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Manayunk to Reclaim its Favorite Thai Restaurant, Chabaa Thai Bistro (EATER)

March 31st, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Manayunk’s Chabaa Thai, which was considered by many to be the city’s best Thai restaurant, closed in 2014 with the intention of opening again just down the street in the tandem property at 4343-45 Main Street. May 12 is the projected date when Moon Krapugthong plans to reopen her bistro, this time, with Binto Market & Cafe, her new, Asian quick-serve concept, attached.

Full article here.

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The Return Of Chabaa Thai (Philadelphia magazine)

March 31st, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Chef Moon Krapugthong spent ten years serving Thai food to the people of Manayunk (and beyond) at her original Chabaa Thai restaurant on Main Street, and when she closed it down in September of 2014, people were upset. First, because the loss of Chabaa meant one less place for good Thai food in a city that has very (VERY) few to begin with. Second, because this was Manayunk, and while there was no shortage of places for beers, burgers and chef-y tacos, it wasn’t like the neighborhood was exactly overflowing with ethnic options.

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Black Powder Tavern’s Secret Garden (Main Line Today)

March 29th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Sage honey adds an earthy whisper to balance the nip of Bluecoat gin in this perfectly chilled saffron-colored cocktail. Tart touches of lemon and grapefruit juices give this drink a bit of summery citrus to fend off the winter cold. The martini pairs exquisitely with baked cedar-plank salmon and holds its own with New York strip steak. $9.50.


Chabaa Thai returning to Manayunk and adding a market (

March 29th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Chabaa Thai Bistro, chef Moon Krapugthong’s long-running Thai BYOB in Manayunk, closed in fall 2014, in favor of larger digs at the corner of Main and Grape Streets.

The year and a half’s wait will yield not only a new Chabaa Thai but an Asian market and cafe next door called Binto.

Projected opening is May 12.

Full article available here.


Positively Philadelphia: The History Behind A Tavern In Wayne (CBS)

March 20th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Black Powder Tavern on 1164 Valley Forge Road in Wayne is now a bustling restaurant, but in the 1700s, it had a secret.

“Well, basically it was a farm, it was a meeting place for people during the Valley Forge time. They would come here and they would also store gunpowder in the basement and different things like that. Those kind of things had to be hidden. They couldn’t just be out in plain sight.”

Full article available here.

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Celebrity Sighting: Bill Murray Visits Black Powder Tavern (The Town Dish)

December 30th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

“Don’t call me sir. You can call me madame for all I care,” Bill Murray said to server Alex Seadan last night at Black Powder Tavern in Wayne.

On the night before New Year’s Eve, comedian Bill Murray was in town to visit family and, as we recently found out, to attend a Villanova men’s basketball. (“My dad just met Bill Murray at a Villanova Basketball game,” noted @rob_radico on Twitter. Through further investigation, we discovered that Murray’s son is the assistant basketball coach of Xavier University’s team, who happened to face Villanova University today at noon in the finals.)


Best Restaurants of the Philadelphia Suburbs (Philadelphia magazine)

January 11th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Barbecue freaks can hit ZACHARY’S (hidden away in the Logan Square Shopping Center in Norristown) or PHAMOUS PHIL’S in Collegeville (which still turns out some great ribs) and walk away happy either way.

Black Powder Tavern Dining Review (ICON magazine)

January 7th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet


Feed the Burbs and Zachary’s BBQ, Norristown, create an herb garden (Times Herald)

January 1st, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

NORRISTOWN >> Winter is now in full swing, but on Saturday morning, a group from Feed the Burbs, working with Zachary’s BBQ on Markley Street, looked toward the spring growing season with the first in a series of backyard-to-table workshops.

Feed the Burbs first got involved at Zachary’s when member Dave Swedkowski, a longtime patron of the restaurant, told chef Keith M. Taylor about his group and its philosophy. Taylor, who believes in a farm-to-table approach to cooking and is constantly looking for new ways to minimize Zachary’s carbon footprint, invited the group to work with him.


