Local venture offers consumers outerwear with an American history.
By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Diane Mastrull: At the start of the year, I brought you the story of two Main Line friends who, while holding down other jobs to pay the bills, had embarked on a bit of a dream: to produce a men's trench coat made in the United States.
Diane Mastrull: John Lee showed up for an interview about his sneaker empire wearing a pair of leather loafers. "I'm not in the culture," the 53-year-old president and owner of KicksUSA said unapologetically.
Diane Mastrull: When Brett Kratchman started out in the food business in 1986, his biggest concern was fitting his vending carts on Philadelphia street corners where planters were placed to discourage food trucks.
Diane Mastrull: On the 1500 block of Walnut Street, a culinary story is unfolding. Telling this tale of the gastronomic venture that will emerge where the once-regal, now-retired Le Bec-Fin thrilled so many palates will fall to a small business in the midst of its own reinvention of sorts.
Diane Mastrull: Sex sells in the video industry. So do horror and romance. But power tools, blowtorches, and drafting software? They've indeed been the props in instructional productions that have sustained a family-run video business in Chadds Ford for 43 years.