August 15, 2016 |
To say the apartments at Fairmount@Brewerytown are going like hotcakes would not be far from wrong. They're going so quickly, Michele DiVeterano said, that she has stopped creating model units. As many as eight to 10 apartments are renting each week. "Once I get a model set up, it is gone in a couple of days," said DiVeterano, vice president of operations for the developer, McSpain Properties. "It is a lot of hard work to create one for such a short time. " Although at the end of July, 35 of the building's 161 studio, one- and two-bedroom units were occupied - all on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors - Fairmount@Brewerytown is still a work in progress, attracting a target audience of millennials.
February 14, 2016
With its pink-bordered heart logos and heart-shaped mirrors, its sparkly chandeliers, and countertops laden with makeup, hair-care products, nail polish and headbands, BLC - for Beautyland Couture - could be mistaken for a promoter of superficiality. Until you spend a few minutes with owner Nina Kaplan, an artist, author, and longtime entrepreneur who says her objective with all this girlie glam is to inspire young girls and women to believe in themselves, no matter what they look like.
September 8, 2015 |
One-stop shopping has taken on new meaning for customers of the Acme supermarket just off the Black Horse Pike in Audubon. They can now add medical treatment to their grocery list. Prominently in the front of the Camden County supermarket is a recently opened clinic, staffed by a nurse-practitioner, that provides treatment for minor ailments, such as sore throats, fevers, flu, ear aches, and colds. "This is a good tool to use," said Brian Seeley, a Voorhees family physician who occasionally sees patients at the clinic.
July 28, 2015
ISSUE | RACE RELATIONS Firsthand account I am one of those who shares syndicated columnist Dana Milbank's buoyancy "to have the president speaking as loudly as the haters" on the issue of race ("The president speaks out," July 22). A dear African American friend of 38 years, just passed away, lived with us as a family member for three years and shared what it was like to live in our predominately white neighborhood. In a tribute to this rare and remarkable human being, my son recalled, "He would regale me with stories of having fun in the city, but also stories about being picked up (and eventually released without charges)
July 23, 2015 |
Acme Markets, a storied Philadelphia supermarket brand, said Tuesday that it had agreed to buy 76 A&P stores after the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., known as A&P, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. The acquisition would give Acme 183 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, a big increase from its current 107. Acme officials would neither disclose the price they will pay A&P for the stores nor say when they expect to close the deal. Acme, which got its start as a neighborhood grocer in South Philadelphia in 1891, has struggled mightily in recent years and changed ownership during this period.
July 3, 2015 |
In 2010, John Erlenbach walked away from a job at Acme Markets, where he had worked in every area from produce to shelf stocking for 20 years since leaving the Navy. "I wasn't well," Erlenbach, 61, said. He struggled with depression, couldn't hold a job or keep an apartment, grew apart from his five kids, and was homeless for years - sleeping on couches, the street, or in shelters in Salem and Camden Counties. On Wednesday, Erlenbach stood in front of his one-bedroom townhouse at Riverfront Village in Pennsauken, a 75-unit affordable-housing complex for working families earning less than 60 percent of the area's median household income, as well as five previously homeless veterans.
April 6, 2015 |
James J. Baumann, 59, of Westbrook Park, an Acme Markets worker who, despite being blinded at an early age, led a life filled with activity and optimism, died Saturday, March 28, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Jimmy, Mr. Baumann attended Holy Cross School in Springfield, Delaware County, and graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1973. At age 18, while he and a friend were playing with a shotgun in Chestnut Hill, the gun discharged accidentally, hitting him in the head.
December 14, 2014 |
Edgar and Selma Davis work out at several gymnasiums: the Acme in the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center; the ShopRite in Parkside; the Pathmark on Monument Road near City Avenue; and the Super Fresh on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood. Yes, the Davises get their exercise while food shopping. Four or five days a week, they visit one of their favorite supermarkets, and while Selma, 75, searches for grocery items, Edgar, 87, pushes around a cart, sometimes succumbing to an impulse buy but mostly enjoying the cornucopia.
November 21, 2014 |
Sometimes, omens appear in mundane places - the $5 bin at Acme, for instance. At least, that's how it felt when Felicite Moorman and Sean Hawley were buying groceries last March. "The day we closed on the house, The Money Pit was on sale," Moorman said. "We came home and watched it - and were like, ' Noooo. ' " The film about a traumatic renovation job felt a little close to home for the couple, who had just purchased their own white elephant: a circa-1851 East Falls manse that had weathered invasions by weed trees, scrappers, and graffiti writers.
April 26, 2014 |
Acme Markets told its largest union Wednesday that it was unilaterally terminating its contract, effective April 30. The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, has scheduled a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at Temple University's Liacouras Center for its 2,700 Acme employee members to discuss options: a strike, a lockout possibility, or working without a contract. "A work stoppage is always the last resort," said Wendell Young 4th, who heads the union local. He said Acme clerks have been working under the terms of a contract that expired in February 2012.