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NY Times Quotes Steve about Cola


Caffeinated Drinks Catering to Excitable Boys and Girls

''What the cola companies have found is that cola is dead,'' said Steven Grasse, head of Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) in Philadelphia, an advertising firm that specializes in marketing to teen-agers and 20-somethings. ''Kids are saying, 'Those are the drinks of my grandparents.' ''

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Philly's Worst Logo on Philebrity


In this crazy,workaday world, it's always nice to know we can count on our buddies over at Philebrity to give us some coverage. And though you guys act like we have cooties, we know that deep down in your hearts you like us. You really like us.

There was a collective sigh of relief over here when we heard. Or at least the minute sound of an eye-blink as we immediately paid attention to matters more pressing. Because to have the public more concerned about our logo than the content of our posts would just be an affront on good taste.

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Ad Age Mentions Philly's Worst Logo Contest


"Philly's Worst Logo Contest"

Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) is mocking the worst logos in Philadelphia by holding a contest. The winner of the worst logo contest will get a brand new logo designed by Quaker City Mercantile.

Judging by the entries, any number of businesses could use some help. Then again, that Penna Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) thing squatting on top of their website ain't exactly singing out to me.

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Philly's Worst Logo Contest


Is a fugly logo worse than no logo at all? The ad freaks at Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) feel your pain. As part of their Philly's Worst Logo contest, they're offering a free redesign (courtesy of the summer interns) to the aesthetically challenged.

It's sort of like winning the lottery if the lottery is plastic surgery and you are Cher's kid in that movie Mask.

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Dept. Of Facing Facts: How Hilarious Would It Be If A Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) Intern Designed A Logo For Us Even Worse Than The One We Already Have?


Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) Announces "Philly's Worst Logo" Contest Philadelphia, PA - We scoured the city and came up with hundreds of terrible ones - but we want to know what YOU think!

Quaker City Mercantile, the Philadelphia-based ad agency that has developed buzzworthy creative campaigns for such clients as Puma, R.J. Reynolds, Pepsi, MTV Networks, Converse and more invites the citizens of Philadelphia to weigh in on what they think is the most hideous logo in the city.

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Book Review - The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World


Rather than still his snarkiness by merely designing ads-Steven Grasse runs the Quaker City Mercantile (formerly known as Gyro Worldwide) agency out of Philadelphia-directing videos (A Perfect Circle; Eagles of Death Metal) and producing B-movies (Bikini Bandits), the author has now taken on Dear Old Blighty with his first book. Grasse doesn't like the U.K. And he wants reparations, to boot.

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