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.
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.
Over 80 food vendors, local bands, exhibits and activities. One night, one place. The South Street Night Market is back! Happening on Thursday August 15, from 6-10pm. Join in the fun with friends and neighbors at 5th and South Streets. Hosted by The Food Trust, they bring their mission to the streets. Partner hosts include South Street Headhouse District and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.
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The Food Trust is focused on providing affordable and nutritious food and information to communities. This creates healthy decisions and healthy living. Founded 20 years ago, The Food Trust started in South Philadelphia working with Tasker Homes. Today they work with numerous schools, grocers and neighborhoods in over 25 states.
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So what is a night market? Basically a city street food festival showcasing Philly’s best authentic restaurants and food trucks. These night markets, inspired by Asian Street markets, started three years ago in East Passyunk. Since then, ten night markets have been held around the city with hundreds of local vendors in attendance. Drawing more than 100,000 people, they couldn’t help themselves when talk arose of South Street.