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February 10, 1991 | By Vyola P. Willson, Special to The Inquirer
A West Chester subsidiary of a French company with $1 billion in yearly sales is testing the market here for boutiques selling skin-care products made from ingredients such as camomile flowers, acacia honey and daffodil extract. Yves Rocher has opened its first American boutique in the Court at King of Prussia. It is a departure for the company, which has sold its skin-care products, fragrances and cosmetics to American customers through mail order and home-shopping networks since l985.
LIVING
October 7, 1998 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
It is "pure stubbornness" and a love for the fashion industry, Toby Lerner says, that have kept her in business, through good times and bad, for a quarter-century. And even now, with her two namesake boutiques - internationally renowned for their quirky mix of avant-garde designs and luxury goods - facing what she calls her greatest crisis, Lerner is still confident. Lerner said a failed expansion plan, a costly computerized merchandise-tracking system and increased local competition have left the stores out of cash and unable to pay many creditors, a who's who of high fashion from Calvin Klein to Gucci and Fendi.
LIVING
February 12, 1997 | By Denise Cowie, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's a scene in Annie Hall in which Alvy Singer gives Annie a present, a transparent pink-and-black concoction that might loosely be called underwear. "Are you kidding?" says Annie. "This is more like a present for you. " Twenty years later, that probably still explains why so many men give sexy lingerie for Valentine's Day. Especially this year. "This should be a huge holiday, because it's on a Friday and people can make plans to go away for the weekend," says Wendy Wade, owner of the Lacey Lady in Hatboro.
NEWS
October 17, 2002 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Monique Kelly has a fat folder full of business owners who want to bring their shops, firms and practices to Collingswood. She also has a dilemma. Vacant spots are hard to come by these days, explains the new director of the borough's business improvement district. "We're trying to accommodate them," Kelly said, "but we're going to have to build. " Housing values have soared. Hip restaurants and cool boutiques now share space with the food market and the sewing-machine shop that have been operated on Haddon Avenue for decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
It never fails: When the Rolling Stones come to town, a wave of merchandise washes up close behind. This time around, Stones-Related Stuff to Buy includes the new Steel Wheels album, a boxed anthology of early singles, a reissued book, and rare recordings available on bootleg discs. But wait, there's more: Rolling Stones Rockwear boutiques. Can a fragrance be far behind? How about The Jagger Workout Video - a logical cross-promotion with Mick's Own Wrinkle Cream? Even Steel Wheels, the first new album from the Rolling Stones in three years, will get a savvy marketing tweak: Following the example set by U2, Bruce Springsteen and others, the Stones are taking full advantage of singles to release newly recorded songs that didn't make Steel Wheels.
NEWS
October 9, 2005 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Fashion has been defined by the whims of young people for years. They - not the Donnas and the Ralphs - are harbingers of style. How else can you explain denim's rise to near couture status, or luxury-priced sneakers? In Philadelphia, under-35 entrepreneurs are becoming even more influential as they set up sleek laptop-computer cash registers in their own boutiques. Their small, stylish stores are stocked with more than just cult favorites such as Trina Turk, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, and Evisu.
NEWS
November 4, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The timing may have been a coincidence, but the announcement during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month that a Jenkintown lingerie shop would stop selling specially made bras and prostheses to survivors of the second-most-common cancer among women in the United States seemed an unfortunate juxtaposition. Tulips Lingerie & Intimate Apparel will no longer carry the products. The shop fell victim to what owner Fran Dratch calls a complex and expensive accreditation process that she says amounts to a smackdown of such small boutiques.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
SEPTA fares go up tomorrow SEPTA's first fare increases in three years will take effect tomorrow. The fare adjustments include system-wide increases averaging between 6 percent and 8 percent. These changes are expected to generate about $20.7 million in additional revenue for operating expenses. In crafting the new fare structure, SEPTA followed the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Transportation Funding and Reform Commission, which suggests modest, periodic fare increases.
NEWS
September 9, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
At first glance, the Philadelphia Collection 2011 appears to be nothing more than a flurry of parties and shopping at upscale boutiques. But the second annual 12-day shopping event is part of the city's grand plan to fete the fall fashion season and bring the city's style cred up to levels so high that top designers such as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors will clamor to open boutiques here. "The Philadelphia Collection represents the City of Philadelphia's commitment to a thriving, innovative economy," Mayor Nutter said Thursday morning at a news conference touting the event.
