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Chestnut Hill: Community Group Spearheads Change in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill: Community Group Spearheads Change in Chestnut Hill

Will Detweiler moved his family from a small farm in Montgomery County to Chestnut Hill in the late 1960s. Detweiler was drawn there by a number of factors, but the community itself was at the forefront. “The ambiance, the quality of life, the spirit,” said Detweiler. “This community has love, appreciation and enthusiasm for Chestnut […]

 

Olney: Laundry Café Offers Customers a Different Spin on Clothing Chore

Olney: Laundry Café Offers Customers a Different Spin on Clothing Chore

Tyrone Akins and Brian Holland knew that they didn’t want to be in the pharmaceutical business forever. At the same time, they knew that if they opened a business that it had to be unique and welcoming to customers if it was going to succeed. That’s how the idea started for The Laundry Café. Located in […]

 

Northern Liberties: Finding a STAR in the Community

Northern Liberties: Finding a STAR in the Community

The Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) is an organization that has helped to get animals adopted and into good “forever” homes for around 10 years. The animals they receive are older and usually have medical issues. Deb Rand, a woman who never thought she would work at a place like STAR, now sits on the board […]

 

Kensington: Philadelphia Pet Health Center Builds Roots in the Neighborhood

Kensington: Philadelphia Pet Health Center Builds Roots in the Neighborhood

The Philadelphia Pet Health Center has gone through plenty of renovations since Michael F. Wilson and his father, Dr. James F. Wilson took over in 2012. Michael Wilson (below), the center’s co-owner, jokingly described it as “the money pit” when they first started to fix the business, considering how many pieces of it had to […]

 

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill Community Association President Horrace Patterson believes that the primary election and November general election could impact the community significantly. As president of the association for the past four years, Patterson finds that drugs, crime, cleanliness, schools, abandoned buildings and vacant lots are plaguing the community. “In my opinion, Mayor Nutter hasn’t done anything directly […]

 

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

As the old postal adage goes, neither rain nor sleet nor snow deters the numerous Fitler Square residents who descend upon the park’s weekly farmers market. Held every Saturday, the modest outdoor market is comprised of local farmers and businesses from throughout the region, plying their locally-sourced produce, meats and baked goods. The market is one […]

 

Manayunk: Cigar Shop Owner Takes Unique Path to Success

Manayunk: Cigar Shop Owner Takes Unique Path to Success

Kosta Fotiadis moved to Philadelphia in 2002 to chase his dream job, working for Lockheed Martin. Now, just 13 years later, Fotiadis is the proud owner of award winning cigar and hookah lounge Smoke, a totally different dream job. “Owning your own business, making your own hours, being your own boss, that’s the real dream job. It’s […]

 

Port Richmond: Five Pubs to Go to for a Good Time

Port Richmond: Five Pubs to Go to for a Good Time

For many Philadelphians, a night out may not include going into Center City. Some would rather stay close to home and go to their usual haunt than hop on the El or grab an Uber to a bar that may turn out to be overcrowded. The pub, short for “public house,” is used in many countries […]

 

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

Mantua: 5 Construction Sites to Keep An Eye On

The West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua has been getting nationwide attention for being a part of President Barack Obama’s Promise Zone project. This plan was set up in order to build safe public spaces and to strengthen federal assistance in housing, education and public safety. Today, a year after Mantua was designated as a Promise Zone, […]