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Drexel student turns passion for sustainability into full-blown candle business

With tuition bills looming, Drexel student Janyah Green launched her own candle-making business last year, vending online and at local events under the name Monae Designs. Selling scents such as peppermint and eucalyptus, as well as seasonal specials, the 22-year-old, fifth-year architecture student has successfully created her very own Black-owned, Philly-local brand while studying and

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Made In… Brooklyn?

Local designers want to manufacture in Philadelphia—but it’s not always possible. by Justin Klugh An idea is born anywhere: scribbles on the back of a napkin, a daydream during a webinar, panicked fumbling for a bedside notebook in the middle of the night. While cleaning out her mother’s belongings after her passing, Maddie Flanigan found

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Sustainability Solutions

As we move further along into a federal administration that is hostile to policies such as the Clean Water Act and efforts such as the Paris climate agreement, the role of states and populous cities becomes ever more important. Last year was, again, the hottest year on record, and climate projections for Philadelphia tell us

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Co-working, startups,
accelerators and incubators

  Editor’s note: The September issue of Grid went to press before the events of Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragedy in Houston.  “Philadelphia is the new Houston” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Philadelphia is the new Silicon Valley,” although we’re of the opinion that Philadelphia is just

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Independent Media

While the country has been recovering from the crash in 2008 and sectors such as renewable energy and technology have been making strides, there is one sector that may not yet have seen the bottom of its losses: print media.  All over the country, newspapers have been shuttered and alternative weeklies have either disappeared (we

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Liberty and Justice For All

Most of our brethren around the country know Philadelphia as the place where, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence changed the world order forever. It’s a fact that prompts an interesting reflection: We live in a city that is 94 years older than the United States of America, a period of time in which our

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