November 28, 2014 |
Carlos Meekins, 75, sat down to rest in the lobby of South Camden's Neighborhood Center, a heavy bag of groceries at his feet. "My wife's dead and gone," the Riverview Towers tenant said. "I'm going to try and cook the turkey myself. " A retired roofer's helper ("I was a kettle man for 25 years"), Meekins is among nearly 3,000 Camden residents for whom Thanksgiving might not happen this year without the center. The faith-based nonprofit helped about 200 senior citizens and 500 five-member families fill bags with donated groceries and fresh food Tuesday.
November 27, 2014 |
'So why aren't we making real grilled cheese?" said chef Marc Vetri, who was visiting our after-school cooking class. "Well, we're going for something healthier," I said. Baked whole-wheat pitas stuffed with cheese and homemade tomato soup - a reinvention of the classic pairing. "You think these are healthy?" he said, grabbing the pitas and reading off the offensive ingredients: preservatives, enzymes, gluten. "So, what kind of bread should I buy in a grocery store?
July 6, 2014 |
Donna Payne stopped at Bottom Dollar Food for the first time Thursday morning. By the time she reached the checkout line, the 44-year-old Chester resident had a cart brimming with chicken wings, bread, eggs, soda, and popsicles. "This cut down half the price from the other stores," she said. Most of the other stores she visits are not in her own city. Bottom Dollar opened its Chester store last month on Edgmont Avenue, becoming the city's second full-size supermarket. The other one - a nonprofit market called Fare & Square, operated by Philabundance - opened in the fall.
May 9, 2014 |
Q: MY BOYFRIEND is a total mama's boy. Not only does he call his mom every single day, but he spends Sundays at her house, too. I'm dreading this coming Sunday because it's Mother's Day and she's planning a big family dinner and wants me and my son there. I don't want to go. I'm a mom, too! I feel like I should get to have my own Mother's Day. Why can't she come to our apartment? It's cramped in here but I can make it nice. My boyfriend and I have been fighting about this for two weeks.
May 1, 2014 |
King Kai Chin, 82, an entrepreneur and expert in Chinese herbs and medicines who came to Chinatown 57 years ago and helped to build the community there, died Friday, April 11, of cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Chin had only the clothes on his back and $50 in his pocket when he and his brother, Jong Kai Chin, arrived in this country in 1957, seeking a new life. He left behind his wife, Chiu Fong, and sons Ken and Keith, as well as a career as a teacher, and a bookstore he had founded.
March 6, 2014 |
TWO SIGNS greet customers as they approach the front door of Serrata's Grocery Store in West Oak Lane: "No weapons allowed" and "Do not enter with mask or hoodie. " They sit at eye level - it's impossible to miss them. But a would-be robber ignored both of those warnings Friday and ended up dodging bullets for his brazenness, police said yesterday. Store owner Raul Serrata, 42, said he didn't have time to think when a masked punk entered his corner store, at 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane, with a handgun drawn and demanded money from him about 7:15 Friday night.
February 13, 2014 |
AN ARGUMENT outside a West Philadelphia corner store turned violent yesterday, escalating into a shooting that left one man dead and another critically injured, police said. About 3:50 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunshots outside La Super Big Manny Grocery at 40th and Poplar streets, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. He gave this account: Four or five males were arguing when one pulled out a gun and began firing. Two men were hit - a 27-year-old was struck once in the right leg and a 23-year-old was struck once in the head and twice in the left arm. The 23-year-old stumbled across Poplar and collapsed in front of H&H Day Care Learning Center, which was locked down for about 20 minutes after the shooting.
February 6, 2014 |
DOYLESTOWN Lisa White and John LaSala have spent their adult lives in the corporate world. They had no idea how to open a grocery store. But after years of planning - and with lots of help - White, board president of the Doylestown Food Co-op and a management consultant, and LaSala, a fellow board member and a former Johnson & Johnson executive, are days away from celebrating the grand opening of the co-op's 1,400-square-foot store on West...
October 15, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Amid a crowd of face-painted children and noshing parents, a small knot of old-timers gathered Sunday to gossip and reminisce at the 40th birthday party of the Weavers Way co-op. They had seen the cooperative Mount Airy grocery store go from new age to middle age, from a small buying group in a church basement to a 5,000-member cooperative with two thriving stores and a farm. And now a couple of hundred stalwarts held a picnic at Cliveden, a historic mansion in Germantown, followed by - what else?
September 30, 2013 |
Minutes after the Fare & Square supermarket opened in Chester on Saturday, so many customers crowded the aisles that every shopping cart was taken, and newcomers had to wait their turn. Otherwise, people didn't stop coming through the doors all day. For hours, in the parking lot and in the vegetable aisle, on the sidewalk and by the fruit displays, shoppers and workers shared hugs, handshakes, and kind words. More than a few shed tears. This grandest of grand openings returned to the beleaguered city an institution that seemed forever vanished: a grocery store.