How to Get Organized Without Ever Leaving Your Car: The Container Store Click and Pickup

Container-Store-BodyWe at Shoppist are seriously itching to start spring cleaning, in case you haven’t noticed (see: this entire series). But for those who aren’t prepping yet, there’s a sensation come spring of spur-of-the-moment cleaning. It sneaks up on you and then all of a sudden, everything needs to be organized. Right. Now.

When that happens, even overnight shipping won’t do. That’s why this service from The Container Store is amazing. How it works: enter your zipcode on any product page to check local availability, at checkout select the ‘pickup’ option, choose the date and time you’d like to pickup your order, then simply drive to your local store (maybe the brand-spanking-new one in King of Prussia?) and someone will bring your order right to your car. The service is also completely free.

So as long your organization bug doesn’t bite in the middle of the night (they usually close at 9pm), you should be good to go when the spring cleaning mood strikes.

Where We’re Eating: SoWe in Graduate Hospital

sowe-bar-400I’ve gotten better service at the DIY froyo place off South Street than I did at SoWe. One Saturday night, I made a reservation for 8:15. The table wasn’t ready then, so our party of four was ushered outside, where we waited five minutes for a server, and then another 10 minutes for the drinks she forgot to bring us. The cocktails were comped, which almost made up for the fact that it was nearly 9 p.m. when we were finally seated—at a hastily arranged table outside the dining room, next to the bar, with broken hinges that kept knocking big flanks of wood against our knees. After the move, our food was brought out at random. My mussels and mac-and-cheese gratin were delivered simultaneously, while my friend’s starter soup came after her tuna tartare. Oh, and then our waiter decided to argue with us when we raised objections. If the food had been exceptional, the nonstop horrific service might have been forgiven. Alas, it was not.

SoWe [Foobooz]

First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Orbitz Does Q and Gay

Philly friend Miss Richfield 1981 explains why not all travel sites are created equal in a new ad touting “Q and Gay” from Orbitz just in time for summer vacation season. She tells us that the site’s been an LGBT ally for more than a decade – and it’s the only online agency with a perfect Corporate Equality Index score from the Human Rights Campaign.

Check it out: