<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:56:53 -0500 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:56:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No Tips Needed]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008721854_1200x675_361956931585.jpg Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie has opened and does not require tipping your server.]]> <![CDATA[$1 Feeds Philly's Homeless]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:12:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/BigCheesePizza1.JPG

Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, is trying to help Philly's homeless with dollar slices and one simple question...

“...Can I get one off the wall?”

The interior of Rosa’s is covered in neon and even some pizza-shaped post-it notes. Those notes reflect prepaid slices that were purchased for people who can’t afford Rosa’s pizza despite the dollar deal.

The program started just seven months ago, but the idea was brewing long before Wartman opened Rosa’s on 11th Street between Market and Chestnut sts.

Wartman, a native of Plymouth Meeting liked the $1 slice concept -- popular in pizzerias in New York City where he spent three years working on Wall Street after graduating from Babson Business College in 2010.

In 2013, he left Wall Street behind and moved back to Philadelphia. That's when he decided to open Rosa's, named after his mother.

When he opened his shop last December, he found himself giving slices to people who came in without enough money. The pre-paid slice program was born when a customer came in to buy pizza and asked if he could buy a slice for the next homeless person that came in.

Since then, nearly forty slices have been given to the homeless daily.

One button on the register is pushed for every prepaid slice purchased and another button, labeled with a heart, is clicked for each slice that’s redeemed.

On Wednesday, Rosa’s gave away their 7,000th slice of pizza.

Wartman says the idea behind the pre-paid slice is similar to a practice in Italy called "caffe sospeso" when someone buys two cups of coffee, but leaves one behind the counter for someone else to enjoy.

As winter approaches, Rosa's will also start to sell sweatshirts in a similar way. Each sweatshirt will be paid for by Rosa customers and will be passed on to someone less fortunate. The sweatshirts will have inserts with a daily schedule of nearby homeless shelters offering free meals.

R. J. Mishler has been coming in every week for three months while he looks for a job. He often buys an entire pie for just $8.

“You can’t beat it. It’s my breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

He’s bought a few of the prepaid slices before but has never got one from “off the wall” himself.

“Those are for the people who actually need it," said Mishler. "I still have a home.”

Wartman himself admitted he gave up on determining whether or not people were “deserving” of their "free" slice.

“We don’t ask questions.”

Since opening the shop, demolition has begun on the building just across the street from Rosa’s, forcing several retailers out of the area.

“When I signed the lease it was much more vibrant.”

Now Wartman describes the area as “dilapidated” -- at least until the larger construction for new retail space is completed.

As a result, the heaviest traffic comes not at lunch time like expected. Instead, the shop is flooded with students from Academy at Polumbo and Freire Charter School around 3 and 4 p.m.

That’s when Wartman and one of his cooks, Keith retire the smooth jazz and switch on Nicki Minaj and Ludacris.

Rosa’s has a unique blend of paying customers, customers who don’t pay anything and customers who open their wallets pay for others.

Photo Credit: Burger Beast]]>
<![CDATA[Louie the Lost Dog Found]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:12:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/louie_dog_jj_pierce_stolen_car.jpg

Louie the Lost Dog is lost no more.

Owner JJ Pierce was reunited with her beloved black lab mix more than seven weeks after the rescue dog and JJ’s car were taken from a Home Depot on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia.

In the weeks that followed, photos of JJ’s beloved rescued dog began popping up on utility poles, fliers and even on the jumbotron at an Eagles game.

A Facebook page “Help Louie Get Home” tracked JJ’s search and raised support for the cause including raising $5,000 on a YouCaring account.

The hope all along was that Louie would return home.

That dream became reality Friday.

"Louie is home!!!!" posted the Help Louie Get home account Friday evening.

Photos of the reunion were posted to the New Leash on Life USA Facebook page.

Details of the reunion remained unclear and JJ didn’t say where Louie was all this time.

Ironically, JJ made a quick run inside to get a set of keys for a dog sitter when Louie was taken on Oct. 9. She left Louie in the car, and, approximately seven minutes later, she came out to find that her red Honda CRV and the dog inside were no longer where she had left them.

While he is microchipped, Louie couldn't be tracked unless he was found and scanned by a vet who knows to do so.

<![CDATA[Wilt Chamberlain Postage Stamp is Almost Here]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:53:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilt_Chamberlain_Ball.jpg

Philadelphia-native and NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain will be featured on new, limited edition Forever stamps -- just in time to spice up your holiday cards.

The Wilton Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee worked for six years to achieve their dream of flooding post offices with Chamberlain stamps. After 55,000 signatures, the committee can now celebrate the success of making Chamberlain the first NBA player forever commemorated by stamp.

The stamp committee is hosting a ceremony in December featuring former and current NBA players to glorify the hard-earned stamp.

Chamberlain has been called an “unstoppable force” in the game and is best known for scoring 100 points in a single game.

The celebratory luncheon will take place Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at 3801 Market St.  Former NBA players Mike Bantom, Ollie Johnson, Tom Hoover and Wali Jones are scheduled to speak.

The stamp will be officially unveiled later that day during halftime of the Sixers-Oklahoma City Thunder game at the Wells Fargo Center.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Tips to Kick Asphalt: Marathon Tips]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:30:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Philadelphia-Marathon.jpg Tips that will surely help you reach your personal goal at the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon or any race you run.

Photo Credit: G. Widman]]>
<![CDATA[Wawa Sues Family-Owned Restaurant]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:08:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+wawa.jpg

A family-owned restaurant hasn't curried favor with convenience store giant Wawa.

Pennsylvania-based Wawa accuses a Floridian restaurant owner of copyright infringement because of the name of his Kissimmee Indian food eatery.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Florida, on behalf of Wawa — which is actually based out of New Jersey, according to the suit — and its Delaware-based corporate wing, Wild Goose Holding Company, alleges that Rakeshkumar “Yogi” Patel violated copyrights when he opened Wawa Curry Taste of India in Sept. 2013.

The suit alleges that Wawa Curry opened after Wawa had moved into the Florida market two years ago. Currently, two Wawa stores are located within three miles of downtown Kissimmee.

“Defendant’s use of Wawa Curry… is likely to cause the public to believe, contrary to fact, that defendant’s services offered under the name and mark Wawa Curry are sponsored licensed and/or otherwise approved by, or is in some way connected or affiliated with plaintiffs," the lawsuit states. 

The 16-page suit mentions Wawa history dating back more than 100 years to its Chester County dairy roots and its opening as a convenience store in 1964. It then mentions Wawa’s many trademarks for products ranging from iced tea to bottled water to coffee to ice cream to stores.

Wawa alleges that the Wawa Curry name diminishes the value of the Wawa name and did so without first asking Wawa to use the name. Wawa also wanted Patel to turn over ownership of WawaCurryTasteofIndia.com and all items bearing the name so that they could be destroyed.

Wawa gave Patel’s company, Shayona Krupa, LLC, 21 days to respond to the suit. He could also face some sort of financial compensation.

Patel told NBC10 that he doesn’t plan to fight the lawsuit and can't afford a lawyer.

“We can’t fight them. We are just a small restaurant, so we will have to change our name,” Patel told the Orlando Sentinel. “Saying wawa to someone in my language, Gujarati Indian, means good job, or congratulations. Since we are Wawa Curry, I thought that was enough difference.”

Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said the company supports “the success of all businesses including Rakeshkumar Patel’s Indian restaurant.”

Wawa, a favorite quick-stop food and coffee shop in the Philadelphia region, needed to protect its name, according to Bruce.

“We have an obligation to protect consumers from any likelihood of confusion that may occur in the marketplace and to protect the brand name, goodwill and reputation that we’ve worked so hard to build over the past 50 years. In this case, we reached out to Mr. Patel on multiple occasions to resolve this matter privately and amicably. Regrettably, he did not respond, so we were left with no other choice but to take this course of action. We wish Mr. Patel nothing but success, just without our name included.”

No word on when Patel will relinquish the "Wawa" name.

<![CDATA[Brooke Shields Opens Up About Her New Book]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:17:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Brooke+Shields+Thumb.JPG Actress Brooke Shields tells NBC10's Vai Sikahema about her new memoir "There Was a Little Girl."]]> <![CDATA[Closed on Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:38:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Nordstrom+CHI+Getty.jpg

If you're in the habit of shopping for the holidays early and want to get a head start this year on Thanksgiving Day, don't bother stopping at Nordstrom. It'll be closed.

The leading fashion retailer announced its doors will close Thursday, Nov. 28.

Affecting more than 100 stores in 35 states, the closure is part of a Nordstrom full-line and Nordstrom Rack tradition.

