August 26, 2013 |
At Five Below's busy store in the Gallery in Center City, a grad student stocked up on items for her apartment in Camden - a $2 spatula and a $5 daisy-shaped scarf holder topped her pile of purchases. It's back-to-school season, and the discount teen-oriented store was loaded with $5 backpacks in purple, pink, and glitter, Hello Kitty pencil cases and notebooks in every hue. A year ago, on July 19, 2012, the Philadelphia-based company, founded by the creator of Encore Books and Zany Brainy, held a different kind of sale - an initial public offering, selling 11.06 million shares at $17 apiece.
January 8, 2013
I'VE HAD many adventures with my 11-year-old daughter, Eve. When she was 1, I clutched my wallet in horror as she uttered the words "Da-da" and "Boom-ingdales" in the same sentence. When she was 2, she talked me into using her pink feather phone to converse with her imaginary boyfriend, Poo Poo. When she was 4, I videotaped her "Lifestyles of the Not Quite Famous" tour while 1-year-old Little Solomon yelled, "Superman!" No matter how weird the situation, no matter how endless the talking, my experiences with my baby girl were always enjoyable.
December 19, 2012
EVEN WITH one week left until Christmas, I refuse to panic like those other parents. You know the ones. They're at Toys "R" Us right now, having sneaked out of work to buy little Johnny that Lego set he demanded. I've seen such parents engage their shopping rivals in WWE-style matches. It's the same every time. The toys run out, the coats come off, and a teenage temp with a Justin Bieber face tattoo gets on the P.A. system. "Security to aisle three," she says in a disinterested tone.
May 22, 2012 |
A 14-YEAR veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department was arrested Monday for allegedly engaging in an ongoing conspiracy to steal from a local toy store, police said. Bridgette Paris, 48, was charged with retail theft, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, forgery and related offenses, police said. The charges followed an investigation by the department's Internal Affairs Bureau and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Police have not identified the store that Paris allegedly targeted.
December 22, 2011 |
WHEN I was a schoolteacher in Olney, a fellow teacher used to regale the staff every September with stories about his travels to Mexico and South and Central America. Relaxing! A journey he'd never forget, he'd crow a little too loudly in staff meetings as he passed around pictures. I still remember the nausea I felt when I opened a national news magazine a few years later to see his face on a story about international child predators. He was serving 10 years in a Mexican prison for soliciting sex from children the same age that he taught at our school.
December 12, 2011 |
In Matt Kriebel's world, stuffed microbes are cuddle toys. After all, there's nothing more adorable than a plush salmonella or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , also known as MRSA around school gyms and nursing homes. But for endless hours of amusement, Kriebel recommends Buckyballs, a cluster of 125 highly magnetic spheres the size of BBs that can be assembled in as many ways as the mind allows. He also likes the fake butterfly in a jar that appears to take flight (thanks to electronics)
November 28, 2011 |
Imagine strolling through Chestnut Hill's shopping district, where quaint is the reigning aesthetic, and suddenly seeing a six-story development, including a 20,000-square-foot grocery store, hard up against Germantown Avenue. That is what Richard Snowden, a developer both praised for his dedication to historic renovation and criticized for antagonizing neighbors, wants to build where the long-vacant Magarity Ford stands. Current zoning would not allow that. To help him realize his goal of bringing a Fresh Market store, eight townhouses, plus additional retail and apartments there, Snowden has enlisted departing Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.
December 18, 2010 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Eagles have a secret Santa on their team - and, no, it's not Andy Reid. While Big Red might have the right physique to play the Big Red Guy, it turns out injured cornerback Ellis Hobbs is the Eagle most likely to be mistaken for Jolly Old St. Nick. Hobbs, 27, stepped into a South Philadelphia Toys "R" Us yesterday afternoon, smack in the middle of one of those manic Christmas-is-just-a-week-away sales. No one noticed that an Eagle had landed. There were no cheerleaders flipping through the store, no public-relations handlers handing out photos, no sign even of Swoop, the mascot.
July 10, 2008 |
I PREDICT poor sales for trashy novels this summer. Suntan without Danielle Steel in Sea Isle. Summer sans Sidney Sheldon in Ocean City. No need for Nora Roberts in North Wildwood. And it has nothing to do with gas prices. Why spring for a shiny-covered novel when you can just devour a daily installment of the Christie Brinkley-Peter Cook divorce trial - for the price of a daily newspaper? You know the storyline: The Uptown Girl found the fourth time to be no charm after marrying handsome but caddish architect Peter Cook.
September 12, 2005
Hurricane survivors offer thanks for kindness My wife and three young children are among the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. We were (are?) residents of New Orleans but were fortunate enough to escape before the full impact of the storm. After driving more than 2,000 miles under difficult circumstances, we finally arrived here, in Philadelphia. From the moment we arrived, we have experienced overwhelming kindness from everyone, without exception.