February 8, 2015 |
When it comes to Philadanco, the award-winning dance company she created back in 1970, Joan Myers Brown is all focus. Fervor for the company, she acknowledges, has been second only to her delight in family. "My home, well, it's a good place to kick off my shoes and relax. But it's nothing fancy. " What her University City home is, however, is a warm and welcoming place that has brought Brown back from her years of rearing children in the suburbs to a more urban existence.
February 5, 2015
J OSEPH HWANG, 30, of University City, is a co-founder and chief designer of Barring Eyewear. The startup uses innovative materials and cutting-edge technology to manufacture and market sunglasses. The University City firm expects to launch a line of prescription eyewear in the spring. Other co-founders are Eric Fiore, Frank Tucci and Kim Chhour. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I designed sunglasses as a hobby. I was working in New York and returned to Philly in 2013 to go to graduate school at Penn.
February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
January 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman has given $50 million to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which will name an eight-acre portion of its University City campus in his honor. The gift, to be announced Wednesday, equals in size the biggest Children's has ever received, and brings Perelman's total announced donations in the Philadelphia region to $339 million. Children's said it would use Perelman's $50 million to establish the Raymond G. Perelman Research Fund to support a Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, Perelman Scholars, a Fund for Research Innovation, the Perelman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology, and general research.
January 21, 2015 |
Out to help improve the beer-drinking experience, the Philadelphia life-sciences company Invisible Sentinel Inc. has entered into partnerships with four brewing companies for final validation of its Veriflow brewPAL. The technology by the University City start-up claims to be the first to provide same-day detection of pediococcus and lactobacillus, bacteria that attach to grain and can spoil the taste of beer. Last fall, Invisible Sentinel announced a partnership with Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown to work on validation of Veriflow brewPAL.
January 15, 2015 |
Radnor Property Group is scheduled to top off Wednesday a 25-story apartment tower, 3737 Chestnut, one of several high rises going up in University City to cater to graduate students and young professionals who want to rent near the Penn and Drexel campuses. Wayne-based Radnor Property developed the $95 million project in an unusual partnership with the nonprofit Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. As part of the complex deal, the Episcopal Cathedral will reap income and new space, company founder David Yeager said.
January 10, 2015 |
For years, landlords tried to coax Target to open one of its big-box stores in the heart of Philadelphia. Each time they failed, daunted by the difficulty of plunking a store the size of two football fields into a packed downtown. That chase appears to have come to an end, with a much smaller version called Target Express now looking to make a splash at multiple locations in the hottest pockets of redevelopment near Philadelphia's core. Target Corp. is hunting for lease deals in Center City and University City to build what could be as many as four of the new stores, which are about one-sixth the size of a suburban Target.
December 12, 2014 |
A LOVE TRIANGLE for the digital age sparked a fight yesterday that led to the stabbing of a Drexel University student on the University City campus in the wee hours of the morning, police said. Cops said the 20-year-old victim was fighting with two men - later identified by police as Pu Wang, 23, and Junlin Ye, 19 - over someone among the trio sending text messages to another man's girlfriend. Investigators said they were unsure who the offending texter was last night. In any event, Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said the fight on Race Street near 33rd about 3:30 a.m. escalated to pushes and shoves and went downhill for the victim from there: One of the aggressors pulled out a folding knife and stabbed the student in the back.
December 10, 2014 |
We live in the era of unlimited texting, Snapchats, direct messages, and LinkedIn connections. But Corey Carter believes we are everything but direct or connected. Verbal Connections, founded by Carter, is a conversation party, held every two months, that welcomes adults of all ages, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds to generate discourse on current events, relationships, and situation-ships. In 2011, Carter and his then-fiancée and now wife, Akilah Carter, held conversation parties in their living room.
November 4, 2014
G ARY CARDI, 39, of Wayne, is a partner in Public House Investments (PHI), which provides management services to restaurant/bars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He also owns two City Tap Houses, in University City and Logan Square, and Field House and Pennsylvania 6 in Center City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PHI? A: That's the management company. Each restaurant is individually owned by me or one of my three partners. The management company supplies managers to all 16 restaurants that each partner owns.