NEWS
May 10, 1991 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Who wouldn't want to buy a few diamonds from Tiffany's or a trinket from exclusive Henri Bendel as a Mother's Day present? The only thing stopping most people is money. But now, shoppers can give the essence of upper-crust boutiques or specialty stores. If you can't buy Tiffany jewels for Mom, she can at least smell as if she shops there. Tiffany's, which recently opened a Center City branch, is one of several stores that sell perfume and other fragrances with the company signature on the bottle.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The clothing you'll find in Joan Shepp's new Chestnut Street boutique stays true to her aesthetic: a heavily curated collection of designer women's wear that is dark in hue, architectural in silhouette, and of course, edgy. Yet the "concept" boutique, with its clean white walls and golden fixtures, evokes a freshness that is decidedly much more Shepp-y than 1616 Walnut ever was. There's a section for chic and crazy hats. (Shepp loves a bright beanie). And shoppers can check out a studio where products are photographed for her cyber-store operation.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.
NEWS
May 2, 2014
  ROBERT WINDFELDER, 51, of Fishtown, and Stefanie Jolles, 42, of South Philadelphia, are co-owners of Crash Bang Boom on 4th Street near South. The punk boutique, which also offers items on its website, sells clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women. I spoke to Windfelder, who also fronts the rock band Live Not On Evil. Q: The store used to be on South Street and was called Zipperhead back in the day. A: We both worked at Zipperhead on South Street and, for the last five years it was there, we owned it. When rent got too high at the end of our lease in 2005, we needed a new location.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Joan Shepp will finally have her display windows. The longtime Center City boutique owner signed a 10-year-lease Friday that will give her same-named designer women's boutique a permanent home at 1811 Chestnut St., the commercial space of the historic Belgravia condominiums. Shepp will probably move into the 9,200-square-foot, two-story space by mid-spring. Until then, she will stay in her temporary second-floor store at the Shops at Liberty Place, where she relocated from her longtime space on Walnut Street late last year.
NEWS
December 6, 2013
E LISSA KARA, 38, of South Philly, owns Nice Things Handmade, a boutique gallery she opened in February 2010 on Passyunk Avenue near Pierce Street, not far from her home. It supports 75 local artists, most from the Philly area, and sells handmade ceramics, jewelry, clothing, prints, accessories and artwork. Q: Tell me about the idea for Nice Things Handmade. A: I got laid off from my job and I was also an artist at Mew Gallery. I was sad [Mew] closed and decided to open my own boutique gallery.
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Joan Shepp talks shop standing near the display window of her iconic Walnut Street boutique, her voice shifting from uncharacteristic, unsure whisper to typical fashion-savvy confidence. She's in a pickle. Her self-named specialty store, with its curated selection of high-end designers from Rick Owens to Ann Demeulemeester, has played a major part in shaping Walnut Street - west of Broad through 19th - into Philadelphia's poshest place to shop. But it's her success, and that of other chic independents along five Rittenhouse Square blocks, that has helped spike the value of commercial real estate in the last two years and, ironically, has led to her exit - at least off the best blocks in the strip.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reality TV is all about trouble, so perhaps it comes as no big whoop to hear that on Saturday, a brawl erupted at the clothing boutique Porsche 2, in Ridgewood, N.J. Whose boutique? Kim DePaola of Real Housewives of New Jersey . Seems a man allegedly made fun of the autistic son of RHONJ castie Jacqueline Laurita and her hub Christopher . Joe Gorga and Albie Manzo , also of RHONJ , allegedly waded in. Three sinks were broken, one thrown through the air, there was "blood on the walls," and now Johnny Karagiorgis of Paramus has filed a citizen's complaint.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
LEOPARD-PRINT pants and shiny bangles work well for Alicia DiMichele-Garofalo, but the South Jersey fashionista says that she won't be an accessory to the drama, catfights and probing cameras that a reality show about mob wives would bring. DiMichele-Garofalo, 39, might fit a producer's definition of "mob wife," but the Marlton resident said that she's not pursuing a spot on a Philadelphia spinoff of the popular VH1 series "Mob Wives. " She said that the show reached out to her several times.
SPORTS
June 15, 2012 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO — So why Merion, after so long? Mike Davis is the USGA's executive director. He's also the guy in charge of setting up the courses for the U.S. Open. And there was a time when even he wasn't sure that those 120-some historic acres on Philadelphia's Main Line were up to the present-day challenge of hosting what has become the game's biggest and most difficult major. For any variety of reasons, many of which had little to do with the golf itself. Still, he was well-acquainted with Merion's aura.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Wellington
More than a dozen kids on a recent Thursday afternoon handed T-shirts, tanks, and pajama bottoms to airbrush artist Paul Madonna.   His job: to tag their gear with graffiti. "Look at that," said Ellie Stamps, 9, as she watched Madonna spray-paint E-L-L-I-E in bold, rainbow-hued bubble letters on a tank top at Lafayette Hill's Down to Earth Kids. "When he uses the white, it looks like the letters are reflecting light. It's so cool. Nobody will have one just like this.
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