September 16, 2014 |
REMEMBER THE big hubbub last week over LeSean McCoy leaving a 20-cent tip at an eatery in Northern Liberties? The receipt for $61.76 showing the tip and McCoy's autograph is up for bid on eBay. As of 7:52 last night, there were 143 bids, with the highest one for the bad-service/bad-party tab hitting $100,000. Apparently, someone has nothing better to do with 100 grand. For that kind of cash, one can pay the median annual salary of a Philadelphia area college admissions director (salary.com)
August 29, 2014 |
Chef Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal of the Feliz restaurants have veered away from Mexican for their fourth bar/restaurant, Beast & Ale (4161 Main St. in Manayunk; 267-437-3936), down the street from Taqueria Feliz. The name is a play on "Beef & Ale," and the concept is billed as "updated greasy spoon. " Seating is on three levels (a bar on street level, a mezzanine, and a second floor looking out on Main Street), and includes a 28-seat deck off the second floor. Centerpiece of the menu (from Spinner and chef Matthew Savastano, the former sous chef at La Calaca Feliz)
August 17, 2014 |
Teresa Shields Westkaemper lives in a sprawling four-bedroom house in Jenkintown with husband Paul Westkaemper and their three daughters. She is an accomplished watercolorist with a master's degree in fine art, and a very specific artistic sensibility: She loves circles and the colors red and blue. "I can't tell you why I like circles, but I always have, and I express them everywhere," she says. It makes sense, then, that after a renovation that included demolishing and rebuilding the rear of the structure, the Westkaemper home is blue in the front and has a red caboose, so to speak.
July 31, 2014 |
IF RONALD MANSON had not been drunk on May 19, he might not have been charged with killing the beer-distributor employee whom he struck with his van in front of the North Philly business. But prosecutors say Manson, 64, who pulled over and voluntarily gave police a full statement after the 1:30 p.m. accident, was very drunk that afternoon, when his van allegedly struck Stuart Moore, 54. His blood-alcohol level was .245, about three times the legal level to drive, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said at Manson's preliminary hearing yesterday.
July 22, 2014 |
Alon Barzilay has done as much in 41 years as many people do in a lifetime. And that includes what the founder and CEO of Barzilay Development L.L.C. of Philadelphia calls "side businesses," the latest of which is a film project with Germantown Academy pals Bradley Cooper and Brian Klugman that sent him to Los Angeles this summer. "I'm not quitting my day job," Barzilay, the film's executive producer, said with a laugh. "I'm a real estate developer. " These days, his real estate efforts include the conversion to rental apartments of Greater St. Matthew's Baptist Church at 23d and Fitzwater Streets as Sanctuary Lofts.
June 9, 2014 |
Christian and Brittany Rubio just got married in November. But thanks to some savvy online research, they soon moved into their very own, brand-new, budget-friendly Philadelphia home, on the border of Northern Liberties and East Kensington. A couple like the Rubios - Christian, 32, is a government employee and Brittany, 27, is a critical-care technician - typically might have moved into an apartment until they amassed more cash and credit, but they kept their digital eyes open, planned well, and were able to buy a house within a year of their wedding.
June 9, 2014 |
When we last met up with Jeffrey Tubbs, he was two years into his first building project and doing well, though it was 2010 and we were still mired in the real estate downturn. Four years later, Tubbs is still small and successful but growing, combining youth - he's 37 - with enthusiasm. Part of his success stems from building for-sale housing the next address up from "the hot neighborhood" - in this case, Northern Liberties. We're seeing a lot of activity like that in Philadelphia these days, although much of it is rental as developers large and small retrench after squeezing through sales gates as they were closing shut.
June 3, 2014 |
Some will find the subject of this column uncomfortable. But business sometimes takes on that which makes us ill at ease: erectile dysfunction and incontinence, to name two. Granted, Molly Hayward, 26, an entrepreneur from Northern Liberties, is tackling an especially rough topic: menstruation. But take a deep breath and keep reading. As Elizabeth Killough, foundation manager at Untours Foundation in Media, a small-business funding source, said of Hayward in an e-mail, "She's part of a new inclusive economy that's pragmatic, fantastically sustainable, and growing.
June 2, 2014 |
Three men were killed early Saturday in Philadelphia in separate shootings, police said. The first occurred about 12:30 a.m. in a bar on the 2000 block of Dennie Street in Nicetown. Officers found a man inside, shot once in his back near his left shoulder. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Police did not release his name, or those of the other victims, pending notification of family. Another man was shot once in the chest just before 1 a.m. on the 600 block of Spring Garden Street, on the edge of Northern Liberties.
May 25, 2014 |
Research by a pair of professors at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has found that "shabby urban neighborhoods are the wisest choice" for real estate investors. Savvy investors, study authors Veronica Guerrieri and Eric Hurst say, "are looking for a place to park their money in preparation for the next boom. " The most promising urban real estate can be found in rundown neighborhoods bordering upper-class areas, they say. From my observations in Philadelphia (and Chicago, New York and San Francisco)