“This is how we’ve approached the holidays as long as anyone here can remember,” Nordstrom spokesman Colin Johnson said.

Photos: Outrageous Black Friday Behavior

Closing for the holiday doesn't sit well with most retailers, which are already losing six shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year as part of a calendar phenomenon that occurs about every seven years.

Breaking a 155-year-old tradition, Macy’s announced in mid-October that it would open on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. Other retailers, such as JCPenney and Toys“R”Us, are betting on the holiday to increase sales by remaining open and expanding their operating hours.

Flyers were posted in Nordstrom stores announcing the closure with big lettering that read, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING.”

“We won't be decking our halls until Friday, November 29. Why? We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time," the sign read.

Some people don't like the idea that a retail store would remain open, forcing its employees to work on a holdiay.

"We've received positive feedback in the past," Johnson said.

Doors are set to re-open in time for Black Friday on Nov. 29 and in full holiday spirit.

“The Friday after Thanksgiving is when we deliver our holiday trim,” Johnson said. “It makes it more fun and exciting.”

For those shoppers who can’t wait till Black Friday, Nordstrom's online site won’t be affected.

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<![CDATA[See "State of Affairs" Early, Win a Trip]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:43:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/state+of+affairs+xfinity+live+party.jpg

Want to see NBC's highly-anticipated new drama "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl, before the masses and possibly win a trip?

Here's your chance.

Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia will be airing the first episode of the new series three hours before it hits TV Monday night.

The show follows Heigl as top CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, who provides the President of the United States (Oscar-nominee Alfre Woodard) with a daily briefing of the most vital security issues facing the nation. The cast also features Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and David Harbour.

The watch party begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. The episode will be played on the NBC Sports Arena's 32-foot HD TV at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes including show posters signed by the cast, $20 Xfinity Live! gift cards and a trip for two to anywhere in the United States.

If you can't make the party, watch "State of Affairs" on Mondays at 10 p.m. only on NBC10.

<![CDATA[The National Dog Show Comes to Town]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:40:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008658300_1200x675_358622787965.jpg NBC10's Brittney Shipp explores the preparation for the Purina National Dog Show in Oaks, Pennsylvania]]> <![CDATA[Pie in the Sky Helps Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:09:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008652645_1200x675_358278211918.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks to Rob Saxon with the Manna organization about their 18th Annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser that encourages people to buy dessert pies with proceeds going to help provide a thanksgiving meal to needy families in our area.]]> <![CDATA[“Duck Dynasty” the Musical in Works]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:07:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/450325685LC026_87th_Annual_.jpg

Yes, you read that right.

The Robertson family, who rose to fame on the hit A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” are bringing their story to the stage.

“The Duck Commander Family Musical” is being billed as a celebration of the family’s rags to riches history. The show, based on Willie and Korie Robertson’s 2012 memoir of the same name, will explore how faith and family helped the ducks build a dynasty.

If all goes well, the 90-minute show plans to open in February 2015 at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Jeff Calhoun (“Newsies”) will direct.

The Robertsons, playing alongside the Chippendales and Penn & Teller? Sounds about right.

The 14-song score will come from Steven Morris, Robert Morris and Joe Shane, and will blend a traditional Broadway sound with blues and country. Asa Somers is writing the book.

The Robertsons themselves won’t be in the show. Rather, actors will play the bearded bunch, with Willie Robertson and family giving approval rights over casting and story.

“We’ve enjoyed the process of making a musical alongside the team who is interested in telling the Robertson family story from an outside perspective,” said Willie Robertson in a statement to The New York Times, who first reported the story.

Michael David, who mounted the Tony-winning “Jersey Boys,” is producing. “Jersey Boys” is one of the few Broadway shows that has found financial success in Vegas.

A New York transfer is not expected, so if you want to see the Robertson family sing and dance, you’ll have to head for Vegas.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[James Gandolfini, Brian Williams Enter NJ Hall of Fame]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:55:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP850605986145.jpg

New Jersey inducted the late "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, hoping no one will ever fuhgeddaboudhim.

Six cast members of the hit HBO drama were on hand as Gandolfini, who played mob boss Tony Soprano, was honored, as much for his love of the state as for his TV fame.

