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PUBLISHER’S LETTER.

LANDSCAPING A gentle, warm breeze. Opening Day. A long, meandering run. (Or, in the case of our editor, a really long, meandering bike ride, which, I’m convinced now, he’s only taking to make me look bad.) This is an excerpt from a list of stuff I’m looking forward to. I started writing it back in early March, as slate-colored clouds hung low and temperatures hung lower, but I still hoped that the end of this soul-crushing winter was near—and that my list would help it feel a little nearer. A good chunk of it’s dedicated to home improvement. (That part, at least, I don’t mind so much waiting a while longer to get to.) I’m sure I’m not alone. With the last few months to stew over what needs work—and Mother Nature obliged to weigh in—I imagine us as a beehive at the first hint of warmth (or, at least, a seasonal temperature), everyone in perpetual motion, raking, planting, mowing, sawing, hammering. Whether you’re thinking big, like a tiered deck, or more along the lines of reworking the garden, we’ve got some inspiration to fuel your cause in this issue of CEO: a behind-the-scenes feature on the historic Duportail House Design Project and a profile of a visionary landscape designer who cut his mower blades on a golf course. I’d like to seize this chance, too, to thank you for all the words of encouragement that poured in on the heels our new format and the inaugural issue of CEO. To know that we’re connecting with our readers in meaningful ways makes every effort worthwhile. This is just the start. We’re surrounded in every direction by deep, locally-rooted business communities, and within them there are leaders, innovators and curators whose portraits, one by one, will come to define fresh, self-sustaining paradigms for life along the Main Line and in Bucks County. There’s a palpable energy in the air. Let’s just hope Mother Nature backs us up on that. In the meantime, enjoy the issue. And please feel free to tell us what you think. If there are ways we can more closely tailor our content to your lifestyle, we want to hear about them. Sincerely, Jim Bauer

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EDITOR’S LETTER.

Shopping that’s

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Stroll our sidewalks and enjoy the warm spring breeze as you browse our many fine shops. Afterwards, take a break and enjoy a delicious treat at one of our restaurants and eateries.

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Over 35 great shops, restaurants & services DSW SHOES ~ EASTERN MOUNTAIN SPORTS BANANA REPUBLIC ~ J.JILL ~ LOFT CHICO’S ~ WHITE HOUSE | BLACK MARKET EUROPEAN WAX CENTER ~ ESSENTIALS HAIR SALON CHIPOTLE ~ PANERA BREAD ~ THE MELTING POT TED’S MONTANA GRILL ~ P F CHANGS ~ YOGURTLAND COMING SOON: CARMEL CAFÉ

It didn’t happen overnight, but the realization felt just that sudden. More and more of what we were covering was growing from individuals. With the farm-to-table shift, we pulled chefs and farmers out of anonymity and fawned over them like lead singers. Now we talk about great meals not just in terms of restaurants and cuisines but with the names of the people at whose hands they were cooked, the ingredients grown. It continued spreading from there. Shops, firmly-established and feverishly-emerging, were described according to their personalities, which were born from exhaustively-edited inventories that align with the proprietor’s personal tastes, not conventional classifications, like clothes, shoes, books, home goods. Then it penetrated the next level, the ones from which those clothes, shoes, books and home goods are sourced. The individual entrepreneur was always there, of course. But their presence was never as strong as what it is now. In the face of so many contradicting trends, no less: a fragile economy; technology that grows more potent by the hour; the globalization of nearly every nook on earth. And yet, here we are, tightening our circles, lusting after originality, nuance. In short, authenticity. So, the timing feels right to step back and refresh our perspective. In that vein, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite artisans, the heart of our new paradigm. (See page 32.) Some of them have been at this since long before it was fashionable to make stuff by hand. (Sorry, crafters. Deep down, you had to know you were marginalized for a reason.) The others are empowered by the same sense of pride that’s swelling in the rest of us. They all make profoundly-cool things. But what we love most about them is that they’re conceiving it here, and they’re proud of it. They are products of their communities, so it’s only natural that that gets reflected in their work. Sure, they’re shipping all over the country, the world even, but we get the references like no other. When you cross paths with Gino De Schrijver at the Stockton Market— you’re going to want to seek him out after you hear what he’s cooking— and he tells you to check back this summer for his fig-walnut-honey jam and why (spoiler alert: He met a woman at the Easton Farmers’ Market who has a pair of fig trees and more figs than she knows what to do with), you’re going to feel like the ultimate insider. And that sensation emanates from every one of these artisans, which could, come to think of it, explain the neighborhood pride. A clique sucks. Unless you’re on the inside. Then it’s the greatest thing in the world. All my best, Scott Edwards

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CONTENTS. THE DESIGN ISSUE

16 A Place for Everything A new Lambertville, NJ, shop, is encouraging a total paradigm shift of how we deal with our excess

32 Power to the People Our neighborhood pride is swelling, in large part because of what these artisans are accomplishing

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Publisher’s Letter Editor’s Letter

EATS. 50

Business won’t squash the grassroots spirit of farmers markets, if they have their way

LIFE. 20

Beauty

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Kids

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Joy Behar—you know her from “The View”—is coming to New Hope, her baggage in tow

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A Stripped-down Yoga This is what yoga looks like when you drop the head games (mostly) and just try to keep yourself upright

Organized Home

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The Last Word

It took a little encouragement from Chekhov for Bucks playwright Christopher Durang to pick up on the potential of his own community

Spring cleaning’s silver lining: buying new stuff—to better stash all the old stuff

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Interior Design

TV will have us believe that a renovation is a series of payoffs packed into an hour. Reality’s more tedious, says our resident designer

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Scavenging

With some separation, scenes of surreal beauty emerge from the polar vortex and whiteouts

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Caught in a Moment

A massive exhibit spans the 50-year career of Seward Johnson, sculptor of the everyman

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Best-kept Secret

With a pair of locally-rooted gastropubs on the horizon, this is the next craft beer hotbed

AT LARGE.