Yanako Debuts a Must-Try Holiday Menu (Manayunk Dish)

December 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Just in time for holiday festivities, Yanako is rolling out a new menu option that will have sushi lovers talking. From December 16–31, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a four-course meal for just $40 per person. With all of the shopping craziness that surrounds this time of year, don’t forget to make time for date nights with your special person and nights out with friends and family. Dinner at Yankao would make for the perfect backdrop for a night out on the town. – See more at:

Yanako in Manayunk: A Temporary Home for Chabba Thai (taste + scene)

December 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Chef and owner of Chabba Thai and Yanako, Moon Krapugthong, was named perfectly. Because now she is shooting for the moon.

While Chabba Thai is getting an extreme makeover (this one’s a doozy – it will expand into the old Manayunk Main Street Market), Yanako is holding the fort down with her amazing, soulful dishes and still serving up Chabba Thai favorites in the meantime.

And from Dec. 16th to 31, a delightful 4-course prix fixe holiday menu is available which includes both Japanese (from the kitchen and sushi bar) and Thai dishes. The price is only $40 per person and includes an appetizer, soup or salad, an entree and dessert.

To test and tout this great deal, we were in for a little treat when visiting Chef Moon starting with some lightly salted edamame and the always-addicting Thai iced tea. Next up was the fluke ceviche with notes of citrus and a slight tang tantalized the taste buds. Yanako is known for its fresh, never-tasted-sushi-like-this-before service so it’s no surprise the fluke was fresh, clean and delicious.


Colonial vibe, modern cuisine: Black Powder Tavern (taste + scene)

December 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Ever dream of those days where you want to step outside the monotony of city life and relax? Few places can whisk you away like Valley Forge, minutes outside of the city. And after a day at the park, few restaurants can satisfy your craving like Black Powder Tavern.

Formerly Winberie’s, Black Powder Tavern rebranded itself last fall in an exciting way, staying true to its New American-inspired menu while adding a delectable selection of small plates and wide variety of craft beers that rotate on a weekly basis.

While the balance between attracting a younger clientele and maintaining the area’s standbys is a delicate one, Black Powder has done well by offering an extensive brunch buffet and frequently rotating creative specials.


8 Fall Cocktails to Sip at Black Powder Tavern (The Town Dish)

October 15th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Wonderful things abound in fall, especially fall-inspired cocktails during happy hour at Black Powder Tavern! With eight fall cocktail specialties—at the happy hour price of just $6—Black Powder is the place to be for those who love creative cocktail concoctions. – See more at:

Tröegs Beer Dinner at Black Powder Tavern, Wayne, PA (The Artful Diner)

October 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

On Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., the Black Powder Tavern, 1164 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania, will host a special four-course dinner, pairing each course with an exceptional brew from the Tröegs Brewing Company of Hershey, PA.


Chabaa Thai Moving Down the Street (

September 9th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Moon Krapugthong, who said last month that she would relocate her long-running Chabaa Thai BYOB in Manayunk, won’t be going far.

She’s taking over the double-wide storefront at 4343-45 Main St., the corner of Main and Grape Streets that formerly housed Saxbys Coffee and Main Street Market.

The corner will become the main dining room, and the old Main Street Market section will house the kitchen and Chabaa’s new Thai market.Plan is to close at 4371 Main St. on Sept. 27 and open in the new space in early 2015.



4 Hot Dogs to Order at Black Powder Tavern (Main Line Today)

August 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Fresh off the heels of their Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs win for best hot dog, Black Powder Tavern is launching four new and exclusive hot dog creations during their “dog days of summer” promotion.

From today through August 31, the inventive Wayne kitchen will be offering these fun alternatives in addition to their award-winning Philly piccalilli hot dog (piccalilli relish, sliced tomatoes, fried shishito peppers).

The 1/4-lb., 100 percent beef dogs are presented on a toasted Boston bun with a choice of chips, fries or coleslaw and pricing is as follows: 1 for $8; 2 for $14; 3 for $20; 4 for $26. Better yet, pints of Yuengling are just $2 with any dog days platter.


Black Powder Tavern Hosts Allagash Beer Dinner (drink philly)

July 22nd, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Wayne’s Black Powder Tavern is going to give Allagash Brewing Company a real taste of colonial-era history on Wednesday, July 23, when the Maine-based brewery joins the restaurant and bar for a special dinner.

