May 23, 2014
J EANNE CHANG, 37, of West Philadelphia, is chef and co-owner of Lil' Pop Shop, which makes and sells gourmet Popsicles on 44th Street above Spruce in West Philly. A California native and pastry chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, she opened the shop in 2012, and soon Food & Wine magazine listed it in "Best Popsicles in the U.S. " Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Lil' Pop Shop? A: I was living in Durham, N.C., and we went to a place called Locopops and it was healthy.
May 15, 2014 |
Let me set a shopping scene for you: I enter a store, presumably for a reason. I may need towels or a tablecloth or a gift. But I'm never totally occupied by the mission of the moment - not with acres of seductively distracting wares spread out before me. My lifetime pattern has been to approach shopping as a combination of blood sport and happy hour, one that engages body, mind, and soul. Now let me set another shopping scene for you, this one with the man I married. We enter a store, but only for one reason.
May 12, 2014 |
Josh Evans went to the Cherry Hill Mall last week to try on shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch, look at shoes at Nordstrom, and enjoy a cappuccino at Starbucks. But he was mainly there to test-drive a 2014 Honda Civic Coupe. "Oh, this is nicer than I thought it would be," Evans, 24, of Erial, N.J., said as he slipped into the leather seat of the shiny black Honda loaded with a sunroof, red wheel trim, and a rearview camera. To see how it handled, he drove around the mall's 2.5-mile perimeter.
May 11, 2014 |
Bristol Riverside Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors is affectionate and fun, and you and I both know why. No, the show doesn't have any of its contemporaries' trademarks: not Sondheim's sophisticated lyricism, Webber's puffed-up self-importance, Kander and Ebb's slickness, or Ahrens and Flaherty's jaunty appeal. Nonetheless, it's a closet favorite in the hearts of several recent generations of musical-theater lovers. Maybe you first saw or performed it onstage as a kid, watched the Frank Oz-directed film featuring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin, or caught the Roger Corman original and spotted a young Jack Nicholson.
May 1, 2014 |
For Ken Sylvester, the road to being a tire mogul started under the hood. Sylvester, president of United Tire & Service Co., began his career as an auto mechanic. A switch to tires, and a quarter-century later, Sylvester finds himself leading a David vs. Goliath effort to keep local dealers like himself on equal footing against the Pep Boys and Mr. Tires of the world. "There are a lot of large tire chains coming into the market and buying up as many of the mom-and-pop shops as they can," said Sylvester, who started in the business, with a partner, by owning stores in Ambler and Bustleton.
April 25, 2014 |
AS SOON AS Ronald Galati took his seat at the defendant's table in U.S. District Court in Camden yesterday, he took some hits from an inhaler, blew his nose several times and coughed repeatedly into a tissue. Galati, who is accused of plotting to shoot and kill his daughter's boyfriend in Atlantic City, isn't doing so well apparently. His attorney said taxpayers are footing his medical bills. "He has multiple health issues and some of them are life-threatening," Galati's attorney, Anthony Voci, said after a brief appearance before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez.
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.