 7 a.m., paid for by Maxwell and his fiancee. The crews were busy dismantling display beds and hauling them out. They were also dragging dressers out of the church sanctuary; did I know that part of this landmark retailer occupies what used to be a Presbyterian church built in the mid-1800s?

I couldn’t look away.

A story was in order.

And now, here it is.

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Doug Strang of Taylor rental stacks chairs inside a furniture store for the Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, wedding reception for Downingtown, Pa., Mayor Josh Maxwell and Blair Thornburgh at Dane Decor.

Yes, the mayor of Downingtown will be drinking and dancing Saturday night with 200 guests inside a furniture store in his hometown, in a place just two blocks from where his mom still lives. And, if all goes well at the ceremony beforehand at a church in Chestnut Hill, he will do it alongside Blair Thornburgh, 28, the woman I saw him kiss briefly in the mayor’s vintage Volvo before she dashed off toward Philly for the odds and ends that make up the final sprint toward Wedding Day.

You could say a lot about this story or you could say a little. What I will say is this: I got the feeling, after rushing out to meet and talk to everyone, that this is about more than just a cool venue or the big day between a young man and the woman he fell in love with. Having this shebang at Dane Decor, of all places, is also about the bonds between a still-young booster-mayor of this former paper-mill town, and the men who once employed him while he was in grad school. Men who run a family business whose fortunes expanded and, more recently, shrunk, but who always believe in Downingtown.

Maxwell gets to party in a neat old building. The Hamilton family that now runs just one of what was once a chain of high-end modern-style furniture stores across the region gets to showcase a funky and still-kicking space to hundreds of potential customers. The bride, granddaughter of former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, gets to show her out-of-town friends the charming side of her new suburban address.

Everyone, in other words, is smitten.

“It’s a gorgeous building,” the mayor told me after he and Blair agreed, on super-short notice, to meet me at Dane. “It looks and feels like a church inside.”

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Hired work crews spent hours on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, clearing portions of a Downingtown, Pa., furniture store of merchandise for a wedding reception the next night. Part of the store is in a historic church that has been Dane Decor furniture store for decades.

It’s a wacky building from the outside, with a church steeple sticking up from an otherwise boxy cube of fairly new construction. The old sanctuary is on the second floor and has stained-glass windows and a choir vestibule where, Drew told me, they usually display a bed set that, as luck would have it, seems to be the only model that never sells.

Dance-floor tiles will be going down on the sanctuary floor. Musicians will play where a choir long ago sang hymns — before this place was desanctified for retail in the 1970s.

“It’s a really interesting place to put a band,” the mayor said. “Blair and I will be able to walk home from our wedding reception.”

A short staircase leading out of the sanctuary takes you to a wraparound mezzanine that overlooks the first-floor showroom. The mezzanine was being emptied of furniture as banquet tables and chairs were being brought in.

Dane Decor, like Maxwell, has called this borough home since well before a redevelopment wave brought brew pubs and a slew of younger residents into town over the last seven or so years.

“One-third of Downingtown,” Maxwell told me, “is under 35.”

Imagine all those 200 guests spilling red wine and barbecue sauce onto the furniture that will remain on the showroom floor Saturday night. Then imagine not worrying about it. Dane’s owners, one of whom, Hank Hamilton, is like a mentor to the mayor, see only positives here.

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Josh Maxwell and Blair Thornburgh pose for an Instagram photo a day before their wedding reception inside this church-turned-furniture store in suburban Philly.

“When he brought [the idea] to us, we sort of debated amongst ourselves,” Drew Hamilton said. “But at the end of the day we thought, how cool would it be to have a wedding here? Full circle for the church.”

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Singleton Impressed By Tinder Guy’s ‘Amazing Furniture’ Realises He’s Posing In IKEA – LADbible

