June 15, 2015 |
The corner of 15th and Chestnut Streets is among Center City's busiest, but on the last Friday in May, the activity inside 1515 Chestnut St. could be ranked a close second. Workers scrambled to complete everything from the 15th Street lobby to the 17th-floor amenities before Monday's grand opening of the Avenir - French for "future" - tower of 180 rental apartments in what was once the 150,000-square-foot Class B office building. Just inside the lobby entrance sat a security guard, providing 24/7 duty for the seven residents who had already moved in. "Those residents got to put on hard hats and get the first pick," said Jessica M. Scully of Scully Co., who is overseeing every detail of Avenir's debut on the apartment scene.
April 27, 2015 |
German duo: A Volkswagen sedan and a hatchback, sporting vastly different turbocharged engines, go head to head. This week: 2015 VW Jetta 1.8T SE. Price: $26,160 as tested. (The 1.8T SE started at $23,650, and added $995 for fog lights and $695 for the safety package.) Marketer's pitch: "More. With an extra helping of more. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "spacious interior and trunk; good fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engines and available Jetta Hybrid," but not the "weak, inefficient base engine; high price of hybrid and diesel-powered TDI; middling handling and steering capabilities; mediocre touchscreen displays.
April 14, 2015
A LI JACKSON, 27, of Bala Cynwyd, is owner and head personal trainer of Never Give Up Training, a total-body fitness center in Manayunk that offers a variety of group fitness classes and personalized training. Jackson, an Ironman triathlete, opened her studio in March 2013. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I'm a personal trainer and had taught fitness classes around Philadelphia. I realized there was a void for a studio that offered both personalized training and group activities.
December 29, 2014 |
Chris and Jillian Soriano bought and then renovated their Haddon Heights house using a Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation loan to finance the improvements. The couple moved into the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house last summer "knowing we were going to rip out the kitchen," said Jillian Soriano, who wanted an open-concept cooking and dining area. "I wanted to take down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room and replace it with a butcher-block island with two sets of seating," she said.
December 22, 2014 |
Who's responsible when a delivery goes awry? That's been an issue for some luckless consumers at least since the days when Sears, Roebuck & Co. pioneered mail order a century ago, and likely for clients of the Pony Express before that. Recently, it has gained urgency from the growth of delivery-dependent Internet commerce. One day, it may even be an issue when Amazon's drones target the wrong front stoop for a package drop. The key thing to remember is that delivery systems endure because, almost always, they work as promised.
December 11, 2014 |
Two of the nation's largest pay-TV operators, Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., are marketing slimmed-down, low-cost TV bundles to young adults who might only be interested in Internet-delivered entertainment - the so-called cord-cutters. The double-play product offerings, or Internet and TV services, are part of the ferment in the pay-TV industry as YouTube, Netflix, and other Internet-delivered entertainment gain footholds with Internet-savvy millennials. Premium-network HBO and broadcast network CBS Corp.
December 7, 2014 |
The Subaru BRZ - for those of you who have been trapped in a cave in British Columbia since before the car's debut as a 2013 model - is a small sports coupe as affordable as it is handsome and athletic. It sprang from a joint venture with Toyota, which offers a fraternal twin called the Scion FR-S. With the BRZ now in its third model year, Subaru decided that some tweaks were in order, notably a suspension revision designed to make that sports car's undercarriage handle the bumps a little better.
September 29, 2014 |
PARIS - On Avenue Montaigne, the heart of this city's fashion district, sits the Hotel Athénée, where rooms start at $1,820 a night. On this particular sun-laved September afternoon, there was a Bugatti Veyron parked in front of the hotel entrance. The Bugatti is the fastest, most powerful production car on Earth. When equipped with the 1,200-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine, it will top 250 m.p.h. - and $2 million. Parked nearby were five chauffeurs in white shirts and black German sedans, awaiting the return of their employers.
September 4, 2014 |
DeMECO RYANS played 1,189 snaps last season, which was the most by any Eagles defensive player, and also the most of any linebacker in the NFL. If you're expecting him to complain about being overworked, if you're expecting him to request some relief, fuhgeddaboudit. Ryans wears those 1,189 snaps like a badge of honor; they are a testament to his relentlessness and warrior mentality. He'd rather play 200 more snaps this season than one fewer. Which is why he got this sour look on his face yesterday after practice when I asked him for his feelings on the six-defensive-back "dime" package that the Eagles will use this season against certain multiple-receiver personnel looks.