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REAL_ESTATE
July 17, 1987 | By Sheila Dyan, Special to The Inquirer
Peachtree Point Moorestown (609) 235-1950 Finely detailed, custom-built houses, with the accent on custom woodwork, are offered at Peachtree Point in Moorestown. Maines & Simpson Inc. (Steward "Gub" Maines 3d and Paul Simpson) and Robert Maines are building houses that exceed 3,000 square feet of living space and $350,000 in price. Forty houses on two- to five-acre lots are planned for the site, which includes a section of the Rancocas Creek. To date, the largest house is close to 5,000 square feet, and the most expensive cost about $425,000.
REAL_ESTATE
January 24, 1986 | By Sheila Dyan, Special to The Inquirer
Longview Lane, Marlborough Township, Chester County 459-5500. In the midst of the historic Brandywine area of Chester County, custom, single-family houses are under construction at Longview Lane. The 44-acre development is adjacent to, and takes its name from, the renowned Longwood Gardens. The site plan calls for the 23 houses of Longview Lane to be located along one slightly curving lane that ends in a cul-de-sac. Surrounding the site are horse farms, other single houses and about 108 acres of Longwood Gardens, including a bird sanctuary.
REAL_ESTATE
July 19, 1998 | By Sheila Dyan, FOR THE INQUIRER
Estates at Stone Ridge, Buckingham Township, Bucks County To say that 12 standard designs are offered by DeLuca Enterprises Inc. at the Estates at Stone Ridge is misleading. In fact, calling any home at Stone Ridge "standard" is understatement at the least. Priced well above a half-million dollars each, the homes in this new community are really custom designed - even the "standard" ones are being completely customized to each buyer's needs and desires. For example, the Aspen design proved to be but a starting point for the home of Chanchal Khanna, a pathologist, and her husband, Om, a surgeon.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
M ELISSA D'AGOSTINO, 32, of Germantown, uses hand-dyeing techniques to create her artsy women's-wear line. D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design also custom-made Philadelphia first lady Lisa Nutter's formal dress for President Obama's inaugural ball. Q: What's your background? A:I'm a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design. I was formerly a hand-block fabric printer at a textile-and-lighting studio. My textiles started as works of art and wall hangings, and the fabrics evolved into products I could sell.
NEWS
April 27, 1990 | Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
When Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. looks for clues, he usually looks under the rug. In his latest case, he examined the rug itself. Such diligent detective work was what helped break The Case of the Tricky Toupe, in which an establishment selling hair replacements called The Hairmakers wasn't, well, making hair. Preate's office said yesterday that The Hairmakers, with stores in Center City and King of Prussia, stated in sales contracts that its hairpieces were "custom-made" when in fact they were stock hairpieces previously manufactured to standard sizes.
SPORTS
October 17, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Steve Behrle will some day work for his father. Yesterday, he went to work on Malvern Prep's offense. Behrle, a 5-10, 185-pound senior linebacker, collected eight tackles and two sacks and forced a fumble - recovered by lineman Mark Muraglia and converted into the game's final touchdown - as Episcopal Academy, the heavy preseason favorite, muffled the host Friars, 24-0, in an Inter-Ac League opener. Actually, Behrle - it rhymes with Merrill - already works for his father.
NEWS
February 21, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert A. Hopf, 75, a retired custom-home builder who had a great interest in sports, died Saturday at his home in Jenkintown after a long illness. Mr. Hopf founded Robert A. Hopf Builders in 1950, and built customized houses in the Somerton and Bustleton sections of Philadelphia, Huntingdon Valley in Montgomery County, and Newtown Township and Washington Crossing in Bucks County. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a member of the Jenkintown Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Hopf was born in New York City and reared in Philadelphia, graduating from Frankford High School in 1940.
NEWS
August 12, 1987 | BY DAVE BARRY
As a widely respected foreign correspondent, I recently felt the need to travel to Germany so I could observe firsthand the front lines of this dangerous all-dominating worldwide struggle we have come to know as the Cold War. At least that's what I'm going to tell the Internal Revenue Service. The truth is, I went to Germany because this is the year I turn 40, and I felt the need to be surrounded by the largest possible quantity of beer. They are very good at beer, the Germans, and what is more, they tend to serve it in vessels the size of municipal stadiums.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Guido B. Muscelli, 101, one of the owners and operators of Muscelli Brothers Clothing Manufacturers, in South Philadelphia, for 70 years, died Sunday at Zurbrugg Hospital, Willingboro. Mr. Muscelli died on his birthday and had enjoyed sound health until about a month ago. He had lived in South Jersey for the last 10 years and at the Burlington Woods Convalescent Center, in Burlington Township, for the last five years. Mr. Muscelli was born in Italy, where he learned to sew. He came to the United States at age 16. He entered the country through Ellis Island and settled in the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
October 3, 1986 | By MICHEL MARRIOTT, Daily News Staff Writer
Rafeal "Flash" Vasquez is in the driver's seat of a sleeksilver Nissan he calls "La Cura," which in Spanish means The Cure. Trembling with hundreds of iron horses under its hood, the car nudges forward, block by block, turning heads and drawing crowds. Finally, it parks at the corner of Cambria and Franklin streets in the heart of North Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community. Vasquez, 23, steps out of the car's blue-steel interior and slowly lifts its hatchback. Almost instantly, the neighborhood of rowhouses, corner groceries and auto body shops is transformed into an open-air nightclub beneath the setting sun. Under the hatchback of Vasquez's heavily customized 1984 Sentra, in a handmade wooden cabinet, is a bank of 10 public-address-system-sized speakers, each electronically screaming the Latin strains of Frankie Ruiz, Raphy Leavitt and an assortment of New York rappers.
