It's campaign season for Gov. Tom Wolf, and in an ad released late March, the incumbent rails against oil and gas lobbyists, saying they spent $60 million to block a severance tax on their Marcellus Shale spoils. It's unfair, the governor says, especially since Pennsylvania is "the only state in the country not to tax drillers." That really true? We fact checked Wolf's claim.
A few weeks ago, Philly blog Crossing Broad launched what may be the most competitive March Madness bracket ever. Out of 16 starting contenders, it aims to narrow down the worst thing about Philadelphia. The competition is now approaching the Elite Eight, with another voting round set to happen this weekend. Among the first-round picks were Comcast customer service, I-95 construction and the Aramingo Avenue Wawa. Oh, and you can’t forget the PPA.
With Midtown Village’s restaurant row on one side, and the Fashion Districts of Philadelphia and East Market rising on the other, the stretch of Chestnut between 11th and 13th streets is suddenly hot. The latest to land on the formerly drab strip is Shake Shack. Set for a summer launch, the restaurant at the corner of 12th and Chestnut will be the burger-and-shake chain's third outpost in Philly, and fifth in the region. It's all part of Shack Shack's big expansion push to open 50 new stores this year.
Back in the day, Philadelphia's suit scene was buzzing. Well-to-do Main Liners would flock to the city and shop at the Arrow Store, Morvilles, Diamonds, Irving’s and Jacob Reed’s Sons. But where all those have faded away, one still exists: Boyds. The New York Times comes 90 miles south for a long profile on the men's fashion house. Via interviews with famous customers like Dr. J and talks with the family behind the brand, the writer describes why Boyds is America's "last great clothing store."
- Last week, we quote-tweeted the Pa. General Store with a semi off-color joke about "butter cream egg season" (it was inspired by this McSweeney's gem, if you're not familiar). Instead of a slap on the wrist, we got a box of Zitner's Butter Krak Eggs in return. Thanks so much, General Store! We'll be wired on all this sugar for weeks.
- Honey, on the other hand, is much more than just a sweetener. It's fantastic to use in savory dishes — for flavor, and also for health, especially when it's from local hives. Few know better than chef Lynn Rinaldi, who's had bees on the roof of her East Passyunk restaurant for almost a decade. She'll join us on April 17 for a honey cooking demo. Tix are just $15, so come join us for tastes, recipes and fun.
- Quick note: If you become a member, you could get a discount on that and other of our events (and you'll also be helping Billy Penn survive, just sayin' and thanks so much in advance).
Philadelphia's Easter parade started all the way back in 1931. Since then, it has migrated from Rittenhouse Square to the Gallery to South Street — where it now draws thousands of people. MC David Henri will return to lead the procession, along with Mayor Jim Kenney. Expect costumes, candy and lots of color.
Where: South Street at Passyunk to Headhouse Square
When: April 1, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free