January 28, 2015 |
When it comes to mortgages, experience apparently isn't the best teacher. Recent findings by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which oversees mortgages and credit cards, among other things, show that almost half of U.S. borrowers don't shop for home loans. The findings were similar to those of LendingTree.com in December 2010, during the depths of the foreclosure crisis. That survey found that 40 percent of 1,317 people contacted obtained a single quote for a mortgage.
January 22, 2015 |
Shortly after the new year, Condé Nast Traveler ranked Philadelphia the No. 2 shopping city in the world. I repeat, the world . It said our Reading Terminal Market and Third Street independents - namely clothing boutique Sugarcube and sleek furniture shop Minima - boasted better shopping than Hong Kong or Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The only burg that outranked Philly on the 24-city list - based on an online survey of 77,000 readers and information compiled by Traveler's blog coordinator - was Barcelona, Spain.
January 22, 2015 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The only certainties in life are death, taxes, and the Eagles' arriving at the Senior Bowl in need of defensive back help. OK, so the third part might be an exaggeration, but it certainly has been the case for the Eagles over the last half-decade, in particular at safety. But this offseason it's quite possible that Chip Kelly will look at his starting secondary and blow up three-fourths of it. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher, whose contract is up, is unlikely to return.
January 15, 2015 |
When he was 22, Peter K. Hinski was told by his physicians that he would not live to age 40 because he was suffering from a severe case of Type 1 diabetes. In 2007, the year he turned 60, he took part in an experimental research study at the University of Pennsylvania that made him no longer insulin-dependent, his sister, Gracanne Hinski-Ryan, said. Through it all, he lived for bicycling, she said. On Saturday, Jan. 10, Mr. Hinski, 67, of Cherry Hill, co-owner of the Erlton Bicycle Shop there, died of respiratory distress at Arden Courts of Cherry Hill, a memory care community.
December 27, 2014 |
If you're looking for an easy way to describe the ambitious, $230 million mixed-used project that will soon sprout from a block-size hole on East Market Street, across from the Reading headhouse, just call it the anti-Gallery. For years, the Gallery has been seen as a primo example of how not to design a retail complex in an urban setting. The building is too monolithic, too monotonous, too introverted. Its design dates from the time when enclosed urban malls were heralded as the replacement for the traditional downtown shopping experience.
December 26, 2014 |
It was better to be late than sorry for Daquan Bohannan of North Philadelphia as he braved the rain, bumper-to-bumper mall parking, and throngs of last-minute Christmas shoppers at the Cherry Hill Mall on Wednesday. He had a mission: Pick bracelet charms for his mother, Nicole, 41, at Pandora, which by noon was packed to the brim with customers, almost all of them men on the hunt for gifts for mothers, girlfriends, or wives. It became so crowded an employee was stationed at the store entrance, having customers sign a waiting list to get in. "I just remembered yesterday that I had a few last-minute things to get," Bohannan said as he stood behind a jewelry counter, perusing a catalog.
December 22, 2014 |
What gets you in the mood? I'm not talking about that mood, I'm talking about a holiday mood. For the record, what gets me in that mood is Bradley Cooper, but I have a feeling I'm not getting him for Christmas. Ho-ho-horny. But to stay on point, the holidays are upon us, and we're all performing the 300 tasks required thereby, primarily shopping. So this year, to make my life easier, I had the great idea to do all my shopping online. But, like many of my allegedly great ideas, it had a downside.
December 19, 2014 |
Sanford "Sandy" Golden, 89, who co-owned the China Outlet & Gourmet Garage in Somers Point, N.J., died Friday, Dec. 12, in Clearwater, Fla. For many years, he and his wife, Gloria, ran the "popular stop for shoregoers seeking bridal and shower gifts, as well as kitchen equipment for their summer homes," according to a 1994 Philadelphia Daily News article. Mr. Golden was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1925 to Rachel and Joseph Golden. He attended Syracuse University until he was drafted during World War II. He served in the Army as a medic and earned a Bronze Star.
December 9, 2014 |
Ilexia Navarro bounced up and down excitedly Sunday morning as she set out into the aisles of Target in Cherry Hill to do her Christmas shopping. "I don't know everything I'm getting, but I have a good idea," the 9-year-old Williamstown girl said. First on Ilexia's list: her 2-year-old brother. Holding the elbow of a high school volunteer, she made her way to the toy aisle, where she picked up several items and asked what they looked like before settling on a package of cars.
December 6, 2014 |
Malls are great places to shop, but they're not for everyone. Some shoppers might prefer strolling through a decades-old market under the stars, surrounded by jewel-colored lights, with hot apple cider simmering a few steps away. They can do that at Peddler's Village in Bucks County. Whether you're shopping for stocking stuffers, a gift for each night of Hanukkah, or a one-of-a-kind item for the person at the top of your list, the Philadelphia area brims with pop-up markets, museum gift stores, and themed markets far from the sharp-elbowed crowds.