December 1, 2014 |
For the last few years, Day Two of the holiday shopping season - or is it Day Three now? - has been dubbed Small Business Saturday, a day to spotlight independent entrepreneurs and encourage visits to stores not on the mall map. If the holiday traffic at three of the region's shopping destinations was any indication, the strategy might have been working. By noon Saturday, Chestnut Hill's two-lane shopping district along Germantown Avenue began filling up with cars. Shop owners sounded cautiously optimistic and said some customers were specifically trying to patronize local businesses and avoid the malls.
December 1, 2014 |
For the last few years, Day Two of the holiday shopping season - or is it Day Three now? - has been dubbed Small Business Saturday, a day to spotlight independent entrepreneurs and encourage visits to stores not on the mall map. If the holiday traffic at three of the region's shopping destinations was any indication, the strategy might have been working. By noon Saturday, Chestnut Hill's two-lane shopping district along Germantown Avenue had begun filling up with cars. Shop owners sounded cautiously optimistic and said some customers were trying to patronize local businesses and avoid the malls.
November 30, 2014 |
Kathy Smith, director of marketing and business development at the King of Prussia mall, calls it the Black Friday "big money shot. " That scene news crews seek the day after Thanksgiving, long associated with the start of the Christmas shopping season. But this year, in malls and other shopping venues across the region, the big money shot was elusive. Crazy-eyed shoppers, bruised from elbowing out other discount-seekers, their arms laden with shopping bags, were a rarity. From Oxford Valley to Cherry Hill and King of Prussia on Friday, parking was not the frustrating circling-for-a-spot exercise it had been on Black Fridays past.
June 30, 2014 |
Arthur L. Powell, 92, of Bryn Mawr, a philanthropist and former chairman of one of the nation's largest shopping-mall management firms, died Saturday, June 7, of heart failure at Waverly Heights retirement community in Bryn Mawr. Mr. Powell and his business partner, Harold G. Schaeffer, led Kravco, a Montgomery County-based company whose list of properties included the King of Prussia mall, Langhorne's Oxford Valley Mall, and the Hamilton Mall outside Atlantic City. By the 1990s, the company had developed or redeveloped 30 million square feet of commercial space, including malls in Maine and Texas.
September 10, 2011 |
Everything keeps piling on. Mary Zackowski is on her seventh stent for heart problems - luckily, covered by disability insurance. Her husband, Richard, also has health problems. He works as a cashier at a gasoline station, earning just above minimum wage with no benefits. At the moment, they are falling behind on the mortgage they refinanced to cover his medical bills. Sometimes a visit to a nearby food pantry helps her feed her nephew, 15, who lives with the couple in their Levittown home.
June 26, 2006 |
When a Bucks County police department took a chain store to court for selling water pipes in malls, it started a chain reaction that ended the sales of such merchandise in more than 600 stores nationwide. In an agreement signed last week in Bucks County Court, Spencer Gifts Inc. said it would stop selling tall water pipes, also known as hookahs, in all of its stores, said Daniel M. Keane, chief Bucks County deputy district attorney, who helped broker the deal. In exchange, Judge Kenneth G. Biehn dismissed charges against Steven Silverstein, 46, president of Spencer Gifts Inc., and Wayne Oles, 53, manager of the chain's Oxford Valley Mall store.
February 2, 2006 |
A hookah may be just a hookah, police in Middletown Township say. But if sold under a sign reading: "Marijuana - because your friends just aren't that funny," it's drug paraphernalia, they contend. Middletown police have charged the president of Spencer Gifts Inc., Steven Silverstein, 46, of Summit, N.J., and the manager of the chain's Oxford Valley Mall store, Wayne Oles, 53, of North Philadelphia, with delivery of or possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy for selling hookahs - tall water pipes used for smoking tobacco and other substances in some parts of the world.
August 14, 2002 |
Federal employment officials yesterday sued Victoria's Secret on grounds of racial and religious harassment, claiming managers drove an African American saleswoman from the chain's Oxford Valley store. Lauren Ellerson suffered a "hostile work environment" for 17 months until she left the intimate-apparel company in April 2001 on disability for depression and anxiety, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ellerson said she was regularly harassed by the store's former manager and assistant about race and her Baptist faith.
August 10, 2000 |
The parking area in front of the Firestone garage at the Oxford Valley Mall started to resemble a Ford dealership yesterday as drivers came in to see if their vehicles had the type of tires that were recalled. Ford Explorers and light trucks of all colors waited in short rows as their owners stood in line in the air-conditioned shop. A few swapped information, like an SUV support group; others watched CNN reports about the tires on the TV suspended from the ceiling near the payment desk.
August 4, 2000 |
A 38-year-old Burlington Township man charged with videotaping unsuspecting women, some in the fitting room of an Oxford Valley Mall store, has agreed to enter a first-time-offender program on reduced charges. Prosecutors yesterday agreed to dropped invasion-of-privacy and stalking charges against Michael Louis Schlenger after defense attorney Albert Cepparulo argued that the videotape in evidence did not show the 16-year-old girl who was listed in the complaint and that the law under which Schlenger was charged did not apply.