July 28, 2013
IF YOU SHOP the rarefied jewelry departments of Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's or Nordstrom, you know the work of Ann King Lagos. Lagos, not the person, but the statement-making baubles she helped create for 20 years, can be seen shimmering in the gleaming cases of such upscale retailers. But then again, if you shop QVC, you probably know her creations, too. Her more midrange line of jewelry, Ann King, has been a fixture of the West Chester-based home-shopping channel since 2001. A couple of weeks ago, Moore College announced that King Lagos, who studied metalsmithing at Philadelphia College of Art, would receive its 2013 Visionary Woman Award (also winning this year: Moore-educated sculptor Kathy Butterly)
April 16, 2013 |
Tara McConnell has taken simple stoneware and turned it into kitchen gear QVC shoppers can't seem to get enough of. As chief designer and president of Temp-tations L.L.C. in Exton, McConnell is on the shopping channel twice a week, demonstrating tried-and-true 9-by-7-inch baking dishes and 21/2-quart cow-figure bakers. "This is so stinking cute," she said on a recent broadcast with host Mary Beth Roe, the camera lingering on a hand-painted casserole set. Only about 10 minutes into an hour-long show, Roe said 600 shoppers had already placed orders for cow- and chicken-theme ceramics.
March 22, 2013 |
MAYBE HAVING all the toys isn't the best idea. As my buddy Chuck Darrow wrote about in these pages Wednesday, NBC 10 recently debuted a new helicopter called SKYFORCE 10 (all caps!) But on a Tuesday broadcast, reporter Christine Maddela and her crew got more than they bargained for: some doggy porn. Maddela was reporting on an alleged dogfighting ring in Germantown when the camera zoomed in on the backyard only to catch one dog mounting another. Bow chick-a wow wow . "You can see that one dog is . . . uh . . . chained up . . . , " Maddela said, trying to draw focus away from the copulating pooches.
March 4, 2013
Retailers, who closed the books on their fiscal years in January, are just beginning to release their financial results for 2012. Struggling J.C. Penney Co. Inc. saw its shares plunge 17 percent one day after announcing a net loss of $985 million, or $4.49 per share, and a 25 percent decline in sales for 2012. Urban Outfitters Inc., the Philadelphia-based chain that has been a favorite on Wall Street, won't release complete financial results until March 11. But last month it reported a 17 percent increase in fourth-quarter sales and a 13 percent increase in full-year sales.
December 25, 2012 |
What do shopping-center development and grout cleaning have in common? His name is Robert M. Hill. Not that the president of Retail Sites L.L.C. in Maple Shade has spent any time tackling the detestable chore of scrubbing between the bathroom tiles in his Moorestown home. "Not any more than the typical American male," Hill said of his cleaning involvement. But his Grout Gator is headed for mega-exposure - most likely, next month - on QVC, to be pitched by a guest host who estimates that he has sold between $75 million and $80 million in home-improvement products over 13 years of appearances.
December 17, 2012
LAST WEEK, Philadelphia Style magazine celebrated its December/January issue, featuring actress and QVC makeup mogul Josie Maran on the cover, with a party at the new Hotel Monaco near Independence Mall. Partygoers were treated to cocktails from Don Q Rum, tasty hors d'oeuvres and a light dinner. Style was in the room, from the ladies in dazzling dresses and sparkling heels to suited-up gentlemen such as former Eagle Vince Papale and state Sen. Larry Farnese. The event was sponsored by Audi.
December 6, 2012
In the Region Bank pays tax for same-sex couples TD Bank , which has one of its two U.S. headquarters in Cherry Hill, said it will begin to offset the cost of federal and state taxes that its employees in same-sex partnerships pay in excess of those of heterosexual married couples. The tax equalization will take effect on Jan. 1. Same-sex partnerships are not recognized under federal or many state laws, causing people enrolled in domestic-partner health benefits to incur extra taxes, the bank said.
November 5, 2012 |
What an exhilarating week it has been for Aaron Krause, and not just because he's a guy with a sponge business at an especially soggy time. Actually, that caused him considerable anxiety until he managed to get to his warehouse in Folcroft on Tuesday to find that Sandy had not destroyed his inventory of 300,000 Scrub Daddy cleaning disks - bright yellow circles of highly engineered polymer measuring 4 inches across, their centers carved into smiling...
June 12, 2012
Rap star Drake helped North Philly's Meek Mill shoot a video for his song "Amen" (featuring Drake) Sunday afternoon on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. Drake performed Saturday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden and hung out after the show with Meek Mill and French Montana at 90 Degrees (6th & Spring Garden), according to HipHopSince1987.com. Rappers Jeremih and Travis Porter were also featured in the music video shoot Sunday. We hope Drake enjoyed his time on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since we keep hearing he will be part of the Budweiser Made in America festival headlined by Jay-Z and Pearl Jam over Labor Day Weekend, though it hasn't been announced yet. Fallon, 50 do QVC On NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," the comedian likes to perform rap songs with Justin Timberlake, but Tuesday night Fallon will appear on QVC alongside 50 Cent as both promote their new products.
June 2, 2012 |
His real name is Henri Phillips Watson 3d, but he's better known as Phillip Watson. Perhaps you've seen him on TV. For the last 17 years, he's been on QVC, selling Cottage Farms roses, daylilies, heirloom tomatoes, peonies, and other crowd pleasers, which lately would include the sensational dwarf sterile butterfly bushes — dwarf so you can squeeze them into a tiny garden and sterile so they don't seed all over the place. Watson is a pleaser of crowds himself, packing the lecture hall at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, where he had the mostly middle-aged ladies laughing at his opening line that the weeklong event "doesn't have that musty smell like your grandmother's house anymore.