May 14, 1996 |
For 43 years, Edward and Mary Cipressi started family traditions with their custom dinette sets. Customer Jerry Klein bought a drop-leaf dinette set with two chairs from the Cipressis' Kitchen Karnival store in Northeast Philadelphia 10 years ago. When his son got married not too long ago, he headed to the Kitchen Karnival to do the same. But chain-store competition, lower disposable incomes and their own failing health conspired to sap the vitality from their business. So at 83 and 81, respectively, Edward and Mary Cipressi, a couple married for 63 years, decided to close their business.
April 6, 1995 |
For 58 years, Tiny Towne has catered to the needs of children, with its veteran staff selling a range of eclectic merchandise that includes everything from Boy Scout uniforms to pint-size furniture. The oldest retailer on 69th Street, the store survived the economic hardships brought on by World War II and SEPTA strikes. What it cannot withstand, however, has been consumers' gradual defection to flashy national chain stores. Next month, Tiny Towne will shut down. Store owner Stuart Wenger, 48, said that in the face of hard times, employees had found it increasingly difficult to maintain the store's standard of service.
November 23, 2012
THIS SATURDAY CAN be a different type of shopping day. No need to worry about trying to find a parking space at a suburban mall, or being overrun by hordes of shoppers acting as if they had just stumbled onto the newest bazaar in Istanbul. Instead, because it's Small-Business Saturday, you might consider visiting a small, intimate, popup boutique, say, in Center City, where you can pick up a WeWood watch. I'm thinking of Kembrel - which has two locations, on Locust near 12th and on Chestnut near 18th - a small-biz alternative to the big-box retailers and chain stores.
December 11, 1997 |
At the Main Line's Suburban Square, regarded as a jewel among the region's shopping centers, the holiday season has been welcomed with red bows and strings of white lights festooning the sidewalk trees. But merchants are looking toward the New Year with a less festive sentiment: uncertainty. Intershop Holding Ltd., Suburban Square's Swiss owner, has been looking for a buyer for all its U.S. properties for nine months, said spokesman Dave Collins, in Dallas. That leaves merchants wondering: Will rents rise?
March 20, 2002 |
Jones Apparel Group Inc., moving to increase its sales in moderately priced and discount retail stores, announced yesterday that it had an agreement to acquire Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Co. and the Vanderbilt brand name for $138 million. Jones, which is based in Bristol, said it would pay $80 million in cash and $20 million in stock, plus assume about $38 million in debt, for Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and distributor of stretch and twill jeans for women. The price may increase if certain earnings goals are met in the first year, Jones said in a statement.
December 12, 2007 |
The Wegmans supermarket chain plans to open a liquor mart inside its Cherry Hill store, making it one of the few groceries in South Jersey to sell alcohol. Jason Wehle, a son-in-law of chief executive officer Danny Wegman's, paid $500,000 in October for the retail liquor license formerly held by Corkscrewed on Marlton Pike. Wegmans will carve out space in its Route 70 store to sell liquor, spokeswoman Jeanne Colleluori said yesterday. She said that planning was in the early stages, and that she did not know when liquor sales would begin.
August 13, 2000 |
At the age of 19, Mike Fiscaro Jr. was preparing flight meals for United Airlines yet yearned to open his own music store. So his father, a technician at Bell Atlantic, cashed in his retirement account and handed him $100,000 in savings to start the Music Factory. Located across Hurffville Cross Keys Road from Washington Township High School, the nine-year-old business now sells $750,000 annually in CDs and vinyl recordings. Business has gone so well that Fiscaro's father retired from the phone company and works full time in the store.
June 16, 2003 |
Finding a job has been tough, especially for those who just graduated from college. The job market is better if you are in health care, and a lot better if you have a pharmacy degree. That's according to the area's pharmacy schools, whose graduates are enjoying multiple job offers at a time when other new grads can barely get an interview. Graduates of Philadelphia's two pharmacy schools - University of the Sciences and Temple University School of Pharmacy - often have four or five offers from retail chain stores, hospitals and companies willing to pay them $80,000 or more to fill prescriptions and dispense medication advice to patients.
August 14, 2000 |
After more than a year of surveys, studies and community meetings, planners here are ready for the good stuff: upscale shops, tree-lined streets, and pedestrian-friendly traffic. The township's Economic Development Task Force has met with urban planners and completed details for sprucing up commercial districts in Glenside, Elkins Park and Cheltenham Village and along East Cheltenham Avenue. The Board of Commissioners must sign off on the revitalization plans, but a date for the vote has not been set. The project has two components, said Joel Johnson, manager of the Main Street program: beautifying streetscapes and slowing the rush of traffic, and retaining businesses while attracting new ones.
January 24, 1999 |
A group of local civic leaders is gearing up to attempt the unimaginable: Make Narberth cuter. By most accounts, tiny half-square-mile Narberth ranks at the top of the quaint scale for its tidy blocks of single-family homes, its friendly central park, its family grocer who knows customers by their first and last names and, of course, its thriving, altogether charming, downtown - all two blocks of it. But in the age of the mega-mall and...