November 10, 1992 |
Dentaurum Inc. booth (above) displays a variety of orthodontic appliances during the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists Convention at the Adam's Mark Hotel. At right are some orthodontic custom designs of Pro-Pal.
January 4, 2015 |
Standing in her small kitchen, Kelly Adomsky closed her eyes and imagined emptying the dishwasher. She envisioned where her two boys would play as she cooked dinner. She thought about where she would entertain. To prepare for the renovation of her growing family's home, Adomsky, a stay-at-home mother and former advertising professional, thought about every detail. The 1,700-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch in Doylestown Township, which her husband, Jonathan, had bought before they were married, had issues.
November 29, 2012 |
Brian Lipstein, 28, of Manayunk, is CEO of Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors & Image Consultants, which he founded in 2006. From a shop on 17th Street near Spruce, the Penn graduate creates a custom-tailored look that fits the image a client wants to project. Clients have included Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, former Eagle Ron Jaworski and radio/TV personality Danny Bonaduce. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the company? A: I started selling high-end custom suits for $2,500.
February 12, 1991 |
Most businesspeople have to pay to get their advertising message out. Bernie Moeller has people clamoring to buy his ads from him. He's the proprietor and artist of Bernie's Tattooing, at the dead end of West Avenue in Bristol Township, and frankly he has never had much of a budget for advertising in 14 years in the business. "I just give out a few T-shirts and word-of-mouth. That's it," Bernie says. There's no way Bernie could avoid generating a lot of word-of-mouth, as a matter of fact, because he is a striking sight.
December 4, 1990 |
With autumn comes the tradition of apple cider freshly pressed by small operations such as Solebury Orchard, which makes its own cider and custom- presses for other orchards. Working out of a small garage near New Hope, Brian Smith, the owner, and Steve Elliott produce from 500 to 2,000 gallons per press.
July 9, 2010 |
A little more than 20 years ago, Bridget Morris was set to embark on a career as an interior designer. But during a semester in Italy, papermaking and book restoration stole her away. She dropped out of Philadelphia University and returned to Cortona, Italy, for two years to study the craft. When she came back to Philadelphia, Morris worked from 1991 to 1996 at William H. Allen, Bookseller, on Walnut Street, toiling beneath a multicolored crystal chandelier on rare volumes in Greek and Latin.
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.
December 30, 1986
The Civic Center management, in its infinite wisdom, has directed the custom-car, van and motorcycle show (as it was known) to eliminate motorcycles from the show. When this piece of information reached me I was immediately disappointed. My disappointment quickly changed to curiosity, so I called World of Wheels, which coordinates the show, and asked why. The answer was, "The Civic Center management does not want bikers at the show. " I do not like to be labeled a biker and discriminated against by some middle-management bureaucrat who does not know the difference between a custom-motorcycle hobbyist and a "biker.
November 1, 2013
C AROLYN BRANDHORST, 49, of Old City, recently relocated her family business, the Papery, from 3rd and Arch streets to Locust near 12th, after a decade. The new space, next to the restaurant Vedge, has enabled Brandhorst to reinvent the store as a custom-design studio for wedding and party invitations, in addition to the more-familiar retail aspects of stationery and gifts. Q: You moved the business to the trendy area now called Midtown Village. Why? A: Our business model changed and we became a custom-invitation studio, and the old store wasn't designed to keep up with the work.
March 30, 2015 |
Lois Sperow moved from a Victorian house to a smaller, historic house on Lombard Street. She wanted a sleek, modern kitchen-dining space where she could showcase her antiques and still accommodate large family groups for dinner. Her new house is 2,500 square feet plus a yard, but the kitchen needed a complete rehab. Her wish came to pass last year with a renovation accomplished courtesy of designer Omar Zaater and HomeTech Renovations of Fort Washington. The redo won a 2015 Contractor of the Year Award from the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in the residential kitchen remodeling category costing $60,000 to $100,000.