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January 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5907
KEVIN SMITH served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. After he came back home, he didn't expect to see another gun pointed at him. Especially not in a trendy coffee shop in South Philly. Smith, a barista at Ultimo Coffee, on 15th Street near Mifflin, came face to face with an armed robber late Jan. 18. "I heard a noise behind me and turned to look at [the robber] pointing a gun at me, and it took me a second to register what was going on," Smith, 30, told the Daily News yesterday.
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | By Matthew Futterman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 28,000-square-foot library, complete with personal computer hookups, expanded age-specific reading rooms, and a bookstore-style coffee bar could belong to Washington Township for the low, low price of . . . three to four million dollars. "It's a dream list," Theresa Lappe, the Town Council's liaison to the library's board of trustees, said of the board's proposal. "If we had the money, we would build it. But I just don't think the community and the council can support a new building right now. " But Winnie Powel, the president of the library's board, isn't losing hope.
BUSINESS
April 13, 1992 | By Sandra Salmans, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
It is a classic Depression-era photograph - a wide-eyed youth on a Philadelphia street corner, hawking newspapers and magazines for pennies. Martin Simon, who posed for the picture 55 years ago, likes to note that "everything in it is dead now," with the notable exception of The Inquirer - and, he should add, himself. At 69, Simon is still selling people things to read. In fact, Simon and his son, Mark, 43, will soon be selling more than ever. Next month, Simon's firm, Atlantic Book Shops Inc., will relocate to a five- acre site on Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville, just north of its present headquarters.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1995 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
At Starbucks Coffee Co., the chief executive, Howard Schultz, refers to his espresso-serving employees by the glamorous Euro-moniker "baristas. " At The Last Drop coffeehouse, the guy tapping the cappuccino machine identifies himself with a shrug as "the coffee jerk. " Different coffeehouses for different folks. And all, say those in the coffee industry, should be able to live together in jittery harmony. When Starbucks opens its first Philadelphia shop at 16th and Walnut streets next Friday, it will be entering territory pioneered by small-business owners: local coffee lovers who carved out a market for gourmet coffee bars where none had existed.
FOOD
November 27, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Make it 'a true gratuity' The term "no-tip restaurant"- which is what people are attaching to the new Girard in Fishtown - is a bit of a misnomer, say owners Brian Oliveira and Cristian Mora. "It isn't that we are banning tipping," says Mora, who met Oliveira, a chef, last year while both worked at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. "We're not putting it on the guest to pay our staff's salary. We are paying their salary. If [customers] go above and beyond and want to leave a true gratuity . . . by all means.
NEWS
March 16, 1994 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
HOSTAGE FROM WAR OF 1812 IS FINALLY HOMEWARD BOUND Well, they can finally untie that yellow ribbon from round the old oak tree in Old Fort Niagara, N.Y. Seems a huge American flag captured during the War of 1812 is finally going home. The garrison flag from Old Fort Niagara left a Scottish castle yesterday to begin its journey back to America. The flag had been housed in Megginch Castle in the home of the Baroness Strange. It was Lady Strange's great-great-grand-uncle, Maj. Gen. Sir Gordon Drummond, commander of British forces in Upper Canada during the War of 1812, who captured the flag.
FOOD
May 1, 2008 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef-brothers Patrick and Terence Feury, with managing partner Scott Morrison, are looking for a Tuesday rollout for Maia (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, 610-527-4888), their long-in-the-works, bi-level Euro-style restaurant, cafe, coffee bar and market. At 22,000 square feet, it's one of the largest non-supermarket food operations around, and one of the few with valet parking out front. (This is the Main Line.) Among investors are Michael Wei, Jerry Holtz and Richard Caruso, behind Nectar, Tango, Basil Bistro and Yangming.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1999 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Out in the suburbs, no one's surprised when a supermarket operator announces the opening of yet another 65,000-square-foot megamarket - big enough to skate through, and complete with coffee bar, bank, pharmacy and flower store inside. But it's big news in Philadelphia, where city shoppers learn to get nimble with their supermarket carts in smaller stores, threading through tight aisles and dealing with gridlock at checkout. Today, the city's newest supermarket - a new 66,000-square-foot ShopRite - will open at Castor and Aramingo Avenues in Port Richmond.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1996 | By Donna Shaw, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The nation's largest bookseller announced yesterday that it would build a "superstore" on the University of Pennsylvania campus, replacing the school-run store with one that's nearly twice as big. The new Barnes & Noble bookstore will be at 36th and Walnut Streets. It will be the first built on a university campus by Barnes & Noble. "No commercial retailer has ever built, from the ground up, its own university bookstore," Penn spokeswoman Barbara Beck said. She said the bookstore would benefit not only students, but also the community since it has no other large book retailer.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1999 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Picture a thin, comma-shaped glass building two blocks long, transparent, and so filled with light that the people inside can be seen bustling about. Business-management software maker SAP America Inc.'s 400,000-square-foot headquarters, under construction at the former Arco Chemical Co. campus here, will be such a building when it is finished in June. It was conceived as a place to showcase robust creativity and spur interaction within SAP's mobile, tech-savvy workforce, according to those involved in its design.
