April 26, 1992 |
Smokey Run, Berlin Borough, Camden County "After a 17-year sewer moratorium was lifted two years ago in Berlin Borough, we were one of the first multifamily developments to come in," said Tim Schaeffer, builder of Smokey Run, a community of 46 townhouses on a wooded site. There are six models at Smokey Run, and they are a blend of Colonial and Victorian architecture. Homes range in size from 1,552 to 1,906 square feet of living space. Each home costs from $101,500 to $123,450, with no association fees added, because there's no homeowners' association in this fee-simple community.
April 24, 1994 |
For those who believe it was the suffrage movement and the age of feminism that helped liberate women, here's a little revisionist history. It all started with the formal tea. Back in the colonial period, tea and sugar were such expensive commodities that they were kept under lock and key. Eventually, men entertaining guests found themselves overburdened with two social tasks: serving hot punch and tea. And since they did not trust servants...
December 23, 1998 |
Aug. 23, 1998 The eyes of Detroit are upon the bellwether streets of Los Angeles, and they see those pavement-hugging pickups with the sporty body modifications and the predatory growl. They know the reworked pickup has become the custom car of the '90s. And they know there is a significant niche market out there for a factory version called "the sport truck. " The problem is, they've been having a lot of trouble getting the sport truck right. Earlier attempts, such as the Ford Lightning and Chevrolet 454SS, didn't really give the customers everything they wanted.
September 28, 2007 |
For more than 20 years, Claudia Mills wove her color-drenched fabric and leather rugs in a carriage-house studio behind her home in a Boston suburb. There, she employed two full-time weaving assistants and four enormous wooden floor looms. So why would Mills - whose crisp, contemporary take on the venerable rag rug has attracted a sizable custom clientele and earned her notice in such decor magazines as Architectural Digest and Metropolitan Home - pack it all up and move to Philadelphia at this stage in her career?
December 26, 1999 |
Olen Carpenito turns cows and chickens into Philly cheesesteaks and deer into cutlets. The 25-year-old meat cutter and new owner of A&M Meats can also take those cute little pigs raised by local farmers and turn them into sausage, smoked ham or scrapple - whatever the customer requests. "Some people say I'm mean because I cut animals, but I'm not. I like animals," said Carpenito, who keeps four cats and two dogs as pets and grew up on a 50-acre farm tending sheep and chickens.
February 18, 2014 |
There's nothing like having one child in college and another about to enroll to get you serious about your business. Not that Bridget Morris wasn't passionate about her book-restoration work, which started 27 years ago but had long been more of a hobby, taking a backseat to her maternal duties. "I was primarily a mom and secondarily a bookbinder," she said recently from her studio just off Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. But the reality of college tuition nudged this divorced resident of University City to take an online business course three years ago. "It really, really helped me focus on the business part of Bella Forte and not so much the creative part," said Morris, 46, owner of what is now a flourishing bookbinding and letterpress business that has reached six figures in annual revenues and is on track to hit seven in the next five years.
November 2, 2010
THE MIAMI HEAT'S LeBron James got into the Halloween spirit by wearing a custom-made mouthguard sporting fangs while playing against the Magic on Friday night. Of course, there's now talk of the NBA handing out a ridiculous fine for such non-sanctioned behavior. That doesn't sit well with us or Bobbie Quinn, whose Philadelphia-based company, Sport Guard Inc., manufactured the custom mouthguard. "I'm a little distressed," Quinn said yesterday. "If [the mouthpiece] is not approved because it's flashy, well . . . I understand that.
March 16, 2014 |
If you subtract January and February, 2014 promises to be a better year for the area's small builders - the ones who build a few spec and custom homes annually, often with one or two full-time employees and a handful of subcontractors. Though they stand in line behind the big guys for building lots and financing, they make a go of things just the same. "I just wish this winter had happened three years ago, when I was doing nothing," said Camden County builder Charles Kojeski, champing at an icy bit to finish five houses he has under construction.
February 17, 2014 |
An $8,500 Merchants Fund grant has "launched" custom bookbinder Bella Forte on a path of global growth. Diane Mastrull's Small Business.
April 4, 2012 |
Next door to the Old City fire station and Ben Franklin Park is a darling boutique with a timely fashion mission and a perfectly patriotic name. US*U.S. is a 600-square-foot designer co-op led by custom clothier Lele Tran that houses a practical mix of easy-to-wear clothing, including a boho-inspired children's line, bold-hued bikinis and a collection of Gothic couture wear featuring corsets and fitted skirts. But in addition to delivering this spring's latest colorful styles, US*U.S.