Tag Archives: business

A week of Johnson Controls: Reporting on the York employer’s possible relocation

Future home of Johnson Controls? We'll just wait and see.

Future home of Johnson Controls? We’ll just wait and see.

Last week got pretty wild.

For months, we knew a Fortune 500 company was looking to relocate within York County to Hopewell Township using a tax incentive program that needed approval from the school board, township and commissioners.

If they didn’t get what they needed, they’d likely go to Maryland — or so we’re told.

Not knowing who it was frustrated the hell out of me. Continue reading


If you tell them, they will come: Visit to Panera ‘office hours’ in York yields hyperlocal business column

Meet Jeanne Walton, a cool lacrosse mom and eighth grade science teacher who stopped by Panera to visit me Tuesday.


So it’s not a mall teeming with cockroaches or a trip to check out kinky gadgets in the adult store.

But I did end up with a column every sports mom or dad can relate to today when Jeanne Walton stopped by to see me at Panera in West Manchester Township.

The story goes a little something like this:

Kid plays sport.

Kid does really well at sport and qualifies for national tournament.

Parents rejoice — until they see the price tag.

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Playground play date with Smart Magazine editor April Trotter and I

This is April. She’s a super cool magazine editor.

Remember that time Sarah Chain and I visited Martin Library?

As much as I love books, it’s nice outside. And what better way to solicit story ideas than hang out in the great outdoors?

(OK, not exactly — unless you a playground in Manchester Township, York County, counts.)

Newly crowned Smart Magazine Editor April Trotter and I will be hanging out at Pavilion D near the new playground at Cousler Park Aug. 23 from 9 to noon. Click here to read more. Continue reading

Boyer Investigates: A search for swag at the York County Business Expo

This blog post should also be called, “Why I will never be a TV reporter.”

The other day, my editor instructed me to report from the York County Economic Alliance Business Expo. Continue reading

Mobile reporter roadblock: Why giving the world your iPhone number can be bad for business.

So, when I got my iPhone a few weeks ago, I sort of made the number available to the public. Continue reading

The complaint department: A local example of social media’s impact on patron-business interaction

Originally published on the Money & More cover of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, February 5, 2012.

***I found this story while trolling on Twitter last weekend. Some seemed shocked at the interaction that appeared on their Facebook newsfeed. I decided to pursue it as a local example of a situation that plagues business across the country.

Daily Record/Sunday News

Joyce Salazar was washing bar dishes last weekend when a frustrated group mistakenly identified her as a member of the waitstaff.

That’s when the owner of La Casa De Tapas, which opened last year, said she swallowed a profanity-laced insult from a member of the party, frustrated that a table wasn’t available on that busy Saturday night. They had made a reservation, she said, earlier that day.

Salazar made some space at the bar. She offered them complimentary drinks and tapas – small Spanish, Peruvian and Mediterranean dishes – while they waited.

Nothing, she said, seemed to calm them down. Continue reading

Meet the York County lawyers who lunch

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Monday, July 18, 2011.

Daily Record/Sunday News

They come in different flavors — civil, criminal, family.

A slightly sweaty Judge Harry Ness stops by Central Market for a sandwich. To stay active, he spends three lunch breaks a week walking four miles on the York County Rail Trail with Judge Thomas Kelly. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - LAUREN BOYER

One of them goes by “your honor.”

But when the clock strikes noon five days a week, they clutch menus around a York city lunch table, in the name of empty stomachs and colorful conversation.

Even after 15 years, the witty banter, jokes and idea-sharing remains as hearty as their appetites.

“We have networking and comraderie that you can’t get sitting at your desk,” said attorney Kathleen Prendergast, munching on a salad in Central Market recently.

Some might consider it a luxury in an age of shrinking lunch hours.

The average lunch break is 20 to 40 minutes, according to a CareerBuilder survey that also found 32 percent of workers taking less than a half-hour for lunch. Continue reading