So you’ve matched with someone on Tinder and you’re seriously impressed. They look decent, they seem reasonably hygienic – and they’ve even got a nice tidy house.
Then you realise it’s not actually a house because they’re posing in the various departments of IKEA .
Natasha Reid was both wary and wooed by the Tinder joker, who goes by the name of Lee.. Lee had definitely made the effort. The profile included pictures of him tucked up in bed with a soft toy and even sat on the toilet – still wearing his underwear, thankfully.
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Then when she checked Lee’s bio on the popular dating app, she was left speechless to discover he had listed himself as a ‘fan of taking photos in IKEA’. I mean, whatever floats your boat, mate.
Natasha was surprised – we’re not quite sure how, considering the giveaway price tags hanging off everything, but we’ll let it slide.
Is that a price tag on the empty bookshelf? And the other *empty* bookshelf… and the rug… and the other bookshelf. Hang on a minute. Credit:
Despite her shock, 24-year-old Natasha claims the hilarious photo sequence made the man stand out in the crowd as her most memorable match.
There are five photos in total of Lee, with the others showing him posing with a paintbrush, reclining under a light and studying in a library.
Natasha, from Englefield Green in Surrey, said: “It’s 100% a good way to stand out on Tinder. Even if he and I never go on a date, he will definitely get one with a profile like that.
Natasha says the profile will ‘stay with her’. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
“I can’t even remember some of my other matches, so I think this one will stay with me. Rightly so, as well – he deserves it. At first I didn’t understand what they were because they just seemed like really odd pictures.
“Then it dawned on me that all of the furniture looked amazing in this place.” Well, one thing’s for sure – Lee would have plenty of bookshelves.
However upon checking Lee’s bio, Natasha soon realised her potential soulmate (it is Tinder after all) enjoyed playing prankster.
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Natasha said: “I looked at his bio and it said ‘I’m a fan of taking photos in IKEA’. I thought it was so funny. We have all at some point walked around IKEA and wanted to act like it was our house. “I literally swiped right and we matched straight away, so I messaged him to tell him the pictures had made my day. He messaged me back seemingly very proud of them.
“My favourite one is either one of him tucked up in bed with a stuffed toy, or the toilet one. I think that’s very brazen. The way he’s looking in surprise and he’s got his hand over his mouth like he’s just been caught on the toilet is really good.
“I think IKEA should take him up on being a sort of live mannequin because he pulled it off very well.”
Lee’s profile showed his snaps in IKEA. Credit:
The mum-of-one shared Lee’s profile online – where commenters urged her to marry him.
But if they make it to the first date, Natasha claims she would be much more interested in recreating the iconic IKEA date from Zooey Deschanel movie 500 Days of Summer .
Natasha, who is a full-time carer, said: “I love 500 Days of Summer . I feel like we would have to re-enact it if we went on a date. You see all the same types of pictures on Tinder.
“You have the ones with the guys in their group of friends and guess which one is them. You have the cringey ones with their tops off. It’s nice to see someone taking the mick really.
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“I think it speaks of someone’s character that everyone has already labelled him as funny and marriage material because the photos have shown his personality. He’s not afraid of taking the mick out of himself in a public place, never mind somewhere private.
“I thought to myself that even if we don’t have a date he definitely seems like the type of person you’d want as a friend. He seems very, very funny – and he’s remained as funny in the messages. Luckily he’s reasonably attractive as well, which is a plus.” Reasonably attractive, ouch.
Lee declined to comment.
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Dysania Is The Name For The Inability To Get Out Of Bed In The Morning

If you really struggled to get out of bed this morning, you’ve probably just put it down to being a lazy bastard and/or that late night Making A Murderer binge, but there’s a slim chance you could actually have a condition called dysania.

Dysaniais a term to use to describe a chronic inability to get up and out of bed in the morning and can also leave those who have it ‘craving’ their bed and wanting to get back to it.


The condition, also called clinomania, isn’t ‘officially recognisedat the moment, but those who say they suffer with it say it is very real.

According to Psych2go, to Psych2go, it can be related to mental health issues and those who report having it, often have depression and anxiety disorders. It can also be present in people who live with chronic fatigue syndrome.

But how can you tell if you’re living with this or if you’re just not a morning person? Well, according to Rise and Shine, one quick test would be to think about words you associate with getting up in the morning – if words like ‘tiresome’ or ‘frustrating’ come to mind, you’re probably just like the rest of us lazy folk.

However, if you instantly think ‘anxiety’, ‘stress’ or ‘overwhelming’ then it might be worth going to see your GP and investigate it further.

If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning, for any reason, there are a couple of things you can do. Firstly, as simple as it sounds, ensure you’re getting enough sleep, if you know you need to be up early, get your head down at a reasonable hour. And invest in a decent alarm while you’re at it.

If you find nodding off difficult,the NHS offers a bunch of advice, such as keeping regular sleeping/waking hours, cutting down on caffeine and taking regular exercise.

A genuine inability to get yourself out of bed in the morning – or if it’s causing you a lot of undue stress and anxiety – should always be checked out by a doctor, so if any of this is ringing true for you, don’t suffer in silence.

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Musk out as Tesla chair, remains CEO in $40M SEC settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle a government lawsuit alleging Musk duped investors with misleading statements about a proposed buyout of the company.

The settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission allows Musk to remain CEO of the electric car company but requires him to relinquish his role as chairman for at least three years.

Tesla must hire an independent chairman to oversee the company, something that should please a number of shareholders who have criticized Tesla’s board for being too beholden to Musk.

The deal was announced Saturday, just two days after SEC filed its case seeking to oust Musk as CEO.

Musk, who has an estimated $20 billion fortune, and Tesla, a company that ended June with $2.2 billion in cash, each are paying $20 million to resolve the case, which stemmed from a tweet Musk sent on Aug. 7 indicating he had the financing in place to take Tesla private at a price of $420 per share.

“A reckless tweet cost a lot of money – the $20-million tweet,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader.

