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September 23, 2012 | By Kelvin Chan, Associated Press
In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops across the globe to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone. Eager buyers formed long lines Friday at Apple Inc. stores in Asia, Europe, and North America to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the smartphone. In New York, several hundred people lined up outside Apple's 5th Avenue store. Jimmy Peralta, a 30-year-old business management student, waited three hours before getting the chance to buy his new gadget.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
The towering black wall has been impossible to miss. Rising from shiny, white floor tiles at the East Coast's largest shopping mall, it has projected a cloak of mystery all the more stark for being a short walk from Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Neiman Marcus - stores forbidding for their prices, if not their facades. For months, the black monolith has broadcast nothing to shoppers at the Plaza at King of Prussia. Not even the benign nugget of history that behind it once hummed a now-defunct John Wanamaker department store.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The Cheesecake Factory's design sensibility, like its menu, is founded on the belief that too much is never enough. In contrast, the architects at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson operate on the presumption that you're usually better off with less. That thinking has informed their coolly minimalist designs for the Apple stores, most notably their wispy glass cube in Manhattan. But development often makes for strange bedfellows, and so BCJ was hired by Midwood Investment to design a new Walnut Street building that could contain the restaurant's particular brand of excess.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Willow Grove Park now boasts an Apple store, with the gold standard retailer having opened at the suburban Philadelphia mall just days before Black Friday, officials said Monday. Apple opened an 8,300-square-foot store on the second level of the mall on Saturday, furthering owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's efforts to make the mall more upscale. Preit recently filled an anchor spot that had once been set aside for a planned Boscov's department store with a Nordstrom Rack instead.
NEWS
August 6, 2010
A story Saturday about the opening of the Apple store in Center City gave an incorrect address for the Richard Nicholas Hair Studio, a salon for men and women at 1716 Sansom St. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail dsullivan@phillynews.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  The tall 20-something stood at the corner of 16th and Walnut Streets, squinting at his surroundings in the bright morning sun. "Do you know where the new Apple store is?" he asked the man next to him, as he adjusted his backpack. "There," the man said, pointing to a spot up Walnut, "but it doesn't open until 5. " It was 11 a.m., and at 1607 Walnut St., workers were rushing to finish the facade of the new store, some of it still hidden behind brown paper that kept the curious from sneaking a peek.
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Forget about driving on the 1600 block of Walnut Street from dawn to dark on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, it's going to be used in the making of a mob movie, "Dead Man Down," which began shooting around the city a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps star Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Noomi Rapace (of Sweden's original "Dragon Tattoo" movies) will be seen outside Urban Outfitters, Alma de Cuba or the Apple Store. Occasionally, nearby 17th Street and Walnut from 17th to 18th may also be off-limits.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
How does an idea - a way to do something, learn something, make connections or community - become an app? This is the story of Spotlight ( www.spotlight.is ), a social media app that went live on the Apple Store and Android on Friday. It's roughly a two-year-long arc from patent (August 2012) to thing (August 2014). (Full disclosure: Since October, the developer of Spotlight - a little start-up called VUID Inc. - has had offices in the same building as The Inquirer. Interstate General Media, which owns the newspaper, is providing office space and staff support to promising start-ups as part of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator.)
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's heralded entry into Atlantic City has hit an inconvenient snag: Caesars Atlantic City now claims he is a "rogue occupier" of the Pier Shops, which he wants to redevelop. In an odd series of court filings, Blatstein appears to have become ensnared in a fight with Kevin Ortzman, president of Caesars Atlantic City, which owns the pier, and says Blatstein is trespassing until it says he is not. Blatstein paid $2.7 million late last year for the right to assume the lease for the troubled high-end mall that juts out over the ocean, which he says he wants to transform into an entertainment venue modeled after places in Nashville; Austin, Texas; and Las Vegas.
NEWS
December 9, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF
A water main break disrupted the dinner hour and retailers on bustling Walnut Street, one of the toniest shopping districts in the city during the height of the holiday season. The main shopping district in Rittenhouse Square was flooded late Saturday afternoon after a water main break sent water gushing up through several large fissures in the middle of the 1600 block of Walnut Street. Asphalt was pushed up by the water in front of the busy Apple store, and most of that block was under as much as eight inches of water, sending streams down other blocks in all directions.
