Business

Barn Shops reborn in Chadds Ford

Barn Shop owner John Anderson wants to bring back the area's former shopping vigor.

The Barn Shops, a landmark for shopping in Chadds Ford Township for decades, has had dwindling traffic over the past dozen years. But new owner John Anderson hopes to resurrect the former vigor. Anderson recently renovated the front building, the former Chadds Ford Gallery, to accommodate new businesses and said a café would be moving into the location currently ...

 
 

Boost Your Business: Fire these customers

Not all clients are created equal. Nor should you be compelled to treat them equally. There’s no law stating you must sell to everyone or keep servicing clients that are the wrong fit for your business. It’s as fair to say that your business has outgrown certain types of customers as it is to say that you have some customers you should have never brought on in the ...

 

Moore: Andy Wyeth was a ’57 T-bird

Barbara Moore's life has taken her from learning about classic cars to fine art and now to jewelry and handbags. For more than 40 years, Barbara Moore was the director of the Chadds Ford Gallery. She started working at the gallery part time in 1975, shortly after a divorce. She knew little about the art world but was determined to learn, as she had previously learned ...

 

Paw prints forever on the heart

Every pet owner knows the devastation of losing that four-legged member of the family. Whether it's a dog or cat is irrelevant. The bond between humans and their companion animals is undeniably strong. When the inevitable comes, even grown men are known to cry. For Peter Pagano, tending to the animal's remains is a matter of respect and of comforting the owners whose ...

 

Boost Your Business: Communicating value

Even when people know their value, many find it difficult to describe. When someone asks the simple question, “What do you do,” you know the simple answer but you need to convey your value, and when communicating your value proposition, you don’t want to deliver the same canned speech for every audience. What you need to do is first craft, then learn to deliver, ...

 

Grand opening for credit union HQ

The Henderson Group and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union celebrated the official grand opening of FMFCU's new headquarters in Chadds Ford Wednesday afternoon. Chadds Ford Township supervisors approved the site for a three-story office building 14 years ago. The new building — Brandywine 6 — is located in Henderson's Chadds Ford Business Campus at the intersection ...

 

The Human Resource: Enhancing meeting productivity

If “It feels like we do nothing but meet to meet,” or “Nothing ever gets done at our meetings” are common statements made at your organization regarding the productivity and effectiveness of your staff meetings, this article is for you. In this edition of The Human Resource, I present to you two strategies to increase engagement and participation in staff meetings, ...

 

The Human Resource: Policy versus practice

As a business owner, it is a great feeling when you have examined your workforce and designed an effective infrastructure for your employment practices. Policies were carefully and deliberately designed to educate the workforce on expectations, communicate benefits and programs, and establish guidelines for workplace behavior and job performance. Prior to issuance of ...

 

Boost Your Business: Be the best professional

It seems as if everyone is calling themselves a professional, whether they’re competent in their job or not. There are the titles of “Professional Marketing Ninja,” “Professional Social Media Rockstar,” and the (perhaps more common) titles of “Professional Sales Executive” and “Professional Entrepreneur.” But are these considered ‘real’ professionals? For that ...

 

Bardolino Steakhouse now open

Some restaurants have staying power, while others come and go. Some people have one interest, while others explore new ideas. Those two points come together at Bardolino Italian Steakhouse and Seafood in the Crossroads Center on Route 1 in Concord Township. Bardolino is in the location of the former Mile High Steakhouse. One of the owners of the new venture is Chadds ...

 

The Human Resource: Mitigating FLSA risks

Employers need to be cognizant of the activities of their workforce, especially the FLSA Non-Exempt employees. Why? Because the Department of Labor has a little phrase they like to use when holding an employer liable for back wages and penalties, which is “suffer or permit” to work. With the continuous evolution of flexible schedule arrangements, telecommuting, and ...