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January 6, 1989 | By Andrea Knox and Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writers
In June, the Joshua Slocum company of Manayunk trumpeted a successful turnaround, calling it the "Miracle of Manayunk. " But seven months later Slocum is calling it quits, saying sales at its Sparrs and Post Horn women's specialty stores have been so slow it is unable to cover operating costs. Today, the remaining 18 Sparrs and Post Horn stores are reopening under the management of a company that at a bankruptcy auction on Wednesday bought the rights to liquidate the inventory.
FOOD
November 3, 1996 | By Elaine Tait, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
Perched high on the hill that bicyclists love to hate, BLT's Cobblefish is what guidebooks call a destination restaurant. What that means is that, unless you're shopping for a case of Bud Light (the restaurant's nearest neighbor is a beer distributor), you don't stumble on the place accidentally. You deliberately drive up and away from Manayunk's trendy-to-the-max Main Street. You look for the BLT's Cobblefish sign. You park at a cost of $2 in the restaurant's cobble-bumpy courtyard.
NEWS
January 27, 2000 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
It seemed too risky to let GOP convention business go to chance. "We've attended several meetings, breakfasts, dinners, etc.,. . .and we were never given any specifics on how do you go about getting the business," said Eldred Hall, director of operations for Main Street Restaurants, in Manayunk. So, they decided to go about getting the business for themselves. The restaurant group - a dining dynasty and one of the most formidable businesses in the city - decided to hire a full-time marketing specialist dedicated to luring Republicans up into the hills of Manayunk.
NEWS
February 11, 2012
Blocks of ice were transformed into images of love along Main Street in Manayunk Saturday. Thousands strolled along the street to watch as master ice sculptors created frozen symbols of "Passion" in honor of Valentine's Day like giraffes, their necks wrapped around each other; cupid sitting on the moon and hands with one placing a ring on the other. The event, the second annual "Manayunk On Ice" Pro Ice Carving Competition and Winter Family Festival, opened with an ice bonfire on Friday and will continue on Sunday with a Master Ice Sculptor Invitational from noon to 3 p.m. Ice-carvers will create original works around the theme of "Obsession.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
Repairs were still underway late Friday afternoon on an 8-inch water main that ruptured more than 12 hours earlier in Manayunk. The break occurred just before 4:30 a.m. on Main Street between Grape and Levering Streets, said John DiGiulio, spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department. The basements of two restaurants experience significant basement flooding, DiGiulio said. Repair work was not expected to be completed until 9 or 10 p.m. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
November 29, 1995 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
The city is taking several steps toward easing traffic and parking congestion in Manayunk. "Parking has always been the battle cry for Manayunk," said Kay Smith, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp. A vacant lot on Main Street near Shurs Lane will be turned over to Smith's group for parking under a leasing arrangement, said City Councilman Michael Nutter. If approved, it will become the fifth parking lot in Manayunk, all leased by Smith's group. A public hearing on the plan, which requires City Council approval, was scheduled for 1 p.m. today in City Hall room 400, before the public property and public works committee.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The armed bandit bound Victor Ostroff's hands and feet with plastic zip ties, did the same to Ostroff's assistant, and ordered the pair to lie on their stomachs in the back room. He took the videotape from the security camera, crippling the screen showing the sales floor. "We're here for a robbery. Don't make us do anything - we're here for a robbery. "   It was 10:50 on a weekday morning in late March, and Ostroff, 57, was a hostage in his small store. For 112 years, A.I. Poland Jewelers had occupied this spot on Main Street in Manayunk, and the four-generation family business had never said uncle.
NEWS
November 11, 1988 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barney Greenberg used to say, "The sun always shines in Manayunk. " In his heart it did. Manayunk was Mr. Greenberg's niche in the world - where he opened a shoe store in the 1930s, where he raised his family, where he stayed through good times and decline, where he passed the hours of retirement sitting in a steel lawn chair on the Main Street sidewalk. Over the years, a few even got to calling Mr. Greenberg "the Mayor of Manayunk. " The place meant a lot to him. And after Bernard "Barney" Greenberg, 81, died Monday at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, friends and relatives remembered that Manayunk was where he made his mark.
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