South Street

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at

Let me share with you three quick stories. Glad: Many years ago I bought a box of Glad tall white kitchen trash bags. I was carrying one full of garbage out the front door to leave for the sanitation truck when is suddenly split.

In the 20 years we've lived in Philadelphia, it has become a foodie's paradise. However, the sine qua non of the city's dining experience is the legendary Philly Cheesesteak. We had a couple of young college singers stay overnight with us. They had had cheese steaks for lunch. After the concert, I offered them something to eat and drink. "Isn't Jim's near here?" one of them asked. "Go up to the corner, turn right and you'll see Jim's on South Street." They were gone in a nano- and came back with their second cheese steaks of the day

Peggy and I are back from Las Vegas. We don't gamble, but relish the experience. Our favorite eatery is Canaletto, a spectacular (not expensive) indoor/outdoor restaurant in the Venetian's faux St. Mark's Square. The food is good and riotous entertainment is everywhere—rowdy troupes of singers in Renaissance costumes, living statues and real-for-sure gondoliers serenading their passengers on the faux Grand Canal

I live in Center City Philadelphia six blocks from Independence Hall. Around the corner is Philly’s hangout for mostly kids—what Gourmet magazine called “raffish South Street.” There you can get tattooed, body pierced, tanned, a fine Philly cheese steak at Jim’s, hear live funky music every night at TLA and foul stand-up routines at a comedy club, buy sex toys at Condom Kingdom, and eat at any of 40 neighborhood restaurants ranging from D+ to A+. If you’re a HOG, you will find Mako’s Retired Surfers Bar & Grill, where you will meet and greet other Harley-Davidson owners from all over the country. Plus,

Yes, especially if you are facing jail time. IN THE NEWS Susanna Goihman, the Philadelphia restaurant owner whose 2002 Lexus struck and killed 15-year-old Kayla Peter on June 19, surrendered to police yesterday on a single charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The charge was filed, according to District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, to ensure that Goihman, a Venezuelan national, would not flee the country. More serious charges remain possible as the investigation continues, she said. --Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Joseph A. Slobodzian and Jacqueline Soteropoulos "Goihman surrenders in fatal hit-and-run" Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 23,

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