Ranking Philly’s Best Malls. In what he calls “A Very Serious, Not Even Slightly Humorous Ranking of the Best Malls in the Philadelphia Area,” The20’s @dhm votes for The Gallery in Center City as his favorite in a column today for The Philly Post. As he says:
“Quiet, haters. The Gallery at Market East is awesome. The ultimate mall product is sneakers, and The Gallery has a million great sneaker shops. (Mini-ranking of Gallery sneaker stores: 1. Ubiq. 2. Villa. 3. Kicks USA. 4. Finish Line. 5. City Blue.) There are two video game stores, a surprisingly decent Old Navy and a surprisingly cheap Burlington Coat Factory.
The place is stuck with tacky early-80s art and a decent amount of vacant storefronts, but even that turned out pretty neat: The mall donated studio space for JJ Tiziou’s How Philly Moves mural, now installed at the airport. Sometimes you hear New Order over the sound system. There’s a pizza place that serves dollar slices. Also, there’s a train station and three subway stops.”
Note, he doesn’t include malls in New Jersey or Delaware (sorry, Cherry Hill, Christiana and more). But The Gallery? The same place where mallgoers were peppered with flying trash and flash mobs organized? And over Franklin Mills, of which @dhm notes “If you simply must shop at a mall with a giant Ben Franklin head, this is your only option.”
The full rankings:
King of Prussia Mall
Willow Grove Mall
Plymouth Meeting Mall
Oxford Valley Mall
The Shops at Liberty Place
What are your thoughts? Favorite mall in the area?
“It’s a Wawa World…Forget Comcast and Sunoco—the most powerful economic force in Philadelphia these days is the one making your Shorti.”
It’s a Wawa World; We Just Eat In It. The quote above is the opening to a great read in Philadelphia Magazine’s August issue from Don Steinberg about how the local hoagie, gas and coffee joint is taking over the world, developing the type of consumer loyalty that most brands would pay big money for. Some classic (or Shorti, depending on your hunger level) Wawa stats from the story:
It’s now the number eight seller of cups of coffee in the entire U.S., and sells one of every five cups in the region
Wawa sells 80 million hoagies a year
It’s third in the Delaware Valley in terms of overall grocery sales (behind ShopRite and Acme)
Wawa’s annual per-store average is $5 million (excluding gas sales)
It is the country’s 50th largest private company
The stats go on and on, so just read the story. But another great takeaway is from Wharton marketing professor Stephen Hoch, who says of the store’s evolution from a convenience store to a one-stop shop: ““Wawa has become a fast-food restaurant with a gas station.”
A quick Facebook search for Wawa turns up multiple fan pages of those who love the chain and Philly transplants who miss it. The branded page itself has over 760,000 fans. It remains only in five states for now (PA, NJ, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia), and selfishly we’d like to keep it that way.
As The20’s @dhm said this morning about the business that we all love, ”“Wawa is part of our culture. It’s part of our way of life.”
A rendering I did for a client who wants to show off their unbuilt architecture. This rendering was created from the office of DHM Design Durango using Sketchup and Photoshop. Thanks for the tips Alex!
If you live in the DFW area, I strongly suggest you visit the Dallas Holocaust Museum. When I volunteered there I had the opportunity of meeting survivors and their courage and strength is just.. is just astounding. May we never forget. #YomHaShoah
Should the 76ers Kill Off Hip-Hop? Since the new Sixers owners (led by financier Joshua Harris) officially took over on October 18, they’ve been encouraging fans to send in suggestions of what they’d like to see changed with the team. And as The20’s @dhmwrites for PhillyMag today, “the only concrete idea fans can get behind is getting rid of Hip-Hop, the creepy anthropomorphic rabbit that’s been the team’s mascot since 1998.”
“Even in the late ‘90s, when baggy jeans and over-sized jerseys and the like were the standard youth uniform, Hip-Hop was a gross, embarrassing, obvious attempt to appeal to 20-somethings…Back when it was created – and for, oh, the first decade or so thereafter – Hip-Hop was a transparent and lame marketing ploy. Now it’s lame and stale, like the mascot version of planking.”
Meanwhile, @dhm takes the opposite side of the argument, stating that the team’s problems need not focus on a rabbit:
“What Sixers fans really want is for the team to acquire better players, win more games and eventually contend for a championship. But submitting that suggestion to the owners is boring; they have to know that already. It’s more fun to think they’ll read your letter and fix your stupid pet peeve about the 76ers.”
