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First Friday: the unlikely success story of artists having a vision

First Friday: the unlikely success story of artists having a vision

It started with a vision—a vision to create a community of artists sharing their work with the community. The vision became a reality for Lancaster City. The vision has transformed a city once known for its Amish roots and farmland into an art destination. The vision began about 14 years ago with a small group […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
An Addition and a Facelift for Menagerie

An Addition and a Facelift for Menagerie

Menagerie Boutique’s second location opens Monday in Haverford Square. A Main Line staple, the new shop will carry the same labels as the Eagle Village flagship, including Calypso, Claire Vivier, Jillian Gulius, Karen Walker and Coolchange. It’ll also have a collection of owner Kate Lawson’s one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The Web site, www.AJeweledMenagerie.com, was […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s Latest Novel Comes to Life

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Latest Novel Comes to Life

To the rest of the world, she’s Elizabeth Gilbert, Bestselling Author. To us, she’s Elizabeth Gilbert, well, Bestselling Author. But she’s also a neighbor and the owner of the always-irresistible Frenchtown, NJ, emporium Two Buttons. Last fall, Gilbert published The Signature of All Things, and it’s, of course, gone on to become a New York […]

July 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

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No Bribing, Just Barbeque

No Bribing, Just Barbeque

In the proud tradition of those who can’t turning to judging, our resident glutton, Mike Madaio, works the system to win a coveted front-row seat at the state barbeque championship. I rose to my feet, legs wobbly from the weight of the fatigue and pork fat and reeking of smoke. My right hand went up […]

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Pass the Cookie, Keep the Milk

Pass the Cookie, Keep the Milk

A cookie made without butter, it turns out, can be an improvement. By Mike Madaio While food allergies are something of a modern phenomenon, food preparation according to strict kosher standards is about as old of an active practice as there is. Only in this strange new world could a bakery emerge catering to both […]

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Prepare to Eat Well and Cheaply, But Quickly, Too

Prepare to Eat Well and Cheaply, But Quickly, Too

The Philly dining scene is evolving at such a rapid rate these days—a good problem to have, mind you—that it feels almost futile to try to keep up. For that reason alone, the approach of the 11th annual Center City District Restaurant Weeks—it’s actually two weeks—is an especially welcome sight. September 7 through Sept. 12 […]

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Living With Your Art

Living With Your Art

Why you shouldn’t try to turn your home into a gallery, and a few other guidelines for personalizing your collection. By Morrie Breyer Art is my addiction. I’m far from a collector of fine works, if “fine” means expensive. I don’t buy investment pieces (for myself, at least. I’m happy to hunt for them on […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Summer Style Watch

Summer Style Watch

Sun! Barbeque! Vacation! But style doesn’t rest. To that end, our resident designer shares the goods that’ll be keeping him cool through the dog days. In professional circles, when I’m asked what I’m into at any given moment, my standard reply is, “I have no taste.” It’s not that I’m trying to be difficult. Just […]

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With a Little Help from Some Friends

With a Little Help from Some Friends

A few reasons to look forward to a fresh start. Spring cleaning’s silver lining: buying new stuff. Sleek and efficient, these are fast becoming essential tools around my house. —Laurie Palau Gear Up Platinum 2 Bike Freestand Rack | $100 | thegstand.com Bikes are the problem children of the garage. Two or three can suck […]

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A Family-friendly Theater Company to Debut in Bryn Mawr

A Family-friendly Theater Company to Debut in Bryn Mawr

The Bryn Mawr-based Two Ducks Theatre Company will be staging its inaugural production, the kid-friendly Rainbowtown, Sept. 6 through Sept. 20 at the Radnor United Methodist Church, in Bryn Mawr, as part of the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. A hilarious, interactive short play, Rainbowtown was written by Carrie Nielsen, a Bryn Mawr resident and a professor […]

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Wheat The Other White  Bread

Wheat The Other White Bread

Yeah, wheat bread isn’t as bad for you as white. But it’s not good for you, either. By Todd Soura Sometime over the last few years, while white bread was being flogged as the poster child for processed foods and, thus, for the fattening of Modern America, its whole-wheat brother slipped out the back door […]

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A Summer to Remember at Valley Forge Park

A Summer to Remember at Valley Forge Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park will launch a jam-packed program season Saturday with the annual March Out of the Continental Army Commemoration, which’ll begin at Artillery Park at 11 a.m. From there, you’ll walk about a half-mile to the Varnum’s Picnic Area. Along the way, interpreters in Continental Army uniform will explain the events at […]

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There’s Always Room for Mexican Food

There’s Always Room for Mexican Food

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Or, for that matter, any variation of it? Clearly, no one around here. With restaurants in University City and Willow Grove already raking it in, Mad Mex, a Pittsburgh-based chain, is prepping to launch a third, this one in the Wynnewood Shopping Center, on Aug. 11. There will be tables […]

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Iron Hill Goes Really Farm to Table

Iron Hill Goes Really Farm to Table

On the first Wednesday this month and next (September 3), Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, in Chestnut Hill, will be offering a series of “Philly Grown, Philly Raised” menu additions featuring the produce from nearby—like, 10 miles away—Weavers Way Farms at Saul Agricultural High School and Awbury Arboretum. “We strive to serve local ingredients wherever […]

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In Ardmore, a Shopping Soundtrack

In Ardmore, a Shopping Soundtrack

Suburban Square’s free, weekly outdoor concert series will continue Wednesday, at 5 p.m., with Phyllis Chapell & SIORA. Chapell was named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all-time by critic Scott Yanow. She and her band blend the sounds of North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. On July 30, Beats […]

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Kosher Bakery Opens in Bala Cynwyd

Kosher Bakery Opens in Bala Cynwyd

The same group that brought you Citron + Rose opened a kosher bakery in Bala Cynwyd last week. Six Points Bakery, located at 289 Montgomery Avenue, is serving scones, brownies and pastries, along with a rotating crop of bagels, muffins and cookies—double chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies and peach bourbon turnovers, for starters—all baked daily—and true […]

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5 Minutes, Apparently, is the New Benchmark for Pizza Delivery

5 Minutes, Apparently, is the New Benchmark for Pizza Delivery

Restaurateurs and brothers Nick Farrell, the owner of Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, and Tom Farrell, the owner of The Classic Diner in Malvern, just opened RapiDOUGH Pizza Pies at the Providence Town Center, in Collegeville. The menu features brick-oven pizzas and calzones and handmade salads crafted from local ingredients and house-made cheeses—all of it […]

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