Ridge Avenue

 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

[vimeo 19996483] 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 […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Catering to Philadelphia.

Ridge Avenue: Catering to Philadelphia.

Originally from Manhattan, David Simms visited Philadelphia for a baby shower and never left. He began working in culinary arts and “came up through the ranks” as a banquet chef. Simms then owned a catering company with a business partner, located in Lehigh. After 14 years, they parted ways and Simms changed the name of […]

 By Sacsheen Scott and Melissa Poe

Francisville: Thrift Store Stays Well Kept

Francisville: Thrift Store Stays Well Kept

In the neighborhood of Francisville, it is rare that many small businesses succeed. Once a place where popular stores and nightclubs thrived on Ridge Avenue, Francisville now stands desolate having maybe two or three stores on one single street. But one exception to the amount of stores left is Well Cut Thrift Store, established in […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Ridge Avenue: Gravediggers Raise Money for Cemetery

Ridge Avenue: Gravediggers Raise Money for Cemetery

Swashbuckling hats, carnival masks and wizard hats pepper the ball room. On the dance floor skims the turquoise crinoline of Sarah Hale, who is being twirled around by Capt. Percival Drayton, dressed in his Civil War best. In the corner leaning against the grand pillars of the ballroom is a gravedigger’s shovel. This unusual scene […]