Morning Headlines: 18th-Century Philadelphia Goes to China

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Cliveden, via Wikimedia Commons.

The village is called Southern 1910, will look exactly like Society Hill and will be in Dalian, a coastal city in northeastern China. The Inquirer’s Erin Arvedlund has the details on how Chadds Ford’s John Milner Architects won the business and impressed Chinese developers.

Dalian Common Property Development retained John Milner Architects to design and plan the gated community, where 200 Georgian-style brick homes will sell for between $1 million and $4 million. Of those, 65 have already been sold, ranging from 3,500 to a whopping 7,500 square feet.

In order to win the business in the first place, Milner told Arvedlund that he arranged a two-week long series of bus tours for the Chinese developers. They visited Fairmount Park, Cliveden and Mount Pleasant, among other 18th century city sites.

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Refinery29 Is Coming to King of Prussia Mall This Saturday

Take the guesswork out of shopping.

Take the guesswork out of shopping.

Grab those calendars; Refinery29 is coming to King of Prussia Mall and we are majorly excited. Pop over to the Nordstrom Court this Saturday, September 20th, for a mashup of the lifestyle site and Simon, King of Prussia’s parent company, for a day of shopping, beauty and style. Basically, you’ll leave with a personal fall fashion game plan—and it doesn’t get much better than that.

Click here for the scoop.

July 4th Weekend at Shake Shack

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Don your red, white and blue and head over to Shake Shack to celebrate America’s independence and the highly-anticipated return of July 4th Weekend at Shake Shack Philly. 

Beginning today, July 3rd through July 6th Shake Shack in Center City, University City, and King of Prussia will be serving up fan favorites like the Shack Corn Dog, a Vienna all-beef hot dog dipped in Shack-made corn batter and served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish ($4.50). Don’t forget to finish off your meal with the oh so patriotic and oh so delicious Blueberry Pie Oh My Concrete. This blue and white dessert is a vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of Shack-made blueberry pie (Single: $4.25/Double: $6.50).

Happy Birthday America and a happy 10 years to Shake Shack!

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Developer: The Marquis Is Closed. Let’s Move On.

A rendering of an entrance to the complex, courtesy of the developer.

Developer Candlebrook Properties is spending millions to renovate a five-building apartment complex near the King of Prussia mall with the hope that the result, to be called 251 DeKalb, will wipe away all remnants of the old complex’s history as the notorious Marquis. “The Marquis has been effectively closed,” said Candlebrook CEO Neil Rubler. “Residents of the Marquis are moving out or have moved out.”

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Incredibly Smart Guy Gives Incorrect ‘King of Prussia’ Response on Jeopardy

Last night was the third and last semifinal of the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades tournament, which features Brad Rutter, the pride of Lancaster who now lives in Los Angeles — like Mike Trout, he is from the town of Near Philly — and earlier this month had a David Rittenhouse clue.

Jeopardy! single-day recordholder ($77K!) Roger Craig got that one last month, but last night missed the above clue about Pennsylvania’s Christmas City. It’s the kind of question an incredibly smart person and good Jeopardy! player would miss — the clue says Central Europe, which would lead you to Prussia, which leads you to the Pennsylvania town of King of Prussia — best known not for a mall. (Considering how people spend their Christmases, King of Prussia is indeed the “real” answer.)

An even more obvious response, though, is Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania town named after Jesus’ birthplace. It was founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by David Nitschmann and Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. If that Count guy were ever mayor, I will have to compile a list of Bethlehem mayors like my Philadelphia one.

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Retail News: Swimwear Store Everything But Water to Open in King of Prussia

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Photo via Everything But Water.

Just in time for swimwear season, Everything But Water is opening in King of Prussia on Friday. The 1,500-square-foot store will have a cottage-meets-cabana vibe (oooh, sounds darling!) and will stock all the notable names in swimwear including Freya, Karla Colletto, Nanette Lepore and Trina Turk.

And if you’re stumped about whether you should be donning a triangle or halter-top (it could mean the difference between looking like Gisele or a linebacker—we swear), book an appointment with one of their trained staff members for a complimentary one-on-one fit and style consultation (it’s kind of like this). The store’s opening may be just the push that Mother Nature needs to hike the temps back into the 80s. Or at least that’s how we think the weather should work.

Retail Report: Tons of New Store Openings

Screenshot of  the former Ligne Roset at 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Screenshot of 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Earlier this year we noted how North Third Street had lost two neighborhood staples with the closing of the Three Sirens Boutique and Ligne Roset. But like warm weather sneaking in day by day, so too has new retail been springing up around the area.

Old City: Erdon and Philadelphia Independents
Ligne Roset’s former spot, 162 North Third, is now taken by Erdon, whose owner tells Shoppist the space is a tad small. But hey, with the included storage area, they’re sure to figure out where to put the extra merch. Some three blocks down, Philadelphia Independents, which will carry repurposed furniture and miscellaneous home decor, among other things, is moving in at 35 North Third (pictured above).

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Retail News: Ted Baker London to Open in King of Prussia

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Photo via Ted Baker Spring/Summer Collection

It’s official: Ted Baker London is slated to open the doors at its first Pennsylvania location at King of Prussia Mall on May 2. The 1,817-square foot store will be inspired by Philly’s revered Liberty Bell; the shape of the store as well as a cash till, armed with bells and whistles, will mimic the monument. Maintaining their British roots, the walls will be emblazoned with the lyrics from an English nursery rhyme (charming, right?).

On opening day, the store will be stocked with spring/summer ’14 womenswear, menswear and accessory collections (think bold colors and sporty-chic neoprene).

Shoppers present during opening weekend will be treated to a special gift with purchase as well as giveaways. Fever-Tree premium sparkling beverages will be on tap along with gourmet kettle corn for shoppers throughout the weekend. Can’t make it during opening weekend? There will be an enter-to-win competition running all month. The winner will score a $1,000 shopping spree at the store. We’ll assume that’s incentive enough.

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