THE GOLDBERGS
Montco As Seen on TV

The ABC sit-com The Goldbergs comes back for Season 3 on September 23. The series, set in Jenkintown, Montgomery County, is the fictionalization of the childhood of real-life Adam Goldberg, who navigated the 1980s suburbs with a best friend and a video cam.

TV Guide recognized the show as a hit right out of the box, listing it as a 2013 Top 20 "Best Shows of the Year." Since then, ratings in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic have soared, gaining 50 percent during its sophomore season.

Adam Goldberg has been openly vocal about his source material, positioning his neighborhood as very rich with story possibilities. He's so proud of his local heritage (his family is still nearby) that small tributes to his environment continue to crop up in scripted plot developments.

The sites that were meaningful to Goldberg back then continue to draw interest today. Here are some reasons to walk in the footsteps of one of Montgomery County's famous native sons.

KREMP FLORIST
220 Davisville Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Kremp Florist

Adam Goldberg's best childhood friend (and video sidekick) was Chad Kremp, who lived across the street. The Kremp family, like the Goldbergs, really did reside in Jenkintown, and Chad and his brothers now operate a renowned florist business, Kremp Florist. The shop is not only an exercise in beauty, but it holds one-of-a-kind gift items, a beautiful koi pond, a chatty parrot and an extensive array of greeting cards.

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WILLOW GROVE PARK MALL
2500 W Moreland Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Willow Grove Park Mall

The go-to shopping destination for the Goldberg family when it comes to clothing is Willow Grove Park Mall. It's a good choice; the three levels of this retail destination contain more than 130 stores. The footprint has plenty of history: It was the site of a former amusement park that drew thousands of visitors throughout an 80-year history. The mall pays tribute to its forebear through a series of carousel horses used as artistic points of interest.

ALVERTHORPE PARK
Jenkintown Rd & Forrest Ave
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Alverthorpe Park has been mentioned on The Goldbergs as a high-school party destination. In reality, it has a more sedate (and legal) side as well. The park allows overnight camping, has lake for fishing, gives kids plenty of energy-burn in an extensive playground and features a miniature nine-hole golf course. The park is open year-round to Abington Township residents and their guests.

HIWAY THEATER
212 York Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Hiway Theater

Like every other kid in the 1980s, Adam Goldberg was swept up by the Star Wars phenomenon, making the premier of Return of the Jedi at the Hiway Theater a must-go event. The Hiway boasts more than 100 years' history in providing entertainment, going back to the silent days of film. Its restoration has included the return of its trademark neon sign, and the current rotation of films includes first-run features, art films, children's fare and plenty of big-screen classics.

THE RINK ON OLD YORK ROAD
8116 Church Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027

A nearby roller rink was the subject of a not-so-magical daddy/daughter day out in Season One. Although no roller-skating rink exists in Jenkintown today, The Rink on Old York Road does offer public ice skating on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Event space can be rented for parties, and the rink offers lessons in both figure skating and hockey. 

 

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The borough of Jenkintown, where Goldberg grew up on Newbold Road, has gained ground as a foodie destination and a place to enjoy arts and culture.

WEST AVE GRILLE
718 West Ave
Jenkintown, PA 19046

West Ave Grille Pancakes

In terms of where to eat, give a try to the West Avenue Grill (part of the Piazza on the Square), where you'll see photos of the real-life Goldberg family on the wall (they stop by every now and then).

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JENKINTOWN FARMERS MARET
Town Square
Jenkintown, PA 19046

If you're more of a do-it-yourself foodie, swing by the Farmer's Market. As a vibrant embodiment of the farm-to-table trend, the market is open on Tuesdays until November 23.

ABINGTON ART CENTER
515 Meetinghouse Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Abington Art Center

The Abington Art Center is the cultural hub of Jenkintown, offering classes in fine arts, rotating gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden that is free to the public. 

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KESWICK THEATRE
291 N. Keswick Ave
Glenside, PA 19038

Keswick Theatre Crowd

Located in nearby Glenside, the Keswick Theatre is one of the most renowned concert venues in the region, bringing in national touring acts playing the best in rock, country, folk, jazz and more. 

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