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.
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.
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.
August 31, 2010 |
George Clooney, neck muscles ropy with tension, is the title figure in The American , a minor-key thriller about a utility player in the assassination game. He is a so-called shadow dweller who customizes weaponry and ammunition for top-level contract kills, ever looking over his shoulder for the bullet with his name on it. His control, Pavel (Belgian actor Johan Leysen), calls him Jack. Others know him as Edward. Still others, two of whom are sultry and slinky enough to be Bond girls, call him "Signor Farfalla" (Mr. Butterfly)
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.
September 9, 2010 |
As you walk along a bustling street in a foreign city, a smart suit or fashionable dress in a store window catches your eye. But what if it doesn't look as good or fit as well when you get home? Thus, the foreign custom tailor - insurance, more or less, that you get the clothing you want with the fit you should have. And thanks to the Internet, you can get impeccably tailored clothing long after your trip - or without ever leaving home - for the same price as quality U.S. clothiers charge: $300 to $500 for a man's suit, $100 to $200 for a woman's skirt.
July 27, 2007
A grande dame of designer showcases at the Jersey Shore, the annual Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund show house is going contemporary this year. "Meadows Edge," a 22-room fieldstone-and-clapboard home in Linwood, provides the setting for 22 designers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania to go a little more mod in their room presentations than in the past. Martha Hatrack and Christine Betsy of Kroungold's Furniture in Marlton took a dated great room and gave it hip leather Barcelona chairs and a zebra rug in a lounge area.
March 30, 2012
If Philadelphia were a font, what would it look like? The Phillies logo? Maybe something like the Germanic Fraktur font used by the Pennsylvania Dutch? Surely there'd be an element of colonial-era history and maybe some whiffs of contemporary branding. (Wawa? Comcast?) Infusing the character of a big city into tiny letters is no small project. Even more daunting might be justifying why such an endeavor even matters. But these are the challenges faced by Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley, two typeface designers in Chattanooga, Tenn., who are developing a custom, city typeface.
June 13, 2007
Frankford Avenue is to furniture what the Main Line is to plastic surgery: You want a custom job, there's an outfit that can handle it - from Morry's Dinettes (8109 Frankford Ave.) up near Pennypack Creek, which specializes in reupholstering dinette chairs, to Pappajohn Woodworking (4355 Orchard St.), near the El in Frankford, specializing in custom hardwood millwork, cabinets, and furniture that can run to the many thousands of dollars Summerdale Mills , next to Morry's at 8101 Frankford Ave., sells drapery and upholstery fabric to do-it-yourselfers and also builds custom-scaled sofas and chairs, sized as you like to fit odd spaces.
March 3, 1991 |
Since the early 1960s, the gray stone mansion at 2850 Providence Rd. in Upper Providence Township has been home to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine DeRicci. That's about to change as the Roman Catholic nuns plan to move to their retreat house in Elkins Park. The Upper Providence property has been purchased on a conditional sale by developer Mazzenga & Stackeni Enterprises Inc. of Swarthmore, which plans to build 11 custom luxury homes on the site. "We are always looking for properties to develop, and this one really stood out as an excellent location for upscale homes," said Joseph J. Stackeni.