October 12, 2007 |
Even in these slack times for the furniture industry, two specialty categories remain a bright spot for sales: home entertainment and home office. At the High Point Market, the range of styles for stowing behemoth flat-panel TVs was incredible. There were enormous, configurable, wall-spanning units (with built-in mounting panels or doors), as well as sleek consoles in various heights (with plasma-lift options and without). Increasingly common, too, were chests and bureaus with drop-down drawer fronts to hold the DVD player for that TV in the bedroom.
June 14, 2006 |
For a decade and a half, Mary Jane Hazell has been leading the fight to transform the decaying former Byberry State Hospital - scene of late-night drug use and drinking parties - into something good for her neighborhood. But when business and political leaders gather this morning to celebrate the Northeast Philadelphia site's finally being cleared, she won't be there. She'll be at Nazareth Hospital, recovering from heart surgery, when two real estate firms' plans are announced for building 396 housing units for people over age 55 and 750,000 square feet of prime office space.
November 29, 2005 |
The Hoyts movie theater in Pennsauken, which fell silent after screening its last picture show more than three years ago, could become an office complex in its sequel, township officials and a developer said yesterday. Draft plans to renovate the multiplex will be presented to the planning board next Tuesday, said Terry Carr, the township's associate director for economic development. One tenant is close to signing a lease for about 25,000 square feet of the 58,000-square-foot building, Carr said.
November 5, 2004 |
With most rooms, describing the function is simple: Bedrooms are for sleeping, bathrooms for washing. But home offices? Not so easy to peg, and therefore a challenge to set up. For some, a home office is little more than a spot to pay bills. For others, it's a primary work space, a place to run a business or meet clients. But in all well-planned offices, function drives form. Function plays into whether you choose a quiet spot or something more in the household flow, says Lisa Kanarek, author of four books on home-office issues, the most recent of which is Home Office Solutions: Creating a Space That Works for You (Rockport, $15.99)
November 5, 2004 |
Laptops now surpass desktops as the number-one personal computer sold to consumers, the Consumer Electronics Association says. The mobility they represent is influencing home-office furnishings, too. "Time was when everything was about computer cabinetry - all kinds of gymnastics to accommodate big monitors," says West Chester architect Richard Buchanan. "Now, we're finding home offices tend to be very lovely sitting-room spaces where people can pull out a laptop and go to work.
September 29, 2004 |
The Philadelphia Park Flea Market, booted out of the racetrack's parking lot earlier this month to make way for slot machines, has found a new home just down the street. After a three-week hiatus, the market is set to reopen Sunday in the west lot of the Bucks County Technology Park at 4800 Street Rd. in Trevose, two miles west of the Philadelphia Park racetrack in Bensalem. Manager Arthur Loudon said the market might open Saturdays, too, if vendors and patrons agree. The office park has also agreed to host the flea market on Black Friday, the busy shopping day after Thanksgiving, and on Christmas Eve, he said.
October 31, 2003 |
A Philadelphia Muslim leader spoke publicly for the first time yesterday about the federal probe into alleged corruption that led FBI agents to search his home and office following the discovery of a bug in the mayor's office. "I don't know anything that I've done" that would have triggered such an investigation, Imam Shamsud-din Ali said. Ali spoke to reporters yesterday after a banquet at which he received a civic award - and only a few weeks after the FBI seized documents and computers from him on Oct. 8. Ali is a political ally of Mayor Street and has a debt-collection contract with the city.
October 10, 2003 |
The revelation that Mayor Street's office was bugged has fueled sales of countersurveillance products in the area, as residents and businesses wonder whether their homes and offices are safe from unwanted eavesdroppers. Scott Black, owner of the Spy Shops in Warminster and Ardmore, said sales of antibugging devices at his stores doubled Wednesday on news of the FBI's probe. He said he expected sales to triple yesterday. "The calls are coming from everybody," Black said. "We have elected officials calling us, business people, as well as individuals who might have a guilty conscience and think they might be being investigated for something.
June 23, 2002 |
Do you work at home? According to a 2000 study by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, the number of Americans telecommuting to work reached 8.5 million in 1999, and there were predictions that the number worldwide would reach 137 million by 2003. In May 2001, 19.8 million Americans usually did some work at home as part of their primary jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. These people, who reported working at home at least once a week, accounted for 15 percent of total employment.
April 29, 2002
Once upon a time, only doctors were on-call night and day. But now with pagers, cell phones, laptops and BlackBerrys, workers in all occupations can be beckoned 24/7. Everyone from secretaries to CEOs has become so wired that the hot ticket in business networking is a wearable tech fashion show. On the runway, models show off the latest in belts, handbags and briefcases designed to accommodate gadgetry. Some employees thrive on this cult of connectivity. They take advantage of the flexibility in when and where they can work.