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Fishtown: Meet The Man Behind the Sound of Philadelphias Music Scene

Fishtown: Meet The Man Behind the Sound of Philadelphias Music Scene

Brian Hamilton, the founder of smallsound/bigsound, says his business was started by accident. He spends his days designing and building guitar pedals from a loft in Fishtown, but did not always think of his passion for music as a business. From a young age, Hamilton had an interest in music and sound modification. Hamilton started […]

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River Wards: 5 Bars to Dive Into After a Long Day

  Fishtown and Port Richmond are scattered with notable, big name bars that command the lions share of the area’s nightlife. However, if you don’t feel like waiting in the inevitable lines and paying for brand name, consider trying one of these dive bars for a fresh weekend experience.   Memphis Taproom 2331 E Cumberland Street […]

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Local Music: Five Unorthodox Places To Catch A Show

Local Music: Five Unorthodox Places To Catch A Show

Whats the best way to get to know Philadelphia’s music scene? Easy! Head out to one of the many local shows put together by Philly locals. Each of the following venues are known for their eclectic events that bring people together from all around the city and surrounding suburbs. Philadelphia easily has one of the […]

 

Port Richmond: Real Estate Boom Has Its Effects On Residents

Port Richmond: Real Estate Boom Has Its Effects On Residents

With recent construction of new homes and housing prices rising in Fishtown, is it safe to say that Port Richmond will have a similar fate? As of now, it looks to be that way with a new wave of restaurants and homes being built in the neighborhood. For some, progress is a good thing but […]

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Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Robert McCormac is a firm believer in the saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” McCormac started out in the salvage business, learning from Jomar retail shop owner, Dick Segal. Segal taught him how to take anything and sell it. After working in the salvage business for many years, McCormac decided to try his luck […]

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East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

Even in the increasingly solitary digital age, people still often feel the need for community in their lives. In Philadelphia and cities across the country, green spaces of all shapes and sizes can fulfill that need. “People like a place to congregate,” said City Councilman Mark Squilla, whose District 1 encompasses East Kensington. “If you […]

 

Fishtown: Yoga Instructor Strives for Deeper Impact Through Practice

Fishtown: Yoga Instructor Strives for Deeper Impact Through Practice

Contrary to its name, the wild ride that comes with owning Grace & Glory Yoga Fishtown is not always a smooth or graceful one for Brittany Everett. The yoga studio at 2220 Frankford Ave. is home of the Philadelphia location, the other Grace & Glory is found in New Jersey, and opened in 2015. Everett […]

 

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Sees A Fluctuation Of Private School Enrollment

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Sees A Fluctuation Of Private School Enrollment

The streets of Port Richmond were bustling with parents taking their kids to school. The children walked through the doors and were greeted by the principal of Our Lady of Port Richmond, Sister Mary Ripp. Students hung their jackets and backpacks on their hooks and shuffled to their seats to get ready for the day. […]

 

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

After graduating from Temple University in 2008 with a degree in music, Joe Primavera taught private guitar and piano lessons throughout Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, he founded Philly Music Lessons, working out of a small recording studio in the basement of his Fishtown home. Soon after hiring a few close friends to teach […]

 

Port Richmond: Portside Arts Center Immerses Children In The Fundamentals Of Arts Education

Port Richmond: Portside Arts Center Immerses Children In The Fundamentals Of Arts Education

Kim Creighton has been a member of the community since 1989. Over the years, she’s realized the area lacked extracurricular activities and creative outlets for the youth. “There’s no movie theaters, no arcades, no bowling alleys, no skating rinks,” Creighton said. “Nothing to do.” Creighton had a solution to the problem. She was going to […]

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