July 11, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Just say "King of Prussia," and even the most geographically challenged will know the location of Upper Merion Township. Add Valley Forge to the explanation, and out-of-towners will be able to get their bearings, as well. Not all of Valley Forge National Historical Park is in Upper Merion, but a large part of it is - about 1,300 acres. This Montgomery County municipality of 28,365 people also includes such locales as Gulph Mills, Swedesland, Swedesburg, and even some of Wayne, a place that seems to be just about everywhere.
March 1, 2016
Joe Maiellano, 31, of Hawthorne, and Jack Hubbard, 31, of Alexandria, Va., are co-owners of the Homemade Gin Kit. The six-piece kit, which retails for $50, allows users to craft bathtub gin at home. The business, which was started in 2012, has sold more than 65,000 kits. I spoke to Maiellano, who's also a fund-raiser for Fox Chase Cancer Center. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: Jack and I were playing around and making gin in my kitchen. I was living in Arlington, Va., at the time, and we thought the gin was really good and began to discuss creating the same experience on a larger scale.
February 17, 2016 |
Gone is the ethereal lace of a Tory Burch spring. Fall 2016 is one of power and primary colors as the Philly-area native and grand dame of one of the industry's most successful fashion houses presented a collection Tuesday morning flush with saturated primary shades that blended elements from Burch's equestrian childhood on a Valley Forge farm, a café scene in the 1972 French film Love in the Afternoon , and her athleisure Tory Sport collection....
February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day is a time to think about romantic getaways. Because one of the most popular gifts is chocolate, here are some destinations where you can share your love for each other with your love of chocolate. Until the early 1900s, Ecuador was the world leader in cocoa bean production. The country is reviving the industry with a focus on artisan-style beans. Intrepid travelers can head into the mountains to tour cocoa plantations and take extensive classes in production. But even visitors to the Galapagos have multiple opportunities to taste gourmet chocolates.
January 15, 2016
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, my brother just got back from a trip to Napa Valley. He said some wineries put other grapes in their cabernet sauvignon. Isn't that illegal? Marnie: No, Buzz, it's legal in most wine regions, as long as it's a small percentage, though in some European regions, the named grape on the bottle must be in the wine 100 percent. Buzz: Do other places require every grape to be named? Marnie: Yes. Australia requires all grapes in a wine to be named on the label, in order of volume.
January 3, 2016 |
As a youngster, Pastor Timothy L. Hutton Sr. wanted to follow in the footsteps of two men who had a big impact on his life. At a young age, he became a pastor like his father. But he never pursued his childhood desire of becoming a police officer like his uncle. His new position as the first chaplain in the history of the Mount Holly Police Department is like a dream now come true. Hutton, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Mount Holly, was inducted into the position a few weeks ago. An older brother quipped at the ceremony, "He always wanted to be a police officer.
November 15, 2015 |
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels , her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. You might not know that by looking at the album cover.
October 23, 2015 |
The expectations were at least twice as high as Billy Penn's statue on City Hall. After all, Theatre Exile's "Rizzo," whose world premiere is being staged through Nov. 8 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, in Old City, is a play about the most controversial, dominant and polarizing figure in 20th-century Philadelphia politics, written by the city's most successful indigenous playwright and starring an actor who is arguably the region's best and...
September 14, 2015 |
He led the NFL in rushing yards last season, carried and caught a football more frequently than anyone in the league, and did so for a franchise whose status and starred helmet confer stardom on any John Doe who happens to don them. DeMarco Murray lived and worked inside the bubble of being a Dallas Cowboy for four years, an existence in which the top wide receiver is a lightning rod and the quarterback is a celebrity and the owner loves being a lighting-rod celebrity, in which the predecessors at his position included Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith, and still, for one season, Murray managed to surpass them.
September 5, 2015
Q: My partner and I have been shopping for furniture, and I hope you can answer this question. Is it just us, or is furniture getting bigger all the way around? We have a lot of modern, low furniture, including a platform bed, and a low couch and chairs. We love the sleek midcentury look, but are having a hard time finding new pieces that don't make us feel like little kids - plus, our condo isn't huge. - A. A: It isn't just you. There is an overall trend for larger-scale furniture.