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January 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5907
KEVIN SMITH served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. After he came back home, he didn't expect to see another gun pointed at him. Especially not in a trendy coffee shop in South Philly. Smith, a barista at Ultimo Coffee, on 15th Street near Mifflin, came face to face with an armed robber late Jan. 18. "I heard a noise behind me and turned to look at [the robber] pointing a gun at me, and it took me a second to register what was going on," Smith, 30, told the Daily News yesterday.
FOOD
November 27, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Make it 'a true gratuity' The term "no-tip restaurant"- which is what people are attaching to the new Girard in Fishtown - is a bit of a misnomer, say owners Brian Oliveira and Cristian Mora. "It isn't that we are banning tipping," says Mora, who met Oliveira, a chef, last year while both worked at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. "We're not putting it on the guest to pay our staff's salary. We are paying their salary. If [customers] go above and beyond and want to leave a true gratuity . . . by all means.
FOOD
October 23, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Gus Tzitzifas and his wife, Effie, fell in love with the Old Swedes Inn in Swedesboro in 2006 when they stopped for dinner during Swedesboro Woolwich Day. As the saying goes, they liked it so much, they bought the place, though it took 4½ years to complete the sale. Then came the renovation, which took the 18th-century Gloucester County landmark down to the bare walls. Along the way, the Tzitzifases - he's a certified public accountant who also owns the Marlton Diner - were frequent patrons of Fork in Old City.
NEWS
October 11, 2011
Parx Racing Results, Oct. 10 1ST-$28,000 3YO&up, cl, $16,000 51/2F Sunshine Brother (R. Montanez) 14.80 4.60 3.00 Soda Pop Kid (K. Carmouche) 2.80 2.20 Reflected Way (Luis Rivera, Jr.) 5.00 Exacta (6-5) paid 32.40. Trifecta (6-5-3) paid 190.60. Off 12:27:00. Time 1:04:0. 2D-$23,000 3YO&up, cl, $7,500 6F Bavaria (Rosario Montanez) 6.80 3.80 3.60 Seven Blue (Kyle Frey) 4.60 3.00 Forty Prayers (Josiah Hampshire, Jr.) 4.80 Exacta (4-9)
FOOD
June 30, 2011
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: Sorry about the two-week hiatus - I was down the Shore doing some serious research on beach eats. You can read the first installment of that annual two-part Shore package Sunday, which features some truly great meals from Cape May to L.B.I., and several noteworthy stops in between. One is the OC Boardwalk, where a pair of very new coffee bars have given me hope in a coffee desert. The brand-new Three Fish window at the southern end (1322 Boardwalk)
NEWS
January 24, 2009 | By Cynthia Henry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cherry Hill's oldest Conservative synagogue expects to close a deal within weeks to sell its Chapel Avenue property to help finance its impending move to Voorhees. Congregation Beth El's buyer - a mystery since the "sold" sign went up - appears to be the nondenominational and charismatic Impacting Your World Christian Center of Philadelphia. The church held a New Year's service at Beth El and has a picture of a synagogue on its Web site - www.iywcc.org - matching the Colliers' real estate ad for the Beth El temple.
FOOD
September 18, 2008 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
You've heard dozens of stories about the naming of restaurants. Take the one behind the quaint Twelves Grill & Cafe , which just opened in a former bank building west of Kennett Square (10 Exchange Place, West Grove, 610-869-4020). Owners Tim and Kristin Smith went out on their first date on Nov. 12. Tim's birthday is Jan. 12. Kristin's birthday is Feb. 12. They were married Nov. 12, 2004. Tim Smith, an Art Institute of Philadelphia grad, was last chef/general manager at the Back Burner in Delaware after stints at the Farmhouse and Dilworthtown Inn. Kristin Smith, running the front of the house, is a vet of Buckley's Tavern, Chadds Ford Inn, and Simon Pearce.
FOOD
May 1, 2008 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef-brothers Patrick and Terence Feury, with managing partner Scott Morrison, are looking for a Tuesday rollout for Maia (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, 610-527-4888), their long-in-the-works, bi-level Euro-style restaurant, cafe, coffee bar and market. At 22,000 square feet, it's one of the largest non-supermarket food operations around, and one of the few with valet parking out front. (This is the Main Line.) Among investors are Michael Wei, Jerry Holtz and Richard Caruso, behind Nectar, Tango, Basil Bistro and Yangming.
NEWS
January 19, 2008 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maybe it's because Urban Outfitters chairman Richard A. Hayne toils over his tomatoes every summer. Or maybe it's because the $1.2 billion retail chain he founded as a West Philadelphia hippie emporium in 1970 wants to harvest some of the nearly $79 billion landscape and garden market. Whatever the reason, this spring Urban Outfitters will sprout a new store concept named Terrain, launching it with the purchase of J. Franklin Styer Nurseries Inc., a well-known garden center on Baltimore Pike in Concordville, near Chadds Ford.
REAL_ESTATE
August 5, 2007 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
There are days when you just don't want to go outside. Or if you must, you want to stay close to home. Because it's too hot or too cold, or it's raining or snowing. Or just because it's Saturday. But what if you need milk, or have to make a bank deposit? Or you want to get a haircut, or drop off dry cleaning, or spend a half-hour on a stationary bike to work off some of the week's angst? If you make your home in an apartment or condo in Center City, your answer may be as near as the ground floor.
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