January 11, 2016 |
I walked into a bar-restaurant on Broad Street on New Year's Day looking for an old friend and instead I found our new mayor sitting by himself, surrounded by people who didn't recognize him and had never heard his name. Jim Kenney looked perfectly at ease in his anonymity at a place called Bliss. He sat at the elbow on the far end of the bar that faced the floor-to-ceiling windows along Broad Street and framed the passing string bands and fancy brigades like a huge-TV/video-screen tuned to the Mummers Channel.
December 14, 2015
Before, you could count on burning a few calories walking from your car to the grocery store, or roaming the aisles to load up on what you needed. But that notion has gone out the car window, as major supermarket chains and big-box retailers, such as Walmart, are investing heavily in online grocery and curbside pickup. And with good reason. Online-retail analysts estimate that U.S. consumers spent about $24 billion buying groceries online last year, or about 4 percent of their total grocery spending of $591.6 billion on grocery shopping, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
December 1, 2015 |
BOBBY'S GROCERY in Point Breeze was a neighborhood fixture for 30 years. Bobby - Robert Lee Toomer - was one of the most popular figures in the South Philadelphia neighborhood. Customers loved him. He usually had a big hug for men, women and children, and a kiss for the kids and the ladies. The store at 20th and Federal streets featured hand-dipped ice-cream and if you had been a customer for any length of time, Bobby knew what you wanted before you could open your mouth. OK, one butter almond, one coffee, one rum raisin and two vanilla fudge swirls.
July 31, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, owner of Exton Square Mall in Chester County, plans to demolish the site's Kmart building and replace it with a large-format organic grocery store. PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino told analysts in a conference call Wednesday that the grocer would be named in the coming days. A lease for 55,000 square feet has been executed, he said. Philadelphia-based PREIT also has identified a dine-in movie theater and a bowling-and-entertainment center as prospective tenants for the former site of a 118,000-square-foot J.C. Penney Co. store at Exton Square, Coradino said.
June 30, 2015
J ULIA KURNIK, 31, of Bella Vista, is co-founder and CEO of Focus Foods, a for-profit startup dedicated to social enterprise. Focus creates greenhouses that use waste from fish to grow naturally organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, which in turn clean the water and return it to the fish. The greenhouses will be installed on rooftops of supermarkets so produce can be harvested faster than traditional farming and sold in hours. Focus expects to launch its pilot next month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
March 10, 2015 |
Residents of West Chester say they want to buy local groceries - and they want to buy them locally. That is the conclusion of a study released last week by the West Chester Food Cooperative. It's been years since the borough had a full-service grocery store - the nearest one is outside the borough border - and people have long talked about bringing one into town. "There's a need for a grocery store and a desire for people to support fresh local produce and products," said West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta.
February 24, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Jameis Winston arrived here this week from San Diego where he had spent the previous month and change preparing for the Scouting Combine. He had a quarterback coach there to help him with his throwing mechanics, a sprint coach to help him with his technique in the 40-yard dash, a nutritionist to help him lower his body fat, a yoga instructor to help him increase his flexibility, and image consultants and media specialists to help teach him how to say, "I'm sorry.
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.