September 23, 2015 |
When Julie Beddingfield was considering whether to open a bookstore in downtown Haddonfield, she crunched numbers, listened to experts, and studied pedestrian flow. She also pondered the wisdom of leaving behind a law career for brick-and-mortar bookselling in a smartphone, Snapchat world. "So I asked Remi Fortunato, the borough's retail recruiter, whether I was crazy," Beddingfield recalls. Says Fortunato, who works for a nonprofit downtown promotional agency called the Partnership for Haddonfield: "I was honest with her. I told her that a bookstore would be an excellent asset and was needed, but that she couldn't just open it. She'd have to work it. " That hasn't been a problem for Beddingfield, whose Inkwood Books - a cheerful literary oasis for the whole family - debuted in June on Kings Highway East.
September 21, 2015 |
Elizabeth Brinton Kent Van Alen, 104, a shop owner and longtime volunteer in the Philadelphia area, died Sunday, Sept. 6, of causes related to aging at Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square. Before moving to Palm Beach, Fla., in 1990, Mrs. Van Alen was a longtime resident of Willistown, Chester County. She also spent time each year in Maine. Known as Betty, Mrs. Van Alen came from a famous family. She was the daughter of the inventor and radio manufacturing pioneer A. Atwater Kent and his wife, Mabel Lucas Kent.
September 19, 2015 |
Shop for bulbs. Tulips, daffodils, and a host of minor bulbs are now available, even in the big box stores. Caveat emptor: You get what you pay for, and size matters. If you want a display that will last for years: As it is with women's bottoms, bigger is always better. Get rid of the trash. Now that we can stand being outside again, it's time to do some garden cleanup. Sadly, because we neglected to do any of this during the hottest months, more is liable to go out in trash bags rather than the compost bin. Any weeds that have gone to seed need to go where they can do no harm; on a small property, that means a trash truck.
September 9, 2015 |
Ann Ferrante grew up near 28th Street and Allegheny Avenue in the Swampoodle neighborhood of Philadelphia and went to Simon Gratz High School at the beginning of the 1930s. But only for a while. "She dropped out to help the family during the Depression," her daughter, Mary Ellen Driscoll, said. She tended to "her cousins while her aunts and uncles worked. " They lived, as did close-knit families of the times, "a couple blocks away. " It was the beginning of decades of a working life.
August 20, 2015 |
When the federal government shut down the notorious gun shop owned by James G. Colosimo in 2009, neighbors and anti-gun-violence advocates celebrated the closing of a public nuisance that for years was frequented by "straw buyers" who purchased weapons for felons who couldn't legally own a firearm. However, a new version of the gun shop on Spring Garden Street may reopen unless residents in the West Poplar neighborhood can persuade the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to deny that use of the property.
August 11, 2015 |
For years, Philadelphia's antiviolence groups made weekly pilgrimages to Colosimo's gun shop on Spring Garden Street to protest its lax sales practices. The tiny store was notorious for providing more weapons to street criminals than any other shop in Philadelphia. More than 425 crimes were committed with a firearm bought at Colosimo's, including 10 homicides, during a seven-year stretch in the 2000s, according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So when the U.S. Attorney's Office finally shut down the store in 2009 for selling guns to straw buyers, those groups hailed the event as a watershed in the struggle to make the city a safer place.
August 7, 2015 |
For a month now, spies have been slipping into a nondescript shop near Jewelers Row. Their mission, according to witnesses, was urgent. "Espionage," said Pam Bonfiglio, who has watched each glide down the long hall past her and her husband's jewelry shop, aiming for a tucked-away room with white walls. The spooks' target: an insurgent hoagie maker in baseball cap, shorts, and sneakers. A Vietnam War veteran, barely 5-foot-7. A Marine, 67, named Fink. According to eyewitness Joseph Bonfiglio, Pam Bonfiglio's husband, one pizza delivery guy infiltrated Fink's sandwich shop on 132 S. Eighth St. on orders from his boss.
August 7, 2015 |
A young Cinnaminson man, facing gun charges locally, broke into a gun shop in rural Pennsylvania early Monday and then, authorities said, was shot dead in a soybean field as he confronted police. Authorities are still investigating why Joshua Malave, 18, stole a cache of weapons from the Horseshoe Pike Gunshop in Campbelltown. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said Wednesday that authorities were piecing together what had been going on in Malave's life that led up to the deadly shooting and "what his motivation was" that morning.
July 29, 2015 |
Plans are in motion to transform a historic warehouse on the Camden waterfront into a modern office building with retail space on the ground floor, a project the developer hopes to start by the end of the year. The building at 300 N. Delaware Ave., across the street from Campbell's Field and near the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge, was built in the late 1800s as the site of the Ruby Match factory. Campbell's Soup later turned it into a food storage warehouse, but it has sat empty for years.
July 24, 2015 |
A joint venture involving Abrams Realty & Development of Elkins Park and Onyx Equities of Woodbridge, N.J., have bought the Penrose Plaza Shopping Center in Southwest Philadelphia from a Korman Commercial Properties subsidiary for $25 million. The new owners plan to expand and remodel the ShopRite supermarket at the 263,000-square-foot shopping center, located in the city's Eastwick section, Abrams managing partner Peter Abrams said Tuesday. Abrams said he also was negotiating with potential new tenants for the former location of a 95,000-square-foot Kmart store there.