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Pearl may be no longer.. but Art remains.

Back in 2006, this used to be one of the only massive, relatively inexpensive places to buy art supplies in Center City. Of course you had your smaller stores including the school book store and Utrecht but these didn’t compare to the three floors packed with art supplies at Pearl. Well a couple years later, Pearl closed their doors for good while Utrecht expanded and Blick made their way to Center City.

The old Pearl building that sits at 4th and South in the Queen Village neighborhood, has remained unoccupied since then. Years of discussion and talk of what this could be and finally some creative ideas have surfaced. The plan is  for this space to be converted into art studios. Including retail space, ground floor gallery and a roof top entertainment area. Studios would be rented monthly at $250 and offered a space for gallery showings.

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Plans are to open this Summer 2014. Although a new designed facade and interiors will not be present until 2015. Considering the rise of art programs, schools and encouraged creative thinking, this was a smart move. We’re happy to see a creative, community learning space come to South Street.

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9th Street Italian Market Soon to Expand.. We Hope!

Years ago you would be able to find curbside stands along portions of 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th Streets. Today, the little section on South 9th Street is what we have coined the ‘Italian Market‘. Even so, only half of the 160 stands are currently occupied. Restrictions on what and who can sell have remained in tact for years by the city of Philadelphia.

Finally a shed of light! Last month, a new legislation passed by City Council would transfer the management and rental duties from the city over to the South 9th Street Business Association. The overall look of 9th street wouldn’t change much, but who could rent and what could be sold will bring more diversity, youth and money. The  wheeled curbside carts will remain a requirement to these street vendors.

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Vendors who currently own carts will be able to keep them while restrictions on the limit you may own has been lifted. The annual rent per stand will remain the same at $300 per year. Applications will be reviewed by a volunteer committee and determined on variety and quality. They will be viewed on a first come- first serve basis. 

This change hopes to vitalize South Philadelphia and the Italian Market and how our community can thrive with local goods. If the Italian Market starts booming with craft and art vendors, you’ll find me there on the weekends. I mean what’s better than handmade art and fresh pasta?!

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Pop-Up Activities This Weekend

PHS Pop Up Gardens bring environmental and community awareness together. These pop up gardens serve as a meeting ground for locals, visitors, gardeners, beer lovers and all walks of life. This Friday enjoy an afternoon of musical tunes starting at 11am with Philadelphia based band, Ensemble Novo. Starting at 1pm you won’t want to miss the jazz and musical performance “Broadway on Broad” featuring mezzo soprano Alexandra Clint.

On Sunday, wind down with “Natural Craft-a pop up jewelry garden”. Presented by UArts students and alumni, this display will be available all day long with the option to purchase.  Inspired by nature, these jewelry  pieces are to create awareness of jewelry as an art form. This is the third annual pop-up garden in Philadelphia. This public landscape brings horticulture and the arts together. Offering a variety of drink specials and small plates, this garden will be open through October. Events are frequent at the Pop-Up Garden so be sure to check their calendar.

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Inspired by the Pop-Up beauty, head over to Dickinson Square Park this Saturday, August 17th. They are holding a one hour long clean up. Racking, weeding and trimming are some activities you may participate in. From 9-10am help your neighbors make this park clean and safe. Can’t make it this time? Head out on Saturday August 24th, same time, same location.

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August 15, 2013 · 5:11 pm