"Hey, J stands for Jersey and for Jimmy," said Vincent Pastore, who played mobster Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. "Jimmy should be remembered for his work, for his love of his family and for his compulsion to let people know how great New Jersey is. It was beyond perfect that he played a mob boss from New Jersey."

Gandolfini was a Westwood native. He graduated from Rutgers University and won three Emmy awards for his portrayal of the neurotic north Jersey mob boss who ran his business with an iron fist but saw a shrink to deal with his anxieties. He died in Italy last year at age 51.

Aida Turturro, who played Tony's sister Janice, said Gandolfini had "the biggest, most sweetest heart ever. He was a true friend. I was his sister in many ways."

Tony Sirico, who played mobster Paulie Walnuts, said Gandolfini has already copped the ultimate accolade. Looking up toward the sky, Sirico said, "Jimmy's already in the Hall of Fame, whether you know it or not."

"He was a great guy with a big heart," Sirico said. "And he was all man. He was a good soul."

Gandolfini's widow, Deborah Lin, said he truly loved where he was from.

"He was very proud to be from New Jersey," she said. "His happiest moments were always in New Jersey."

And the only Jersey boss more powerful than Tony Soprano gave his blessing to Gandolfini.

"God bless you, Jimmy," said rocker Bruce Springsteen, a surprise presenter at the ceremony in the seaside town he helped put on the rock 'n' roll map.

Other inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame included NBC News anchor Brian Williams, women's rights crusader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, chef Alice Waters, author Dorothy Parker, basketball great Patrick Ewing, The Shirelles, former Gov. Jim Florio, NFL executive Howard Katz, labor leader Peter McGuire, and Holocaust survivor and educator Maud.

Past inductees to the Web-based hall include Springsteen, Jack Nicholson, Whitney Houston, Toni Morrison, Buzz Aldrin and Yogi Berra.


James Gandolfini widow and Sopranos cast accept his award into NJ HallofFame

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And my NBC colleague--the other Brian takes the last honor at NJ HallofFame

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<![CDATA[Black Friday 2014 Details: Thanksgiving Sales, Again]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:15:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/black+friday3.JPG

Get that turkey and stuffing to go, because Black Friday doorbusters are no longer confined to Black Friday. Retailers like Target and Best Buy are starting their Thanksgiving sales even earlier than they did last year—and in many cases, those sales will keep going for days afterward. Here’s how the biggest stores are trying to lure customers away from Thanksgiving dinner and into the checkout line:

Walmart: After years of ever-earlier sales on Thanksgiving Day, the world’s largest retailer has transformed Black Friday into a five-day event. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Wednesday that sales will begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walmart will roll out sales in stores and online on different categories of merchandise like home goods, toys, and electronics. “This year, we're blowing it out with five days of deals in store and online,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, the company’s chief merchandising officer.

Target: Target is launching its “biggest, most digital Black Friday ever” at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with a range of deals over the weeks leading up to Black Friday. Target, which opened its doors last year at 8 p.m., is also offering free shipping up to Dec. 20. The biggest steal? Target is selling the Samsung Galaxy S5, regularly $200, for one whopping cent each (with a two-year contract).

Best Buy: In an attempt to one-up its retail competitors, Best Buy will kick off its sales at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than the store opened last year. (Best Buy is even handing out tickets up to two hours before the doors open.) As to be expected for an electronics giant, Best Buy’s flagship deal is a 50-inch Panasonic TV for $199.99.

Macy’s: Macy's will kick off its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving afternoon, two hours earlier than its opening time last year. The department store's big deals, which last until Nov. 30, are focused on clothes, shoes, jewelry and homewares.

The Holdouts: Many retailers are bucking the Black-Friday-on-Thanksgiving trend. Costco, for one, is giving shoppers a chance to digest their Thanksgiving dinner, saying that its employees “deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families." Nordstrom, Dillard's, Barnes & Noble and GameStop are also closed on Thanksgiving, but are planning Black Friday sales.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:16:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/2014+Alzheimers+walk.PNG

Thousands of people descended on Citizens Bank Park on Sunday to take part in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The 5K walk, which kicked off at 11 a.m., is expected to host 15,000 people who have been raising money for the research of a cure for the debilitating disease.

Here's a look at this year's walk through the eyes of its participants. Click on each one to see them bigger:

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Radio Station Goes Old School]]> Sat, 08 Nov 2014 12:12:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/rundmc.jpg

A Philadelphia radio station is going old school as it switches from its mainstream urban format to throwback hip hop.

