Ridge Avenue

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: Volunteer Building Knowledge Through 8th District Campaign

Ridge Avenue: Volunteer Building Knowledge Through 8th District Campaign

With just over one month before Philadelphia’s May 17 primary election, campaigns around the city are hitting the streets promoting their cause. Jared Blairwiley, 22, started working in Philadelphia politics in 2007 when he was a volunteer for the Chaka Fattah for Mayor Campaign. This year he decided to work for the Cindy Bass campaign as a full-time volunteer. Blairwiley’s job […]

 By Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Seniors Need New Center

Ridge Avenue: Seniors Need New Center

Inadequate space for activities, limited parking spaces and improper security measures are not issues commonly associated with a senior citizen center. At the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center these conditions have been a topic of debate for many years. Members of the King Center, located at 2010 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave. inside the […]

 By Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: New Eco-Friendly Apartments Coming to the Area

Ridge Avenue: New Eco-Friendly Apartments Coming to the Area

In 2009, Michael Tucker was one of a handful of students from the Miles School of Business Credit chosen to participate in a special program, The Vineyards at 16th. Located on 16th and Ridge Avenue, The Vineyards are all-green, high-rise apartment complexes. Tucker is the sustainable designer. He makes sure that the complexes are built with […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Behind every good election campaign are dedicated workers and volunteers to help get the winning edge. While most are experienced politicians, others are young, motivated workers ready to take on the everyday duties of a successful campaign. Laura Frank, a former Temple University student, was called upon to be the campaign manager of the Verna […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: The Flower Business

Ridge Avenue: The Flower Business

Adrienne Berrian started working with flowers as a hobby at home. Nine years later, Berrian’s hobby became a reality when her brother purchased a flower shop as her birthday present. She originally started with the name Ridge Flowers but changed it five years ago to Adrienne’s Floral Creations. Located at 4233 Ridge Ave., the store […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: Local Pet Store Goes All Natural

Ridge Avenue: Local Pet Store Goes All Natural

For just under two years Wag n’ Style Pet Boutique has been serving the East Falls community and its four-legged friends with natural, eco-friendly pet food. Located at 3734 Midvale Ave., Wag n’ Style is the area’s first all-natural pet store specializing in both natual food and high-end pet fashion. “We started with food and are now branching off […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

In April 2006, a center unlike any other opened at 4842 Ridge Ave., close to Manayunk and East Falls. The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center provides tennis training and classes to all of Philadelphia, along with the surrounding suburbs and New Jersey. The center uses tennis to help kids ages 4 to 18 maintain […]

 By Rebecca Aden and Matthew Beck

East Falls: Inking through Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

East Falls: Inking through Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Last year Sean Murray was looking for a space in Philadelphia to open a tattoo parlor. He ended up with not only a tattoo parlor, but also a cafe and art gallery. Located at 3720 Midvale Ave. in East Falls, Java Ink has been open since July. Murray took the cozy three-room shop after his […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: Local Center Helps Seniors

Ridge Avenue: Local Center Helps Seniors

While some member of the older communities in Northwest Philadelphia choose to stay within the confines of their homes, others venture to a place where they can be themselves with others their age. The Martin Luther King Older Adult Center, located at 2010 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave., has been serving the local community since […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: Local Church Makes a Difference in the Community

Ridge Avenue: Local Church Makes a Difference in the Community

Places of worship are very common throughout the city of Philadelphia. With what started as a congregation that met in the house of its minister, The Greater St. Luke’s Disciple Church has since grown into a staple in the Ridge Avenue community. For almost 60 years The Greater St. Luke’s Disciple Church has been serving […]