Baring it All in Public

Side Order

The baker’s back in a big way, but these aren’t the mom-and-pop shops we grew up with

The new common ground for parents and uncompromising kids is a couple feet in the air

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Home Cooking

An ode to the scorching Hot Chicken at The Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga’s love letter to the south

As this played-out winter dragged on, artificial signs of hope became very necessary lifelines

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Advocates, Not Middle Men

COVERS BUCKS LIFE: Photograph by THOMAS ROBERT CLARKE (thomasrobertclarke.com). Gino De Schrijver, left, and David Borgert, the founders of Eat This, pictured at their Erwinna home. MAINLINE: Photograph by JASON VARNEY (varneyphoto.com). Designer Robert True Ogden. See “Power to the People,” page 32.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP, LEFT: JOSH DEHONNEY; THOMAS ROBERT CLARKE; MATTHEW J. RHEIN

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Life. Heart Pumping, Mind Bending

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That’s not to imply that Sobel’s banished her aggressiveness. During the YeS+ class, she constantly cried orders and encouragement from atop her bike, even hopping off on occasion and pounding the floor. But in the yoga studio, she was subdued and serious, verging on reverential. YeS+ lets Sobel’s two halves come out and play together. But it’s also her way of keeping the yoga straightforward, as it was introduced to her. It is, but it isn’t—an apt description for Focus Fitness as a whole, too. The service-bent staff, spa-like setup and select disciplines are neatly packaged as a “boutique studio,” but nearly 40 instructors lead 90 classes there a week. In February, Sobel opened a Center City location, Focus Barre & Yoga. The offerings are more streamlined still. But, true to form, she plans to distinguish herself by going deeper than most. During the spinning, Sobel, at regular intervals, shouted, “What are you grateful for?” My answer became my carrot. In the yoga studio, she asked again. And as tightly coiled as I was, sweat streaming into my eyes, my mind unraveled and started coloring in the details. Grounded, but drifting—with a lot less coaxing than I expected to need. —SCOTT EDWARDS MATTHEW J RHEIN

Under the cover of the black light studio and the booming, club-y soundtrack, I was able to mask most of my suffering through the 45-minute spinning session. But there was no hiding from the room-length mirror during the yoga workout that followed on its heels. And so, I stood quivering on one leg, threatening to teeter into the short rows of my classmates on either side. When I scoped out the YeS+ class at Focus Fitness Main Line (focusfitnessml.com), in Bryn Mawr, I imagined the second half as a kind of meditative cooldown. It wasn’t. And I was struggling. Allison Sobel, the owner and instructor for this particular session, entered her first yoga workout mildly skeptical. But something shifted in her by the end. She left curious, but tentative, interested in mining the origin of that sensation, but not in getting into all the heady philosophy about it. Sobel maneuvers through her cramped office and untacks a couple of fourby-six photos of her three young daughters from the wall above her desk. “I started to take more and more classes, and I noticed I was becoming a little bit calmer with the kids,” she says of yoga’s influence. “You need to soften in order to be more receptive to things. For constantly pushing and forcing, I wasn’t getting anywhere.”

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Nuts and Bolts Art and Design

CREATING BUZZ

THOMAS ROBERT CLARKE (DON’T TOSS IT); COURTESY OF TINY TERRA FERMA (FAR RIGHT)

A Lambertville, NJ, showroom and gallery is restoring potential to every salvaged part. By Scott Edwards Four little buttons. They were the impetus for a gesture that evolved into a movement that matured into a business plan. Nora Mathews, a self-described “huge recycler [and] repurposer,” plucked them from a threadbare sweater. They needed saving, that much was clear. But she was at a loss over what to do with them, so she showed them to a close friend who shared her passion. Pamela Chamberlain let nothing go to waste, to the extent that she made a hobby out of scouring sidewalks and grocery store floors for loose change. The 350 bucks she pocketed over four years covered the initial inventory for DontTossIt.com, the online store that grew from the buttons and launched in December 2011. There, they sell “upcycled” home goods, art, jewelry and a slew of surprisingly-stylish accessories. (A year ago, they renamed the site ArtfullyReimagined because it was a better fit for their aesthetic.) Upcycling’s having a moment. What started with dramatic art installations—a massive stained glass window made from discarded soda bottles—was made accessible to the masses by crafty interior designers who found new life for old bed posts as floor lamps. It caught our eye because we were becoming ecosavvy, but it stuck because, more urgently, we were learning to become frugal do-it-yourselfers. Don’t Toss It, the store/gallery/ studio that Mathews and Cham- PAMELA CHAMBERLAIN, LEFT, AND NORA berlain opened in November in a MATHEWS, COLLECTORS AND CURATORS. retrofitted brick building in Lam- OPENING PAGE: SOME OF THEIR HAUL. bertville, NJ, is the next block on their storyboard. Where the Web site caters to the customer, the store targets the creator, foremost. They collect and sell salvaged furnishings, hardware and supplies, but it’s not really a salvage store. They stage workshops on creating art from scrap, too, but it’s not a community center. Their concept is to close, then widen the circle. They sell deeply-discounted materials to artists—a tube of paint goes for $4, for example—and then exhibit and sell their art and goods, all the while grooming the next generation of repurposing artists and designers and saving more and more from a slow decay in a landfill. “We have gone for a for-profit model for the sole reason that we want to build something that is self-sustaining,” Chamberlain says. The subterranean first-floor space sits across from a glassblower and beneath DIG Yoga. For all the mismatched components—the finished pieces, the raw collections, the delicate art—Don’t Toss It is precisely organized, even airy. As we talk, in February, Mathews and Chamberlain are plotting to expand their storage space. They’re salvaging more than they know what to do with, which speaks to the vastness of the void they’re filling—around here, at least. The dream is for the art to drive all this. But, for the time being, the gallery’s a side attraction.

Start a summer-long party in your backyard and watch your hospitality be paid forward. In a little over a year, Jeff Lorenz and Annie Scott have positioned their landscape design studio and smartly-edited garden supply shop and nursery, Tiny Terra Ferma, as a community hub in Manayunk. There, they mentor the DIY set in designing savvy green spaces of every shape and size, right down to a window box, and launch large-scale restoration projects, like replanting Christmas trees. Here, their foolproof plan for bringing new life to your garden this spring. —SE While you’re still plotting how to divvy up the backyard, make room for a honey pot, our pet name for a container garden designed to help support native pollinators. Not unlike the rest of us, they’re looking for food, water and a shelter that’s roomy enough to unwind in and quiet enough to reproduce. In the wild, no problem. Around here, though, it’s asking a lot. But it’s relatively easy to pull together. A honey pot is planted like any other container garden. The only difference lies in the plants that you use. 1. PICK YOUR PLANTS. Priority number one is providing for the pollinators, but close behind is the aesthetic. Consider textures and flower types. Aim to incorporate a range of colors and bloom times, the latter because it’ll draw out the season, which is good for the eye and the pollinators. These are some of our favorite early-season bloomers: wild blue phlox, Canadian columbine, penstemon and spiderwort. For midseason: Butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot, liatris, common boneset, narrow leaf mountain mint, echinacea, giant ironweed and Joe-Pye weed. And for late-season: coreopsis, bigleaf aster, blue mistflower, goldenrod, New York aster and New England aster. (We sell them all.) 2. CHOOSE A CONTAINER. Then, add a layer of crushed stone or some other kind of rough, porous material for drainage. 3. COVER THE DRAINAGE LAYER in a shallow bed of soil, and water it. 4. REMOVE YOUR PLANTS FROM THEIR POTS and start arranging them according to their height, the texture of the foliage and their bloom colors. 5. COVER THE PLANTS in a high-quality garden soil. We like Organic Mechanics Potting Soil. It’s made locally, so even better. Stay clear of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. 6. WATER. A lot. 7. MOST POLLINATORS LOVE THEM SOME SUN, so make sure that your honey pot’s ultimate resting place gets lots of it. Tiny Terra Ferma, 4324 Main Street, Manayunk. For other projects, see the upcoming workshops at tinyterraferma.com.

