August 5, 2016 |
When founder and CEO Maria Mavromatis says the Hercules Beard Co. "is all me," she's being modest. The Cherry Hill resident, 42, designs, makes, markets, distributes, and hand-sells a line of nine men's grooming products - while holding down a full-time job in advertising. Did I mention that Mavromatis also created the handsome Hercules logo [herculesbeardco.com], as well as the packaging and promotional materials for her brand? "I'm a self-starter," she explains. "I go and I do it. I worked on Hercules for two years before I launched in September 2015.
July 21, 2016 |
Kevin Washo, executive director of the Democratic National Convention's Host Committee , attended an early-morning news conference and several afternoon meetings one recent Thursday, dressed in what might be considered boring, conservative blah: a blue blazer, gray slacks, and brown, spit-shined shoes. But the dandiness - for which Washo is becoming known around town - is in the details. His navy blazer is tailored, not the uber-stylish shrunken look. The slim-fit trousers were plaid, flat-fronted, and with a watch pocket.
May 27, 2016
IN THIS WEEK'S column, we ponder the greatest mystery in beer: Why do so many brewers wear beards? (I mean male brewers, naturally, not female, which perhaps is a column for another day.) I've been noticing this for the last couple years, but it came into full light at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this month. You couldn't walk three steps without encountering a fur-face. Now, just so we're all on the same page, I'm not talking about perfectly groomed Bradley Cooper starlet-magnet stubble.
May 5, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: The results of the James Beard Awards, the self-styled "Oscars" of the food industry, are getting to be a familiar sad story. Lots of Philly chefs get finalist nominations, but none come home with hardware from that national stage. I, for one, don't put too much stock in the real significance of those accolades. We know Philly has one of America's great culinary scenes - because we're the ones eating here every day. A restaurateur like Stephen Starr and chefs like Eli Kulp, Rich Landau, Greg Vernick, Alex Bois, and Michael Solomonov absolutely belong on that stage.
January 17, 2016 |
The scraggly West Philadelphia beard and its scruffy hipster cousin have some well-groomed competition. The trendlet Full and impeccably cared for beards growing on faces that never fancied facial hair. That means the smooth baby face - once the signature of the conservative corporate gent - has more or less gone the way of pleated, baggy khakis. Where does it come from? Beards were standard facial fare until the 18th century, when razors became widely available. Beards came back in style in the 1800s, but when men traded field labor for office and manufacturing work at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, they fell out of favor again.
January 3, 2016
A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard Liveright. 535 pp. $35 Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Mary Beard begins her fine history of ancient Rome in medias res, in the middle of things, more than six centuries after the appearance of the little town on the Tiber that would grow into a world power. Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, has her reasons for coming in halfway through the show. As the real origins of Rome are lost in the mists of myth (forget that she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus)
December 17, 2015 |
The summer was to be a pivotal one in the life of Ben Levit. He was going to spend an internship in Israel that would give him the hands-on medical experience he wanted to someday be a trauma surgeon. The irony: The strapping and strong University of Pittsburgh student got to ride with an Israeli ambulance squad - as a patient. On June 18, Levit was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt's lymphoma, an especially fast-growing form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma most commonly found in male adolescents.
August 7, 2015 |
SOME NATIONALS fans might not have liked the Jayson Werth giveaway item they got at the ballpark last night. But if they give it some time, it'll grow on them. Growing, after all, is what Chia Pets do best. Last night's promotion, given to the first 20,000 to attend the game against the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, was a Chia Pet likeness of Werth that grows a full, grassy beard. It ought to look great next to previous Werth giveaway items, including last year's garden gnome.
July 5, 2015 |
The endearing, talented, always-a-pleasure Bearded Ladies have concocted a new show, Bitter Homes and Gardens: A Botanical Hoedown . In it, they ask this question: If plants had voices, what would they sing? This outdoor production, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Gardens, is in the heart of South Philly, across Ninth Street from Pat's Steaks. The BLs perform on a makeshift stage with the crumbling mural faces of Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, and Frankie Avalon looking down upon them.
June 15, 2015 |
ONE THING Michael Vessels can't get out of his mind, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday, is the face of the gunman who stood over him, shot him execution-style, and told him, "You won't talk no more. " Vessels, a minister who witnessed a crime on the North Philly block where he lived, was shot five times on Sept. 26, 2011, so he wouldn't testify in court, Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhoads said in his closing argument at the trial of Shaheed Williams, 23, and Aki Jones, 39. Williams, nicknamed "Pizza," is accused of shooting Vessels.