The nose knows. Vote for the most creative florist, soothing aromatherapist, or other purveyor of ode-worthy odors.
Matthew Izzo Interior Designer
Renowned interior designer Matthew Izzo smells change in the air with the addition of the New President candle to his namesake line of scented wicks. Read More
Originally published on September 20, 2007
The Weekend Guide
What to Do This Weekend
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
Bat for Lashes
What: Arty rockers play harpsichord, marching drums, and other instruments time forgot.
Why: It’s like a sonic food coma. Mmm, musical.
When: Sun., 9 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. (215-739-9684).
What: Traditional French bistro offers light bites and a variety of wines, aperitifs, and beer.
Why: Face it, this is the closest you’re getting to Paris this year.
When: Tues.-Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Zinc Bar, 246 S. Eleventh St. (215-351-9901).
What: Rae serves a cafe-style breakfast featuring Vietnamese coffee, fresh squeezed juices, and fluffy omelets and sandwiches.
Why: Correction: A gourmet breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
When: Mon.-Fri., 7-10 a.m.
Where: 2929 Arch St. (215-922-3839).
What: Artur Kirsh of Studio C.L. has his own eponymous line of shampoos, leave-ins, and other super-fun treatments (try the filling powder).
Why: Get that salon look at home. No, really.
When: Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Studio Artur, 728 West Ave., Jenkintown (215-884-0004); Studio C.L., 128 S. 19th St. (215-496-0604).
New President Candle
What: A politically inspired, lightly scented candle strong enough for Obama yet balanced enough for Hillary.
Why: We already paid for the current president.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Matthew Izzo, 1109 Walnut St. (215-829-0606).
K.L. Hassen Organic Home
Organic Home owner K.L. Hassen's longtime passion for the environment led her to create a housecleaning service devoted to nontoxic products, customer education, and a sustainable business model. Read More
Originally published on June 12, 2007
Clean Up Your Act
Earthly Cleaning Service
Naomi finds solace in sweeping.
You? Not so much.
Leave the cleaning to the staff at Organic Home. Though they won’t show up in Louboutins or have fits of cell-phone-throwing rage, they will get your space sparkling with earth-friendly, nontoxic products and aromatherapy. And they’ll top it all off with fresh flowers.
Set up an appointment with one of their experts who will counsel you on how to lead a more socially responsible life (even you-know-who is donating her clothing to charity) through sustainable products, volunteer opportunities, and a recycling program that you’ll actually stick to. Or use their design services to declutter your home, which will no doubt do wonders for your mind.
Sorry, anger management classes not included.
Available at Organic Home (856-337-0091 or organichomedesign.com).
Michael Haschak Pure Design
Floral designer Michael Haschak uses his talents as a former fashion merchandiser to help create custom window boxes and backyards that reflect your personal tastes. Read More
Originally published on June 27, 2007
Think Outside the Box
That “wheatgrass” in your window box isn’t fooling anyone anymore.
We know rampant weed growth when we see it.
So does Michael Haschak, owner and florist at Pure Design, and he can help. Haschak knows that urban dwellers need a green space that’s as modern and sophisticated as they are, so he’ll send his highly trained staff to create a custom window box that reflects your tastes.
A stint as a fashion merchandiser gave Haschak an eye for color, proportion, and trend. He scours the market for exotic and rare blooms and plants them in your window box, creating designs with clean lines, bright hues, and unexpected flourishes. One of the lucky few with a backyard? He’ll hook you up with a Zen-like garden that’s decidedly gnome free.
Now, your neighbors might get jealous when they see the transformation.
Just remind them the wheatgrass is always greener.
Michael Haschak at Pure Design, 500 South 22nd Street (215-545-6666).