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July 24, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first scent that greets a vistor to the Stutz Candy Co. in Hatboro is the sweet smell of chocolate. But that was not the aroma that registered with company president John E. Glaser, when he walked through the factory front door on Monday. "Do you get a slight smoke smell?" he asked a visitor. Told no, that the chocolate fragrance dominated the air, he smiled with relief. One week ago, a nighttime fire in the factory ruined chocolate and assorted candies valued at about $8,000.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
CANONSBURG, Pa. - An official says a fire Friday at a landmark southwestern Pennsylvania candy factory destroyed nearly 20,000 pounds of chocolate. The blaze struck a second-floor packaging area at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg, Washington County. Plant manager Dennis Sroka told the (Washington) Observer-Reporter on Saturday that a health inspection determined Sarris must destroy the candy, which either melted or had smoke damage. Canonsburg Mayor David Rhome said that officials would inspect the damage Monday but that the blaze did not appear suspicious.
REAL_ESTATE
July 7, 2000 | By Sheila Dyan, FOR THE INQUIRER
In the middle of "young" Old City is a "new" old building - Mulberry Court. A factory turned rental apartment building, it's an example of early-20th-century industrial architecture reconstructed to provide late-20th-century residential space. "The walls are 18 inches thick.. . . The large factory windows are almost to the ceiling, with the original wood beams," said Dan Rink, 50, a partner with Sorgenti Investment Partners, and resident of Mulberry Court for 10 years. "But it has modern kitchen and bathroom amenities.
NEWS
December 3, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
Robert Wilson Minter, one-time president of Minter's Candies, who moved to Rhode Island to take over another candy factory and then to Vermont for skiing and community service, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 80 and lived in Waterbury, Vt. Bob was a man of many interests, including skiing, traveling, sailing and golf. He also had a passion for big-band music. He was born in Philadelphia to Ira Wilson Minter and Ethel Minter. He attended the Haverford School, Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2009 | By Christopher K. Hepp INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Hershey Co. closed its Reading plant yesterday, shutting down production lines that for 23 years have produced such storied sweets as York Peppermint Patties and 5th Avenue Bars. The production lines at the plant are being moved to Monterrey, Mexico, and other facilities in the United States as part of a restructuring of Hershey's, the nation's largest candy manufacturer. About 300 jobs are being lost at the Reading plant. A total of about 1,500 jobs are being eliminated companywide.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1991 | by Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
HE IS: Sidney Rosenblatt. HE DOES: Candy-making. HE SUCCEEDS: By making employees feel important. After making his way down the bunny trail, Peter Cottontail probably stopped at Sidney Rosenblatt's workplace. There the bunny could see the making of more than five million chocolate Easter eggs this season - mixed, churned, filled with coconut or peanut butter, then packaged to await a home in some child's colorful, straw Easter basket. Being an Easter egg supplier is new for Rosenblatt, now the owner of S. Zitner Co., a 55-year-old, North Philadelphia-based candy factory.
FOOD
July 11, 1999 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
I have an acquaintance at the Jersey Shore, a native, who swears he's only eaten salt-water taffy once in his life. And that was one bite of touristica too many. "Why would I send my friends a box of pencil erasers that they'll probably never eat?" he grumbles. I think I know what he means. We stopped at an outlet for a famous brand of local taffy, and the Day-Glo globs we bought there made my teeth ache with artificial sweetness that ended up tasting like bubble gum. And texture?
NEWS
October 10, 2000 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A plan to open a correctional halfway house and transitional-housing facility for up to 125 people in a converted candy factory in Germantown has left a sour taste in the mouths of local business owners and residents. Nearly 200 people met last night at Germantown Friends School to air complaints that local groups were not told about the four-story building between Woodlawn and Armat Streets until people noticed construction work this summer and asked questions. They also argued that the facility, which is expected to open before year's end, is not needed in the neighborhood.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
EMILY WEBSTER hadn't planned to come into Center City on New Year's Day. For the Wayne-based 5-year-old, the trip was a spur-of-the-moment decision. "We decided around 10:30 [this morning]," said her mom, Linda Webster. The pair considered taking SEPTA into town, but opted to drive instead. Good idea. No traffic. They got to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in time to grab some excellent riser seats - and to catch the day's first Fancy Brigade performance. The Spartans, the newest club - consisting of former Satin Slippers members, among other brigades - marched on strong with a Native-American theme titled, "One Nation, Valley of the Drums.
NEWS
March 26, 1989 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
So OK, it was the Easter Bunny. Nobody here is arguing that it wasn't the big E.B. prowling around, burying baskets all over the house. We all know that old Bunny-visit drill. He sneaks in and you never hear him. No matter what. Only once a year, and you never hear the guy. Then you get up really early. Forget breakfast, you start hunting - you and your brothers and your sister. In the hall closet, behind the clothes dryer, under the stairs. Around the attic. Wherever. Until - There it is!