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With Radiant Orchid as her inspiration, Colleen Attara gets a jump on Mother Nature.

There’s a point near the initial edge of spring when I free my toes and wear only open-toe sandals and flip-flops from then on. It’s not a fixed date; it’s a feeling. Though, this year, my instincts went haywire because I swore off my rubber snow boots on March 1. It could have been restlessness or defiance. Either way, my toes were out—in white, icy daylight. Frozen, but free. As I stubbornly hold out for a spring that, it’s clear now, won’t arrive until May, I’ve developed a deep—deeper, rather—appreciation for Radiant Orchid, the PANTONE color of the year, because it reminds me of the purple crocus whose sight will reaffirm that the world is not a cold and dark place. I’ve always had an affinity for purple. The creative director of a major label once said in my company that purple doesn’t sell. But it’s been marketable and flattering for me. And anyway, I love underdogs. PANTONE’s influenced on an array of fronts, from pop culture trends to upcoming art exhibits, in landing on its COY. Still, the last decade’s seen a lot of blue, the color wheel’s obvious top dog. I don’t have anything against Blue Iris, Aqua Sky or Cerulean, but I wasn’t inspired to infuse my lifestyle with any of them. At least, not to the extent that I already have in a few months with Radiant Orchid. These are some of my favorites.

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RAVENWOODS: Totally renovated home. In every direction,there are walls of glass.The Great Room offers dramatic ceiling,a large triangular window that becomes the focal point and a very beautiful stone fireplace. The master bedroom is large and inviting and the sumptuous master bath resembles a private spa. There is a full separate in-law suite. Hot tub pavilion, in-ground pool with pool house and stone walls, etc. complete this manageable estate. $1,145,000

COFFEETOWN MILLER'S HOUSE: Set on 11 acres is a beautiful 1842 stone farm house. Modern addition of large studio with upper and lower decks provide bird's eye views over stream and forest.The rooms meander in a graceful pattern. Historic bank barn. Easy access to I-78. 80 minutes to NYC and Philadelphia. $799,000 Contact Art Mazzei or Janice Haveson

BOXWOOD MANOR: When you approach Boxwood Manor, your senses are overwhelmed by the beauty and unique park-like characteristics of the property itself. Three flagpoles mark the entrance which leads to beautiful French gardens, a Zen garden, English boxwood hedges, a meandering stream with bridges, statuary and an impressive pergola that all come together to create a living canvas similar to the work of Seurat. Through the Porte-cochère, you can see the serene and inviting naturalized pool setting. $1,495,000

GREEN VALLEY COTTAGE: A talented Artisan builder saw the vast potential in an aging,but picturesque country cottage on the outskirts of the Hamlet of Lumberville. The Artisan used his vision and his talent to resurrect this cottage into a home that maintains the charm and character of years gone by with State-of-the -Art fixtures and finishes in demand by today’s Buyers. The home,looking out on a natural stream,has amazing and private vistas. There is also a separate studio space. $795,000

PEACOCK FARM : This amazing proper Bucks County stone farmhouse is sited on 10 desirable acres on prestigious Pidcock Creek Road. The home has a large, inviting kitchen that resembles a country retreat in the South of France. Radiating from the kitchen is a spacious family room with walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. There are 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The 10 acre site offers a large frame barn, a separate guest house, garage, in-ground pool, peacock house, a large pond and beautiful vistas. $2,395,000

RALPH STOVER MANSION: This 1780 stucco over stone mansion still exudes the graciousness and sophistication that has been part of its essence throughout the centuries. Located in the heart of the Hamlet of Pt. Pleasant, Ralph Stover Mansion is both an exceptional private home and working Bed & Breakfast. This property is zoned for a community center, school, library,day care center,nursing home,medical use,office, funeral home and many others. $795,000

FRENCH COUNTRY HOME : A long sinuous drive, past mature woodlands, brings you up to the country home on 4 plus acres. This French inspired country home offers the traditional three steep gabled roof lines in beautiful cedar shake and natural stucco exterior.The lead glass front door opens to a welcoming foyer with barrel ceiling and symmetrical dining room and formal living room. The first floor master bedchamber boasts his and her bathrooms and large walk-in closets. The home has hardwood floors throughout. $949,000

10.RIEGEL HALL: In an area located in Riegelsville, Bucks County, PA. and known as Millionaire Row, sits this stately Edwardian Mansion. This impressive stone structure is listed on the Bucks County Register of Historic Places. The home features 8 bedrooms, 3 full baths plus 2 powder rooms, an updated kitchen and there is extensive millwork throughout the home. Impeccable 2.66 acres are beautifully landscaped around the formal front lawn. Features a newly renovated inground pool and a garage/carriage house. $875,000

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When it comes to extracurriculars, landing on common ground with your kid is a daunting proposition. So, try the sky instead.

LIFE. KIDS

By Courtney Greisman

Signing your kid up for an afterschool activity should be an exploration that’s rife with possibility, like your own play-at-home talent search. But then you’re reminded, and probably abruptly, that both of you need to be down with it. You swore that solemn oath to yourself many years before you’d become a parent that you weren’t going to force the piano on your kids after it was done to you. You were going to let them find their own ways, nurture their own passions. Turns out, though, their ideas of fun—eating their weight in mud, applying all of your makeup at once—may set them back a few years developmentally and cause irreparable physical harm. This is the daunting threshold I stood before a few months back. Until I discovered FlyGym at the Body Flow Movement Studio in Lambertville, NJ. I pitched it and, miraculously, my sixyear-old daughter bit. I enrolled her before she could change her quizzical mind. The class is taught by the lovely Suzanne Brett, whose bottomless pools of patience pour through her every expression. And that’s crucial, because 12 elementary school-age girls suspended at once by ribbons of fabric is a perfect storm brewing. FlyGym, ultimately, is about body control. The two ends of a sturdy-but-soft bolt of fabric are anchored to a pole near the ceiling. At fulllength, it dangles just above the floor. Suzanne steers the girls through a series of contortions. The more intertwined they become with the fabric, the more it tests their strength and balance. Just since the fall, when mine started, she’s toughened up her core, gained flexibility and intensified her self-esteem. Learning to put all of that into a single, fluid motion, she’s also picked up an awareness of her body. Finally being able to hoist herself up from an upside down position was easily one of the crowning achievements of her 2013. Grateful as I am for her personal gains, it’s seeing the group flourish together that holds me in awe every time I catch a glimpse. There’s none of the usual Mean Girls act. Its absence, I’m hoping, is lost on my kid, and rallying around her classmates becomes her normal.

