April 11, 2015 |
Each of Steve Donegan's lamps is unique - not even those sold in pairs are exactly alike. He works with vintage finds - perhaps a glass shade or an antique metal base - and sometimes with new pieces he makes in his studio, like a copper torch. A sculptor by trade, Donegan came to design lighting only a few years ago and discovered something addictive about creating functional objects that also make a statement and impact the environment. "The right light can create a mood.
March 24, 2015 |
Late last year, Lynn Utter found herself in a tough spot. As she was mulling over a decision to resign from her job as president and chief operating officer of Knoll Inc., the East Greenville office furniture design and manufacturing company, she learned she had been selected to receive the Paradigm Award, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's prize honoring female business leaders. "I felt badly," said Utter, 53, adding that she had wondered whether "I dare make this move now or should I wait until after March?"
July 4, 2014 |
Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves gave a richly soothing concert Tuesday night at World Cafe Live. It was just the right thing at the right time for some of us - namely, those who've been in a virtual Brazil for the last three weeks, absorbed by the World Cup, televised from locales across the vast South American nation. What made the concert hit such a sweet spot? The Rio de Janeiro native, 37, didn't overdo the futebol references. He was a genuine, nuanced manifestation of Brazilian culture, as opposed to all that hot sun, beachy fun, and giddy soccer-crowd imagery TV has been serving up. More than that, Amarante's 14 beautifully rendered, often melancholy songs - one in French, five in English, the rest in Portuguese - offered a tuneful tonic for those of us smarting from the elimination of Team USA by Belgium a few hours earlier.
June 4, 2014 |
The slow residential real estate market isn't bad news for everyone. "Our tenants are a captive audience: They are not moving out to buy homes," says Jonathan Morgan , the 29-year-old acquisitions and capital markets chief at King of Prussia-based Morgan Properties . So landlords like Morgan, which owns more than 30,000 apartments, can boost rents by 3 or 4 percent a year, even without improvements. And by updating apartments - rebuilding maybe 1,000 kitchens this year, at $6,000 or $7,000 each - Morgan figures he can charge an extra $100 a month (the typical Morgan apartment rents for around $1,100 per month)
June 14, 2013 |
It was one year ago that the CEO of Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack told analysts that his intent was to grow the auto-parts retailer, not sell it. Mike Odell 's comments came shortly after a Los Angeles-based private-equity firm had dropped plans to take Philadelphia-based Pep Boys private in a deal worth $15 per share. But there have been scant signs of growth in the last three years, even as the company has spent an average of $66 million annually on capital expenditures, including the conversion of stores to new formats.
December 21, 2012
IF YOU'VE SEEN the commercials for Judd Apatow's "This is 40," you may have seen Leslie Mann asking permission to touch co-star Megan Fox's famous chest. It's never a bad idea to feature Fox or her figure in a TV commercial, but in fairness to Apatow, it also happens to be one of the movie's most telling scenes. "This is 40," as the title implies, is very much a movie about fear of growing old. Mann, Apatow's real-life wife and collaborator, plays a woman turning 40, and who sees in Fox the flickering, fading ghost of bra sizes past.
March 25, 2012
Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth: "One of the big things is going to be where to play your outfielders. It's going to be a lot different than it was in the past. " Cherokee coach Marc Petragnani: "If you hit the sweet spot, it will go. If you don't hit the sweet spot, it won't go. Which is the way it should be. " Bishop Eustace pitcher Keith Wallace: "You won't see all the home runs or the dinkers off the end of the bat that go over the infielder's head.
March 15, 2012 |
BRUGES, Belgium - Many claim this picturesque canal-threaded city is the chocolate capital of a country obsessed with bonbons. And the thrill of wandering its ancient cobblestoned streets is to discover, bite by sweet bite, the many true artisans along with the larger companies. Famous names such as Godiva, Neuhaus, Galler, Guylian, and Leonidas are prominently situated along main shopping thoroughfares like Steenstraat. But with an astounding array of 52 chocolate shops scattered across the medieval center of the tourist-rich historic district, there are plenty of unique addresses to sample.
February 10, 2012 |
THERE IS AN expanding genre of movies about women who can't remember the men who can't forget them. "Away From Her," "The Notebook," "Fifty First Dates," and now "The Vow," starring Channing Tatum as Leo, a man whose crash-victim wife Paige (Rachel McAdams) can't remember their four years of marriage - in fact, can't remember him at all. Her mnemonic clock has been reset to law school, when she was single, dating a rich guy (Scott Speedman), living happily as a pampered sorority girl.