While the menu being served boasts a selection of tasty, contemporary dishes, the dinner’s setting will deliver the history lesson. The tavern, which first opened for business way back in 1746, once served as important secret meeting place for George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and other leaders of the American revolution.

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Chef Q&A: Nongyao Moon Krapugthong (The Town Dish)

July 11th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Meet Nongyao ‘Moon’ Krapugthong—the heavy-hitting forerunner of Manayunk’s up-and-coming food scene. Charming and charismatic, the ultra-talented chef decided in 2004 to sink her restaurateur roots into this thriving community along the banks of the Schuylkill River. A decade later, with two flavor-packed, well-executed Main Street restaurants under her culinary belt, she continues to educate diners on the true spirit and traditions of her homeland (Thailand!) with Chabaa Thai Bistro, as well as deliver a multi-sensory dose of umami to both body and soul with her superior Japanese concept, Yanako. Not only does she have an accomplished culinary career, but she’s also an elegant storyteller, a talented artist, incredibly philanthropic and Manayunk’s biggest cheerleader. Get up close and personal with the chef below. – See more at:

Stephanie Vacca (Yo Philly Foodies)

April 9th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Meet Stephanie Vacca, already working as head pastry chef at Avero (read our review at, Stephanie will graduate from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia this summer. When asked what she plans to bring to the dessert program at Avero, she answered, “Desserts are an integral part of the dining experience—not just a luxury or ‘add-on.’ Guests should come in planning to leave room for something sweet before their hunger pangs and cravings disappear.”

Her desserts are innovative and complex. They combine sweet with savory, creativity with simplicity…


Avero Dining Review (ICON magazine)

April 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet


9 New Eateries to try this Spring (Philadelphia Style)

March 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Black Powder Tavern
The latest addition to Wayne’s restaurant repertoire is a gastropub inspired by the historic Valley Forge area and the building’s Colonial roots. Comforting fare like deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, and onion soup are on the menu here, along with a wide selection of craft brews. 1164 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, 610-293-9333

New chef moving upscale at Avero in Devon (Main Line Media News)

February 19th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Scott Morrison is an effusive, personable Bruce Willis look-alike as well as the most ubiquitous Main Line restaurateur. If you have dined in a fine Main Line restaurant in the past decade, there is a decent chance that Morrison was one of the owners. You might say he can put his finger directly on the pulse of our desires in food.

Morrison has been a sole or part-owner at quite a few restaurants that are now history such as Maia in Villanova, Basil in Paoli and Pond and Floret in Radnor. He was once a partner in the still-thriving Tango in the Bryn Mawr Train Station and is still a partner in the mega-successful Nectar in Berwyn, and is also part-owner of two restaurants in Wilmington, Ernest & Scott and Chelsea Tavern.


Ithan Market’s Iconic Pot Pie Hits Area Whole Foods Markets (Main Line Today)

February 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The leading contender of chilly weather dinner is the classic pot pie. Wrapped in a buttery, flaky shell, and pumped with savory sauce, generous chicken and chunky vegetables, each forkful is pure pie bliss, and what could make it even better? Not making it yourself, of course.

Villanova’s Ithan Market has become our go-to staple for fresh, to-go pot pies, with like-minded customers walking in daily to snag their share of the old-world comfort food. Due to its mouthwatering popularly, nearly 4,000 pounds of pot pie are crafted each year. It’s a no-brainer then that a leading, local grocery store chain caught wind of owners Marion and James Green’s decadent creations and requested their share.


Ten South Florida Imaging Centers in Big Acquisition

October 16th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Tristate Imaging Group acquired 16 diagnostic imaging centers in Florida, including 10 in South Florida. The Philadelphia-based company bought 11 centers from Signet Diagnostic Imaging and five from Elite Imaging. It now has 48 centers nationwide. Elite Imaging’s Mark Zhuk will join Tristate’s management team. “Our recent acquisitions mean enhanced accessibility, comfort and convenience for Tristate patients and medical practitioners in Eastern Florida,” Tristate President Michael Carr…

Originally published October 16, 2013 by ewallstreeter Miami.

Ten South Florida Imaging Centers in Big Acquisition

October 16th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Tristate Imaging Group acquired 16 diagnostic imaging centers in Florida, including 10 in South Florida.

