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 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.
March 8, 2012 |
Ron "Boots" Nissenbaum 's industrial canvas-maker, Humphrys-CoverSports , at 5000 Paschall Ave. in Southwest Philly, counts Major League Baseball 's Reds , Twins , and Orioles as clients. But this winter the 65-employee company has won its biggest big-league order yet - to cover the Phillies field at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils have ordered a full-size infield tarp, with grommets and handles, made of web-reinforced white polyethylene, 175 feet on each side and big enough to cover a block of rowhouses.
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.
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.
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.
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.