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More decidedly outside-the-mainstream activities to kickstart your half-pint’s imagination. —CG AromaKids | Yardley | therapeuticcalm.net This may be the only thing your mini-you ever does that leaves the house smelling better afterward. Sara Naomi guides kids ages four to 10 (more or less) through the science of essential oils and the holistic health treatments that utilize them. Everyone brings home a goody bag and a $25 credit for a treatment. So consider it an investment in your future, too.

Sign, Say & Play | Doylestown www.circlespeechservices.com It’s a six-week course designed for children as young as nine months and as old as five staged at Willow Wellness (www.willowfamilywellness.com), in Doylestown. Songs, books and interactive activities are used to teach 37 practical signs. The formal motive: It’s one more way to communicate—at an age when your kids absorb new languages like a chamois. The selfish one: There may be nothing more heartbreakingly-beautiful than your baby’s chubby little fingers signing “I love you.”

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AT LARGE. Joy Behar’s famous maw has brought its share of trouble for the ballsy comedienne. When Rachel Uchitel (pronounced you-ka-tell) made headlines in 2010 as one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses, “I couldn’t resist the joke,” Behar says in her distinctive rasp. On air, “The View” co-host quipped, “You-ka-tell she’s a hooker.” After an angry letter and threat of legal action, Behar, grudgingly, made a public apology, even though she wasn’t seriously calling the woman a call girl. “You-ka-tell she was really mad, though,” Behar says now, with a laugh. “It’s important for people to realize you don’t cruise through with a mouth like mine.” Since Behar left “The View” last summer and another show was shelved, she’s been relieved to relinquish some of the work that comes with being a TV host. No longer honor-bound to keep tabs on Justin Bieber’s meltdown or endure “American Idol,” Behar found the time to write an autobiographical, one-woman show, Joy Behar: Me, My Mouth & I, which she’ll debut at The Bucks County Playhouse, in New Hope, over Mother’s Day weekend.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit FACT Bucks County, a New Hope-based nonprofit that supports those living locally with HIV and AIDS. It’s a discreet thank you. The gay community, Behar says, comprised her earliest fanbase. “I was not confident and I was scared and they immediately thought I was funny.” Behar’s stand-up is often imbued with stories from her Italian-American upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Me, My Mouth & I will be a departure, she says. No threat of a spoiler here, though. She discloses little: Some of her most treacherous obstacles. Multimedia. Will it be funny? “Comedy: Yes. Always.” If age is but a number, then you’re not forced to see yours in very-public forums like this one again and again. Behar, 71 (sorry), dreads it. But it comes with the territory, and she has no intention of exiting stage left, never to be referred to by her age again. “Retire from what, from being funny? There’s nothing to be retiring from.” —KRISTIN BAVER

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM SOME FRIENDS A few reasons to look forward to a fresh start. Spring cleaning’s silver lining: buying new stuff. Sleek and efficient, these are fast becoming essential tools around my house. —LAURIE PALAU

IRIS Stacking Basket | $18 (large) | shopirisusa.com Stowing the never-receding onslaught of stuff—batteries, toys, cleaning supplies—gets a whole lot easier with these highly-portable containers. (They come in three sizes.) Move them as you need them, or leave them be. The plastic’s durable and clear, which’ll spare you from prying every one apart to find what you need.

Lynk Professional Roll-Out UnderSink Drawer | $75 lynkinc.com Tricked out with custom cabinets or not, easily-accessible storage space is precious in a kitchen. Groped your way around the barely-within-reach backside of a spice shelf lately? This reversible design slots in under the sink on either side and promptly turns a black hole into premium real estate.

Gear Up Platinum 2 Bike Freestand Rack | $100 | thegstand.com Bikes are the problem children of the garage. Two or three can suck up as much floor space as a small car. And they constantly need to be shuffled in and out. No matter how neat you are, they’re in the way. But this sturdy, steel-tube rack remedies that by making easy use of space that would otherwise go to waste. In short order, two bikes in the footprint of one. Even better, no drilling required.

Huggable Hangers | $20 (value pack) | containerstore.com The right hangers—and these would be those—have the effect of adding square footage to your cramped closet. Use the same style throughout because they’ll fit together, making the most of the space. These are especially slight and deceptively strong, which means they’re just as fit for a parka as a button-down.

See Jane Work Basic Letter Box | $14.50 (each) | seejanework.com You’ll be a little more inclined to pull out your mementos when they’re housed in these décor-like containers from the See Jane Work Basic Storage Collection. Namely because they’ll be labeled by subject, so you can cut to the heart of the matter. Before you pass them off as upcycled shoeboxes, note the reinforced corners and the extra-thick walls. And the fun dot print on the inside.

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5 a.m. Nudged awaked by a wet nose looking for breakfast. I comply, then start in on email. 5:30 a.m. Mark up drawings and plot the day. 6:30 a.m. I call the construction manager of a barn in Wrightstown I’m renovating. Its owners are planning to host a retreat for 30 there Monday, but the library’s not done. So, today, we’ll install the lighting fixtures and fill the shelves. Then, Tuesday, we’ll dismantle it so that we can finish the project. 8 a.m. Dressing means considering how much mud, sawdust, plaster, paint and other assorted hazards I’m likely to encounter. 9 a.m. I’m headed to the barn with my assistant. On the way, I call the mechanical and structural engineers for a duplex apartment in New York City that I’m designing. I’m pushing to finalize and FedEx the permit application this morning. We also pick up the custom lampshades for the barn. One takes up the entire back of my car. 9:30 a.m. Arrive at the barn. Nothing’s been pulled out of storage. I round up some extra hands and we begin moving furniture. 10:30 a.m. There’s a wiring issue with one of the chandeliers. Instead of tearing out the ceiling, I ask the electricians to run an external wire with a generous swag between the two chandeliers. I need to source some more antique chain, but it comes out better than I originally planned. Back to moving. 2:30 p.m. The nautical library is done—for now. The shelves are filled with books, model planes and ships, even an antique wood propeller. In the connecting guest quarters, the bathroom-slash-dressing room has already been stocked. A blessing.

2:45 p.m. On the way back to the office, we stop to inspect newly-installed flooring in a Carversville home that I’ve been renovating for the last three years. Initially, there wasn’t time to replace the flooring, and refinishing the existing one was the only option. So, this winter, finally with the opportunity, I emptied the entire house and installed an antique chestnut floor throughout that was cut, beaten and finished to my specifications. Next week, I’ll put the home back together. 4 p.m. I get word from my architect that he won’t be able to finish the duplex apartment’s technical documents today, as expected. Which means I now need to call my clients and let them know that I’m going to miss my own deadline. 4:45 p.m. My assistant tells me he’s been offered another job. It’s a necessary move. I’m not a registered architect, so his employment can’t be considered toward the hours he’ll need to log in order to sit for his license. 5:45 p.m. I pack my work bag for a road trip tomorrow to upstate New York, where I’ll visit a window manufacturer with my clients so that they can get a firsthand preview of the stainless steel doors and windows that are being fabricated for their renovation. 7:30 p.m. I could use a martini. I’m gratified by the week’s progress, but disappointed that everything didn’t go as planned. I try not to take it all to heart, but I am my work. Epilogue Saturday’s trip couldn’t have gone better. And Sunday, the barn owners were thrilled with their first look at the (almost) completed renovation. As a reward, I gave myself the afternoon off.

