April 21, 2016
Fresh off of their arrest at the U.S. Capitol Monday , Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will be in Rittenhouse Square at noon Wednesday to serve ice cream and meet with voters on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders. The pair also will be at a community meeting with local business leaders at 5:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Brewing Co., 2440 Frankford Ave. RSVPs are encouraged for the second event.
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.
May 7, 1991 |
At Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Co. in Waterbury, Vt., they have a rule: The salary of the highest-paid person in the company can never be more than seven times the wages of the company's lowest-paid person. At the moment, the CEO of Ben and Jerry's, Ben Cohen, makes $100,000 a year, which is slightly less than seven times that of the lowest-paid employee - a retail clerk in a Ben and Jerry's store, who makes $14,560 annually. "Until last year," said David Barash, the director of human resources for Ben & Jerry's, "the ratio was five to one. We changed it after a lot of internal policy discussion with our employees, because we were having difficulty recruiting and retaining executives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 1990 |
On a recent weekday afternoon, Ben Cohen and Teodozia Pepe strolled the grounds of Fluehr Park, a somewhat polluted but nevertheless promising parcel of land on Grant Avenue near Interstate 95. The two friends pointed out the park's highlights - including 10 baseball fields - and low points, among them abandoned cars and a wide assortment of litter. Occasionally, they paused to recruit a new member for their fledgling group, the Friends of Fluehr Park. The 62-acre park has been a source of grief for the residents of East Torresdale.
April 22, 2016 |
With New York behind them, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought their campaigns to Pennsylvania on Wednesday for what promises to be the state's most raucous presidential primary in recent memory. Cruz, still hoping to derail Donald Trump's drive for the GOP nomination, rallied supporters at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, where he promised to prevail at the party's national convention in Cleveland. "The most powerful force in our time is the grass roots of the American people rising," Cruz said.
December 15, 1991 |
Environmentally sound consumer products, from laundry detergent to trash bags to Ben & Jerry's ice cream, have been a fixture on supermarket shelves for some time now. One kind of green begets another, corporate America has found. But it was just a month ago that the Philadelphia area became home to a new, if inevitable, concept: the green retailer. Environmental Package Deal, a small store in the Plymouth Meeting Mall, sells not a particular product line, but an ethic. "People crave this stuff," said the store's owner, Marty Hahn of Norristown, who liquidated his office supply store to assemble an environmentally related inventory.