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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, […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Lynne Abraham Stresses Education as Campaign’s Top Issue

Chestnut Hill: Lynne Abraham Stresses Education as Campaign’s Top Issue

“I want to encourage people who live in and around Philadelphia to do something that I think we don’t do enough of, and that’s being proud of your city and being a cheerleader and a booster,” mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said. Abraham joined the race for mayor of Philadelphia in November after a long career […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Five Places for Convenience Shopping

Strawberry Mansion: Five Places for Convenience Shopping

When looking throughout Strawberry Mansion for convenient food shopping, one would be hard pressed to find the more exclusive, big name stores to shop at. In fact there are no nationally branded grocery stores in the area. Therefore smaller entities must step up and fulfill the needs of the community. The Kims own Kim’s Market (above), located […]

 

Logan/Olney/West Oak Lane: Five Places Helping to Better the Community

Logan/Olney/West Oak Lane: Five Places Helping to Better the Community

Among the various neighborhoods that make up Philadelphia, North Philadelphia harbors many small businesses and institutions that you probably didn’t give much thought to. The following five places serve to better the community and provide services to the people of Logan, Olney and West Oak Lane. The historic Olney Charter High School (above), home of the […]

 

Mantua: Longtime Donut Shop Owners Have Seen Good Changes in Community

Mantua: Longtime Donut Shop Owners Have Seen Good Changes in Community

Loyal customers know that Fresh Donuts owner Donald Eap and his sister Van have owned the doughnut and breakfast shop at 39th and Lancaster Avenue in Mantua for years. The neighborhood has changed significantly since they opened the doors back in 1991. What changes have the Eaps seen in Mantua? “Now it’s more like upbeat,” […]

 

Old City: Beer Lovers Work to Bring Back the Art of Brewing

Old City: Beer Lovers Work to Bring Back the Art of Brewing

Philadelphia’s economy thrives off of tourism and service industries and now the city is highly known for its love of craft beer. The most popular event is always Philly Beer Week, which brings in approximately $16 million directly to Philadelphia. In spring 2016, the city will host the World Beer Cup, a global event that calls itself “the […]

 

West Kensington: Weathering an Economic Storm

West Kensington: Weathering an Economic Storm

Kensington Avenue, once the area’s centralized strip of commercial business, is still bustling to this day. New faces, new businesses and new wares are sold up and down the avenue. The first mile of Kensington Avenue, which spans from York Street to Allegheny Avenue, echoes the emptiness left behind by those who have left the […]