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Papa's Cupcakes: Always Fresh and Made to Order Papa's Cupcakes: Always Fresh and Made to Order

By Marina Jokic

Papa's Cupcakes makes its sweets using only the finest raw ingredients. Each cupcake is topped with homemade icing and contains a variety of goodies inside including fruit, curds, and custards. Owner John Ferraro bakes out of his own kitchen and handles small and large orders.

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Doylestown Brewing Company Is a Classic Brewpub with Upscale Bar Fare Doylestown Brewing Company Is a Classic Brewpub with Upscale Bar Fare

By Marina Jokic

At Doylestown Brewing Company, owner Joe Modestine brews exceptional craft beer using only the finest ingredients and methods. Their wildly popular R5 Lager strikes the perfect balance between hops and malt.

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Hate the Toxic Nail Salon Smell? Try MAK Nail Bar and Organic Spa and Breathe Easy Hate the Toxic Nail Salon Smell? Try MAK Nail Bar and Organic Spa and Breathe Easy

By Marina Jokic

MAK Nail Bar and Organic Spa offers a healthy alternative to an industry usually doused in chemicals. With a wide selection of organic spa, massage, and nail treatments, MAK has proven that natural ingredients can easily replace synthetic, harmful chemicals.

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Stardust Cakes: Custom Creations for All Occasions Stardust Cakes: Custom Creations for All Occasions

By Marina Jokic

Transforming from an impromptu cake maker to a full-fledged pastry shop in two years, Stardust Cakes in Avondale, Pennsylvania is famous for its masterful creations that are not overly sweet and unhealthy. Owner and pastry chef Sara Davis loves to break the mold.

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Master Ballet and More with Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy Master Ballet and More with Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy

By Marina Jokic

A ballet studio exclusively teaching the Russian method, the Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been teaching students since 2010. Besides ballet, the studio also offers pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and contemporary dance classes.

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Find Homemade Ice Cream and Sundaes Galore at Cabin on King Find Homemade Ice Cream and Sundaes Galore at Cabin on King

By Marina Jokic

Cabin on King is known around Shippensburg for its fresh, local ice cream, sundaes, cookies, and milk shakes since it opened in 2015. Working with Windy Knoll Creamery, the shop procures fresh farm milk for its dairy-based specialties.

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Mary's Cheers Bar: Your Pit Stop for Great American Comfort Food and Local Brews Mary's Cheers Bar: Your Pit Stop for Great American Comfort Food and Local Brews

By Marina Jokic

Mary's Cheers Bar is a household name in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Known for its classic finger foods and homemade chili, Mary's is a friendly neighborhood tavern that delivers on its promise of deliciously simple American fare and local brews.

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Learn to Paint with Friends at Kennett Design Paint Party Learn to Paint with Friends at Kennett Design Paint Party

By Marina Jokic

Mobile paint parties are all the rage these days. Kennett Design Paint Party in Newark, Delaware offers canvas, glass, and wood paint surfaces for their customers and, depending on the venue, a few glasses of wine to get the creative juices flowing.

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Come for Breakfast, Stay for Lunch at Langhorne Coffee House Come for Breakfast, Stay for Lunch at Langhorne Coffee House

By Marina Jokic

Local art, delicious food and piping hot coffee are served under one roof at Langhorne Coffee House in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Bringing the community together through good food and eclectic art is owner Tracey Dornisch-Cramer's specialty.

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Forge Theatre: A Pioneer of Community-Based Acting Forge Theatre: A Pioneer of Community-Based Acting

By Marina Jokic

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania is a year-round community theater that puts on a repertory of six productions per year. Entering its 56th season, Forge doesn't cease to inspire and mesmerize the audience with its musicals, comedies, and dramas.

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Happily Ever After Handles Any And All Events Happily Ever After Handles Any And All Events

By Marina Jokic

Happily Ever After arranges uniquely themed baby shows, anniversaries, Halloween parties, face paintings and others. For owner Kathy Lavanga, the sky is the limit when it comes to bringing her clients' imaginations to life.

