April 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA If mixed religious metaphors be heresy, so be it. For more than a century, Shane's candy shop at Second and Market Streets has been Mecca during the weeks leading up to Easter. We are talking Easter candy here, brothers and sisters. A sacred rite of spring. Let us not question the holiness of hollow chocolate bunnies and the divine inspiration of coconut cremes. Generations of indulgent parents and their bug-eyed kids have made the trip to the old factory building with the curved stained-glass windows, anticipating that first hallelujah whiff of warm sugar and chocolate.
March 30, 2014 |
John T. Schmader, 78, of Bryn Mawr, a former owner-operator of Schmader's Garage, a Main Line auto-repair business in Haverford Township, died Monday, March 17, of cancer at his home. Mr. Schmader, known as Jack, and his brother, Jim, took over the family business at 610 Old Lancaster Rd. when their father, Cosmo, died in 1960. The two had worked as mechanics with their father since age 13. "We remembered Pop's old saying: 'If you remember half of what I told you, you'd be all right,' " Jim Schmader once told The Inquirer.
March 25, 2014 |
Margaret E. Hahn, 93, of Harleysville, formerly of Southampton, a pastry shop owner-operator, died Monday, March 17, of causes related to aging at the Birches at Arbour Square, Harleysville. The Hahn family was known for the bakery it ran in Northeast Philadelphia and later, Bucks County. Mrs. Hahn made her family and helping to run the shop her life's work. The former Margaret E. Brenner was born in Germany. At age 6, she moved with her family to Philadelphia. Mrs. Hahn graduated from Olney High School, and then started a job at Hahn's Bakery, which was run by Carl Hahn.
March 23, 2014 |
The Eagles have intensified their efforts to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the last week, according to three independent NFL sources. While there have been earlier reports that teams reached out to inquire about Jackson, in several cases it has been the Eagles that have directly or indirectly shopped the wide receiver to gauge interest, two of the sources said. The team had no comment on Friday. The Eagles' marketing of Jackson leads to the near inevitable conclusion that he will not be with the team this season.
March 21, 2014 |
Joe Coradino is the ultimate mall rat. His job requires it. As chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), Coradino oversees 35 enclosed shopping centers, mostly up and down the East Coast, including some of this region's largest and best known, among them Cherry Hill, Plymouth Meeting, the Gallery at Market East, Exton Square, and Willow Grove Park. Who better, then, to address retail trends as part of the Executive Speaker Series at Temple University's Fox School of Business.
March 15, 2014 |
Pat Shannon purses his lips into a frown with each clip of the scissors and stroke of the razor, the lines across his face a testament to decades of repetition. Tucked in a tiny storefront in Wayne, Pat's Barber Shop has kept the same business model for more than 35 years: No appointments, no credit cards, and no frills. It will remain the same "as long as I have people coming in," Shannon said. In a Main Line town that boasts of fine dining and boutiques, Pat's Barber Shop is the place that gentrification forgot, a reminder of the past on North Wayne Avenue.
March 12, 2014 |
There are free-agent safeties for the taking, and the Eagles are expected to take a plunge into those waters, but they won't dive in at the expense of being taken. Free agency opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but after the first two days of a three-day window to negotiate with player representatives, the Eagles have yet to be linked to one particular safety. Jairus Byrd, formerly of the Bills, will likely set the market, but if his contract demands drop, would the Eagles be interested?
February 20, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY Temeshia McDonald of Mount Holly lived well, with a high-end wardrobe, a 2012 Cadillac, and cosmetic surgery, according to court records. Among the 29-year-old's indulgences were sprees at Victoria's Secret, where she reportedly spent $355,545, federal authorities said, including $63,000 in merchandise and gift cards in just two months in 2012. On Tuesday, McDonald appeared in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., where she was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $557,690 in restitution after pleading guilty to fraud.
February 19, 2014 |
Charles W. Carr, 82, a resident of Sea Isle City, N.J., since the late 1990s who operated the Irish Shop in Keswick Village in Glenside, died of cancer Thursday, Feb. 13, at his home. Born in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Carr graduated from West Catholic High School for Boys in 1949 and was a member of the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. "He operated a rock-crushing machine to make roads," his brother James said. Using the GI Bill, Mr. Carr earned a bachelor's degree in finance at Villanova University.
February 13, 2014 |
When the power went out last week at George Treisner's Kennett Square pet shop, and nearly a thousand fish inside came face to face with a frigid demise in their typically tropical tanks, the owner turned to an unlikely appliance for help. A propane fish fryer. In a pot of water warmed above the flame, Trainer heated up dozens of water bottles before submerging them in the tanks of striped Gouramis, neon Tetras, and glistening guppies. For eight hours, until the lights at Paws & Claws Pet Store came back on at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Treisner kept up the rotation, swapping out bottles when they turned lukewarm.