October 28, 2015 |
Kathryn B. Weinrich, 80, the public face of Weinrich's Bakery in Willow Grove and a dedicated volunteer, died Friday, Oct. 23, of Alzheimer's disease at St. Joseph's Manor in Huntingdon Valley. Known as "Kippy," Mrs. Weinrich was born in Atlantic City and grew up in Ventnor, N.J. She graduated from Atlantic City High School, where she met Edward Weinrich. The two married in 1956 and started their life together in Honolulu, where he was serving in the Army. After the couple returned to the Philadelphia area, he worked in the family's bakery business.
October 20, 2015 |
I repeat: Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. I wrote that six weeks ago, amid fevered dreams of a Clinton collapse and a Joe Biden rescue. That those were a mirage is all the more obvious after Tuesday's debate. The reason, then as now, is simple: Clinton has no competition. She's up against three ciphers and one endearing, gesticulating, slightly unmoored old man. If Vice President Biden was ever thinking of getting into the race, he'd be crazy to do so now. It's over.
October 17, 2015 |
A couple of hundred Hillary Clinton supporters, already high off her debate performance the other night, gathered at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum Thursday to hear her husband fan their fervor and rally them to reach for their checkbooks. Bill Clinton is good at that. Six black SUVs heralded the former president's arrival at the museum's rear entrance. And there he was, in a fitted blue suit, his iconic shock of white hair highlighted by the afternoon sun. He smiled, waved, and disappeared into the building to greet some 200 buttoned-up, high-powered lawyers and politicos, who later emerged from the closed-to-the-press campaign fund-raiser almost giddy.
October 5, 2015 |
A MURDER is going down on the corner of 12th and Chestnut streets. The victim is Philly Cupcake, the charming little upscale bakery that opened in 2009. The shop is dying from a blow it never saw coming: Three massive construction projects are happening within a block of its door, diverting pedestrians and blocking drivers from parking spots that would allow them to dash in for a quick purchase. "We took a risk and opened our business in a seedy neighborhood that no one would come to," says Johnny Columbo, who co-owns Philly Cupcake with partner Michael Lewis.
September 3, 2015 |
Next time you stop by a Joe Coffee shop for a cup of joe, or United by Blue to buy clothing or accessories, know that you are in the midst of a financing revolution known as alternative lending. Both start-ups have grown because of it. So, too, have talks in Washington on whether it requires more regulatory scrutiny. Alternative lending is partly inspired by the raise-it-quickly popularity of crowd-funding to help entrepreneurs get ideas to market. The lenders, funded by private investors, aim to serve the nation's 28 million small businesses with loans of $50,000 to $500,000 - sizes that banks consider too time-consuming and costly to offer.
August 8, 2015 |
In the appliance world, the bored Maytag man became a symbol of dependability. Ralph E. Wolff is another. But there has been nothing boring about his existence in the appliance industry. Terrifying, yes. "We got whacked left and right, but we're still here," Wolff said in an interview earlier this week. By here , the owner of Jersey Coast Appliance, a two-store chain based in Toms River, Ocean County, means still in business. By whacked , he meant nearly put out of business by events beyond his control - a recession and Hurricane Sandy.
April 21, 2015 |
More off-putting than dark roots, unkempt cuticles, and a face in need of a good peel was the condition of the Biaggio Salon & Spa in Marlton when it wound up in court-appointed receivership in 2007. Checks to employees and vendors were bouncing, the landlord had begun eviction proceedings, and the company owned by Thomas J. Fabiani and his son Thomas M. was $1 million in debt. "Biaggio had such a dark cloud over it," recalled Kim Carulillo, who at the time was working the salon's front desk after a 12-year career as a paralegal left her wanting a more people-oriented job. Eight years later, a makeover of enormous proportions has turned a high-glamour business on the brink of failure into what industry players say is one of South Jersey's busiest salons.
March 5, 2015 |
NO ONE LANDED a knockout punch. No one stumbled badly. Thus, no one broke away from the pack. Instead, at last night's latest mayoral forum, six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor showed themselves to have quite similar views on a range of issues. Hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, which represents 130 community, faith, environmental, business and union organizations, the forum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the coalition's six key initiative areas: improving substandard housing, supporting small businesses, cleaning up public spaces, improving nutrition for children, creating more trails and bike lanes, and storm preparedness.
February 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania residents will likely hear a proposal for a broad-based tax increase when Gov. Wolf proposes his first budget next week. After meeting with business leaders Tuesday, Wolf declined to discuss details of his plan but would not rule out a graduated income tax targeting high-income brackets, a structure he has touted in the past. "What I talked about was a fairer tax system. I do intend to present that," he said. "This is a chance for a reset. I hope the people of Pennsylvania will be pleased with what I propose.
February 25, 2015 |
THINKING OF running in, or attending, the annual Pyongyang marathon in North Korea in April? Think again. Travel restrictions that were implemented in October will not, as expected, be lifted in time for the event, which means only locals will be able to attend or run in the race. Supreme leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly afraid foreigners will spread Ebola, which he believes is a biological weapon developed by the United States. You can't make this stuff up. But Andrea Lee, the co-founder and CEO of Uri Tours in Palisades, N.J., told the Associated Press that 200 runners had signed up with her company.