Bristol Borough has a “Great I.D.”
by Cate Murway
For more than a century, the Quattrocchi family of Benson Place, [surname from Sciacca in Sicily, meaning particularly diligent or shrewd], has been an integral part of the elaborately rich woven fabric of Bristol Borough. Since opening day on the Bristol Day 1998 celebration, Anne Quattrocchi Walp, Bristol High ’70 and executive secretary graduate of Pierce College, located in the heart of Philadelphia's business district, has chosen to embroider her component with “Great I.D.’s by Anne” on 257 Radcliffe Street. She specializes in monogrammed and custom embroidered items, which have been a mark of wealth and status in many cultures.
Anne, born in March “Craft Month”, and her husband, Theodore [Ted], manager of the Neshaminy location of CBM, have 3 children, St. Mark School students who graduated from Bristol High, are proudly Bristol Borough residents. Anne’s parents, Angelo and Martha Quattrocchi, who purchased one of the oldest businesses in Bucks County, started Construction Building Materials in 1946. Under the leadership of Angelo A. Quattrocchi, the coal yard was transformed into a fuel oil business and building material supplier and the business continues to be owned and operated by the extended Quattrocchi family. Anne is fortunate to have some of these same family members lend a hand in her shop with extra seasonal demands and special event festivities.
Her sisters assist in this handicraft art of decorating fabric or other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn. Philomena [Phil], retired after 35 years, from Bristol H.S. as the guidance counselor, shares her talents in Anne’s business, and another sister, Martha Anne [husband, Harry Shapcott, both CBM employees], provides the detailed designs from the 4-head embroidery machine in her converted home- shop. Son Teddy, [wife Hilary], a Philadelphia University grad, is a pharmaceutical staff member who creates the graphic designs for corporate logos. Daughters, Angela, graduate of Penn State University, a Snyder-Girotti Elementary School teacher and Elizabeth “Liz”, [husband, Edwin, CBM employee] a Temple grad and English teacher at BCTHS in Fairless Hills, both “[wo]man the counter” when required. Her brother, Louis, another CBM employee and his wife Cecelia “Cissi” also offer their assistance. A cute “DON”T MAKE ME CALL GRANDMOM” bib adorns a side display wall.
Well, maybe if it gets tooooooo busy…
A “stitch in time”, there is never enough time in a day for Anne Walp, can make any monogrammed piece “mine”. Personal or corporate orders, requiring a quick turnaround, can demand spurts of great activity. Once the machines are turned on, the embroiderers are incredibly busy creating and expediting the embroidered goods. Her staff has to be flexible and able to multi-task. In addition to the office and organizational tasks required to run a small business, an embroidery shop must also produce most of the products it sells.
Anne’s valuable “Time Tip” was highlighted in Stitches Magazine, the embroidery industry's “Bible”, voice and vision since 1987, which provides the latest industry know-how, trends, commentary and perspective:
Organizing The Embroidery Workload in STITCHES MAGAZINE [8-01]
[Anne Walp of Great I.D.'s by Anne, Bristol, PA, keeps all of her jobs on a large calendar hung in the work area. Each job is noted on the calendar two days before it is actually due. That date then becomes the job-completion goal. “As soon as a job is done, I reward myself by placing a red line through the job. I love to see those red lines,” Walp says. “It is a true reward for me. I'll work extra, just to get to use the red pen one more time in a day.”]
Her mental vision started with a birthday gift from her husband. A monogrammed mauve sweatshirt was the impetus for Anne’s business venture. She noticed an advertisement in a woman’s magazine for Meistergram, a leading supplier of new and pre-owned digitized [computerized method of converting art work into a series of commands] embroidery machines, and her business has “kept her in stitches” since. A training seminar on E. 38th Street in NY helped to prepare her for the “word of mouth” business she started in her garage, designing personalized gifts that rapidly became much in demand. Wanting to remain “in the town”, she and her husband mutually agreed to purchase the 1833 Single Dwelling/ Office architecturally “Federal” styled Fabian's Pharmacy building. The Rite Aid Corporation, one of the nation's leading drugstore chains had acquired the Health Care-Medical Business. According to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Cultural Resources Database, the roof material was asphalt, exterior wall material was stucco and other materials were wood. Beautiful wood it was!
