January 5, 2015 |
When Paul Steinke arrived in 2001 to become the new general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, the beloved Philadelphia institution was in need of a delicate update and future vision. To remain relevant, one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the country had to evolve without losing its diversity or historic character. Thirteen years later, the market has been significantly reshaped by expanded hours, a major redesign, and several bright new tenants. Visitors since 2003 have increased by 30 percent, to 6.2 million people a year.
September 18, 2014 |
Nancy Rose Marie Carolan, 63, of Overbrook Farms, an artist and entrepreneur who helped spark the revival of the Reading Terminal Market, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse of acute myeloid leukemia. In 1971, she bought out a former stall owner and created Nancy Carolan's Health Bar. The bar featured fresh-squeezed carrot and spinach juice and macrobiotic staples such as seaweed soup, and brown rice and vegetables. At the time, the 80-year-old market was "half vacant," according to Jonathan Takiff, writing in the Philadelphia Daily News in 1972.
September 12, 2014
BASEMENTS, basically by definition, are the ugly and unloved stepchildren of any tiered structure. A damp, dank place to stack cardboard boxes full of ex-lovers' stuff. A resting place for never-used exercise equipment. A sunlight-free ecosystem perfect for the cultivation of cobwebs and dust bunnies. An eminently unsafe hiding place for psychotic clowns armed with blood-stained garden equipment. (Just me?) But none of these subterranean stereotypes, even the totally rational killer-clown one, apply to what lies beneath the Reading Terminal Market, one of Philadelphia's most recognized historical and culinary contributions.
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.