September 5, 2016 |
About 90 percent of retail sales still occur in brick-and-mortar stores. It's that other 10 percent - online sales - that's growing at a faster clip that has Starr Osborne fired up. Osborne wants to turn the tables as owner of Tailored Home, a new bridal and furniture shop in Chestnut Hill. "We are the antidote to web shopping," she said, citing her careful selection and old-school service. Her approach: Go after what she calls the "non-Amazon Prime shopper," sell only what your neighbors don't, and encourage customers to use the Hill's shops to plan a wedding.
May 22, 2016 |
It is difficult to visit the home of Margaret Meigs and Paul Laskow without recognizing their passion for the Schuylkill and sharing their concern for the river's future. The couple's 2,000-square-foot condominium in Queen Village seems to be dedicated to promoting the Schuylkill even though Philadelphia's western waterway is about two miles west of their new home. Their thoughts are never far from the river. Not only do the couple get up at 5 a.m. each day to row on the Schuylkill, but their aqua living-room rug was custom-designed to show the patterns of the river with its bends and borders housing the boathouses.
May 5, 2016 |
That proverbial village - you know, the one everyone says is essential to raise a child - might be the other sling-wearing, Bugaboo-pushing mommies on your block. Or it might be the whole world. Two new books by Philly-connected authors - albeit in very different ways - upend the notion that parenting is meant to be a solo gig. The Mommy Group: Freaking Out, Finding Friends, and Surviving the Happiest Time of Our Lives by Elizabeth Isadora Gold follows a group of women in a flush section of Brooklyn who weather miscarriages, births, sleep training, and the sea change that motherhood brings to one's sense of self.
January 19, 2016 |
CAIRO - Islamic State fighters have abducted at least 400 civilians in eastern Syria after an attack by the Islamic militants in which at least 135 people were killed, a monitoring group said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State moved the seized people from the village of al-Baghaliyeh after the attack Saturday. The militants captured the village, said the watchdog, which relies on a network of activists in Syria. "We fear that the 400 will be executed or enslaved by the organization on the pretext that they are loyal to the regime," said Rami Abdel-Rahman, head of the observatory.
January 9, 2016 |
David Bowie Blackstar (ISO / Columbia ***1/2) Three Januarys ago, David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday by ending a 10-year recording hiatus and surprise-announcing The Next Day, an altogether impressive collection that sounded like a shockingly normal, classic David Bowie album. Blackstar is something different. Released last week on Bowie's 69th birthday, it reintroduces the strange, experimental anti-pop David Bowie. Its opening title cut is a mysterious three-part suite, a quietly clattering, mournful lament that might be sci-fi noir fantasia or could be "about ISIS," as saxophonist Donny McCaslin - whose downtown New York quintet backs Bowie, along with longtime producer Tony Visconti - has said.
December 26, 2015 |
Since he captured the public imagination in 1999 with his remarkable breakout hit The Sixth Sense , M. Night Shyamalan has directed 10 features (an 11th, Split , is due in 2017). And each one, including The Happening , Devil , Lady in the Water , and personal favorite The Village , has received wildly mixed reviews. Yet Shyamalan, 45, who was born in India, retains a core fanbase in the Philadelphia region where he lives and where he consistently shoots his pictures.
October 17, 2015 |
Presbyterian Senior Living said it will spend $6 million on capital projects over the next three years at Cathedral Village, a continuing-care retirement community in Philadelphia's Andorra neighhorhood. Another $4.5 million will be spent on an electric co-generation system. Cathedral Village became a subsidiary of Presbyterian Senior Living, of Dillsburg, Pa., in June. Both are tax-exempt organizations.
August 8, 2015 |
The stretch of Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets transformed Thursday night, as thousands of city residents came out to taste hard apple cider and corn on the cob at a semiannual block party that made the street bustle. A crowd of people made their way down the block, some dressed in business attire, sipping a beer at the end of the workday. Others grabbed a meal in T-shirts, their dogs and children in tow. The party was called Night Market, a project run by the nonprofit Food Trust and in its fifth season.
August 7, 2015 |
Beer geek and reformed lawyer Kristen Cevoli and business partner Jon Shinners unlocked the door on BeerLOVE , their bottle shop/tasting room at 714 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village. The storefront, across from Essene market and down the block from Famous 4th Street Deli, is stocked with about 500 beers, plus a sizable list of large-format beers. They also have eight taps dispensing many one-offs. Customers can sample flights, get a full pour, or fill a growler. Food is basically packaged bar snacks, including popcorn, plaintain chips, jerky, pickles, s'mores.
June 16, 2015 |
THE NUMBER of emergencies impacting Philadelphia's children is getting to be more than a little scary. We are all aware of the urgency of the crisis facing the public schools. Then there are the crises in everything from youth violence to childhood obesity. And despite the obesity issue, we're near the top of the list when it comes to children living in deep poverty or suffering from extreme hunger. Our "village," which is comprised of all government agencies and organizations that provide services for the most vulnerable among us, must do a better job of raising its children.