Photo of the Bryn Mawr store from Isabella Sparrow Facebook page.
Ardmore’s outdoor Clover Market is a home decor mecca for enthusiasts of the vintage farmhouse/warehouse/industrial aesthetic. Want an old tin sign with rusty edges? An antique watering can that doubles as a planter? Some bowling pins with flaking paint? The Clover Market is the place to go.
Vendor Hillary O’Carroll has been so successful with that kind of merchandise at the Market, she’s now opened a store — the first Clover Market bricks-and-mortar spin-off in Lower Merion Township, according to the Main Line Times.
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Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.
Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]
Backyard of 245 Glenn Road, Ardmore, PA
Brimming with descriptions like “architectural grandeur,” “luxurious, state-of-the-art amenities,” “old-world elegance,” and “sweeping panoramic views,” the listing for this “majestically sited” estate gives quite the florid account of this Main Line home.
Yet the home is less obtrusive. Almost every room has stark white walls, providing a feeling of endless decor possibility. There are countless French doors, spacious living and dining areas, and the lower level has a billiards room, a recreation room, and “bonus” rooms.
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Rendering of One Riverside Park via Dranoff Group.
Developer Carl Dranoff has two projects that are being challenged by nearby residents. The first challenge is to One Riverside, a 21-story tower at 25th and Locust designed by architect Cecil Baker, which has been embattled from the start. From PlanPhilly:
Since its proposal, One Riverside has generated protest and petitions from near-neighbors, as well as questions from some about whether the property should be developed at all.
The latest obstacle is more technical: an appeal of Dranoff’s conditional zoning permit, which I could explain but unsurprisingly involves parking, like every NIMBY battle, and I just refuse to go there. At any rate, it sounds like the appeal, which will be heard by the Zoning Board on Oct. 23rd, isn’t worrying Dranoff much.
Dranoff’s attorney, Peter Kelsen, said he is glad that the controversy over the project has at least narrowed…Kelsen said that a discussion about the legitimacy of the FAR bonus is preferable to the more existential question of whether a building should be there at all.
The other challenge regards One Ardmore Place, which has inspired so much ire, THERE’S A MOVIE ABOUT IT. No point in going on and on myself when you can watch the movie, which is called The Parking Lot:
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The Main Line gained a new restaurant in June when Canby’s on Cricket opened in Ardmore. Since Canby’s is a BYOB, they’re not allowed to sell any wine, of course. But try to order a cup of coffee, and they’ll tell you they can’t sell that either. Read more »
Good news for fans of former Tashan chef Sylva Senat. Michael Klein reports that talented chef has landed at the Saint James in Ardmore. We feared the chef might head back to New York City but hadn’t considered the connection between Senat and the Saint James’ Michael Schulson. Senat cooked for Schulson when the energetic Schulson was Buddakan New York’s executive chef.
No word yet on a new menu but we’ll be following carefully.
Chef Sylva Senat lands on the Main Line [The Insider]
Photo by Yoni Nimrod
During US Open week, tens of thousands of golf fans will invade Merion and the Main Line. Here are some suburban suggestions on where to eat (and drink) while remaining chain-free.
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The Saint James in Ardmore has been plagued by a number of poor reviews since it opened just a few months ago. Critics complained about weak service and even weaker food, to which owners Michael Schulson and Rob Wasserman responded by purging some of the opening staff (including chef Matt Moon) and reworking little things like Happy Hour menus.
But now the St. James has made a big menu change. A few weeks ago, they rolled out a new board which is much more limited than the opening menu, with the daily specials and flat breads sections cut entirely along with a number of smaller revisions. Having eaten there several times over the past few months, I saw a significant uptick in the quality of the food when I dropped by on a quiet Thursday night (less than a third of the tables were filled at 7 p.m.) after the recent change. There’s a solid raw bar, bowls of mussels, a pork belly sandwich and sides of English pea risotto and brussels sprouts with bacon. I enjoyed a simple cheeseburger that was not overdone and served on a soggy bun like the others that I had failed to enjoy on previous visits. And now, with this tighter, more focused menu, the St. James may even start producing food good enough to make folks forget about the terrible reviews handed down by both Craig LaBan and Foobooz’s Trey Popp and get some customers back through the doors.
You can check out the St. James’s new menu here.
Saint Or Sinner? [Trey Popp's Review]
St. James [Official]
The 2013 USGA Open Championship will be held at the Merion Golf Club this year, and that means many overnight guests will come for at least a week in June and need places to stay–including odds-on favorite Tiger Woods. Savvy Main Line property owners are taking advantage of the influx of moneyed spectators by charging unfathomable (though obviously quite plausible) rental prices, some of them just for a driveway or lawn. As with other large sporting events, the closer the home is to the venue, the higher the price, but with golf, there’s a little wrinkle as its fans like to stay on the venue if possible. So the homes that charge the most are on the golf club grounds.
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A decade in the making, Dranoff Properties‘ plans for a Cricket Avenue mixed-use project in Ardmore–with 121 residential units–will finally be unveiled tomorrow. We’ll have renderings by mid-morning, but in the meantime here’s a recent gallery by Laura Kicey taken last month at Dranoff’s 777 South Broad. Think of it as a refresher course on what Dranoff apartment living looks like–and the kind of quality (if not design) Ardmore can expect in its future.
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