Radio One Inc. announced Hot 107.9 FM would become Boom 107.9 FM -- making Philadelphia the second major market where the Silver Spring, Maryland-based broadcasting company has introduced this format, according to company officials.

The change, which affected nine employees, was made after several years of poor ratings, Radio One announced.

"We are working to ensure all of our impacted employees are transitioned with the dignity and respect they deserve," said Shawneen Thompson, Radio One's general manager. "Though disappointed by this unfortunate, but necessary decision, we are excited about our future with Boom 107.9 FM."

Radio One owns or operates 54 broadcast stations in 16 cities across the country.

The broadcasting firm introduced Boom in October at a Houston, Texas station.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bill Cosby's Private Art Collection at Smithsonian]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:02:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bill_cosby_t.jpg

The extensive private art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby opens to the public at the Smithsonian Institution as part of a major exhibition.

More than 60 rarely seen African-American artworks from the Cosby collection are being displayed alongside 100 pieces of African works at the National Museum of African Art in Washington. The exhibition will be on view through early 2016.

The comedian and his wife began collecting as newlyweds in 1967. Bill Cosby credits his wife for much of it, saying he grew up in a housing project where the walls held only a clock, a picture of Jesus and cutouts from Ebony magazine.

Camille Cosby tells The Associated Press that they didn't collect to increase their assets, but because they wanted to live with these works, and to expose their children and grandchildren to positive images of African-Americans.

<![CDATA[Dressing Up Vets for Success]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:05:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008587229_1200x675_355056707979.jpg NBC10's Chris Cato talks to Star Lotta who founded the Suiting Warriors Foundation about the upcoming fundraiser her organization is hosting to celebrate Veterans Day. The organization helps veterans look their best for job interviews by collecting new and gently-worn suits.]]> <![CDATA[Art Museum Lights Up for a Good Cause]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:39:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/art+museum+light+the+night.jpg The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be lit up Sunday evening for the Light the Night Walk to honor cancer survivors and those who lost their lives to the disease. Gary Rathsman with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society joins Chris Cato to talk about the event and mission.]]> <![CDATA[Picasso Sketches Up for Auction]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:57:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_picassosketches1106_700x394.jpg The Washington State Department of Revenue now has something auctioneer Colin Murphy has never seen before: a brown sketchbook filled with a collection of watercolor, pencil and charcoal art. The signature written in it multiple times: "Picasso."]]> <![CDATA['It Gets Better' at The Kimmel Center]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008554304_1200x675_352441411693.jpg Interview with Jay Wahl, artistic director at The Kimmel Center, on "It Gets Better," a show design to help members of the LGBT community who have experienced and survived bullying.]]> <![CDATA[Philadelphia Museum of Art's Craft Show]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:18:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/10665416626630884117500659749520n.jpg Interview with Carol Blank Barsh about the 38th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art "Craft Show" that begins this week.

Photo Credit: luigis789/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Taney Takes Thanksgiving (Parade)]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:46:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_taney_dragons.jpg Philadelphia's most famous little league team will be front and center at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.]]> <![CDATA['Foxcatcher' Film Based on Local Crime Case]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:07:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008543914_1200x675_351872067912.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks to Nancy Schultz, the widow of Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, who was killed by multi-millionaire John DuPont in 1997. The story is now coming to the big screen as the movie "Foxcatcher" and Nancy gave insight about her husband to Mark Ruffalo who plays him in the film.]]> <![CDATA[Movie Spotlights Eccentric Delaware Millionaire's Life]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 07:32:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Foxcatcher+Du+Pont+Carell+Channing+Tatum.JPG Steve Carell and Channing Tatum star in "Foxcatcher," the story of Delaware's John du Pont killing Dave Schultz.]]> <![CDATA[Toilet-Shaped Restroom in the Running for 'America's Best']]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:01:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/175*120/Bowl+Plaza.JPG

As Jeff Goldblum said in "Jurassic Park," "When you gotta go, you gotta go." Few people in a rush truly appreciate a good bathroom. Enter Cintas’ "America’s Best Restroom" contest where a meta-Kansas monument has quickly become the popular underdog.

A toilet-shaped restroom known as Bowl Plaza at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas is in second-place behind Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. Not bad, considering it’s the only public restroom in the Russell County town with a modest population of 407 residents.

