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Beer making is generally thought of as a male enterprise, but as with many other industries and professions, that has been slowly changing. more
Here is a riddle: Who has the nerve to open a dance studio in the middle of a pandemic? Answer: Lydia Robinson, a Mt. Airy resident for the past 20 years. more
I pulled up to Caspian Grille in Lafayette Hill, hungry and anticipating a homemade chicken gyro. more
They say that behind every successful man there is a woman. In this story, there is a woman behind every successful cheese. more
The Mt. Airy Taproom opened on Friday the 13th (isn't that bad luck?) of September, 2019. It was doing a solid business with the Mt. Airy crowd until the pandemic struck six months after its debut. more
Attic Brewing Company has not only not laid anyone off, but they have doubled the size of their team and partnered with over a dozen local organizations and donated more than $14,000 to Germantown non-profits last year. more
I have a feeling that when the pandemic is over, one of the most popular gathering places in Northwest Philly will be Young American Hard Cider, which opened last November at 6350 Germantown Ave. (at Duval), close to the border dividing Germantown from Mt. Airy. more
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
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