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.
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.
January 4, 2013 |
B OOB TUBE gets a new spin Sunday with the debut of a bra-shop show titled "Double Divas. " We're sure you get the "double" entendre . "Our job is to really help women feel wonderful," said Molly Hopkins, co-owner of LiviRae Lingerie in Atlanta. "All you gotta do is bring out the sexy stuff. " What, is the Lifetime Network trying to lure male viewers? Not exactly. This is no "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. " Yes, judging from previews, some shapely knockouts will strut about in undergarments, but viewers will also see much, much bigger sets of challenges.
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.
April 3, 1988 |
"Custom is lord of all mankind. " - Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Pushkin sweated here. So did Chekhov and Maxim Gorki and the famed poet-military theorist Denis Davydov and scores of widely known Russian actors and cultural figures. They all flocked to the Sandunovsky Baths - the banya - to wash and cleanse themselves, to expiate the sins of rich food and copious drink with steam and leafy birch twigs, and the pleasurable shock of frigid bathing pools. They came to Sandunovsky to sweat, and they left the wooden planks of the steam rooms stained with their own potent perspiration.
May 28, 1997 |
On the bandwagon With South Broad Street in the background, William Penn shows off his new custom-made Flyers jersey from atop City Hall yesterday.