The Philadelphia-based company bought 11 centers from Signet Diagnostic Imaging and five from Elite Imaging. It now has 48 centers nationwide.

Elite Imaging’s Mark Zhuk will join Tristate’s management team.

Originally published via South Florida Business Journal on October 16, 2013. To read the full article, click here.

Superwomen (Surburban Life)

October 7th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The Voice
“Women to Watch” host Sue Foley Rocco cultivates change by sharing personal stories of women in leadership roles

Sue Foley Rocco is, in media terms, definitely “trending up.”  A year ago she had a career in sales that, by her own admission, “just kind of kept plodding along.” She has since transformed herself, in more ways than one, as host of a successful radio program on Bala Cynwyd’s WWDB-AM Talk 860, featuring prominent female business leaders.

For as long as she can remember, Rocco was addled by what she describes as poor self-esteem. Then, one day, something changed. She remembers standing in the bedroom of her Worcester home, analyzing her life in the aftermath of a certain family situation. It was then she made the decision to finally pursue “something that would make a difference.” She soon made a connection with Kim Douglas, host of a networking show on Jeffersonville’s WFYL 1180 AM, who suggested Rocco pitch a program to the station’s general manager. Shortly after, “Women to Watch” ( came into being.


Are You Ready to Unbundle It?

September 3rd, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Former consumer products goods companies executive Elliott Haverlack is answering a few questions about his new book, Unbundle It. In the process, eh’s also shedding light on how four-letter words—including the F-word—should be used all the time in the workplace. Enjoy!

For the full Q+A by Dawn E. Warden-Reeder, please click here.

More Than a Ride

August 23rd, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

These days, wordplay between “fun” and “fundraiser” is ubiquitous (almost as “friend” and “friend-raiser). However, where a “fun” claim is backed up with a pleasurable activity like biking to the Jersey Shore, it’s hard to begrudge any organization for taking poetic license—especially after learning that Bicycling magazine named BIKE MS: CITY TO SHORE RIDE the “Best Cycling Getaway in NJ.”

To read the full Q+A by Dawn E. Warden-Reeder, please click here.

Halos for Hope Event at PAFA (AskMissA)

August 8th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The Halos for Hope event took place Saturday August 3 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The event aimed to raise awareness and vital funding for the Urban Angel Foundation (UAF) and Bebashi-Transition to Hope.

Upon arrival, supporters were able to participate in a silent auction that included items such as the Mayor’s box seats to the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Opera tickets. All attendees could also view the fine art on display including a variety of unique and beautiful sculptures and art work. The Academy’s exclusive caterer, Jim Duffy, provided global, delicious fare to dine on. Music courtesy of the Urban Guerilla Orchestra (UGO) was played and patrons danced the night away.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Bebashi Executive Director Gary Bell, Host for the evening MoShay Laren (Photo Credit: Trey Nelson)

Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Bebashi Executive Director Gary Bell, Host for the evening MoShay Laren (Photo Credit: Trey Nelson)

Originally published by on August 8, 2013. To read the full article, click here.

We’re Gearing Up for Bebashi’s Halos for Hope Black Tie Fundraiser!

July 25th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

1718_1365450742Patty Jackson (WDAS/105.3AM) interviews Gary Bell from Bebashi about Halos for Hope. To hear the full interview, please click here.

Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall-Halos for Hope

July 15th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Brad speaks with William Cobb, executive director of the Urban Angel Foundation and Chanda Hurms, Director of Development and Communications for BEBASHI Transition to Hope. They talk about their upcoming joint fundraiser called “Halos for Hope” which raises money for both organizations.
Originally published on WOGL ( on July 15, 2013. To hear the interview online, please click here.

An on-air 4th of July celebration: New call letters, new time for radio host Susan Rocco

July 3rd, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

roccoheadlogo3It’s hard to remain gender neutral when referring to one of the region’s most audible supporters of female leadership. And since few things make a woman feel more independent than creating her own life path and fulfilling personal and business goals, the Fourth of July holiday is a perfect time to announce Susan Rocco’s latest feat: a new broadcast affiliation and a new time for Women to Watch. Those familiar with the show’s theme and its vivacious host/producer, already have an appreciation for the high-quality content and how it is delivered. With a new time of 2PM, and a broader audience, Rocco will be able to reach more women—increasing her opportunity to fulfill her goal of “inspiring through storytelling.” Tune in at: WWDB-AM TALK 860 Mondays at 2PM and follow Sue on Twitter. Congratulations to Sue, and stay tuned for more coverage of this great show.