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE Made by hand, conceived right here. By Scott Edwards We’re in the throes of a newfound sense of pride. This is an era where “wellmade” implies not only innovation but character, thoughtfulness and a meticulous, verging on maniacal, attention to detail. Staring into a faster, sleeker, sterile future, it’s as though we gradually reached the same realization: Our grandparents had it right all along. The artisans profiled in the portfolio that follows are perfecting a range of genres in their own obsessive ways. Some have been doing it since well before it was in vogue. The others were inspired to follow in their footsteps. The fruits of their labor alone warrant pause. But what endears them to us is that they themselves are products, too, just as we are, of this environment. Those impressions reflected in conscious manners, subtle and bold, in everything they unveil to the world. In every piece, the individual and the community intersect.

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e sit across from each other at a long table in the midst of a sort of gallery dedicated to contemporary design. The American Street Showroom opened in October in a retrofitted, redbrick Philadelphia Electric Company substation in blue-collar Kensington. Half of the 300-plus guests at the unveiling party drove down from New York City, which was fitting because that’s where Robert True Ogden does most of his work. But Philly is where he’s rooted. The purpose of the 11,000-square foot space is to give Ogden and his partners in design, Adam Kamens, the owner of Amuneal Manufacturing Corp., and Brian Foster and Ernie Seskin, who own Groundwork, a place to meet with potential clients and showoff the extraordinary things they’re capable of. Just within previous week, the showroom’s been visited by representatives from Polo Ralph Lauren, The Hotel Chelsea and a London design firm working on a chain of vegetarian fast food restaurants. They’re in high demand, and Ogden especially so. Most recently, he created the lighting for the second coming of The Tavern on the Green, as well as The Standard Hotel in the East Village. Never once in all his years as a designer has Ogden needed to make a sales pitch. A good thing because he probably wouldn’t be very good at it. Soft-spoken, his demeanor is rarely anything but calm. And the signature newsboy cap that hides his eyes in shadow only heightens his humility. In the coming weeks, he’ll be moving from the old theater in Mt. Airy that served as his workshop to a space nearly three times the size in East Falls, most of which will be used as a warehouse for Lostine, the company he founded, in part, with his wife, Natalie Page, the former co-owner of Bucks County Dry Goods, in 2011. The underlying current circulating through the collection of furniture and home goods is simple design elevated by curiosity and purposeful details. Ogden does all the designing with friend Tyler Hays, the owner of the SoHo-based BDDW, and then he has them crafted almost entirely in this country (a lot of it around here) by artisans—“smaller, hands-on shops that we can work easily with,” as he describes it. Typecast for the industrial lighting that drew so many eyes to him, Ogden, in detail, is far more elusive, save for his two most unrelenting qualities. He’s an obsessive researcher. His computer is loaded with a hundred gigabytes of scanned trade catalogues that date back to the mid-1800s. And he’s a problem solver. “I get the best charge out of something that I make from my head,” Ogden says, “where you know you weren’t inspired by anything but a challenge.” His furniture isn’t an improvement upon familiar favorites so much as it’s a reinvention. The design of the Lostine Occordian Coat Rack (Pictured, right) tripped Ogden up for a good year-and-a-half. Turning the traditional diamonds into circles meant finding a wood that would cooperate. The longer it wore on, the deeper he dug in. Finally, the soft maple held up. His imagination cracked reality—again.

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trimmed it all away,” Tony says. “And within six months we were in Urban Outfitters and some of the top independent salons in the country.” Selling their own products. The haircare and fragrance lines grew and were, in time, complemented by a natural skincare collection. The branding, too, is its own creative outlet. That’s where their lead singer-may-care attitude—Jennifer played in a band called Birthday Girl and Tony’s still a part of two— is ramped up—note the aforementioned ALL NIGHTER, as well as the Pre Game Texturizing Spray—along with Jennifer’s lifelong adoration of unicorns. Calculatingly, much of the industry’s followed suit, but a couple of years ago, it was a vulnerable gesture. Beauty products were always sold one way: as keys to an ever-elusive kingdom. “It’s sort of a conventional wisdom that beauty is aspirational,” Tony says. “We want to be much more accessible.” It was never just a marketing ploy, though. With every bottle of Unicorn’s Mane Smoothing Serum, they were exposing themselves in a scene where you’re never supposed to go nosing around behind closed doors. And with every one that sold, they were emboldened to do it again. Which brings us to the present, and Jennifer and Tony excitedly discussing a product that’s growing out of the pole dancing classes Jennifer leads at her fitness studio, Body Flow, across town from their shop in Lambertville, NJ. Twelve years on, it’s still A Beautiful Life, only now the unicorn sticker book, the deafening concerts and the all-night parties are being supplanted—supplemented, rather—by pole pirouettes.

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hen his friends were pledging their allegiance to the sports and the teams that they’d follow for life, Connor Dickson was simmering in the same way over the intricacies of Italian suits and handcrafted leather wallets. It should come as little surprise then that he treats his budding, eponymous line of leather belts and bags and canvas rucksacks as an homage to those benchmarks of old-world precision. Or that he’s doing it at 20. Take the handles of his waxed canvas tote. They’re raw leather, so their texture and patina will mature just so with every use, leaving you in five years with a bag that looks like it’s developed some character through its experiences. And, really, isn’t that all we’re striving for ourselves? Also like those suits and wallets he pored over as a boy, no detail of any one of Dickson’s goods dates them. The tote’s handsomeness is in its simplicity—a small interior pocket within the main compartment and four more on the outside, along each side. But none of them say, Your iPhone goes here. It’s not unlike farm-to-table cooking. Start with sound materials, keep the design uncomplicated and allow those natural virtues to stand on their own. Dickson grew up in Lancaster. His “niche” goods, as he describes them, grew as much from the artisans that populate his community as from his own creativity. He asked his mother to teach him how to sew when he was 15 so that he could start making his own bowties. The scale and the scope of his project shifted dramatically when he met an Amish seamstress who worked nearby. The belts and the bags followed similar, fortuitous introductions. Dickson does all the designing for his line. And everything’s made among four Amish artisans—the seamstress, a leather craftsman and a couple that sews canvas exclusively. Though, he’s planning to introduce some pieces he’s creating in collaboration with a leather craftsman in Richmond, Virginia, where he goes to school. (He’s a sophomore studying finance, marketing and art history at The University of

Richmond.) He’s also developing a collection with Seun Olubodun, the founder and designer of Duke & Winston, the Northern Liberties-based men’s clothing label. Dickson designed some collars and leashes for Duke & Winston’s pet collection, which debuted last fall. They began fleshing out a small arsenal of leather accessories that they’re calling Fox & Tail. But it was put on hold indefinitely after the most recent launch date was scratched this spring. “The only reason is it’s going to evolve so much,” Dickson says. “We really just dove in. And it was a long, long process to get it kind of where it is now. We realized that we like where it is. We think it could be better.” The lull spawned another creative outburst, and this one seems to be sticking. Dickson’s expecting that second, not-yet-named line that’ll be comprised of leather iPhone cases, weekender bags and watchbands to launch early in the summer. The aesthetic is similar to that of Fox & Tail (which appears to follow Dickson’s own line on the surface, at least), but the pricing will run about half because they’re planning to sell everything entirely online, at wholesale cost.

