July 20, 2015 |
Hello there A new degree in interior design from Philadelphia University in hand and a new job in Manhattan secured, Heather Ann took her mom, Rosanne, to Peddler's Village for a celebratory lunch and afternoon of shopping. Heather carried a bouquet of red Gerber daisies for a friend she was meeting later. "Oh, for me?" joked Andy, then manager of the Italian restaurant. "No," said Heather Ann. "Table for two, please. " Heather Ann wanted only food, retail, and mother-daughter togetherness.
May 23, 2015 |
Beatrice Fischel-Bock, Madeline Fraser, and Lizzie Grover studied interior design at George Washington University. But they got a crash course in business management during a recent appearance on Shark Tank , the ABC reality series that matches investors and entrepreneurs. The website of their online interior-design business, Zoom Interiors, got 40,000 hits the night the show aired and has been buzzing ever since. Fraser, who had been bracing herself for trolls, was surprised: "We're booked for two weeks solid with clients right now. We have like 800 clients on the books, and it's growing every day. " That followed an offer on the show from real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran to invest $100,000 in return for a 33 percent stake in the business.
April 28, 2015
T ONYA COMER, 43, of Fishtown, owns Tonya Comer Interiors, a design firm with residential and business clients in nine states and the District of Columbia. The Pittsburgh native grew up in a public-housing project and was raised by a single parent. She has an undergraduate degree from Duquesne and an MBA from Michigan State. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the company? A: I discovered a passion for interior design working for an office-furniture company. A client asked me to design her kitchen.
April 13, 2015 |
In her atelier, three flights up in a converted warehouse in postindustrial Kensington, silent occupants mark the long march of Meg Rodgers. There is the music stand (an early woodworking project). There are the cats (Sarah and Rocky, once local strays). There is the exquisitely handcrafted divan (from a furniture-maker friend). And shelves of books, among them The World of Islamic Art , still tagged on pages that inspired the colors for her 1994 breakout restaurant interior of the Striped Bass.
March 16, 2015 |
Dorothea Andes, 86, of Villanova and Haverford, an interior designer with a deft touch who used her creative talent to build a company and nurture numerous arts and civic organizations in the city, died Friday, March 6, after a long battle with cancer. Known lovingly to all who knew her as "Dottebob," she was the wife of prominent businessman and civic leader Charles L. Andes, who last served as chief executive officer of the Franklin Mint in Philadelphia. Charles Andes died in 2006.
March 6, 2015 |
JIM RHINEHART looked out over the hungry people enjoying a hot meal at the Church of the Advocate and pronounced it good. "This is my spiritual fulfillment," he said one day in 2006. "It's the whole idea of working with people and being part of a movement for the betterment of people. " The historic Episcopal church had been feeding hungry people in need since 1981, and Jim Rhinehart had been part of it from the beginning. His work with the church soup kitchen was only one of the ways in which Jim Rhinehart served his community.
February 2, 2015 |
The Renegade, Jeep's new entry in the small crossover wars, isn't just a capable critter on slippery roads. In its specially equipped Trailhawk form, it is easily the best little off-roader in the business. In addition to its bush-whacking prowess, the 2015 Renegade is a head-turner. Its utilitarian, masculine, yet lovable demeanor is joined by a number of retro touches, such as the vertical seven-slat grille inspired by the front of a WWII Jeep. Those heritage evocations turn into whimsy elsewhere on the vehicle.
October 6, 2014 |
In true New York fashion, the woman on the other end of the line taking our room reservation stated: "It's like a bed and breakfast, except I don't do anything. " Never being high-maintenance travelers, combined with a desire to go somewhere other than the Jersey Shore, my friends and I left Philadelphia and headed off to Fire Island, N.Y. A small island located a short ferry ride from Bay Shore, N.Y., Fire Island is known for its beach, nightlife, and lack of cars (none). Transportation to different parts of the island consisted of water taxis or wagons.
May 30, 2014 |
Steven A. Weixler, 60, of Society Hill, an interior designer, died Wednesday, April 30, of a rare neurological disorder at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Born in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Weixler graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky. He moved to Chicago, and then to Philadelphia in 1981. Shortly after arriving, he met Walter Peterson, who became a close friend for more than 30 years. In 1983, they formed Peterson & Weixler, an interior-design firm.
April 12, 2014 |
James A. Malick II, 59, of Pennsauken, a designer of fast-food restaurant interiors, died Saturday, April 5, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill following a heart attack at Bonair-Nigorski baseball field in Pennsauken. "He was preparing the field for a game" for the Pennsauken Youth Athletic Activities baseball season when he was stricken, his son James III said. Mr. Malick was president of the PYAA Babe Ruth baseball division, for players from 13 to 16 years old, as well as an umpire for their games.