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November 26, 1987 | Special to The Inquirer / J. MICHAEL McDYRE
The Downingtown Marketplace celebrated its birthday last weekendnov 21, or more precisely, its rebirth. The marketplace, on Route 30 just west of the Tabas Hotel, was destroyed by fire in 1976 and rebuilt by November 1977. And last Saturday, it celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 12-hour festival. During the event, the Exton YMCA dance troupe performed, as did a magician, a mime, a clown, a banjo player and a marimba player. And the marketplace held drawings for prizes, including a makeover, a hot-air balloon ride and dinner at the Tabas Hotel.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1987 | By Frank Swertlow, Special to The Inquirer
Shortly before his death, Liberace was preparing to launch himself on the world in a major new way: through a series of licensing agreements designed to market everything from Liberace phones to exotic mink furs. Joan Hansen, a licensing consultant, said, "Over a year ago, we met with Mr. Liberace and his manager and knocked out an agreement. I am pleased to say the licensees didn't change any of these plans after Lee's death. " One item, a calendar with a different picture of the star for each day of the year, is already on the market.
NEWS
November 20, 1994 | By Vyola P. Willson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
First it was new Victorian lamps and brick sidewalks. Then a design center carved out of long-closed factory buildings. Now there's a new contribution to the revival of Malvern: a $1 million-plus marketplace that updates the old farmers-market concept for the '90s. It is taking shape in a gutted and renovated building at 400 E. King St. where factory workers once stamped out plastic 45-r.p.m. records. Sometime soon, a carved, teal-green-and-cream Malvern Market Place sign will be hung over the entrance, an indication of change in the borough as well.
BUSINESS
August 12, 1987 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
What do women want? America's retailers are eager to know. Because what women want, they buy. From pearls to furs, cars to condoms, women are buying for themselves things that, once, they waited for men to provide. "Women are flat-out saying I don't want to wait anymore. There's no reason to wait anymore," says Jeanne Ferrando, director of advertising for Zales Corp., parent of the Bailey, Banks & Biddle jewelry store chain. "Women who are out in the world earning money, those women are buying for themselves," says Joyce Mantyla, divisional vice president at Wanamakers.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Holly Phares was a mouse click away from becoming the first, and she was psyched. "I want to 'confirm,' " she proclaimed to the three people gathered at the Resources for Human Development office in Roxborough. Everyone stared at the screen bearing the words "Confirm and Save Your Health Care Plan" as Phares positioned the cursor and clicked. Since the health-insurance marketplace opened Oct. 1, RHD has not enrolled one client using the federal Healthcare.gov website. It wasn't for a lack of trying.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1996 | By Henry J. Holcomb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thomas B. Hagen, Gov. Ridge's secretary of commerce, said yesterday that Conrail's new fast freight service between the Port of Philadelphia & Camden and the Midwest would bring new business and jobs to the region. Hagen pointed to a world map in a waterfront conference room, where port and railroad executives joined him in touting the new service. "I have a map like that in my office as a reminder that the world is our marketplace," he said. "The more we can make this port productive, the more we can participate in the global marketplace and create jobs in Pennsylvania.
FOOD
September 30, 1992 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Staff Writer
The Marketplace Design Center, the local repository of to-the-trade furniture and accessories, at 2400 Market St., normally flings its doors open to the public just one day a year. An entry fee is charged, and part of the proceeds are turned over to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This year, the fee is $10; the date is Saturday. Although not all of the design center's 50 showrooms will be open, more than 30 can be visited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Should you see something you like, designers can assist you with purchases.
NEWS
October 20, 2013 | By Kelly April Tyrrell, For The Inquirer
Gail Thomas can count on one hand the number of times she's been to the doctor in recent years. The 63-year-old Willingboro woman considers herself healthy. But two years ago, she ended up in the hospital for 22 days. She was dehydrated and feeling poorly. The doctors ran test after test, but the cause is "still a mystery to this day," Thomas said. It was the first time she'd she'd been in the hospital since giving birth to her son, who is now 29. "The hospital bill was over $200,000 and I didn't have any insurance," said Thomas, who was already retired by then.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As it celebrates its centennial, this town of 11,712 can boast a symphony orchestra, elegant Victorian homes, a cultural alliance, active Boys and Girls Clubs, and a group that sponsors dances and social functions for adults. What it seeks is an identity for its business district, a niche in this age of malls and expressways - neither of which Lansdowne can list on its resume. "We're trying to market the town by trying to get residents to shop the merchants here and to stay away from the mall scene," said Bob Doyle.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Andrew Kitchenman, NJ SPOTLIGHT
There may be an updated federal health insurance website, as well as 24/7 phone support, but it remains a question whether uninsured New Jersey residents will even know that subsidized health insurance is available for them to purchase, let alone that they are required to buy it. Federal officials have been reaching out to local administrators and nonprofit health advocates in states like New Jersey, which opted for a federal health insurance marketplace,...
