September 11, 2014 |
Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti were at the top of their game, famous for their particular specialty: La Colombe coffee. Then each took up a hobby, creating another specialty. Soon, each became obsessed. For Carmichael, it was distilling; he even set up a legal still - though he calls it "moonshining" - at La Colombe's roasting plant in Port Richmond. Meanwhile, Iberti revived his love of baking and set up an oven. "On Fridays, we'd make food for the staff and JP would be baking bread and I'd send them home with rum," said Carmichael, the globe-trotting entrepreneur who also stars in the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds . "We were getting very, very good at it, and we said, 'Well . . . we should share it with the world.
October 16, 2015 |
On a recent Sunday morning, the line of hipsters and bagel lovers (and hipster bagel lovers) snaked out the door of a Fishtown storefront and around the corner. They had all wandered there in search of a certain form of manna: Philly Style Bagels, a for-now pop-up business that's aiming to help put Philadelphia, finally, on the map as a bagel town. If ever there were a sign that bagels - too long a schlubby breakfast afterthought in this city - are finally having their moment, this early-morning queue for hand-rolled, slow-fermented bagels might be it. Other signs of life in the erstwhile bagel desert that is Philadelphia include the spreading Spread Bagelry establishment, fancy flavors like za'atar and togarashi at Washington Square newcomer Knead, and even the high-concept bagels at High Street on Market.
June 23, 2011 |
George Zallie Sr., 84, of Voorhees, owner and founder of Zallie Supermarkets Inc. in South Jersey, died Saturday, June 18. Mr. Zallie's interests extended beyond retailing. A website for Jefferson Medical College states that the George Zallie and Family Laboratory for Cardiovascular Gene Therapy is "focused on making gene therapy for congestive heart failure a clinical reality. " A spokeswoman for Wakefern Food Corp., in Keasbey, N.J., stated in a news release that "in 1980, the Zallie family joined Wakefern Food Corp.," a retailer-owned cooperative whose members operate supermarkets under the ShopRite banner.
March 27, 2015 |
IN THE HEART of lower North Philadelphia, amid weeded lots, graffitied walls and mammoth abandoned warehouses, Tim Patton is betting on a renaissance. Patton and business partner Christina Burris last year opened Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. inside an old warehouse on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By the end of the year, they plan to open a brewpub there, anticipating that new development - and the young, hip residents who often come with it - will seep east from Temple University, north from Northern Liberties and west from Fishtown.
November 8, 2015 |
Philadelphia, as seen through the price tag at the bottom of a whiskey glass, can seem like a disorienting place. Isn't it strange that the same two-ounce pour of Jefferson's Reserve bourbon can run you anywhere from $15 to $24? Or that a shot of Highland Park 12-year-old Scotch will range from $13 to $22? A tumbler of familiar Maker's Mark will cost $9. Or it might cost $13, depending on where you are drinking. Few things in the restaurant world fluctuate according to address prestige quite as drastically as a pour of booze.
February 9, 2015 |
AS SOON AS the new, million-dollar Poquessing Creek Trail opened in the Far Northeast this winter, Jack McCarthy was out hiking it with his granddaughter, Gia McCusker, 8. "The trail is a bucolic, serene place to go from Parkwood, where I live," McCarthy said. "Parkwood is all rowhouses," he said. "I can walk five minutes and be on this trail that leads through this nice woods and along this beautiful stream. "And it connects to Benjamin Rush State Park's trails," McCarthy said, "so you can basically walk or bike from Parkwood all the way to the state park.
July 11, 2015 |
In a decision that will protect Fishtown's St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church from demolition - at least temporarily - the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted overwhelmingly Friday to grant the 19th-century building historic status. Cheers erupted after the vote, which followed a lengthy and emotional hearing that pitted parishioners, neighborhood residents, preservationists, several Polish heritage groups, and even Poland's honorary consul against the church hierarchy. Because St. Laurentius is Philadelphia's oldest church built by Polish immigrants, the community considers it a cultural touchstone.
January 12, 2015 |
Approaching Micah and Aimee Hanson's home in Olde Richmond is like stepping back into the late 19th century, when there were stores on many a Philadelphia street corner. Their house, located in a tiny pocket of Kensington, near Fishtown, is a former pharmacy. Two sparkling storefront windows meet over three small stone steps, forming a sort of a "V. " The tidy brick structure was built in 1892, with living quarters upstairs. It was a gift shop and residence for 25 years before the couple, their two children, and the family cat made it their home and an architectural office for Micah Hanson.
June 6, 2015 |
There's a simple reason so many of Philadelphia's great religious buildings have been falling to the wrecking ball: Nobody is left to love them anymore. That's not the case with St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown, built in 1882 with nickels and dimes collected by the neighborhood's Polish community. When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced in March that it planned to demolish the brownstone church at Berks and Memphis Streets - presumably to sell off the land for house lots - its partisans rushed to the virtual barricades to hold off the wrecking crew.
July 31, 2013 |
During the red-hot real estate boom of a few years back, flipping was big sport in many parts of the country but not particularly popular in the Philadelphia region. Times change, bubbles burst, and the game of buying and selling adjusts accordingly. These days, with the market improving and prices at pre-boom levels or less, flipping single-family homes is becoming more common in those city neighborhoods and area towns where investors see the opportunity to make quick money. Hip, desirable neighborhoods such as Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Passyunk Square have become targets for flipping.