New in Chicago columns from June 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business: Naturally, the face of this Chicago product is the most famous beard in history What’s a Guard Llama? Something that’s catching on with consumers fast This startup will keep your office clean and stocked with plenty of hand soap Bad coffee causes crappy job performance.… Continue reading New in Chicago: June 2015
My New in Chicago columns from May 2015 for Crain’s Chicago Business: May 7 — Mexican wedding cookies, instant massage bookings and more. Featured businesses include Felix’s Famous Cookies, Excel Mobile Massage, Functional MobileWear, City Soles and Goose Island Beer Co.’s tasting room. May 14 — The doctor will see you now — at home. Featured businesses… Continue reading New in Chicago: May 2015
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 12, 2014 — They’re tucked away in desolate corners all over the city: looming brick and concrete buildings that once held factories that supported entire neighborhoods. These behemoths helped earn Chicago its brawny reputation and, once they were vacated, became hulking icons of its blight. But now a crop of savvy small-business… Continue reading Industrial revolution: See how small-biz owners are giving factories new life
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 5, 2014 — Nick Floyd scoffs at the notion that he has any special sort of entrepreneurial knowhow… Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business. Photo by John R. Boehm
Crain’s Chicago Business, July 5, 2014 — Chicago Music Exchange already was a magnet for guitar collectors, wannabe rock stars and actual rock stars when David Kalt bought the Lakeview shop in 2010 from founder Scott Silver. Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business. Photo by John R. Boehm
Crain’s Chicago Business, April 12, 2014 — Here’s how the music business works in 2014: On April 3, BuzzFeed proclaimed, “This Country Cover of Kesha is Totally Beautiful,” drawing listeners to a free audio stream of Bloodshot Records artist Lydia Loveless’ twangy version of pop star Kesha’s “Blind.” Over the next four days, the post… Continue reading How Bloodshot Records has lasted so long
Crain’s Chicago Business, October 5, 2013 — Nearly a year ago, Craig Golden stood in the balcony of the musty, long-vacant Thalia Hall, an ornate Pilsen theater that was in foreclosure, and knew he had to call Bruce Finkelman right away. “I don’t know where you are, Bruce, but you should get in your car… Continue reading Can the Empty Bottle/Longman & Eagle team tap into another success?