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BUSINESS
February 18, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
PMC Property Group plans to redevelop the former Marketplace Design Center building at 2400 Market St. into a block-wide 22-story office and residential tower, the latest sign that Philadelphia's most aggressive development is shifting west. The company, with real estate investment firm Lubert-Adler, is proposing 450,000 square feet of offices and 350 apartments in a building that uses the former interior design showroom center as its base, PMC executive vice president Jonathan Stavin said Tuesday.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2016
The amount spent by pharmaceutical firms, medical-device manufacturers, and other life-sciences companies for the regulatory guidance to move products to market is estimated at a staggering $20 billion to $30 billion a year. Time spent on the work is typically a big number, too - more accurately measured in months, not minutes. In that, Priya Bhutani saw business opportunity. She launched RegDesk in November 2014 to provide, in part, a marketplace to crowd-source regulatory consultants who would help medical-device and pharma companies launch their devices and drugs faster in more than 170 countries.
NEWS
November 24, 2015
E RICA POLLE, 20, of University City, and her sister Karen Polle, 23, of New York, co-founded GivTake, a startup that launched at Penn in August. It's an online marketplace for college students to buy and sell textbooks, backpacks and other things more easily and efficiently. I spoke with Erica, a junior at Penn's College of Arts & Sciences. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: We found that it was more inefficient than it should be for students to buy and sell stuff online.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PMC Property Group, one of the city's biggest residential landlords, and the real estate investment firm Lubert-Adler have paid $3.25 million for a three-story building on Market Street beside the Marketplace Design Center, which they also own. 2400 Market VII L.L.C., the company that bought the Marketplace building, bought the property at 2324 Market from investor Richard Basciano's STB Investment Corp. in late June, according to city records. Lubert-Adler CEO Dean Adler has said that his company and PMC planned to build a mid-rise tower atop the Marketplace and develop the property into offices and residences.
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
February 22, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Welcome to the first post-Affordable Care Act tax season, complete with new forms to fill out - the 1095-A! - and even more numbers to crunch. That is, if you bought health insurance last year on the Obamacare marketplace. "If you got a 1095-A form and you got the advance credit [subsidy], you must file a tax return," said Jackie Perlman, principal tax research analyst at H&R Block's Tax Institute. Well, not so fast. About 800,000 forms sent out by the government contained an error, the administration said Friday; it urged recipients to hold off filing for now. (More on that mess below.)
NEWS
January 30, 2015
P ATRICIA DONAHUE, 62, of Roxborough, owns Consignment Marketplace in Manayunk. The business carries a variety of used housewares and furniture for every room in a house. The items are displayed in a 5,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street near Shurs Lane. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: It's 3 years old, but I've owned it since June 2014. I worked for the former owner. When she sold the building, I bought her business for $25,000 and rented the first floor from the new landlord.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
A week before the Dec. 15 deadline to buy individual health insurance, Michael Ferguson hadn't even looked at plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. But he needs to, because his current plan is being ended, and Ferguson, the owner of J&M Meats in the Flourtown Farmers Market in Montgomery County, doesn't want to be uninsured come Jan. 1. It's early, and the market is quiet, so the 46-year-old takes his breakfast - a perfectly grilled strip steak - to a counter behind the display cases, grabs his iPad, and plops healthcare.gov into the address bar. Within a minute, the Birdsboro man is in shopping mode, scrolling through a list of five silver-tier plans.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
It took Holly Phares 27 days and 20 hours to enroll in health insurance during 2013's disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. She doesn't expect a repeat of her slog through last year's cyber hell. But the choral director for Tabernacle United Church in West Philadelphia will be shopping the marketplace for a better deal rather than simply reenrolling in her Independence Blue Cross platinum PPO. "They say there are twice as many choices" in the marketplace, says Phares, 51. "I'm just not going to stick with Blue Cross.
NEWS
November 9, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
When the Affordable Care Act marketplace reopens on November 15, Lenora Fedick will "more than likely" reenroll in her current Independence Blue Cross plan. But before she commits, the Phoenixville resident wants to know that she's getting every penny's worth for the premium she's paying. So Fedick is going to do a little shopping. "I want to make sure that I'm getting the best deal," said Fedick, who was among the roughly 50 residents who attended Independence's "Renewal" seminar at the Phoenixville YMCA last week.
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