February 12, 2016 |
A MODERN-DAY Cupid is strumming love, maybe something less serious, on his ukulele, and the song is slipping out an open door in a Center City apartment to flirt with the snow flurries, just before Valentine's Day. Eric Jaffe's beard is painted as red as the heart-shape boxes all those chocolates come in. The shirt beneath his sequined vest is a shade brighter than the roses being primped in vases across the country. He's singing into a MacBook, yes, but it's just a small technological tweak on a time-honored tradition, a unique way to say "I like you" or something more serious on the holiday that seems to demand it. Jaffe, 26, is filming a singing telegram to send out to customers and their crushes on Sunday morning via email or a YouTube link.
November 13, 2015 |
WEDNESDAY WASN'T the first time Nathaniel Rodriguez allegedly used a gun to ambush and kidnap a terrified woman. In fact, police sources said Thursday night, he's accused of doing the same thing just five days earlier in almost the same location. Rodriguez, 40, was behind bars Thursday night, charged with aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping, firearms violations and related offenses. The list of charges stems from an attack about 6 a.m. Wednesday, when he allegedly confronted a female doctor inside a parking garage on 8th Street near Delancey, across from Pennsylvania Hospital.
October 23, 2015 |
Mexican in Bella Vista The name means "your mother's house," but the Day of the Dead motif at the new La Casa de tu Madre (800 Fitzwater St., 267-519-3242) presumes that Mom has a macabre sense of decorating. Jason Evenchik and his crew have done a rapid but dramatic renovation of what was Growlers in Bella Vista into this Mexican themer. Evenchik has retained Growlers chef Michael Thomas (ex-Kraftwork, Bar Ferdinand, Honey's Sit N Eat) to turn out a simple-to-comprehend menu of tacos, nachos, enchiladas, and burritos.
September 22, 2015
P AGE NEAL, 34, of Bella Vista, and Anna Bario, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., own Bario Neal, a handcrafted-jewelry line. The jewelry is made at a workshop and store in Bella Vista. Bario Neal uses reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones and environmentally conscious practices to make jewelry. In June, they added Fairmined gold, extracted by certified ethical miners. I spoke with Neal. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: Anna and I were friends at Oberlin College, and after school we each had independent labels.
July 30, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia men were arrested last week in an attempt to burglarize Saloon, the venerable Bella Vista steak house, police announced Tuesday. After the arrest, police said, one of the men, Tony Kimhong, 24, was accused of participating in burglaries at a host of other city restaurants between April and July, including Stogie Joe's, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Birra, and the Bainbridge Street Barrel House. The other suspect, Chhoeuth Kim, 31, was accused of burglarizing Bridget Foy's with Kimhong on July 16, police said.
May 6, 2015 |
William Wooden is a Philadelphia resident and registered voter. With two weeks until the mayoral primary election, he has no idea whom he is voting for. He is not alone. Like most of a dozen people interviewed during the lunch hour Monday at Dilworth Park, Wooden didn't know much about the candidates - even their names. Wooden said he had seen the television ads for a female candidate who said she would sue the state for not providing enough money for the schools. That would be Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney.
February 25, 2015
The short: "A family dance party with a DJ," said event co-founder Andy Blackman-Hurwitz. The long: Began one afternoon in 2004 at a Bella Vista hot spot, now a national force in daytime kiddie clubbing, complete with juice boxes, bubbles and pop tunes. The demo: Kids 6 months on up; best suited for toddlers to tweens. Adults permitted with kid(s). The deal: Two-and-a-half hours includes nonmusical distractions (face-painting, crafts), encouragement from MC Alphabet and . . . The bangers: Hits that get even grandma dancing: "Cha-Cha Slide," "Cupid Shuffle," anything Black Eyed Peas or Michael Jackson, spun by Lower Merion sophomore DJ Avious.
January 6, 2015 |
WHERE DOES a vice president choose to toast his granddaughter's 21st birthday? Philly, of course. Veep Joe Biden stopped by Dandelion (124 S. 18th St.) before the new year to celebrate what my spies tell me was his granddaughter's big day. I figure my source was referring to Naomi Biden , who is a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Biden is a regular at the city's restaurants, but his favorite joint is Bella Vista's Saloon (750 S. 7th St.), where he regularly orders the angel-hair pasta with spicy tomato sauce.
March 1, 2014 |
DESIGN: Laundry Punch Bag DESIGNER: Jason Lempieri of ReThinkTank L.L.C., Bella Vista WHAT'S NEW HERE: A hybrid of three products - hamper, laundry transporter, and workout equipment - creates an entirely new product. Jason Lempieri went to design school at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the emphasis was on the beauty and purity of the form. He always craved more depth - what does a design do and mean beyond its beauty? Can it have both function and style? In his work as an architect and industrial designer, he has focused on incentive-based design, the idea of creating a product that encourages someone to change his behavior - a highly challenging prospect.
December 28, 2013 |
A man suspected of stealing a pizza-delivery car in South Philadelphia was shot in the arm Thursday night when he allegedly tried to run down officers in an attempt to evade arrest, police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 29-year-old man allegedly stole the car, a Honda, at 10th and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The deliveryman had left the Honda running with the keys in the ignition, and the man just drove off with the car, Small said. At 22d Street and Snyder Avenue, police saw the Honda driving north and tried to stop the vehicle, Small said.