Cassie Hepler

Scrotox: Millennial men are Botoxing their balls. Here's why

Botox is popular among people looking to improve the appearance of their faces, but there is an emerging trend in the world of plastic surgery that gives Botox a new purpose. It's called Scrotox, and as the name suggests, it's for your balls, guys.  According to experts, more...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:00 AM

What to know about the future of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

On a sunny weekday recently, Cresco Yeltrah held a sort of coming out party at Stratus Lounge in Philly's Hotel Monaco. Name tags were encouraged and tons of key players in the medical marijuana field were out and about, all curious and some paranoid. The CEO and general manager of Keystone...

Friday, October 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

'Magic' card game is hipster-nerd chic at Philly boardgame story

Walking into Redcap’s Corner on a recent Tuesday evening, a gaming emporium in Powelton Village, one enters a large industrial warehouse-style store full of the fantasy world. A couple of men linger in the back near tiny apocalyptic-looking miniature metal worlds constructed on fold-out...

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8:45 AM

Legendary tattoo artist wants safe ink to go mainstream

Getting a tattoo was once an act of rebellion. Today, it’s pretty mainstream and more than 100 million people in the United States are inked. It's been decades since tattoos lost their taboo status, and the industry remains mainly anti-corporate — until now. The ink...

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:00 AM

How Joanne Harmelin paved the way for female CEOs in the '80s

Much like Apple pioneer Steve Jobs, what started out of someone’s home has turned into a legit forward-thinking media company. Except Joanne Harmelinbegan hers in the '80s, when women weren’t running much of anything. Now Harmelin Media has grown into a media-buying company that...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly-area marketer rides the $350B As Seen on TV gravy train

Laugh all you want at those crazy TV commercials touting the latest and greatest gadgets, but the As Seen on TV industry is a $350+ billion market. For more than 30 years, Trevose, Pennsylvania, marketer Bill McAlister, CEO of Top Dog Direct, has been laughing all the way to the...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly millennial brings African fashion to the mainstream

Breanna Moore thought she had it all figured out. The University of Pennsylvania alum planned to get a job at the state department after graduating with a dual major in African American studies and International Relations. But after traveling and studying abroad twice in Ghana, Africa, her life...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:16 PM

Wharton business student beats odds of challenging childhood

Eli Conniff was born and raised in Pittsburgh with a father addicted to cocaine and an alcoholic mother. But in January of 2009, he enrolled full time at the Milton Hershey School, a school for at-risk youth. Now, 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 AM

Wolfcom surveillance company says civilian body cameras are next big thing

Body cameras allow people to record and document what's happening around them, not only during sentimental moments but also for political events like protests that could erupt into violence. In an age where police are filming constant video footage, it makes sense to also have your own body...

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12:55 PM

Get ready to lace up and get scrappy with the Liberty Belles

Most sports for women don’t encourage physical contact – to “protect” them. Turns out, that’s the opposite of what some ladies want. “If you asked us what we enjoy most, I think there would be a resounding majority that would tell you the best part is getting...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 3:42 PM

Retro games making a comeback with AtGames

“Pac-Man,” “Mortal Kombat” and “Tetris” aren’t just for old heads anymore. The classic video games of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s are making a comeback as AtGames announced the launch of the Atari Flashback Portable Game Player, the Sega...

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

How to be a social media influencer: The golden rule of engagement

For those of you who have no clue what an influencer is, let me enlighten you. It is basically a normal human being who has somehow found a niche in their field and many people follow their lead, fashion or advice. They then leverage their influence through social media, usually through the top...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 1:39 PM

American Flat Track's Shayna Texter is making tracks

One really can’t judge a book by its cover. Standing at just 5-feet-tall and weighing 95 pounds, Lancaster, Pa. native Shayna Texter is the all-American, fresh-faced rider leading the pack in American Flat Track, a highly competitive, male-dominated moto-series known as “America’...

Friday, September 8, 2017, 11:20 AM

Bhutanese refugees find home in Philly

A cluster of perhaps 1,000 people, centered around Mifflin Square in South Philly and the Northeast, is probably the least-resourced refugee community in Philadelphia. Most people in America don’t even know that Bhutan culture exists, much less that it has refugees. Most are actually ethnic...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 8:57 AM

Contraception deception: The hidden dangers of birth control and tampons

“The only thing that belongs up a woman’s vagina is a man’s penis,” said the family matriarch of feminism, my 96-year-old grandmother. Modern ladies might argue this phrase until the cows come home, but considering she seems to be outliving all of her friends, she may be...

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly dating disasters: This is what women deal with...

I never felt at home in Central Pennsylvania, and according to my brother, I wasn’t home much anyway. Being equal driving distance to either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, I was smack dab in the middle of “Pennsyltucky” in Podunk County. Part of moving to Philly was to spread my...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 2:32 PM

Gender-neutral kids clothing defies stereotypes

A new gender-neutral children's clothing shop is trying to defy stereotypes for boys and girls. “I have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter who loves dinosaurs,” said Amandine Liepmann, 34, the co-founder and creative director of Mitz Accessories. “She was the inspiration for the...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 5:00 AM

Furrydelphia: Inside Philly's first furries convention

The furry fandom finally made its way to Philly. Before being approved for this story, Metro was vetted by the organizer of Furrydelphia, a wolf-like character in a business suit known only as Drayne. The 23-year-old is an architect by day, and lives in King of Prussia. Drayne walks with a limp...

Monday, August 21, 2017, 3:35 PM

No justice in ‘notorious’ Catholic priest abuse

Described by a Philadelphia grand jury in 2005 as one of the most notorious serial abusers in Philadelphia, Catholic priest Rev. James J. Brzyski was never charged. Now, a man who says he was one of his victims is speaking out. John-Michael Delaney, 46, of Sevierville, Tennessee, grew up in the...

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

The big chill: Cryo tanks freeze the pain away

Ice baths are so out. Why would an athlete spend a half-hour or more in an ice-filled bathtub watching their extremities go purple when you can get the same effects in three minutes or less? Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a method of holistic cold therapy that involves stepping into a pod for up...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 4:36 PM