Weigh in: should the Sixers ditch the rabbit, or focus on bigger issues? They could always bring back Big Shot, as @dhm says. Of course, none of this matters until the NBA lockout ends.
The Dubai Museum, just Dhm 1 (about $ 0.25) to get in, tells you a lot about life in Dubai before it transformed into the city that it is today.
They have several replicas of the old houses and boats the locals once used, as well as artefacts found during archeological digs. A big chunk of the museum, however, is allocated to the life-size dioramas of every day life in the past.
In the photos, you see the dioramas of a pearl merchant striking a deal, as well as a jeweller’s shop, but they also had other “shops” like that of the tailor and fabric merchant.
D'oh! Let’s Play Two. The Phils are entrenched in a day/night double-header with the Florida (er, Miami) Marlins and Game 1 is looking promising, despite an early gaffe (that had The20’s @dhm cracking up).
In the first inning, Shane Victorino was plunked by Marlins catcher Brett Hayes in the head as the ball went back to the pitcher (video via @The700Level).
It’s not the first time the Flyin’ Hawaiian has had someone go after his head. There was this moment in the 2008 NLCS and the Cubs fan who thought Shane needed a drink. What gives?
Türk Hava Yolları ’nın TC-JPE kuуruk tescilli A320 tipi uçağı bu sabah Atatürk Havalimanı ’na acil iniȿ уaparak pistten çıkmıȿtı. Saat 19.30 ’da pistten çıkarılan uçak hangara çekilirken geçici olarak kapanan pistte seferlere açıldı. Konuуla ilgili olarak THY ’den уapılan açıklama ȿöуle denildi:
"Atatürk Havalimanı ’na acil iniȿi sırasında pistten çıkan TK 1878 sefer saуılı Milano-İstanbul uçağı hangarda bakıma alınmıȿtır. Geçici olarak uçuȿlara kapatılan pist operasуona уeniden açılmıȿtır. Acil durum anında uçağı baȿarıуla indiren pilotlarımıza уolcularımızı güvenle tahliуe eden kabin ekibimize, iȿbirliği içinde olan уolcularımıza ve DHMİ ekibine teȿekkür ediуoruz."
Bu arada THY ’den уapılan açıklamada İstanbul varıȿlı 57 уolcunun sağlıklı bir ȿekilde alandan aуrıldığı, bağlantısı olan 40 уolcunun ise da bagajları ile birlikte kendi seferlerine transfer edildiği belirtildi. Hüseуin ASLIYÜCE / İstanbul,(DHA)
Last August we announced that Dark Hall Mansion was partnering with Tom Whalen on an officially licensed 10-print run featuring classic episodes from the legendary TV series, “The Twilight Zone.” As part of that announcement we mentioned that on TOP of the 10-print run by Tom, Dark Hall Mansion would have guest artist participating as well. Today they have announced SHAGas their first guest…
WrestleMania 29 Coming to NJ in 2013. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Triple H, and Sheamus will be in attendance. Will you? WWE’s premiere professional wrestling pay-per-view event of the year is headed to the Garden State next year and will be held outdoors at MetLife Stadium (home of the Jets and Giants). From ESPNNewYork.com:
“This is not a one-day thing,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Thursday in the official announcement. “This is a week-long celebration that is going to be brought here to New Jersey and the surrounding area. You will have fans from all around the country and around the world who are going to come and generate tens of millions of dollars in all type of economic activity for this area.”
In 2011, WrestleMania was held before 71,617 fans at the Georgia Dome. This year’s event will be April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. WrestleMania has generated more than $200 million in cumulative economic impact for its past four host regions, according to ESPNNewYork.com. The 2013 event is expected to generate more than $62 million in revenues for the New York City area and northern New Jersey suburbs (according to the Wall Street Journal). More from WWE.com:
“My goal right now is to make WrestleMania XXVIII the greatest WrestleMania of all time,” The Rock stated before breaking the news: “I will also come to WrestleMania XXIX, and I will electrify MetLife Stadium like never before.”
And despite The20’s @dhm’s request for Christie to announce the event dressed as 1990’s WWF legend Yokozuna, the Governor opted for a simple suit (as shown above).
[ESPNNewYork.com, WWE.com, @dhm]
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