Ridge Avenue

 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 […]

 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 […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

On a spring afternoon in 1992, Sultan Jihad Ahmad got into a fight with two youths close to his age. With a shotgun in their possession, the opposing youth shot 15-year-old Ahmad six times–once in each leg, once in his side, once in his back and a final shot in the back of his head. […]

 By Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: The Arts Garage

Ridge Avenue: The Arts Garage

The area around 15th Street at Ridge Avenue is practically vacant during the middle of the day. Aside from a few people who live in the area and walk the streets or those who own the few businesses at that end of Ridge, there usually isn’t much activity. Now fast forward to the hours after […]