August 15, 2016 |
In 2003, George Funkhouser and Susan Nitka drove to Bridgeton, N.J., where George, who buys and sells precious metals and antiques, was going to meet with a client. At the time, the couple were living in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section in a home she had inherited from her parents. They had been together for a decade and were considering buying a larger house. That day in Bridgeton, they drove down streets lined with mansions built in the 19th century, when the city was a center for industry in South Jersey.
February 7, 2016 |
Timing is everything for Josh and Jen Hilbert. They lived in their 3,500-square-foot Radnor home for about seven years before renovating it. "We received three sets of plans from our architect, Jim Cassidy, soon after we moved in 2007," Josh says, "but we didn't proceed until we thought it was the right time and we were comfortable with the proposed changes. "I think it is important to get to know a house before you change it," he says. "We tweaked the plans over the years, but last year decided to finally go ahead and do it. " The couple, who met at Council Rock High School in Bucks County, have two children.
June 11, 2012 |
Since 2000, 50,306 additional people between the ages of 20 and 34 moved into the city of Philadelphia, according to the 2010 Census. Meet two of them: David and Jackie Zavitz. This young couple, who met in Washington, where they were both living at the time, chose to move to Philadelphia when they married in 2003. "We wanted to put down roots," says Jackie, 34, a search professional with Korn/Ferry International. Philadelphia is "very accessible. I love city living. It's been a joy that way. " They bought, and renovated, their first home in Queen Village, and in 2007 hoped to buy a bigger place in the neighborhood but prices were too high.
October 9, 2015 |
Brian Sirhal and Tim Spinner - the duo behind the Mexican trio of Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz - are spinning pizzas with their new suburban project, Pizzeria Felici . Pizzeria Felici (see what they did with the name?) is in the Elements Horsham at 303 Horsham Rd. (215-323-4530). Specialty is Neopolitan-style pizza cooked in a double-hearthed, wood-fired oven. Menu, designed by chef Jim Burke (ex-James), includes starters/antipasti, pastas, and entrees. Michael Brenfleck, last at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount, is chef.
October 28, 1994 |
The server was uncorking champagne almost as if she were taking part in a locker-room sports celebration. Between pops, she noticed a gentleman's empty glass - one she had filled only moments before. "Oh. I see your glass has a hole in it, sir," she said good-naturedly. "Yes," the diner agreed. "Could you fill it please?" And more bubbly was poured. The unlimited champagne was part of a $19.95 brunch held Sundays at Marriott's Seaview Resort on Route 9 in Absecon.
May 7, 2006 |
What we like: This Boyertown restaurant is unabashedly down-home, with a cheerful staff and casual atmosphere. The large, open dining room is paneled and beamed in a country version of chalet style. Plenty of seating awaits the mostly local crowd that wanders in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. What to watch for: A large waterwheel quietly churns in one of the three rooms. Installed 16 years ago, the wheel was made especially for the restaurant. Decorative plates featuring covered bridges - no two alike - line a ledge that rings the main dining room.
February 17, 2016 |
The Palm, one of Center City's longest-running steakhouses, will close for what is billed as a major renovation after business on Feb. 29. The restaurant, in the Hyatt at the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, is due to reopen late in the fourth quarter of 2016 or early 2017. The parent company said the Philadelphia restaurant will be the seventh to receive a new design. The Palm opened in 1989 and quickly became a power room that helped usurp the city's private clubs. Of late, though, it has been upstaged by newer competitors.
June 13, 2011
A 72-year-old man died in a house fire in Northwest Philadelphia Sunday night. The man was found in the dining room of his home in the 7000 block of Georgian Road in the city's West Oak Lane section. The house was fully engulfed in fire when firefighters arrived at 7:36 p.m. The fire was under control in under 20 minutes, according to police. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Jeff Shields
September 20, 2000 |
The landmark Mickey Rooney's Tabas Hotel was hopping again yesterday, but the scene was far different from the old days, when Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Bobby Rydell packed them in to Downingtown's version of a borscht-belt resort. Yesterday's crowd did not want to bring down the house - they wanted to take it with them. "Everything goes," said auctioneer Barry Slosberg. "If you see something you want, just yell out. " Helen Ekaro of East Lansdowne took the fountain in the lobby of the Lancaster Avenue landmark.
March 10, 1991 |
Some words of advice to the folks at the new Ritz-Carlton: Less is more, guys. Trust me on that one. At two recent review meals at the new Center City hotel, I kept hoping that the young and enthusiastic staff would just back off a bit, leaving us to enjoy our meals relatively uninterrupted by their eager attempts to please. And that the talented kitchen crew could do a little less in the way of decorating every plate to the point where I wasn't sure whether I should eat or frame some courses.