January 30, 2015 |
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.
July 30, 1995 |
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.
April 13, 1992 |
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.
May 12, 1995 |
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.
November 27, 2014 |
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.
March 16, 1994 |
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.
May 1, 2008 |
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.
April 11, 1999 |
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.
April 23, 1996 |
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.
March 12, 1999 |
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.