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.
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?!
Recently, the talk around town lies within Passyunk Square. New businesses, restaurants and events are popping up, enticing neighbors to come out and enjoy their community.
Coffee Dessert bar was pitched this week before the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning committee. The idea to open a coffee shop and bakery at 12th and Ellsworth St. sure smells sweet! Serving Green Street Roaster’s coffee, this would most likely become a stop-and-go style cafe seating just over 10 people.
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If you are searching for more of sit and eat style restaurant, than you may be pleased to welcome Porto to the neighborhood. At 11th and Wharton, this Portuguese influenced cuisine will offer breakfast, brunch and lunch. This space was completely renovated with state of the art appliances and vibrant decor. Be sure to stop in on Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 and don’t forget to BYOB! This is formerly the site of Carmen’s Country Kitchen and if you’ve been in the neighborhood long enough you what she put the “C” in. Let’s hope Porto can leave as lasting an impression on this space – BIG shoes to fill indeed!
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Ok, one more hot topic around the square and a celebratory one at that! Passyunk Square Civic Association is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Their mission “neighbors helping neighbors” shines through as multiple improvements have been made for the community over the last decade. Implementing clean ups, community gardening, town watches, and school engagement, the PSCA surely has met their goal by enhancing the quality of life in Passyunk Square.
Join them Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Annunciation BVM Church Hall at South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Food and drinks will be provided while you network and hear remarks from active community members.
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One things for sure. When they need to fill their gas tank, they can walk right over to Hess. What a spot for these 22 new homes being built at 1300 Kater Street. This development has been underway since last year and we are starting to see this development take shape. Designer Harman Deutsch has worked on several projects in and around Philadelphia. From architectural to consulting services, this team of designers focuses on balance in esthetics.
Esthetics next to Hess? These homes will be 50′ tall and four stories high, making them the largest market rate homes in Hawthorne. This vicinity has been booming with similar projects. Although, I can’t say Id want to look out my window at a Hess Gas Station every day. On the flip side, your tank should never touch E.
If you are looking for something to do this weekend and you love to support local artists and businesses then consider purchasing a ticket to the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Fund Concert. Put on by the Board of Directors of East Passyunk Crossing, this will make the 21st year of production. So join your neighbors in South Philadelphia on Sunday October 20th at 4pm at SS. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School.
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Tickets are available now and are just $15 for an adult/ $12 for a Senior Citizen. Your soul will enjoy the sounds of Light Opera, Broadway, Patriotic and Neapolitan songs. This years concert will feature the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and Orchestra. All proceeds help benefit musical scholarships for local artists. East Passyunk Crossing receives a small portion of each ticket sold. So join in to help support two worthy causes as you enjoy music from local performers.
By Summer 2014, the Delaware Waterfront may look a little different. Recently, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) was awarded a $5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. This grant is to work on two pier parks in Pennsport. For years, communities and neighborhoods have seen I-95 as a barrier to the waterfront. The goal is to find ways to connect these astray neighborhoods to the river. The key is connector streets. Work is to be conducted from Pier 53 to 70.
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This includes Pier 68, 390 feet of useable land that extends over the river. Pier 68 has high hopes and plans as initial talks have already stated the possible Bassmaster’s Fishing Tournament in August 2014. This Pier would remain open for public fishing opportunities. The Washington Avenue Connector will be accompanied with a Tasker Street Connector to give more direct access to Pier 68. The DRWC has a long agenda and plans to create a waterfront easily accessible by it’s neighborhoods, to preserve land and natural beauty of the Delaware waterfront. Can you imagine strolling down to Pier 68 with bait and hook?!
Fleisher Art Memorial was founded in 1898 as a non profit organization focused on making art accessible to everyone in the community regardless of background or experience. Founder, Samuel S. Fleisher pushed his vision to reality understanding that art is one of the greatest assets and equalizers in a society. On November 24th join your neighbors in Bella Vista for a public supper to celebrate Fleisher’s 142nd birthday.
A small donation will provide you with a meal and ballot. While artists and presenters share their proposals you can enjoy dinner and dessert. Proposals are creative, unique and art inspired. All attendees are asked to vote on which project should receive the ‘dough’. Maybe this is why they call this community gathering Breaking Bread?! Read more information here.
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Each year Fleisher influences more than 17,000 individuals who strive to learn and create art. They hold classes, exhibitions and community programs including this Breaking Bread event. Samuel Fleisher believed in the importance of self expression through creativity and intellectual exploration. His core values focus on the artist is us all, the fulfillment of art and the community in which we create and share art.
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“Art Enriches the Community — By nurturing each individual’s creative potential, we aim to provide social,
cultural, and economic benefits to the community as a whole.” – Samuel Fleisher
In the Lower Moyamensing section of Philadelphia, the Water Department has implemented their latest storm water management project. Including three local elementary schools, this project will help educate kids and the community on the importance of rain water run off and where it leads.
This project, as of now, will plant 21 trees and install under ground water infiltration trenches. These trenches will collect rain water and more water will be absorbed by the tree roots rather than sent to our sewer system. Not only will these trees provide a benefit for the community but also create much needed shade around school zones. Here’s some photos of the project so far from lomophilly.org.
Jenks Elementary is said to be planting 18 trees around the perimeter. Our Lady of Hope School will plant one tree while Key Elementary plans for two trees. This is just the beginning of a city wide project that needs to be expanded to all neighborhoods. This provides an example and learning benefit for these elementary school kids in hopes to make a greater impact in the community in which they live.
In Queen Village, parents are having trouble finding decent and reliable child care for their infants and toddlers. These families have joined long waiting lists to deal with limited options when it comes to days, activities, food and education for their children. A headache for many residents, there is a shortage and demand for childcare.
At 420 Bainbridge Street, this 4,000 square foot location used to be the Life Management Medical Center. You will soon see Natalie Renn open her second location of The Giving Tree Infant and Toddler Center…if the license comes through. Her first location was specifically for daycare and preschool in the Logan Square area of Philadelphia.
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Their focus and mission is to provide exceptional child care for infants and toddlers under trained and professional supervision. Natalie trains her employees to focus on early childhood development, communication techniques, sleeping strategies and eating patterns.
They will offer a variety of learning and physical activities including; baby and me yoga classes, an inside mini gym, a backyard for play, trips to local playgrounds and parks. Just a few weeks away, they’re expecting to open their doors October but were talking about a license from the Department of Public Welfare. Hoping we do see them open soon, we need more Natalie’s in Philadelphia!
This Saturday, September 21st you can join your local art crowd at the Philadelphia Magic Garden to celebrate their 5th annual Magic Beyond the Gardens Gala. From 6-10pm you can help support this annual fundraiser by purchasing a ticket and enjoying live music, dancing, a silent auction, food and an open bar. The silent auction will offer prizes to several high praised establishments in Center City. Located at 1020 South Street, squarely between Bella Vista and Washington Square West, this event is expected to draw a crowd of near 300 locals and inspiring artists and supporters.
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Philadelphia’s Magic Garden has been educating individuals of all ages for years. Offering workshops, education programs and self-guided walk throughs, this event will feature founder and artist Isaiah Zagar. So join in the fun this Saturday and help support local businesses, keep artists thriving and educate our community on the importance of art and self expression. For more information and tickets click here.