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Fig Giving Back: Dennis Melton
EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW Dennis Melton personally, chances are you’ve seen his fingerprint on Kennett Square. Melton, an architect, designed Philter Coffee, the entertainment pavilion at Anson B. Nixon Park, and the exterior of The Country Butcher. Of course, that’s only a small sampling of his commercial work, in addition to his residential home designs.
But Melton alters more than just the landscape of Kennett. He also impacts the community through his many volunteer efforts, such as the Kennett Flash Board of Directors, where he serves as President; the Anson B. Nixon Summer Concert initiative; the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast.
In all of his efforts—whether designing a building or planning an event—Melton has a clear goal: “What this really is about is connecting people in the community,” he says.
Though Melton and his wife Donna live near Cochranville, Melton says, “Kennett Square is definitely my town.” With his business office on North Union, Melton daily enjoys small town walkability and community. “I feel privileged to be connected to so many people in Kennett,” Melton says.
He carries that ideal into his concerts at the Flash, where he performs in the Melton Brothers Band. “At the Flash, the performers can closely interact with the people,” he says, describing how they engage with the audience.
So if you’re out and about in town and see Melton around, be sure to say hello—after all, that’s exactly the kind of community he wants to build.