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Chooses Student Winners

May 16th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

When Jenny Lai, Abram Sanderson, Amy Xiong, Lynn Zhang, and Roy Zhao boarded the plane to go back home from New York City, they were $20,000 richer than when they arrived. That’s because the five seniors from Plymouth, Minnesota were chosen as the 2013 Champions for the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge.

The 2013 M3 Challenge winners are from Plymouth, Minnesota, and were awarded $20,000.

The 2013 M3 Challenge winners are from Plymouth, Minnesota, and were awarded $20,000.





Originally published on May 16, 2013 on the Supporting Education website. To read full article, click here.

Diane Mastrull: Heir to photo-development legacy goes digital

May 7th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

At a recent EATS Philly fund-raiser, TapSnap “turned out to be a great marketing tool,” said Kimberly Ettinger, who managed the event’s publicity. “Each photo . . . was branded with an EATS Philly 2013 logo so that wherever people chose to share their photos . . . that logo would be seen by a whole new audience.”

Originally published May 7, 2013 on To read the full article, click here.

West school briefs: Wayzata team wins Mega Math Challenge

May 7th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Wayzata team wins Mega Math Challenge

Students on the Wayzata High School Math Team took first place in this year’s Moody’s Mega Math Challenge out of 1,054 submitted papers.

The team earned first-place after its 15-minute presentation to a panel of professional applied mathematicians on April 29 at Moody’s headquarters in New York City’s financial district.


Originally published on May 7, 2013 on the star tribune website. To read full article, click here.

North Penn HS makes finals of national Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

April 26th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

North Penn High School beat out more than 1,000 submissions to make it to the finals of Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, an annual national science challenge organized by a Philadelphia-based organization. The Lansdale school is one of six schools that will compete next week in the New York City finals. Students were asked to tackle […]



Originally published April 26, 2013 via Philly. To read the full article, click here.

PHS students offer recycling solutions at Mega Math Challenge

April 25th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Pembroke — In early March four Pembroke High School seniors competed in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge for the chance at receiving scholarship money. Seniors Erin Haley, Charlie Meyer, Soumya Karra, and Ally Marx had 14 hours one Saturday to address the issue of plastic waste filling our nation’s landfills, come up with the best recycling methods for U.S. cities to implement based on their demographics, and recommend guidelines for nationwide recycling standards.

They competed against nearly 6,000 other U.S. high school students. They had to work independently and were not allowed to consult with their team captain and Calculus teacher, Mr. Paul Consolati.


Originally published on April 25, 2013 on the Wicked Local website. To read full article, click here.

Michelle Montgomery & Katie Fowler – Inspired by Math #30

April 24th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Math contests can be a lot of fun. SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, puts on a contest every year for teams of high school juniors and seniors to propose a solution to a pressing real world problem. The contest promotes lots of hard work, collaboration, and smart thinking. And, the winners get a bunch of scholarship money along with a hefty dose of glory. My two podcast guests have key roles in running the contest. It’s a great thing that Michelle Montgomery and Katie Fowler are doing to prepare future generations to take on the world’s challenges.



Originally published on April 24, 2013 on the Wild About Math website. To read the full article, click here.

Scholarship Encourages Students To Pursue Careers In Applied Math

April 5th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This weekend, a competition is underway among high schools across the country, including some from Philadelphia on how to use math to solve everyday challenges. This year’s challenge: using math to address recycling issues.

Nearly 6,000 students from 29 states took part in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The contest is organized by the Pennsylvania Society for Industrial and Applied Math, or SIAM.


Originally published on April 5, 2013 by CBS Philly . To see full article, click here.

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Announces Top Six High School Teams

April 1st, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

55 teams will receive a share of $115,000 in scholarship prizes 

Consider it a 30-million-ton problem. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic produced around the world each year, over 30 million winds up as plastic waste.  Quantifying this waste, coming up with the best methods for U.S. cities to recycle it, and recommending guidelines for nationwide recycling standards was the task faced by the nearly 6,000 U.S. high school students who competed in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge in early March.

