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February 11, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Peering through the plate-glass windows of the new retail space on Market Street in West Philadelphia, Jiaqi Wu thought she was looking at just another coffee shop in a town brimming with them. Then she reconsidered, thinking they must be serving something extraordinary, given the name on the door: The Creative Café @ Replica. "I was wondering if the coffee itself was creative," recalled Wu, a Californian pursuing a master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nancy Katherine Jones, 92, formerly of Philadelphia, a pioneering golfer and business owner, died Monday, Jan. 6, of kidney failure in Knoxville, Tenn., at the home of her niece Toni Duval. Ms. Jones, known as Katherine, was born in the Jim Crow South, and used education and a robust network of friends and family to catapult herself into a fruitful life in the North. Like many of her contemporaries, she built a business and helped out the community in which she settled. "To me, this is a snapshot that people really don't think about," her niece said.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect who allegedly made off with $28,000 in gold jewelry during a Montgomery County pawn shop robbery in May. Police have made several attempts to take Ja'Kwan Emarcus Gardner, 22, into custody. His last known address was in the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia. The robbery was recorded on surveillance tape and investigators were able to identify Gardner as the suspect. Police said Gardner legally purchased a shotgun the month before the heist.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - If Chip Kelly drafts players the way he did last year, it wouldn't be bizarre if he selected Washington State safety Deone Bucannon in the NFL draft in May. Three of the first four prospects the Eagles chose in Kelly's first draft played on college teams that beat Oregon when he was head coach, and all three performed well in those games. Although Bucannon's Cougars were run over by the Ducks, 51-26, in 2012, the safety stood out by intercepting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Damage was estimated in the millions of dollars Monday after the weekend break of a century-old water main flooded a $58 million shopping center near East Falls that opened only a few months ago. Water rose two feet inside the ShopRite supermarket at Bakers Centre, infiltrated a Ross store and others, and obliterated portions of an expansive parking lot after the 48-inch transmission main broke about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Damage was extensive at the development, praised when it opened in late 2013 for its reuse of an old Tastykake warehouse in a longtime food desert.
NEWS
January 14, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
GROCERY SHOPPERS from Germantown, Nicetown and East Falls jammed the Bakers Centre ShopRite on Fox Street near Hunting Park Avenue yesterday afternoon, just a day after a 4-foot-wide water main under the parking lot burst, flooding the megastore and nearby shops. James Lee, manager of Hair Buzz, a beauty-products store, said: "Water was shooting out of the ground and pouring mud over all 12,000 square feet in here like a tsunami. It destroyed a lot of stuff. I can't sell hair dryers in soggy boxes.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A 48-inch water main broke Saturday morning, flooding the parking lot of a newly developed North Philadelphia shopping plaza and causing an 80-by-60-foot cave-in, officials said. Multiple stores in Bakers Centre, which cost $58 million to build on the 3400 block of Fox Street in an industrial area and onetime food desert, were closed Saturday after 13 million gallons of water gushed through. The main broke about 4:30 a.m., and Philadelphia Water Department workers arrived to shut the pipe down by 6:20, spokesman John DiGiulio said.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco's 140,000 customers who are enrolled in a subsidized low-income program will soon get all the benefits of shopping for competitive electric suppliers. And all the risks. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a plan Thursday to allow enrollees in Peco's CAP Rate program to sign up with competitive suppliers, potentially reducing their bills. But the PUC rejected a proposal by Peco and consumer advocates to limit suppliers from charging low-income customers more than the utility's default rate, the "price-to-compare" paid by customers who don't switch.
FOOD
January 10, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1993, when Max Hansen opened a gourmet market in Buckingham, some customers just didn't get it. They weren't familiar with the concept, and they balked at the prices. But in the 20 years since, appetites have changed. In May, Hansen took over the old Carversville General Store, a long-standing but unambitious mainstay with a post office, and transformed it into the Max Hansen Carversville Grocery. He added a cafe, organic foods, local groceries, prepared foods, and occasional chef's dinners.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
The Please Touch Museum's Fifth Birthday Celebrations - marking its time in its lavish new Memorial Hall home - continue Sunday with puppet Marvin the Supermarket Manager unveiling features in the City Capers' ShopRite Supermarket exhibit. The celebration for the popular exhibit, created to help kids explore and practice preliteracy and math concepts while demonstrating choice and responsibility, begins at noon. Visitors can get the festivities started with faux cake decorating, followed by story time and grocery shopping in the Story Castle at 12:30 p.m. Watch a ShopRite baker perform real cake decorating at 1:30, then chow down on mini cupcakes.
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