Featured Stories

 By Brianna Cicero and Catherine Bottino

Southwest: The Rewards of Helping a Community Grow

Southwest: The Rewards of Helping a Community Grow

Donna Henry loves the feeling of helping someone in a tough situation. It’s part of why she loves working for the Southwest Community Development Corporation. She first went to the Southwest CDC for a position she thought was preservation-based. She was quickly appointed the executive director of the organization, a position she has held for […]

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Point Breeze: Five Ways to Enjoy Point Breeze

Point Breeze: Five Ways to Enjoy Point Breeze

Coffee shops and barber shops that double as art venues, an outdoor eatery with a sardine can hanging from the side of the restaurant, murals scattered along the sides of buildings and city views worth stopping for. You can find all of this within the South Philadelphia neighborhood. Take a look … The Pharmacy Owner Gary […]

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Comedy: Laughing Matters

Comedy: Laughing Matters

“I was wondering why stand-up is good,” said Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian who has been performing for about six years. “It’s just because you get to pay money to sit in a room and hear a guy tell the truth and you don’t see that anywhere else.” When people go to a comedy show […]

 

Spring Garden: Green Street Church Adapted into Chapel Lofts

Spring Garden: Green Street Church Adapted into Chapel Lofts

When Isaac and Rose Miller arrived to Philadelphia in 1986, they were originally looking for a historic district to buy a home from. After seeing the Spring Garden neighborhood in a book about restored historic areas, they became convinced about moving there, which they eventually did in 1998. They moved next to an old church […]

 

Fairmount: NBR’s Boss Breaks Norms in the Community, as a Woman, and as a Businesswoman

Fairmount: NBR’s Boss Breaks Norms in the Community, as a Woman, and as a Businesswoman

On a day- to-day basis, Shalimar Thomas, North Broad Renaissance’s executive director, schedules meetings with city commissioners, organizes community events and keeps her growing team on track. Thomas’ rigor is fueled by one thing – revitalizing North Broad Street. NBR, which was founded in 2015, adopted a five-year plan with certain goals her team needs […]

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Fishtown: Meet The Man Behind the Sound of Philadelphias Music Scene

Fishtown: Meet The Man Behind the Sound of Philadelphias Music Scene

Brian Hamilton, the founder of smallsound/bigsound, says his business was started by accident. He spends his days designing and building guitar pedals from a loft in Fishtown, but did not always think of his passion for music as a business. From a young age, Hamilton had an interest in music and sound modification. Hamilton started […]

 

Allegheny West: Bu Bu’s Beer Deli Livelihood Threatened by Restaurant Licensing Bill

Allegheny West: Bu Bu’s Beer Deli Livelihood Threatened by Restaurant Licensing Bill

A tall, plexiglass wall barricades customers from a metropolis of beer, snacks and lottery tickets at Bu Bu Deli. The same wall functions as a locked door to owner Steve Taing’s home and family upstairs. He lives there with his 18 and 22-year old sons and wife, Lisa. Taing and his parents moved to Philadelphia […]

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Mayfair: Young Entrepreneur Aims for Representation Through Clothing Business

Mayfair: Young Entrepreneur Aims for Representation Through Clothing Business

Wearing gold frilly earrings, a long, over-sized blue sweatshirt and high-waisted mom jeans, Jennifer Mota loves to experiment with bold fashion statements. At 26-years old, she is the owner and fashion designer of Hu-Huako Custom Apparel. Mota takes her business very serious; especially when it comes to making other women feel beautiful in their own […]

 

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

Robert Listenbee was lucky to have two supportive moms while growing up in the projects of Michigan. He had his biological mother, who was African American, and his “white mom,” a woman by the name of Hazel Persons. Persons’ primary role was as Listenbee’s high school activities director but she quickly became his chief motivator. […]

 

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Improv comedy is a relatively new art form in which many of its performers advocate the benefits which extend far beyond the stage. The National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that one in five American adults experience mental illness every year. While improv comedy has become therapeutic to many, role play wasn’t officially established in […]

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