Originally published April 1, 2013 via via The Washington Sun. To read the full article, click here.

Montco radiology group adds three centers in region

March 7th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

TriState Imaging Group has added three more facilities to its network of radiologist-owned, outpatient diagnostic imaging centers.

The Jenkintown, Pa., company acquire Main Line Diagnostic Imaging of Jennersville in Chester County, Pa.; Delaware Open MRI in Wilmington, Del.; and Delaware MRI and CT of Silverside, Del., from the Delaware Diagnostic Group

Originally published March 7, 2013 in the Philadelphia Business Journal. To read the full article, click here.

Main Line Parent’s Pamela B. on KYW

January 26th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

WAYNE, Pa. (CBS) – The Upper Darby Food Bank got some unexpected help this past week after the word went out the food pantry shelves were bare. Pamela Badolato, of Main Line Parent magazine,  heard from a friend that a mother with six children has been turned away from the Upper Darby Food Bank earlier in the week. Badolato, who has four children of her own, says she decided to buy food and send it by PeaPod to the foodbank.

Knots & Weaves in County Lines magazine

January 13th, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

There comes a time when even a well-loved room needs an update. Or color change. While new paint is an option, changing out your rug is an instant makeover for a room. And rather than tossing out the old and buying a new rug, try the trade-in program at Malvern’s Knots & Weaves. Rug expert Jim Greim has assembled a remarkable inventory of oriental rugs, while Kerry Greim’s design background will help you make the right choice. So don’t be stuck with your old rug. Get it back into circulation and enjoy a new look for this new year! Easy, economical and green! 218 E. King St., Malvern,

Dalucci Design in Philadelphia Style magazine

January 3rd, 2013 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Philly Embraces Smaller Living Spaces

“Starter” castles, McMansions—call them what you will: In the past 20 years, many homes across America were built to an enormous scale. But today even affluent homebuyers are rethinking the scale of the megahouse. “It can be seen as wasteful—not cool,” says Ian Baldwin, an architect who teaches the history and theory of modern architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. “The new paradigm in consumerism is being a cutting-edge ‘green’ consumer. That’s cool, as well as being responsible.”

A smaller footprint requires smaller furniture. Designer Michael Simon, a Philadelphia native, who recently completed an apartment on Rittenhouse Square and another overlooking the Philadelphia Museum of Art, says that many of his recent projects in urban environments have involved smaller spaces, with lower ceilings. “That means I have to be very attentive to scale. Nothing can look oversize.” Dana Angelucci, an interior designer based in suburban Springfield, finds that her clients are purchasing fewer grandiose pieces. “The way people work and where they work have changed, with more and more being done at home,” she says. “As a result, they want furniture that doesn’t overwhelm and take up all the space.”

Although Gary Friedman, creator and curator of Restoration Hardware, says he never follows trends, he’s the guiding spirit behind what seems to be a particularly well-timed new line at Restoration Hardware, called Big Style Small Spaces. The collection, which debuted last spring, evolved so quickly that the company created a 156-page stand-alone sourcebook for it this past fall. As a way of proving the line’s versatility and effect, 15 interiors inspired by places around the world were created and filled with items from the line, in every kind of abode—from a Manhattan penthouse to a Paris pied-à-terre. “We chose the iconic residences typical to each of those places,” says Friedman.

The key to the collection, according to Friedman, is not only the proportion, but also, “the ability to place things beautifully in small spaces to create new drama and excitement.” He says a scouting trip to Paris with his creative team prompted a reassessment of how to design for small areas.

Soon after the trip, Restoration Hardware designers began to fashion furnishings that, while scaled down, reflected a reinterpretation of otherwise traditional designs. For example, seating inspired by classic Breuer or Arne Jacobsen chair design may now feature distressed wood and a variety of textures, and have a different scale.

By organizing the line around iconic settings, Friedman seems to be tapping into another trend—the renewed interest, after years of McMansion architectural mishmash, for structures (often in urban settings) with historic design integrity. Ian Baldwin points out that, “With all these interesting spaces people are now occupying, they need different furniture than they once owned. The furnishings are all part of the new ways many people are choosing to live.”