"It's been pretty exciting," says Grassroots Executive Director Rosslyn Schultz. "We've seen an increase in visitation to the public restroom" that took four years and thousands of volunteer hours to complete. People even donated items to be placed in the walls.

So far, the center has seen visitors from 56 countries. Oviously, Schultz was thrilled, "for a small town like Lucas, that's a lot."

Here in Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens isn't scared. "We’re definitely trying to flush the competition," says Longwood Marketing Communications Associate Abbey Palutis, glee in her voice at the word play. "We’re pushing for our valued customers to vote."

The Gardens’ restroom is part of the largest Green Wall in America, containing over 47,000 different plant types. "It’s beautiful and resourceful at the same time," finishes Palutis with pride.

Other competitors include the American Girl Place in Chicago, the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis and the Tiki Lounge in Pittsburgh.

Cintas is an Ohio-based company that provides a diverse range of services to businesses, restroom-design being one of them. Their bathroom competition began back in 2002 with a simple purpose: to find the most unique, impressive, elegant, and quirky public restrooms.

Since the competition's inception, bathrooms from Wisconsin to Texas have joined the prestigious Cintas Hall of Fame. A Candian version launched in 2010.

Bathroom enthusiasts can cast their votes and take the "Restroom Personality" quiz on the contest’s website until voting ends on Friday.

Photo Credit: Grassroots Art Center ]]>
<![CDATA[First Look at Observation Deck at One World Trade]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:39:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000005204499_1200x675_349634115746.jpg It's a symbol of strength that's now part of the New York City skyline. We're getting our first look at the observation deck at One World Trade. Rob Schmitt reports.]]> <![CDATA[You've Never Had a Burger Like a PYT Burger]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/PYT-Burger1.jpg A PB & J burger is one of the many crazy concoctions the burger masters at PYT in Philly have invented.]]> <![CDATA[Prince Music Theater Closing]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:18:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008504483_1200x675_349673027566.jpg The famed Prince Music Theater will close soon. Shows will continue until the end of November.]]> <![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Joins "Cronut" Craze]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/cronut-dunkin-donuts.jpg

Dunkin’ Donuts is joining the Cronut madness, adding a croissant-doughnut hybrid to its own menus.

The company introduced what it's calling a Croissant Donut beginning Nov. 3.

The Cronut craze began last year when Dominique Ansel unveiled the flaky treat at a SoHo bakery in New York City. High demand, which has continued with lines stretching down the street, has inspired multiple knockoffs. 

Dunkin’ Donuts' new treat, like the Cronut, will fuse two favorite bakery items, the croissant and the doughnut. It will have 24 layers of buttery dough, will be crisp on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside, and will be covered in sweet glaze similar to the one used on glazed donuts and Munchkins.

Dunkin's version of the flaky pastry fusion, which the chain doesn't want people to call a "cronut," will cost $2.49 each. That's half the price of Dominique Ansel’s Cronut, but a bit more than the doughnuts the company already sells.

The Croissant Donut will come in its own white Dunkin’ Donuts-labeled box with a clear window, similar to the Cronut, which comes in a yellow gift box.

More than 7,900 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the country will make limited quantities of Croissant Donuts each day for a limited time.

Dunkin's take on the Cronut is that latest of numerous imitations by bakers around the world, including other big chains that also want to cash in on the trend. Jack in the Box came out with a Croissant Donut this summer, and Crumbs Bake Shop also introduced their version called the "Crumbnut" last year.

Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts]]>
<![CDATA[Swift Named NYC Tourism Ambassador]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:00:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/457946210.jpg

Taylor Swift, New York City's new "welcome ambassador" after living here for just over a year, explains how to pronounce Houston Street correctly, declares "bodegas are our friends" and expounds the virtues of the stoop in a new promotional video for the city's tourism office.

The video is part of a tourism campaign starring Swift, who is also promoting her newest album, "1989." The 24-year-old singer has been living in Tribeca since last spring and she's paid tribute to the city with "Welcome to New York," which is also being used to score the tourism spots.

The "NYC Vocabulary" video by NYC & Company, the city's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, has Swift explaining some "important" New York City words to visitors. 

"A bodega is a corner store that is open pretty much 24 hours most of the time. You can get almost anything in a bodega. Bodegas are our friends," she explains. 

Swift also notes the unique pronunciation of Houston Street. 