They removed display lights hiding the ornate detailed designs of the ceiling border, cleaned up the dovetailing of the grained wood drawers and tastefully set the stage for the decorated apparel, towels, sports bags, headwear, and individually monogrammed gift items. Quality salt-glazed fired pottery, the same process that was used 150 years ago, accurate replicas of popular historical styles from Rowe Pottery Works in Cambridge, WI is available for purchase to enhance the “ presentation” of the beautifully detailed embroidered home décor items. Spooked by a dark Halloween? Come in and purchase an aromatically scented, with the highest concentration of fragrance possible, Bridgewater Candle from Anne’s extensive collection that includes the coolest color trends for the seasons! Just like Anne, Bridgewater Candle Company™ takes particular pride in their careful attention to detail, the main reason the quality of their candles is unsurpassed.
Mention this article when you visit Great I.D’s and you will receive a free votive candle. Never a “fowl” gift, a plump russet turkey can garnish a much appreciated kitchen towel or a set of cloth napkins for the perfect family Thanksgiving affair. The popular, whimsical Blossom Bucket ornaments by Suzi Skoglund, the ideal embellishment for a gift-wrapped personalized article, decorate the centrally located seasonal Christmas tree. Gift ideas abound! Hand painted with that added touch, work-of-art stenciled U.S. quarried slates by Bristol Borough artist Donna M. Scalzo “can be customized to your wishes” and are displayed in Anne’s store.
Curious about the town’s historical information? Purchase the most up-to-date existing Bristol Borough map created by local graphic artist, William J. “Bill” Zukor and “Finally, Map” your way. Anne Walp has prepared to accommodate your needs for any occasion. Gift baskets full of initialized items, an array of hand made quilts, embellished throws, blankets and pillows, charmingly decorated baby items and unique duffle and gym bags, customized with school logos, are available to spark gift giving ideas for any occasion. Gift-wrapping is provided FREE and Anne’s vast selection of assorted greeting cards elegantly complete your gift purchase. As an added service, your personalized present can be shipped anywhere, USPS Priority Mail.
It has been said that individuals born under the Pisces sign are imaginative and resourceful and are thought to have a generous, receptive, affectionate, and honest character. Anne Quattrochhi Walp is living proof.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. –5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. –8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Martha (Cattani) Quattrocchi passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her home. She was 92.
Born in Bristol, daughter of the late Guglielmo 'Butch' and Angelina Cattani, she was a lifelong Bristol resident.
Mrs. Quattrocchi was a member of the Bristol Lioness Club, Stitch and Bitch Club, and Italian Mutual Aid Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Angelo Quattrocchi; her children, Philomena Quattrocchi, Louis Quattrocchi and his wife, Cissi, Anne Walp and her husband, Ted, and Martha Anne Shapcott and her husband, Harry, all of Bristol Borough; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Angelo Quattrocchi and his wife, Heather, and their children, Gianni, Aidan, and Andreas of Bristol, Melissa Saxton and her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Angelina of Bristol, Ted Walp Jr. and his wife, Hilary, and their children, Frederick, Olivia, Bailey and Lily of Morrisville, Vincent Quattrocchi and his wife, Colleen, of Bristol, Angela Carpenter and her husband, Thomas, and their children, Jenny, Lauren and Tommy of Bristol, Elizabeth Cardona and her husband, Edwin and their daughter, Olivea of Bristol, and Jean, Jeffrey and Christopher Shapcott of Bristol. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Philomena Quattrocchi of Langhorne; and her cousins, Janet Quaranta Pierro of Bristol and Delores Listorti Yazujian of New Hope; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Peter W. Cattani, Sr. and his wife, Shirley.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Borough. Interment will be in St. Mark Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Bristol Borough Education Fund, c/o Bucks County Foundation, 60 East Court Street, P.O. Box 2073, Doylestown, PA 18901. Wade Funeral Home, Bristol Borough
Angelo A. Quattrocchi
Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:00 am
Angelo Quattrocchi of Bristol Borough passed away Saturday,
March 24, 2012, at his home. He was 91.
Born in Bristol, son of the late Agostino and Filomena (Perotti)
Quattrocchi, he was a Bristol Borough resident his entire life.
He was a graduate of Bristol High School, Class of 1937.