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ane Makransky enjoyed a stable, fulfilling life. After nearly two decades with the same Center City law firm, she’d transitioned from being a practicing attorney to an administrator. She was happily married and a mother. And in between it all, she made room for her jewelry, a lifelong hobby. Illness wrenched all of that from her seven years ago. She endured multiple, invasive surgeries, but she was still losing ground. And then she was diagnosed with cancer. “That was easier,” Makransky says. “Much easier, actually.” Which should say all that needs to be said about the extremes of her suffering. But five years after the onset, Makransky was still standing. She was in the clear, actually, unbelievably. The two years since have played out at breakneck speed. A combination of Makransky’s determination to seize every last second and life seemingly making amends for piling it on. Without hesitation, she began selling her jewelry with more urgency, exiting the craft-show scene and getting in with the likes of Boutique Belle Abeille in Newtown, Coco Blu Boutique in Wayne and tish boutique in West Chester. The breakthrough, though, arrived several months ago, when Makransky picked up a piece of leather at one of the workstations around her Radnor home and molded her first cuff. (She’s self-taught, by the way.) “And I was sort of shocked by my attraction to it.” She wasn’t the only one. Sensing she was on to something, Makransky formally established Mack & Jane. Still, the sequence of events that followed defied any rational expectation. Soon after, Makransky sent images of her first cuffs to a Los Angeles event planner who discovered her earlier on Etsy and ordered 15 of her hand-goldleafed baby-shell necklaces for an A-list affair she was putting together. A week later, the planner’s partner replied and ordered 50 cuffs—in a productive week, Makransky can make about 15—for their next job: the Oscars. The cuffs would be included in the gift bags that were going to be doled out to some of the attendees. Makransky now finds herself at a critical crossroads, though “critical” may be a bit harsh considering where she’s come from. Either way, she’s having trouble keeping up with the demand—and that was before the onslaught of Oscars hype was unleashed. In February, she was considering having a New York outfit make her pieces. It wouldn’t be mass production, just a larger scale than what she’s capable of on her own. She’s meticulous, which makes her reluctant to relinquish control. The greater obstacle is that she’s experimental, too. Makransky’s not one to sketch designs. Inspiration’s woken her, but her imagination kicks in with actuation. “I sit around and I kind of play with it. I’ll twirl it and fold it,” she says. “And, lo and behold, I’ll come up with something I love.” Most of what she makes is one-of-a-kind, so almost every piece is conceived like that. She’ll find a way around it, though, because she has no intention of settling. Makransky made a promise to herself to see this through, and it runs deeper than any fleeting, practical concern. blackdogmedialtd.com

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Unrelenting as it was, the epic weather also produced some surreal beauty. By Susan Forker

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP, LEFT: THE BACKYARD REDUCED TO BLACK AND WHITE, A FROZEN GALAXY AND A SALT-CAKED ROAD TURNED ABSTRACT ART.

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Having grown up in New England and attended college in upstate New York, I’m well-versed in the hazards and aggravation borne from an unpredictable winter. I also get that, basically, there’s not a whole lot you can do about them. But I still obsessed over the polar vortex and groaned about the snow and the snow days as they piled up, mostly while stockpiling firewood, batteries and bottled water. Ours was one of the 100,000-plus homes in Bucks stuck without power and heat for days in the wake of the snow and ice storm in February. We buried ourselves beneath blankets and moved away from the warmth of the fireplace only really to heat cans of soup on the propane stove. Feeling a bit isolated, I took to social media for news and updates and was surprised to discover a sense of comfort and community. (I charged my iPhone and iPad in my car.) Facebook friends offered hot showers and warm meals. Tweets delivered news of road closures, along with lots of humor. My Instagram feed became an endless scroll of lopsided snowmen, candlelit meals and artful angles of empty supermarket shelves. The urgency of everything temporarily removed, there was little choice but to settle in and observe: The incredible shadow-and-light play that unfolds on newly-fallen snow. The abstract beauty of salt-caked streets. The tangles of bare branches in silhouette against a pastel sky. The pools of ice in the backyard that came to resemble tiny celestial galaxies frozen in time. It was always there. It was just a matter of seeing it. I’m still slaloming among pothole-ravaged roads, but the crocuses and snowdrops are pushing through the softening soil. The birds are more vocal every morning. Spring is close.

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CAUGHT IN A MOMENT For almost 50 years running, sculptor Seward Johnson’s found inspiration—and imparted it—through unassuming people. A massive retrospective at Grounds for Sculpture takes stock of the lessons learned. By Christopher Ruvo Seward Johnson is one of the most widely recognized American sculptors of the last half-century. And, the New Jersey native owns a pair of tap dancing shoes. Those facts are related, for the same undiminished passion for the human experience that keeps Johnson tapping at age 84 has also been the driving force behind a nearly 50-year sculpture career famed, in part, for its celebration of the everyman in everyday moments. “He enjoys his life as a sculptor and as a human being,” says Paula Stoeke, a longtime associate of Johnson’s and the director of The Sculpture Foundation, an organization that provides exhibitions and contemporary landmark public artworks for communities. “He’s a keen observer and participant in life. He loves to laugh—to jovially insult people and get a rise out of them. To a degree, his sculptures do the same thing: They provoke a response.” The 42-acre sculpture park and museum that Johnson founded on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton, NJ, is planning to celebrate his work with an ambitious retrospective that matches the exuberance of the artist’s personality and the scale of some of his towering sculptures. From May 4 through September 21, Grounds for Sculpture will host Seward Johnson: The Retrospective, an exhibition of more than 46

150 of his sculptures. “His work has appeared all over the world, but this is home base and it was time for us to honor him with something like this here,” says Tom Moran, a sculptor and the chief curator for Grounds for Sculpture. Featured will be some of Johnson’s most acclaimed creations, including “The Awakening,” a 70-foot aluminum giant, and, from the Icons Revisited series, “Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot-tall aluminum and stainless steel sculpture of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt billowing upward, and the 25-foot “Unconditional Surrender,” which captures the famous Times Square V-Day moment when a sailor kissed a nurse in celebration of World War II’s end. “His art is a celebration of the human experience, of the common man in public spaces,” Moran says. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Johnson’s most well-known series, Celebrating the Familiar, which explores the universal human experience through intimate, nuanced snapshots—a man napping in a lounge chair with an open book in hand, an elderly woman carrying a bag of groceries. Pieces from the series have been shown all across the country and internationally, including in Istanbul and Rome.