"When you get here and you see the sign, you think, 'Oh, Houston, Texas! Houston Street!' Incorrect," she says. 

Swift goes on to explain how Noho and Soho are divided, and why that space called a porch in the South "and pretty much anywhere else" is most definitely a stoop in New York City. 

In another video, Swift says she decided to move to New York because "every day I would wake up with this feeling like, 'I need to be in New York.'"

"New York kind of pulled me here like a magnet. I was intimidated by the fact that it was bright and bold and loud. Now I know that I should run toward things like that. I should run toward things that are absolutely, overwhelmingly electric," she continues.

Before "1989's" release Monday, Swift invited fans inside her homes across the country to attend secret listening sessions. One of those sessions was held at her Tribeca apartment, which one fan described to the New York Post as looking "like an Anthropologie store, but prettier." 

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<![CDATA[10 Questions: Capital Teas CEO Peter Martino]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:10:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Sniffing+Wall+1.JPG

While you may think you know your tea, Peter Marino has you beat. He's a walking encyclopedia of just about everything there is to know about the beverage that we enjoy both hot and cold. No wonder he and his wife Manelle, a fifth-generation tea merchant, opened Capital Teas in 2007, a high end tea shop/bar that may have you rethinking supermarket tea bags. With a new location in Center City, the Philly native discusses tea, sniffing bars, and his diverse resume.

You've been a former nuclear submarine officer, attorney, consultant, real estate developer among other things. Is the tea business just as exciting?

Yes, it's exciting in its own way. The tea industry is growing very fast in the United States right now, and it's really fun to be part of a revolution in taste. You may not know this, but tea is the second most-consumed beverage in the world behind water. And we, in the United States, are now catching up with the rest of the world and experiencing the wonderful taste of tea. Capital Teas is really proud to offer something at the forefront of that taste revolution. I think that in any business, to be successful you need to have extreme product knowledge, a passion  for what you do, the ability to think quickly on your feet, and to innovate. We innovate every single day here, we think on our feet, I'm totally passionate and I learn every day.  I learned a lesson a long time ago in the navy which I apply to everything I do and I certainly do at Capital Teas. That's 'Don't expect what you don't inspect.'

Right now, Capital Teas is mostly in the DC area. What was the reasoning behind opening a Philly location? 

Well, I grew up in the Philly area. I went to St. Joe's Prep here in Philly. My parents and one of my younger brothers still live in the area. And I ran a business called XRT here in the 1990s. I was very proud to run that business, a very successful software company, and it was great to be based in the Philadelphia area. Subsequent to that, I moved to the D.C. area and lived in Annapolis for over ten years so when we started Capital Teas in 2007, it was there. Finally, now that we're back in Philly, I consider this a homecoming. I'm proud to add Philadelphia as our second major city focus after Washington, D.C. and to reacquaint all of my old friends and acquaintances with Capital Teas.

Your wife's family has spent a long time in the tea trade. Is your own family into any certain business?

I always enjoyed tea. I grew up appreciating tea. My grandfather was in Toronto and my father grew up there so they certainly had a strong tea tradition there, but I didn't know then what I know now about tea, I continue to learn every day, and my passion grows for tea every day. My family has a long background in the tech sector. My father's been a computer pioneer since the 1950s and we're all pretty entrepreneurially oriented. In fact, my youngest brother also runs and operates his own company. Overall, I think I like doing things that improve or enhance the human experience while giving us the flexibility to create new experiences and I'm very happy to do that with tea right now.

How is Capital Teas different from other businesses you've started?

This is the first consumer business that I've run. All the others were B2B businesses so it's a lot more fun now because we have a much broader demographic of customer and we meet the public, educate them, enjoy their presence. It gives us the flexibility to create new experiences for everybody that comes in. It's something to greet somebody, to take them through one our sniffing walls in our stores, to show them the different tastes, nuances, and smells of tea. And when they leave, they shake your hand and you say 'Wow, they really learned something.' Whether or not they buy something, they've had a great educational experience and we aim to do that inspiration; our mission is to educate people and inspire lives through the wonders of tea, one cup at a time.

What inspired you to go into business/entrepreneurship?

