January 25, 1987 |
Alot has changed in 100 years at Avon. The lipstick line now includes grape freeze and cappuccino. The sales territory now extends to 70 countries on six continents. The company has diversified into nursing homes and drug rehabilitation centers. But for Arlene Reilly, the big news is that she doesn't ring doorbells anymore. "I've found that most doorbells don't work," says Reilly, an Avon representative for the last 25 years in Bucks County. There's another reason she prefers to knock: She doesn't like the image that emerged from Avon ads. "We are the No. 1 beauty company," she says firmly.
June 10, 1997 |
Back in the days when cornflakes were strange and "In-Er-Seal" cracker boxes triggered anxiety, when new-and-improved companies such as Kellogg and National Biscuit were forging the way into the 20th century, an obscure, doughy-faced book-peddler named David McConnell decided to ditch publishing and embrace odors. Overnight in 1892, McConnell's New York-based Union Publishing Co. became the California Perfume Co. - a name that bore the aura, he said, of coastal blossoms - and another marketing epic began.
February 27, 2013 |
AVON, N.J. - This Jersey Shore town, facing the threat of a boycott over its plan to use rain forest wood to rebuild a boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, isn't backing down. Avon, in Monmouth County, says it will stick with its plan to use ipe wood. At a meeting Monday night, several environmental groups asked the Borough Commission to reconsider but were rebuffed. "There is a consensus to move ahead," Commissioner Frank Gorman said after hearing nearly two hours of objections from residents and out-of-town environmentalists.
September 24, 1999 |
Harriette E. Herdelin, a dedicated family woman with humble beginnings who became a millionaire and the largest property owner in the University City area, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital. She was 87 and lived in West Philadelphia for 35 years. Born Harriette E. Corgee in Grays Ferry, Herdelin dropped out of the Mitchell School in eighth grade to help support her family. "She started out selling Avon," said Robert Herdelin, her son. "She went from door to door giving demonstrations for $100 a week in the late 1930s and '40s, which was pretty good money back then.
August 31, 2008
$3.2 Million 819 Pennstone Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 108 Avon Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 360 Penn Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 234 Maple Hill Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 2148 Fox Creek Rd. Easttown Chester County All sales recorded May 12-16
April 5, 2012
Police are seeking the killer of a man gunned down Wednesday afternoon in Camden's Lanning Square neighborhood. Lee Adams, 30, of Camden, was shot several times around 2:15 p.m. at Avon and Royden Streets, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden police said Thursday. Friends took him to Cooper University Hospital, where he died about two hours later. Contact Lance Saunders, an investigator with the Prosecutor's Office, at 856-225-8513, or Camden Detective Sean Donlon at 856-757-7420 with any information on the case.
October 26, 2014 |
Starting a business of your own sounds like a do-it-yourself proposition. But entrepreneurs will tell you this secret to success: It takes a village. When Francine Griesing left "Big Law" to start her own firm, she needed some key things: a few clients, a business plan, and some savings in the bank. She had worked at Greenberg Traurig and networked extensively during her time there, serving on professional organizations such as the Philadelphia Bar Association. Today, her firm, Griesing Law, represents Fortune 500 corporations in high-stakes litigation, intellectual property, and employment matters.
August 19, 1989
DIFFERENT TESTS In his letter (July 8) concerning Avon's elimination of animal testing, S. "Rockie" Rockenbach makes the incorrect assumption that the harmless tests Avon will perform on humans are the same conducted on animals. They are not. Avon will not, for example, pour full-strength deodorants into human eyes, nor force-feed humans foot powder until they die, nor make humans breathe hair spray. More than 52,000 animals died in Avon's laboratory between 1981 and 1987.
May 11, 1986 |
Hockey-puck hamburgers and sweet-and-sour shrimp. "I love Ontario" ashtrays and Royal Canadian Mounties hurricane lamps. For years, that was about the best theatergoers could expect to find when they visited Stratford to see a performance of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Othello or Romeo and Juliet. The restaurateurs and shopkeepers in this backwater town - home of the Stratford Festival since 1953 - were unimaginative. There weren't many restaurants or shops, let alone boutiques, bars or nightclubs.