The deal could remove one cloud that hangs over Tesla. Investors fretted about the company’s ability to cope without Musk, a charismatic entrepreneur whose penchant for coming up with revolutionary ideas has drawn comparisons to one of Silicon Valley’s most revered visionaries, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Tesla’s stock plummeted 14 percent Friday after the SEC filed its lawsuit, erasing more than $7 billion in shareholder wealth. Many analysts predicted the shares were bound to fall even further if Musk had been forced to step down. Tesla’s stock has dropped 30 percent since Aug. 7, closing Friday at $264.77.

The steep downturn in Tesla’s market value may have influenced Musk to have an apparent change of heart and negotiate a settlement. Musk had rejected a similar settlement offer before the SEC sued Thursday, maintaining he had done nothing wrong when he posted a tweet declaring that he had secured the financing to lead a buyout of Tesla.

The SEC alleged Musk wasn’t close to locking up the estimated $25 billion to $50 billion needed to pull off the buyout.

Musk and Tesla reached their settlement without admitting to or denying the SEC’s allegations.

The resolution “is in the best interests of our markets and our investors, including the shareholders of Tesla,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement.

A Tesla spokeswoman said the company and Musk had no comment Saturday.

Besides paying a fine and stripping Musk of his chairman’s title, Tesla also must appoint two more directors who have no ties to the company or its management. Musk will be allowed to remain on the board.

The company also must clamp down on Musk’s communications with investors, a requirement that might make its colorful CEO’s Twitter posts slightly less interesting.

“Considering the drastic punishment the SEC had announced, Musk and Tesla got lucky,” said Krebs, the Autotrader analyst. “Musk at least remains at the helm of the company, and adding a couple of board members is a good thing.”

The SEC also got what it wanted by bringing the combative Musk down a notch and taking steps to tone down his off-the-cuff remarks while forcing Tesla to expand its board to counterbalance its CEO’s power, said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. Besides being CEO, Musk owns a roughly 20 percent stake in Tesla.

“Maybe this will make Musk stop acting so crazy and fly right,” Tobias said.

Besides tweeting about a deal that the SEC alleged he didn’t have money to pay for, Musk had been engaging in other erratic behavior that had been raising questions about whether he should remain CEO.

Musk had raised hackles by ridiculing stock market analysts for posing fairly standard questions about Tesla’s shaky finances, and calling a diver who helped rescue 12 boys on a Thai soccer team from a flooded cave a pedophile, triggering a defamation lawsuit. He was also recently caught on a widely circulated video apparently smoking marijuana , a legal drug in Tesla’s home state of California.

The erratic behavior has convinced more analysts that Tesla needs to find a replacement for Musk, but the SEC settlement will allow the company to do so on its own timetable, if it decides to hire a new leader.

Tesla is also under mounting pressure to overcome its past manufacturing problems and produce enough vehicles to become consistently profitable after years of huge losses.

A gauge of the company’s progress should come within the next few days when Tesla is expected to release its vehicle production numbers for the July-September period.

Musk has pledged Tesla would manufacture an average of 7,000 vehicles per week, enough to turn a profit.

Tesla needs to turn the financial corner because it has $1.3 billion in debt coming due during the next six months. If it keeps burning through its cash, Tesla will likely have to raise more money to pay its bills – something that analysts say will be easier to do without any lingering doubt who will be running the company.

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Water Right After You Get Out Of Bed –


The current health trend is drinking water as soon as you get out of bed. The medical value of this health trend has been scientifically confirmed to be completely beneficial to our health.

Drinking water when waking up has been connected to prevention and curing of certain ailments and disease such as body aches, heart problems, epilepsy, headaches, arthritis, diabetes, constipation,obesity, tuberculosis, meningitis, kidney disease, vomiting, uterine disease, gastritis,ear and throat disease.

  1. As soon as you wake up, before even doing anything else, consume four 6 ounce glasses of water. But remember if for any reason you cannot consume this amount of water at one time, you should start with as much as you can and slowly increase the amount.
  2. After brushing your teeth and performing your morning hygiene routine, wait for 45 minutes before drinking or eating anything.

After 45 minutes, eat breakfast as usual, and then do not drink or eat anything in the next 2 hours.

Specific diseases that can be cured with this method

The research shows that if using the above method, the number of days the regimen must be followed to cure each disease is:

  • Cancer-180 days
  • Diabetes- 30 days
  • Constipation- 10 days
  • Gastric Problems- 10 days
  • High blood Pressure- 30 days

The good thing about using this treatment method is that besides the increased urination at the beginning of the program it has no side effects. Drinking water and staying active and healthy are the secrets for a longer and better life.

Both the Japanese and Chinese consume hot tea with their meals instead of cold water. Cold water solidifies the oily foods you have just eaten and slows down the digestive process. Once these solidified oils reach andthe reaction with the stomach acid begins, it is absorbed more quickly by the intestine and the intestinal wall. The long-term accumulation of these digested oils can lead to cancer. The Western cultures must adopt this practice as there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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