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Roundup: Where to Spend Black Friday And Small Business Saturday In And Around Philadelphia

11/22/2013
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It’s the time of year to start checking names off your holiday shopping list.

Philadelphia and its surrounding towns are packed with incredible shopping experiences including pop-up holiday villages, independent boutique shops and top-rated shopping malls.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season with door-busting sales, extended shopping hours and more.

Turning the official start of the holiday shopping season into a marathon weekend-long affair, many stores are opening on Thanksgiving, too, offering up more than 26 hours of uninterrupted shopping.

For those who prefer to keep it local, Small Business Saturday is a national initiative spearheaded by American Express that devotes the Saturday after Thanksgiving to supporting the local small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Last year, more than 100 million people across the country came together to “Shop Small.” This year is your chance to do so right here in Philadelphia.

Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the many retail events and store happenings in various neighborhoods around the city on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30.

And for even more ideas on where to shop this holiday season, check out Philadelphia’s top holiday shopping destinations right here.

Shops & Markets

 

• Art in the AgeOld City, 116 N. 3rd Street. Purveyors of craft spirits, Philadelphia-inspired apparel and generally interesting goods, Art in the Age offers $20 off denim on Black Friday and 20% off of the entire store on Small Business Saturday. Plus, score 15% off the goods online on Cyber Monday.

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Cranberry Sage Martini

11/21/2013
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The husband, Rick Pipito, is back at it again.  The martinis just keep getting better and better.  I wanted to share with you this delicious holiday drink.  My husband has been to a couple different foodie events with me and we had the pleasure of trying some amazing foods, but this liquor really captured our attention.  It’s a local place here in Philly called Art in the age . They have 4 different flavors of spirits: Root, Sage, Snap and Rhubarb.  I love them all and I hope the hubby comes up with different martinis with these other flavors. 

Anyway for this one we used my all time favorite… Sage.  So many people use Sage right now for their cooking during Thanksgiving.  So why not take the other top seller around this time, cranberries, and make a martini.  It’s super easy to make and so tantalizing to your taste buds.  I hope you try this delicious cocktail at your next holiday party.

Ingredients:

Ice Cubes

4 Shots of Cranberry Juice

2 Shots of Art in the Age Sage Spirit

Martini Glass

2 Cranberries, Garnish

2 Sage leaf, Garnish

Preparation:

In a shaker mix cranberry, ice and sage. Shake vigorously and pour.  For the garnish, take 2 sage leaves and fold them onto a toothpick.  On either side of the leaves, place a fresh cranberry. (It should look like a small holly branch that will float in your glass)

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Sausage and SAGE Stovetop Stuffing

11/21/2013
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So it’s your year to bring the stuffing. We’ve got your covered. This Sausage and SAGE Stovetop Stuffing is a home run!

Ingredients

4 oz Sweet Sausage
4 oz Hot Sausage
1 Medium Onion, diced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Stalks of Celery, diced
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage, Chopped
½ Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, chopped
½ Tablespoon Fresh Thyme, chopped
4 Cups Bread of Choice, cubed and dried
¾ Cup Chicken Stock (or whatever you have on hand)
¼ Cup Sage
Salt
Pepper
Butter

Directions

Remove the sausages from their casings. In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat, add the sausage and brown for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from the pan and reserve.

If necessary, add enough butter so there is 2-3 Tablespoons of fat in the pan. Add the onions, garlic, and celery and cook until tender, scraping the brown bits as you go- about 10-15 minutes. Add the herbs and cook for another 1-2 minutes to release their flavor. Add the bread cubes, stock and Sage- season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the liquids are absorbed. (Add more stock if the stuffing becomes too dry.)

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Featured Mixologist Angelika Gorokhova

11/21/2013
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Name: Angelika Gorokhova

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Nationality: Russian

Birthday: July 3rd

Sign: Cancer

Where You Bartend: Shoo-Fly Diner, Lyric Opera House

How Many Years Bartending: 5

Favorite Cocktail: Old Bay & Bacon Bloody Mary made with Bacon Vodka

Favorite Beer: Widmer Hefeweizen

Favorite Shot: Pickle-Back with Irish Whiskey!

Favorite Bar In The World To Have A Drink: Grand Cru

 

Angelika’s Own Signature Cocktail – Fall Favorite: “Rhu the Day”

Ingredients: (Equal Parts)

  • Art in the Age Rhubarb
  • Rhum Agricole (Cane Juice Rum)

Preparation: On the rocks with a splash of Pear or Apple Cider

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Toast The Unique Space's Uber-Inspiring New Digs Tomorrow

11/21/2013
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After five months of knocking shit down, painting things up, and generallykicking ass and taking names, Sonja Rasula & Co.'s inspiration-inducingUnique Space in Downtown is now (almost) open for business. Officially launching December 2nd, the 18,000-square-foot workplace and event space is set to welcome creative movers, stylish shakers and entrepreneurial makers for what's expected to be one seriously cool community of LA's top talents.

In addition to providing brain juice-building perks like meet-and-greet mixers, workshop discounts and monthly field trip adventures, the collaborative environment also offers high-speed wi-fi, communal kitchen and dining areas, a design library and lounge, and a rooftop terrace with killer downtown views. (How's that for the ultimate office space?)

To toast their soon-to-open digs, the Unique Space is throwing a massive, not-to-be-missed bash tomorrow (you know how they do).

Tomorrow from 8pm to midnight, enjoy plenty of "all-around craziness" (in Rasula's own words) with delish drinks by Art in the Age, sweet treats from The Pie Hole and Coolhaus, snaps by the photogs at Smilebooth, and of course, plenty of dancing and good vibes all around.

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Gift Guide: The home cook

11/21/2013
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Bolle Design cutting board | A good knife is a necessity. A great cutting board to put under it feels like an out-of-control luxury. Bolle boards, crafted in Kensington from reclaimed wood, are pretty enough to soften the blow of even the most miserable recipe failures. $175, Art in the Age, 116 N. Third St., 215-922-2600, artintheage.com.

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