September 26, 2011 |
The flow of shoppers was barely a trickle at the Suburban Square shopping center in Ardmore on a rather wet Tuesday last week. Those who did come out in the rain had to navigate a maze of plywood marking major construction work in the central courtyard of the Main Line shopping landmark. And they found some of the once-popular stores in the outdoor mall - such as Talbots and Coach - closed. "Right now business is shot" because of the construction, said Tersita Williams, a sales clerk at Victoria's Secret.
September 21, 2011 |
Shop owners in historic Newtown Borough want to try a quick and novel fix for a generation-old problem by offering valet parking on its bustling main street in Bucks County. "I'm not aware of any other town that offers valet parking. It's time to capitalize on it," David Witchell, owner of a salon and spa on State Street and one of two merchants pushing the idea, said last week. "If shoppers know they can pull up and get a map of the business district, business cards and coupons, they'll come.
August 3, 2011 |
Valet parking at restaurants and hotels is considered a sign of exclusivity. But Garth Weldon, owner of the Prime Rib steak house in the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, says, "This is ridiculous. " Weldon's is one of more than four dozen businesses now receiving their annual bills from the Philadelphia Parking Authority for valet zones. The fee in Center City, University City, and along Delaware Avenue, which in many cases last year was $250 per 20 feet of curb space, is now $2,500 - 10 times as much.
June 18, 2011
Music The West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. This year, the festival offers an old-school R&B and jazz lineup, with 1970s and '80s hit-maker Chaka Khan topping the bill Sunday night. On Saturday afternoon on the main stage on Ogontz Avenue, there's a five-man soul-and-jazz marathon with Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Philadelphia bassist Gerald Veasley, Peabo Bryson, and Jeffrey Osborne. Other attractions of note: multiple Grammy-winning Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra and well-traveled Philly jazzman Christian McBride and his band, Inside Straight (who are playing back-to-back on opposite stages Sunday afternoon)
November 20, 2010
One gunpoint robbery in the parking lot at SugarHouse Casino hardly sets a pattern, but it certainly won't be good for business if the casino develops a reputation as a place where patrons are fleeced even before they reach the slot machines. The holdup of three women who had just parked their car and were headed to the casino a week ago could have ended in tragedy, since both muggers were armed. One woman was struck in the head with a pistol, while the thieves grabbed two purses before fleeing the casino parking lot in a stolen car, police said.
April 1, 2008 |
THERE ARE DAYS when the world is dangerously insane (bad people doing bad things), and other days when it's just kooky (Tattle types having bad ideas). Today, April 1, is one of those days. Madonna, whose acting career has produced more turkeys than Butterball, has been pitching a remake of "Casablanca," with her in the Ingrid Bergman role. Oh, it will be set in Iraq. We wish it were an April Fool's joke. And people thought that "Like a Virgin" was blasphemous. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, no stranger to over-the-top ideas, has a new one, according to Jo Piazza of the New York Daily News.
March 22, 2008 |
Towing the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy to Philadelphia for storage has proved to be a complex ordeal. There's only a 20-minute window each day when it can be safely eased alongside Pier 4 in South Philadelphia, where it will be stored. That's the daylight high tide, when the swift current is slack. High winds kept the big ship at sea Thursday and yesterday, with its small crew of line handlers camped out on the vast empty and cold ship. The Kennedy was scheduled to enter the Delaware Bay at 9 last night and begin a slow 18-hour trek to Philadelphia.
April 12, 2007 |
Talk about stealing the lunch money. A former Southeast Delco School District food-service manager was charged yesterday with pocketing $287,361.64 in cafeteria lunch receipts that she gambled away in Atlantic City. Mary Arnold, 52, of Collingdale, whose betting qualified her for a high-roller's Diamond Total Rewards card at Harrah's Casino, faces 16 counts of theft and receipt of stolen property. She surrendered to Folcroft police and the Delaware County District Attorney's Office and was released on $100,000 unsecured bail.
June 3, 2005 |
After four months of contentious hearings, political posturing, and behind-the-scenes deal-making, Philadelphia City Council yesterday passed a $3.5 billion city budget by a lopsided vote of 13-4. The final version does not include many of the controversial spending cuts sought by Mayor Street when he proposed the budget in January. In a compromise with Council members, the mayor agreed to restore the spending if Council voted to OK new taxes and fees on billboards and valet parking, which they also did yesterday.