Police are looking for a man who broke into the Food and Friends Market at 20th and Spruce streets on Sunday morning. The burglar got away with about $10 in change.
The man broke through the door with a rock, police say, and entered the fancy food-and-beer market located near Rittenhouse Square. (If you want to be more specific, it’s located in the heart of the Spruce/Delancey/Pine area of downtown that often stands in for New York City in movies. And, in one particularly disappointing film, Washington D.C.) Despite having his pick of the fancy beers or Paul Newman cookies in the market, the burglar took just $10 in change from the cash register.
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New stores and relocations can do a lot for an area, none more evident than in the ever evolving Rittenhouse shopping district. Taking note of its changes, the Inquirer’s Elizabeth Wellington shines a light on the neighborhood’s growing status as an “epicenter of style:”
Although they are merely relocating, the moves of Duke & Winston, Joan Shepp, and Knit Wit to Chestnut are significant because, with Boyds Philadelphia, they help maintain a boutiquey vibe on the street.
And why is this “boutiquey vibe” important?
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A brief timeline of Michael Kors in Philadelphia:
JANUARY 2014: Burberry vacates is prime (but apparently not prosperous) location at 1705 Walnut Street. No one is too surprised or upset because it wasn’t that great of an outpost anyway. Racked Philly confirms that Michael Kors is taking over the space.
FEBRUARY 2014: Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Pearl Properties of Philadelphia bought the building for $5 million, and that the Michael Kors store is expected to open May 15th.
APRIL 2014: Michael Kors — the man, not the store — comes to Philly. He visits Art In The Age, Joan Shepp and Knit Wit, shakes lots of hands, wears aviators, sees Cher. The store must be following soon, we thought!
MAY 2014: Crickets.
Fast-forward to now, and this is what we have:
In a neighborhood where the grandest homes are either cloistered in high rises along the park or built directly on some of the densest streets, this carriage house stands out. Set back from its block between Pine and Lombard, the home’s entrance is behind a wrought iron gate guarding a picture-perfect garden. The home is small by Rittenhouse Square standards and the interior hews heavily toward stripes, but we can’t stop looking at the listing photos and imagining having our morning coffee in that garden.
The two-bedroom home occupies a double lot and makes good use of all 1,190 square feet. Wainscoting nearly throughout gives way to window seats and the kitchen is on the small side, but cabinets abound. The home includes plenty of period details like hardwood flooring and detailed molding as well as a lovely fireplace. The en-suite master includes a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.
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A post-assault “community awareness meeting” was held in the Rittenhouse neighborhood Wednesday night, days after a 26-year-old woman was raped at her apartment after an evening in Center City. A 28-year-old restaurant worker has been charged with the crime.
Fox 29 reports on the meeting:
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[Update 6:46 a.m.] Philly.com reports that a man has been charged in the assault: “The 28-year-old suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested overnight, according to the Philadelphia police Special Victims Unit. The man was in police custody early this morning.”
More details as they become available.
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There are pros and there are cons to life in a condominium. On the one hand, you never have to take care of your own lawn. On the other, you probably share a courtyard or a building roof deck. Of course there might be a door person there to sign for your packages, but you might have a floor full of neighbors to make small talk with on the elevator. This Rittenhouse Square unit in The Garden Condominium (on the former site of the Philadelphia Musical Academy) combines the best of both worlds. Yes, you’ve got HOA fees, but you’ve also got a private entrance and a private garden. Not to mention the fabulous master suite.
Built in 1870, the building proportions are fairly grand. The first floor features lots of woodwork as well as an entire wall of built-in cabinetry and shelving. The kitchen is gourmet and the first-floor bath has a seriously cool vanity setup. The first floor also provides access to the private garden, which is currently home to the grown-up version of a tire swing.
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NINObrand, left, and Commonwealth Proper, right. | Photos by Courtney Apple.
Look past the flash and splash of Walnut’s national outposts and you’ll find some of the most upscale independents in town, each one buoyed and validated by the very interlopers that have pushed them further from Philly’s most hallowed retail stretch of Walnut, between 15th and 18th streets.
Here are some of the best reasons to wander beyond Walnut, including the best shoeshine in the city, two top beauty bars, and a high-fashion atelier that turns out some of the coolest clothes we’ve seen.
See our picks here.
Screenshot via Google Street View.
Last December the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Toll Brothers Inc. was interested in the long-vacant — loooong vacant — property at 1911 Walnut Street. The luxury homebuilder’s plans for the undeveloped site included a 50-story tower for condos and hotel and retail space, which made sense for Rittenhouse Square.
Except now, they’ve pulled out.
PBJ’s Natalie Kostelni says the Toll Bros. have decided to walk away from the project for reasons for which are, as of press time, unknown. More from the Journal: Read more »