May 11, 2015 |
My wife and I had many adventures while in New Zealand on our recent honeymoon. We rode rafts down rivers and flew in a helicopter that landed on a glacier. We took buses, bikes, and ferries; we even took a train across the country. But my biggest thrill of the entire trip - besides being with my bride, of course - was stationary, free, and did not involve a human. It involved a sheep. His name was Tom. Tom was one of three sheep kept on the grounds of a bed and breakfast where we stayed on the North Island.
April 20, 2015 |
Before he decided to reinvent the grim Gallery at Market East as a fashion outlet, Joseph Coradino considered converting it into a standard, suburban-style mall. The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust also thought about making it into a giant restaurant-and-entertainment venue, or even a full-price high-fashion mall. But none seemed right for a Market East corridor that had grown decrepit, but now bloomed with new money, construction, and hope. Coradino combined elements of all three to create a vision for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, a $575 million development whose unveiling last week ended years of speculation about the future of the property.
April 6, 2015 |
Space is becoming a premium in Cherry Hill as applications for new development keep pouring in. "The entire township is hot," said Paul Stridick, township director of community development. "We are trying to accommodate them all. " Kennedy Health plans to break ground on a $50 million medical office building this month, and several pockets are under township review as potential "areas in need of redevelopment," which could lead to more businesses moving in. Stridick said he was running out of room along Haddonfield Road, one of the most sought-after addresses.
April 3, 2015 |
THE EAGLES may not be done moving players this spring. And while that might excite you, it has absolutely petrified those in charge of area stores that carry team jerseys. Petrified is the operative word here. Little inventory coming in, very little going out. "I don't know what Chip Kelly is doing," Frank Sanders, the store manager of Lids Locker Room in the Cherry Hill Mall, was saying yesterday. "So, yeah, I'm a little nervous getting anything in here just yet. " Nearby, Sports Authority is in a state of suspended animation as well, said employee Tina Lopez, saddled with an inventory of shirts of players no longer with the team.
December 26, 2014 |
It was better to be late than sorry for Daquan Bohannan of North Philadelphia as he braved the rain, bumper-to-bumper mall parking, and throngs of last-minute Christmas shoppers at the Cherry Hill Mall on Wednesday. He had a mission: Pick bracelet charms for his mother, Nicole, 41, at Pandora, which by noon was packed to the brim with customers, almost all of them men on the hunt for gifts for mothers, girlfriends, or wives. It became so crowded an employee was stationed at the store entrance, having customers sign a waiting list to get in. "I just remembered yesterday that I had a few last-minute things to get," Bohannan said as he stood behind a jewelry counter, perusing a catalog.
November 30, 2014 |
Though the family has moved from Cherry Hill to Upstate New York, Anita Amidon still takes her two sons, Jake, 12, and Cole, 4, to the Cherry Hill Mall every holiday season to see Santa. This year, their visit was particularly spectacular. Anita remembers the holidays at the mall as a time when children waited for what felt like an eternity to sit on Santa's lap only for a brief second. However, DreamWorks Animation has brought Santa to the high-tech realm at Cherry Hill with its 2,000-square-foot, interactive "Adventure to Santa - a DreamWorks DreamPlace.
September 21, 2014 |
As the longest-serving township councilman in Cherry Hill history, N. John Amato embraced his role as "Mr. Cherry Hill. " Besides attending council meetings, he was a familiar face at dedications, school fairs, and church and synagogue events. He built a reputation as a popular Santa at the Cherry Hill Mall and at private parties in South Jersey. "He was a public servant in the truest sense of the world," said former Mayor Susan Bass Levin. "He volunteered his time to make this town better.
September 13, 2014 |
Less than a year ago, the former post office on Collingswood's Lincoln Avenue was an eyesore. It had been vacant for a decade and was becoming increasingly dilapidated. Now, it is the chic new home of Collingswood Music, another business contributing to the evolving hip personality of the town. "It's probably one of the last buildings in the area that hasn't been worked with," business owner Ted Velykis said. Some work remains, including putting up a sign. The borough lost a great deal of business to Cherry Hill Mall in the 1960s, and by the 1990s, Haddon Avenue was laced with vacant storefronts.
August 10, 2014 |
Cherry Hill appears to have arrived on the culinary front as South Jersey's latest foodie town. The township will host its first Restaurant Week - modeled after Philadelphia's but on a smaller scale - Sunday through next Saturday. "It's great for Cherry Hill to do something on its own," said Aldo Lamberti, owner of Caffe Aldo Lamberti at 2011 Route 70 W., one of the participants. "Of course, not just Cherry Hill people are coming to town. " Twenty-one other restaurants are taking part - located along Routes 70 and 38, and at Cherry Hill Mall and the Market Place at Garden State Park.
May 12, 2014 |
Josh Evans went to the Cherry Hill Mall last week to try on shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch, look at shoes at Nordstrom, and enjoy a cappuccino at Starbucks. But he was mainly there to test-drive a 2014 Honda Civic Coupe. "Oh, this is nicer than I thought it would be," Evans, 24, of Erial, N.J., said as he slipped into the leather seat of the shiny black Honda loaded with a sunroof, red wheel trim, and a rearview camera. To see how it handled, he drove around the mall's 2.5-mile perimeter.