November 7, 2013 |
A WEST CHESTER sex shop that gave away 300 vibrators in September is closing because city officials never quite got in the mood, the owner says. Sexologist and activist Jill McDevitt opened Feminique Boutique five years ago and ran into controversy almost immediately. She couldn't be reached for comment yesterday, but wrote a 2,800-word blog post Monday blaming city bullying for forcing her to shutter the shop. "West Chester is a sucky place to run a sexuality business," she concluded, after outlining her rocky relationship with city officials and a nearby Catholic church.
October 31, 2013 |
Paula Predow Ruffin, 72, of Mount Laurel, a former co-owner of shops in Pennsauken and Hainesport, died Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Virtua Memorial medical center in Mount Holly of complications following a stroke. Born in Philadelphia, she attended West Philadelphia High School. She married Charles Ruffin in 1958 and together they ran a small variety store on 60th Street near Girard Avenue in the mid-1960s, her daughter Kyle said. After closing that, they moved to 60th Street near Chestnut Street, where in the late 1960s they opened Small World Shoppe to sell children's clothing and where in the early '70s they opened the Cover Up Shoppe next door to sell gifts and linens.
October 4, 2013
What to eat: Ice pops! Any of them. They're all good. The truck: Bright and striped, the Lil' Pop Shop truck is the mobile arm of Jeanne Chang's brick-and-mortar operations in West and South Philly. The truck's selection of fresh, handcrafted ice pops is seasonal and always changing. The details: We tracked the truck down at the Navy Yard and were particularly impressed by the coconut cherry lime - made with juicy cherries, not the dead, flavorless cherries you'd find in store-bought ice cream, for example.
October 3, 2013 |
Nestled between the Body Shop and Bath & Body Works in the Shops at Liberty Place is the new Joan Shepp. Outside the specialty store that opened its temporary, 2,338-square-foot digs Saturday, velvet ropes lined the entrance; sushi and champagne marked the fashionable, first-day festivities. And models - live and fake - were dressed in Shepp's curated fall 2013 collections: Dries Van Noten's tailored stripes, Thomas Wylde's modo jackets, and the black and white cracked-leather pieces Alexander Wang designed in his first season at Balenciaga.
October 3, 2013 |
Harry G. Serad, 79, of Gloucester City, a former union shop steward, died of myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer that affects blood and bone marrow, on Monday, Sept. 23, at his home. Mr. Serad grew up in Berlin and for 52 years was a member of Local 172 of the Heavy and General Laborers Union in Trenton, which covers such workers in South Jersey. For a time, Mr. Serad was a shop steward for that local. He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Gloucester City, daughter Catherine Grolock said.
October 1, 2013 |
A half-dozen new shops and eateries in busy Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport will open to the public Tuesday. Among them is a swank tavern, called Local, that carries the stamp and a menu created by celebrity chef Jose Garces. At every seat will be an Apple iPad to order food, surf the Web, and check flight times. Every table and bar stool has a place to plug in and charge up: 110-volt outlet and a USB port. "Jose contributed a bunch of different ways," said chef Michael Coury, head concept chef for Philadelphia's OTG Management, which pairs big-name chefs with airport restaurants.
September 25, 2013 |
After 13 years at 1616 Walnut St., Philadelphia retailer Joan Shepp is moving her boutique to the first floor of the Shops at Liberty Place - temporarily. "We are moving to Liberty Place as a pop-up store," Shepp told The Inquirer on Monday, soon after signing the three-month lease at the Shops. "We will be there through Christmas, and then we will figure out what our next move is. " Shepp and her daughter, Ellen, have been trying to figure out their fashion fate since they received notice more than a year ago that their rent would triple.
September 23, 2013 |
From the time he opened his first retail shop - Free People, filled with secondhand and vintage clothes, scented candles, and inexpensive jewelry - more than 40 years ago, Richard Hayne has cut across the grain. That first "hippie store" just outside the University of Pennsylvania campus morphed into Urban Outfitters, the store, soon the chain, and finally the empire, with a collection of brands - Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN. It left Hayne a very wealthy man, and one not shy to preach, in his own fashion, the gospel of entrepreneurship.
September 21, 2013 |
These are busy times for Pet Shop Boys, the tandem of singer-lyricist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe, who are the biggest-selling pop duo in British music history. Last year, the group released the tranquil Elysium , their 11th studio album. Then, while also working on a song cycle about the late British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, they followed it up in less than a year's time with Electric , an altogether more kinetic affair that stands up nicely to late-1980s career highlights like Actually and Introspective . The latest Pet Shop Boys traveling theatrical spectacular, the "Electric" tour, will bring the band to the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on Sunday.
September 5, 2013 |
For three years, United by Blue's organic T's, waxed-canvas messenger bags, and stainless steel cups were available only at rugged sporting-goods stores like REI. That's all water under the bridge. The company's wave-inspired gear quietly crashed into Old City's SoHo-like scene Friday with the opening of its 1,500-square-foot clothing boutique/coffeehouse. But don't think its ocean-friendly vibe doesn't have a serious side: For every waffle-knit fisherman's sweater, button-down chambray shirt, or pound of coffee that's sold, volunteers remove a pound of garbage from the world's oceans and rivers.