December 19, 2011 |
Got your Stompeez yet? If not, it's too late. The rainbow-colored children's slippers, shaped like puppies, unicorns, or alligators, with mouths or eyes that open and close, are sold out. That's a fact that Sherri Hope Culver, a Temple University scholar who studies the impact of advertising, regards with a certain professional admiration. The endless holiday rotation of Stompeez TV commercials apparently did its job, enticing kids to crave an odd, previously unknown sort of footwear and parents to plunk down $19.95, plus postage and handling.
November 20, 2011 |
Cathryn Coate most certainly is not a cheerleader for the commercial real estate business, describing it as "very competitive, very cutthroat, real nasty. " Her initial impressions of the industry's brokers? "Sort of an oily salesman," was one way she put it in an interview last week. Another was: "Manipulative. " So it was a stunner to many who knew her when Coate became a commercial real estate broker 14 years ago. "I don't think anyone could have imagined this is what she would do," said Diane Dalto, a consultant to the arts community, which Coate was influential in getting Ed Rendell to embrace when he was mayor.
November 17, 2011 |
In a move as sobering as it is stunning, a national company is pulling its advertising sponsorships from college football games involving scandal-ridden Pennsylvania State University, and some other advertisers are weighing the option. Cars.com told ESPN to pull its ads from last week's Nebraska vs. Penn State clash at Beaver Stadium, the first game after the scandal involving former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky broke Nov. 5, and Saturday's national telecast of Penn State at Ohio State.
November 2, 2011 |
HACKENSACK, N.J. - You'll have to work hard to beat identical twins Iris Arnold and Frances Labinger, stars of a droll new Walgreens pharmacy commercial. They've been playing this game for 77 years. "I'm older, by 19 minutes," said Arnold, a longtime Fort Lee, N.J., resident. She not only beat her identical twin sister out of the womb in 1934, she also intends to go on beating her. "I do have the smarter kids," Arnold said. "All six of my kids went to Bronx Science. " Countered Labinger: "I got married first, had my kids first, had my grandchildren first.
October 30, 2011 |
Si Picker, 94, a retired business owner and actor who portrayed Ben Franklin until a few years ago, died of heart failure Friday, Oct. 14, at Martins Run, a retirement community in Media. Mr. Picker operated Temple Appliance & Furniture Store in North Philadelphia from 1952 until 1998. In his 50s, he took on a partner to help run the business so he could pursue a longtime passion - acting. "He was always a performer," his daughter, Anita, said. "When my brother and I were at summer camp, he would come up on weekends and took the stage in the rec hall and sang songs.
October 28, 2011 |
Elaine Newman Moranz, 65, of Newtown Square, a lawyer who specialized in commercial real estate law, died of ovarian cancer on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Trained as a city planner and lawyer, Mrs. Moranz had been a partner in the law firm Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel since 1987. "Elaine will be remembered for both her intelligence and integrity. She will be missed by clients and colleagues alike," said Mark L. Silow, managing partner at Fox Rothschild.
October 4, 2011 |
You may not have heard much about SoHa. But your chances of hearing more about it just got bigger. A major exhibition space and new studios for 10 artists opened last month at 1001 White Horse Pike in the "South of Haddon Arts and Business District," the promotional name for a section of Haddon Township most folks call Oaklyn. A potters' collective, a sculptor, and a mixed-media artist already occupy the rear of the landmark building, where a sleek street-level hair salon offers its own brand of artistry.
August 1, 2011 |
When a nightclub on Pier 34 collapsed into the Delaware River in May 2000, killing three young women, Dryden Diving Co. was called in to inspect the century-old structure. When a tug-driven barge ran over a duck boat and killed two young tourists in July last year, Dryden Diving was summoned to examine the barge. This small South Jersey company - with $5 million to $6 million in annual revenue and a dozen to 35 divers working at any one time - is one of about 200 commercial diving contractors in the United States.
July 25, 2011 |
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Brown University student from Gladwyne, Pa., says he has a solution to a problem vexing advertisers in this era of distracted audiences: Give viewers a chance to win prizes in exchange for watching commercials. Brandon Yoshimura, 22, launched Loffles, a company that has viewers watch online advertisements in exchange for gift cards to retailers and a chance to win products such as televisions and computers. The company's website went live last month.
July 18, 2011
WKDN-FM (106.9), a Camden religious radio station owned by Harold Camping's nonprofit Family Stations Inc., has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to change its license status to commercial from noncommercial. The application was dated July 7. An official from the California nonprofit did not return a phone call seeking comment. Camping made news earlier this year with his doomsday prediction for May 21, 2011. - Bob Fernandez