May 25, 2016 |
The Independence Visitor Center plans a $15 million overhaul that will extend the outdoor terrace and enlarge the gift shop as it aims to generate more cash for operations from the city's growing tourist throng. The renovation will be the biggest investment at Independence Mall since the early 2000's, when the center and other buildings were constructed as part of a then-new master plan for the National Park Service site. It comes as the building's operator, the nonprofit Independence Visitor Center Corp., strives to reduce its dependence on the Park Service in an age of recurring federal budget tiffs.
May 18, 2016 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - From June 3-5 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist will try to do what's never been done in the three-decade history of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which is successfully defend her title. And in August at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, she'll try to do what no female golfer has even had the chance to do since 1900, which is win a medal. Nordqvist, who turns 29 next month, is one of the two women who will be representing her homeland in Rio de Janeiro.
May 11, 2016 |
A Cyprus-based real-estate group has purchased the 102,905-square-foot North End Shopping Center at 1300 N. Charlotte St. in Pottstown from an affiliate of Kennedy Wilson Properties of Beverly Hills. Medipower Overseas Public Co.bought the property in a portfolio purchase with the Madeira Plaza shopping center in Reading for $26.6 million, CBRE Group executive vice president Brad Nathanson, who represented seller SIN Ventures in the transaction, said in a release on Monday. SIN shares an address with Kennedy Wilson's Chicago office, according to records on Montgomery County's website.
April 10, 2016
Super (Kobalt ***) Super is the second of a planned three albums pairing eudite 1980s British dance-pop duo Pet Shop Boys with (former Madonna) electronic producer Stuart Price. Like 2013's Electric, Super keeps its foot to the floor, upping the beats per minute and avoiding the orchestrated ennui that dragged down 2012's Elysium. And though Super isn't quite as super, songwise, as Electric, it's still effective at combining dance-floor momentum with the droll and sometimes disquieting lyrical perspective of talk-singer Neil Tennant.
April 10, 2016 |
Estelle Kane Roberts, 91, an Elkins Park resident and former owner of a gift shop there, died Wednesday, April 6, of complications from a stroke at a nursing home in Boca Raton, Fla. Mrs. Roberts was owner-operator of the Pink Daisy, a store catering to high-end customers in search of fine china and home decor for weddings and other special occasions. Mrs. Roberts started the business in the basement of her sister's home in Huntingdon Valley in 1970, and moved it to a store in Rockledge and then to Old York Road in Elkins Park.
April 7, 2016 |
Beka Rendell, the well-connected daughter-in-law of the former governor, hosted a NINObrand shopping party last month in her white-walled Old City art studio. Perrier water and champagne bubbled in stemless wineglasses, and attendees snacked on a three-tiered tray filled with cheddar, Brie, and grapes. Artists mingled with stylists while socialites chatted with journalists. We forgot all about shopping until Alisa Frederico emerged from the dressing room in a V-neck black frock.
April 6, 2016 |
New accordions in the Liberty Bellows showroom are stacked and arranged like jeweled beetles at a natural-history museum, some with shells as green as a lime's rind and others with keys like red velvet cake. Some are adorned with ruby-colored rhinestones, to catch the eyes of the Mexican norteno players, and others have a simple, dark sheen like coffee direct from Italy. There are accordions in boxes in every crevice and alcove in the narrow Queen Village shop, a former Second Street salon just off South.
April 4, 2016 |
When Bill Cumby Jr. and his father, Bill Sr., started W.S. Cumby Inc. in 1981, they began it as a union general contracting and project management company. "In 1981, if you wanted to do our kind of work - good-quality commercial work - you were a union contractor," said Cumby Jr., 66, who took over as president in 1998. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, father and son switched to a merit shop (non-union) business, repudiating their contracts with the unions for carpenters and laborers.
March 31, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust has sold four malls in Alabama, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, almost completing its years-long strategy of shearing lesser-performing shopping centers from its core focus on assets in populous, heavily shopped areas. Philadelphia-based PREIT sold the centers to two buyers for $92.4 million, bringing its total mall sales to 13 in about three years, according to a statement being released Wednesday. Just one property, Washington Town Center near Pittsburgh, remains on the market.
March 28, 2016 |
Digitally savvy millennials are the top buyers of gift cards. Gen X shoppers lean toward gift cards from traditional department and grocery stores. And boomers value one-stop shopping. That's what a joint study by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the global information firm NPD Group Inc. recently revealed. The findings give retailers and brand manufacturers useful intelligence on how to better connect with their existing customers and attract new ones, said Denise Dahlhoff, research director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at Wharton, who worked with the NPD Group on the study.