April 5, 2012
KRISTIN LAJEUNNESSE can't be the only person who's ever thought of traveling the United States eating at every vegan restaurant. But she's the one who's actually doing it, in a project called "Will Travel for Vegan Food. " Her journey began last fall, and in March she came through Philadelphia. I interviewed her afterward to get an outsider's perspective on our veg scene. Q: How did this go from "crazy idea" to a reality of your daily life? A: I was ready to start living these "dreams" I had. I left my 9-to-5 job, set up a social-media consulting business, spent a few months planning the trip and securing a van, started a Kickstarter project to help fund gas and food, and then . . .I was off!
February 24, 2007 |
Last winter, when Arch Street United Methodist Church teamed with Project Home to turn its fellowship hall into an overnight drop-in center for the homeless, the Rev. Robin Hynicka approached the experiment with a realistic eye. "Our goal was very simple," he said. "Let's keep some folks from freezing to death. " Now, with "Grace Cafe" in its second year and two similar church-backed operations having opened in Center City, he has begun to believe such low-demand, unstructured environments could be a promising step in coaxing the most service-resistant of the city's homeless to give up their outposts in parks and alleys.
October 29, 1999 |
Here's good news for devotees of in-your-face, striving-for-glory pop music - the kind that picks you up, turns you over and shakes all the loose change out of your pockets and brains. Psyche-piercing singer/composer Adam Duritz still isn't satisfied, still hasn't settled down, still hasn't lost the flame that's made Counting Crows one of the most passionate, honest and humane of American guitar-rock bands of the 1990s. Proof is all over the group's third studio album, "This Desert Life," which hits stores Tuesday, the night before the group plays the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.
May 28, 1999 |
Stories - serious, silly and thoughtful - will be on the menu Sunday, along with an array of kosher desserts, when storyteller Vicky Town brings her "Night of Jewish Storytelling" to the Church of the Loving Shepherd, 1066 S. New St., West Chester. Town, a member of the National Storytelling Association and the Philadelphia Storytelling Guild, blends stories from many cultures with mime and audience participation. The Church of the Loving Shepherd is also the meeting place of Beth Chaim Reform Congregation of West Chester.
March 16, 1999 |
The tiny shingle over the door advertises a coffee shop, but it should read: "The world's problems solved here. " Welcome to Cafe Seattle, an understated little coffee house in Haddonfield where the customers' opinions and advice are as strong as the java. It's a friendly place where everyone knows your name - but if you stay around long enough someone may have something to say about that, too. Jackie Straijer was a regular customer when she decided to buy the place three years ago. "I wanted to preserve this special atmosphere," she said.
December 4, 1998 |
From the night it first opened in 1964 at 874 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, the Main Point coffeehouse was the right club in the right place at the right time. Riding the crest of the acoustic music boom, the club gave folks of all ages a pleasant place to hang out together, and introduced them to a zillion great young talents - Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen . . . Thirty-four years later, a new Bryn Mawr establishment just two doors away (880 W. Lancaster)
November 29, 1998 |
Behind a 45-foot-long construction barricade, a new Cafe Neena is beginning to take shape. The size of the quaint Italian-American restaurant - now 1,000 square feet at 9 Delaware St. - is about to quadruple, and then some. Early next month, Cafe Neena is scheduled to reopen at 1620 S. Broad St., with 4,500 square feet of space. The new look of the eatery will be due in part to Main Street Woodbury, a nonprofit downtown redevelopment organization that is offering free architectural-design consultations as part of its business retention program.
October 25, 1998 |
The photographs on the wall at Coffee Works Roastery & Cafe sharply contrast with the shop's homey and cozy decor. The framed snapshots depict heavy machinery, rows of green plants, and coffee mills. But it is these pictures that give customers their first hint that despite its mismatched furniture, specialty blends, and shelves full of dog-eared bestsellers and games, this isn't just a new place to sit and sip. It is also a roastery. The coffee house, which opened in June in the Ritz Center on Haddonfield-Berlin Road, is one of just a few area businesses where coffee beans are roasted on the premises.
September 3, 1995 |
To everything, there is a season, and to everything, there is a story. Or at least it seems that way as Aleksandra and Joel Eigen give a tour of Coffee Talk, the new coffee shop on West Marshall Street that is brimming with antiques. The couple opened it two months ago, after years of yearning to run such an establishment. In preparation for the move, they began collecting items for Coffee Talk, scouring flea markets, thrift shops and trash piles. In the process, they have found all kinds of unusual items, such as an 80-year-old solid-wood game table that flips over for a chess and checker board on one side and other games on the other side.
June 28, 1995 |
For Marcia Moon, the daily grind is a pleasure. She buys it weekday mornings, brewed hot and black, steam rising in an evanescent curl, at Cafe Procopio in Wayne. "The coffee is the very best, I think," said Moon, a cup-to-go in hand as she crossed the street to the train station. Some evenings Moon, of Wayne, returns to linger, savoring not just coffee and dessert but the classical music in the background and a regularly changing exhibit of art on the cafe's salmon-colored walls.