I've always had a strong and fervent desire to create new things, to forge my own path, to build upon past experiences, to venture into new arenas. I'm not afraid to take some pretty significant risks when I believe there's a reasonable chance to succeed. I credit much of that to the family in which I was raised and, an example, my dad who's now 85 recently purchased a new business with one of my younger brothers and he's working daily to make that business better. So, I come from this line of entrepreneurs. I suspect I'll be doing the same 35 and maybe even 50 years from now and I think that sort of entrepreneurship keeps us alive and fresh, and I must say it's a lot of fun.

What do you think best sets you apart from other tea shops?

There are many great tea shops in America, but very few of them have gone beyond a couple stores. So, we are now in a unique spot with our size. We can maintain the intimacy of a small tea business, but with our multiple stores, we have the ability to source some amazing teas, great teaware, superb packaging to help all of our clients, and to build a team that is knowledgeable and educational to serve the public. We've also established a bit of a unique spot by wholesaling to some amazing restaurants. We sell tea to quite a few top restaurants on the East Coast; we hope to extend that presence pretty dramatically into the Philadelphia scene which I know is full of amazing and great restaurants. We pride ourselves on continual innovation. We're always trying to be at the forefront: we are the first to embrace a multisensory experience in the store with a sniffing wall, we are the first to come up with brewing tea in beer and wine. We have several innovations coming in the near term. Within a month we will be the first specialty tea company of our type to release K-Cups with a high-end, organic specialty tea. We try to be at the forefront and innovate every day.

Do you have a bitter rivalry with coffee sellers?

No, not at all. We respect all beverage purveyors and I'm not ashamed to say that I like french-pressed coffee. I also like craft beer and fine wine. All of these things are about cultivating an amazing taste and having the cultural experience behind the beverage and I think that coffee is great too, but tea has a big advantage. I tease my coffee industry friends that they sell one flavor in varying intensities. We sell over 200 flavors in teas and infusions which have totally unique taste profiles. As we take customers in to explore the tea world, we have an awful lot to offer them.

What has been your favorite memory with Capital Teas?

My favorite memory with Capital Teas is that for the past few years, I've been asked to be the kickoff speaker at the business boot camps of the World Tea Expo, the biggest international tea conference in North America; it's typically in Las Vegas or Long Beach. I've been able to educate and inspire hundreds of people from dozens of countries on what it takes to start and to succeed in a tea-related business. These are entrepreneurs and smart people who love tea and I've been able to be their lead speaker. There's nothing more memorable than watching the graduates come back the following year and to tell me the successes that they've had. Imparting this lesson and helping them succeed really is memorable for me. And one would say, 'Why would you wanna help a competitor grow?' I don't consider any of them competitors, I consider them all colleagues in the same business of advancing the tea sector so I enjoy doing that and I'm proud to be able to participate in that way.

What's the most exotic country you import tea from?

I think that the definition of exotic depends on your own life experiences. Certainly, if you live in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka's not necessarily exotic  to you, but we import teas from 18 countries, many of which I've yet to visit. I truly hope to visit all of them in the coming years. I think the most significant for us is Sri Lanka because it goes to the heritage of Capital Teas. My wife's family has been in the tea business for five consecutive generations and we actually import tea from the estates that her great-great grandfather started planting in the 1870s. Today, Sri Lanka is the world's second-largest exporter of tea and we've forged a strong relationship the Sri Lankan tea industry. We even had a chance to tour the Sri Lankan Tea Board through one of our stores in Bethesda, Maryland. In fact, they were fascinated by the way we put tea in beer. Since Sri Lanka's civil war ended, they've seen amazing growth in the past decade and their climate growing conditions allow for some really wonderful teas that we're happy to import.

In your opinion, what is the best way to enjoy tea?

I think the best way to enjoy tea is to make it part of your daily ritual. It's not something just to have on a special occasion or when you're sick or with your grandparents or when you're going to high tea. I personally can't imagine a day without tea. I drink many, many cups of tea every day. It's more than just the health benefits attributed to tea. The way I look at tea is it infuses well-being so I want to be infused with that well-being myself and encourage others to do the same. As tea becomes part of your daily ritual, you begin to not only love it, but to be passionate about it. So, wether it's in a formal setting, in your car, at your breakfast table, or even sipping it as you run, I think making it part of your daily life is a life-enhancing experience.

The Philly branch of Capital Teas is located at 1804 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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<![CDATA[Have What It Takes To Win Wing Bowl?]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:52:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3250_WING_BOWL_WEB.jpg Wing Bowl is a Philly tradition and celebration that will have you counting your wings. ]]>