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)
January 24, 2014 |
Stanley "Mickey" Zolot, 83, of Merion, a Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, of cancer at his home. Mr. Zolot owned Bilt-Well Furniture Co., a family business with design and decorator showrooms at 23d and Chestnut Streets. The firm was started by Mr. Zolot's father, Charles, and is now run by the third generation. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Mr. Zolot attended West Philadelphia High School, and then briefly Syracuse University and Pennsylvania State University.
January 11, 2014 |
PITMAN It's time to make the doughnuts. The landmark Pitman Bakery is scheduled to reopen in the spring after closing more than a year ago, leaving a void along South Broadway storefronts. Retired Deptford Police Chief Dan Murphy, 47, and his wife, Veronica, 48, a registered nurse, are starting a new career and family business. They say they will carry forward some of the traditions of the former bakery while they merge it with their vision for a modern shop. "We're going to do our best to live up to the old standards and hope to see the same success," said Dan Murphy, who will oversee maintenance and finances, while his wife will be in charge of baking.
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.