A Study in Contrasts: Cherry Hill Edition

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Custom estates tend to highlight extremes. The budgets are big, the homes are big, and the decorating is grand. Customized luxury betrays an owner’s tastes in ways that can’t always be erased by deft staging or other realty sleight of hand. Sometimes the mix can be surprising.

There is a lot about this four-bedroom mansion to find swoon-worthy, for instance. Of note: the Joanne Hudson-designed gourmet kitchen. We adore the island, the built-ins and the interplay of the dark wood and the lighter marble. The estate also features a jaw-dropping tonnage of marble installed throughout the many bathrooms and the standard well-manicured landscaping. The master suite’s walk-in closets are closer to personal shopping boutiques and the fireplace is practically walk-in sized as well.

And then there are more curious details like pink shag carpeting, strangely unnecessary pillars, deeply purple walls and dungeon-style bedroom lighting.

Below, the divine and the curious.

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Honeygrow Is Coming to Cherry Hill

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Honeygrow, the stir-fry, salads, smoothies and honey bar quick-serve spot that first opened on 16th Street back in June of 2012 is now looking towards location number three and four. Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg tells us he’s heading to Cherry Hill at the Ellisburg Circle. It’s all part of a large Whole Foods renovation.

Hold your honeybar horses though, the New Jersey location won’t be ready until Autumn of this year. At least the Radnor location is coming up sooner.

Honeygrow [Philadelphia Magazine]
Honeygrow [Official]

Forgotten Boardwalk Releases Swell Tap Handle

forgotten boardwalk tap handleForgotten Boardwalk Brewing is one of 15 breweries on tap for New Jersey. The Cherry Hill based brewery is in build-out mode at the original home of Flying Fish.

Yesterday, the brewery released their tap handle design which features the tail of a cat.

We dig the design and the “tall tale” behind the Growler the cat. You’ll have to wait a little longer though to try the beer. Forgotten Boardwalk is aiming to have their brewery open to customers in May of 2014.

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing [Official]

The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market Opens in Cherry Hill

Chicken baked in hay.

Chicken baked in hay.

The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market opens Saturday, November 23rd at 1442 East Route 70 in Cherry Hill. It is the second restaurant for Josh Lawler who owns the just-bigger-than-a-shoebox BYOB, The Farm and Fisherman at 1120 Pine Street. The Cherry Hill location will be significantly larger with a 150-seat tavern plus a full market.

Lawler and co-owner Todd Fuller (Treno, Tangerine) are operating a restaurant, bar and grocer specializing in regional and seasonal fare. Lawler says “Todd and I both live in this neighborhood with our families and saw the need for a family-friendly, food-driven place to eat – whether for an anniversary celebration or a simple night out with the kids.”

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Morning Headlines: No, Singer Deniece Williams Does Not Own a Plastic-Wrapped Mansion in Cherry Hill, NJ

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Google aerial view

Denise Williams had everyone fooled. The owner of an unfinished mansion that’s now wrapped in plastic and surrounded by a metal fence told pretty much everyone she came into contact with, it seems, that she was Deniece “Let’s Hear It for the Boys” Williams, and for some reason residents and general contractor, among others, seem to have taken it on faith. Why this should have made everyone trust her is unclear unless Deniece Williams has a very good reputation for being an honest dealer. At any rate, Benson seems not to be an honest dealer — or at least, she’s unable to behave so regarding this house.

The mansion is in a state of suspended animation, with no work being done. The general contractor is owed thousands of dollars. But Williams/Benson is paying taxes on the house, and told officials she plans to keep working on it. The Inquirer was unable to locate her, but did discover she had past judgments ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

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Zoë’s Opens Four More Suburban Philadelphia Locations

zoes kitchenZoë’s Kitchen — the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant where most of the food is grilled — already had three local spots (Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown) when it opened yet another outpost in the Greater Philadelphia market in May of this year in Bryn Mawr. That must have worked out because there are now four more to come: Malvern, Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and Wayne. It seems people like grilled food — especially when someone else is manning the grill.

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Casino-Like Rental With DJ Station for $8,500 Per Month

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There is nothing quite like this seven-bedroom, five-bath house in Cherry Hill, NJ–certainly not when it comes to available rentals. The vastness of the space and the stone floors, walls and ceilings gives it a hotel or casino vibe, and the surplus amenities–four dishwashers; a home theater; a wet bar; a DJ station; a 42-inch fireplace; a pool table; ping-pong; much, much more–makes it feel as though it’s time to get the party started, or at least install an old-school startup. The landlord would like to rent the place fully furnished.

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Cherry Hill Mall Has A Restaurant Week

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Just like how yo’ momma’s so fat, that she has her own gravitational pull, the Cherry Hill Mall is so big, it got its own restaurant week. So for those of you who spent way too much money at the Apple Store, but are really hungry for some family-style pastas at Maggiano’s, things are looking up.

The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, California Pizza Kitchen, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Grand Lux Café, Bahama Breeze, and Bobby’s Burger Palace, Nordstrom Marketplace Café and the Bistro at Cherry Hill (yes, that throwback luncheonette in the middle of the mall) are all participating, offering special deals for both lunch and dinner.

Cherry Hill Mall [Official Site]

Developer Beats Union League and Cherry Hill in Battle Over Woodcrest Country Club

The contested Woodcrest Country Club was won at auction this morning by Cherry Hill Land Associates, which prevented Philadelphia’s Union League–as well as Camden County–from acquiring the land. The Union League had pledged to keep Woodcrest as a golf course, while the mayor and county officials were interested in preserving the land as green space.

This is a terrible blow for Cherry Hill’s mayor, who launched a fierce campaign to raise enough money for the bid. It’s unknown what the developer, a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, plans to do with the land, though they have said it won’t be golf-related.

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