Mr. Quattrocchi was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 20th Armored Division.
He attended Philadelphia Wireless Technical School.
Mr. Quattrocchi was the past president of Bristol Fuel Company and Construction Building Materials in Bristol Borough. He was an active member and past president of the Bristol Lions Club, also past president of the Delaware Valley Fuel Oil Dealers, and a member of the Columbus 500 Foundation.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Martha (Cattani) Quattrocchi. He is survived by his children, Philomena Quattrocchi, Louis Quattrocchi and his wife, Cissi, Anne Walp and her husband, Ted, and Martha Anne Shapcott and her husband, Harry, all of Bristol Borough; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Angelo Quattrocchi and his wife, Heather, and their children, Gianni, Aidan, and Andreas of Bristol, Melissa Saxton and her husband, Justin, and their children, Angelina and Luke of Bristol, Ted Walp Jr. and his wife, Hilary, and their children, Frederick, Olivia, Bailey, and Lily of Morrisville, Vincent Quattrocchi of Bristol, Angela Carpenter and her husband, Thomas, and their children, Jenny, Lauren, and Tommy of Bristol, Elizabeth Cardona and her husband, Edwin, and their daughter, Olivea of Bristol, and Jean, Jeffrey and Christopher Shapcott of Bristol. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Philomena Quattrocchi of Langhorne; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Quattrocchi also was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses, Irma and Frank Moscardino, Antoinette and Anthony Scalise, Frances and John Colgan and their daughter, Philomena, Joseph and Lena Quattrocchi, Millie and Richard Burke, and John Quattrocchi; and his brother-in -law and sister-in-law, Peter W. and Shirley Cattani.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at St. Ann Church, Bristol Borough. Interment will be in St. Mark Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe St., Bristol Borough.
Donations in Angelo's name may be made to Bristol Lions Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Melissa Paolini, President, P.O. Box 1258, Bristol, PA 19007. Wade Funeral Home, Bristol Borough
Jean May Shapcott, 21, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 16, 2013,
surrounded by her loved ones after a courageous battle with
fibrolamellar hepatocellular liver cancer.
Jean was born in Bristol, Pa on June 10, 1992,
daughter of Harry Shapcott and Martha Anne (Quattrocchi) Shapcott,
loving sister of Jeffrey and Christopher Shapcott.
Jean was a 2010 graduate of Bristol High School
and a Junior at Kutztown University, studying elemetary education,
where she was an honor student and a member of
Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.
She was a sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha / Kappa Psi chapter sorority at Kutztown.
Jean always enjoyed spending time with all her family, her Bristol friends and her close friend, Devon Devine. She loved all her sisters from Zeta Tau Alpha / Kutztown and Zeta's across the country, who showed love and support throughout her illness.
Predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Jean and Harry Shapcott and her maternal grandparents, Angelo and Martha Quattrocchi, she is survived by her aunts and uncles, Philomena Quattrocchi, Louis and Cissi Quattrocchi, Anne and Ted Walp, Joan and Art Harper and Melissa Shapcott, her cousins, Angelo and Heather Quattrocchi, Melissa and Justin Saxton, Vincent Quattrocchi, Ted and Hilary Walp, Angela and Tom Carpenter, Liz and Ed Cardona, Jenny and Will Kennedy, Todd Harper and all her little cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Saturday,July 20, 2013, 11:00am at St. Ann Church, Bristol Borough. Interment, St. Mark Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening after 6:00pm and Saturday morning 9-10:15am at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Borough. Donations can be sent to Jean M.Shapcott Memorial Scholarship, c/o P. Quattrocchi, 6927 N. Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa 19007.
Peggy Monachello passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Lower Bucks Hospital. She was 90. Born in Bristol, she was a lifelong Bristol resident. Mrs. Monachello retired after many years of service at Purex, Bristol. She enjoyed playing Bingo and going to the casinos. Wife of the late Edward Walp, and Andrew Monachello; she is survived by her children, Roseann Malone and her husband, Albert, Edward Walp and his wife, Jan, Ted Walp and his wife, Anne, Kenneth Walp (Barb), and Leonard Walp. Also survived by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother; and sisters. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe St., Bristol Borough. Interment will be in St. Mark Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday morning. Wade Funeral Home, Bristol Borough www.wadefh.com