At Large

Power to the People

Power to the People

Made by hand, conceived right here. By Scott Edwards We’re in the throes of a newfound sense of pride. This is an era where “well-made” implies not only innovation but character, thoughtfulness and a meticulous, verging on maniacal, attention to detail. Staring into a faster, sleeker, sterile future, it’s as though we gradually reached the […]

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A Joke is a Very Serious Thing

A Joke is a Very Serious Thing

For most of the last decade, guys around here flat-out gave up trying to dress casually. Then a man and his dog intervened and reversed the laughingstock reputation before it hardened. Now we’re back down to Santa being pelted with snowballs. So, that’s something. By Avery Greene For a while, all Seun Olubodun could see […]

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The Long Weekend: The Adirondacks

The Long Weekend: The Adirondacks

Unplugged, a world filled with humbling natural beauty, indulgent eating and restorative isolation rushes in to consume the gaping void. By Scott Edwards By the time you read this, they’ll be gone. But the leaves, at the peak of their fall color, were commanding, especially over the last half-hour of the five-hour drive to Lake […]

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Connoisseur

The Next Craft Beer Hotbed

The Next Craft Beer Hotbed

There’s a gold rush in Kennett Square, which’ll be home to four gastropubs by the fall, including two opening behind local brewers in the next few months. By Mike Madaio Nestled at the heart of Chester County farmland, humble Kennett Square’s become ground zero in recent years for some of the most sophisticated cooking in […]

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A Study in Contrast

A Study in Contrast

At first glance, very little makes sense about Restaurant Racine, a new BYOB in Pottstown—yes, Pottstown, for starters. But, in the end, none of it matters, or all of it matters, because the food deserves total distinction. By Mike Madaio Contrasting sights immediately struck me as I arrived in Pottstown: a block of newly-constructed townhomes […]

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A Kinder Pursuit of Perfection

A Kinder Pursuit of Perfection

Quietly—by today’s standards, at least—Marc Vetri is building an empire that, upon its inception, sparked a citywide revolution and now, spilling—finally—into the suburbs, is threatening to make him a household name. Not that he’ll be fazed by it. By Erica Chayes Fedderly Marc Vetri. The name draws reverence in a number of elite circles: the […]

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Home

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 Designer’s Wish List

A Designer’s Wish List

Seven ideas that’ll make your home a little homier. And, should you buy two (or more) of everything, those of your friends and family, too. By Michael Herold Barneys New York Geometric Throw $225 | Barneys New York, Rittenhouse Square A wool and silk blend that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. And, at a […]

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How to Store Your Christmas Decorations

How to Store Your Christmas Decorations

When January comes, fear not. There’s a place for everything. By Laurie Palau The holiday season now routinely catches me off-guard. Probably because the retail displays go up earlier every year. I spotted my first in Kohl’s, in early September. The basic premise seems to be the longer we’re exposed, the more time we have […]

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Life

Make Your Own Spring

Make Your Own Spring

With Radiant Orchid as her inspiration, Colleen Attara gets a jump on Mother Nature. There’s a point near the initial edge of spring when I free my toes and wear only open-toe sandals and flip-flops from then on. It’s not a fixed date; it’s a feeling. Though, this year, my instincts went haywire because I […]

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Couch Potato to Olympic Wannabe

Couch Potato to Olympic Wannabe

After finding himself strangely entranced by a sport he thought was only played by a bunch of eccentric Canadians, Mike Madaio set out to scratch his Olympic-size itch. It was sometime during the wee hours of a frozen February night, and I was cocooned in my living room watching curling. Not because I couldn’t sleep […]

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The Suburbs Can Rock, Too

The Suburbs Can Rock, Too

The Suburbs Can Rock, Too Your mother’s opera house, it is not. But the Ardmore Music Hall (www.ardmoremusic.com) isn’t a South Street hipster dive either. What it is, exactly, is the rare venue that’s tricked out with the kind of creature comforts that’ll entice both segments—a booming sound system for the hipsters and, well, there’s […]

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Other Recent Features

A Sweeter Year Ahead

A Sweeter Year Ahead

With the opening of Tradestone Confections, a gourmet candy shop in Conshohocken, the door to a once exclusive world is being pried open. Consider yourself the carrier of a golden ticket. By Jennifer Hetrick Chip Roman, the do-no-wrong chef and co-owner of the stud restaurants Blackfish in Conshohocken, Mica in Chestnut Hill and Ela in […]

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Jack Wills | Traditional Templates Infused with New Life

Jack Wills | Traditional Templates Infused with New Life

A couple months back, the British invaded Suburban Square, in Ardmore. And, as has been the case with every such occurrence over the last generation or two, we’re a more stylish society for it. The landfall is the 15th American store for the London-based Jack Wills, and its 80th worldwide. Young, well-tailored men’s and women’s […]

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Schooled by a Butcher

Schooled by a Butcher

He expected a sermon on the glory of bacon. And a chance to wield a bone saw. Instead, a demonstration on cutting up a pig defined the countless errors of the author’s ways. By Mike Madaio I’ll admit it. I arrived at the Heritage Pig Butchering Class at Wyebrook Farm, in Honey Brook, with visions […]

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Gift Guide 2013

Gift Guide 2013

One for You, Two for Me None of us actually needs any of the stuff featured on the next seven pages. Then again, when was Christmas shopping ever about need? (Mom, don’t answer that.) This is a holiday fueled by pure lust. You want what you won’t let yourself have. But, if your significant other’s […]

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Sitting is Killing You

Sitting is Killing You

Being someone who is fairly active this bit of information came as a bit of a shock. I’m no couch potato, but I do sit in front of a computer, sometimes for hours on end. Check out these statistics and you may want to get up and walk around. As soon as you sit: • […]

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