January 22, 2015 |
A resurrected seafood house on the site of Bookbinder's. A pub serving fried bologna and roast beef sandwiches. A 1980s theme restaurant bringing back the surf and turf. A vintage-styled dinette, slinging Western omelets. Suddenly, it seems that the newest local trend in food isn't about the future at all - it's about looking back. Just when you thought it was safe to hock your fondue pot on eBay, here comes all the food you haven't seen on menus for a couple of decades. The good news is that verbs and conjunctions might also return to menus as chefs forgo their molecular aspirations to get back to the basics.
November 24, 2014 |
Considering that the old granary on 20th Street, north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was originally a concrete storage bin for wheat and corn, it puts on some grand airs. Topped by an array of towers, it commands the site like a great medieval fortress or a 1920s Gothic skyscraper, proof that powerful architecture exists even in the humblest buildings. The granary's crenellated roofline is so distinctive that DAS Architects picked up the castle theme and worked it into its Granary Apartments next door.
June 30, 2014 |
The decor of Melinda and Grif Bates' Blue Bell Colonial reflects the couple's traditional tastes. Then there is the art: twenty colorful, surrealist paintings prominently displayed throughout the two-story residence. Combining abstract depictions of faces, birds, animals, and geometric shapes with conventional furnishings - china cabinets, an upright piano, and upholstered chairs and couches, for example - has produced a strikingly attractive home. The art is the work of Grif's father, Grif Bates Jr., a retired physician whose "passion is now painting," says his son, Grif Bates III. Dr. Bates' work has been exhibited at shows in Maryland and Vermont.
June 16, 2014 |
You no longer have to be a man or woman of the cloth to live at the Palmer. The Depression-era structures that housed the classrooms and dormitories of the former Palmer Theological Seminary at City and Lancaster Avenues in Wynnewood are being updated into modern yet historically accurate apartments that will be available for rent by December. Redevelopment of the eight-acre property is a $35 million adaptive reuse of the hotel-turned-seminary. The space is being renovated into mostly one- and two-bedroom units, with rents that will range from $1,650 to $2,300 a month.
November 10, 2013 |
Five area field hockey schools will compete Saturday in the PIAA state quarterfinals, a collection of the best teams in the state. However, for four area teams, the competition will come from within Southeastern Pennsylvania. Gwynedd Mercy, the No. 3 seed from District 1, will face Archbishop Carroll, the top seed from District 12, in a local matchup in the Class AA bracket at noon at Wissahickon. Two other area teams - West Chester Henderson (No. 1 seed, District 1) and Hatboro-Horsham (No. 4)
November 8, 2013 |
The hair was not supposed to make a statement - at first, anyway. "It started basically because I didn't like doing my hair in the morning," Carin Arline said with a laugh, describing her somewhat retro Afro hairdo that is two-tone and spans about two feet in length and width. It has become something of a trademark. "People will yell, 'Get the girl with the hair,' " said Arline, a senior striker for the Burlington Township girls' soccer team who also has added neon cleats to her game-day wardrobe.
October 8, 2013 |
People joke about nosy dinner guests snooping through bathroom medicine cabinets. Not Skip Rosskam, 67, chief operating officer at David Michael & Co., the Northeast Philadelphia food flavors and product development company. If he's a dinner guest, he has an entirely different goal. Question: What is it? Answer: I'd be sneaking in the kitchen, and I'd be looking in your refrigerator, and I'd be looking in the spice cabinet. Q: What are you actually looking for? A: I'm looking for brands, trends.
July 18, 2013 |
Villa has been in the hip-hop fashion game since the baggy days of Cross Colors and Fubu. So execs of the retail chain figured if anyone could help designers from "the block" make fashion, they could. In winter 2012, Patrick Walsh, vice president of marketing, launched a contest calling on designers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and surrounding states to submit their best work. More than 250 entered, and the winner, Khaleel Salaam, 30, saw his collection of men's fitted T's, hoodies, and tanks produced by the Philadelphia-based company.
April 12, 2013 |
On Saturday, celebrate Please Touch Museum's fifth-year anniversary of Dia Del Nino (Day of the Child), an international extravaganza presented by Telemundo Philadelphia and El Sol. The day will have arts, cultural, and health activities. Festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the Philadelphia Eagles' Drum Line Pep Rally, the Eagles cheerleaders, and mascot Swoop. Singer Louie Miranda will perform Latin children's music at 11 a.m., 1:15 and 3 p.m. Theater and crafts activities will be featured, and Telemundo, using a mini television studio, will let kids record a weather report and explore their TV talents.
December 27, 2012 |
David Lochner is wearing a wool sports jacket with a yellow pocket square over a plaid button-down, striped cardigan, purple-and-gold tie, and black-and-white wingtip shoes - the perfect getup for any respectable grandfather. Except Lochner is 35. Nearly every visible area of his skin is decked in tattoos - a rose on his hand, a pinup girl on the left side of his neck, and a skull and crossbones on the other. Lochner's swag (though arguably more outrageous than some) is far from foreign on Philadelphia streets.