How much the market value of Michael J. Saylor's holdings in MicroStrategy Inc. have increased since April 19. Saylor is chairman, president and chief executive officer -- and holder of 59 percent of the company's voting stock -- of MicroStrategy, a Vienna database software firm. On April 19, Saylor's holdings were worth $348.4 million.
DID YOU HEAR? . . .
"We had an emergency meeting [of the local Domino's owners]. Some of the guys were freaking out, saying, `What did we get into?'"
-- Maryland Domino's Pizza franchise owner Charlie Malament, on fellow franchise owners' reaction to the high-scoring Redskins. They had agreed to a promotion giving $1 off for every touchdown the Monday following a game.
When Linda Roth sent the word out to 200 Northern Virginia business people asking for pictures that would be used to make caricature paintings for the wall of the soon-to-open Palm restaurant in Tysons Corner, she didn't count on the intimacy shown by Karen S. Kennedy, a well-known PR maven for the technology industry. Kennedy, president of KSK Communications, wanted to make sure Roth got her look just right.
Along with her picture, Kennedy sent a lock of her hair taped to 3-by-5 card describing the color of her hair (reddish brown) and eyes (light brown).
"It wasn't just a strand, it was a chunk," said Roth, who is handling public relations for the restaurant's opening. "I wonder what's next, a clump of eyelashes?"
-- Terence O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sizing Up Men's Designer Clothes
Full-sized women have been able to slip on clothing from such top designers as Liz Claiborne. Now, the big-and-tall men's designer market is starting to catch up.
Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica and Perry Ellis recently began to spin out larger-sized clothing lines. They can be found at a new chain of men's apparel stores, REPP Premier Big & Tall, which has locations in Columbia and Rockville.
So far, REPP Premier Big & Tall is the only menswear chain with access to all brands in large sizes. But some Dillard's stores carry one or two of the lines.
The $6 billion market for oversized men's clothing has been expanding by 10 percent each year, but until recently it was ignored by many top designers. That means men have had to choose between lesser brands and expensive clothing often made overseas, company President Stuart Glasser said.
"For ladies, it was basically mumus for years," Glasser said. "And then someone woke up and realized they wanted the same thing everybody else did. It's no different with the men's business."
-- Stephanie Stoughton (email@example.com)
Eskimo Pie Gives The Cold Shoulder
Eskimo Pie Corp.'s efforts to right itself have turned into a small corporate melodrama, with major shareholders pushing for a sale and proxy contests pitting board members against would-be buyers.
The latest for the Richmond maker of frozen treats came Monday in a company dispatch ominously headed, "Eskimo Pie Update."
The company had planned to sell its flavors and ingredients division, a key part of its strategy to concentrate on its core business of merchandising frozen treats, to consumer products company Guernsey Bel Inc. But on Oct. 4 the companies said the deal was kaput because Eskimo Pie decided all bets were off and the whole noodle was on the block.
The decision to put the company, in part or whole, up for sale came after a Sept. 8 proxy contest with Yogen Fruz World Wide Inc., a competitor and minority stockholder that had pushed for a new slate of directors that would put long-struggling Eskimo Pie up for sale. The incumbent directors beat Yogen Fruz's challenge but decided to put the company up for sale anyway.
Which led to the decision to stop negotiating with Guernsey. And if you've followed that, you get a Popsicle.