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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 […]

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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 […]

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Connoisseur

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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Pumpkin-lovers, Load Up on Advil

Pumpkin-lovers, Load Up on Advil

The end of summer is surely nigh when pumpkin-flavored everything begin surfacing. It’s hard, though, to be weary of the trend when it all tastes so damn good. Well, most of it, at least. Among the first offerings—and early candidates for the tastiest iterations—are Iron Hill’s Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Classic Pumpkin Ale, which […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

June 25, 2014 | By 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 […]

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Life

The Selfie as Art (Sort of)

The Selfie as Art (Sort of)

From man’s first sketches on the cave wall to the rise of the selfie, the portrait has been an ever-present subject matter for artists. The power of the portrait to tell a story, illuminate social injustices or capture a moment in time lies in the pictorial representation as well as the media and process by which […]

September 29, 2014 | By More
A Humbling Celebration for a Landmark Nonprofit

A Humbling Celebration for a Landmark Nonprofit

Tickets are now on sale for Philabundance’s Beet Hunger Bash, which will be held November 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, in West Philly. The affair will celebrate the nonprofit’s 30th anniversary and its founder, Pamela Rainey Lawler, and, of course, chip away a little further at its […]

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Back and Bigger than Before

Back and Bigger than Before

The King of Prussia Beerfest Royale returns Thursday with Donnerstag: Happy Hour, which’ll feature a food-and-beer tasting, a pumpkin beer bar, beer-infused cocktails, a concert by The Hoppin’ John Orchestra and a cigar lounge (complete with a complimentary cigar). It will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Court at the King of […]

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A Taste of Something Different

A Taste of Something Different

Brian Sirhal and Timothy Spinner seem to harbor the same raging appetites that their restaurants inspire in us. Following close on the heels of Taqueria Feliz, their first Manayunk venture and their third restaurant in the Philly region, Sirhal (pictured, left) and Spinner (right) earlier this week unveiled Beast & Ale, their updated take on […]

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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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