April 4, 2015
A caption with "Table Talk" on Thursday wrongly identified the owners of the Heritage restaurant in Northern Liberties. They are Terry Leach (left) and Jason Evenchik.
April 3, 2015 |
A new heritage Heritage , a rustic combination of bar, restaurant, and jazz/funk venue, and arguably the boldest restaurant project ever in Northern Liberties, opened this week at 914-22 N. Second St. (215-627-7500), across from Cescaphe Ballroom. Owners Jason Evenchik and Terry Leach (Time, Bar, Vintage, Growlers, Garage) have completely redone the workaday building that housed Feast Your Eyes catering. Wide-open, warehouselike interior, reminiscent of the new La Colombe in Fishtown, has greenery everywhere: ringing the ceiling, behind the bar, and outside on the roof, as well as in a side garden that will have seating.
March 27, 2015 |
IN THE HEART of lower North Philadelphia, amid weeded lots, graffitied walls and mammoth abandoned warehouses, Tim Patton is betting on a renaissance. Patton and business partner Christina Burris last year opened Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. inside an old warehouse on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By the end of the year, they plan to open a brewpub there, anticipating that new development - and the young, hip residents who often come with it - will seep east from Temple University, north from Northern Liberties and west from Fishtown.
March 20, 2015 |
THIS IS A "BUYER BEWARE" story that sounds made-up. I mean, who'd believe that buying a new house would lead to robbery and extortion? Yet there was Jordan Hyatt, driving through the city in the dead of night, taking text-message instructions from a contractor who'd robbed Hyatt and his wife. He'd return their stuff if they paid him $300. "It was surreal," says Hyatt, 34, a senior researcher in Penn's criminology department. Hyatt and his wife, Lindsay Wilde, 33, a physician, bought their just-built house in March 2012.
March 20, 2015 |
ANN DOUGHERTY used to say she felt like Cyrano, the fictional character who wrote love letters for a fellow soldier in the famous French play by Edmond Rostand. Ann did the same for a number of male patrons of the Free Library's Rodriguez branch, including a Spanish-speaking man who wanted to woo an English-speaking woman. Ann helped him write the love letter, and the man got his first date. Alas, Ann never found out if the romance lasted. Ann was a librarian, but nothing like the librarians usually thought of as dowdy spinsters in dim rooms reeking of the dusty volumes of forgotten lore.
March 16, 2015 |
Chris DiPinto - guitar designer by day, glam rocker by night - built his first instrument from store-bought parts and a chunk of oak flooring. That was in the early 1990s; these days, DiPinto creates gorgeous electric guitars for the stars. But the same sort of funky creativity that helped put DiPinto Guitars on the musical map is at work in the launch of his band, Creem Circus. "Until you learn how to use a sewing machine, you don't have your band together," says DiPinto, who custom-makes much of his bedazzling onstage attire.
March 11, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA, MEET a fan. "I'm really happy to stay in Philadelphia. I'm Philly, too," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. "You are a beautiful and splendid city. " Paglia spoke in Italian-accented English to a group of students, adults and reporters yesterday after he was introduced at a World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 event that involved, of all things, milkshakes at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The pontifical council he heads is in charge of the triennial World Meeting of Families to be held this September in Philadelphia.
February 13, 2015
KHARA Cartagena, 45, of Northern Liberties, is the owner of The Velvet Lily, an erotic boutique on Chestnut near 12th Street. The store, which opened in 2008 as an in-home party business in NoLibs, grew into a retail store and moved to Center City in 2013. It offers a wide range of body-safe adult toys, lingerie and monthly workshops. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was a stockbroker and stressed out and so I left the business in 2004. I did some real-estate development but wanted to do something more active.
February 5, 2015 |
Fran Blanche took one look at the curvaceous 1960s Westinghouse radio and made her diagnosis. "I can tell you right now, it's fixable," she said as she pried the plastic housing apart for a closer look. Greta Alexander, of Northern Liberties, was relieved. She had been trying to get it working for a while. But everyone told her to just get a new one. "But that's not the point," she said. Lost causes were welcome at the Philly Fixers Guild's third Repair Fair, held Saturday at Memphis Street Academy in Port Richmond.
January 26, 2015 |
Hello there On New Year's Eve 2009, Nathan and his friend Andrea headed toward the Apple Store near Central Park to meet another friend and some of his friends, who were all going to a party on the Lower East Side. Milagros "was wearing a big, goofy hat and eating a hot dog from the hot dog cart," Nathan said. "Something about her caught my eye. " On the ride to the gathering, Milagros could see Nathan watching her in the subway window's reflection. They started talking at that party, and also checked out another one in the apartment next door.