Powelton Village

 By Chelsea Wilbur and Alyssa White

Powelton Village: Fencing Academy of Philadelphia

Powelton Village: Fencing Academy of Philadelphia

The last thing anyone would expect to see in West Philadelphia would be a Fencing academy. But the unexpected is always possible. Located at 3519 Lancaster Avenue is the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia. Fencing isn’t normally the first sport thought about in Philadelphia but it does exist. The Fencing Academy of Philadelphia offers beginner, intermediate […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Powelton Village: PEC Launches New Public Computer Centers

Powelton Village: PEC Launches New Public Computer Centers

Most people have likely heard the term “digital divide.”  But what is it exactly?  One frequent definition of “digital divide” is the gap between those individuals who have access to computers, the Internet and technology and those who do not. According to a survey completed by the Knight Center and U.S. census data, 41 percent […]

 By Alyssa White and Chelsea Wilbur

Powelton Village: Creating Art from Trash

Powelton Village: Creating Art from Trash

  A large studio holds equipment, gadgets and everyday items often found laying discarded on the streets or just laying unused around the house. The things that are made with these items however prove that old adages that one person’s trash can definitely become another person’s treasure. Leo Sewell is a sculptor in Philadelphia who […]

 By Chelsea Wilbur

Powelton Village: Body Rock Boot Camp

Powelton Village: Body Rock Boot Camp

The old adage of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is evident at The Body Rock Boot Camp and Executive Training Gym in Powelton Village on Lancaster Avenue near 38th Street. It’s easy to walk by this workout locale without noticing due to its plain exterior, surrounded by empty stores and vacant apartments. But […]

 By Alyssa White

Powelton Village: Chic Afrique All Natural Body Butter

Powelton Village: Chic Afrique All Natural Body Butter

Women around the world are always conscious about their physical appearance. In order to maintain physical attractiveness women use skin creams, face washes and even medical procedures. Victoria Onwuchekwa, a native of Nigeria, has developed a way to serve the beauty needs of women using natural ingredients from Africa and Central America. Her product line, […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

Powelton Village: Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

At the People’s Emergency Center, support for homeless families and neighborhood revitalization are top priorities. Providing shelter and social services to those in need, this Powelton Village-based organization takes pride in the opportunities it creates for clients. “Our main goal is to supply [clients] with supportive services such as housing, shelter, jobs, employment training and […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Emergency and Transitional Housing

Powelton Village: Emergency and Transitional Housing

Jenay Brooks, 23, has struggled with homelessness for several years. She currently resides at Gloria’s Place, a residential facility run by the People’s Emergency Center. Located at 39th and Spring Garden streets, Gloria’s Place houses people and families who have found themselves without a home. It is used for both emergency and transitional housing within […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

The People’s Emergency Center, located at 39th and Baring streets, dedicates each day to helping people and families in Philadelphia who are struggling with homelessness. It offers multiple programs including a GED program, emergency housing and other assistance. Melinda Brown, a workforce developer at People’s Emergency Center, has worked there for about a year and […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: A Decline in Diversity

Powelton Village: A Decline in Diversity

Arthur Bye, of Urban & Bye Realtor, has seen firsthand the changing demographics of Powelton Village. Over the last half century the neighborhood has lost some of its diversity. “Powelton Village started out in the late 1950s as sort of a Greenwich Village type of neighborhood with a very diverse community,” he said, “but that’s […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Paper Dolls Boutique

Powelton Village: Paper Dolls Boutique

At 40th Street and Lancaster Avenue is Paper Dolls, a new boutique. The small shop opened on March 6 and features women’s clothing. Inside, the walls are lined with purses and T-shirts and the floor is stocked with racks and shelves of colorful, trendy apparel, jewelry and accessories. “It has different, unique items,” said Jean Cheng, […]