June 16, 2013 |
HANA, Hawaii - About 3:30 every afternoon, the Hertzes, Avises, and Budgets - a veritable red and white wave of compacts, convertibles, SUVs, and generic four-doors - surge out of town carrying thousands of day-trippers back to their glittering resorts in central and western Maui. They have experienced one of the highlights of any Hawaiian vacation - the drive along the Hana Highway, a 55-mile serpent of a road that runs past mountains half-hidden by mist, lava rocks pummeled by surf, slopes of giant green ferns, gardens of tropical plants in vibrant colors, and waterfalls tumbling out of rain forests.
November 3, 2012 |
Ruth Kilmer, living without electricity in her cold, dark house in Solebury Township, Bucks County, since Sandy hit Monday, has resorted to melting ice on her outdoor gas grill for drinking water. She uses bottles of well water filled before the storm to flush her toilet. And she fires up the grill to heat milk, boil water for coffee, and warm up a bagel for breakfast. "Thank God I can shower and clean up" at work, Kilmer, a nurse at St. Mary Medical Center and Abington Memorial Hospital, said outside her home Thursday.
July 9, 2012 |
In Somers Point, a summer breeze whistles off the bay across an open-air counter laden with cold littlenecks on the half-shell and bowls of creamy chowder brimming over, much as it has for 29 years at "Smitty's" Clam Bar. In Cape May Point, not far from the watchful gaze of the old WWII Lookout Tower, good things are perking again at the recently revived 1930s-era general store — now called The Red Store — thanks to Deanna Ebner and her...
October 2, 2011 |
WEST DANVILLE, Vt. - At Hussey's General Store in Windsor, Maine, offbeat merchandise is a specialty. The sign out front says so, in no uncertain terms: "Guns, Wedding Gowns, Cold Beer. " At the Mansfield General Store in Connecticut, it's not just basic groceries, take-out sandwiches, and antiques. They have live music twice a week, including flamenco guitarists on Friday afternoons. At Hastings Store in West Danville, Vt., co-owner Garey Larrabee is also the postmaster and cook, running a full-service post office and cooking up doughnuts for the regulars who come in to catch up on gossip and pick up mail, lingering around the wall of boxes with the three-digit dial combination locks.
August 11, 2011 |
William E. West, 68, of West Philadelphia, a former post office worker who owned two Philadelphia shops before opening a janitorial firm, died Tuesday, July 26, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a car accident earlier in the month. Mr. West was president and general manager of New Life Service Inc., which he began as Associated Services Co. 31 years ago, a son, William E. II, said. The firm now employs 68 workers, who clean mostly medical offices, the son said.
May 13, 2011 |
Ann Bolles Johnson, 80, who operated Johnson's General Store in Florence with her husband for 35 years, died of cancer Wednesday, May 11, at Samaritan Hospice in Mount Holly. Mrs. Johnson grew up in Teaneck, N.J. After earning a bachelor's degree from Beloit (Wis.) College, she was a flight attendant for American Airlines. In 1953, she married Harry K. Adcock. He died in February 1960, leaving her with four sons younger than 6. She met Nils Johnson when a friend asked him and other members of his barbershop quartet to serenade her to cheer her up. They married in July 1960.
January 6, 2011 |
Ruth Brander, 97, of Haddon Township, longtime co-owner of the former South Jersey fabric shop Sewitorium and an area artist, died Saturday, Jan. 1, at her home. While her husband handled the finances at Sewitorium, the couple's fabric store on Haddon Avenue in Camden, Mrs. Brander was the "idea person," their daughter Gylda Bernstein said. Mrs. Brander handled the store's displays, layout, and advertising. She was usually at the front of the store, greeting customers and ringing them up. After she retired in 1975, her husband and daughter continued to run the store and a year later moved to a larger space in Cherry Hill.
July 13, 2008 |
Want to buy a historic general store in the quaint little village of Guthriesville in East Brandywine Township, near Downingtown? Do they have a deal for you. And the price is right, but there's a catch. The Guthriesville General Store, built in 1869, went on sale on June 26 for a mere $10, but buyers really need another $1.3 million or a letter of credit in that amount. The general store, which has actually been closed for some years, is on the market as the result of a long dispute between the Wawa convenience store chain and local preservationists.
February 14, 2008 |
Everyone who cares about the fate of the historic Guthriesville General Store seems to be moving slowly, tentatively, toward an agreement to put the building up for sale for eight weeks at most to see if anyone wants to take it over, preserve it, and restore it. That was the consensus of some of those who attended a five-hour closed meeting on Feb. 5 in Guthriesville. The meeting was conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, in an attempt to resolve the conflicting claims of residents and preservation groups on one hand and the Wawa chain, which wants to demolish the building and put up a super Wawa with 12 gas pumps, on the other.
February 3, 2008 |
Built in 1869, the former Guthriesville General Store, an off-white building adorned with teal shutters and decorative trim, predates the era of strip malls and convenience stores. The fate of the store, once a post office and a restaurant but closed for several years, has been the subject of a long-running dispute between the Wawa chain and some neighbors and preservationists because Wawa wants to build a 12-pump gas station and store on the site. Wawa has been trying to build on the site since 2001, but nothing has happened because of local opposition and environmental concerns over a stream there that brought the Army Corps of Engineers into the dispute.