March 11, 2013 |
At 65, Judy Wicks has reached a sometimes stamina-challenged age - yet another reason the pioneering Philadelphia entrepreneur should relish her new career as an author. Granted, it will soon involve an exhaustive run of signings of her memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Business , due in stores April 3. But at least Wicks won't have to sprint through the streets chasing thieves. As a West Philadelphia shop owner in the 1970s, she did that a few times - including catching up with a knife-wielding teen who had stuffed a stack of shirts under the one he was wearing before bolting from Free People's Store.
October 24, 2011 |
David Boreanaz, Philly guy and star of TV's Bones , was here catching a flight when he stopped at the Time to Fly kiosk in Philadelphia International Airport's Terminal B and bought a watch. It was a two-minute transaction: Boreanaz, dressed in jeans and sneakers, had been in Philadelphia for the film premiere of The Mighty Macs at the Kimmel Center and to see his family - mother Patti and father Dave Roberts, the former Channel 6 (WPVI-TV) weatherman. Before getting on the plane, Boreanaz bought a $99 G-Shock water-resistant sports watch for his son. "He was looking for something reliable that his son can play sports with, shower, and jump in the pool with, and do anything and everything with," said Ben Cohen, who sells 140 G-Shock styles.
September 9, 2011 |
ENJOY A STRONG DOSE of protest in a performance, with ice cream for dessert? "Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream" promises all that. Debuting here tomorrow on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the event aims to raise awareness about excess militarism in the United States with testimonies from 9/11 and Iraq War survivors, plus more diverting, arts-happening-styled fare. Take the mural to be created live onstage by Scott Erickson, the anti-violent act by world-champion juggler Josh Horton, or the live welding performance by Josh Seitzer to "tie an AK47 in a knot.
September 8, 2011 |
The World Cafe has hosted a lot of wild and crazy events, but seldom has it hosted anything like Jesus, Bombs, & Ice Cream , which strikes up at 7 p.m. Saturday. Jesus? Bombs? Ice cream? All in one breath? Well, yes, and that's the point. An impressive and surprising coalition of folks will be on hand to perform, present, and play. They're taking aim at the epidemic of violence in U.S. society, drawing a special bead on the Pentagon budget. Ben Cohen, the Ben of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, will be there.
November 25, 2004 |
Sometimes all it takes is vision, passion, and a connection to Ben & Jerry's ice cream to do some good in the world. That's really all it came down to for Jesse Brenner, a 23-year-old from Wayne who has merged his interests in world music and social justice to aid the refugees of war-torn Sudan. Brenner, a senior at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, along with classmate Eric Herman, founded Modiba Productions, a nonprofit that produces and promotes African music. And in a huge coup this week, Modiba released its first album - ASAP: The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project, an all-star compilation of Afrobeat artists - as a digital download through iTunes.
January 24, 2003 |
When Bob Roberts first took over something called the Ice Cream Short Course at Pennsylvania State University a few years back, he got a call from an Oregon man with desperation in his voice. "I have to take your course," the man said. "You have to?" responded Roberts, who had yet to fully grasp the course's reputation among ice cream makers. It turns out the caller was trying to expand his coffee shop into an ice cream parlor. "My bank won't sign my loan unless I take the course," he fretted.
August 7, 2001 |
Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream fame is bringing his blend of business enterprise and social activism to a small Norristown maker of nontoxic household cleaners. Cohen's Barred Rock venture-fund plans to announce today that it and a Philadelphia partner paid $800,000 to buy Sun & Earth Inc., which makes laundry detergent, dish-washing liquid, liquid soap, and all-purpose cleaner out of orange and coconut oils. Cohen started the nonprofit Barred Rock fund with $5 million of the estimated $40 million he received from last year's $326 million sale of Ben & Jerry's to Unilever NV, the giant Anglo-Dutch consumer-products conglomerate.
January 24, 2000 |
In the name of all that is groovy, people will take to the streets in eight American cities tomorrow to protest the possible sale of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company to a multinational corporation. Outside scoop shops, people in shark costumes will "attack" folks dressed like cows, the pastoral symbol of the Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. The metaphor is clever and clear: Faceless, suited, wing-tipped toers of the bottom line are hungry to gobble up the ice cream company, founded by socially active hippies who give away 7.5 percent of pretax profits to help children, the homeless, the environment, the impoverished.
April 2, 1997 |
Ben, the cherubic, bearded visionary, is fantasizing out loud about dream ice cream flavors, like chocolate Cointreau fudge. Or coffee almond coconut fudge. Or cantaloupe! "Didn't we make cantaloupe once?" he asks his partner. "In the old gas station?" Jerry, the leaner, quieter pragmatist, remembers. "Cantaloupe is hard," he says. "You have to remove all the seeds, and the juice is so watery. It's hard to get enough flavor. " For a few minutes last night, in the Center City Marriott, it was like old times for Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.: When they were just two guys with a dream, cranking out all-natural, super-rich ice cream flavors made from the milk of local cows, in a rock-salt freezer in a refurbished gas station in Vermont.
August 10, 1995 |
Yesterday, a call to 1-800-225-DEAD, the hot line for Grateful Dead Merchandising, yielded a recording. "In respect to Jerry's passing, Grateful Dead will not be accepting orders until Aug. 14. Please feel free to call back then. Stay in touch," the voice says. With up to 4,500 orders a month, you may be hearing the Grateful Dead's biggest tribute of all to deceased band founder Jerry Garcia. In 1993 alone, Grateful Dead concert ticket, record, and merchandise sales garnered a reported $60 million.