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Philly Dance Fitness Turns Up the Heat with Unique Cardio Mash-Ups Philly Dance Fitness Turns Up the Heat with Unique Cardio Mash-Ups

By Marina Jokic

Launching in 2010, Philly Dance Fitness was born out of Deborah Hirsch's desire to teach dance with a sharp focus on cardio fitness. Philly Dance Fitness boasts one of the greatest variety of adult dance classes in the metro Philadelphia area.

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Elegance String Quartet Performs Musical Hits in a Fresh Way Elegance String Quartet Performs Musical Hits in a Fresh Way

By Marina Jokic

Born out of a six-month tour performance aboard a cruise ship, Elegance String Quartet in Philadelphia is one of the leading string quartets in the nation. Performing alongside some of the most prominent names in the business, the quartet specializes in weddings and corporate events all over the world.

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Be the Life of the Party and Let Party Host Helpers Staff Your Next Event Be the Life of the Party and Let Party Host Helpers Staff Your Next Event

By Marina Jokic

Party Host Helpers, an event staffing company based in Philadelphia, manages big and small parties from start to finish in over 21 cities across the US. Founder Renee Patrone, named "Queen of the Scene" in Philly in 2011, has over 12 years of experience choreographing winning parties for clients nationwide.

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Sweet Mabel Offers Art and Crafts with a Unique Local Flavor Sweet Mabel Offers Art and Crafts with a Unique Local Flavor

By Marina Jokic

A folk gallery named after owner Tracy Tumolo's dog Mabel, Sweet Mabel is an artistic hub located in Narberth, Pennsylvania.

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Build Core Strength and Protect Yourself from Injury with Platinum Pilates Build Core Strength and Protect Yourself from Injury with Platinum Pilates

By Marina Jokic

Platinum Pilates in Westchester, Pennsylvania opened its doors in 2013. Founded by professional trainer Andrea Klaverkamp, the studio welcomes athletes of all levels, people with injuries, postpartum mothers, those suffering from multiple sclerosis and much more.

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Awakening Your Prana at Stillpoint Yoga Awakening Your Prana at Stillpoint Yoga

By Marina Jokic

Yoga helps us discover our physical and mental potential through disciplined training, meditation, and a more balanced approach to life. To that end, Stillpoint Yoga in Norristown, Pennsylvania has been offering trainings, meditation, acupuncture, and nutrition in the community since it opened in 2004.

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Making an Impact, Curbing Waste with Used Clothing and Furniture Making an Impact, Curbing Waste with Used Clothing and Furniture

By Marina Jokic

Impact Thrift Stores in Norristown, Pennsylvania is a faith-based nonprofit whose mission is to financially support charities through the net proceeds generated by its store operations. Interviewee T. Garber, Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist at Impact, talks about the critical services the organization provides.

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Café Fresco: Innovative Fusion Cuisine in Harrisburg Café Fresco: Innovative Fusion Cuisine in Harrisburg

By Marina Jokic

Café Fresco in Harrisburg, PA is open for lunch and dinner and offers an enticing Asian fusion menu designed by its long-time chef Travis Mumma. An interview with owners Jen and Brian Fertenbaugh reveals the concept behind the restaurant and the balancing act between the place's two identities: lunch café by day and modern upscale restaurant by night.

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Greater Reading: An Outdoor Adventure and Cultural Haven Greater Reading: An Outdoor Adventure and Cultural Haven

By Marina Jokic

The Greater Reading area of Reading, PA in Berks County combines the state's outdoorsy charm with a rich historical tradition and a wonderfully saturated cultural and artistic scene.

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Marina Jokic is a Staff Writer at Pennsylvania Homes.

Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East European studies, a master's in Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a master's in Sustainability and Environmental Management, also from Harvard. Marina is interested in writing, research, science, and the environment- and loves hiking and canoeing.