Brewerytown

 

Brewerytown: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors Through Public Funding

Brewerytown: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors Through Public Funding

When you walk around Fairmount and Girard avenues, you might begin to notice local businesses receiving a facelift. The facades of some local businesses have been assisted in their transformations with help from a city-run program called the Storefront Improvement Program, or SIP for short. The SIP was founded back in 2009 by the city’s […]

 

Brewerytown: Laid-Off Teacher Gets Back on His Feet by Opening CrossFit Gym

Brewerytown: Laid-Off Teacher Gets Back on His Feet by Opening CrossFit Gym

For most people, being laid off from a position as a high school social studies teacher would be a stroke of bad luck. For Brian Terpak, it was the universe’s way of telling him to open his own CrossFit gym. What started as an after school CrossFit club at the Girard Academic Music Program with […]

 

Brewerytown: Rep. Donna Bullock Gives Residents a New Voice in Harrisburg

Brewerytown: Rep. Donna Bullock Gives Residents a New Voice in Harrisburg

State Rep. Donna Bullock was sworn in as the legislator for the 195th District in August after her predecessor, Rep. Michelle Brownlee, pleaded guilty to a conflict of interest charge and tendered her resignation. The 195th District stretches from Strawberry Mansion to Powelton Village, encompassing communities of varying backgrounds and incomes. “It’s a tale of two cities,” said […]

 

Brewerytown: At Tattoo Shops, Artists Use Skin as Canvas

Brewerytown: At Tattoo Shops, Artists Use Skin as Canvas

Casey Pearson grew up in Philadelphia taking art classes three hours a day at Girard College. Fresh out of high school, Pearson went to put his skills to work air brushing, and from there became a tattoo artist at Brewerytown’s Big City Tattoo, where he’s been for the past 14 years. “I wouldn’t say it was a […]

 

Brewerytown: Max Ochester and His Self-Sustaining Neighborhood

Brewerytown: Max Ochester and His Self-Sustaining Neighborhood

Similar to vinyl records, the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia seems to be going through a resurgence. Both residential and commercial development is evident everywhere, and the new businesses that have opened are run by passionate people who are invested in the area. One of these people early to the potential small business boom is Max […]

 

Fairmount: Bookhaven Survives Despite Popularity of E-readers

Books never run out of batteries. E-readers can feature a variety of books. Books have that certain smell. E-readers have a light for late-night reads. The debate may never end. Supporters of e-readers wonder why people would buy a copy of a book or newspaper when you can get it online. But Bookhaven owners Rolf […]

 

Fairmount: The KB Experience Helps Make Arts Crawl Possible

Fairmount: The KB Experience Helps Make Arts Crawl Possible

When Kristie Bergey first started her business 10 years ago, it was somewhat out of spite. She had spent 20 years working as a national retailer and was simply not satisfied with where she was. “I wasn’t getting where I wanted to in a corporate setting, in the time frame that I was hoping to […]

 

Fairmount: Five People Making a Difference

Fairmount: Five People Making a Difference

Community involvement is very prevalent in the Fairmount neighborhood. Being an up-and-coming area, many of the residents and business owners have different levels of experience in the neighborhood, but many agree that the residents tend to favor community interaction. 1. Bessie Dosis (above) was a part of the founding efforts of Steven’s Dry Cleaners on the […]

 

Fairmount: 2800 Block of Girard Avenue

[vimeo 90075147] As the sound of screeching metal grew louder, inhabitants flocked to the corner of 28th Street and West Girard Avenue. They did a quick wave and the trolley halted, allowing eager passengers to hop on the moving express. That was about the only action on a recent day on the 2800 block of West Girard. […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: North Philly Is Jumping

With Fishtown’s booming arts scene came the call for more record stores. “[Fishtown] is much better for us,” said Tom Lax, owner of Philadelphia Records Exchange. “We were on 5th and South [streets], which in the ’80s was sort of the epicenter for that demographic and then slowly it just kind of eroded. So coming […]