July 11, 2016 |
Danielle Williams has the eye of a tigress. A regular at a CKO Kickboxing studio in North Brunswick, N.J., and one that opened just over a year ago in Yardley, Pa., she's lost 40 pounds punching a bag. "I come here after work to de-stress," said the 32-year-old college financial-aid adviser from Florence, N.J. Williams has lots of muscle-flexing company. Mini-fitness centers, such as CKO (Club Knock Out), SoulCycle, and Orange Theory, among others, are popping up throughout the suburbs and often at your local shopping center.
July 8, 2016 |
A Cherry Hill woman and a teenager were arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting paintballs at cars at the Moorestown Mall, police reported. Lila Marks, 28, was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief, according to police. The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a weapon. Two other juveniles were not charged, Moorestown Police Chief Lee Lieber said. Just before midnight, police stopped Marks, who was driving a white Ford pickup truck, after they received complaints of people shooting paintballs at cars in the mall and at other locations in town.
January 20, 2016 |
As of Monday morning, Michael Lefkoe already had logged more than 50 miles. "This year, my goal will be 1,200," says the retired Cherry Hill accountant, whose pedometer topped 1,100 in 2015. Lefkoe, 70, is a mall walker. Six days a week, he laces up his New Balance shoes - the black pair one day, the white pair the next - and heads for either Cherry Hill Mall or Moorestown Mall. He refers to the route he walks as a "course. " A grandfather of two, Lefkoe is part of a serendipitous, unorganized, and congenial community of men and women, most of them middle-age or older, who exercise and socialize for free in the early morning, pre-opening quiet of indoor shopping centers such as Cherry Hill and Moorestown.
December 11, 2015 |
Moorestown Mall now has the region's first outpost of Yard House , which offers a staggering 110 beer taps and a pub menu only slightly smaller than most cities' phone book. The Irvine, Calif., chain boasts that it has five miles of individual beer lines encased in stainless steel. Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft, and Brendan Kelly (Memphis Taproom, Local 44, Strangelove's, Coeur) have opened Clarkville (4301 Baltimore Ave., 215-387-4992), a bar across from Clark Park in West Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Local 44. The colorful drop-in serves 11 beers, 5 wines, no bottles, no liquor.
November 20, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: We have a special guest from America's newest future pizza chain: Jeff Benjamin of the Vetri restaurant group (soon to be an Urban Outfitters subsidiary). Why did this happen, Jeff? It's one thing to partner with a big player to franchise the pizzerias, another thing to sell the whole company. Jeff Benjamin: There are many reasons. First and foremost, we have the desire to grow. It's not a secret that the pizzeria is certainly a growth vehicle, but we believe that a few of our other restaurants may be able to be expanded, as well.
November 20, 2015 |
Seasonal eats in Point Breeze Point Breeze, a slice of South Philadelphia that is seeing all sorts of new developments, is now the home of a neo-bistro. A neo-what? Neo-bistros, a thing now in Paris, are gastropubs specializing in seasonal foods. Buckminster's (1200 S. 21st St., 267-928-3440), replacing the shot-and-beer Burg's at 21st and Federal Streets is a snug, casual spot from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, who own Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taphouse, Bufad, and Kensington Quarters.
November 17, 2015 |
You better not cry. You better not pout. And, if you want to see Santa at the Cherry Hill Mall, you better have at least $35. I'm telling you why: To enter the mall's Adventure to Santa holiday display, visitors must choose packages which range in price from $35 to $50 (marked down from $75), according to the mall's website, and include photos or, for the pricier option, video of the visit with Santa. But there's no sitting on Santa's lap without first paying the entrance fee. That's left some parents and children surprised and disappointed.
November 16, 2015 |
Two years ago, it seemed that swordfish in grilled figs, rib-eye fiorentino, rabbit casalinga, and apricot tart with tarragon gelato might rescue the struggling Moorestown Mall. Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri had agreed to open one of his acclaimed Italian restaurants, Osteria, in a yet-to-be created corridor of posh shops and restaurants within the mall called Boutique Row. "Be brave," the mall's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), had urged Vetri and his business partner, Jeff Benjamin, the previous year.
November 6, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Nov. 3, 2015: Craig LaBan: In what might come as a shocker to many, the Vetri group announced last week it is closing its Osteria location in the Moorestown Mall, citing other expansion projects on its table with Pizzeria Vetri and Amis (a branch of which is coming to a new development in Devon). The closure, no doubt, comes as a bit of a blow to those who'd hoped the future of mall dining was getting more ambitious.
November 1, 2015
A headline in some editions Friday on a story about the closing of the Osteria restaurant at Moorestown Mall misspelled the name of Catelli Duo, the restaurant that will occupy the space.