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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 […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
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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Heart Pumping, Mind Bending

Heart Pumping, Mind Bending

Under the cover of the black light studio and the booming, club-y soundtrack, I was able to mask most of my suffering through the 45-minute spinning session. But there was no hiding from the room-length mirror during the yoga workout that followed on its heels. And so, I stood quivering on one leg, threatening to […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Red & White Ball

The Red & White Ball

The inaugural Red & White Ball drew over 400 people to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on February 22 and raised more than $350,000 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s eastern Pennsylvania chapter (www.lls.org/epa). In addition to silent and live auctions, a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, donated by local dealers, was raffled off.  

March 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
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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