Camden’s Cooper River Distillers Gets Go Ahead

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After months of waiting and delays Cooper River Distillers have finally received permission to legally operate their distillery. Production on their first product, Petty’s Island Rum will begin this week. It won’t be long before the made-in-Camden spirit will be available to drink and this Thursday will be the last chance for awhile to tour the about-to-rock distillery. Tours are being offered at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. The distillery is located at 34 N. 4th St.
Camden, New Jersey.

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Uber May Bring UberX to South Jersey

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Over the weekend, a colleague told me that he had seen an Uber Philadelphia advertisement soliciting drivers for UberX, the low-cost Uber alternative that exists in some 40 U.S. markets, from Boston and New York to Milwaukee and Tulsa.

I thought it a bit odd, since UberX is very similar to SideCar, the car service app that was so memorably booted out of Philadelphia in 2013 by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. While an Uber driver is a licensed limo driver who shows up in a suit and a nice black sedan, your UberX or SideCar driver is basically your Uncle John in his flannel shirt and 2009 Buick. And the PPA, which regulates taxis and limousines in Philadelphia, doesn’t like that very much. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Winter Keeps Homebuyers Away From South Jersey

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Cold bursts may be a tiresome frustration for Philadelphians longing for spring, but in South Jersey the implications of cold weather are more concerning: The real estate market there is taking quite a hit.

The problem is that when it snows, potential homebuyers are less likely to go house-hunting at the shore. Other factors are at play as well, according to CBS Philly: “New Jersey’s job growth is behind the national average and mortgage rates have gone up.”

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Sex Offender Magician Jeff Carson Will Do Your Kid’s Party For $250/Hour

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UPDATE: New Jersey officials say that it’s perfectly OK for registered sex offender Jeff Carson to perform magic for your kids. Read more here.

ORIGINAL:

The man seen here is 51-year-old Burlington, New Jersey, sex offender Jeffrey Leach. He’s also known by his stage name, Jeff Carson, a magician who claims among his “satisfied clients” the Philadelphia Zoo. And for $250-per-hour, sex offender Jeffrey Leach will perform as magician Jeff Carson at your child’s birthday party.

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From the Magazine: Can Wild Boar Save the Suburban Mall?

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In the March issue of Philadelphia magazine, Vicki Glembocki looks at the state of malls in the area, including the Moorestown Mall. Developers are betting that celebrity chefs like Marc Vetri and Jose Garces can resuscitate malls by offering high-end dining in a landscape of Boscov’s and Sears.

But will customers bite?

Can Wild Boar Save the Suburban Mall? [Philadelphia Magazine]

Coming Soon: New South Jersey Craft Brewery

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On March 1st, Pinelands Brewing Company will open to the public. Led by former homebrewer Jason Chapman, this start-up “blue collar” craft brewery is keeping things in the neighborhood with a team, ingredients, water and even the equipment (which was hand-built by Chapman and his crew) all coming from local sources. They’ve been working on things for a while now, but March 1st is the first time they’re opening the brewery and taproom to the public.

Right now, Pinelands is doing six beers and two sodas. Check ‘em out after the jump.

Show me the beer

The PASS adds “Oysters and Charcuterie” Sunday Supper

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Matthew Ridgway, owner of The PASS in Rosemont, NJ is hosting a new Sunday supper, simply named “Oysters and Charcuterie.” The meal is served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Ridgway says, “we know our local guests will love it, and we think it will be a great light supper for weekenders and daytrippers who are shopping in Lahaska, New Hope and Lambertville, or antiquing in Bucks and Hunterdon Counties.” Ridgway, who has made his name with his PorcSalt brand of sustainable, artisanal and local charcuterie.

Philadelphia diners may recognize the guy running the front-of-the-house, it is  Steve Schiavo, who won the 2011 Best of Philly award while he was working at Fond.

The PASS is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

The PASS [Foobooz]

Three Bells for Osteria Moorestown

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Craig LaBan has tons of praise for Marc Vetri’s Osteria outpost at the Moorestown Mall in New Jersey. Not the least of which is the cheaper wine prices. But other dishes stand out as well.

My ultimate Osteria splurge, though, is the $36 lobster spaghetti, a dish so intensely infused with lobster-ness – the sauce enriched with tomalley and roe, plus a stock fortified with shells – that casual seafood pasta eaters might not love it at first. But with the tender meat from a 11/2-pounder twined up in the al dente strands, a flicker of spice, brandy, and basil lighting the sauce, it was soon impossible to resist. (Plus, it’s no longer available in Philly.)

Three Bells – Excellent

Osteria Moorestown: A Vetri marvel at Jersey mall [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Osteria – Moorestown [Foobooz]

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]

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