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Tim Huenke has been building and repairing guitars at his Fort Washington business, Superior Guitars, for all those years, but during the pandemic, unlike most businesspeople, he has been busier by far than ever before. more
Not too many businesses can say that their sales in December, 2020, when the pandemic was spiraling out of control, were twice as high as they were in December, 2019, four months before the pandemic had even begun. more
In an age of startups, why would any enterprising young man launch a labor-intensive bread company in a market with no shortage of competition? more
It is not often that world-class athletes open a sports-oriented business in our neighborhood, but that's what happened the first week of January when Alaa El-Idrissi and his wife Kristin opened the El-Idrissi Judo and Martial Arts Studio. more
Catering by Design has lost over 700 bookings since the pandemic began last March. “I’ve wanted to open a taqueria for about 10 years now,” said chef Roth Perelman last week, “but if it wasn’t for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.” more
The pandemic had a devastating effect on almost every independently owned business in the Chestnut Hill area, but imagine if you have a business that depends on weddings, store openings and other celebratory events. more
Dr. Emiliano Tatar is one medical doctor who does not mind being called cheesy. more
While almost every small business you can think of has been suffering during the pandemic if it is even still in business, Rahanna Gray's unusual business, Stylish Pooch, is thriving beyond all of her expectations. more
Twelve years ago I discovered The Dovetail Artisans, a charming gift shop at 105 E. Glenside Ave, in Glenside, just a few doors down from where Rizzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant had been for 60 … more
Today Vanessa Jackson's daughter Brittany, “The Cheesecake Daughter,” runs the store while Vanessa spends up to 16 hours a day creating her now-famous four-inch cheesecakes. more
Viva Leaf Tea Company officially opened in October, but Christa Barfield had been selling her herbal teas and infused honey in farmers’ markets and online for some time. more
Mokja, which means “Let's eat” in Korean, opened in Ambler on April 20. more
Walter Lapidus learned about Bahia Bowls Açaí Cafe on vacation to Nashville and New Orleans. Its "fast casual" healthy dining stores offer an assortment of all-natural “Superfruit” bowls, Smoothies and other specialty products. more
There is no doubt that we are going through extremely trying times because of Covid-19, but resourceful, innovative people will find ways to overcome almost any hurdle. During World War II, many … more
According to Chuong Le, 37, co-owner (with Hung Nguyên) of Saigon Noodle Bar, the charming Vietnamese foodery in the Market at the Fareway in the back of the Chestnut Hill Hotel. “We did … more
On an unexpectedly warm November Saturday, the latest addition to family life in Chestnut Hill opened its doors. Scene-N-Action Productions Company (SNAPCo.) offers classes in dance and theater … more
When I first contacted Marques Davis, owner of Mount Airy Candle Company, on Oct. 4 about doing an article on his two-year-old business, the 36-year-old entrepreneur politely said he was so busy … more
Kay Henderson, 41, who had lived in California her whole life, where she was a successful corporate recruiter for 22 years, came to Philly on a vacation a couple of years ago and fell in love with … more
What could Bledar Istrefi have been thinking? As if owning a restaurant in 2020 wasn’t difficult enough, the Mt. Airy chef recently added a hair salon to his portfolio. In mid-October, Istrefi … more
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