September 23, 2013 |
Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt embarked 17 years ago on the transformation of a barber shop and brownfield into a dramatic home with two gardens. At the time, the couple were living with two young sons in a small rowhouse in Fairmount. "I was carrying babies up and down steep steps," Weinraub recalls. Seeking more space, they checked out a storefront corner house and two overgrown lots for sale nearby in Spring Garden. Three rowhouses had been built on the site in the mid-1800s.
September 6, 2013 |
After a frenzied six-week renovation, Peppercorn (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-2588) has opened at Eagle Village Shops in the spot that for 12 years was a Georges Perrier restaurant known as Le Mas Perrier, Le Mas, and georges'. The Main Line building's bones are the same. It's a series of rooms, including a rustic, high-ceilinged bar, a sunny rear garden room, a hushed main dining room, and assorted nooks. Where Le Mas Perrier aspired to the look of a farmhouse in the south of France, Peppercorn has opted for an overall feeling of warmth and luxury.
August 23, 2013 |
Bernard Perrier, 65, of Moorestown, an unassuming, self-taught intellectual whose love and appreciation of lively conversation, fine wine, and French cuisine helped define the acclaimed Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin for 40 years, died Sunday, Aug. 18, at his home. The cause of death was heart failure, said his wife, Linda Oliver Perrier. Known to his family as "Bear," Mr. Perrier worked closely for most of his life with his brother Georges, the restaurant's chef and founder.
July 29, 2013 |
Six years ago, Liz Donaghy got the chance few get, and even fewer take: She reinvented herself. Her midlife metamorphosis consisted of the following: She and her partner, Jamie Mullen, exchanged their first-floor brownstone apartment in Philadelphia's Fairmount section for a bungalow in Longport, at the Jersey Shore. Liz, now 42, stopped selling investments and began growing sweet peas, sorrel, and more than 250 other plants on the couple's new property, many of them for her new gardening business.
July 5, 2013 |
It was five years ago that a man and a woman were shot to death in the dining room of a Coatesville home. Authorities still are looking for the killer or killers. To mark the crime's anniversary, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Wednesday that Coatesville and the Citizen's Crime Commission are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Carnell Parker, 24, and Shontae Peterson, 21. "The Chester County Detectives and Coatesville Police Department continue to seek justice for the victims in this senseless, violent murder," Hogan said.
June 27, 2013
Star spangled serveware Dish out your favorite patriotic treats on the Fourth of July with this star-shaped two-tiered stand. Made of galvanized metal, it works on the picnic table as well as in the dining room. Use it to serve ice cream sundae toppings or summer snacks and hors d'oeuvres. In honor of Independence Day, pledge your allegience to a patriotic table with this festive stand. - Michelle Dembo Galvanized metal star stand, $69, at Pottery Barn stores or online at potterybarn.com.
June 23, 2013 |
Like most expectant parents, Carrie and Casey Higgins had a plan. To wit: After Carrie gave birth, she would return to her career as a librarian. The young couple had a mortgage to maintain on a four-bedroom center-hall Colonial on one suburban acre in East Norriton, and had based most of that mortgage on two incomes. Life has a tendency to disrupt plans, however. When Carrie Higgins went into labor with daughter Abby four years ago, a rare but often fatal problem occurred - vasa previa, in which the umbilical cord ruptures.
June 7, 2013 |
Two Indian restaurants have opened branches that are more ambitious than their flagships. Munish Narula has positioned Tiffin Bistro (1100 Federal St., 215-922-1297) between the casual side of his mini-chain, Tiffin, and the posh atmosphere of his South Broad Street destination, Tashan. Narula and company changed little in the room that includes a small bar and a white-tablecloth dining room beautifully appointed in limestone. Menu from chef Kirti Pant, whose background includes Junoon in New York, Amber India in San Francisco, and Cinnamon Club in London, includes dishes from all over India.
May 7, 2013 |
When Andreotti's Viennese Cafe opened in Cherry Hill in 1983, Marianne Andreotti would deliver her restaurant's seven-cheese spread to people sitting outside in their cars, waiting for a table. "We were so afraid they were going to leave," said Andreotti, whose father, Mark, started the restaurant on Route 70, then primarily a pastry shop with lunch seating. The patrons stayed, and the Andreottis expanded, over the years adding a dining room, piano, bar, and dance floor. The space evolved, but the traditions remained, including free hors d'oeuvres and desserts and music and dancing on Saturday nights.
May 5, 2013 |
When Sandy and Chris Ross were in Portland, Ore., they lived in a house built for those who buy large suburban dwellings. "Our house was a McMansion, designed for most people who want a front and rear entrance, a dining room, and a recreation room," says Chris Ross, a software engineer. But the Rosses are not most people. When they moved to Bryn Mawr, they wanted a house built to accommodate their family's special needs, limited finances, and environmental awareness. "We didn't have a great amount of money to spend, so we shopped for a site we could afford," says Sandy Ross, a computer-company lawyer.