December 20, 2013 |
Marianne Cozzolino, co-owner of Jenny & Frank's Artisan Gelato, recently found herself short three dozen eggs - just as eggnog gelato season was getting into full swing. Fortunately, she shares her production space with a half-dozen bakers, one of whom had eggs to spare. That kind of neighborly assist is an everyday occurrence at Artisan Exchange, a year-old artisanal food hub hidden within a nondescript industrial park in West Chester. This bland backdrop is the unlikely testing ground for an innovative new model for incubating gourmet food producers: Offer them affordable, flexible work spaces; provide a wholesale distribution network to get their products to market; and add retail opportunities to stimulate early cash flow.
December 9, 2013 |
When he last golfed in November, James C. Henry Jr. scored 85, two strokes below his age. Twice after he turned 80, Mr. Henry, heir to E.P. Henry Corp., hit holes-in-one. As father, husband, son - and golfer - Mr. Henry set an example, said his son James C. Henry III. "He was just that kind of guy that nothing really held him down," the son said. Mr. Henry, 87, who had lived most of his life in South Jersey before moving to Naples, Fla., died on Monday, Nov. 25, just days after being diagnosed with aggressive lung and liver cancer.
December 5, 2013 |
Since 2008, Carmen Medina's family dominated the sale of heroin and other drugs at Somerset and Swanson Streets in Kensington. It was a lucrative operation that authorities said moved more than 100 packets a day of prepackaged heroin under the "Nite Life" brand. But by early this year, the Medina family business was in trouble. Carmen's older brother, Edwin "June" Medina Jr., and four associates had been busted and charged in a federal drug conspiracy. Competitors, sensing a vacuum, were moving in on the family's turf, and Carmen Medina decided to make a stand.
October 16, 2013 |
Carl A. Goldenberg, 85, of Center City, who continued his family's legacy of making Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, died Monday, Oct. 14, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. Goldenberg was the first member of the third generation in his family to operate Goldenberg Candy Co. The business was started in 1890 by his grandfather David, a Romanian immigrant, as a small candy store on Frankford Avenue. "That was Dad's calling - to go into the family business," said his son, David, the last Goldenberg to be president of Goldenberg Candy Co. "It was very important to him because his name was on the package.
October 14, 2013 |
With the family business thriving nearly 75 years after its debut in South Philadelphia, the planned opening of a fifth Di Bruno Bros. store next Monday in the city's Washington Square West neighborhood might strike some as a "So what?" moment. It's anything but, say city economic-development professionals and business owners in the downtown pocket where Di Bruno's is bringing its high-end Italian foods market. "They have amazing brand recognition," said Ivy Olesh, vice president of marketing and business development at the quasi-public Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
October 3, 2013 |
A. Stuard Graham Jr., 82, of Ambler, a member of the Marine Corps detail guarding President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Camp David and later a businessman in Philadelphia's suburbs, died Monday, Sept. 23, of cancer, at his home. Known to friends as Drew, Mr. Graham was born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown. At various times, he lived there, in Wyncote, and in Ambler. He graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1949 and in 1953 earned a bachelor of science degree from Lehigh University.
September 25, 2013 |
Lachlan Pitcairn's life revolved around family. Born into a prominent Pennsylvania clan, he devoted his career to the family business and his leisure time to hosting gatherings full of music for his many relatives. He was a proud patriarch, with 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, when he died Wednesday, Sept. 11, at age 91. Six days later, that tally grew when a 19th great-grandchild was born. Mr. Pitcairn died in his home in Bryn Athyn. The cause was pneumonia, his son Scot said.
September 17, 2013 |
With his company's name on the baseball park, Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, 50, president of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, spends many a fine evening at the bank's skybox, entertaining clients. But his first contact with one famous Phillie came decades earlier. Question: You pitched against Jamie Moyer when he played for St. Joe's and you were at La Salle, right? Answer: We were opposite starting pitchers in a game at La Salle in 1984. After losing that game to Jamie and St. Joe's and seeing his great command of pitch location, I knew I should study harder and prepare for a career outside of baseball.
September 15, 2013 |
Robert J. Burns Sr., 67, a longtime funeral director, died Monday, Sept. 9, of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Burns was a director and owner of Burns Funeral Home, which has branches in Fishtown, Northeast Philadelphia, and Levittown. The firm was founded in 1939 by his parents, Martin J. Burns Sr. and the former Grace R. McNeill. He worked for 40 years in the family business, patiently tending to the area's bereaved families. "I loved the business.
August 16, 2013 |
Kismet brought the professor and the businessman together. Coffee keeps them there. The two strangers sat next to each other at a local-food lecture last year and hit it off. The result: an unusual partnership between Stephen R. Madigosky, environmental science professor at Widener University, and John Sacharok, chief executive officer of Golden Valley Farms coffee roasters in West Chester, that brought forth WU Brew, an earth-friendly coffee brand...