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Spice It Up Sailor!


Spiced Rums Are All The Rage, Lending Themselves To A Myriad Of Inventive Cocktails.

In the late 70s I plucked up enough courage to get a tattoo. Stone-cold sober I was, too. I liked the pastel-shaded parrot on my shoulder. It was very hip. For a short time. Pastel tattoos went out of vogue shortly after that and my body has played host to an out-of-date parrot ever since.

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Art in the Age in Daily Candy


You're attending Flavor-of-the-Month's gallery exhibit: Cotton Ball Madonna (the Singer).

You look around and think, "Wow, what crap!" But the clove-smoking dilettante whispers, "Brilliant." Like a herd of black-clad sheep, the others murmur in agreement.

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Midtown Village in HX Magazine


13th Street District Brands Itself as "Midtown Village"

Back when we were all tiny tots, the area around 13th and Chestnut was not pretty! Scary is more like it...enter Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties. The NY firm had already turned around SOHO and South Beach and figured Philadelphia would be the next perfect spot to spruce up. Goldman bought up properties in the area that were empty, rundown and needed a new lease on life. With a healthy infusion of cold hard cash, quality businesses started to rent.

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Sailor Jerry on


The prize went to the reader who charmed us by finishing off Marisa's own take on the song "Let It Snow":

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But my tattoos are so delightful. Do I cover or let them show? ____________________________

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PBJ Gives a Brief History of Quaker City Mercantile


"No moss grows as Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) keeps on spinning"
A Philadelphia advertising agency is putting its marketing where its money is.

Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) moved its headquarters (and 75 employees) from Society Hill to 13th Street -- a neighborhood it then helped christen Midtown Village, with a new logo and advertising campaign.

The name change is part of a changing identity for an area that includes newer businesses like Lucky Strike Lanes, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams home furnishings and Doggie Style Pet Boutique, alongside the street's traditional offering of pornographic bookstores and check-cashing agencies. Much of the block has been renovated by developer Tony Goldman, who is also Quaker City Mercantile's landlord.

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Sailor Jerry in Ad Critic


The latest print, outdoor and lookbook photography for Philadelphia-based Quaker City Mercantile's tattoo-intensive Sailor Jerry brand is inspired by "a working-class American cookout," says Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) CEO/CD Steven Grasse.

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