July 17, 2015 |
City's Latest Hot Roast Philly's ever-perking cafe scene has produced another gem - this one for Logan Square. Peddler Coffee Alchemy, a Port Richmond-based roaster that made its first public forays last year at the Franklin Flea, has settled a permanent cafe with Third Wave style (exposed brick, pour-overs) into the former Darling's space at 21st and Spring Streets behind the Franklin Institute. Peddler leans toward lighter roasts (no "carbon flavor"), but keeps it accessible. I was especially impressed with this Nicaraguan Santa Candida, which is one of Peddler's workhorse beans, prepared with equal success as espresso, iced and silky smooth off the slow-dripping Kyoto brewer, or simply as a traditional drip-filter.
May 22, 2015 |
The Watermark at Logan Square retirement complex was acquired earlier this month for $65.3 million by a company identified as SNR 21 Logan Square Owner, according to city records. The buyer shares a Texas address with Fortress Investment Group in a related document filed with the city. Watermark Logan Partners sold the property to SNR 21. Fortress spokesman Gordon Runte and Watermark spokeswoman Jill Hofer did not return calls seeking comment. The Watermark has 464 rental apartments and assisted-living units, according to the property's website.
May 8, 2015 |
Mary Kay Gibbons, 76, of Philadelphia, a nurse and lifelong caregiver for friends, neighbors and family, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at home. Mrs. Gibbons, whose maiden name was Kearney, was at various times a working nurse, corporate nurse, and visitor to the sick and homebound. Her family, though, joked that she also practiced "whole listic" nursing - as she had a whole list of remedies from a lifetime of experience. She could recommend an herbal product or over-the-counter item for whatever was ailing anyone.
May 1, 2015 |
CITIZENS CAN'T stop the Franklin Institute from putting a digital sign outside the museum near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Commonwealth Court has ruled. In a 6-1 decision last week, the court found that nearby residents, who want to challenge the legality of the Zoning Board of Adjustment issuing a variance to allow the digital sign, don't live close enough to be negatively affected by a digital sign. Samuel C. Stretton, the attorney representing the Logan Square residents and Scenic Philadelphia, said he would file a petition to the state Supreme Court next week asking for the right to appeal the decision.
March 19, 2015 |
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
March 3, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA saw some father-son love in the City of Brotherly Love over the weekend, when Bill Murray was in town. La Salle University's Kale Beers , who was doing the broadcast play-by-play during the La Salle/University of Rhode Island basketball game Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena, spotted the "Caddyshack" star in the stands. Murray, incognito under a baseball cap, watched his son, assistant men's basketball coach Luke Murray , help lead the Rhody Rams to a 59-56 win over the Explorers.
January 28, 2015 |
Unlike Al Pacino's unexpectedly fitting performance at Saturday's Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball, the evening's sartorial confections - sparkling and structured gowns in a dizzying array of designer names - were exactly what ball-goers have come to expect. In fact, the ladies who attended the orchestra's annual fund-raiser and glam fest even stepped it up a notch. Flo Celender, who lives in Jamison, Bucks County, was the star of the evening in a structured and meticulously pleated, vintage Christian Dior.
December 15, 2014 |
Constance E. Williams, 79, president of the Fitler Square Improvement Association in the 1980s and 1990s and a longtime resident of that Philadelphia neighborhood, died of a ruptured organ Saturday, Dec. 6, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. For the last two years, the South Jersey native had lived at the Watermark at Logan Square retirement community before recently moving to Annapolis. "She was very significant" to Fitler Square, Lenore Millhollen, who has been a board member of the association since the 1960s, said in a phone interview.
November 4, 2014
G ARY CARDI, 39, of Wayne, is a partner in Public House Investments (PHI), which provides management services to restaurant/bars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He also owns two City Tap Houses, in University City and Logan Square, and Field House and Pennsylvania 6 in Center City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PHI? A: That's the management company. Each restaurant is individually owned by me or one of my three partners. The management company supplies managers to all 16 restaurants that each partner owns.
October 16, 2014 |
Delaware and Maryland were already in. El Paso, Orlando, San Diego, and Spokane were in. On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter, flanked by federal energy and environmental officials, announced that Philadelphia also was joining a U.S. better-buildings challenge and launched an energy race among the city's biggest buildings. As in weight reduction, the biggest losers win. The challenge is to reduce energy use 5 percent by Sept. 30, 2015. But building operators are encouraged to do more.