May 17, 2013 |
Not every day at the Jersey Shore can be 80 and sunny. That's when it's time to explore the alternate universe: shopping. You could head for the Atlantic City outlets, but you'd be missing out on the novel spots that dot the coast. Here are my favorites, in a handful of Shore towns: Ocean City has two main shopping hubs. The first, obviously, is the boardwalk, lined with T-shirt stores, eateries, rides, and mini-golf courses. Three stores to hit: The Islander , which sells quality women's fashions geared to 20- to 30-year-olds, plus some men's items and home accents; Air Circus , with every kind of kite imaginable (easy to spot from anywhere on the boardwalk since kites usually are flying on the beach in front of the store)
May 17, 2013 |
STONE HARBOR and Avalon tend to be the most tradition-bound places at the South Jersey Shore, even more than Cape May, with its Victorian claptrap. A change in a menu item from one season to the next can cause an uproar around here. And when an Italian restaurant closes, for instance, another must take its place (as has happened over the years at a space at 98th Street and 3rd Avenue in Stone Harbor). Even the lifeguards return to the same stand year after year. So it is difficult to uncover real quirks for the cognoscenti.
May 14, 2013 |
TRAFFIC reporter Kacie McDonnell can add another title to her Fox 29 CV: Official Royal Stalker. When Prince Harry hits the Shore tomorrow, McDonnell will be ready to meet her Prince Charming, even taking etiquette lessons on "Good Day Philadelphia" just in case she comes into contact with Harry in segments they're calling "When Harry Meets Kacie. " Although Harry's brother, Prince William , is generally thought of as the heartthrob of the two, McDonnell goes against the grain.
May 1, 2013
Embrace every female shape With teens emulating British model Cara Delevingne, there is a problem that girls could go too far to get a so-called thigh gap ("A dangerous teen obsession," April 25). That being said, there's nothing wrong with admiring or having a thigh gap (as I have, without dieting to attain it). But there is nothing wrong with not having one, either. When will the media and their experts on this subject of women's bodies get it right? Feature all body types with the positives expressed, without condemning another shape.
March 7, 2013 |
Chef John Brandt-Lee began renovating his Avalon restaurant in West Chester on the cheap a few years ago. One feature was the wooden cheese table in the middle of the dining room. No thousand-dollar table crafted by artisans. Not on Brandt-Lee's budget. It was handmade and topped with 12-by-12 floor tiles. The cheese boards themselves were made of bamboo and were always falling apart, he recalls. A customer directed him to a small woodworking shop in Montgomery County to get better quality.
November 2, 2012 |
FOR TWO YEARS, Old City-based photographer Jim Graham has tried to buy his dream Shore house, in Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island. On Friday, the deal finally was settled and Graham, 55, was able to pay for the house in full. But when he went to get insurance, he was informed there was a moratorium on coverage for the East Coast because of Hurricane Sandy's imminent arrival. "I didn't hear about the storm until Friday morning, and now we owned a house that's a baseball's throw to the bay and we had no insurance whatsoever," he said.
November 1, 2012 |
The slant in the sidewalk in front of Bonnie's Toppings self-serve frozen yogurt shop in Stone Harbor has been an irritant to owner Bonnie Offit ever since she opened in May. It made it impossible to put tables and chairs out there, she said. The four steps in front of her yogurt store in Avalon were a pain, too, Offit said, making for a precarious entrance and exit for customers with strollers or canes, or anyone not careful. She will never complain about either again. On Wednesday, the 22-year pediatrician-turned entrepreneur was crediting both structural quirks with sparing her shops from storm damage.
July 10, 2012 |
Bonnie Offit's medical schooling didn't deal much with the condition known as midlife crisis. After all, she was studying to be a pediatrician; her patients would be a long way from tiring of life's routine. But Offit knows it when she's experiencing it. "This is my midlife crisis, for sure," the 50-year-old Bala Cynwyd mother of two said, laughing, one recent morning as she sat in the frozen-yogurt shop she opened just before Memorial Day weekend in Stone Harbor. It's one of three Bonnie's Toppings stores she has opened in the last year at the Jersey Shore.
July 4, 2012 |
Robert Matthew Gillin, 84, of Bryn Mawr, a business owner, entrepreneur and civic activist, died of heart failure Wednesday, June 27, at home. In the 1950s, Mr. Gillin worked with his father in the coal business in Western Pennsylvania. Aware that customers were switching from coal to oil heat, he and his brother Jim established Petroleum Heat & Power Co. in 1957. For the next 30 years he owned and operated the heating-oil distribution company in South Philadelphia. Mr. Gillin also developed real estate and businesses in Avalon, N.J., where he and his wife, Martha "Martie" Wolfington Gillin, had a summer home.
June 29, 2012 |
Surveillance footage doesn't back up a Philadelphia police spokesman's claim that he was attacked for no reason at an Avalon, N.J., bar, according to Avalon police records. Lt. Ray Evers told the Daily News earlier this week that he was assaulted by several people while he was inside the Princeton Bar and Grill in the wee small hours on June 17. An Avalon police officer encountered a shirtless Evers, "who had a bruised left eye and was visibly upset," outside the bar, according to the records.