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January 3, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
EMILY WEBSTER hadn't planned to come into Center City on New Year's Day. For the Wayne-based 5-year-old, the trip was a spur-of-the-moment decision. "We decided around 10:30 [this morning]," said her mom, Linda Webster. The pair considered taking SEPTA into town, but opted to drive instead. Good idea. No traffic. They got to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in time to grab some excellent riser seats - and to catch the day's first Fancy Brigade performance. The Spartans, the newest club - consisting of former Satin Slippers members, among other brigades - marched on strong with a Native-American theme titled, "One Nation, Valley of the Drums.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
CANONSBURG, Pa. - An official says a fire Friday at a landmark southwestern Pennsylvania candy factory destroyed nearly 20,000 pounds of chocolate. The blaze struck a second-floor packaging area at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg, Washington County. Plant manager Dennis Sroka told the (Washington) Observer-Reporter on Saturday that a health inspection determined Sarris must destroy the candy, which either melted or had smoke damage. Canonsburg Mayor David Rhome said that officials would inspect the damage Monday but that the blaze did not appear suspicious.
NEWS
December 3, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
Robert Wilson Minter, one-time president of Minter's Candies, who moved to Rhode Island to take over another candy factory and then to Vermont for skiing and community service, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 80 and lived in Waterbury, Vt. Bob was a man of many interests, including skiing, traveling, sailing and golf. He also had a passion for big-band music. He was born in Philadelphia to Ira Wilson Minter and Ethel Minter. He attended the Haverford School, Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2009 | By Christopher K. Hepp INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Hershey Co. closed its Reading plant yesterday, shutting down production lines that for 23 years have produced such storied sweets as York Peppermint Patties and 5th Avenue Bars. The production lines at the plant are being moved to Monterrey, Mexico, and other facilities in the United States as part of a restructuring of Hershey's, the nation's largest candy manufacturer. About 300 jobs are being lost at the Reading plant. A total of about 1,500 jobs are being eliminated companywide.
NEWS
April 11, 2008 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities yesterday arrested a 43-year-old city man in connection with a spectacular arson that destroyed a vacant North Philadelphia factory. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Citywide Arson Task Force said that Juan Santa of the 600 block of West Diamond Street would be charged with arson, burglary, reckless endangerment and other offenses in the blaze at 2136 Germantown Ave., near Sixth Street. A motive for the arson was not released. The fire was reported about 11 p.m. Wednesday and climbed to five alarms before it was declared under control 3 1/2 hours later.
NEWS
December 31, 2006 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Frank Glaser was a boy, he worked both sides of the family business. In winter, he made chocolate at the family's candy factory in the Logan section of Philadelphia. In summer, he was down the Shore - he grew up in Margate - and helped work for the family's other company, James Salt Water Taffy. One business sustained the other during slow times. The chocolate factory supplied the family's Dairy Maid Stores. The first was in Germantown, and at one time there were 11 in the region.
NEWS
October 10, 2000 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A plan to open a correctional halfway house and transitional-housing facility for up to 125 people in a converted candy factory in Germantown has left a sour taste in the mouths of local business owners and residents. Nearly 200 people met last night at Germantown Friends School to air complaints that local groups were not told about the four-story building between Woodlawn and Armat Streets until people noticed construction work this summer and asked questions. They also argued that the facility, which is expected to open before year's end, is not needed in the neighborhood.
REAL_ESTATE
July 7, 2000 | By Sheila Dyan, FOR THE INQUIRER
In the middle of "young" Old City is a "new" old building - Mulberry Court. A factory turned rental apartment building, it's an example of early-20th-century industrial architecture reconstructed to provide late-20th-century residential space. "The walls are 18 inches thick.. . . The large factory windows are almost to the ceiling, with the original wood beams," said Dan Rink, 50, a partner with Sorgenti Investment Partners, and resident of Mulberry Court for 10 years. "But it has modern kitchen and bathroom amenities.
FOOD
July 11, 1999 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
I have an acquaintance at the Jersey Shore, a native, who swears he's only eaten salt-water taffy once in his life. And that was one bite of touristica too many. "Why would I send my friends a box of pencil erasers that they'll probably never eat?" he grumbles. I think I know what he means. We stopped at an outlet for a famous brand of local taffy, and the Day-Glo globs we bought there made my teeth ache with artificial sweetness that ended up tasting like bubble gum. And texture?
REAL_ESTATE
December 13, 1996 | By Sheila Dyan, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Chocolate Works, Old City How sweet it was . . . and still is! Once the home of the Wilbur Chocolate Co. (remember Chocolate Buds?), the Chocolate Works, a historically certified complex scenically poised beside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, is now home to apartment dwellers who enjoy the sweet life of Old City's Third Street corridor. "I really like the neighborhood. . . . It has all sorts of activities - cafes, restaurants, theaters, art galleries," said Helene Sengat, a 36-year-old physician who has lived at the Chocolate Works for three years.
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