February 1, 2013
D AN ROITMAN, 34, who lives in the Art Museum area, is the founder and chief executive of Stroll. The company has an Internet-based marketing platform that sells audio language-learning products. Stroll has 160 employees and is based at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. It's one of the fastest-growing companies in the city. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Stroll? A: I started marketing professional-development products, and one subset was language learning. We focused on that, and the business took off in 2002.
January 10, 2013
IF I HAD MY WAY, and I seldom do, the new speaker of the Pennsylvania House, solely on the basis of his name, would be Erie state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro. It would be fitting and fun for "Speaker Bizzarro" to wield the gavel in a chamber I like to call "the place where good ideas go to die. " I chatted with Bizzarro this week. He's a 27-year-old Democrat who worked for the Erie County Convention Center before winning election in November. When I ask how much grief he gets as a pol whose name's Bizzarro, he says, "Not a lot at all," noting that his name is well-known in Erie, where his extended family has deep roots, including in local businesses, a restaurant and a sports legend.
August 10, 2012 |
TALK TO high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda and you can't help but think of the iconic line from "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. " Except you hear Wallenda saying, "A tether? I don't need no stinkin' tether. " Thursday at 3 p.m., Wallenda, who last month thrilled a worldwide audience with his tightrope stroll above Niagara Falls, will commence a 1,300-foot walk 100 feet above the Atlantic City beach between the Atlantic Club and Tropicana casinos. As far as he's concerned, what's most important isn't what he'll be doing but how he'll be doing it: without the kind of safety device ABC-TV forced him to use during the Niagara Falls event.
May 8, 2012 |
Dan Roitman's company is called Stroll , a most ill-fitting name. From a growth perspective at least, Stroll's evolution has been anything but a leisurely pace. Born 12 years ago in a Maryland dorm room, the Center City company is an impressive display of the potential of any small business, though perhaps in the extreme. In just the last year, its revenue has exploded from $17 million to $40 million, with another doubling expected by the end of 2012. Profit growth was 400 percent last year, Roitman said.
April 25, 2012 |
More than 10,000 people around the region will take a fitness-inducing midday stroll Wednesday to mark National Walk @ Lunch Day. Half of them will be walking laps around Rittenhouse Square. Will it make much of a difference? Not if the walkers are looking to lose weight fast. An average person walking at an average pace for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, would need about seven weeks to expend the 3,500 calories that equals one pound. But there is a bigger point, said Gary D. Foster, director of Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education, who reluctantly did the math because there is a broader message in this: "Walking is a fantastic thing to do. Because it improves your health.
August 11, 2011
If the idea of an evening outing along eatery lane appeals, consider trekking to the next Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 in University City. Launched two years ago, the Baltimore Avenue Stroll shares some similarities with Night Market - both feature bands, D.J.s, crowds, gourmet food trucks, and specials at the local eateries. In fact, the most recent Baltimore Avenue Stroll coincided with the Mount Airy Night Market, on Aug. 4. But Night Market, sponsored by the Food Trust, and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, a project of the University City District, are pals, not competitors, says Lori Brennan of the University City District.
July 17, 2011 |
Take a hat, lather on the sunscreen, and lose the flip-flops - this year, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education has decided to make you hike to its annual summer outdoor sculpture exhibition. It's an unchallenging ramble along the center's Widener Trail, as it turns out, through lovely, sun-dappled woods, open meadows, and an unexpected pine grove, with birds and other wildlife your only company. Even better, the show, "Facts and Fables: Stories of the Natural World," is the first one I've seen here (or at the center's Second Site, a former farm located a mile or so away)
June 5, 2011 |
"We have one more stop before heading back to Izmir," said Ahmet, our tour guide. I was surprised, because I was ready to go back to the hotel. We had been touring the Turkish countryside for 10 hours, and my sweaty clothes and the dirt between my toes were making me very cranky. A shower was calling me and I needed a tall glass of cold water. No historical site or shop could be worth visiting at this time of day. I glanced at Amy, my college-age daughter sitting next to me in our chauffeur-driven car. I rolled my eyes, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to insult the driver and our guide with my refusal.
June 5, 2011 |
MONTREAL - "To me, Montreal is eating, drinking, and shopping," summed up a Canadian friend before my first trip to the island city, where French is the official language but food is (unofficially) the language of love. Priorities ordered for me, I set my top objective for my weekend stay: to get to Montreal's hotter-than-ever restaurant Garde Manger to sample the lobster poutine, a variation on the artery-clogging Quebec staple consisting of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy. An episode of Iron Chef America , in which Garde Manger chef Chuck Hughes defeated Bobby Flay, had just aired in Canada; Hughes had rallied after the show's cohost, a Toronto native, admonished him for a defeatist attitude.
October 10, 2010
Mayor Nutter took a walk in the park Saturday to promote Philadelphia parks. It was the start of a series of citywide programs to highlight Philadelphia's commitment to teaming with community groups to maintain the bounty of its 25 parks and recreation centers. Joining Nutter for a stroll along the Marshall Trail in Cobbs Creek Park were Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardi-nis. Nutter said preserving Cobbs Creek was a shared responsibility for the city and community.