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August 15, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The Cheesecake Factory's design sensibility, like its menu, is founded on the belief that too much is never enough. In contrast, the architects at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson operate on the presumption that you're usually better off with less. That thinking has informed their coolly minimalist designs for the Apple stores, most notably their wispy glass cube in Manhattan. But development often makes for strange bedfellows, and so BCJ was hired by Midwood Investment to design a new Walnut Street building that could contain the restaurant's particular brand of excess.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's heralded entry into Atlantic City has hit an inconvenient snag: Caesars Atlantic City now claims he is a "rogue occupier" of the Pier Shops, which he wants to redevelop. In an odd series of court filings, Blatstein appears to have become ensnared in a fight with Kevin Ortzman, president of Caesars Atlantic City, which owns the pier, and says Blatstein is trespassing until it says he is not. Blatstein paid $2.7 million late last year for the right to assume the lease for the troubled high-end mall that juts out over the ocean, which he says he wants to transform into an entertainment venue modeled after places in Nashville; Austin, Texas; and Las Vegas.
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sure, this is peak season for generosity. And in these final days before the great unwrapping, stores are overrun with magnanimous souls seeking to show their love for friends and family with stuff. Good stuff. Thoughtful stuff. Expensive, useful, and trendy stuff. Stuff that mostly will make the getters cry out with genuine heart-palpitating gratitude. And then there is the rest of the crap that will be returned, regifted, or guiltily relegated to storage oblivion. Best intentions notwithstanding, no matter who's your daddy - or other designated present-purchasing affiliate - there really is only one person who knows exactly what you want and need.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
APPLE WILL CLAIM the center stage today with announcements of new, bigger, maybe even renamed iPhones and, most likely, the maker's first entry in the smart-watch category. Should you dump your current gadgets on the resellers market? Buy Apple stock? All will be revealed at 1 p.m. with an event streaming at apple.com/live . Here's what it will take to get Gizmo Guy hustling off to the Apple Store.   The 'iPhone 6' * Screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches are widely confirmed, up from the current 4-inch on the iPhone 5S and 5C. Phone makers like Samsung have been eating Apple's lunch with larger-screen models.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
How does an idea - a way to do something, learn something, make connections or community - become an app? This is the story of Spotlight ( www.spotlight.is ), a social media app that went live on the Apple Store and Android on Friday. It's roughly a two-year-long arc from patent (August 2012) to thing (August 2014). (Full disclosure: Since October, the developer of Spotlight - a little start-up called VUID Inc. - has had offices in the same building as The Inquirer. Interstate General Media, which owns the newspaper, is providing office space and staff support to promising start-ups as part of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator.)
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
The Martha Stewart Pantry extra-virgin olive oil arrived on my desk from J.C. Penney Inc. earlier this year like a retail voodoo doll. Voodoo because Penneys was unveiling the premium product at an ominous time, in the midst of losing billions of dollars under the rip-apart-the-old-ways leadership of former Apple Store guru Ron Johnson. Soon after taking the helm in November 2011, Johnson spent hugely to bring the domestic diva's upmarket wares into stores he viewed as staid and in need of reinvention.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2013 | By Barry Sussmann, For The Inquirer
Thirty-four years and what looked like a century ago, I traveled inside what was then known as Red China. With official United States recognition approaching, the People's Republic opened its doors. Having studied in Taiwan, I received a limited visa and missed the Great Wall and other sites. After teaching Chinese culture for 30 years, I returned in November. What we saw on my return was more contemporary than I anticipated, and being there was inspiring. Here were 12-lane highways intersecting modern, crowded cities; stores with merchandise aplenty; and a fashionably dressed, vibrant people.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF
A water-main break Saturday disrupted the dinner hour and retailers on bustling Walnut Street, one of the toniest shopping districts in the city, during the height of the holiday season. The main shopping district near Rittenhouse Square was flooded late Saturday afternoon when a break in a 12-inch main sent water gushing up through several large fissures in the middle of the 1600 block of Walnut. Asphalt was pushed up in front of the busy Apple store at 1607 Walnut, and most of that block was under as much as eight inches of water, sending streams down other blocks in all directions.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A busy block of Walnut Street in Center City could remain closed for days as crews work to clean up a broken water main. The block - between 16th and 17th Streets - is home to retailers such as BCBG, American Apparel and the Apple Store that have been busy during the holiday shopping season. The stores are still open, but visitors will have to park on another block and may find traffic in the area even worse than usual. A Philadelphia Water Department spokeswoman said the 12-inch water main broke around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, cutting off water service to at least 20 businesses and residents.
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