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.
April 5, 2014 |
Tom Wolf, the front-runner among Democrats hoping to challenge Gov. Corbett, has built his campaign on a simple and compelling business success story, which he posted on the "About Tom" tab at the front of his website, and reinforced in his speeches and ads ever since he announced his campaign to supporters last year: He is a successful businessman, rich enough to put at least $10 million of his own money into his campaign - even after saving his...
March 25, 2014
A story in Sunday's Arts & Entertainment section misstated the name of one of Lyric Fest's cofounders. She is Laura Ward. A story Monday about a new Narberth business, CashinMyBag.com, incorrectly attributed ownership of another Zakroff family business, Goldkit.com and 1-800 Goldkit. They were affiliates of Lippincott Inc., solely owned by Shelley Zakroff, now Shelley Romm, until its sale in 2007. A story in Monday's Local News section incorrectly described the crowd at Sunday's Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Fairmount South.
February 13, 2014
ONE QUESTION Democrats running for governor must be asking these days is whether the Wolf is at the door. That would be Tom Wolf, big-bucks York County biz guy with more money than anyone else in the race and, right now, the only candidate on TV. He's been on the air everywhere but Erie for two weeks with multiple spots highlighting his profile and views. This could prove problematic for Dems polling ahead of Wolf, especially Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord. The longer Wolf runs alone, the better the chance his unknown status changes and pushes him toward or to the front of the pack.
February 4, 2014 |
They grew up in business families, where finding customers and getting paid was dinner-table talk - Edward E. Cohen, son of a North Philadelphia paperhanging contractor, and Betsy Zubrow, daughter of a West Philly neighborhood doctor. They were Penn Law students when they married in 1965. So it's not surprising the couple and sons Daniel and Jonathan have built a collection of companies. Or that they've listed more than a dozen firms on stock exchanges. What's unusual is the scope of the enterprises - the mix of energy (the Atlas group of companies)