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May 31, 2013
MICHAEL BULBOFF, 32, of Bella Vista, owns a one-stop accordion shop on 2nd Street near South in Queen Village. He acquired the three-story former salon in January to house his growing business. Liberty Bellows sells, repairs and rents accordions, and gives accordion lessons. Its motto: "We aim to squeeze. " Bulboff, a Princeton alumnus and Wharton master's grad, founded the business in 2009, and it has five full-time employees. He plays piano accordion in the band Polkadelphia. Q: How'd you get into the biz?
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May 6, 2007 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
'The chef really captures some umami in this soup," our server, Collin Darrell, enthused. He was describing the Soup Julienne, an exquisite golden consomme poured tableside at James onto a bundle of spring produce that had been meticulously slivered into matchsticks. Had Darrell been talking to us just a few blocks away in savvy Queen Village, nobody would have blinked at the mention of umami - the elusive fifth element of savory taste that many of the hippest fooderati can now readily identify.
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April 1, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
A handwritten note hung on the door of the Bean Exchange Coffee House in Bella Vista yesterday, thanking customers for their support in the wake of a robbery and sexual assault that happened inside the café early yesterday morning. Shortly after the coffee shop, at Bainbridge and 7th streets, opened at 6 a.m., a robber - identified by police as Christopher Reeves, 32 - came in and announced he was robbing the café, authorities said. He took $173 from the register, police said, then forced a 29-year-old female employee into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her about 6:30 a.m. Police said the victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
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October 7, 2011 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
A HOMELESS man arrested for the March 31 rape of an employee inside a Bella Vista coffee shop will plead guilty to the crime, his attorney said yesterday. Christopher Reeves, 32, was expected to plead yesterday, but his hearing was continued until Wednesday. He will then plead guilty to the rape and related offenses before Common Pleas Judge William Mazzola, defense attorney Mythri Jayaraman said. The plea is open rather than negotiated, meaning that the judge will decide the sentence.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER FLYER Max Talbot is officially leaving Philly behind, putting his Bella Vista home on the market. Talbot was traded from the Flyers to the Colorado Avalanche last month for Steve Downie . Located on 9th Street, right below South, Talbot's former abode was a three bedroom/four bath beaut complete with a tricked-out kitchen, Jacuzzi and a walk-in closet that is bigger than some of the apartments I've lived in. Too bad Talbot and...
REAL_ESTATE
May 12, 2013 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
For the last two years, family and friends have asked Anna Del Vecchio when she'll be moving from her trinity in Bella Vista. The answer is always the same. "I'm not going anywhere. Everything I need is here . . . my baker, the Ninth Street Market, and my bank is on the corner," says Del Vecchio, 75. She does readily concede, though, that she wanted nothing to do with the run-down shell that the property was when she first saw it. She was a young housewife with three preschool-age children in 1966, when her husband, Anthony Del Vecchio, said he had found a house for them.
NEWS
February 9, 2000 | By Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They knew it might not be forever but, still, they planted trees. Graceful golden-rain trees with cascading yellow blossoms. Slate-barked rubbers, trident maples, flowering crab apples. Trees with the pluck to withstand city life and hard winters. The members of Bel Arbor, a group of South Philadelphia urban gardeners, knew they were planting on borrowed land and borrowed time. They hoped for the best. Who would have guessed they'd get it? "The exciting news," said Bel Arbor president Carla Puppin, "is the owner of the property, who is a New York developer, decided to donate it. " Bel Arbor was already three years into a five-year agreement allowing them to operate a tree farm on about one-third of an acre on the 1000 block of Kimball Street in Bella Vista.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2002 | By BECKY BATCHA For the Daily News
BELLA VISTA is way over mob guys, red sauce and Sinatra. These days, the talk of the neighborhood around the 9th Street Italian Market is "location, location, location" as a real estate craze transforms rowhouses into gold mines. The old-timers are scratching their heads. "Three hundred thousand dollars for a townhouse? Hello? This is South Philly," said one. But the pleasures of visiting Bella Vista are still cheap: the market, the old Italian ways, the vibrant new Vietnamese and Mexican presence.
NEWS
December 21, 2005 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sometime early yesterday morning, vandals knocked down a four-foot menorah in Bella Vista and stomped on it, an aggressive act that immediately prompted a South Philadelphia community group to construct a new menorah - one that glows brighter than the last one. "This act of hate will not be tolerated," said Vern Anastasio, director of the Bella Vista United Civic Association, the group that put up the menorah and a Christmas tree last week to...
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July 30, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Caroline Tiger, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 28, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER FLYER Max Talbot is officially leaving Philly behind, putting his Bella Vista home on the market. Talbot was traded from the Flyers to the Colorado Avalanche last month for Steve Downie . Located on 9th Street, right below South, Talbot's former abode was a three bedroom/four bath beaut complete with a tricked-out kitchen, Jacuzzi and a walk-in closet that is bigger than some of the apartments I've lived in. Too bad Talbot and...
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man arrested in one of two alleged sexual assaults of women who attended Day One of the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia has been identified as Ankara Demir, police said. Demir was arrested in connection with an attack police said took place in his home on the 2400 block of Arch Street at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, a short walk from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where the concert continues until 11 p.m. Sunday. According to police, a 22-year-old woman met Demir, 26, at the concert and asked to use his cellphone.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
MICHAEL BULBOFF, 32, of Bella Vista, owns a one-stop accordion shop on 2nd Street near South in Queen Village. He acquired the three-story former salon in January to house his growing business. Liberty Bellows sells, repairs and rents accordions, and gives accordion lessons. Its motto: "We aim to squeeze. " Bulboff, a Princeton alumnus and Wharton master's grad, founded the business in 2009, and it has five full-time employees. He plays piano accordion in the band Polkadelphia. Q: How'd you get into the biz?
REAL_ESTATE
May 12, 2013 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
For the last two years, family and friends have asked Anna Del Vecchio when she'll be moving from her trinity in Bella Vista. The answer is always the same. "I'm not going anywhere. Everything I need is here . . . my baker, the Ninth Street Market, and my bank is on the corner," says Del Vecchio, 75. She does readily concede, though, that she wanted nothing to do with the run-down shell that the property was when she first saw it. She was a young housewife with three preschool-age children in 1966, when her husband, Anthony Del Vecchio, said he had found a house for them.
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