December 24, 2014 |
Catalog companies of America, I hear you. I'll bet you're right, too. Scotch probably does seem snazzier in cut-crystal glasses bearing my engraved initials. Thanks for the heads-up! And if I order express delivery, those cuff links made from shotgun shells should be here by Christmas - what you folks call "The Holidays. " They'll look great with that pheasant-feather bow tie that you, Orvis, so thoughtfully have urged on me. Is $149 too much for a bow tie? Not when the feathers are "naturally harvested!"
February 14, 2013
J ENNIFER ROSEN, 28, of Bryn Mawr, owns the Hope Chest lingerie shop at 20th and Chestnut streets. Rosen, a former manager and buyer for the company's flagship Haverford store,opened the Center City boutique in September. It features fine lingerie, sleepwear, shapewear and slippers. Q: What made you decide to step out on your own? A: I always wanted to open my own store but didn't want to totally separate myself from the Hope Chest. I knew there was a niche [in Center City]
February 25, 2012 |
I'm checking the mail every day, waiting for a gorgeous ivory envelope of considerable heft to fall out of the mailbox. And there, in perfect script, will be my invitation to the Academy Awards. I deserve it. As someone who papered her childhood room with pictures of movie stars, and who more recently has plunked down unconscionable admission prices to see movies of questionable merit, I think it's payback time. So I stand ready to take my seat at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.
December 19, 2011 |
Got your Stompeez yet? If not, it's too late. The rainbow-colored children's slippers, shaped like puppies, unicorns, or alligators, with mouths or eyes that open and close, are sold out. That's a fact that Sherri Hope Culver, a Temple University scholar who studies the impact of advertising, regards with a certain professional admiration. The endless holiday rotation of Stompeez TV commercials apparently did its job, enticing kids to crave an odd, previously unknown sort of footwear and parents to plunk down $19.95, plus postage and handling.
June 27, 2011 |
MONACO - Charlene Wittstock has not one, but two tough acts to follow. As the future princess of Monaco and wife to longtime bachelor Prince Albert II, the Zimbabwe-born, South Africa-raised former Olympic swimmer is to succeed Grace Kelly, whose 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier III is still widely seen as the gold standard for royal nuptials. And as if the blue-eyed Hollywood beauty-turned-beloved princess didn't cast a long enough shadow, Albert's long-awaited marriage to Wittstock comes on the heels of the royal wedding of the decade, Kate Middleton's union with Britain's Prince William.
August 8, 2010 |
They sat row upon row, brown leather sandals and blue plastic flip-flops, size-12 sneakers and shoes so tiny they could fit only a small child. Some had belonged to the people who wore them; others were donated. Each pair was set on the Art Museum steps to symbolize one of the 305 people slain in Philadelphia last year. "Our children and our loved ones, they walked among us," said Shirley Boggs, founder and chief executive officer of Mothers United Through Tragedy, which organized the Saturday-afternoon event.
December 12, 2008
CHECK ALMOST any Philadelphia tourist brochure and you'll see a Mummer in New Year's sequins and feathers. Love 'em or hate 'em - and at times, Philadelphians do both - the Mummers are an instantly recognizable symbol of the city. So it makes no kind of sense that Philadelphia would imperil one of its signature attractions by forcing it out of Center City. Just three weeks before the Mummers are scheduled to step onto Broad Street, city government is insisting that they sign a contract obligating them to cover any expenses for the parade that exceed $300,000 in police overtime and sanitation.
November 8, 2008 |
Frank Passio was chatting up a new Mummers campaign yesterday that will promote the one-of-a-kind New Year's Day parade with banners hung across Center City. But as he praised the project at the Moorestown company that produced the colorful banners, his cell phone wouldn't stay quiet. There were voice and text messages from the president of one string band, the drill master of another, and a marketing specialist from a third - each person stunned by reports of the city's announcement on Wednesday that it would eliminate its $355,000 contribution to the Mummers.
January 1, 2008 |
In the world of mummery, there isn't anyone like Bob Shannon Jr. He's captain of the Quaker City String Band in South Philadelphia. It's not just a job for him; it's a legacy. In 77 years, the band has had just two captains: Ray Endriss and Shannon. Endriss held the post from 1931 to 1971, and Shannon has carried on since. Today, however, Shannon, 59 and a towering 6-foot-10, will end his 37-year reign. His march up Broad Street will be his last as Quaker City's captain.
December 30, 2006 |
By noon tomorrow, Bobby Mansure, founder of the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, will be in the team's trademark green, revving up the pre-game crowd at Lincoln Financial Field. Assuming a hoped-for victory performance on Comcast SportsNet, he'll perform his final "Fly, Eagles, Fly" of the night on tenor sax seven hours later. At midday Monday, Mansure, a longtime Mummer who marches with the Hegeman String Band, will hit Broad Street in makeup and feathers to play those familiar sing-alongs synonymous with Philadelphia.