February 8, 2015 |
Donna Talis has lived in her beloved West Chester townhouse for a quarter-century, and has spent the last dozen or so years transforming the 1980s-era residence off West Chester Pike. A little patience in purchasing exactly what she wanted, plus some do-it-yourself gumption, helped her cap off the work in the fall with a new master bathroom that incorporates elements of universal design such as a low-barrier shower and open shelving. Working with the same contractor, James C. Schell, Talis did the renovations on a modest budget but made a big impact on the quality of her living space.
May 9, 2014 |
WHATCHA getting Mom for her special day? Gizmo Guy has some last-minute suggestions with a techy twist. Bring home the bacon: If Mom's into collecting piggy miniatures or coin banks (and change), she'll get a tickle from Porkfolio. Invented by James Hunter of Lansdale and marketed by Quirky, it's the first piggy bank that smartly tracks your savings. Porkfolio's nose lights up when a U.S. coin is inserted. And the updated balance in its' belly then shows up on your smartphone or tablet, via a special app (iOS and Android, Wi-Fi home network required.)
February 5, 2014 |
Watch your step out there. You and your neighbors may have an unwanted skating rink on your front porches this week, and there may be more ice on sidewalks and driveways than usual. That's because many stores haven't been able to keep deicing agents such as calcium chloride and rock salt in stock this winter. In fact, calcium chloride hasn't been available in many locations since the last big storm on Jan. 21, and other store managers said they have been out of the stuff since December.
September 24, 2013 |
Among the paintbrushes and drill bits and grass seed, the aisles are full of local banter - about Notre Dame football, Haverford Township leaf collection, a customer's lawn project. Stephen Allen, manager of Jacob Low Hardware, will be in the thick of it, giving advice and direction about what to buy while all 70 pounds of P.J., a tan-and-white mixed-breed dog, remains steadfast on his perch in the old wooden chair by the window. The shop, founded in 1930 by Jacob Low, is a throwback to a time when hardware stores were as much a part of the neighborhood as barber and sandwich shops.
July 13, 2013 |
On a sunny Saturday morning in June, a four-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot home in Radnor was facing a death sentence. The house was no more than 65 years old, but by the following Tuesday, it would be coming down to make way for something bigger and better, or at least more current. Its demise, though, would not be in vain. Enter Kevin Tobin, the man behind Pre-Demolition Sales. Owners call him in ahead of the wrecking ball - sometimes at the last minute - and he inventories everything from roof tiles to flooring, HVAC systems, wainscoting, shrubs, and patios, scrawling prices in marker on the soon-to-be-razed walls.
February 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A jump in home sales and strong earnings from Home Depot helped the Dow claw back Tuesday more than half its losses from Monday. Improving consumer confidence also brought buyers back to the market. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 115.96 points, or 0.8 percent, to 13,900.13. The Dow fell 216 points the day before, its biggest drop in three months, on concern that Europe's debt crisis might flare again. The index has moved 100 points or more on four of the last five trading days.
November 14, 2012 |
U.S. stocks closed lower after uneven trading Tuesday as fears about the fiscal cliff and Greece tipped major indexes between gains and losses. A surge in Home Depot's stock prevented a steeper drop for the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow closed down closed down 58.90 points, or 0.5 percent, at 12,756.18. It would have been lower without support from Home Depot, whose stock jumped 3.6 percent after the big-box retailer beat expectations for its fiscal third-quarter earnings. Home Depot is benefiting from the gradual housing recovery and rebuilding efforts after Sandy.
November 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Stocks closed with mixed results on Wednesday in their first session since Superstorm Sandy forced a historic two-day shutdown of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 10.75 points to 13,096.46. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose, but barely - up 0.22 of a point to 1,412.16. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite lost 10.72 points to 2,977.23. Investors were nervous that a flood of orders after two days of pent-up demand from customers might lead to volatile trading.
August 31, 2012 |
Children ages 5 to 12 can learn do-it-yourself skills on Saturday at Home Depot's monthly kids workshop series. The free workshops offered from 9 a.m. to noon at Home Depots nationwide teach children tool safety such as how to properly use a hammer and screwdriver. Kids will make a craft they can take home, and participants will receive a free apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of completion. Workshops are held the first Saturday of every month; parents must stay with children during the class.
May 26, 2012
Special Events Annual Tango Festival Featuring workshops, social dances & performances. Ruba Club, 416 Green St. $30-$250. Closes 5/27. Decorate-a-Cupcake Fridays Bakery provides chocolate & vanilla cupcakes, icing & all the toppings to make your own cupcake. Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7374. Donations accepted; free 12 and under. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household.