Ralph Lauren Bellevue Shop to Close After 27 Years

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

After a 27-year stint at the Bellevue, the Polo Ralph Lauren store will be closing on March 5th, the Inquirer reports.

Even with its mostly pristine reputation, the upscale retailer isn’t immune from the throes of a changing retail landscape. The location’s shuttering is part of a larger strategy on the part of the company to modernize and remain competitive. Maureen Weir, director of marketing for the Bellevue, told the Inquirer that the closure “is part of the tenant’s strategy to reduce its store count.”  Read more »

Rising Online Media Co. MyNEWPhilly Lands Deal With Comcast

Image via MyNEWPhilly YouTube.

MyNEWPhilly founder Kyree Terrell. Image via MyNEWPhilly YouTube.

Philly’s rising online media company MyNEWPhilly recently struck a deal with Comcast that places a direct link to the platform on the cable giant’s Xfinity.com homepage.

MyNEWPhilly bills itself as an alternative news media outlet. Instead of producing segments about Philly’s crime or poverty, the team has produced more than 1,000 original short videos that highlight Philadelphia’s beauty, mostly geared toward millennials and young professionals. Some of the platform’s segments include “Not Just Cheesesteaks,” which explores Philly’s culinary scene; “Datequette,” which discusses dating in Philly; and “The Fitting Room,” which covers Philly’s style scene. They’ve also produced hundreds of segments in real estate, sports, technology, fitness, and entertainment. Read more »

La Salle and Uber Team Up to Bring Students Safety and Convenience

La Salle - stacks in the library

Students at La Salle library. Photo by Matthew Chverchko, courtesy La Salle University.

La Salle University has partnered up with Uber to bring students discounted rides. The pilot program will last from now until March 7th. Students can travel between an established pickup location at La Salle’s School of Business to be dropped off at the Olney Transportation Center for a flat rate of $1.99. The distance is just less than a mile.

As Newsworks reports, the partnership is first of its kind and is already addressing some problems for La Salle’s commuter population. La Salle has a campus shuttle that runs every 20 minutes and makes a stop at the Olney Transportation Center, but it stops running at 2 a.m. on weekdays and at 3 a.m. on weekends. Some students walk the distance but see the partnership as a way to bolster safety and convenience. Read more »

City Looks in Other Pocket, Says Soda Tax Revenue Is Actually $5.7 Million

Sodas for sale in a refrigerated case

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In its first month, Philadelphia’s beverage tax has brought in $5.7 million, according to information released by the city’s revenue department on Thursday.

The figure more than doubles the city’s $2.3 million prediction for January, and officials expect the preliminary figure to increase once all tax payments have been processed. The current revenue collection for January still falls short of the $7.6 million monthly average the city must collect to meet its $91 million-a-year goal.

“The budget office’s projection of $2.3 million was intentionally conservative because this is a new tax, and it was difficult to determine the extent, if any, of issues that taxpayers would have in filing for the first month,” city spokesperson Mike Dunn told Philadelphia magazine.  Read more »

Here’s How Much Spending Power Immigrants Hold in Philly

Johanna Noonan, of Philadelphia, holds up a sign during a protest of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of several countries Sunday, January 29th, 2017, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Johanna Noonan, of Philadelphia, holds up a sign during a protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of several countries Sunday, January 29th, 2017, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

If last week’s national “Day Without Immigrants” boycott wasn’t enough to signal the impact of immigrants on the economy, a data map released on Tuesday details the impact of immigrants across all 50 states, in all 435 congressional districts, and in the country’s 55 largest metro areas.

The New American Economy, a nonpartisan group of mayors and business leaders for immigration reform, released the interactive map to put “the economic power of America’s immigrants in stark relief,” according to John Feinblatt, chairman of the NAE. “Across the map, and in every industry, immigrants strengthen the economies of big cities and small towns alike.”

For Philly, the project affirms the idea that immigrants are tightly woven into the local economy. Here are five takeaways from the data visualization: Read more »

American Airlines is Now Selling Basic Economy Fares on Select Flights from Philly



American Airlines is going Spirit or is at least trying to. The legacy carrier is giving customers the option to forgo overhead bin space for a reduced fare. On Tuesday it began selling its new “Basic Economy” fares on ten routes, with five of them connected to the Philadelphia International Airport.

The fares will be available for travel beginning March 1st, and from PHL, fliers can connect to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Charlotte.

While the basic economy fares give consumers more options, prices don’t seem to be that much cheaper — they’re averaging about $15 to $20 lower one-way than the regular economy fares (pricing varies by market) — and there are a number of restrictions to heed that might make you question the deal.  Read more »

Soda Tax’s Early Impact: Sales Drops, Layoffs, and Lagging Tax Revenue

In the two months since Philly’s beverage tax was implemented, some grocers and drink distributors are reporting significant sales drops, and the city expects soda tax revenue for the first month to be well below initial projections.

Some local businesses are reporting sales drops as high as 50 percent and major layoffs that will continue into the spring. Bob Brockway, chief operating officer of Canada Dry Delaware Valley, which distributes about 20 percent of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage, told the Inquirer that sales were down 45 percent and that they have plans to lay off 20 percent of its workforce — 35 positions, including salespeople, managers, and drivers — as a result. Read more »

I Love My Job: Ellen Weber

Photo courtesy of Ellen Weber.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Weber.

The title of this week’s feature should be amended to “I Love My Jobs,” as Ellen Weber spends her days juggling the demands of multiple major roles. The entrepreneurship expert is the executive director of Temple University’s Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, where she’s an assistant professor of entrepreneurship. She’s also the executive director of the angel group Robin Hood Ventures, that’s fueling Philly’s startup growth. When Weber’s not in the classroom or working with portfolio companies, you can always find her in the startup community—promoting young entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs and pushing Philadelphia’s success stories out onto the national stage. Here she tells us about Philly tech’s most urgent agenda item and what men can do to support women in tech. She also gets into her reading list and what you’ll find her drinking at the bar.  Read more »

Here’s Why the City Just Pumped $130K Into Local Entrepreneurship

When Startup PHL first announced the fifth round of its “Call for Ideas” grant program, they made it clear that there’s a major connection between entrepreneurship and some of the city’s biggest ills. Entrepreneurship can be a pathway out of poverty and a tool that can address connected issues like homelessness, hunger, and struggling public schools.

Startup PHL’s Call for Ideas is the city’s way of tapping into local entrepreneurs to help them unleash and develop their ideas. And this time around, the program announced last week that it will award a total of $130,675 to six organizations. “Call for Ideas is one of many ways we are fostering a positive reciprocal relationship between the City and Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs,” said Archna Sahay, the city’s director of entrepreneurial investment. Read more »

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