Knots & Weaves on Main Line Dish

December 3rd, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

It’s that time of year to get into the spirit and light up the town on December 7th and 8th, to celebrate Malvern’s Victorian Christmas. The town will hold their annual tree lighting along with children’s shows, strolling street performers, hayrides, tastings, and much more. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! For a full list of events, visit

To keep up with the spirit of Malvern’s Victorian Christmas celebration, Knots & Weaves (and The Loft) is hosting an event on December 7th. Beginning at 6 p.m., the doors will open for the public to enjoy music, refreshments, holiday photos and shopping. Mike Sharpless and the band “Bad Habit” will be performing live (6:30-7:15 p.m. & 7:30-8:15 p.m.), and a photo booth will be set up for kids of all ages at 6 p.m. (everyone will leave with a 4×6 holiday photo collage by Professor Looney).

Shop to Beat MS via Delco News Network

November 23rd, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

On Dec. 5, the National MS Society will be partnering with the 333 Belrose Bar and Grill to host a kick-off event for Walk MS at the grounds of the Devon Horse Show. Amongst the vendors who will be present for “Shop to Beat MS” will be the trendy trunk show vendor Stella and Dot, and the cupcake truck Dia Dolce. Guests who attend the event will enjoy valet parking, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine and a silent auction while they shop. There will also be a performance from singer-songwriter Seamus McGroary. Guests will also have the chance sign up to walk or volunteer for Walk MS 2013.

Ken’s Krew via Main Line Media News

October 18th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Ken’s Krew gears up for upcoming fashion show fundraiser

On Sept. 12 Ken’s Krew held a kickoff breakfast at Wegman’s in King of Prussia. Ken’s Krew is an organization that enables and trains individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully enter the workforce. Since 1997 nearly 300 individuals have been trained and placed in jobs. The breakfast took place so parents and employer representatives could discuss the event details of their upcoming fashion show to be held on Oct. 21 as well view a movie on the Ken’s Krew Inc. Ken’s Krew will host “Stepping Out,” an event that features affordable fall fashions from Boscov’s in Plymouth Meeting, offer raffle prizes and feature a special appearance by CBS3’s Nicole Brewer as Mistress of Ceremonies. With the help of employment partners like Home Depot, VS, Outback, Wegmans and Fairway Food Markets, Ken’s Krew is able to provide jobs in turn and add meaning and purpose to the lives of these individuals.

Ken’s Krew on Main Line Parent

October 16th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Parents of developmentally or intellectually disabled teens and young adults face unique challenges, particularly when it comes to such rites of passage as obtaining a driver’s license and getting a job — two major steps toward independent living. And even when transportation is available, the jobs aren’t. But with the help of Ken’s Krew, Inc., and its corporate partners — Home Depot, CVS Caremark, Outback Steakhouse, Wegmans, and Fairway Market — a growing number of young men and women are finding meaningful employment. This isn’t just a pat on the back and  a menial task; these men and women go through a comprehensive assessment and must meet specific qualifications to be eligible for employment. By requiring them to be responsible for transportation and uphold job performance, they are getting something they all want: to be treated “normally.” On October 21 you can show your support by attending Stepping Out with Ken’s Krew, a fashion-forward fundraiser showcasing Ken’s Krew “kids” modeling the latest looks from Boscov’s Plymouth Meeting store. Learn more about this hardworking organization by meeting Sharon O’Brien, a KKI board member and the event’s chair.

Dalucci Design in Main Line Today

August 23rd, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Dana Angelucci is currently doing an interior for a luxury condominium in Exton. It’s a project she’s particularly excited about because she’s incorporating one of her signature 3D wall hangings made from salvaged wood. It’s one of the many custom perks she offers clients through Dalucci Design. “I’ve done everything from tiles to furniture,” says the Bala Cynwyd native.

Dalucci Design in GAL Time

July 27th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Calling all college students: There’s only one month of summer– time to start planning your dorm room décor! Sure, you’ll be living in a small shared space, but that just means you need to be creative.

Here are some ideas for adding personality to your dorm room without spending a ton of money.