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THIS PAGE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP, LEFT): COURTESY OF THE SCULPTURE FOUNDATION, INC. / DAVID W. STEELE (AND BOTTOM, RIGHT); THE SCULPTURE FOUNDATION, INC / BERNARD OF HOLLYWOOD; THE SCULPTURE FOUNDATION, INC. / CARL DEAL III. OPENING PAGE: THE SCULPTURE FOUNDATION, INC. / DAVID W. STEELE

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When, Not if, You Go What: Seward Johnson: The Retrospective. More than 150 works by one of the country’s most widely recognized sculptors. When: May 4 through September 21 Where: Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ Don’t miss: The 84-year-old Johnson’s newest collection: antique serving trays painted with intricate scenes from places that are near and dear to him and his family. More: groundsforsculpture.org

Returning to his artistic roots, he’s painting antique serving trays with scenes that portray places special to him and his family. A selection of the intricately-detailed trays will be part of the retrospective, as will another series that testifies to the ever-expanding range of the artist. In Beyond the Frame, famous Impressionist paintings are transformed into life-sized tableaux that Johnson says, “allow an intimacy with the paintings that the paintings don’t allow themselves.” While the Grounds For Sculpture exhibition is indeed a retrospective, it’s by no means a conclusion. Vibrant and engaged, Johnson continues to transmit his energy into new art. “He’ll never retire,” Moran says. “The arts are the fountain of youth. He is living proof of that.”

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The goal of such work is the visceral moment, as Johnson describes. Essentially, we relate to the experience, which leads, inevitably, to a more profound thought: We’re all in this together. “He uses realism to draw viewers in and take them by surprise,” Stoeke says. It’s done, more often than not, with a sly playfulness. “Fourth Hand” depicts three men playing poker. The hands are arranged in a way that makes it clear to viewers that two of participants are conspiring to cheat the third, an earnest, younger guy mustering all his power to win. “This was wonderful fun creating the types,” Johnson says. “The reason I enjoyed the process was that I could, with realism, put the cards in their hands and, thus, tell the story. The expressions on their faces tell it further.” To the arrangement, Johnson added a fourth chair so viewers could sit at the table with the sculptures “and join my fun and have their picture taken,” he says. “I love to play games with people.” Johnson started out as a painter, but turned his attention to sculpture in the 1960s. Since then, more than 450 of his life-size, cast-bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums around the globe, as well as in prominent public places like Rockefeller Center, Les Halles in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome. In 2008, Stamford, Connecticut, mounted what was before this summer’s retrospective the largest ever exhibition of Johnson’s work, an undertaking that involved situating more than 50 of his sculptures along city thoroughfares, public parks, municipal buildings and museum spaces. “He’s always been inspired by the idea that you can activate public spaces with art,” Moran says. As of late, Johnson’s been poring over the archives of his own life. blackdogmedialtd.com

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IT HURTS SO GOOD Almost every Yelp review gushed over The Fat Ham’s Hot Chicken. Yet, we actually considered going without. Top Chef Kevin Sbraga opened the southern-inspired restaurant in University City in December. The menu’s loaded with his riffs on about 20 country staples at a time—brook trout swimming in pecan butter, boiled peanut hummus, collard greens prepared simply and served with pork shank, a fried oyster slider about the size of a fist. Problem is, it’s all served as small plates, and we’ve gotten into trouble with small-plate menus. Around four dishes in, inevitably, we hit the wall. It always sounds like such a puny number when we’re ordering. Which is why we ignore our guts, literally, and go with seven or eight. This time, though, we were determined to play it conservative. So no Hot Chicken. My wife wasn’t thrilled anyway that it’s served on a thick slice of white bread smothered in ranch. But then our plaid-shirted waitress intervened: “I think you need something heartier.”

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“Then go with the Hot Chicken.” We did, of course. And we hit the wall a plate or two before it arrived, of course. But we made room. That was the easy part. The first mouthful blew a crater in the back of my throat. It wasn’t just that the perfectly-crunchy skin was saturated with hot pepper sauce. This chicken, apparently, was also fed nothing but ghost chilies. Sweat beads began chuting between my shoulder blades. Across the table, my wife’s face turned cherry red. Tears dribbled from the outer corners of her eyes. But we were smiling. The skin was full of flavor and the white meat was firm but oh so moist. We couldn’t stop eating, and we desperately needed to. We were making a scene. Back at home, I called my wife out. For all her objecting, the ranchbread seemed to be her favorite part of the dinner. She ate the entire slice herself, mopping up the dressing with the last couple forkfuls. “Yeah. That yogurt was so good. I couldn’t help it,” she said.

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SEMOLINA RASPBERRY CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING There’s a part of me that never wants to grow up. I’d stage elaborate tea parties every afternoon, invite all my girlfriends and we’d gossip and indulge. I know I’m not alone. That’s why elaborate pastries are as much a part of a traditional tea party as the tea itself. A sugary cupcake will do just fine for me. —YELENA STROKIN Makes 12. CUPCAKES 1 cup fine semolina ½ cup self-rising flour, sifted 1 tsp. baking powder ¾ cup superfine sugar ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup plain yogurt 1 ¼ cups raspberries (thaw first, if frozen) 12 raspberries for decoration

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Neighborhood bakeries are fast emerging as the latest heroes of our newfound curiosity in what we’re stuffing our bellies with. Nostalgia’s playing a part, but these aren’t really the family-owned institutions that your dad visited every Saturday morning for gooey sticky buns whose girth mandated that they be eaten with two hands. Same kind of perfectionist pride, but more specialized. Todd Kelly shed his career as a marketing analyst in pursuit of the BETTER TOGETHER: TODD KELLY singular—and admirable—goal of AND HIS WIFE, KESTRA. OPENING PAGE: ANOTHER HAPPY MARRIAGE, baking a better brownie. He and his wife, Kestra, left Washington, THEIR PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE. DC, for Lansdowne (she quit her job, too) and founded Better Together Bake Shop, which isn’t actually a brick-and-mortar bakery. They sell their six kinds of brownies wholesale and online, at btbaking.com. “Products like Tastykake and Hostess were huge, especially when I was growing up, but, today, consumers are looking for something better,” Kelly says. “That is when it hit me: Why can’t I make baked goods that are delicious, yet not filled with a bunch of junk?” Before he baked his first brownie, Kelly broke it down to its basics, methodically researched those ingredients, then rebuilt it with natural, organic parts. Both the eggs and the small-batch-made organic flour

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come from Lancaster County. The dark chocolate, from Fair Tradecertified cocoa beans. They’ve found their way into Kimberton Whole Foods, Martindale’s Natural Market, DiBruno Bros. and The Good Karma Café, all in Pennsylvania. Online sales have introduced another 19 states to their brownies. (The salted caramel’s their best seller.) “I think too many people settle or play it safe and don’t truly take risks in life,” Kelly says. “I read a book a while back that basically said if your life story would not make for a great book, then you are doing something wrong.” It’s hard to pin down the exact moment when baking brownies counted as leaping into the great unknown, but this is the day in which we live. Thankfully.

