January 5, 2012 |
Stocks barely budged Wednesday, letting investors hold on to their gains from a strong opening to the year a day earlier. Strong December sales boosted carmakers and specialty retailers. Banks, health-care companies, and utilities fell slightly. But nothing moved much. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 21.04 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 12,418.42. The Dow opened the year with a 180-point gain Tuesday, which brought it to the highest level since July. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq were nearly flat.
September 16, 2011 |
Michelle Marciniak is the Allentown Central Catholic High School basketball standout who went pro before she landed as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina. Now, at age 37, she's chasing what she hopes is another slam-dunk move - not on the court but in the bedroom. Marciniak is hoping to score with Sheex, a new kind of high-tech bedsheets made of performance fabric instead of cotton. "The feel inspired the idea," Marciniak, a Charlotte, N.C., transplant, said of the velvety material - think Nike or Under Armour workout shirts - that she and Susan Walvius, former women's basketball head coach at USC, decided to turn into bedding.
December 22, 2010 |
With Christmas just days away, the packing room at Kitchen Kapers' Cherry Hill warehouse was loaded last week with wares that workers wrapped for online holiday orders: Cuisinart hand mixers, oil decanters, ice cream scoops, All-Clad saucepans with lids. In a nook a few feet away, a family of brothers and sons named Kratchman dug into cardboard boxes of newly arrived merchandise. Steeled against an icy draft with coats and jeans, they removed Shantoku knives, one by one, and priced them.
May 27, 2010 |
Hair-razing experience The new Philips Bodygroom Pro shaver is for the man who has everything - perhaps too much of some of it. Intended to go anywhere and everywhere there's body hair, the shaver has a pivoting head and a slim ergonomic shape designed for even the most sensitive areas of a guy's anatomy. A trimmer has five settings and rounded tips and combs to prevent nicks and scratches. The cordless, rechargeable razor works wet or dry, and comes with a charging stand. Philips Bodygroom Pro BG2040 is $69.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
December 6, 2009 |
It's that time of year again. Time to feel like a fool. I started early this year, at Bed Bath & Beyond. Mind you, I love the store - two shiny new floors of beautiful things that you don't have to try on. I'm a goner for candles and diffusers, not to mention cordless vacuum cleaners. And they even have beauty products and potato chips in the checkout line. It should be bliss. It is, until I see everyone else heading for the register fingering stacks of full-size coupons, each one good for 20 percent off. I get coupons, too. They come in the mail once in a while, and I put them in a pile, and then they disappear.
March 21, 2008 |
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a chore. And with tools like these, the new season looks brighter already. Dirt Devil's Kruz Stick Vacuum ($100) is designed especially for hardwood floors. Its slim shape means easy storage, too. Available at local Bed Bath and Beyond stores and www.bedbathandbeyond.com . The iRobot Dirt Dog Shop Sweeping Robot ($130) navigates through hard-to-reach places and picks up heavier-duty garage and patio debris, such as nuts and bolts. Available at www.irobot.
January 26, 2007 |
The challenge for the housewares designer now is complex: She must continually refine products that are already fairly useful and attractive. After all, the idea is to keep the consumer interested - and spending. Thus, the manufacturers who arrived here last week for a preview of this year's International Home & Housewares Show, set for March 11-13 in Chicago, approached new levels of convenience and pleasing design. At least, they tried to. The preview offered an East Coast taste of what's to come when 2,100 exhibitors descend on the Windy City to show off their newest and brightest.
September 18, 2006 |
SOME OF YOU have done it. Some of you only dream of doing it. And some of you have just done it for the first time - like my husband and me. You know what I'm talking about: dropping off your firstborn child at college. All summer long, I've felt our family slipping slightly out of orbit. Our usual motion and routine around the house off kilter: the younger boys and I a bit cranky, our oldest son, Pat, more careful of us, somehow softer, and my husband just quieter.
December 8, 2004 |
ome of the seats are broken. The place needs a paint job. The floor has to go. It will cost more than a few bucks to tear down the fabric sheeting that covers the walls, and Lord knows what's underneath. Probably nothing good. It's plain the Hiway Theatre needs work. But it's also true, in fact it's more true, that the movie theater - formerly the Jenkintown Auditorium, formerly the Embassy, formerly the York Road Theater, then the Hiway and the Merlin and now the Hiway again - has something money can't buy: Integrity.
August 9, 2002 |
College-bound Kelly Sheehan, a soon-to-be freshman at Fairfield University in Connecticut, is shopping for her first dorm room, and she knows what she wants: lots of blue, lots of storage, and lots of reminders of friends and family. Daunted but excited, and armed with a list three legal-pad pages long, Kelly and her mother, Cathy, set out from their Yardley home Tuesday on their fourth dorm-shopping excursion. She crossed items off her gradually dwindling list - composed of suggestions sent to her from the university (alarm clocks to shower buckets)