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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
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.
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.
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
June 28, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
M.L. Simone isn't averse to risk. You might remember Simone, the self-proclaimed "most-educated coffee pourer in Philadelphia," who has a business degree and an art administration degree, and who first shared her insurance story here in December. She opened Hinge Cafe, a coffee bar/art gallery in Port Richmond when it was still a Maxwell House Coffee-drinking, blue-collar neighborhood. In Hinge's early years, Simone also risked not having health insurance. Starting a business put health insurance low on her list of priorities, not to mention that she couldn't afford it. But when her daughter was born five years ago, Simone jumped into the pre-Affordable Care Act individual health insurance market, paying a $600 monthly premium.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Everyone knows the chef's name. After all, this story began at a ristorante called Vetri. But behind every Marc Vetri success, and the company's growing roster of Italian concepts, the chef's longtime business partner and dining room alter ego, Jeff Benjamin, has been there every step of the way. He's Mr. Logistic to the Pasta Maestro, making sure the inspired plates are delivered with hospitality and grace. Multiple nods from the James Beard Foundation as one of America's best service teams attest to that achievement.
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
C HLOE JOHNSTON, 29, of Devon, is president & founder of Chloe Johnston, a personal travel and lifestyle company. She organizes personal and customized travel experiences that could include food, wine, fashion or just a shopping experience. She also sells vintage and designer fashion online and at special events and trunk shows.   Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I began traveling to Paris when I was 12 and people would always ask me where I got something I brought back.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s customer service satisfaction grade for television and Internet services slipped from a year ago and remains among the worst of all U.S. brands and services, according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index to be released Tuesday. Over the last year, the satisfaction score for Comcast's TV service declined 10 percent - steeper than the average 3.1 percent decline for the telecommunications industry - to 54. Satisfaction with Comcast's Internet service fell 2 percent, to a score of 56 - the lowest in the sector in the new report.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
IN A CITY with as vibrant a dining scene as Philadelphia's, restaurants come and go at a dizzying pace. Even really good ones can fizzle in the face of competitive new talent and the public's fickle tastes. What's the secret to staying relevant in the exhausting and ever-changing restaurant business? Recently, we asked a few of Philadelphia's most seasoned restaurateurs to share their thoughts and strategies on what it takes to stay in the game.   Back to her roots When Susanna Foo closed her Walnut Street restaurant in 2009 after 22 years, the loss was profound.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Comcast's unhappy customers finally have gotten through to the nation's largest cable television company. Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that it would hire 5,500 additional customer-service workers in the United States and hundreds of new service technicians, as part of a broad plan to improve its poorly rated service operations. The company has been bashed nationwide by cable and Internet subscribers as unresponsive and rude. CEO Brian Roberts told reporters that the customer backlash had served as a "rallying cry to rethink how we do business.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Susquehanna Bank rates tops among 31 mid-Atlantic banks for retail customer satisfaction, says McGraw-Hill Financial's JD Power market-research agency, in a survey of 80,000 U.S. consumers. At the other end of the scale, Bank of America ranks at or near the bottom, here and in every part of the country. Is customer-friendliness profitable? After posting disappointing sales and earnings, Susquehanna agreed last fall to be acquired by North Carolina-based BB&T Corp., one of the largest U.S. banks.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
You may have read in my column about Verizon's new FiOS television offer, Custom TV. But you won't have seen commercials for it on, say, 6ABC. Why? The answer speaks bundles - excuse the expression - about the state of today's pay-TV business, an oligopoly that profits large content and network owners while digging ever deeper into customers' pockets. Together, those companies have insisted that customers pay for huge bundles of channels when most want to watch just a handful. Suddenly, Verizon is challenging a status quo it seemed to have accepted while rolling out FiOS over the last decade.
FOOD
April 17, 2015 | By Victoria Mier, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything in Laurel restaurant is chosen with precise care by chef and owner Nick Elmi. The wall sconces, of mottled brown iron and imperfect glass, were made by sous chef Eddie Konrad. Elmi built each piece of the rustic furniture and painted all the walls a creamy almond. One of the servers provides the fresh flowers that adorn each table. While the porcelain dinner plates weren't made by the staff, they were made especially for the Passyunk Avenue restaurant to Elmi's exacting specifications by a local ceramics studio, Felt+Fat . There's something about knowing the wares were made "just for us," Elmi said, turning a plate over and running his fingers across the Laurel engraved in the porcelain.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2015 | By Andy Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Electric utilities across the nation are responding to slumping sales by boosting fixed customer charges, generating a guaranteed cash flow regardless of the volume of energy a customer consumes. Pennsylvania's two largest electric companies, Peco Energy Co. and PPL Electric, have filed in recent days rate-increase requests that seek substantial boosts in basic monthly charges. This shift toward fixed fees has aroused opposition in other states from advocates for low-income customers and seniors, as well as from renewable-energy and environmental groups.
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