Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Diane Mastrull: You might think that to those in the jewelry business, one Christmas is indistinguishable from the next, an exhausting onslaught of men and women looking to wow someone with a watch, a pendant, or an engagement ring that will inspire a "Yes!". But for Harvey Rovinsky, Christmas 2007 will forever be "embedded in my brain." And not for anything worthy of an eggnog toast.
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun.
Talking Small Biz: After rebranding hair salon Suite Extensions, Yolanda Keels-Walker is branching out into natural hair and face products.
PhillyDeals: Barrett Ersek is co-owner, with self-taught scientist Stephen Lange, of Holganix - as in 'holistic organics' - a Glen Mills-based company that made and sold more than $4 million worth of chilled organic compost starter in the past year, to clients like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dave Ramsey: I've been renting a 5,000-square-foot space for my small business. I've been at this location for just over a year, and the landlord has asked me if I'd like to buy the entire location. It includes two adjacent tenants, and he's asking between $150,000 and $200,000. I'm currently paying $1,300 a month rent, and that amount would almost cover the monthly mortgage payment if I bought the building. What should I do?
Talking Small Biz: Wharton students develop wireless, app-enabled smart thermometer that keeps a close watch on a child's fever no matter where parents are.
Diane Mastrull: Among many enlightenments realized from the controversy over the "Speak English" sign at Geno's Steaks was this: The cheesesteak experience in Philadelphia is a situational one, varying from vendor to vendor and griddle to griddle. Now comes a former financial planner whose goal is to bring consistency to the recipe - with a franchise.
Talking Small Biz: Cora also has a social mission to ensure 1,500 schoolgirls in India get sanitary pads and don't miss classes.
Talking Small Biz: MilkCrate has an app, which just launched, that enablessearching for sustainable businesses in Philly.
Diane Mastrull: It would seem to anyone with a mastery of grammar that Ofo Ezeugwu blew it with the naming of his company, WhoseYourLandlord.com.
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge "reluctantly" approved Monday a Sept. 24 auction date for the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
The Street: The words "nonprofit" or "charity" typically have a positive ring to it. When donating to a nonprofit, we tend to think we're giving money to those in need and only for those in need.
The Street: Most of us enjoy going out with a few friends to our favorite chain restaurant. We like to sink our teeth into a Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse , some boneless barbecue wings at Buffalo Wild Wings or soup and a sandwich at Panera .
The Street: Looking at its financials, McDonald's is headed down an unsavory path. The introduction of a new daypart, reportedly called "McBrunch," won't lift its numbers and would be the wrong strategy at this time for the burger giant.
The Street: Each year CareerCast.com issues a list of the best and worst jobs, based on information collected from the Department of Labor, ranking them using a range of criteria, and then placing the jobs in four categories, stress, outlook, income, and environment.
WHEN PEOPLE talk about retirement, it's often in the context of how much money they have to save for their senior years.
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia has gone to court in a bid to recoup more than $520,000 from 63 gamblers who have failed to repay markers - casino loans - issued in the last four years.
John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group, the $3 trillion-asset, Malvern-based leader of the mutual fund industry, is due in Washington on Tuesday to lecture the Senate Finance Committee on what ought to be done to prevent retired Americans from ending up in their kids' closets and garages or public shelters, now that most big companies no longer offer guaranteed pensions.
The shifting global pharmaceutical industry shifted a bit more Monday when Gilead Sciences said it struck a deal with seven India-based generic drugmakers, including a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Mylan Inc., to make and sell cheaper versions of Gilead's $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C medication, Sovaldi, in 91 developing nations.
NEW YORK - Investors played it safe Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While largecompany stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped.
Talking Small Biz: When Breyers closed its West Philly plant in 1995, Coleman and Ilene Poses were concerned. They founded their company 3 years later.