March 10, 2015 |
At Lower Merion's border with Narberth, where Montgomery and Haverford Avenues intersect and drivers for years could fill their gas tanks at an Exxon station, a family business helping to fill another need is doing so with a novel look and approach. GreenDrop L.L.C.'s business is collecting used clothing and household goods, but you won't find hulking metal bins anywhere in its ever-expanding footprint. Most of its 20 collection points - now in seven states along the East Coast and the District of Columbia - are in former gas stations, sites tailored for easy entry and exit in high-traffic areas.
February 24, 2015 |
Take SEPTA's No. 34 trolley along Baltimore Avenue to 47th Street, and it will deposit you at the doorstep of Lee's Deli, home to such unusual creations as the Game Over Cheesesteak (chicken topped with shrimp and broccoli or spinach) and Tanzanian Fries (an East Africa-inspired omelet stuffed with fried potatoes, cheese, green peppers, and onions, and topped with hot sauce). You also will witness a 22-year-old business in transition, changing in response to a West Philadelphia neighborhood itself taking on a new look as young professionals and families move in. And if you introduce yourself to owner Insuk "Scott" Lee, behind the counter six days a week since he opened the corner eatery in 1993, you will experience a South Korean immigrant's abundant gratitude and joy in fulfilling his American entrepreneurial dream.
December 18, 2014 |
Bonnie Haas spent the bulk of her professional life in hospitals tending to some of the sickest patients as an intensive-care nurse. But it has been a lifesaving act of a far more personal nature that has preoccupied her for the last two years. The 57-year-old Bucks County mother of four has revived the family business. That it has come at tremendous professional and personal sacrifice, and tested her emotional fortitude, was as clear as Haas' tears during a recent interview at Kettle Creek Corp.'s workshop and warehouse in Warminster.
October 27, 2014 |
If Uncle Jim and Anthony Giambri are looking down now, they're smiling. Their Giambri's Quality Sweets in Clementon was just named a New Jersey Family Business of the Year, an award now in its 22d year that is sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University, PNC Bank, and New Jersey Monthly. "It's quite an honor," said Dave Giambri, 51, Anthony's son and company president. He was nominated by his son David, 22, a recent Drexel University graduate and the fourth generation in the family business.
September 16, 2014 |
Dennis Berry said to his three kids a few years ago: "Which one of you wants this?" By "this," the longtime West Chester resident meant a home-based business that was more like a hobby - one that his children and friends had regularly razzed him about. In his spare time for more than 10 years, the chemical-industry career man had been selling monocles. Yes, monocles. Eyewear that fell out of fashion in the 1930s, only to be revived by the likes of Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes and an advertising mascot, Mr. Peanut.
July 22, 2014 |
Joan H. Hummel, 83, of Philadelphia and Palm Beach, Fla., a businesswoman, died Sunday, July 20, of pneumonia at Temple University Hospital. Mrs. Hummel was married for 57 years to Dennis Hummel. Together, they built the family business, Metropolitan Reporting Bureau, which supplies information to the insurance industry from offices in Center City. Mrs. Hummel grew up in Yeadon and graduated from Yeadon High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Temple University, where she was a cheerleader and president of Alpha Sigma Pi. She and her husband met in the business world of Philadelphia.
June 16, 2014 |
When he lived on the 1300 block of North Sixth Street, near Thompson Street, Netanel Levi routinely awoke to the sound of horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping off to meet tourists in Center City. James Ludlow Elementary School and a 1998 Mural Arts Program scene formed another view. The neighborhood - Old Kensington, an area running from Front Street to Sixth, Girard Avenue to Berks Street - was experiencing a renaissance. And in 2006, Levi had a hunch that this was the block he should develop.
June 6, 2014 |
LOUIS AGNES didn't hesitate to get his hands dirty. From the time he was old enough to pick up a hammer, he worked in the small construction company founded in 1918 by his father, Pellegrino Agnes, an Italian immigrant. He worked side by side with his father as they sought to make a success of the struggling company, always keeping in mind the values of honesty and hard work that would characterize the family and the company through the decades. Today, P. Agnes Builders is one of the region's most prominent and busiest construction companies, with numerous multimillion-dollar projects.
April 15, 2014 |
Peter W. Blommer's grandfather, the founder of Blommer Chocolate Co., had just died when the family received a phone call. "We got a call from the chairman of another company saying they owned 50 percent of our shares," said Blommer, 50, now president and chief operating officer of the nation's largest cocoa-bean processing company. "It kind of upped the emotional ante," he said. Blommer Chocolate is headquartered in Chicago, but has one of its largest processing factories in East Greenville, Montgomery County, where Peter W. Blommer is based.
April 11, 2014 |
Gary Ginsberg, owner of the Suit Corner, stood on the north side of Market Street on Wednesday morning, facing reporters. Behind him, his family business burned. "All these years at Third and Market, going down to an end," he said as firefighters fought the two-alarm blaze. "I just can't believe this is happening. . . . It just went up in smoke. " Within a month, two Old City haberdasheries connected by blood, architectural motif, and outlandish retail style had been destroyed in spectacular fashion.