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If you look past the Food Network-worthy theme cakes—and we don’t recommend that you do— you’ll find a delicious update of the classic corner bakery. The range is impressive—red velvet cupcakes, salted caramels, mascarpone cream cheesefrosted cake—but it’s the meticulous nature of the baking that ignites eternal loyalty. In constant pursuit of that clinching moment, “when customers swoon as they bite into their cake,” owner Elizabeth Paradiso treats every ingredient with esteem (they’re all natural) and every customer as a longtime regular.

The French pastry here isn’t becoming fashionable so much as it’s never gone out of style. Croissants, éclairs, napoleons, cream puffs, petit cakes and fruit tarts are all prepared by Haitian-born owner Edwidge Fils-Aimé with a standard-bearer’s precision. The French grew savvy generations ago to what we just recently caught on to: Everything tastes better when it’s made in small batches. But baking pastries in strict French fashion is deeply labor-intensive and, thus, rare around here, which is why The Little Chef’s a coveted find. But it’s downright irresistible because Fils-Aimé exudes pure gratitude for the opportunity to be doing just this.

There’s tradition. And then there’s tradition. Husband and wife owners Paul Rizzo and Marcia Durgin’s unyielding commitment to baking, and even more specifically, to baking bread and pastries, invoke long-held memories of trips to Paris that resonate because of what you ate, not what you saw. They’ve been at it 23 years, and both are way to humble to ever say they’ve perfected anything (bread is too finicky), but the morning rolls, the baguettes, the loaves of buttermilk oat cinnamon swirl and the chocolate espresso torte, just for starters, are peerless on this side of the Atlantic. —JH

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The Next Craft Beer Hotbed Nestled at the heart of Chester County farmland, humble Kennett Square’s become ground zero in recent years for some of the most sophisticated cooking in and around Philadelphia—Talula’s Table, Sovana Bistro and the late, great Orchard, most notably. The scene is poised to evolve further still over the next few months with gastropub openings by a pair of local craft brewers, one a household name, the other, just born. Victory at Magnolia, a 250-seat restaurant that’ll occupy the 8,000-plussquare foot ground floor of Magnolia Place, a four-story, luxury apartment building, will be the Downingtown-based Victory Brewing Company’s second. “There’s been such a growth of population in Chester County,” says Matt Krueger, the vice president of Victory’s retail operations. “We’ve been considering expansion for a while now, but this opportunity is unique in that it gives us the chance to be a part of a great community so close to our original location. Combined with the opening of our new Parkesburg brewery, now is a better time than ever.” The 140,000-square foot brewery, set on 42 acres of Chester County countryside, opened in March. It’s tricked out with a top-shelf, Germanbuilt ROLEC brewhouse and a slew of other state-of-the-art tools that will produce 225,000 barrels of beer a year, more than double the capability of the original brewery. That means wiggle room for micro-level experimentation. New, sitespecific beer will be stored at Victory at Magnolia in a five-barrel bre56

whouse. And that’ll be on top of the standing and seasonal stock by the 26th-largest craft brewer in the country. “Having the opportunity to brew on a smaller system will allow for real-time customer feedback, and might even give rise to a new style for the masses,” Krueger says. The Victory gastropub was forecast to open in spring, but the winter wreaked havoc on the construction schedule, delaying the start until early fall. In the immediate future, the Kennett Brewing Company Taproom is expected to open on Broad Street sometime this spring, though when, exactly, remains unsure. The beer will be brewed entirely on site and will range from staunchlyloyal replications of and inspired riffs on English ales to hoppy, west coast-style IPAs, a mix tape, if you will, scrupulously curated by brewers harboring a lifelong crush. “Everyone from those new to craft beer to the real hopheads out there [will] have something to get excited about,” says Chris Braunstein, a cofounder of Kennett Brewing Company. Put in the context of the recent opening of Two Stones Pub at the Shoppes at Longwood, the third location for the Delaware-based, craftminded chain, and the long tenure of Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon, whose beer inventory reads like a drunken, OCD world traveler’s diary, Kennett Square’s taps will soon run as bottomless and pure as most major cities’. Quality begets quality, something the chefs and restaurateurs have been wise to for a while now.

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On the eve of a homecoming for his Tony-winning play, Christopher Durang discusses how Chekhov encouraged him to push Bucks onto the stage. By Kristin Baver Call it serendipity that playwright Christopher Durang settled here on a whim 18 years ago. The charming farmhouse he shares with longtime partner John Augustine became a source of inspiration for the Tony-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, an homage to the classic works of Russian dramaturge Anton Chekhov and Durang’s first to be set in the place the Montclair, NJ, native now calls home: Bucks County. At once affable and strikingly intelligent, Durang discovered Chekhov in his twenties while studying playwriting at Yale School of Drama. Fast-forward through a few decades to find a 65-year-old Durang confronted with a sobering reality: “Oh, my God, I’m now the age of Uncle Vanya!” he says. His math was a little off, though. “Turns out, Vanya was a little younger than me.” But the thought enlightened other parallels between Durang’s own life and Chekhov’s plays, which were often set in bucolic country estates, where stagnant characters stewed in envy over relatives enjoying a more glam urban existence. Durang’s lived in both worlds, having spent his early writing years in New York City. But he gravitated to a more elemental starting point: What if he never pursued writing? The Vanya that emerged is similar to Durang—drawing from a childhood of playing peacemaker during his parents’ tumultuous marriage, the character must mediate two very different sisters—but hardly a pure reflection. That upbringing, which later served as the basis for The Marriage of Bette and Boo, was also instrumental in establishing Durang’s love of the theater. He wrote his first play, a simple, two-page tome, at age eight, buoyed by an early introduction to live performances by his mother, who loved the stage. “It’s been a long road,” Durang says, reflecting on a career constructed of distinctively dark and absurdist comedies. “I don’t feel like I have 20 more plays in me.” It’s easy to understand the weary sentiment when you imagine everything encompassed by the 20 months since Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike premiered at the McCarter Theatre, in Princeton, NJ: a breakneck ascent, the best new play Tony, an onslaught of attention (like this), settling into a new normal. And, of course, the show must still go on. In March, The Philadelphia Theatre Company began staging it at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, in Center City. It’ll run through April 20. 58

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