June 13, 2014 |
NBC10'S DEANNA DURANTE is a mom again. The reporter, along with husband, Tim Swan , welcomed Mattax McQuain Swan, a/k/a Mattie, in the wee hours of yesterday morning. The 7-pound, 14-ounce Mattie joins 2-year-old Maya in the Durante-Swan clan. Both mom and baby are doing swimmingly. 'Man'-ly red carpet Michael Ealy and Megan Good , the stars of "Think Like a Man Too," will walk the red carpet at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.)
April 1, 2014 |
THE PREVAILING narrative about Jason Mott is that he's an overnight success. Mott's debut novel, The Returned - about people who mysteriously return from the dead and the reaction to their reappearance - was adapted into the hit ABC TV series "Resurrection. " But that story doesn't include the five manuscripts Mott shopped around before The Returned hit it big, or Mott's tenure as a Verizon customer-service rep after graduating from the creative-writing program at the University of North Carolina, which allowed him to work days and write at night.
January 17, 2014
E VAN URBANIA, 33, of Southwest Center City, and Matthew Ray, 43, of South Philadelphia, are co-founders of ChatterBlast Media on 13th Street near Sansom in Midtown Village. The firm builds online strategies to target customers through social media, multimedia and advertising. Urbania is CEO; Ray is creative director. I spoke with Urbania. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for ChatterBlast? A: After the markets collapsed in 2008, Matthew and I weren't working full time and had small consulting gigs.
January 11, 2014 |
Len Davidson is always up for a little light banter. That is, as long as the light in question isn't LED. "LEDs," he said, "are the enemy. " After all, Davidson has spent 33 years championing LEDs' precursor, neon, as a historian, preservationist, and craftsman. Now, he can count at least one victory in that long battle. It's on display along 12th and Arch Streets, where, he said, "it's like a little neon paradise right now. " What he sees as a growing illuminated corridor begins at 12th and Market, where Hard Rock Cafe's neon-trimmed electric guitar does perpetual pirouettes, and continues north through the neon-happy Reading Terminal Market (Davidson, 66, made or restored about half the signs there, including the huge classic sign marking the entrance)
December 24, 2013 |
When Paul Steinke, 49, became general manager of the Reading Terminal Market in 2001, a voice in his head cautioned him that he might be joining a dying institution. Hard to imagine why, considering that the market, especially crowded around big food holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, attracts 115,000 visitors a week. One of America's oldest and largest public markets, it is also one of the city's top tourist attractions. Question: What worried you in 2001?
November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Blacked-out and locked doors at 801 Market St. were opened once again Saturday, allowing hundreds of people to step onto the marble floor of the building that once housed Strawbridge & Clothier, part of whose first floor now hosts the "Franklin Flea" pop-up flea market. Many of the visitors once worked or shopped in the building and were drawn back by nostalgia. As 40 vendors hawked their wares - vintage posters, furniture, artwork, clothing - people browsed or began their holiday shopping.
October 23, 2013 |
WHEN Barbara Ann Fox set up housekeeping in Center City in the early '60s, she couldn't boil water. A slight exaggeration, but she was definitely culinarily challenged. Typical of Barbara's can-do nature, which she carried throughout her busy life, she became such an expert at cooking that she was a legend among friends and family - and much in demand. People wanted her to cater their parties. Her Christmas cookies were almost too creative to eat. Barbara Fox - a great cook, a skilled seamstress who made clothes for herself and others, an avid quilter, a painter whose watercolors were cherished by family and friends, and a community activist - died Oct. 13 of cardiac arrest.
April 5, 2013 |
EVERY DAY for the last 17 years, a desolate stretch of Hope Street has haunted Paulette Smith as she passed high above the North Philadelphia block during her commute to work on the El. It was on that gray, litter-clogged block near Montgomery Avenue where her teenage daughter's battered, lifeless body was found inside an abandoned house in October 1996, two days after a stranger had snatched her off the street only steps away from the safety of...
January 18, 2013 |
Deep under Reading Terminal Market sits a gleaming 600-gallon steel tank connected to the outside world by 100 feet of metal pipe. Every few days, trucks pull up to the dock to fill it with milk from sheep, goats, or cows. Above it, through 18 inches of concrete and amid the bustle of the east side of the market, is a branch of Valley Shepherd Creamery, which opened this week. Unlike most market tenants, which sell products farmed or made elsewhere, Valley Shepherd creates most of its wares on-site.
November 25, 2012 |
For Tom George, 43, a trip to Philadelphia with his family has been a staple of the start of the Christmas season. George now lives in Oakton, Va., but gladly travels the 150-plus miles up I-95 to his childhood home. "We come up for the light show every Christmas," George said. "My dad worked at Wanamakers, so I was actually able to play with the lights in between the shows when I was a kid. " Although the light show at what is now a Macy's has been a Philadelphia institution since its debut in 1955, a more recent holiday exhibition is bringing together generations of families like the Georges.