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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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Passyunk Square is Booming!

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. 

1149 S. 12th St (1)

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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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South Philadelphia Restaurants Reign Top 50

Top 50 restaurants

Philadelphia Magazine just released their Top 50 Restaurants in the city. Some of the favorites, including the top spot, are found in South Philadelphia. The list has been known to create some controversy, purposely-favoring newer spots over the older and tried but true. Philadelphia Magazine Editor in Chief Tom McGrath admits that this may be true writing:

”I’ve occasionally heard criticism that our lists skew towards newer places, ignoring some great restaurants that have been around for years. I’ve never done the math but I suspect there is some truth in that – if only because part of what we give credit for is how current a restaurant is when it comes to food trends, and how it’s pushed Philadelphia’s food scene forward.”

With nine of the top ten restaurants being in Washington Square and South Philly, we can conclude that our zip codes are where the food scene in Philadelphia is flocking. When reading the addresses, the words South and Passyunk continue to pop up. Passyunk Avenue has become a true foodie’s destination, lined with superb gastronomical laboratories that continue to expand our culinary horizons.  Live Love Philly has listed Philadelphia Magazines Top Ten here with some shout outs to our other local favorites that made the list.

  1. Stateside – 1536 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.551.2500
  2. Marigold Kitchen
  3. Vedge – 1221 Locust Street – 215.320.7500
  4. The Farm and Fisherman – 267.987.1555
  5. Le Virtu – 1927 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.271.5626
  6. Sbraga – 440 South Broad Street – 215.735.1913
  7. Fond – 1537 South 11th Street – 215.551.5000
  8. Amis – 412 South 13th Street – 215.732.2647
  9. Vetri – 1312 Spruce Street – 215.732.3478
  10. Bibou – 1009 South 8th Street – 215.965.8290

16. Will – 1911 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.271. 7683

23. Tashan – 777 South Broad Street – 267.687.2170

28. Jamonera – 105 South 13th Street – 215.568.1027

46. Federal Donuts – 1219 South 2nd Street – 267.687.8258

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South Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

South Philadelphia News and UpdatesSouth Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

Columbus Square  Upcoming Program Reminders

Zumba Class – Mondays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Yoga Class – Tuesdays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Meredith Elementary School Auction

The Meredith Auction is taking place on Saturday, March 2nd.  Ticket sales begin on January 7th for this annual event.  Tickets include dinner, open bar and entertainment by DJ Johnny Looch!  Check out the Auction Website  for more details.  Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  Purchase your tickets by January 31st and receive 5 iPad raffle tickets with each purchase.  Mark your calendars for a fabulous Mardi Gras night on Saturday, March 2nd which will include a silent and live auction.  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for parents interested in helping.  If you would like to donate or solicit an auction item, please use this auction donation form.  Please contact Donielle at doniellecal@comcast.net and Rebecca at rmakuen@yahoo.com to get involved and help make this event a success.

Gayborhood Event Promoters Workshop

Join a panel of professional promoters share their experainced, tips and tricks of the trade to help you become a better promoter. Workshop will include a panel presentation, Q/A, group discussion and lunch. Duration is approximently bout three hours plus time to network with other promoters. Event includes lunch thanks to Wolf Street Catering. Reserve Tickets online – HERE.

Presenters include:

– Bruce Yelk – NightLifeGay
– Amber Hikes – Stimulus
– Gage  – Twisted Life
– Steve McCann – PhillyGayCalendar

Moderated by Rudy Flesher.

Abandoned Bike Removal/Re-Use:

Abandoned Bikes can be reported using this GOOGLE DOC link.  You can also use 311 to report abandoned bikes to the City of Philadelphia according to this recent announcement. For more information, email Andrew Levitt at levitt.andrew@gmail.com coordinating this effort with the Bicycle Coalition and City.

Captain Ryan’s Monthly Community Meeting

Tuesday Janaury 8th at 6PM. – 3rd District Roll Call Room, 11th & Wharton Street.

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East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

Starting February 23rd until March 2nd, East Passyunk Avenue will be holding it’s first ever East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week. Recently, Philadelphia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurant List highlighted many of the culinary gems found in the heart of Passyunk Square on EPA. Stateside, one of the restaurants participating, topped that list claiming the number 1 spot . Restaurants will be offering $15, $25, and $35 prix fix menus for lunch and dinner. From amazing sushi at Izumi to Mexican at Cantina Los Caballitos to healthy choices at Fuel, there is something for everyone.  Live Love Philly has included here en entire list of all restaurants participating. 

