November 9, 2015 |
Just a few turns from the narrow streets of South Philadelphia's Queen Village, a totally unexpected village appears. Nestled together are nine handsome homes that look as if they've been transported from England or France. These gated residences give little clue what's behind their facades. So it's no wonder that when Paul Neuwirth and Delaney (she uses only one name) stumbled on this rare find after scouring the area for a house, their hearts quickened. "The minute we walked in, we loved it," says Delaney, a business writer and more recently a poet, who still beams when she remembers their moment of discovery.
November 5, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter doesn't know exactly where he'll be working come 2016, but he has one requirement: The job better pay well. "I want to do something really radical in my life . . . making money for the first time ever," Nutter said while waiting at Relish restaurant in West Oak Lane. He was one of many politicians making the rounds at Relish, 7152 Ogontz Ave., during Tuesday's lunch-hour rush. The relaxed open-collar shirt and sport coat matched his mood. He openly spoke about wanting a job - in Philadelphia - where he can make more than the government salaries he has earned for 28 years.
October 24, 2015 |
Martin Schneider didn't go to the Tattooed Mom on a recent Sunday afternoon for football-watching or pool-playing. The 27-year-old took a friend to drink cider on tap - and to color. "I appreciate going to a relaxing place where people can get together and make art of varying quality, even for someone like me who isn't artistically inclined," said Schneider, of South Philly. The bar in Queen Village draws 50 to 100 people between noon and midnight on any given Sunday to color - sometimes original illustrations by local artists.
October 15, 2015 |
The pizza man prays early. Each morning, Joey Mack, owner of Joey Mack's Boardwalk Pizza at 10th and Oregon, awakens before dawn in the apartment where he lives alone, above the shop. After a small breakfast, he heads downstairs into his small pizza parlor, switches the TV he keeps atop an old file cabinet to the religious channel, and begins to pray. He says his rosary. He says the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. He prays to his mother and father. I didn't know Joey until this week.
August 31, 2015 |
Hello there Adrienne was already cooking brown-sugar-bourbon ribs for a dozen pals, so when a friend of a friend who was new to the city called asking whether she'd show him around, she figured the tour might as well start with her South Philadelphia kitchen. It was May 2010, and Adrienne had just opened Baked, her Queen Village spray-tanning salon. The Allentown native had come to Philadelphia after graduating in 2007 from Kutztown University with a psychology degree, and she knew what it was like to be in a new city.
August 7, 2015 |
Beer geek and reformed lawyer Kristen Cevoli and business partner Jon Shinners unlocked the door on BeerLOVE , their bottle shop/tasting room at 714 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village. The storefront, across from Essene market and down the block from Famous 4th Street Deli, is stocked with about 500 beers, plus a sizable list of large-format beers. They also have eight taps dispensing many one-offs. Customers can sample flights, get a full pour, or fill a growler. Food is basically packaged bar snacks, including popcorn, plaintain chips, jerky, pickles, s'mores.
July 7, 2015
M ARY HARVEY, 43, of Pennsport, and Cindy Ray, 45, of Fairmount, own Urban Princess, a gift shop and boutique on 4th Street near South, in Queen Village. It features clothing, accessories, pottery and other items by more than 70 local artisans. After a fire in April 2013 destroyed their previous shop on 4th Street near Fitzwater, they relocated and started over. I spoke with Harvey. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I started a mobile clothing business called Rack and Roll Clothing.
May 29, 2015
WHO DRIVES through a blizzard to pick up an ice-cream cake? Me, apparently, and I'm glad I did. I'm also glad I lived to eat it. This past February, my wife surprised me with my kind of birthday present: a "Mustachio Pistachio," from the Beese Knees, a new frozen confectionery based in Powelton Village. The beautiful cake, in all its vanilla-cardamom'd, pistachio'd and choco-crunchified glory, was ready for us. All we needed to do was go get it. As we "Tokyo Drift"-ed from South Philly to West Philly and back, tires spinning and kicking up slush every time I braked and swerved to avoid plowing over bundled-up pedestrians and manic children in mittens, I couldn't help but think: Dessert better be worth it. Oh, it was. And now that the local forecast is a little less arctic, the Beese Knees is emerging from the igloo to make brain-freeze believers out of the rest of you. Kids' stuff reimagined Leave it to two Jersey Shore kids to start an ice-cream company.
May 29, 2015 |
Forest & Main changes Ambler brewpub Forest & Main is rolling out a few changes, including a new tasting room in the fall. Johnny Della Polla, who formerly ran Kennett in Queen Village and helped set up tasting rooms for Yards and Conshohocken Brewing, is helping owners Gerard Olson and Daniel Endicott. Chef Kelly Fischer, who starts next week, is streamlining the dinner menu to be more pub-friendly. What's new Lee Quach, who has owned several Vietnamese restaurants in South Philadelphia, is the Lee behind Lee's Cafe & Bistro , a stand-alone family-run shop at 522 Washington Ave. (267-273-0922)
May 8, 2015 |
No need to twist your tongue trying out Dhanapalan Perumalsamy Sankaralingam's given name. He goes simply by Paul Samy. The owner of Cafe Spice Express at Liberty Place, he plans to bring the tastes of South India to Queen Village later this month. Imli Indian Kitchen , a BYOB, will take the corner spot at Catharine Street and East Passyunk Avenue that formerly housed Ulivo. Imli is Hindi for tamarind. Sabrina's Cafe , the quartet of bruncheries, plans a Collingswood location in mid-August at 714 Haddon Ave., the former Woolworth's store that has been a veritable revolving door for restaurants and was a short-lived boutique market last winter.