January 11, 2013 |
AFTER 85 YEARS as a grand temple to consumerism, the Gimbel Brothers Department Store was demolished in 1979, at a time when Philadelphia thought the next great thing was about to happen on East Market Street. We're still waiting. Next up for the south side of Market Street between 8th and 9th streets - dominated for more than three decades by parking lots - is a proposal for the city's second casino license. "I think East Market Street is still as critical an artery as exists in Philadelphia," said Ken Goldenberg, the developer leading the investors seeking the license.
January 10, 2013
Fred L. Turner, 80, a former McDonald's executive who helped expand the fast-food chain's global footprint and spearheaded the creation of "Hamburger University," died Monday night after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said. During his time as chief executive officer from 1974 to 1987, McDonald's more than tripled its number of locations and set up shop in dozens of new markets. The chain, based in Oak Brook, Ill., has about 34,000 locations worldwide. He spearheaded the creation of McDonald's Hamburger University in 1961, the company said.
January 10, 2013
Stray Boots' mobile-phone-based tours put a scavenger hunt twist on sightseeing, with challenges and clues that move the tour along at your pace. Two food-themed excursions, each $12 a person, look at "South Street & the Italian Market" and Center City, where stops include Reading Terminal Market and McGillin's Olde Ale House. More at strayboots.com . * Speaking of tours, City Food Tours will host its aphrodisiac-themed three-course dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Day By Day Restaurant near Rittenhouse Square.
December 30, 2012 |
Matt and Vicky Martelli found what became their 5,600-square-foot dream house in West Philadelphia - with enough space to accommodate a "man cave" for him and a room-sized closet for her - because they ignored that old cliché about real estate. You know, the one about location. In essence, they gave up trying to find a house in Center City, their first choice of geography, and decided that the design of the house they wanted was more important than its address. "We tried to buy a house in our old neighborhood in Washington Square West, but we found it would have been impossible, considering the size and number of rooms we wanted," Vicky Martelli says.
December 18, 2012
'TIS THE SEASON for another Italian tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes, usually served Christmas Eve and sometimes involving up to 13 - but never 40! - courses. Did we say this was an Italian tradition? Some say Italian-Americans came up with the idea to show folks back in the Old Country how good life was here. However it started, the custom's pretty entrenched around these parts now. Here's how several local restaurants are observing: * Northern Italian restaurant Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut St., 215-751-9913, lecastagne.com )
December 13, 2012 |
About 2,500 Philadelphia security guards, working at most of the city's office buildings and major institutions, have become unionized and ratified their first contract. The ratification, coming as union membership is declining and unionism is under attack, will be announced at City Hall on Wednesday. The contract brings wage increases and health benefits to guards at the Gallery, the University of Pennsylvania, the Convention Center, and Temple University. "It means a lot to me," said Pamela Legg, 44, of West Philadelphia, a security guard at Temple University Hospital.
December 10, 2012
Police in Ocean City, N.J., said an elderly couple reported missing on Saturday were located Sunday evening at a shopping mall in Jackson Township, about 90 minutes drive from Ocean City. Describing the couple as "safe and sound," an Ocean City police spokesman said they apparently approached a security guard at the mall and asked for help finding their way back home. John Bligh, 78, and his wife, Ellen, 70, were last seen around 3:30 p.m. Saturday leaving their home on the 1900 block of Glenwood Drive in a 2004 white Toyota Camry.
October 23, 2012 |
LA Weight Loss said it is closing 22 locations in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg regions, a move that will cost 55 people their jobs. That includes 16 stores and 45 employees in the Philadphia area. The Toronto company said it would encourage its 1,500 clients to use its online and telephone support program. The company blamed "changing client behavior and a lingering recession" for the decision to close the stores, which officially closed Monday, but will remain accessible this week to customers who meet with their weight-loss consultants to set up a transition plan.
October 17, 2012 |
My recent column pointing out the dog-whistle politics of race, which has color-coded the presidential campaign, apparently struck a nerve. I knew it would. Race is always a thorny issue. Most folks hope that if they don't talk about it, it will go away, like a nagging ache. What I've learned is that you bring it up at your own peril, lest the messenger gets accused of the very thing she writes about. I get why even thinking about race can be emotionally burdensome, especially for those old enough to remember segregation.
September 26, 2012 |
Pennsylvania Health Department workers visited Monarch Med Spa in King of Prussia on Monday, the company said, but have not issued findings from the visit. Monarch's locations there and in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Greenville, Del., are being investigated after Maryland last week closed its other facility, in Timonium, north of Baltimore. The closure followed invasive group A streptococcus (GAS) infections in three women, one of them fatal, who underwent liposuction there. A Delaware Health Division spokeswoman said Monday that it had confirmed invasive GAS in one resident, no longer hospitalized, who had "a surgical" procedure at a Monarch location in Pennsylvania.