August 22, 2012
A teacher, a retiree, and two lawyers who call themselves the Jersey Peaches swing into a version of "Summertime" as steamy as the weather. A singer-songwriter/recovering addict/unemployed mason from Mount Ephraim is on deck with his guitar. So is a communications professional and blues guy called 3 Cat Clem; he'll jam with a tattooed preacher who blows a heavenly harmonica. Welcome to Wide Open Mic night at the Barrington Coffee House, where strum and twang is on the menu every Thursday.
July 6, 2012
Early crowds are finding ambition in Lansdowne at the gorgeous NoBL , a Mediterranean BYOB that opened last week in a long-ago hardware store at 24 N. Lansdowne Ave. (484-461-2689) It's a block off Baltimore Avenue — north, to be exact — which explains "NoBL. " It's the crew from the nearby Sycamore — owner Stephen Wagner and chef Sam Jacobson, who turns out such small plates as moussaka, mussels, pappardelle with chicken livers; grilled octopus; grilled artichokes; and 10-inch grilled pizzas.
May 6, 2011 |
Her attacker played the nice guy, at first. "He said I had pretty eyes," recalled the woman who was raped the morning of March 31 inside the Bella Vista coffee shop where she worked. He soon turned vicious. "I thought he had a gun. . . . I thought he would shoot me in the back if I tried to escape," the woman, 29, testified yesterday during the preliminary hearing for Christopher Reeves, 32. Reeves, the lanky homeless man arrested last month and charged with attacking the woman inside the Bean Exchange Coffeehouse at 7th and Bainbridge streets, was ordered held for trial on rape and related charges by Municipal Judge James DeLeon.
April 22, 2011 |
Bail for the man charged in the March 31 rape of a South Philadelphia barista was doubled to $300,000 Thursday after the prosecutor said the defendant was awaiting sentencing at the time of the attack and had failed to appear at six hearings in the past. Municipal Court Judge Dawn A. Segal granted the prosecutor's request in the case of Christopher Reeves, 32, and also granted a defense request to postpone Reeves' preliminary hearing to May 5, for more time to investigate. Reeves was arrested April 3 in Chester, three days after the assault and robbery at the Bean Exchange Coffeehouse at Seventh and Bainbridge Streets in Bella Vista.
April 1, 2011 |
A handwritten note hung on the door of the Bean Exchange Coffee House in Bella Vista yesterday, thanking customers for their support in the wake of a robbery and sexual assault that happened inside the café early yesterday morning. Shortly after the coffee shop, at Bainbridge and 7th streets, opened at 6 a.m., a robber - identified by police as Christopher Reeves, 32 - came in and announced he was robbing the café, authorities said. He took $173 from the register, police said, then forced a 29-year-old female employee into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her about 6:30 a.m. Police said the victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
October 15, 2010 |
"Cafe" is Philly born and bred. Writer-director Marc Erlbaum, who studied comparative literature at Penn, conceived and wrote part of the script while sitting at Green Line Cafe at 43rd and Baltimore, and even used the West Philly coffeehouse for exterior shots, albeit with a name change to West Philly Grounds. The plot is triggered by an unnamed tragedy. But then it hops back in time to focus on the interconnectivity of the lives of the shop's regular patrons, including a drug-dealing Jamie Kennedy, and employees, namely the lovesick Daniel Eric Gold ("Ugly Betty")
September 28, 2010 |
Love can be so emotional. Tom Dougherty , 52, a machinist from Glenside, was prepared to propose to his girlfriend of three years, Peg Sautner , 49, of Northeast Philly, who handles special orders for Interline Brands, after they attended "Terror Behind the Walls," the haunted attraction at Eastern State Penitentiary. As much as Sautner loves the scary stuff, though, she suffered a spell of asthma amid all the fog during their walk-through and had to leave. Dougherty proposed out front while they waited for two of her children to finish the experience last weekend.
October 10, 2009 |
Esther Tabachnick Halpern, 79, of Center City, a musician who co-owned the Gilded Cage, an innovative Center City coffeehouse, died of liver failure Thursday at home. In 1956, when Mrs. Halpern and her husband, Edward, were newlyweds, they opened the Gilded Cage at 21st and Rittenhouse Streets. They sold espresso for 25 cents a cup. Ed Halpern assembled the corned beef sandwiches and Mrs. Halpern made onion soup - the first in Philadelphia to have a thick cheese crust, she told an Inquirer reporter in 1981.