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NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 83 years repairing shoes, since he was recruited off a Camden sidewalk at age 11, James Spinelli, 94, is retiring this month and closing Quaker Shoe Repair in Haddonfield. Only he's not sure he can stay retired. He believed all these decades that he was living a useful life, saving soles, but little noticed by the world. He is a shoe man who kept to his shop, literally living upstairs. But the outpouring of love from customers since he announced his retirement has been so surprising to him, so gratifying, that he's not certain he can walk away.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Connecticut gas utilities owned by the would-be buyer of Philadelphia Gas Works scored below average for customer satisfaction in their inaugural evaluations by J.D. Power & Associates, the market research firm. Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas, owned by UIL Holdings Corp. of New Haven, were ranked slightly below the average score for 12 medium-size Eastern gas utilities in J.D. Power's annual survey. The UIL utilities scored well on corporate citizenship and field service, but lagged in billing/payment and customer service, according to John Hazen, a senior director with the research firm.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
  A DINA LUO and Molly Liu, both 20, of University City, are Wharton School juniors who co-founded Black Box Denim, a custom jeans brand. Adina, a California native, does pitches, marketing, communications, branding and customer acquisition. Molly, who's from Ohio, designs, works with suppliers and tailors and keeps an eye on financials. The website is expected to go live in a month. I spoke with Adina. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: We met in our freshman year and wanted to do something in fashion.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cloud computing, in which companies move key services out of their office servers to outside locations run by giant tech providers, isn't just consolidating business computing in the hands of specialists. It is also creating more demand for local data centers to handle rapid connections among smaller businesses and more complex service networks, says Keao Caindec, a 1991 Wharton School graduate who was back in Philadelphia recently, making his rounds as chief marketing officer for 365 Data Centers.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
  MOLLY HAYWARD, 26, of Swarthmore, is founder of Cora, a startup that distributes customized packages of organic feminine hygiene products to college women in the U.S. and Canada. Part of the proceeds are used to buy sanitary pads for schoolgirls in India. Cora won the Philly Geek Award for Startup of the Year on Aug. 16.   Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Cora? A: I learned girls were missing school several days of every month in some countries because they couldn't afford sanitary pads.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IT DOESN'T MATTER how many successful silicone butt injections the "Black Madam" performed, her lawyer will not be allowed to call any of those happy customers to testify during her February murder trial, a Philadelphia judge ruled yesterday. Defense lawyer David Rudenstein, who represents the transgender goth singer/butt injectionist whose legal name is Padge Victoria Windslowe, argued during a motion hearing that being allowed to question satisfied customers would help prove that his client did not act with malice in the February 2011 death of a British woman.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In 2004, Richard and Vicki Steel's bodies failed them. He quit practicing dentistry when three surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome did not relieve his suffering. Already compromised by a serious lung disorder, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Nearly two years of surgeries and radiation treatments left her thinking that "it would be better to check out. " A decade later, the couple from Edgmont, Delaware County, face another test of survival - as small-business owners.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another European firm has signed a deal to buy Marcellus Shale gas liquids, advancing plans to build a second Pennsylvania pipeline to supply an export terminal in Marcus Hook. The Austrian petrochemical company Borealis said Thursday it had signed a 10-year contract to buy ethane produced from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The liquid, a raw material in plastics production, would be piped across Pennsylvania and loaded onto ships bound for Sweden at a Sunoco Logistics Partners terminal in Marcus Hook.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
THINKING "back to school" already? Gizmo Guy's been testing some useful new gadgets that could make your kid's school year better - if you don't keep and use them yourself!   Exercise your rights Collegiates can ward off the "freshman 15" (pounds) weight gain and otherwise keep stress in check with help from a Misfit Shine , a very cool, wrist-worn activity and sleep monitor. The Shine ($99) tracks walking, running, swimming (waterproof) and sleep patterns, showing your level of activity and also the current time with a minimalist halo of lights on its otherwise blank monitor "face.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
R ANDY RAYESS and Pratham Mittal, both 23, are Penn grads and co-founders of VenturePact, a Center City firm that provides clients with outsourced software development. The firm started in fall 2012 building software services, and evolved into a marketplace last year. I spoke with Rayess, who lives in Old City. Q: How did you come up with the idea for VenturePact? A: We worked at startups and realized they couldn't build software and were always looking for developers.
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