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Diane Mastrull: You might think that to those in the jewelry business, one Christmas is indistinguishable from the next, an exhausting onslaught of men and women looking to wow someone with a watch, a pendant, or an engagement ring that will inspire a "Yes!". But for Harvey Rovinsky, Christmas 2007 will forever be "embedded in my brain." And not for anything worthy of an eggnog toast.
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun.
Talking Small Biz: After rebranding hair salon Suite Extensions, Yolanda Keels-Walker is branching out into natural hair and face products.
PhillyDeals: Barrett Ersek is co-owner, with self-taught scientist Stephen Lange, of Holganix - as in 'holistic organics' - a Glen Mills-based company that made and sold more than $4 million worth of chilled organic compost starter in the past year, to clients like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dave Ramsey: I've been renting a 5,000-square-foot space for my small business. I've been at this location for just over a year, and the landlord has asked me if I'd like to buy the entire location. It includes two adjacent tenants, and he's asking between $150,000 and $200,000. I'm currently paying $1,300 a month rent, and that amount would almost cover the monthly mortgage payment if I bought the building. What should I do?
Talking Small Biz: Wharton students develop wireless, app-enabled smart thermometer that keeps a close watch on a child's fever no matter where parents are.
Diane Mastrull: Among many enlightenments realized from the controversy over the "Speak English" sign at Geno's Steaks was this: The cheesesteak experience in Philadelphia is a situational one, varying from vendor to vendor and griddle to griddle. Now comes a former financial planner whose goal is to bring consistency to the recipe - with a franchise.
Talking Small Biz: Cora also has a social mission to ensure 1,500 schoolgirls in India get sanitary pads and don't miss classes.
Talking Small Biz: MilkCrate has an app, which just launched, that enablessearching for sustainable businesses in Philly.
Diane Mastrull: It would seem to anyone with a mastery of grammar that Ofo Ezeugwu blew it with the naming of his company, WhoseYourLandlord.com.
he final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.
PhillyDeals: Simon Property Group, the national mall chain, today unveils its delayed "multimillion-dollar renovation" of its 25-year-old, 2,500-worker shopping complex on Academy Road in far Northeast Philadelphia. Simon is dropping the name "Franklin Mills" and will now call the sprawling center "Philadelphia Mills."
Michelle Singletary: When people talk about retirement, it's often in the context of how much money they have to save for their senior years. But what's often not emphasized enough is the importance of your family balance sheet.
Dave Ramsey: In an attempt to improve my bad credit I recently bought a new car which I financed at 17.9 percent for 72 months. If I make the minimum payment of $468 a month, I'll end up paying about $13,000 in interest alone. Is there a formula I can use to avoid paying all this interest?
AstraZeneca has signed a partnership deal with U.S. rival Eli Lilly that could earn the British company up to $500 million if a promising - but risky - experimental Alzheimer's drug proves successful.
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority will seek "expressions of interest" to develop the 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.
In a Philadelphia-area pharmaceutical takeover attempt, Endo International P.L.C. Tuesday offered to buy all of the shares of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals for $2.2 billion.
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. of Philadelphia on Tuesday launched a public offering of 7.7 million common units that would generate about $385 million at the partnership's closing Tuesday price of $49.96 per unit.
Men have been aging for . . . well, forever. What's newer is the great increase in the apparent need for testosterone replacement medication - often without tests of a man's current condition and in the wake of commercials by pharmaceutical companies on TV programs watched by 40-to-60-year-old men.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited JC Stucco and Stone Inc., of Lansdowne, with three willful and three repeat safety violations, for allegedly exposing workers to potential falls while applying stucco to the exterior of a residential construction site in South Philadelphia in March. Proposed penalties total $235,700.
Talking Small Biz: When Breyers closed its West Philly plant in 1995, Coleman and Ilene Poses were concerned. They founded their company 3 years later.