$15 Lunch

Adobe Cafe – El Zarape – Fuel – Marra’s – Plenty – Stogie Joe’s – South Philly Bar and Grill 

$15 Dinner

Fuel – Plenty – Stogie Joe’s – South Philly Bar and Grill

$25 Lunch

Mamma Maria Ristorante

$25 Dinner

Adobe Cafe – Birra – Cantina Los Cabillitos – El Zarape – Marra’s – Noir – Stogie Joe’s

$35 Dinner

Chiarella’s – Fond – Kris – Da Vinci Ristorante – Izumi – Le Virtu – Paradiso – Stateside – Tre Scalini – Will – Mamma Maria Ristorante

Call now to make reservations because we are betting places are gonna get booked, especially popular spots like Will and Kris. We hope that this becomes a yearly tradition. With so much to already love, the East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week is just one more reason to love living in South Philadelphia.

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South Philly Co–Op Workspace opened last fall in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia. The space is located at 1738 South Pierce Street on the corners of 11th and Pierce. Their website reads,”The South Philadelphia Co-Op Workspace is a shared office space in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia. We offer affordable work spaces, networking opportunities, free wi-fi, and conference room access.” It looks like founding members Terence Buckley and Ian Toner will be using the space for their respective small businesses, Buckley Small Business Solutions and Toner Architects. The first of it’s kind in the neighborhood, membership for the space may not be too high. We loves the look it’s and think that this offers a comfortable and cozy professional environment for the freelancer stuck at home or in local coffee shops. To attract members, the Co-Op Workspace is offering a free first month to new members as a promotional deal. We first heard about this deal through the Passyunk Post. Membership rates are the following: Permanent Desk $300/month Unlimited Wi-Fi Conference Room: Unlimited 3 Days per Week $200/month Unlimited Wi-Fi Conference Room: Add $20/day if more than 3 days/week 1 Day per Week $85/month Unlimited Wi-Fi Conference Room: Add $20/day if more than 1 day/week Daily Rate $20/day member or $25 for non Unlimited Wi-Fi Not too shabby. We hope that business improves and memberships sells out quickly with this new promotional deal. All the above information and more can be found on their website. Live Love Philly loves that new, unique, and exciting businesses are flocking to East Passyunk and Passyunk Square. We hope that community members near and far support these efforts.

Philadelphia Just Sold HomesHere below are all just sold Philadelphia homes updated to the MLS for the past seven days.  Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)

Address

Price

Beds

Baths

Zip

Bella Vista

1233-35 Bainbridge St G

$409,000

2

2

19147

703 Clymer St

$299,000

4

1

19147

East Passyunk

802 Dudley St

$155,000

3

1

19148

Hawthorne

1233-35 Bainbridge St PH 1

$659,000

3

3

19147

1233-35 Bainbridge St PH 2

$659,000

3

3

19147

Old City

133 N Bread St H1

$400,000

2

2.1

19106

Passyunk Square

1204 Morris St

$262,500

3

1

19148

802 Sears St

$122,500

3

1

19147

Pennsport

101 Sigel St

$170,000

3

1

19148

Queen Village

303 Kater St

$332,500

3

1

19147

Washington Square West

1012 Spruce St 3F

$280,000

2

1

19107

1139 Rodman St

$366,329

4

3

19147

224 S Quince St

$345,000

2

1

19107

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Local Groups Head Passyunk Avenue Clean Up

Passyunk SquareLitter and trash continue to be a problem throughout Philadelphia, especially in the smaller neighborhoods and communities. However, local groups have taken it upon themselves to work toward fixing the problem. One initiative that has made great progress in its quest to clean up has been led by the Passyunk Avenue Revitializaion Corps. A local non profit real estate development firm, the PARC leads the Passyunk Avenue Corporation Neighborhood Sidewalk Cleaning Program. This program runs in coordination with the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District and is managed by ABM Janitorial Services.

The primary focus of these efforts are on East Passyunk Avenue from Federal Street to Broad Street.  Passyunk Avenue is victim to the carelessness of passer bys and trash not properly bagged. This commercial corridor will be cleaned six days a week, twice per day. In addition, a surrounding residential area, bounded by Ninth Street (east), Snyder Avenue (south), South Broad Street (west), and Federal Street (north), will be cleaned two times a week. See a map of the service area to the right.

Passyunk Square Litter Control

Assigned Residential Areas

  • Zone 1 Tuesday & Thursday (once per day)
  • Zone 2 Wednesday & Friday (once per day)
  • Zone 3 Monday through Saturday (twice a day)
  • Zone 4 Monday through Saturday (twice a day)
  • Zone 5 Tuesday & Thursday (once per day)
  • Zone 6 Wednesday & Friday (once per day)

Local civic associations such as the Passyunk Square Civic Association are also joining this fight against trash by sending out employees to aid. PSCA Neighborhoods not being covered by the PARC in the above listed zones get cleaned almost daily.

Trash only brings more trash. As business and traffic only grow as Passyunk Square and the Avenue become more of a sought out destination, hopefully community members and visitors alike will start seeing a difference. What can you do? Bag trash properly, set out trash at appropriate times and above all else, don’t litter. Then, maybe the PARC can start focusing on some of their other initiatives such as fountain maintenance and neighborhood greening.

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